Three years ago today, our baby boy was born! Wow – what a trip this has been so far. I think Meghan was a “speedy tour bus through Washington DC with your eighth grade classmates” kind of trip; Griffin was “adventures with the circus” kind of trip; but our little Nay-Nay has been a “leisurely stroll through a beautiful field of wildflowers” kind of trip! 🙂 I’ve said it so many times – we just enjoy him so much, and we are so thankful for God’s blessing our family with this sweet little boy. (and again, for the record, everyone should have a third child!)
We actually celebrated his birthday last night because Wednesdays are so crazy for us, and the five of us are not home together until bedtime. So we stuck a candle in a cookie (leftover from the Super Bowl party), sang “Happy Birthday” and let him open his presents. You gotta love being the third child. His big party will be this weekend, so don’t feel too sorry for him. He got a new Leapster from all of us (since he had hijacked Griffin’s Leapster until it broke…now Griffin is hijacking Nathan’s, and they’ve been fighting over it all day!), a singing book from Uncle Harold & Aunt Stacey, and a very cool musical mat/game thing from my parents.
In keeping with tradition, I made blueberry muffins this morning for breakfast. After scarfing down a bowl of cereal while the muffins were baking, Nathan sang “Happy Birthday” with Griffin and me, blew out the candle in his muffin, swallowed the muffin whole (well, practically), and asked for another one! He asked me if I could put “fire” on it, so I stuck the candle back in, and he sang “Happy Birthday” to himself.
Now, just in case you think I am completely naive, or just really really lucky, let me set the record straight. I am fully aware that the age of three can be a nightmare. At age two, kids want to be independent (hence, “the terrible twos”). At age three, they learn to argue with you (hence, “the god-awful threes”). Nathan has certainly given us glimpses of this! I guess the difference this time is that 1) I know it’s a phase and will eventually pass, and 2) I just don’t care. I have a much more patient, laid-back attitude with him and his tantrums & arguments & screams. He’s much more adorable to me than annoying! There is so much truth to the whole “birth order” thing – why do you think the babies of the family are funny and easy-going?!?
Happy Birthday, Nathan! We love you SOOO much!