so the birthday gifts are starting to secretly pile up in the front hall (and guest bedroom, for one rather enormous package) closet(s). somehow we’ve been able to sneak all but the very first one (a few weeks ago, and let me tell you what kind of good times THAT was. boy lost his mind that day and then every day for the next week and then every other day for the week after.. sigh. almost 3 yr olds are the opposite of champions of delayed gratification) into the house without gus noticing. i’m starting to get really really excited for sunday! this is the first time that gus REALLY gets what having a birthday can mean. at least — as far as HE is concerned, it means CAKE AND PACKAGES!!! which, well, sometimes i think that’s all it really needs to mean for him anyway 🙂 we’re going to go to the zoo to keep up the birthday tradition for one more year, and then we’ll come home and have lunch and skull cupcakes and open packages. and then next week we’ll have his playmates and their families over for snacks and a skeleton cake (ideally, he would like cupcakes AND a cake for his birthday, but i feel like that is more baking than mama really feels like she can handle). nothing too fancy or crazy, but it’s fun to see how excited he is getting anticipating the cakes and packages. he picked out some winnie the pooh candles today. i’ve been figuring out how i am going to make an entire skeleton on a sheet cake and deciding whether i want to wing making black icing or buy a tube of something (i think i’m going to give it a shot). we’ve been trying to figure out what gifts will be from mama and papa — the first time we’ve bought him any presents for his birthday or the holidays, simply because up until now he’s never really noticed what was from whom. but not only does he ask, now, “who gave this to me?” which perhaps is reason enough to get him something from us, but also we just can’t quite resist this time. and so it’s been fun thinking about what we might like him to have from us. it’s been fun, too, thinking about how he’ll get some new toys for US to play with — that is, mama and papa have long been understimulated by the things we have on hand, and yes, i have to admit that it is fun to get a fresh start with some new “cool things” around here. and that means i’ll get a chance to move some things out of gus’ room into the basement to wait for chilly (or to spirit away to the indoor yard sale i am participating in next weekend). i’m also debating about whether to open the packages ourselves sat night while gus is sleeping and to wrap their contents in actual wrapping paper.. although he LOVES opening packages, he might like to open some paper-wrapped ones too..
once again we get to experience the joy and excitement of birthdays through gus’ joy and excitement. dang having kids is so much fun!