Sunday, August 9, 2015

Simon Tirfe

We have been doing a lot of celebrating in this house-- it seems like we are always doing a lot of celebrating but today is a special day because Simon Tirfe is three!

We celebrated Simon's birthday a couple weeks ago with a beach barbecue.  I wasn't sure if I was going to do a kid party for Simon because I didn't think he would 'get' it.  Boy, was I wrong.  Thank goodness for friends who encouraged me to do it!

My heart was warm with love as I saw him open his own presents-- blow out his own birthday candles and give away his bubble favors to his friends.  It was one of my favorite days so far as a parent.  I love seeing him confident and feeling like the king of the world!

He is three but in some ways I feel like I am just getting to know him.   He has been talking so much more in the last couple months-- and with more confidence.  It's opened up a whole side of his personality that I think we were guessing at before.  He was a toddler who spoke like a baby---suddenly we have a boy in the house with all these opinions, tinkering, joy, pain and some pretty awesome, fall on the floor, kick your legs, cartoony temper tantrums.   It's pretty great.

It's been just over two years since he came to our home in Minneapolis.  I am in awe of how far we have come-- we all have come. I was thinking back to those early days with this motoring baby speed crawling through our house, getting up at 3 AM with coffee, venturing out with him for the first time, the trust that we had to build, the joy yet to experience.  There was so much expectation and hope.

It took some time, but I feel like we are seeing what the promise of what we hoped for in those first few days and weeks.   Everything with Simon has been sudden*-- we suddenly had a motoring baby in the house** Now we suddenly have a little boy.

Happy Birthday Simon.

*Except for that three year waiting thing.  Not sudden at all.
** which is so different of an experience than bringing a newborn home.  

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