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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Cake Happens

The weather se perfect, day celebration.
–Nat, age 2 1/2, (1992) quoting from Babar the King, which he had memorized around the time Max was born.

What a day, what a party! Blinding blue sky, after days and days of rain, went along with my bouncy, happy mood. I had something to look forward to: lots of family, lots of Nat’s friends and their families (who are also my friends), Nat’s new housemates, and staff. A moonbounce, a large fruit basket, and a cake that was fun and outrageously delicious: a 3-D cake model of Nat’s new home, complete with tall green frosting trees, a frosting Donnie, (the main house faculty guy), and some of the kids, and a blond frosting Nat. We all ate tons of it.

Tabblo: Nat's Graduation Party

And best of all, the real Nat grinned brightly almost the entire day, particularly when the van full of housemates pulled up!

* * *

–So then that happened.

Alec Baldwin, “State and Main”

…And just as I finished the above, I heard this terrible wretching sound: Nat was walking frantically around downstairs, trying hard not to vomit. Panicked House Barfies. “Go into the bathroom, Darling!” I said, pulling him into the tiny downstairs bathroom.
“NO,” he said.
“You’re going to throw up, Natty. Go into the bathroom. Let it out, you’ll feel better when it all comes out.”
Blooooh-eh! NO frow up.”
“Natty, no one likes to throw up, but you have to do it. Get into the bathroom.”
“Bloooooh-eh!” Splat! There it went on the floor in the main hallway. I put my hand on his back and propelled him into the bathroom, where he got rid of the rest of it, poor darling.

Ned and I stood over him. Then I put Nat into his bed. “Yes, yes,” he whispered, accepting whatever comfort I offered him: cold wash cloth, towel, kiss.

Too much cake, I guess.


What an awesome party Susan. I’m sure Nat will never forget it! I love the bouncy thing idea too! You’re never too old right?

— added by Bonnie on Sunday, July 27, 2008 at 11:56 am

Indeed, but so hard to resist! However, I thought that the scream was going to come from you when you bonked your head on that open cupboard door! Eek! I think that just about every photograph of me has me ‘in motion / blurry’ with a dishcloth in my hand!
Best wishes

— added by Maddy on Sunday, July 27, 2008 at 12:26 pm

Yeah, bouncy + cake usually = barf, says the mom of a kid at the age where he usually gets invited to bouncy birthday parties. LOL. Oh well, at least you know he had a REALLY good time.

Congrats on a great day and a terrific party, I’m keeping you and Natty in my prayers. Hoping tomorrow goes smoothly.

— added by ASDmomNC on Sunday, July 27, 2008 at 1:19 pm

You are such an amazing Mom! That cake is awesome. FYI, I’ll see Nat every Thursday when I pick up J. for speech. Sometimes I sit next to him. I’ll keep my eye on him for you. He always seems very happy, patient and friendly. He lets me squish in next to him if there’s a shortage of room to sit on the bench…so sweet. This week I’ll be thinking of you and your family with great admiration.

— added by Candy on Monday, July 28, 2008 at 12:52 am

quite interesting I’m sure that everybody will never forget it!

— added by peter on Friday, April 17, 2009 at 6:32 am

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