16 December 2010


oh dear. the holidays are upon us, and i had really hoped to post something about cosmo's birthday before now. he turned five in november. that number always loomed, in my mind, as a huge milestone. it's the point where they move into official kid-ness. not a baby anymore, not a toddler anymore, and barely even a pre-schooler.

cosmo had a wonderful birthday. we had a nice after-school party for him, with 5 kids he chose to invite. it was hard to let go, and let him decide, but since he had opinions, and he doesn't always express preferences, i thought it was important to honor his choices...even if it meant some of my dear friends' children were not invited. gulp.

we had a low-key party, where the most exciting part turned out to be chasing each other around with blow-out noise-maker-party-favor-thingies. talk about cheap thrills! the next day, he came down with strep. the scarlet fever strain. poor little thing. he was mostly couch-ridden through thanksgiving, but was all better in time to go to TX, for an early xmas with nani and family.

this also marks the fifth year of this blog.
five years.
'nuf said.

so far, my favorite thing about five-year-olds is the helpfulness. i was expecting this, or at least hoping for it, and, remarkably, it arrived, like clock work. cosmo has a new found interest in helping out, and the competence to actually BE helpful. i will savor this while it lasts.


Alli said...

Sounds like a blast and I am sure your friends understood! The cake looks amazing!

Anonymous said...

Luckily Cosmo got sick after, and not on the day of, his birthday. :} Looks like he had a fabulous birthday! I do remember the kids being helpful at 5...I guess they still are, but with a lot more complaining in the teen years. ;}

Glad he got well in time for the early Xmas celebration!

mep said...

What a smart and sweet five year-old you have! We just celebrated Bub's fifth two weeks ago. I wish I'd had the presence of mind to plan a small, low-key party. What we did worked out fine, but it was more work for me than it needed to me. Plus, I was too afraid to leave the guest list totally up to him. Afraid of what, I don't know, but the end result was a lot of kids around. A lot of fun, yes, but a lot of kids.

Hope your 2011 is off to a great start!