So The Little Guy turned one the other day!! We made it through the first year. I seriously think it gets more fun each day. I love that he’s getting old enough to play with us and communicate; I think the best moments are hearing him laugh so hard he lies on the ground because he can’t sit up. I don’t know of a more contagious laughter than that of a child.
We kept the celebration pretty simple and intimate. We let him open his presents in the morning before I went to work. We live in a downtown apartment and don’t have a ton of space, so to date, we have limited his toy collection. But a first birthday provided plenty of reason to celebrate, so grandparents and other friends and family sent along a great array of new toys to explore. Of all the things he (I) opened (for him), he loved the cards and the boxes the most. As for the actual toys, he pretty much could not have cared less – oh man. But after getting some things pulled out of boxes and spending a little time figuring out how to use things, he’s warming up to the good stuff!
Update: At two years old, he’s finally loving this bike and just recently learned to use the pedals. Who hoo!
I am sure all parents can relate to the pile of goodies that have to be assembled after a birthday party and today was no different for us. I spent the following day assembling his Radio Flyer tricycle, his lawn mower, and his “buggy” (sort of a cross between a car and a wagon). Pretty much one could just call me a good ol’ Henry Ford after the vehicle construction I completed.
In the evening, we gave him his birthday cupcake. He poked at the frosting, took a few finger fulls, ate a bite or two of the cake, and proceeded to throw the rest on the floor. He eats a pretty healthy diet of mostly meats and produce, so maybe all the new foreign flavors confused him a bit. But if he ends up being a little boy who doesn’t care for chocolate, I might start to wonder if he’s really mine?!
Update again: He found his sweet tooth – big time! He can’t get enough cookies and donuts, so we do our best to hold him to a reasonable share of junk food.
For those wondering what a “good ‘ol Henry Ford” might wear to celebrate a child’s birthday, I am pretty sure he would suit up in a head to toe get-up of purple and polka dots with a touch of leopard print on his shoes. No? Regardless, that’s what this Henry Ford wore, though I did change into more appropriate attire for my shift at the plant building The Little Guy’s new toys.