Last week was Oliver’s sixth birthday! Things were a bit hectic, but as tradition would have it, I need (and want) to write something about the little guy at this age.
Let’s face it – what will we have in 20 years from now, if we didn’t take the time to document life as we know it right now!
Oliver was 3 when he received his first big-boy bicycle for his birthday. This year, he received a much-needed upgrade. He was so excited for his bicycle and I will never forget the look on his face when he saw the bike on his birthday! I was expecting a look of sheer delight. Instead, he seemed petrified! It was a calculated look as if he was asking himself what the hell he was thinking and if there was any way to get out of it.
Luckily fear was replaced with pure delight after he built up the courage to get on his bike.
The week of Oliver’s birthday was a particularly busy week. It started with two evenings of performing on stage during the annual school concert and simply went south from there.
What I will say, is that Oliver was simply amazing at the school concert. He was centre stage, with flawless moves – thoroughly enjoying himself! They sang and danced to Adam’s Kasteel and he was mesmerised by the music video (when I eventually thought of showing it to him!)
By Friday, Oliver was exhausted and the smallest little frustration would throw him overboard with emotion. Struggling to get the hang of the new bicycle was one of those things. He wanted free open spaces to ride his bike. And the thought that we had to wait for his grandmother to wish him a happy birthday was torture!
I am seeing glimpses of Oliver’s temper. The first time I noticed Oliver’s temper was when he was a newborn baby who refused to drink from my breast. He literally gave my nipple a firm bite, gums and all!
I am appreciating the fact that he is learning to show his emotions again lately. He told me yesterday that he was angry with me and my momma-heart was proud! The divorce has been hard on him. Earlier this year, he felt the need to hide his emotions, from both me and his dad. Literally to the extent that his teacher was worried about him.
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The brothers have had their fair share of struggles this year. But I am pleased to say, the two really love and enjoy each other’s company. The break they have every second weekend when Oliver visits his dad makes a huge difference.
Below a prank, Logan pulled on Oliver a couple of weeks ago. I had a good giggle and then removed all evidence before Oliver had time to notice.
Oliver is such a caring person. It is tough being on the receiving end of his anger, but like I mentioned earlier, we will get through it. Next year is big school and new challenges. We are super excited!