Opie & The Geeg, friends since age 0
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!
Remember this? It seems like ages ago.
More like 3 years. I know it seems like a bit of a cliche to say this, but honestly? Where does the time go?! When PB was a baby, someone wisely told me that the days go by slowly but the years pass quickly. That felt very true then (oh, how slowly some days would go in the beginning), but resonates especially well now. She’s been in our family for three whole years now!
At this age she is a total jabber-box! Nearly nonstop stories, questions, jokes, and conversations with her toys. She loves to “get fancy” and dance ballet, pretend to be chased by alligators or hot lava, and will eat an adult-size serving of ice cream anytime, anywhere. Parenthood is both easier and more difficult that it has ever been. I suspect that will always be the case. For now, I am focusing on staying in the moment and taking in every bit of her vivacious presence.
Mini Water’s Edge Cardigan by Hannah Fettig
I knit her a birthday sweater, of course. I did the same when she turned one and two. This was the first year PB was able to collaborate with me on the project. When asked what color sweater she wanted, she suggested purple and even helped choose the button. Before you get too misty-eyed, know that by helped I mean she wreaked havoc on my button collection while I kept pushing my pre-selected button faves in her direction. In the end, she honestly did pick this matching ceramic button, much to my delight.
Happy birthday, my darling!