Yesterday was bitter-sweet–Sebastian, my youngest, turned one. He has lost his baby look and is a busy now learning to climb and pull up on furniture. He has graduated out of his infant car seat into a bigger one and the baby equipment like swings and bouncy seats and play mats are no longer needed. This year has gone quickly.
Sebastian was born into chaos–a brother’s surgery, packing and moving far away, transitioning from Adam working from home to working at an office. He created a little chaos of his own, going back into the NICU at five days of age and staying for a week there. God knew the chaos in our lives and gifted us with a baby with the most easy-going disposition I’ve ever known. Before learning to move, he would lay contentedly on the floor and look around or play with a toy. Now that he is on the move he happily crawls around to investigate. He definitely is starting to express his own opinion from time to time, but he is a sweet and happy boy and a great joy to us.
We made cupcakes and a cupcake cake of a turtle and used Sebastian’s baby blanket from our friends the Jeros as our table-cloth.
With family all far away, we sent a last minute invitation to our neighbors, the Schneiders, to come celebrate with us. Emily delighted the older boys by playing hide and seek. After multiple turns of them counting and Emily trying to find places where a tall 12 year old can hide, the boys offered this variation: “Okay Emily, now YOU hide and WE’LL count!” I’m not quite sure how this was different, but based on inflection it certainly was a new twist. Gabriel made her day by sweetly asking, “Emy, will you take off my cupcake paper?”
Sebastian enjoyed his cake and carefully picked up each crumb from the high chair tray, then spent the rest of the party chasing his balloons and new toy car around the room.
Happy Birthday, Sebastian! We love you.