Monday, May 3, 2010

and just like that, my youngest child is six years old

(lots of pics ahead)

Seriously, time flies, ya'll. 

I remember so many details about my pregnancy and delivery with him.  Even though I only gained 17 lbs total with him, I still was compared to looking like an Easter Egg around the time he was due.  He was a repeat C-section, but did not cry for the first 20-30 seconds after birth.  They got him breathing and crying, let me see him for a second, and then whisked away to the NICU due to fluid in his lungs.  I didn't even get to hold him until the end of his second day alive!  My biggest complaint from my 4-day hospital stay was the fact that I was the only C-section mom with a baby in the NICU on the first floor, yet I was on the 2nd floor of the hospital if I remember right.  But worse than that was having to leave the hospital and go home without him for a week.  Heartbreak.

But all ended up well. 

One big thing everyone will tell you about Ethan, he was and still is a very smiley kid.  Even as a baby, he just smiled and smiled.  He's still very much like that.  I love him lots and lots and am so glad he's in our family.

For E's day off school, he and I hit Denny's for breakfast (what else?!).  Dad was at work, so it was just a mother-son date!

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Then we hit up the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" movie, which I have to admit, was really funny.  We both laughed a lot.

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That afternoon and before the boys came home from school, he decided he wanted to do some slip n' slide action in the back yard.

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Later that night, we ate at Red Robin (woot woot!  my favorite place too!) and joined our friends for dinner and a giant dessert! 

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It was a fun day for this little guy.

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(Sorry Chris, I saw this and just had to put it in here)

Saturday, for his actual party, he chose the special outing of a trip to the zoo with Grandma.

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They went to the Wildlife World Zoo here in town-so expensive that we've never been, even though it's only like 5 minutes away.

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He had fun with the turtles, parrots, giraffes, and much much more. 

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He rode the log ride, the tram, the skyrail, the carousel, the boat, and ate a giant snow cone.  He fed manta rays, fish, deer, and goats.  What a nice birthday trip!

Then, we invited some neighbor kids over and had "UP" cupcakes.  Sooo easy.  I thought it came out pretty cute, and felt that I'd redeemed myself from Cameron's ghost cake last month.  Ha. 

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Love you kiddo!

7 comments:

hairball said...

Yet another bday cake idea I am stealing from your blog. Thanks so much!!
Elise

Anonymous said...

How cute are those pictures! And that cake was adorable! Happy B-day Ethan!

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Teri said...

fun times!!! I so want to go to that zoo but so expensive!!...can you believe we almost sung to him for a 3rd time on sunday!!!HA! Hope he had a great birthday!

laurie b said...

sounds like Ethan had a great birthday. he is such a sweetie! how did you frost those cupcakes so perfect??? yum!

jinxi~ aka angi said...

WHAT AN AWESOME birthday!!!!

I have to admit when I saw the header I didnt want to read it because I thought Id cry.. but Im so happy I took the plunge.

What a great kid, and you are right.. he is sure smiley.. love it!!!
I love the slip n slide photos.. what a fun afternoon and the interaction with the animals.. wow.. that was so cool!

happy birthday to your baby!!!

Lorie said...

The cake turned out great!!!

Delfina said...

Sounds like a very exciting birthday!