Flashback Friday: that time Simon turned 4!

I was a terrible blogger of events this summer, so enjoy the flashbacks. Simon turned 4 this year. He is suddenly into real kid territory. I kind of love it a lot – as nuts as #thisis4 can be. We’ve gotten into a birthday routine and will probably keep on this path, until we change it. We celebrate birthdays on the actual day.

We start with birthday breakfast and presents from Mom & Dad (us) and the grandparents and great aunts and uncles.

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Then there is the school party! Daycare means so far Simon has been in “school” all summer. This one will be the most interesting change as we will have the summer birthday (on a holiday weekend) problem once he’s really in school. This year I brought mini ice cream sandwiches and blueberries for the class. Then Simon got to hold the book during the CD read aloud time.

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Then we got to leave school early to go pick up the cake. And home to pack up for the party. The party was at the park from 5-7. I ordered pizza and we sang Happy Birthday and ate ice cream cake. We invited a few families of Simon’s best friends and had a low key evening of hanging out and letting the kids run free.

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And now he is four.

Stats at four: 31 lbs; 39 inches; 3T pants (2T/3T shorts!); 4T shirts; size 9 shoes.

Simon talks all the time and is getting more into pretend play. He is still working on the Children’s catechism at church and can go through the first 20 questions. His favorite shows are Paw Patrol and Doc McStuffins. He loves to watch YouTube and YouTube Kids, although his time watching “unboxing videos” is heavily limited (that deserves a whole post on it’s own), and likes to watch video game videos – Jelly is funny but “language” and anything Mario. He and Rob still play Wii games together, like Mario Kart and Bowling, but have added PC versions of Super Mario Bros. (old school) and some of the new Lego games to their mix of video game time.

Non screen time favorites are RescueBots and PawPatrol figures, basketball and bowling in the hall and due to new “go build” rules Magna Tiles and Duplos and Legos (as of last week) are back in heavy rotation. Trains are still played with but not as obsessively right now. That could change though as we move in to winter and more indoor play.

We still spend as much time outside as possible and the playgrounds and parks are amazing. Simon has mastered every apparatus except for the monkey bars.

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We also frequent the Hall of Science and Simon is finally big enough to enjoys areas outside of the Preschool Place.

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He started tennis lessons this summer and is doing really well. He loves Mr. Carlo and got his first trophy at the mini tournament he played in September.

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Not that there aren’t times he’s difficult, but this is to celebrate the great. I love this kid.

One Whole Year

One year. Twelve months. 365 days. Its been a great year that’s flown by. This morning we had a birthday breakfast of blueberry muffins. A playdate followed by a birthday lunch at the local sushi joint. A THREE HOUR NAP with a baby who woke up feverish. Some Tylenol and he was better. Simon and Daddy made French bread pizza, then we opened presents and ate some birthday cake. Birthday week is almost over. Todderhood is fast approaching.

Two brothers who mostly like each other.

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Except when Simon opens all the presents, Caleb be:

IMG_7929Then he got to play.

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He loved the cake.

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And at the end of the night even got to use his new tools while Simon was playing video games.

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#microblogmondays First Cake Beater

IMG_7911If you’ve been around this blog for awhile you’ll know that we like to celebrate birthdays. Birthday week is a concept we’ve celebrated for a few years. Some years it’s something special each day for a week, others it might only be a couple of things. But FIRST birthdays are an especially big deal. I get the chance to be sentimental. And little boys get parties and to eat cake batter. In honor of the big day tomorrow the boys helped make the cake last night.

IMG_7905Caleb was a big fan as was his big brother. I can’t get over how different they look.

SC_cake_compareAnd the gratuitous photos of mixing a cake. More to come…

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Caleb’s First Party.

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Keeping with my mantra of a simple party, we threw together a little shindig at the park this weekend. I’ve had this in mind since the summer – a snow party at the park – but February weather can be interesting. But last weekend when the forecast was high 30s, I went for it. We invited a few friends, most of whom have kids Simon’s age and a few with baby siblings.

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We got to the park at 10 loaded up with Dunkin’ Donuts, coffee and hot chocolate. And balloons, Simon said there must be balloons. We saw that a path had been shoveled from the gate to the park office, but other than that the park was under a foot of snow. Awesome for the kids who had a great time playing and eating donuts. The grown-ups congregated by the food on a bench in the shoveled area.

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While we were there it started snowing. That was beautiful. We sang Happy Birthday and Caleb got to eat his first munchkin (aka donut hole). It was to windy for the candle to stay lit. After an hour Caleb was ready for a nap and the grown-ups starting to get chilled, so we packed up and went home.

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Happy Birthday Party my little man.

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Simon wanted a birthday hat too.

Birth Days

Fifty-two weeks ago today I woke up on a Sunday morning to Simon yelling and went to lay in his bed with him. My water broke. I was in denial. I called my doula and had a nice breakfast. Our last as a family of three. Then we all went to church. I called my doula again. Then my doctor. We left church and went to the hospital with no bags. I was convinced they’d send us home. That didn’t happen. At 4:31 am Monday morning Caleb joined our family. It was one of the most wonderful and intense experiences of my life. Twelve hours later Simon came to the hospital to meet his brother.

These videos are of that meeting. It’s only taken me a year to post them… Some key phrases: “He came out, he came out of your belly!” “He’s so tiny.” “Look at the baby toesies.” *the second video is long and mostly for grandparent gratification.