You are 4 – a birthday poem for Leo

You are 4 – a birthday poem for Leo

You are 4

Once you were just a faint pink line,

the promise of a family and a dream come true.

When the doctor told me I cried with relief,

I felt like I had waited forever for you.

You lived in my tummy for a little while,

every stretch and every kick filled me with joy.

Then at 9.03 on a Thursday you arrived in the world,

we finally met you our baby boy.

That day you were born I couldn’t sleep,

I couldn’t take my tired eyes off you all night.

I couldn’t believe you were really mine,

I just watched you while you held my finger tight.

A beautiful baby everyone said,

gorgeous hair, blue eyes and a lovely smile.

The image of your dad we all agreed,

though you looked like me too for a little while.

Twelve months flew by in a heartbeat,

suddenly you were one and eating birthday cake.

A year since you arrived and changed my life,

so many memoires made and so many more to make.

You were always happy and laughing,

a sociable toddler who thrived on attention.

Baby groups and soft play fun were some of your favourites

but the thing who have always loved most is affection.

At two years old things were difficult,

your biting and tantrums bringing us both to tears.

Fiercely independent and often infuriatingly stubborn,

yet you were also far too clever for your small years.

Confident, cheeky and loving,

just three of the many words to describe you.

A happy baby and mischievous toddler

but sometimes the devil in disguise when you were two.

Another twelve months and then you were three,

a boy who loved dinosaurs, super heroes and a certain blue train.

Flashing plastic toys swapped for hours building train tracks,

you would choo choo along before breaking it and building it again.

Play school started around this time,

you used to desperately cling to me and cry.

Lovely teachers, friendship and toys helped you settle in,

before long there was nothing stressful about the drop off goodbye.

So much has happened since you were just a line,

you are an amazing son and now a big brother too.

Always our baby but so grown up now,

next month you start school and I don’t know what I’ll do.

And today another twelve months have gone,

you have grown and changed even more.

Today is another special day,

it’s your birthday and I can’t believe you are four.

Once you were just a pink line,

the start of a family and a dream come true.

Once I could only imagine who you would be,

I am so happy you turned out to be you.


Happy birthday to you my beautiful boy Leo. I hope you have an amazing day, I know you will because I am taking you to the zoo and you love the zoo. I might even let you eat cake at breakfast as well. Love you lots sweetheart, lets see what adventures are around the corner, I hear being four is pretty fun.


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  1. August 16, 2017 / 9:19 pm

    Wendy this is BEAUTIFUL!!! Love it so much. So sincere and poignant. It made me cry a little as my boy turned four in June and is heading to school in a couple of weeks – such an emotional time! This captures how quickly the years go by but also the excitement for the years to come. Just a gorgeous piece of writing! And for the record every time I see a photo of Leo I think he looks REALLY like you!! #DreamTeam

  2. August 20, 2017 / 12:58 am

    Beautiful tribute and you really get over the milestones in the years and brought back memories to me of mine at those ages so thank you. That last line is so poignant
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  3. August 21, 2017 / 8:18 pm

    This is lovely! Beautifully captures all those things that speed by. Hope he had a wonderful day at the zoo! #KCACOLS
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  4. August 21, 2017 / 10:07 pm

    Such a gorgeous poem and what a fab little keepsake to look back on too. I always say this, but time seems to zap past way too quickly. In a blink it will be year 1, then the juniors and so on. One things for sure, they will always be our little treasures. Beautiful. #DreamTeam xx
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  5. August 26, 2017 / 10:15 pm

    Happy birthday Leo! This is utterly adorable, I feel so emotional! It’s crazy to think that our children were once just a line on a test, what a journey it is to discover who they turned out to be. #kcacols
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  6. August 29, 2017 / 9:40 pm

    This is so lovely. And it just highlights how quickly they grow up and become their own little people! #kcacols

  7. August 30, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    Every parent will tell you what you already know, and I am no exception. It goes so fast! Why do we feel it necessary to keep repeating these words? Maybe because each of us holds down a sob as we think of the moment when we held that little bundle for the first time, when we remember that first kick, and when we think about the day we learned of the journey we had already begun. As sad as these memories make us, they also fill us with pride. Our little ones are growing up and they have come a long way from the little bundle or the pink line. Through all the ups and downs of motherhood, we must be doing something right to have them become the wonderful little people that they are. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time