Although it felt like a rough start, things got so much better and he has been quite a joy to parent....most of the time. I love seeing how he is so much like Gary and yet so much like myself. Serious & silly. Academic & playful. This Thankful Thursday contains 10 things that I am thankful for about Kai.
1. His independence. From a young age he has loved learning how to do things for himself. Making his own food and learning how to work things around the house. So helpful!
2. His competitive nature. I personally think competition is great as long as you are a team player. This is something we are working on; including everyone even if they won't help you win. Doing your best but helping others do their best too. His competitive nature is what allows him to hike up the Grouse Grind and kick our butts doing so.
3. His ability to get along with everyone. He was so excited to get our international students and includes them in everything. He has so many friends at school, both girls and boys, and of all ages.
4. His health. I'm thankful that he is a strong, healthy young boy. He's really only had one `serious' illness which was Dengue Fever last summer. Unlike Koen and Nya, a cold for him is no big deal.
5. His love for school. This is one major way that he takes after Gary and I. He loves school, particularly math and science. He was able to be challenged this year in an enrichment class and it was so good for him. I love that he has never stopped asking questions.
6. His confidence. He doesn't care what he wears as long as it involves running shoes. He isn't afraid of much. We do work on remaining humble alongside this.
7. His love for sports and activity. Gary and I both love being active so I appreciate that he is fully on board with whatever activity we want to do.
8. His adventurous spirit. He will try pretty much everything. Food, activities, experiences. He just doesn't love avocados or sour cream.
9. His love for books. I mean, he doesn't spend time in the day reading unless we remind him, but he does love a good book and is an excellent reader.
10. His calm demeanor. He is usually really easy to discipline and discuss things with. He remains pretty clear headed in almost all situations. The only area where this becomes tricky is when he is playing with Koen; things can escalate quickly.
I remember when the doctor said that we were having a boy and I cried. I didn't know how to raise a son (I thought). I am so thankful that Koen and Nya have a big brother to lead them and to protect them. I'm thankful for a son that likes to learn from what we have to say. It's not all roses as he can be smelly and stubborn, but we are definitely very thankful for our Kai Bear.
Happy birthday, Bud!
Love, Mom, Dad, Koen and Nya.