When Louis Tomlinson blows out his birthday candles this year, can we make a wish?

While we cynically didn’t believe that for a second when they first announced their intention to take a break, what with the luck-of-the-draw way the insanely successful boy band started out in the first place, we’re now vehemently hoping that Louis, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Niall Horan find their way back to each other sooner rather than later.

First of all, happy birthday to Louis today as he turns 24.

The lad from Doncaster with the David Beckham voice and devil-may-care shag is wrapping up one of his more life-changing years, to be followed by a most momentous 2016 as he becomes a first-time dad. Barely more than a boy himself, Louis offered on Good Morning America this past summer that he was “Buzzing” with excitement, but otherwise we’re guessing we won’t be hearing too much more from him about fatherhood until he’s actually walked a few miles in those shoes-or, better yet, changed a few nappies.

While One Direction’s break is perfectly timed for paternity leave, it also seems to be coming at a time when they’re gelling more than ever as a group.

They’re also actually growing up, and now that they’re no longer a bunch of teenagers they can’t help but be appealing to scads more people.

Or maybe it’s because they knew a break was coming so they were extra relaxed and had a rejuvenated skip in their step, but their appearances in the last half of 2015 were spot-on and more charming than ever.

Harry, Louis, Niall and Liam will still be hard-pressed to shake the paparazzi from their tails, what with Harry’s everything-about-him; Louis’ baby on the way; Niall’s recent tendency to look cozy with Selena Gomez and Liam’s…well, look at him.

“I think it’s going to be interesting for all of us,” Louis mused on The Late Late Show.