Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Happy Birthday, Aidan!

"A child is a curly, dimpled lunatic." ~Emerson

I think he must have known my Aidan. Born with a one-sided dimple and a single-minded ferocity, Aidan has always wanted to live life his way: namely, the opposite of my way. I can't lie to you and tell you Aidan is an easy child. He is not. He is stubborn and unbelievably tenacious. So frequently, I grit my teeth throughout the day over some upset in which Aidan continually tests whether or not I will hold my ground.

And while the ins-and-outs of life with Aidan aren't always relaxing nor easy, I do admire his unwavered resolve. As a child, this demeanor is vexing, but as an adult, it's compelling. I look forward to seeing who he will become.

In light of how I just described him, it should come as no surprise that Aidan was considerably harder to photograph. I told him I wanted to take his birthday picture, so he insisted on wearing a bulky jacket with the hood over his face.

And when I asked him to hold still, he did this-->

I asked him to put his hands down and smile, and... well....

However, when I asked him to hold his sister's hand, he was happy to oblige.

And then smoosh her in a bear hug.

He loves his sister, has a brilliant mind when he feel like sharing it, and can be very affectionate on his own terms. Happy Birthday, to my fiery little boy! I love you!

Despite that Houston is know for its hurricanes, it seems a little light rain is all it takes for our internet to go down. My apologies for the delay, if you are waiting for a response from me, you should hear back by this evening.


Anonymous said...

He's a pretty cute little trouble maker. I know you probably don't like hearing it, but I love reading about all his messy and crazy adventures.

Alisha said...

Happy Birthday Aidan! I LOVE the photos of him. And the ones of him and Mia are so sweet :)

seg said...

Awww, Happy Birthday Aidan! Hope you had the greatest day ever!

Prencie said...

Good Grief! Do we have the same boy?!?:) Whenever I hear you describe Aidan I feel like you are describing Princeton:) Good to know that I'm not the only mom out there with such a spunky little boy! Happy birthday Aidan!!!!

Jenni said...

Happy Birthday Aidan!

Love his bulky jacket look!

How sweet is he hugging his sister!

Anonymous said...

Ditto to what Prencie said!


Mande said...

Happy Birthday handsome! Aidan & my son are 2 peas in a pod. You never know what they might do next. Hope he had the best Birthday! As always, your pictures are wonderful Jessica.

Tory said...

Happy, happy birthday sweet Aidan!! He's just about as darling as it gets...you can so tell that his heart is gigantic! What a doll!

Left you a follow-up convo dear!
Much love,

Jessica Haley said...


Recently? I am not sure that I got it. I will check! Have fun in Paris!! I'm so jealous!


Angel Warrior said...

Happy Birthday Aidan!! What a loving brother... and sister!! The pics of them are just priceless. I'm sure every mom wishes they could capture a moment like that of their siblings love for one another. Mia will remember all the fun she had with him as a child, the powder experience, funning around, all those stories that have you gritting your teeth :) I hope you have a wonderful day as always!

Ariana said...

Happy Birthday to Aidan! I love the squishy face hug picture. That is the cutest! I know how you feel about him, I have three boys and it's like they are a COMPLETELY different species. Are you ready for those snow flurries tomorrow? What is it with this weather?

Mrs.LifeAccounts said...

Happy birthday Aidan! Those pictures are so precious, his personality shines through so well! And how wonderful that he and miss mia have such a special relationship, that's priceless!

Meredith said...

Happy Birthday to Aidan! Love the parka photos :D He looks like he's mastered the how-to-hug-your-sister hug!


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