Happy Birthday, Baby!
December 2, 2007 by Niksmom
You know it doesn’t make much sense
There ought to be a law against
Anyone who takes offense
At a day in your celebration
Cause we all know in our minds
That there ought to be a time
That we can set aside
To show just how much we love you
And I’m sure you would agree
It couldn’t fit more perfectly
Than to have a world party on the day you came to be
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
“Happy Birthday” ~ Stevie Wonder
Oh what a wonderful and emotional day today! My baby —my tiny miracle who came into the world far too early, who has fought so hard for everything he’s achieved, the boy with the smile that can light up my darkness and a laugh that is music to my soul— turned four today!
Hard to imagine; the time has gone so fast! We’ve gone from this
in what seems like the blink of an eye!
To celebrate today, we took a special trip on the Santa Claus Express Train run by this outfit
. It was cold and sleeting when we arrived and Nik wanted to walk, walk, walk. Brrr! But walk he did…with Daddy while Mommy got some “supplies” to keep him occupied during the ninety minute
train ride through the scenic Red Clay Valley.
We weren’t sure how Nik would handle the potential sensory overload. He amazed us by being a very happy little railroader until almost the end of the trip.
As long as the train was in motion, Nik seemed to be very relaxed and content to sit on one of our laps. That doesn’t surprise me as Nik has always been a very good car traveler and seems to enjoy looking out the window on our journeys. In fact, he was probably less ram
bunctious than some of the other four year old boys on the same train! Of course, that may have been because they were all eagerly awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus in our rail car; Nik hasn’t yet figured out who the fat guy with the beard and red suit are. Maybe next year? In any event, he seemed to really enjoy himself. We did too.
By the time we arrived home, Nik was pretty tired and took a short nap before we had to head down the street to his Nanny and Granddaddy’s house for a special birthday dinner. It was really special this year because his Aunt J and (maybe one day Uncle) W, joined us for dinner. So did Nik’s cousin, E, and her boyfriend T. It was a small gathering but felt festive. And it was wonderful to watch my sister and my niece both really play with Nik. It’s been a long road for them to get comfortable with simply being with Nik —a sign that they’ve all three grown tremendously over the last year!
Nik sat in his booster and took tastes of Mommy and Daddy’s food through the entire meal. He even had some of the cake and yummy homemade peppermint ice cream —made just for him by his doting Nanny! There were gifts aplenty (more on that in another post later) and smiles all the way around.
Nik tumbled into bed and was sound asleep within minutes of getting home. Niksdad and I reflected over the last four years and how far we’ve come —both as parents and as a family.
My heart is so full that it’s overflowing through my eyes.
Here’s Nik’s first-ever train ride…