These 3 years have been sweet. Daniel has an infectious smile, a mischievous grin and a delightful personality. He comes up to me many times a day wanting to give a "kiss and hug". Never mind that it really only includes a hug most of the time - to him they are a package deal. Daniel laughs often, loves easily and brings such joy to our lives! He is so much fun!!! I think 2 year olds get a bad rap - it really is a delightful age.
This morning, Rebecca asked Daniel what things he would like to do for his birthday tomorrow. It's our tradition to allow the birthday child to choose the meals and the activities for the day. Rebecca made a list of the things that he said.
- Turn the key in Daddy's car (he is fascinated with our vehicles!)
- Turn the key in Mommy's car
- Mickey Mouse movie
- Go see Mrs. Yvette
- Read book
- People lay on pillows and sleep (I want to do this one!)
- Eat birthday cake
- Caillou movie
- Birthday present
- Basketball game
Oh, this list made me chuckle! I'm not sure where some of them came from - like a basketball game - since he doesn't play! All in all it looks to be a fun day and that it will be an easy thing to please this little fellow. (Below is one of the 95 photos he took recently.)
One other sweet moment with my littlest man was at naptime. He was awakened before he was ready and came into my room looking a little out of sorts. I told him to climb up on my bed and he snuggled up next to me and fell asleep. He had my arm pulled over his chest which reminded me of my first little boy when he was that age. It was the way that he felt secure and safe. It is a memory that was sweet to me then and even sweeter all these years later. I enjoy cuddling with a sleeping child. It starts early with mine as I hold my sleeping infants as much as I can.
Tonight Roger took the children to Toys R Us to pick out a gift for Daniel. We were looking for something to play with outside. They chose a wagon. We've considered one for years, but have never had one. I hope he'll enjoy it! I think Eliana will too one day.
While they were out, Eliana and I went to Babies R Us to buy a few things. It's a new store near our home and it was my first time there. I did something I haven't done before - I bought formula. So what, you may be thinking. I'm not sure why, but it was hard for me. You'd think I could just give it up, but after nursing 5 children (and loving it) this was a hard thing for me to let go of both then and now. Sometimes it is just the little reminders that things aren't the way that I had hoped. We haven't gone out much either and at times it is hard to have people "ignore" your child. :-( I'm sure people don't know what to say.
One other thing that was hard today. Eliana ate nothing from her bottle. She took a few sips a couple of times but I'm not even sure if she swallowed at all. I think even in the midst of heart failure she always took at least something. I remember one day, close to her surgery, where I thought she might go all day without eating orally. She finally took almost an ounce at her last feeding of the day. This was a first that I didn't like to see. :-( It confirms that going with the G-tube is going to be for the best for my sweet girl.
On a happier note, I wanted to share a little video clip. I hope it works.
ETA: It didn't work. I'm not sure how to add it, though I know there is a way. I'll post it when it gets figured out. If anyone knows how to help me, please do. Kristina?
I tried to get a shot of Christopher with Eliana that showed how much they love each other. Tonight they were sitting beside each other on the sofa and as I looked over I saw her looking up at him. What a lucky little girl! She is blessed with 4 big brothers and a big sister too! They all adore her and the feeling is mutual. Christopher loves playing with Eliana and will frequently come and swoop her away from me or out of her crib. I love seeing him with her - loving her and enjoying her and finding her delightful. I pray that their relationship will always be like this.
Tomorrow we will be celebrating Daniel. As a funny, I've been asking him recently how old he was. When he didn't answer, I would tell him that he was two. Sometimes I would add that he would "soon be three". His response was always "No I'm not. I'm Daniel." So very thankful for my precious little boy!