in the blink of an eye…

…or so it would seem, I have big boys. Not small boys, despite what I might say in general conversation when asked if I have kids. I’m struggling to get my head around the fact that I have a 9 year old, but it’s on the cards and the cards never lie. Never mind the pictures which are whispering that I have a very handsome 9 year old who is going to break many a heart (mostly mine I suspect) in the not too distant future!

it is obligatory for presents and cards to be opened in Mummy and Daddy's bed

9 seems like such a very big age. It’s the last single digit age. It’s harder to find acceptably cool cards for the birthday boy. It’s an age where this particular 9 year old has very clear ideas about what is cool or not, especially when it comes to hair and fashion (short hair, not long and chinos – tan or red – just in case you were wondering!) It’s most definitely an age where Daddy is King and Mummy just trundles around in the background making life happen as 9 year olds would wish it!

it's possible, that Conor was even more excited about the arrival of the iPod touch!

As all good parents should, we have done our best to instil an appreciation of that which is good, that is, products with fruit logos on them! Actually, that’s not strictly true. The iPod touch has been requested time and again for a couple of years now and we’ve said no for a number of reasons. But I suppose, as with all things, there comes a time when there are fewer reasons not to do something than to do it, which is where we found ourselves at age 9. And so a new Apple product has joined the family! And boy has it ever been made to feel welcome!

a love of all things Titanic is only to be expected under the circumstances!

And while part of me is inwardly freaking out at another source of media to be monitored on a daily basis, the wiser part of me knows that all is well when a new cricket bat is greeted with such enthusiasm!

see- it's all about the healthy balance!

And so the countdown to that double digit age has begun. In the interim I expect to encounter any or all of the following:

:: a hand that assumes the permanent shape of an iPod touch;

:: much cricketing, especially now he’s joined the local under 11 side;

:: a lot of hair gel from the pound shop (it’s the only way we could afford it!)

:: ongoing snuggles on the settee at the end of the day (this better feature or it’s going to be a trickier year than anticipated!)

:: further bickering with the younger sibling;

:: more lessons in disappointment as the love for Liverpool FC is unabated;

:: magic tricks being fine tuned for anyone willing to participate;

:: more independent fashion/hair/shoe choices;

:: arguments over any of the above;

:: to be further amazed by all that this boy does and by the fact that we actually made him!

9 years of candle blowing perfected!

On which note I shall finish. Except to say that we also made this one – hard to believe there’s a genetic link, really!

words fail me!

  • May 11, 2012 - 7:12 pm

    Sheila - What a pair of lovely boys!! Gorg!ReplyCancel

  • May 11, 2012 - 7:26 pm

    Caroline - What gorgeous boys Janine! They will be serious heartbreakers (if any girls are good enough to get near them ;-D) xReplyCancel

  • May 11, 2012 - 8:46 pm

    Maegan - These images are beautiful, Janine! …as are your sentiments for your growing boy! You have truly honored him and his age here. As hard as these birthdays are on a mama’s heart, I can tell that you are doing a wonderful job helping him grow into a very nice young man! xoReplyCancel

  • May 12, 2012 - 7:30 am

    Judith - Lovely post Janine and happy birthday Patrick! That is o e seriously handsome boy you have there, I’m locking up my daughters now! Seriously though, where has the time gone?…. I have fond memories of our days at baby yoga as I grapple with the idea that we too will soon have a 9 year old!ReplyCancel

  • May 12, 2012 - 11:35 am

    Sandra Boyle - words fail me!! Two gorgeous boy each a delight in their own special way!! What’s not to love about them both. xxReplyCancel

  • May 12, 2012 - 8:50 pm

    Grace - I loved this post! Mainly because I will be feeling many of the same sentiments when my twins will turn 9. Even though that’s still another 7 years away, the days are already zooming by so quickly! Happy birthday to your handsome little man 🙂ReplyCancel

  • May 13, 2012 - 8:28 am

    Jo - Great post and fab photos. Hadn’t really thought about it being the last of the single digits. It’s also half way to 18, argh! That’s even more unbelievable that our boys will be driving, drinking and adults in the same time frame it has taken for them to reach 9. So Happy 9th Birthday to our boys, our boys who are currently still shorter than we are!ReplyCancel

  • May 17, 2012 - 7:33 pm

    Aly - Beautiful post.

    Incredible how Patrick and your Dad have the exact same mouth in the cricket bat photo±

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