April 27th, Dan turned 41, and a day later, our son celebrated his first year of life!
For several days in a row, we sang Happy Birthday to him in the morning, preparing him for the happy singing that would occur at his party on Saturday. I was worried that we were going to have a sick birthday baby.
Tuesday he developed a slight fever and ear infection. His skin was so hot that I stripped him down to his diaper and he just laid on me sleeping on and off. He wasn’t himself, unable to enjoy playing and the weather was so cold that going outside as a distraction wasn’t reasonable. Nathan had a case of ear infection combined with teething and I had cabin fever. I worried about how I was to get anything done in time for the party, so I called the Moms for reinforcements! Moms to the rescue!
By Thursday afternoon his fever broke and he started to babble and laugh again. The rest of the week we laid low and rested in full recovery and I managed to get part of the house clean until Mom came Friday afternoon to boost morale. Dan got home from work, we put Nathan to bed, and it was all hands on deck, cleaning, wiping down tables and chairs, doing dishes, prepping toppings, baking granola, brownies and chocolate chip cookies, moving the plant tower out of the way and organizing for a birthday open house.
Saturday morning was cool and wet. Dan’s Mom arrived for lunch and we whipped out all the ice cream toppings, counting and re-counting to make sure we had our promised 41! Guests began to arrive and Nathan was still snoozing. He woke up shortly after and the party began. We had a full house of friends, family and neighbors and plenty of ice cream to go around. Nathan really had no clue what was happening, just that people were here to play. He had his first taste of ice cream and after making a face because it was cold, didn’t resist at all. Dan helped him open a few of his birthday presents of balls, games, books, clothes, a lawn chair, little cars, and sunglasses. Tearing the paper was his favorite part. Being the practical parents we are, he got a toothbrush from us!
My heart was full to watch my boys celebrating together this wonderful life that we have!
Sunday I felt less enthusiastic when I woke up to the ground covered in snow and rain. I could just imagine the plants curling back up in the dirt, waiting for warmer weather. I felt the same way, as I pulled the covers up to my chin. What happened to Spring? By Monday after lunch, the snow had completely disappeared that was falling hours earlier as if it had never happened. The good news is that today I will be able to plant a few perennials that were gifted to me, and mulch our garlic, while Nathan enjoys the sunny fresh air.
And that’s the news from this ear-infection-and-birthdays week on the farm!