There is a great advantage to these younger years. One of the advantages is that Sebastian doesn’t really know, or care, when his birthday is. This year we took advantage of this flexibility and celebrated a week early when my parents were up for a visit. The flexible birthday boy will celebrate informally with other grandparents when we see them later this month. Jack has been planning for months what he was going to get Sebastian for his birthday–“A big bouncy ball like we used to have in Alabama.”–so before the party day we went out so he could pick out a ball. It was an excellent choice and it was kept close at hand during the opening of all other presents.
Gabriel also chose to spend his saved allowance and bought a cute Sesame Street record player for Sebastian, which he happily turned on for him at bedtime and naptime. Unfortunately, the Sesame Street tunes are not very rest promoting and you have to push the button at the end of each song which somewhat prolonged Gabriel himself from going to sleep, but Sebastian was happy with the choice.
It is always a struggle to me to find suitable birthday presents for younger siblings who grow into their brothers out grown toys. This year I kept it pretty simple and decided on a bag of punching balloons. It was a good choice.
Happy second birthday, Sebastian!