Sunday, April 21, 2013

I blinked

5 years old.   My little man somehow turned 5 on April 15th.
Parenthood is a strange thing.   They grow up so fast and time just seems to FLY by - but then it's hard to remember a time when he wasn't in our lives.   What the hell did we do with our time before we had a child? I have NO idea....even though we had a whole 6 years of marriage first.
What is it they say?  The days are long - but the years are short?   SO TRUE.
Hubs and I stood hand in hand in his doorway last night and just stared at our sleeping bedheaded boy in disbelief that we now have a 5 year old.   I of course had to cut it short because in my fragile hormonal state I was about to be a blubbering MESS.   Pregnancy makes me cry...over everything.   You know that Budweiser commercial with the horse and his trainer that they played during the Superbowl?  Yeah, forget it....I had to leave the room.  The father and son cancer survivors have to bail off the Amazing Race?   Me = teary mess.

5 is going to be a milestone for our little guy.  He is going to become a big brother in a few months...graduating preschool and then will be starting Kindergarten.  To say I have anxiety about this would be an understatement.   Adam does not seem to handle change well and those are two very big changes within a few short weeks of each other.
I digressed...see?   Anxiety!   Lets move on...

Hub's birthday was on Easter Sunday this year, so we decided to drive up to San Francisco and see his family.  Our dog was scheduled for surgery the following week and would have a 2 month recovery following (this is a whole other post!) so we kind of figured it might be our last opportunity to get up there what with the pregnancy and all.  
The day before, I took Adam to an Easter Egg hunt at church since we weren't sure if the weather would allow us to do one up north.
Turns out all the eggs were empty and they gathered all these kids around to talk about finding the tomb empty...only to discover Jesus had risen!   I get that they were trying to make a point and all - but dude, hunting for empty eggs, wee bit of a letdown for kids this age.   Luckily, once the kids turned in their eggs, they got a bag of candy in it's place and this boy was happy to have chocolate to eat.
Later that night, we dyed real Easter Eggs since we like have a mix of both plastic and hard boiled...
Nothing like dying eggs in your tightey whiteys!
The next day we drove up to a late start and questioned ourselves as to why we decided to leave on Easter morning....and then had a minor car puking incident which is never fun.  But eventually we got there and had a nice dinner with all the family.   It was rainy and overcast, so we did an indoor egghunt with all the kids and it was fun and chaotic and I didn't get ANY pictures.
On Monday we took Adam to the Aquarium at the Wharf which we'd never been to and was actually VERY cool.  Long tunnels with fish all around you.  I had to stop myself from thinking about what would happen in an earthquake down there (umm, claustraphobic much?)...but still, really neat.

 We had Rocky the Raccoon and school mascot with us, so he had an adventurous day as well.


 We finished off our Pier 39 trip with a swing by the fun hat store where Adam picked out this little number...and surprised us by wearing it all over.   Pretty hilarious.
 We went back to the house and had dinner with family again and Nana and his cousins made star wars cupcakes for Adam for an early birthday celebration....

Before heading home on Tuesday, we stopped by my friend Amanda's to meet her to 12 day old baby boy

He is so cute!  It was a funny realization for hubs and I to discover we forgot how to transfer a newborn from one person to the gotta hold their head and they just seem so fragile and neither one of us was in the right position.  Awkward.  I'm sure it'll all come back to us, but man it feels sometimes like we are going to have to relearn everything.
Speaking of babies...I finally took a belly picture.   I am 25 weeks here:
Feeling pretty huge.  I've gained 7 pounds total and everything is going well but can I just say that it's HARDER this time?  I'm more tired and more things hurt...could be that it's because I'm 5 years older...or that I already have a kid to take care of...or that I'm on the go more what with preschool and swimming lessons and staffing for Awanas and working 2 jobs.  This kid kicks me like crazy...and hard too.   Sometimes I feel like such a wuss this time around - and other times I think about all the things that can go wrong during pregnancy and I'm super grateful that I'm not dealing with nausea or suffering major side effects that would prevent me from having a normal day.    I'll be 27 weeks tomorrow.  13 weeks to go!  I'm not at all prepared...haaaa.

So last Sunday we did a small birthday gig here at home.  We've learned that our kid doesn't handle large crowds well - even with people he knows, so we decided not to torture him with a big party.  We decorated the house, and invited all the family over and one neighbor friend.
Luckily our friends Ashlee and Jason were in town with their 3 boys.   Their oldest and Adam are only 5 months apart and they moved away and we MISS them, so we were thrilled to have a day to play with them all :)
 Adam wanted a rainbow cake, so I tried my hand at that...
 Except I dropped the green as I was pulling it out of the oven and it broken in pieces, so our cake was sadly without the green :(
(adam said "mom!  you have to be CAREFUL!"  heh)

He also wanted giant cheese pizza, so Hubs and Jason went to pick that up....
 For perspective sake...the small box is a large pizza....the big box is a giant pizza that barely fits through a doorway...haha.  Hilarious and always a big hit!
 He seemed to like the cake...

 Although in perfect stinker fashion - he did make a comment about the missing green....sigh.
 Tasted good though!   Cool Whip Frosting rules...
My parents got a giant hamster ball thing for him - so all the kids had a blast rolling around in that funny to watch!
All in all, a great birthday with both families.   My big 5 year old boy....I don't often feel like other people get to see his true personality because he's so shy around others - but he truly is a funny little guy with a sweet and kind heart.  He constantly gives me lots of hugs and kisses and "love you's".   He has such an imagination and it's fun to just sit and watch him entertain himself.   He is so excited about this baby and constantly asks "when is my baby coming out?".   Hubs and I so often mimic the heart exploding to each other because of something he does or says that just hits us right there in that spot that all parents have.   You know, that one spot...that can't believe this is your child and can't believe how much you could so completely love and adore another human being.   Man, do I love this kid!


k said...

What great birthdays! I am suitably impressed by that rainbow cake.

And you look FABULOUS!

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Kaci Mae said...

I saw your comment on my blog and had to hop over and see if I had missed any recent posts on yours. I loved this one--especially the picture of Adam standing alone under the decorations. If you are worried about the transition to adding a younger sibling, you should listen to this Elton John song (and sorry if it makes you blubber). I happened upon it about a week after Evan was born--and I had felt so like I was "cheating" on Sam to be bringing another baby home to love...until this song helped my perspective change.

And P.S: Don't you know you should be careful when removing hot green cake from the oven??? :)