Friday, July 18, 2008

Happy Birthday to Train

This was Ryan song when he saw his birthday cake. He saw me doing a cake the night before (do you think is something you can hide form this little curious mind?).
He also helped to beat the cream. He loves to help me with the cream especially as he gets his commission at the end.

The funniest thing is that he gives me instructions how to do the cake and shows me where the things are in my kitchen. He is a very curios and fast learner boy.

We started his birthday with a trip to the doctor to check on the new baby. It is a long drive 45 minutes but he enjoys it. While I see my doctor at the hospital, they have a small indoor play area for children. So he was there and found a little buddy to play with. Ryan was building towers and the other boy knocked them down. He was maybe 2 years old only. Ryan was doing over and over again and he laughed every time the other boy destroyed his work. I could hear him laughing and laughing. He enjoys little children and likes to play with them. I pray this will not change when his little brother will arrive.

After I finished there we decide to take a walk in the forest near the hospital. So after a snack time (Ryan's favorite time) we started on the muddy path. It rained all the night before. Ryan loves to walk and he started looking for snails and other animals. He was interested if we will see any animals so Dennis joked that maybe we will see some bears. So when we were ready to come back Ryan said “No let’s go farther to see the bears”. There are no bears and we tried to explain but in the car he said that he is disappointed that we didn’t go to see the bears.

Home his consolation was a big package. His birthday present was a fire station construction set. Dennis worked with him to build it up and I could see his eyes lighting every time when he could see the things coming together. It took a lot of time as he was taking the instructions away to check if Dennis is doing the right thing. I could hear from the kitchen “No! This is not the right one. Take this daddy. Oh, yes this looks better tnow. “When everything was done even the fire truck who has lights and noise Ryan was already jumping up and down.

The fire truck (the “nino” truck as he calls it) is his new friend now. He sleeps with it, walks in the house with it and of course I hear a lot of the “nino nino nino” sounds.

Life is very simple at 3 years old. He enjoys every minute of each day. He is full of joy and imagination. For me Ryan's birthday was more a remember time and a thanks time. I could remember the day when he was born and all those emotions of my first baby. I could remember the doctor who was scared because at one moment she couldn’t hear any more the heart beat of the baby, but it was just a cord that got unplugged. I could remember and thank God for all the care he took of our little one as we have somef scary incidents. We moved to Russia when he was only 2 months old and it was scary when he got sick with high fever for 3 days. God protected him as well later when he fell on the stairs and got a big bump on his head; or when he got a stomach flu that took us to the emergency room because he became lethargic; or when he fell on the stairs with his bike. I can say thank you God for many other times when you were there protected our little one. It is a privilege to be parents and I am so grateful for the joy of seeing and having this 3 years old boy in our lives.

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