Happy Birthday, Dylan!

We may have gone a little overboard with planning birthday celebrations this year. But 5 is such an important age, don’t you agree?

I still have a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that Dylan is 5 already. Our chubby cheeked toddler has transformed to a full-fledged BOY this past year. He is long and lean, not an ounce of chub left on his body. His face has thinned out and he definitely looks much older than this time last year.

The most astounding changes in Dylan have not been physical. He has matured so much more than I could have imagined. He became an older brother and learned to share Mami, Daddy, his home and his toys with Liam. He has worked so hard on overcoming his delays that his English speech is now completely age-appropriate and he is almost fluent in Spanish. His gross motor skills have improved so much that he no longer needs physical therapy.

Dylan’s ability to rationalize and understand difficult concepts (especially scientific ones) never ceases to amaze me. He is kind and generous – albeit a little rough sometimes – with his friends, and friendly and well-mannered with adults. There is still a lot of room for improvement (Oh, the tantrums! Oh, the whining!), but overall Dylan has come incredibly far this past year. How could I not want to celebrate that big time? 

A little while ago I decided that since the boys’ birthdays are so close together, we would have one big joint birthday party in May this year. However, since Dylan was so aware and soooooo excited about his birthday (every morning this month when I woke him up he would ask “Now am I 5?”), I decided to throw him a little gathering with just the family closer to his actual birthday.

 I also wanted to do something special just the four of us, so we booked a night at one of those hotel/water parks about an hour away from our house. Unfortunately, the day before we were to check in, we got a call from the hotel that the water park was going to be closed for maintenance on the days we were scheduled to be there, so we cancelled the reservation.

I was really bummed, but Dylan could really have cared less, he had already had so much fun during the family party! Besides, he was counting down the days until his real birthday. That morning, I went to school with him and he got to hand out his Iron Man treat bags to all his friends. Dylan was so proud to show me around his classroom, and I had a ball getting to know all his preschool friends!

After school, we came home and opened a few more presents, Skyped with family, and watched a movie of Dylan’s choosing (CaptainAmerica). After dinner, we lit a candle on a cupcake and sang happy birthday to Dylan. Then we read and snuggled in bed until he went to sleep. It was such a simple, uneventful day, but you know what? It was our favorite celebration.






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