Little man had a birthday a week ago! We were so excited to celebrate him and make a huge deal out of this milestone. Because we both had to work on the actual day of his birthday we decided to celebrate on Saturday. At first he was less than thrilled (or so he said, we are learning that the words he says usually isn’t what he is truly feeling, but a defense mechanism), but as we were walking through a store he said to a complete stranger “I get to celebrate my birthday on two days!” So truly, he was thrilled on the inside that we were making the day all about him.
We had decided one of his gifts from us was to pick out new bedding for his bed. We thought how fun for him to be able pick whatever “print/character” he wanted and know every time he looked at his bed that he had made that fun choice. So, we told him that we all were going to the store and he was allowed to pick out new sheets, pillowcases and a comforter…he was again less than thrilled. He said “I don’t want to pick out new sheets.” Wow…yet once again our idea of something that might make him feel special and included he was not happy with. But when we got to the store and got to the kids bedding aisle…he went crazy! He was so excited he wanted to get 3 or 4 sets and he just couldn’t decided. Now, just about every day he mentions something about the sheets that he picked out, or comments about something on the sheets, etc. It is amazing how a 6 year old tries so hard to shield himself from enjoying life and having fun and celebrating those special moments…why, we don’t know, but sadly we can only imagine.
We continued the day with another one of his favorites…Happy Meal from McDonald’s and 6 helium balloons and then Ryan cooked his favorite spaghetti and we had candles on chocolate cake for dinner.
He has taught us so much in the last 3 months and we pray that we can celebrate his 7th birthday with him also and see what else he can teach us in the next 12 months.