Just before Daddy left for work this morning, we celebrated our sweet Earlybird's birthday! There will be more celebrating to come - friends tomorrow and family on Saturday - but we wanted to kick off his special day in a fun way!
Here he is receving his "crafty" gifts. (Note the green marker on his forehead and crayon clenched in his fingers. He'd already been crafting all morning!)
Oh my, look at that big glittery 5!
Ooh, and even better - new crayons and markers! And colorful containers to store them in ... somebody get this boy some construction paper!
Forgetting all about breakfast, EB set right to work ...
The red circle is Jupiter with its raging surface storms, just so you know. :)
Now, how did this happen? How on earth did my baby boy get to be FIVE?
My Christmas baby celebrates five wonderful years today! I say Christmas, because he was due on the 21st, but came one week early. In fact, he was born on my dad's birthday, just as my dad, possibly (probably) the smartest man on the planet, said he would. :)
When I told my dad my original due date, he just shook his head and smiled. "He'll be born on my birthday," was all he said. And he stuck by his story all nine months long. And wouldn't you know, come December 14th, 2001, I was indeed starting labor at 4:30 a.m.? (Even back then Earlybird was early!) A few hours later, and he was here, sharing his dear Papa's birthday.
My dad jokes that he was "done with his birthday anyway," and that from now on it belongs solely to his youngest grandson ... but Dad, you know we're having none of that! The fact that you share your birthday with Earlybird only makes that day more joyous for our family. And if Earlybird grows up to be anything like his dear Papa, he'll be the luckiest boy on the planet.
Now, dear readers, here are a few things you should know about EB:
~ He is a love, an absolute love, and will hug you the moment you walk in the door.
~ He is bright, happy and brings a lot of joy (and noise) to our family!
~ He works very, very hard to overcome his challenges. His speech is delayed and he has some physical issues - all which have improved greatly in the past year through much therapy and lots of work (and love) at home.
~ He loves, as you know, the planets and stars. His favorite show is Nova, followed closely by almost anything on the Science Channel. He also loves trains, doing arts and crafts (the messier the better), and playing with his brothers.
~ The boy loves to eat. He probably eats more than his two older brothers combined! Despite the fact we keep him on a special diet, he doesn't let that slow him down. His growth is wonderful and his doctor calls him a little quarterback!
~ Finally, Earlybird is so named because he sleeps no later than 5:00 on any given morning! (Did you know the sunrise is absolutely beautiful these days?)
In five lightening fast years this boy has taught me more about being a mother than I ever thought possible. I have grown in so many ways - truly his life and his place in this family is a blessing to us all. I thank God every single day for Earlybird, as I do for each one of my boys.
Before I go, here are a few pictures showing his gifts up close. I worked on these projects one day while EB was napping.
As I painted, I could not help but feel a little like one of Santa's elves, busily making toys in the workshop!
Getting there ...
Done! A star-shaped crayon holder (holding brand spankin' new crayons), a wooden art tote (holding lots of markers) and a wooden star peg for EB's room. He can hang his bookpack and jacket from this hook.
Happy Birthday Earlybird! Happy Birthday Papa! I am so blessed to have you both in my life!