Late in the evening, long after the Goosey-boy was fast asleep, Iain and Elijah helped me to lay out a path of stars from his bed to his birthday table. They were very excited by being granted this honor (yeah, they were probably pretty stoked about staying up late too).You can count this as my Yellow Day 5, since I didn’t get around to posting it separately, as I had planned.
I really wanted to take some fabulous pictures of the celebration, but between juggling a baby and a camera, lighting that doesn’t always cooperate, and those times when somebody else was doing the picture taking, I didn’t really end up with the selection that I envisioned. I know, I know, it shouldn’t really matter, but I do like for them to have these things to look through as they get older and I like having them for me too! Here are some of the pictures from his special day…some illustrating the festivities and some that just made me smile!
We had other things for him to open though. There were lacing cards from Aunt Tina. The boys pooled their money to buy him a little wooden bowl and culled their collections to find a few little treasures that they knew he would adore. The favorite of these being the very old little wind-up bird in a cage that my Mother-in-law found at a yard sale years ago and gifted to Elijah. Elijah had been telling him for weeks that “Peeper” would come to sing happy birthday to him and knowing how very happy it would make him, Elijah decided to surprise him by giving Peeper to him.
Then there was “The Big Book of Baby Galen”, which is what we’ve been calling the photo book that I made for him.
I’ve been working on it since his birth and we finally decided to have it printed out. With a new little one in the house there have been lots of questions about what life was like when *he* was little. And a common refrain these days starts with, “When I was very tiny…” And now he can see for himself that yes, indeed I did carry him in a sling and nurse him and do all the very same things that he sees me doing for Màiri now.
We found out the day before that Me-Mom and Pop-pop could actually make it up for his birthday. So he got to have a lovely birthday visit with them. We had a sledding party with our dear neighbor and one other family. The family of his little friend who is exactly 4 months younger then him. The two of them are adorable together and run all over the place holding hands and chattering away.
Then we all went back to our house for dinner. The birthday boy requested chicken noodle soup, which was really just right after an afternoon of sledding. Of course on the day before, when Iain asked me what Galen’s birthday dinner would be, he immediately pipped up with “CAKE!” And of course he got cake too. Squash cake with raisins and dates and orange zest, topped with coconut cream icing and all made into the shape of a teddy bear (of course!).