Monday, November 18, 2013

Happy Birthday Samuel!!!

Today was Samuel's first birthday... My son turned five years old today yet his birthday was truly celebrated for the first time in his life. I'm warning you now that this is going to be a long post - I want this weekend well document so that neither of us forget a single detail and I also want to share all the joy of these past three days with all of you who have helped us get here!

The festivities started on Saturday when Samuel and I went over to my mom's to help her decorate Samuel's birthday cake (my mom is a great cake decorator but recently had shoulder surgery and has one arm in a sling). Samuel enjoyed trying out his own decorating skills and especially liked sampling the icing!

Hmm, this is pretty fun!

Look what I did!

What, we can eat this stuff?!

Don't bother me... I'm in my happy place :)

I'm going to save the best part for last and skip ahead to today, Samuel's actual birthday. I decorated my apartment last night in hopes that it would help Samuel realize when he woke up this morning that today was a special day.

Unfortunately, when Samuel woke up he had to pee so bad he didn't make it to the toilet which resulted in him sitting on the bathroom floor in a puddle of pee and tears :( We cuddled for a bit and once he recovered he had a great day, the best day he's had for as far back as I can remember!

Birthday Boy at the breakfast table

We had plans with our amazing neighbour friends today but unfortunately their kids woke up sick so we ended up just hanging out at home. Given that I had to clean my bathroom, I decided to take the opportunity to clean the rest of my house as well as it was overdue and I let Samuel vacuum...

What can I say, this is my son's idea of a fun, birthday treat!

After about 20 minutes (he really does love to vacuum!) Samuel decided the vacuum was too loud so I let him eat grapes in bed while I finished up... 

Being silly...

Precious. Who could resist this face?!

Samuel and I played all morning and for lunch we had his favourite, scrambled eggs, along with some pigs in a blanket leftover from his party. Samuel ate the pastry all around and then gave me the hot dogs... Samuel wasn't interested in leftover birthday cake for dessert so I gave him a cake pop that his Nana had bought him. Samuel ate the candy coating and then gave the cake part to his mama :)

In the afternoon we had visits from Samuel's future babysitter (she doesn't babysit him yet but comes by to visit so that Samuel can get used to her... not much of a problem as Samuel adores her!) as well as his great-uncle. We ended the day by inviting grandma over for dinner... Shepherd's pie of course!!!

Can you tell that this boy loves his grandma???

Ok, rewinding to Sunday, the big day - Samuel's first ever birthday party!!! (for pictures see the video at the end of this post) I decided that it would be just family for this year but just family still worked out to twelve people plus Samuel. We had Samuel's grandma, his grandparents and great-grandparents, his aunt and uncle and his godparents and my aunt and uncle (Samuel's great aunt and uncle) even flew in from PEI to be here for Samuel's special day! At one point I was a little worried about how Samuel would do with so many people but I clearly had nothing to be worried about. Like I've said before, Samuel's absolute favourite thing is to be surrounded by his family and to have all the people he loves so much in one room... he was in his glory from the moment he walked in the door!

While we were at church my brother and sister-in-law decorated the house. When we arrived Samuel could see the decorations from outside and ran up the stairs into the house. After peering around the doorway, he threw off his shoes and coat, stood in the middle of the living room taking it all in and said, "WOW!" Priceless. It was like he somehow got it and he was instantly so excited. His excitement only grew as each new person arrived and Samuel spent the afternoon going from one beloved family member to another. Samuel enjoyed his spaghetti lunch however did not eat his usual heaping portion as he was distracted and had already filled up on chips (Baked Lays, the first and only kind of chips he has ever eaten... thanks Auntie Mel!). He didn't know what to make of the candles on his cake ("hot!") and although he did enjoy eating it, it was clear that he liked the icing much more than the cake itself (not surprising given that he doesn't like muffins, banana bread, etc.). After cake Samuel opened presents - his favourites were the tissue paper and the cash! It was fun to watch him in his imaginary little world playing with the tissue but the laugh out loud moment of the party was when Samuel opened a card from his grandparents, pulled out the money and immediately reached down to put it in his pocket! Where does he learn these things?!?! He played with his money for quite a while before I was eventually able to distract him long enough to sneak it away :)

I think I can safely say that Samuel had the time of his life - literally! As the day came to a close I looked around the room and the love was palpable. I was overwhelmed not just by everyone's immense love for my sweet son but by Samuel's great love for each of them. Samuel and I sing along to this song often in the car and as we sang it in church yesterday morning it could not have been more fitting... God is rewriting my son's story and turning it from a story of heartache and hopelessness into something breathtakingly beautiful.

"He will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
a joyous blessing instead of mourning,
    festive praise instead of despair..."
Isaiah 61:3


Amy said...

So precious! Praise the Lord for such a wonderful, loving, supportive family, and for such a blessing of a son for you, Andrea. You're an amazing woman. Love all those happy photos. :)

patty said...

Happy Birthday, Samuel! I really enjoyed watching the video of all the festivities. We hope you will come visit us some day. :)

lizzielou said...

Happy Birthday beautiful boy! So glad that you are home where you are supposed to be, surrounded by love!

Katie said...

Happy Birthday Samuel!! Come visit soon!! XOXO

Bubbis said...

Beautiful! Jessica :-)

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SAMUEL! Love hearing all about it! Guess what I'm home (well my other home)! Let me know when you might have time for a phone call. I'm here until 30 Dec. Love, Jenny

dana roberts said...

Happy birthday samuel! Thanks for sharing. I am hoping to start my adventure in adoption as a sigle mom very soon and you inspire me. Thanks.