Gage turns 5 today!

I cannot believe my little man is 5 years old today.  He is funny, smart, loving, goofy, social, curious, and opinionated. He continues to surprise me with his progress. I spend a lot of (way too much) time worrying about the important day-to-day struggles but today I just sit and appreciate him and how far he’s come.  We had his (crazy) birthday party yesterday at the nature center where he went to camp and he had a blast.  I like parties and I like to invite all of Gage’s friends because I want anyone who wants to help him celebrate to come. We had 21 kids (and 2 newborns) plus parents.  It was chaos 🙂  The naturalist spent and hour with he kids, taking them on a walk outside to dig in the dirt for things to feed the center’s turtle and they were able to pet a snake.  It was when they came back in for the cake  that things got silly.  We started singing Happy Birthday and I realized I had only put 4 candles on the cake!!  I had to stop everyone and add one, jeesh!  So we sang again and a friend next to Gage blew out the candles.  Tears came and we relit the candles and sang AGAIN!  But he was upset and despite lots of moist blows could not get that 5th candle blown out (more tears).  But after that things went back to normal until the last few of his friends left and then he was sad 😦  My guy does not mind a crazy party!

Here he is through the years….

5!

5!

 

4th birthday4!

bdcake13!

2!

1!

And his birth story is here 🙂