Monday, August 25, 2008

Tater Tot Turned 4!

My little man is 4, I'm not quite sure how that happened! I'm not sure how time flies so fast and I'm not sure how he's survived this long. I've been saying his whole life..."if he makes it to (2,3,4...) I'll be amazed"! He's such a crazy little dare devil/maniac/BEAST I've expected more major accidents but he's been spared, thank goodness.
Little man Tate has changed our lives. I was SOOO done having kids after Tanner was born. Yet 4.5 years later we welcomed this amazingly beautiful boy into our family. It was so easy to love him, he just had us all wrapped around his finger right away. He proved to be my most challenging child but that's never been a bad thing. He has shown me a new way to love, a new found patience and has enlarged my heart. He can make me so angry one minute and the very next minute he melts my heart with his smile. Of all the people in this world he is the one that makes my heart skip a beat. Every smile he gives you is a gift because he only gives them when he means them.
He spent an entire year of his life screaming. From age 1 to age 2 he seriously screamed all the time. We were really starting to loose our sanity a bit. It wasn't until we moved back to Washington that we learned that he had a sensory disorder. I'm not going to go into a long drawn out description of what that is but it changed our world. Now, two years later, with lot's of therapy and lot's of patience he's doing fabulously. He still struggles, but life is so much better for him and for the rest of us. I'm so proud of him and I'm excited to see what the future holds for him. I know he's a special little spirit, he was supposed to be on the earth at this time. That was made very clear to me when I was pregnant with him. As terrified as I was to have another baby I'm so grateful I listened to the promptings I was given to have another child. I can't imagine my world without him in it. I'm sure it would be a little more peaceful but not nearly as much fun!


Tasha Horsley said...

thanks for this about your little guy. how sweet! i relate to how you said you were terrified to have another, but knew you were doing the right thing. i am worried about our 5th like every day! i know we will feel like you did when ours is born and won't be able to imagine life without this one, but man oh man, we are nervous. your post made me very teary! it is nice to know others go through similar experiences and understand the trials of being a parent.

p.s. tate is darling! and i just love the long hair...hehee! :)

Brenda said...

What a sweet post, Karina. You're a lucky mom. :)

Natalie and Eric said...

Happy Birthday Tate! He is a sweet little man. I'm glad that you are back in Washington. I did miss all of you so much

Tori said...

He is darling. It is hard to imagine not having those "maybe just one more" babies. We have the greatest joy from our little kaboose. Glad to see he made it to four!!

Amy said...

Andrew had such a great time. Thanks for inviting him! :)