Happy 18th Birthday, Ben.
Even when you drive me to frustration, I do love you. I am incredibly proud of your achievements.
Continue to work hard and follow your dreams, and the universe will provide. But the MX5 might not be an ideal first car ha ha!
And now for the photos! I know I post this picture a lot (above), but it's my favourite. I could watch him sleep and I just loved that blue sleepsuit on him. It was my favourite. These moments I do miss.
I love how Kieran looks at his big brother so adoringly, and yet now, the bickering drives me mad! Hopefully, when they both emerge from their teenage years, they'll be the best of friends again.
I could share loads of photos as I have LOADS of photos.
But this is Ben pretty much now. Taller than me, and possibly the spitting image of me (poor boy). Ben on holiday in Corfu. Still only 17.
I love how you're afraid of dogs but not swans. I love that you send me funny reels via instagram, some of them proving we both have the same silly sense of humour. I love that you drink coffee. You appreciate nature, the stars, and good quality chocolate.
You're not perfect. Nobody is. But I do hope that your dad and I have done enough for you to go out into this big wide world, and make it your own.
Lots of love, Mum x x x