Despite the lingering pacifier and parti-time diapers, my sweet baby Oliver isn’t a baby anymore. He is stretching out, speaking in sentences, and trying hard to keep up with the big kids. Every year I try to take some pictures of my kids on their birthday, but, like most moms that like to take pictures, it is not easy to find a healthy balance between being present in life while also trying to record some of it. I don’t want to annoy my kids with the camera and I don’t want to be so consumed with getting “the shot” that I miss being engaged in moments with them. Therefore, I don’t pull it out very often. However, when I look back at times when I have photographed them I am SO thankful for those pictures. It is unreal how much I FORGET, and seeing pictures allows the good memories to flood back in to my life.
Anyway, I decided to bite the bullet and take pictures of Oliver throughout his birthday (minus a couple of hours at the YMCA pool). My absolute favorite part of my day lately is putting Oliver down for his afternoon nap. My older two were not very snuggly sleepers but Oliver and I have gotten into this lovely habit of reading two little books, and then snuggling until he falls asleep. He always puts his pudgy little hand on my cheek and falls asleep just like that. It is the best.
I ask my older kids the following questions every year on their birthday. This was Oliver’s first go at it:
Favorite TV Show – At Marlee & Gretta’s, the guy with the pancake.
Favorite Movie – Watching “I like to move it move it.”
Favorite Food – Eating pancakes
Favorite Fruit – Popsicle
Favorite Vegetable – Water
Favorite Color – “Godzilla”. I say, “No color.” He replies, “Oh, brown”
Favorite Restaurant – I like to go to The Bubble Store (I have no clue what that means)
Best Friend – Cogan and Ruby
Favorite Dessert – Snails. I don’t eat snails, they can bite me.
Favorite Drink – Sprite!
Favorite time of Day – Birthday!
Favorite Sport – Basketball and Spaceball
Favorite Train – To go in the tunnel
Favorite Mommy – Runs over, pokes my side and says, “You!”
Favorite Song – He says, “No, you say ‘what is your favorite burp?’” I say, “Oh, what is your favorite burp?” He replies, “My mouth. I already burped.” Upon asking a second time, he sings the Barney Song
Favorite Book – Reading for the nap.
Being a parent is just heart wrenching and my kids aren’t even crazy yet. Here is a blog post from Ruby’s third birthday.