Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Birthday Boy and His No Party Clause

High-energy. Spirited. Emotional. These are just some of the words one might use to describe this child of ours. I do believe that a birthday brings out all of his personality traits and magnifies them exponentially. I am usually the entertainment coordinator around here and have tried to keep the festivities 'fair' when celebrating major milestones. It has taken me 4 years to figure out that what is fun for the firstborn is a nightmare for the middle child. I think in an effort to make his feelings known, Andy declared this birthday would be "no friends and no parties". Say what? I didn't put up a fight since he was cutting my workload considerably, but part of me was very afraid that he would be disappointed with the lack of birthday hoopla.
I think I was mistaken. He looks like he is having a pretty good time. We celebrated a little early last weekend but took his no party request very seriously and only served brownies, decorated with 1 tea light. It was a very un-birthday thing to do. He totally melted my heart with his wish: closing his eyes he declared, "I love Luke!" So sweet.
I saved 2 presents for today because it is his real birthday. Since we didn't have to wait for a party or any friends to attend, he opened his gifts at 6:03 am. It was lovely.
Grandma made her legendary chocolate cake and all he wanted to do was play in the frosting with his Lightning McQueen toys. Don't you love the crown? They made a big fuss over him at pre-school today (he didn't complain about that one bit) and the crown was his to keep.
Just prior to blowing out the candles he yelled, "I love my toys! I love my family!" Glad he has his priorities straight. Although some days he tests me at every turn and I was more than ready to put him to bed tonight, I am grateful for his adorable smile and infectious laughter that brings such joy to our family. Happy birthday, dear Andy.

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