Jude has his lucky birthday this year; he turned 7 years old on the 7th day of the 7th month. We had a family celebration on 4th of July, so Tuesday was just our special day to spend with Jude. He wanted to go swimming at the East Communities YMCA, since they have a cool pirate ship and waterslides. We ended the day with dinner and video games at GattiTown.
We tried to incorporate some simple things that would make his day feel special, since we weren’t doing the whole “cake and party” thing. In anticipation of his big day, we told Jude his birthday was a “yes” day…anything within reason would be a yes. Snack from the vending machine: yes. Skip a bath: yes. Stay up late: yes. Jude likes when we make a crepe-paper “spiderweb” over the door, so that on his birthday morning he can karate-chop his way out of the room. So, the night before, Jude helped me set-up his birthday web.
Seven years slipped away deceptively fast. Jude is really evolving into this very curious, intelligent, goofy, head-strong boy. I love when he’s telling me something and he adds the phrase “as well.” I like when he geeks out about his games and gets really excited to tell Joe and I about something he has accomplished or when he talks while playing games, like his has a game play YouTube channel. I like that he makes up songs, like Joe and I do. I like that he still wants me to watch him jump off things. He still slips his hand into mine if I offer it when crossing the street or parking lot.
I take pride in over-planning my children’s birthdays, but this year I just couldn’t get it together. I was worn out from work and it seemed like there wasn’t a magical weekend in July that everyone could attend and that would give me more time to plan. So, pretty much 3 days before, we decided to just invite Joe’s family over to the house and do a double July birthday (Fox and Jude). I had dubbed it the “Fox of Jude-ly.”
Fox did spectacular. Of course, having a lot of people in the house at once was surprising for him, but eventually adjusted. He got to show off his walking skills and had his first birthday cupcake. He ended up taking a really long nap later in the evening, so we decided to take him to the fireworks show, and he loved it.
Food, pinatas, presents. It was a great day. Jude really enjoyed having his older cousins in the house to play video games with. As far as parties go, it was our most laid back. Of course, there was a part of me that wanted to make the cakes, and wanted to get really cute Etsy invites, and make some theme of the whole day, but I gotta learn to let that go. The important stuff all happened: spending time with family and celebrating the boys.
Because he’s my Yankee Doodle Boy, born on the 4th of July. I present Fox Lucas, newly knighted 1st year old of the highest order.
So, here’s what you should know about Fox at 12 months old. He loves patty-cake…especially when we “throw it in the pan.” I could do that a million times over, and it would please him every time. His wellcheck when great, and he’s a solid 21 lbs and very proportionate. He’s my snuggly dude; love cuddles and hugs. He wants to eat anything that Jude is snacking on and often makes his own picnic right next to his brother. He thinks Liam is hilarious, even when he growls. He’s suddenly become interested in hair; mine because it’s longer and Jude’s because it is curly. Which means he likes to pull hair.
He hasn’t said any words yet, but he does generally do a da (Dad?), ma (Mom?) and ba (Jude?). His receptive language seems to getting stronger, and will follow commands to come to us or follow us somewhere. He will bring me things to show me and he also watches were things go so he can retrieve them later or to understand how we make something work. Fox is a miniature toy tornado; toys are left strewn in his wake. We took him swimming for the first time and he LOVES it. Perhaps a little too much. The baby boy is so confident, he attempts to escape my grasps to explore, despite that he doesn’t know how to swim.
One year ago, I got a big surprise at 5:24 in the morning of July 4th. I didn’t know if the baby was going to be a boy or a girl; I honestly thought I still had a good two weeks of “cookin’ in the oven.” Yet, he came into the world when it was his time. It’s been an amazing first year, and I feel blessed to get to experience so many firsts with him. Happy birthday, Fox Lucas!
You would think that summer would bring a slower time, but it is quite the opposite at our house; we seem to get busier. I totally missed posting about Fox’s 11th month…and so many exciting things happened. He actually started walking that day. He took his first assured steps, and the whole world (for him) has changed since then.
Fox definitely loves playing with his toys. He likes his stacking bowls and his big knob puzzle. He recently learned to clap and it is adorable to see him stop, and give himself a little applause. He’s starting to eat more and more big people food, like rice and eggs. He likes to look at the pictures in his books and he especially loves to play with anything that his big brother, Jude, plays with. The quirkiest thing he does is he loves to take the bottom of my phone case off with his mouth (it detaches for docking/charging). He carries things in his mouth when he crawls around and looks like a puppy. Baths always make him smile and he has awesome greetings for his dad when he comes home from work.
(For reference, this is not the first day he walked. He just happens to be in the same outfit. This is a good two and half weeks later.)