The kids got up before we did this morning, and they quietly went downstairs and started watching TV. When I emerged from the bedroom, I looked down at the kids in the living room and said, “Good morning, kiddos. And happy birthday, Hayden!”
“Is my birthday TODAY?!?!”
He was so excited to be four! He’s been anticipating this birthday for a long time. In fact, a few weeks ago, we had this conversation in the car one afternoon:
HAYDEN: I’m almost a daddy!
ME: You mean you’re almost four?
HAYDEN: Yep, I’m almost a daddy. I’ve got three more weeks!
After breakfast this morning, Nana called to wish him a happy birthday, but considering how he was holding the phone, I’m surprised he could even hear her. Good thing the volume was turned all the way up!
After Tim left for work, I grabbed my Crayola markers and VERY quickly made a sign that says “I’M 4″. Does Hayden look happy to be four or what?!
And in honor of Hayden’s fourth birthday today, here are four things I love about him. (There are many more, of course!)
1. I love Hayden’s passion for all modes of transportation. Trucks, cars, airplanes, trains, boats, helicopters — they’re all well represented in his toy collection. When we go to the library, he usually spends his time playing with the boat and the trains instead of looking at books. One day a few weeks ago, we came home from the library with five books, and each of them were about transportation, including fire trucks and taxis.
2. I love Hayden’s giggle. I really should make a recording of it so I can always remember that cute, happy sound.
3. I love that Hayden likes ketchup. He’s a picky little eater, but adding plenty of ketchup apparently makes things much more palatable.
4. I love that Hayden enjoys hanging out as a family. At bedtime when we mention things we’re thankful for, Hayden often says that he’s thankful that he gets to spend time with all of us as a family. And when I asked what kind of picture he wanted on his birthday cake, he said he wanted it to be a family. A family? Really? I asked again a few days ago, and he said the same thing. So a family it is. We’re not having a party until Friday, so I still have a couple days to pull that off.
I love you, Hayden!