Today was a kick-ass day. Boogermonkey’s birthday. A whopping two years old. 730 days. Over 10,000 nursing sessions, probably just as many (if not more) diapers, and a million kisses. He is the most awesome kid ever.
The day started with breakfast – scrambled eggs with spinach & sun-dried tomatoes, cooked by Llamaface, after a leisurely morning snuggle. I had wanted to go to the library for story time, but Llama & Booger took too long in the shower and with the self-grooming for that to happen.
Instead, we hopped on the bus and went downtown to the carousel. For a suggested donation of $2 per person, you get to go round & round to traditional Christmas tunes. The money goes to a children’s charity here in Seattle, though I forget which one. Booger went twice, first with me on the bench and then with Llama on the horse. We sat with a lady and her son on the bench and it turns out my midwife was her midwife 5 months ago for her younger son! Small world.
After that, it was a (kosher, beef) hot dog for lunch and birthday cupcakes.
We stopped at the mall, hoping to find something for my future father-in-law’s son (my future brother-in-law, I guess), but the store was sold out of the controller Llama said we should get him. While I browsed in Daiso, this awesome Japanese import store, Llama and Booger played a virtual game that’s projected on the mall floor. They had a blast and it made Booger thirsty so we all shared a PB&J smoothie & headed home. Booger & I napped while Llama went to the dentist to get some cavities filled. I was too tired to make dinner, so we went to Trader Joe’s for some frozen pizza & a tabletop Christmas tree. Booger & Llama decorated it while the pizza was in the oven. I suggested to Llama that we make that a tradition, getting the tree on Booger’s birthday. Booger had fun putting “balls on da flowah.”
He played a bit with some toys after dinner, including this really awesome farm set that Elias gave him. It’s felt and the pieces stick to the book. Each page is a different farm scene, like a barn or a field. He also wanted to read some stories in his “special chair,” a blue rocking recliner we picked up for free when a neighbor moved out & left it in the hallway. You can’t tell from the photo, but he’s reading The Shape of Me and Other Stuff, a favorite around here
Now he’s asleep, his first night as a two-year-old. I am SO LUCKY to be his mother, and I told him so tonight as he was settling down. He is an awesome kid and I can’t wait to see what the next year brings.