Monday, September 13, 2010

And so a New Era Begins...

It's official. After years of knowing it was going to happen and preparing myself for the inevitable, the day has finally arrived... I am now the proud (if not psychotic) mother of a TEENAGER!!! Yes it's true. Kyle is thirteen today!

I'm not sure how it happened. I swear just yesterday my little boy was smiling up at me with only four teeth and an innocence that warms the heart. I was the centre of his world and well... moms ruled back then.

Now, he's nearly tall enough to look me in the eye, and I swear the xbox has taken my roll as gravity queen and said centre of the universe...oh, I'm in there somewhere. I'm the "mom can I have 5 bucks for lunch?" and "mom, can we go to a movie, oh and you have to drive." Yeah, I'm there... just not quite the way it used to be.

Don't get me wrong. I love having older kids. Getting the freedom back to finally grocery shop without all three in tow. I'm sure you all remember chariot races down the aisles and crying children right at checkout time. Then there's being able to go for a run without worrying about finding someone to watch them. Having real, adult-like conversations and going to movies that aren't animated and rated higher than G. But it's also a constant reminder that the years, are indeed, passing and it won't be long before driving then living on their own...dare I say grandchildren?

Okay, maybe I'm jumping the gun just a bit, but thirteen is huge!!!! The last step before true adulthood. He's not a child anymore, he's a teenager, soon to be adult... I think I need a drink.

Anyway, here's a huge Happy Birthday to my son, Kyle. He's a great kid and I couldn't be blessed with a better kid to ease me into my new role as mom of kids with hormones and crushes. I hope you have a great day!!!!! I love you and I'm so very proud of you.



  1. Oh Kris...I know just how you feel. My oldest turned 13 last January, towers over me, and frankly it scares me. LOL Yes, I love the freedom of having older kids (like you said the solo grocery trips, etc), but man it's hard. And the time just flew (and is flying!) by. I won't promise it gets easier, but you are so not alone in this. :) hugs.

  2. Congrats Kris! And happy birthday to Kyle!

    I have 2 teens. Mostly it's pretty great :-)

  3. Oh girl...just you wait. I've raised three teenagers. It gets busier and busier and busier. Congrats!

  4. Kris

    I totally get it! Trust me my BABY just became a college freshmen a few weeks back. My oldest is married with two children of his own--I'd KILL to have the teenage years back--although mine barely survived. I was sore tempted to kill them both at different points in time!

    Happy birthday Kyle!


  5. HI Ladies,

    Whew... so glad you're all feeling my pain. Don't get me don't miss those toddler years, but when they give you that look... you all know what I mean... well, it makes poopy diapers look not so bad.

    @ Jess - Kyle isn't the tallest (poor kid) but damn he's catching up. Another year of two and I'll be staring at his chest...did I mention I took jujitsu for a reason? LOL

    @ Brynn - Yes, I do love having the older kids... Kyle's pretty good, but lord help me trying to keep it all straight now. I just nod and pray I didn't just give him permission to have 20 boys over... I usually have 8 and that's enough!

    @ Julia - oh, so that is the real reason you survived the canoe trip from Hell... you'd raised you some teenagers... see, I knew there was a secret you were holding out on. As for busy... with 3 in hockey, all different divisions, Kyle reffing too, I'm at the rink 8 times just for that... now on to soccer, art, clubs... hey, where's that clone I ordered?

    @ Donica - OMG!!! College!!! Okay, hyperventilating into a bag as I type... so not ready for that yet... though on those days his attitude decides to encompass more than just that chip on his shoulder.. .yeah, the huge hole the dog dug in the backyard is looking mighty handy and tempting.

  6. Happy Birthday, Kyle!!!

    Believe me, I'm right there with you, Kris. But I know that this awesome kid has an awesome mom and you're doing great!!! Just remember - lots of deep breaths. :)