This is always going to be a date in the year that is extra hard for his mummy and the family. Naively we thought that as each year passed it would get easier to cope with the day.
We were very wrong.
I have found this year strange because I cannot get a picture out of my mind of what a 5 year old little Charlie would look like. 5 seems an age when children are starting to explore the world more and can interact with everyone so much more.
This Christmas would have been one when he would have been loving ripping open his presents and getting excited about Santa visiting.
Carrie made a lovely photo for her special boys birthday and she wrote some beautiful words to go with it.
"I am forever changed for having known the gift that was you. I miss who you were, who you would have become and who I was going to be. But I am a better person for having known you, if only for a moment. Happy 5th Birthday Charlie 🦋 Have A Wonderful Day My Angel, I miss you so much and I love you even more 💙Till we meet again.
Every year we always make sure that we do something that we think Charlie would have loved joining in with. This year his mummy decided to go to Pizza Hut.
Since Charlie's birth two of his uncles now live away from Leeds and unfortunately were not able to come up for the 29th but they did make sure that they did something on the day to remember and honour him.
There were 13 of us all together and it always makes it feel special that we come together for this one date of the year.
Everyone had a lovely meal and we were kept entertained by Charlie's nieces.
Following the meal we all went over to a small bridge over the river where we all released a balloon. The children were very excited to see how far their balloon would go.
As the balloons followed each other down the river a little voice said "Bye Charlie, Love you". It was Charlie's youngest niece 3 year old Mila. Such beautiful words from such a little but beautiful girl.
Carrie then told us that she had made us all a gift to take away with us. When she gave them all out we were just amazed, they were absolutely beautiful and each one was individualised.
Thank you so much Carrie for such wonderful gifts in memory of your special little boy.
We know you were looking down on us Charlie and helping us to stay strong. We Love you so much and miss you every day.