So this is a little late in coming, but I wanted to make sure I properly celebrated Gabriel’s birthday here on my blog. He turned three about two weeks ago, and this past year has been quite the accomplishment for him! He really has come a long way. He can now speak well enough that I can understand a lot of what he’s trying to say. He likes to climb up on things and jump off, do play dough, listen to music, and take naps. I can see that I really cloned myself with him. Not only does he look so much like my baby and childhood pictures, but he has the same crazy, evil doctor movie laugh that I did, is completely moved by music the way I am, and seems to have that wild, passionate temperament that can easily swing to extremes in all directions that I do. He’s been working hard to overcome his limitations, and I’m very proud of him.
I decided to sneak him out of the house for some birthday ice cream on Mother’s Day. Going out for ice cream seems like it should be a normal part of one’s childhood, but since Michael can’t have dairy it’s been something we’ve had to forego as a family. I figured I could get away with it with Gabriel since I could call it a birthday treat, and he can’t talk well enough to tell Michael where we went. Besides, they were selling Mommy ice cream cones at Stewart’s for only $0.50 on Mother’s Day so it seemed like a win all around.
The birthday boy and his excited date!
The ice cream made that kid’s day. I ordered him some chocolate of course, and he went to work in that cup like he was born for it. He was happily shouting hellos and goodbyes to everyone that came in and out of the store, and marched up and down the seat of his booth singing “Jesus Loves Me” at the top of his lungs. The ice cream was so firm he had trouble scooping it out by himself, so I had to help him a bit, but he was in little boy heaven. He’s already falling so fast into that overlooked middle child spot at home, it was really nice to just have that moment with him and see him enjoy himself.
Happy birthday to my beautiful Gabriel James! Your name means God’s messenger and champion, one who brings about change. I believe you’re going to grow to fulfill every word of that. Mommy loves you so very, very much.