To My Son, Today You Turned Five

Life as our little family

Dear Lil G, so much has changed for us this year, you embarked on your biggest journey yet, your time to learn about the world outside of our little family. We have readdressed the balance of home, family and work life which has eased the pressure on you somewhat than those first few months of School. You are off making friendships with little people outside of our circle of friends and you are becoming the most remarkable little person I know. You are headstrong and certainly have a way with words, you are such a happy soul, you are beautiful, you are my saviour, you are bold, brave and so like your Daddy.

Standing before me this morning on your 5th birthday, I couldn’t help but smile back at you, you are growing up, you looked so big, one thing is for certain you are growing up way too fast my boy and it certainly left me feeling very emotional. I am so proud to be the one you call mummy, as I write this post to you I am holding back the tears, happy tears but also tears from those first few weeks of your life which were so difficult for you and us.

I am feeling somewhat overwhelmed this year by how much you have grown up, by how independent you have become. When you held my face at bedtime tonight and told me that you loved me, that you had had the best birthday ever, I felt so emotional. I felt so proud that you were thankful. As I left the bedroom to the sounds of your chuckles as Daddy read a story to you I may have cried, just a little whilst I washed the dishes, tidied your playroom and nibbled on a piece of birthday cake. Cake makes everything better right?

life as our little family

I love all the quirky little bits about your personality, your sense of humour, your little laugh, the giggle you make when I tickle you which only I seem to be able to do (punches air). But also the little bits about your personality which are so like ours, your love for music and football, or any sport actually, how you know the words to so many of our favourite songs and your passion for listening to live music. Today you asked if we could go to Glastonbury, just like your Daddy did all those years ago just before you arrived. And then there is your insane love for Disney, Marvel, Star Wars and lets not forget cake!

Magnificent Stanley

What else has happened this year? Your first day of School, your continued love for dressing up in your super hero outfits, your School Christmas disco, learning to read, reading a book back to us, oh how I cried. And then there is your writing, pulling together sentences in the written form and writing out your birthday invitations, finally arriving into a Size 4 clothes, finally we are getting that little bit closer to your actually age. You love football so much that when you were given a gift of money on your birthday you asked if we could buy a new football kit. Mr H smiled just a little, well actually a whole lot.

I didn’t realise that School would be such a big transition for you, being one of the youngest in the year it has had its challenges. I am so proud of you for going into your new classroom with a hop, skip and a jump, for smiling and for being so brave. For not giving up even when you were crying saying that the School work was tricky. For staying strong and chipping away bit by bit, you are my brave little soldier and I will always love you, now and forever I will always be your mummy, the one you can trust, you can laugh with, cry with and sing with.

life as our little family

There is a bond I feel for you that only gets stronger the more our little family life entwines. As the end of your first year of School approaches as does the beginning of the next. A new chapter. As we close the door on chapter 4/12, I am excited to see what chapter 5/12 brings. May it be full of love, laughter and a huge amount of adventure. And so, I shall leave you with a few photo’s from the last twelve months, we love you kid.

life as our little family

KA x



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I’m Kerri-Ann or KA as my friends call me, always found with a cup of coffee in one hand and my camera in the other. I have a huge passion for photography, fitness, fashion and family travel. I started this blog in 2014. It began as my creative outlet after becoming a mummy to our little boy George Archie. I started out blogging about parenting and over the years it has evolved into a blog that covers lifestyle, fashion, family and travel. Today TheKAEdit is ultimately a life and style blog. Thank you for reading x x


  1. 27th June 2016 / 11:58 am

    This is beautiful! He has grown up so much this last year, you can see such a difference in those photos but he is still the same gorgeous boy, that hair and his smile! I hope he had a wonderful birthday, he sounds like such a little character KA, I can see why you are so proud xx

    • Life As Our Little Family
      27th June 2016 / 8:15 pm

      Aww thank you for reading my love. Oh he has, it’s lovely to watch him grow but it doesn’t have leave me feeling emotional. x

  2. 27th June 2016 / 1:31 pm

    So beautiful. I had a little sob reading this. My little man turns five in September and I just agreed with everything you said.
    Just beautifully written.
    Happy Birthday to your super little man.
    Carly x

    • Life As Our Little Family
      27th June 2016 / 8:15 pm

      Aww thank you so much Carly. Oh wow so you could be going through the same as me, so he’s off to School in September then? And thank you for the birthday wish x

      • 27th June 2016 / 8:19 pm

        Yes- he is 3rd of September birthday so will already be 5 when he goes. I just want to keep him at home forever!! Xx

  3. 27th June 2016 / 9:09 pm

    Aww! Bless him! I hope he had a great day.
    Such a sweet post. He sounds such a lovely boy x

    • Life As Our Little Family
      28th June 2016 / 6:44 pm

      Thank you so much sweetie, he had the best day and clearly I am bias but yes I think he is x

  4. 28th June 2016 / 1:10 pm

    This choked me up a little. Such a beautiful, emotional post to your little boy. I sort of imagined to myself what life would be like when Ethan is five.

    Lil G seems like such a happy little boy, I bet you do feel so proud! xx

    • Life As Our Little Family
      28th June 2016 / 7:56 pm

      Aww Alex. I think I felt so emotional with being away from him for 2 days, my longest time away. I feel so very proud x

  5. 30th June 2016 / 1:58 pm

    Ah a lovely captured moment! A very happy belated birthday to him – Five is such a milestone. These are lovely photos, he seems to be such a smiley boy. i hope you all had a lovely day xx

    • Life As Our Little Family
      30th June 2016 / 9:10 pm

      Aww thank you, he is one very happy little boy, feel very blessed indeed x

    • Life As Our Little Family
      30th June 2016 / 9:09 pm

      Aww thank you so much Mary, I agree it is such a lovely age x

  6. 30th June 2016 / 10:53 pm

    Aw, he is so gorgeous Kerry-Ann. And a wonderful set of photos and a lovely post.

    • Life As Our Little Family
      3rd July 2016 / 6:07 pm

      Thank you Emma, I am bias of course but I absolutely agree with you x

  7. 1st July 2016 / 8:42 am

    He is such a beautiful boy and this is such a beautiful post. He really sounds like a son to be proud of!
    It looks like his birthday is one day before my son’s, but my son is a whole 10 years older!
    Oh, and I was an idiot and didn’t introduce myself at BML – I was the one in Wagamama with Tas!

    • Life As Our Little Family
      3rd July 2016 / 6:08 pm

      Yes I thought it was you Sarah, well we sort of met didn’t we. I do feel very proud of him, he is a little treasure. x

  8. 1st July 2016 / 2:54 pm

    There’s no doubt that he is a much loved little boy! Bless him. Sounds like he is an absolute joy to have around. So glad that you’re managing to spend more time with him now. X

    • Life As Our Little Family
      3rd July 2016 / 6:07 pm

      Aww thank you Suzanne. He is most definitely treasured. I will be forever grateful to the doctors and nurses who saved our boy. x

  9. 1st July 2016 / 6:24 pm

    Such a lovely post – this will be one you will love to look back on in years to come #loudnproud

    • Life As Our Little Family
      3rd July 2016 / 6:06 pm

      I am already looking forward to reading these letters to him when he is older x

  10. 1st July 2016 / 6:35 pm

    Love how you are enjoying the growing and developing with him as he becomes his own little person. They always amaze me how resilient they are, especially when being one of the youngest in the class. They make you proud to be their parent.
    over from #my captured moment

    • Life As Our Little Family
      3rd July 2016 / 6:06 pm

      What’s not to love, all parts of parenting are to be treasured. I’m so proud of the way he has handled his school journey, when I think back to those moments when he was struggling and how much it upset him. My precious boy makes me so proud x

  11. 1st July 2016 / 8:20 pm

    OMG looking back at the photos it is remarkable how he has grown up this year. Such a beautiful post, its an incredible gift watching them grow isn’t it? But it is also tough accepting them growing, no matter how grateful we are as parents that our children are healthy and thriving, but you cant help feeling nostalgic too somedays x

    • Life As Our Little Family
      3rd July 2016 / 5:44 pm

      Oh it really is, he has grown up so so much, friends say the same at the moment, all of a sudden he is BIG. I often find myself looking back. It is the toughest part of parenting for me, thinking that one day he won’t need me, watching them grow, their independence, their little personalities. x

  12. 3rd July 2016 / 10:44 am

    Awww what a heart warming post you’ve written here. Thanks for sharing with #mycapturedmoment

    • Life As Our Little Family
      3rd July 2016 / 5:33 pm

      Thank you Helena, hopefully he will feel the same when he reads the letter when he is older

  13. 4th July 2016 / 7:54 pm

    Aw! What a beautiful post KA! You have such a gorgeous little boy there 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up to #thetruthabout last week! Xx

    • Life As Our Little Family
      4th July 2016 / 8:20 pm

      Thank you Sam, I do feel rather proud right now x

  14. 5th July 2016 / 11:44 am

    This is such a beautifully honest and moving post. I love the captures throughout the year, he really has had a big one! Can you believe he’s already coming to the end of his first year? Lili will be going into year two in September and she’ll be seven on her next birthday! 7!! That sounds so old….

    Thank you so much for linking up with #MyCapturedMoment xx

    • Life As Our Little Family
      5th July 2016 / 7:28 pm

      Aww thank you lovely. I know it’s crazy, he’s so excited about being in Y1 too which just makes me proud but so so sad at the sad time. Stop growing up. Oh my goodness, 7, I didn’t realise she was that big! x

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