My inspiration for this record of my days:

“The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make. . . . I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less” -Anna Quindlen

Saturday, January 14, 2012

A rotten birthday boy

Have you ever heard of the “birthday party syndrome?”  That’s what my mom calls it when a kid has too much fun in one day, and ends up cranky and miserable.

I’m afraid that’s how Simon’s birthday was this year.  He woke up cheerful enough, and everyone was making a big deal of his special day.  Spoiling him by being super accommodating and helpful.  Apparently it was more than he could take.  After a couple hours of special treatment he was ruined!

He threw fits about every single thing that happened, and kept changing his mind about what he wanted.  He dumped a pack of graham crackers on the floor and ground them up with his feet.  He stuck his foot (with shoes) in Eli’s car seat and kicked him in the head.  I’m not saying that he is an angel on a regular day, but this much naughtiness was not normal for him!

IMG_3726In spite of his rotten-ness, we had a nice little party for him with aunts, uncles, cousins and siblings.

His presents were some balloons, Toy Story figurines, also known as “guys,” and a Cars Playdough set.

Here are some things I want to remember about Simon at this age:

He LOVES to give (or blow, if needs be) hugs and kisses to anyone leaving the house.  It’s so cute and sweet, until a sibling leaves without saying the proper good-byes, and Simon throws a screaming fit for 10 minutes!

Favorite movies: All three Toy Stories, Cars, Goofy, Bugs Life


He’s been potty trained for a year, but he still can’t get on or off of the toilet by himself.  I usually just have him go outside, which he can do by himself.  When he’s done, he almost always puts his “big boys” on backwards and/or inside out.

_MG_3717He likes to “read” in his bed at night, just like all the big kids.

He’s my little buddy.  He likes to go everywhere with me and stays close to my side.  The only place he’s really willing to go without me is Kate Housley’s house.

Whenever he’s going to play with a friend, he likes to take fruit snacks to share.

He’s not afraid to try any new food.  If he doesn’t like it, he’ll just spit it out and try something else.

He’s good about cleaning up after himself.  If he needs a bribe for an especially hard job, a sticker is great motivation.

I sure do love having him around!

Happy Birthday Simon!

1 comment:

  1. Aww...cute little guy...poor thing about the birthday grumpies...