That’s what Racecar said when I woke him up this morning and told him today was his birthday. He said it about 10 ten times and would talk about how BIG! he was and how "BERRY BERRY HAPPY" HE WAS THAT HE WAS FOUR! And then he said again "I can’t believe I’m four!!!"
And each time he said it I internally agreed that I couldn’t believe he was four, either. It seems like yesterday that this ten pound baby boy was born. Well, almost like yesterday. Either way, I can’t believe this boy, this amazing boy of ours, is four years old.
He’s so very sweet and very helpful. Whenever we ask him to do something, he always replies with "sure" and moves quickly. And then he returns to us and says "can I play Wii, now?"
Because this four year old is terribly addicted to playing Wii. He wakes up in the morning asking to play. Even though the answer is always no. If we were to ask if he would rather go get blue ice cream with sprinkles at Coldstone Creamery and then go to the mall to ride on the big carousel and buy him new racecars or stay home and play two games of bowling on the Wii, he would, without a doubt, choose staying home to play Wii.
But despite being addicted to Wii, I could still kiss his lips and cuddle him all day long. And sometimes I think he would do it back, all day long, too. (if it weren’t for the Wii) Racecar is very particular about this kisses, you must kiss him directly on the lips. Do not try to have him kiss you on the cheek because that is not what he wants and he will straighten your face and squeeze your cheeks until your lips have been kissed by his lips. It’s one of my favorite games to play with him. Then, after each kiss, he wants to hug you, every.single.time. And each hug he gives, he gives out a little groan, and oh, I hope he does this forever, because I can’t even express how much I love it.
So, today, we are going to spend this entire day celebrating this amazing boy – this sweet, sensitive, willful, adorable, caring, smart, fun boy that we are so lucky to be around. Happy Fourth Birthday, Racecar, I berry berry can’t believe you are four years old.
Last night, in true folding laundry birthday fashion, I sat down with this almost four year old and asked him a few, very important questions.
Hi Racecar. Are you excited for your birthday? Yes.
How excited? Good.
What are you going to do on your birthday? Blow some candles, four candles. and open presents. and you can sing happy birthday to me, and Grandma, too. At the bowling alley.
Are you going bowling? Yes. I’m going to roll the ball really, really really fast. Like this fast. He says, while thrusting his fist forward quickly in front of him.
Wow, that is so fast. Can Daddy do it that fast?
Should we go to lunch on your birthday? Sure we can.
Where should we go for lunch? umm…bob evans. I want to have pancakes there.
On your birthday, when you turn four…can I kiss you one hundred times. Sure.
Can I hug your for a thousand minutes. Yes.
Do you love your mama. Yes.
How much do you love your mama? Pretty good.
Sounds pretty good to me.
And this is what he looked like, just a few hours later, his last night as a three year old.