Another birthday came and went...well that's what Cory and I will be saying about this year's festivities for us. Jack had a great one as he rolled into his 4's. It was a mixed theme - Starwars and Pirates.
We celebrated simply this year after last year's big joint Jack/Duke birthday bash. Just a cake at school and presents at home. But simple it was not apparently.
Instead, upon entering the room and surveying the scene, a crumpled mess he became on the floor and I spent about 15 minutes trying to console him and calm him down while assuring his teachers it was ok to let the other kids share in the cake and not to worry, that this was "normal" for us. Let's face it, although he is a sweet, kind, wonderful, curteous, happy child 90% of the time, it's the 10% of instantaneously being overwhelmed by too many people, too different a situation that I struggle to figure out.
Ahhhh hindsight, 20/20.
A much better moment came at 5:45am - guess he's a morning person like his parents.
The best part of the day was waking him up in bed, along with Daddy who had been gone a full week, with his birthday cupcake lit up with a candle in the dark. Something I started last year and which I cannot wait to repeat in 3 months for Duke for his 3rd birthday. Alongside the cupcake, some small seemingly insignificant trinket or figure, but one that has been so wanted for so long that you would think I was handing a 16 year old keys to his first car. Last year it was Guido and Luigi from Pixar's Cars. This year, the Battleship Droid Commander.
Best line of the week came yesterday when out of the clear blue Jack pipes up from the back seat, "Hey Mommy! Hey, I'm 4 now!!!!"