Jude River, my sweet baby boy, today you are five years old! These have been the most amazing years of my life; five years full of joy and challenge and worry and snuggles and giggles and growth. I'm not sure who has grown more, you or I. When you were born, the one dream I wished and wanted more than any other came true: I became a mother. And what an honor it is to be your mama, I could not possibly love you more. My whole body aches with love for you, and it always will. I could not be more proud of you; you are kind, smart, funny, curious, driven, creative, and down-right wonderful. Thank you so much for being you, and being mine. Here's to many many more. Happy Birthday! All my love, Mom.