Last weekend was a very special time for both of us. Unfortunately I had to spend all of Saturday and Sunday at UCLA attending class. Mom and I made it a point that we still wanted to celebrate your birthday (and mine a little bit) so we decided to take Friday off from work and spend time together as a family. We decided to finally go to the zoo! I know that you absolutely loved the day and spend so much time exploring on your own. I thought we would never get past the initial flights of stairs and actually see animals, but see animals we did. We spend time seeing monkeys, visiting the birds, and seeing sea lions, seals, and giant otters that you called fish. We spent a lot of time just walking forwards and backwards and forwards and backwards again that, I admit, I did get tense with you a couple of times. I guess that I still don’t realize that the simple things like walking and climbing stairs are just as fun as actually seeing animals. Actually, from your actions Friday, they held your attention longer than the animals.
After the zoo, we went out and got you balloons at the local Party City store. Inside the store everything held your attention and you spent at least an hour just wandering amongst the aisles looking at stuff, picking up stuff, and generally exploring! Near the end you found balls (three of them to be exact) that you wouldn’t let go at any costs. You realized that we weren’t interested in buying them and the only way you were going to get them is to hold onto them at all costs. After fifteen minutes of fighting we gave up and decided to get you one ball. I was amazed that you understood this and even was willing to give the ball to the clerk (but not to Daddy or Mommy) to have it scanned. You’ve realized that having an item scanned is essential to getting it and that was the only way we could pry them from your hands!! We got you over a dozen helium filled balloons and included two of your favorite characters- Curious George and Spongebob Squarepants. They haven’t lasted long, but they were pretty for the day.
We then went home and spent a wonderful evening together playing with your balloons and toy ball, while relaxing to a home-made meal prepared by your Mommy. Actually, I relaxed and enjoyed a home-made meal. You just fought with Mommy and ended up eating nearly nothing. Sometimes I wonder where you get your energy from, because it sure doesn’t seem to come from food! After that you ended up getting cranky around 8pm and actually fell asleep on Daddy’s shoulder. I have to admit that when you fell asleep in my arms and I felt special. Normally Mommy is the one you run to for attention and love and I’m always the second choice. But on my birthday, you chose to fall asleep on me and I held you close for nearly two hours. That was the best birthday present you could give a Daddy and I will always treasure those close intimate moments with you. I know that my end goal is to make you a man and to help you learn to handle life, but quiet tender moments like that are still very enjoyable. Thank you so much.