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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Birfday is coming

What do I do? What would he like? How do I make this birthday special for him?
He said, “frosting. Birfday cake.”
Ned said, “What color frosting?”
Nat said, “Chocolate and vanilla, chocolate and vanilla. Bake Nat’s birfday cake now, yes.”
Ned said, “We could make him a cake every day this week?”
I said, “I could.”
I have bought him one book, National Geographic’s Planet Ocean, a huge tome of simple questions everyone wants to know about the sea, with gorgeous glossy photographs and answers.
I am thinking about renting a moonbounce, and having one or two of his friends, but it is cold out.
On his birfday I will be like clockwork. All meals served and cleaned up on time, all family members seated on time, using salt, eating correctly.
I will probably play a certain song that was on my labor tape and cry a lot, remembering. But not while he’s around, because he hates it when I cry.
I will try to guess his silly talk, because lately that makes him laugh and laugh.
I will look at his baby pictures and the video of his bris with him.
His teachers will throw a big party for him in school and invite other classrooms to attend.
I will hug and kiss him a lot.


And we will celebrate the wonder and beauty that is your beautiful boy.

— added by Niksmom on Sunday, November 11, 2007 at 10:22 am

How about if you do the one cake for every day of his birthday week idea and you get one of those “photo cakes” made and get them to put his self portrait on it. Do you think that would make him smile?


— added by Anonymous on Sunday, November 11, 2007 at 11:26 am

Birthdays can be difficult cant they?
As you said, make him laugh and hug and kiss him a lot!

— added by Casdok on Sunday, November 11, 2007 at 1:05 pm

And he will know he is loved.

— added by Someone Said on Sunday, November 11, 2007 at 1:45 pm

We just celebrated Em’s upcoming birthday by renting out the local High School pool for an hour of swim followed by an hour of pizza/cake in the adjacent lobby. Many of her classmates came and it was just great! Everyone seemed to have a good time. Whatever you do for Nat I’m sure it’ll be wonderful, and accompanied by one ( or more) of your famous cakes!

— added by Em's Mom on Sunday, November 11, 2007 at 2:06 pm

Sounds wonderful! Birthdays are always a challenge for the child and parent, it seems.

— added by Marla on Sunday, November 11, 2007 at 4:12 pm

Your parenting is inspirational.

Because he likes the ocean, I want to ask if have you seen the BBC series, Planet Earth (running now on the Discovery Channel, I think)? Truly phenomenal work–I had never seen anything like it. There is a feature on the seas.

You can also buy the DVDs now, too.

We have watched it projected on a big screen (with a DVD projector) with another family with 7th and 4th graders (mine is in seventh) — the kids like it, too.

— added by celeste w, studio 501c on Monday, November 12, 2007 at 12:24 am

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