Yes, I'm late posting again, but why break a streak that I've had for months now? At least I'm consistent.
On December 12, 2000 at 3:01pm Oliver Sterling chose to grace the world with his presence. He was special for many reasons. First, he was our first son and first child. He was also the first grandchild on both sides of our family. He also happened to be the only grandchild that my dad would live to see and hold. Basically, we knew he was pretty special.
He started off at a chubby 9lbs and 20 1/2 in. long. Within a month he'd grown to over 12lbs! Om fact, at his one month appointment he was off the charts in weight at about the 110th percentile! He was a chubby baby boy!
He also managed to learn things fairly quickly, at least physically. He held his head up from birth, crawled around 4 months and started walking around 9 months. He was a little daredevil. Always trying new things with no thought of the danger. For his first birthday he got a wooden rocking horse and he immediately climbed up no it, stood on the seat and rocked as hard and as fast as he could!
He was a very creative child, making up games, and creating things out of paper. In preschool, his teacher pretty much gave him unlimited access to the cabinet with the tape so he could make whatever caught his fancy; scooters, chairs, toilets (yes, paper toilets). I never knew what project he would bring home from school. His teacher even had to force hi to play in other areas, like the blocks or kitchen area. Otherwise he would have done only art!
|Sterling made up a new card game|
He's always done very well in school and been near the top of his class. Although, there was a period of time in 3rd grade where he wouldn't do his homework and instead would hide it under his dresser. After we threatened to have him held back if he continued to do it, he decided he would rather do his homework.
After that period of time, he has always been very responsible in doing his school work without reminders or prodding from mom and dad. He enjoys school for the most part and prides himself on his good grades. In fact, he had straight A's in 5th grade when he finished elementary school.
|Sterling in 5th grade with his kindergarten teacher|
|Sterling in kindergarten with his teacher, Mrs. B.|
|Sterling with his first grade teacher Mrs. K. He won an |
award for best story and illustrations at the KTWU Writers and
Sterling also likes music. He started off playing the violin for a couple years, then switched to playing the trumpet (like his awesome mom) in 5th grade. He had his first middle school band concert a few weeks ago and I was impressed with how well the band sounded, especially given that they were all 6th graders. He also is a pretty good dancer.
He is a very kind and loving big brother...when he wants to be. He does especially well with his much younger sister, brother and cousins. They seem to adore him and he adores them right back. He even shares a room with Eddie and since Eddie doesn't want to sleep alone, he sleeps in Sterling's bed with him too. At night, I can find them laying next to each other with headphones on listening to Sterling's "zusic".
He is a good example to his younger brothers and sisters and has been a good big brother for them to look up to and follow his example.
At some point several years after he was born we realized that Sterling would have a very unique birthday to celebrate. Since he was born on 12/12/2000 he would get to turn 12 on 12/12/12! This year was that year and he decided to celebrate with some close friends. He had 10 friends come over to celebrate the twelve-fecta of birthdays. Several months in advance we had contact the news to let them know of this unique and unusual event and they agreed to come and cover his birthday. To make it even more special, Sterling decided to ask his friends to bring items to donate to Doorstep and Toys for Tots instead of gifts for him. Lauren Seabrook of Kansas First News came to our home to cover the event. Sterling did two live interviews at 5:30pm and 6:00pm which he did awesome on. Then they did a taped interview of Sterling, his friend Noah and I for the 10:00pm news. Here's the link to the 10pm news coverage and here's the newspaper article that appeared in the Topeka Capital Journal.
Overall, he had 12 tons of fun (Sorry, I couldn't resist!) on his very special birthday and we were so proud of him and his decision to donate gifts and food to charities instead of receiving things for himself. He is a very mature boy and tries very hard to make good choices.
We are also very proud of his choice to receive the Aaronic Priesthood. In our church, when a young man reaches the age of 12 he is able to receive the priesthood, as long as he is found worthy, and help in the passing of the sacrament (similar to communion) as well as other duties. This is a big responsibility for a 12 year old and helps them to prepare to take on more as they get older. It is a very serious commitment and we are proud that he has lived worthy and able to receive the priesthood and fulfill those obligations.
We have been truly blessed with an amazing young man to be the oldest child and to lead the way for his younger siblings to follow. We love you so much Sterling!!
HAPPY TWELVE-A-POLOOZA STERLING!! WE ADORE YOU!!