This past weekend was a big one for our little family. The Geeg (formerly known as Peaceful Baby) turned 5, and we had activities large and small to commemorate this occasion.
Five felt like a significant birthday, almost as much as her first. Leslie and I joked that it was also our 5-year parenting anniversary, which really is the truth. This is the moment we can celebrate all the changes not only in our daughter, but in our lives and in our selves, since becoming parents. There are many, and it’s nice to have an annual opportunity to recognize and honor them.
We held a small party at a local nature center, where a guide taught the children all about a few amphibians and reptiles. There were frogs, newts, salamanders, two types of snakes, and a box turtle. The children had varying levels of interest in these creatures, which was fun to watch! G was in kid heaven, surrounded by her friends and by animals. It was a good day.
Two birthday celebrations, two batches of mama-made chocolate cake and cupcakes, thoughtful gifts from friends and family, a few surprises from the “birthday fairies”, the new privilege of chewing gum, and many little conversations about her life at 5 versus 4. This was our weekend.
This is going to be a big year!