For a long time you were just a dream.
The dream from which I could not awake…
that taught patience.
that was worth the wait.

You are my first born.
The wiggling recipient of first-time mothering…
of underwhelming technique.
of overwhelming love.

For a time you were my only dream.
Then more dreams became your brothers…
to divide my attention.
to multiply my love.

You are my original dream.
The dream that I get to live everyday…
to wake and keep dreaming.
to hug and kiss in wiggling resistance.

Happy 8th birthday Ryan.

I love you.

I can’t help but pinch myself…


  1. Halftime Lessons says:

    This was fantastic, sweetie…I know exactly how you feel, and you did a beautiful job of portraying it.


  2. OH…Holly, this touched me deeply. How fast they grow…. He is adorable. And so is his mom!

  3. Threeboys1mommy says:

    That was beautiful Holly, you should frame this for him.

  4. Happy Birthday! What beautiful words!

  5. WeaselMomma says:

    Happy Birthday Ryan. Now if you let Mommy and Daddy take an afternoon nap, they might dream you a little sister.

  6. Beautiful. I posted a tribute poem on my daughters birthday too…what a legacy!

  7. Jenni Jiggety says:

    Oh Holly! What a beautiful post!

    Happy Birthday to Ryan! I hope he had wonderful day!

  8. Jenn @ Juggling Life says:

    Happy Birthday to both of you.

    Beautifully said.

  9. Happy Campers says:

    Made me cry…just beautiful Holly. The boys are lucky to have you as Mommy!

  10. Beth (A Mom's Life) says:

    Well said! I think that’s exactly how I feel about my first born! Happy Birthday Ryan!

  11. Headless Mom says:

    Happy 8, Ryan.

    8 is wonderful!

  12. the planet of janet says:

    happy birthday to the first “r”!

  13. Happy Birthday Ryan!!!

  14. Awwww happy birthday

  15. Elaine A. says:

    Such a sweet poem. Happy Birthday to your first born! : )

  16. Happy 8th birthday handsome! Sorry that I missed it!

    Hugs to you and Mom

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