He's now a "big boy" (according to him at the very least).
And because I'm blogging, I get to be the soppy mum for a minute and say I'm so proud of who he's turning out to be.
He's smart and funny and entertaining and fun to be around. He can be generous and exceptionally loving. He loves playing with his friends, but is also happy to play alone (lucky really, given that he's an only child!).
He's just as anal as me about things being done "right". He's very good at demanding to be heard (especially if I'm on the phone or talking to someone else) and he generally knows what he wants.
I'm enjoying watching him change and grow and discover, and I wonder what kind of a "big boy" he'll be, and what kind of man.
Anyway, enough of the self-gratifying reflections, let's get on to the good stuff!
The night before his birthday, the Big Fella and I blew up a few balloons and hung them in the living area, and I put the present from us and from one set of grandparents on the table.
When he woke up and came to the living area he was stoked by the balloons! Amazing how something so small can be so exciting when you're that young :-)
Then, of course, he saw the presents and was into it!!! We started with the one from the Big Fella's parents.
Obviously the Little Big Fella had to have a go too :-D And he LOVED it! No doubt that book will be regularly referenced in the future!
Well, as much fun as planes are, there was another present to open so we dragged the Little Big Fella back to the table to see what was there.
Insert side story here:
The Little Big Fella has been thoroughly enjoying the few dress-ups that he has over the past few months, so I'd considered buying him another one for his birthday. But I hadn't gotten around to it.
So last week I was looking at super hero costumes online. You know, Iron Man, the Green Lantern, Spiderman... I couldn't decide which one I thought my son would like best, so I decided to get him involved.
I sat him on my lap and we looked through a few pages of boys costumes. He was quite taken with the Green Lantern... until he saw...
Yep, it is! Darth Vader! Not a Jedi costume, but Darth Vader. This is what he chose out of all the superheroes we looked at!!!
Of course, he had to try it on and show himself in the mirror straight away :-D
When we got home from playgroup, the Big Fella had been to the post office and discovered another present for the birthday boy. This one was from my parents.
It was an Iron Man 3 figure with car and guns and it got an absolute workout! It almost got taken to the park in the afternoon, but thankfully I was able to talk the Little Big Fella out of that one.
The Easter event at the park that afternoon was great fun too. Funnily enough, the Little Big Fella thought it was his party in the park! He got to play with his best friend, and plenty of his other friends. They had sno cones (crushed ice with incredibly sweet coloured syrup) and fairy floss and a little jumping castle!!! And the Little Big Fella won a prize for the Easter hat he'd made in playgroup that morning!
Talk about a massive day!
Originally I'd planned to have a couple of the Little Big Fella's friends over for a small party, then have a cake at the park for everyone. But because of playgroup and then the Lions event, I'd decided not to.
But the Little Big Fella kept talking about having his friends at his house for a birthday party, so I decided to go ahead and have one.
Unlike previous parties, I didn't want to spend weeks (months) preparing for it and wanted to make it pretty simple. So I made a superhero cape for each of the boys, got some cardboard masks, a Spiderman pez dispenser and a bag of teddy biscuits and made that the party bag, intending to give it to each of the boys as they arrived.
As well as the balloons we'd put up the day before, I stuck some streamers around the place and that was it for decoration.
For food I just did a plate of fruit, a bowl of chips (crisps), and some party pies and sausage rolls with sauce.
Well, unfortunately the party with a few friends didn't quite turn out as expected.
The Little Big Fella's best friend went camping first thing on the day of the party.
Another friend woke up with a tummy bug that morning so couldn't come.
The third friend's mum had booked an appointment with the hairdresser so couldn't get to the party.
So only one friend (and his sister) ended up coming. And they had a great time and the Little Big Fella thought it was awesome! He even took off his Darth Vader costume and let his friend try it on!!!
It was definitely the most laid back party I've done so far, but apparently it was still a success! Hip, hip... hooray!!!!!