Monday, June 23, 2008

D1 Turns Four

We celebrated D1's birthday yesterday with a rather low-key celebration, just in case it had to be postponed. We missed our chance to have four children under the age of four, though. (Not that I had that as a goal.)

Alas, I forgot to make the birthday crown. But she had a snowman cake. (No, I don't know why. It was what she wanted.) She opened presents. She played with friends. In short, it was all that a birthday required.

As she has since infancy, D1 loves people. No need to prompt her to say "thank you" for her presents--she's ready to call up all absent family members on the spot. (In fact, the only time in recent memory she threw a tantrum was when I refused to let her take part in a phone conversation with my doula. She still has not learned that not *everybody* in the world wants to talk to her, or that we cannot randomly invite ourselves over to strangers' homes.)

She likes to read books with plots of her own composition, to write long words nobody else can read, and to sing songs never heard before. She knows what needs to be done, and she's happy to tell you how to do it. She can do practically anything around the house accessible to people under four feet tall, including folding and organizing her laundry more neatly than I can. She is baby-crazy and very eager to see her big sisterly role expand.

8 comments:

Steve said...

Fun party! Thanks for inviting us.

Re: four under 4, you can still shoot for five under 5.

burgundian said...

Two words: no way.

Queen of Carrots said...

Hey, we could even still shoot for SIX under five.

Or not.

Carrie said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY (from us)!

Juliana said...

Happy Birthday D1! You're doing a great job. You're a little lady after my own heart. Thanks for helping out your Mom. Wish I could be there to help too!

Kari Underwood said...

Four children four and under still sounds pretty impressive. :)

Kinsleys3 said...

Four years? Unbelieveable! What a little lady :-)

the Joneses said...

I'm surprised every year that she's growing up, because she was the baby when I first started reading your blog. Four years! She sounds like the type your household is going to need for the next few years. :)

-- SJ