Thursday, March 11, 2010
We had pleasant weather for a few hours in a row the other day so I took Macy and Cooper outside to play. It was Macy's first time in the swing that I can remember, and she loved it. Cooper loved pushing her but was a little bit mad when we came in and he hadn't had a turn in the swing, too. He's so big that his shoes pop off when I try to pull him out.
Macy had a lovely birthday. Dad called to check on the "yearling". Then, we spent most of the afternoon re-doing her bedroom and the boys' bedroom, junking Cooper's ancient crib and exchanging it for the twin bed that had been in Macy's room for me to nurse her on. She got the rocking chair in its place. The kids loved climbing and jumping on the bare mattresses, etc. Then, she lucked out with one of our friends bringing over a big bag of really nice hand-me-downs for her without even knowing the occasion, and another friend brought us a warm loaf of banana bread that we had with our dinner. I was trying to decide what to make because Macy is kind of picky. So we had spaghetti with a handful of macaroni thrown in because she has been known to eat macaroni noodles, and corn, which she loved. And the banana bread, which she loved. And some yogurt because she would like to have that at every meal.
We weren't really planning on doing much to celebrate since we had already had a little get-together with the grandparents, but at the last minute we decided to go ahead with our "birthday adventure" tradition. I was stumped for a while about what kind of adventure a one-year-0ld would like, especially with such cold weather. (When Cooper was one, his adventure was a bubble bath...I know. Lame!) But I came up with something, and after dinner we piled into the Tahoe and went to PetSmart to look at the fish and stuff. It was great! And free! Macy was particularly fascinated and excited by the birds. So my bird-phobic experiences while I was pregnant with her must not have damaged her psyche. (Remember this? Two birds somehow getting trapped in my house within a few weeks of each other? Uggh.)
Then, home again for presents and cake. I've discovered the best present for a yearling, when you happen to be a fourth child, is a new pack of AA batteries!! She did have a couple of "new item" gifts, but mostly she got a few awesome, noisy, blinking toys that her brothers loved when they were her age that I had stowed in the closet once they died off. I don't know who has been the most excited about those...you can judge for yourself from the pictures.
Mark and I were cracking up at the kids all wanting to be her special (as in only) helper to teach her how to use the new stuff. We almost had to hide the toys to prevent WWIII before Macy even got to touch them.
Then there was our traditional chocolate Sunbeam Cake. Luckily, I remembered that Macy adores those teensy baby M&Ms, and had them sprinkled on top. When she saw that cake in front of her on the counter she almost scrambled out of her high chair trying to get at it before we could catch her. Pretty funny. Boston had to blow out her candle for her (to his credit, he did wait until I said he could...) . Macy had a couple of bites but mostly went digging through the frosting to find all the candies and then played peek-a-boo with her messy hands. It really was a perfect birthday. Wish you all could have been here! We still have cake...