Exactly two years ago today, I was being wheeled into a recovery room after Max and Nathan's birth. I remember marveling over Max's longish head of hair and Nathan's almost completely lacking head of hair. I remember feeling overwhelmed and exhilarated all at once, and I was so excited to finally be at the end of the seemingly endless journey to motherhood.
Two years later, I have two amazingly funny, smart, cute boys with almost boundless energy and enthusiasm for life. Both Max and Nathan have officially moved out of the baby phase and into the child phase, and I have to keep reminding myself that they are no longer babies. That doesn't mean that we don't hug and kiss and cuddle, but they are definitely intent on asserting and exploring their Independence on a daily basis. I feel so incredibly fortunate to have them, even though some days they test my patience to its outer limits and even beyond.
Yesterday, we spent the day at my parents house, hanging out and helping them prep for their big annual Bastille Day Party. (Although I did sneak over to my old friend Jen's place for her son's belated birthday party while the boys napped. Can I just say how nice it is to get out and socialize with no children to chase and lots of good conversation to be be had. I was sorry to have to cut my visit short to get back to the P's.) Anway, my parents have been hosting this party for over 20 years. My mother's family moved to the States from France when she was a teenager, and she loves to throw a party, so having this big shindig every year was an easy habit for them to fall into. Last year, the boys were still cruising around and were just on the verge of taking their first steps unaided. (They both did that the following day on their birthday, within hours of each other.) This year they were running all over my parents huge backyard and getting into absolutely everything with the crazy enthusiasm of a two year old. My sister and her boyfriend gave the boys tricycles, and they also had a blast riding those around the yard.
Today, we stayed in and let the boys play with their new toys. We let them watch as much TV as they wanted (bad Mommy and Daddy!), and eat pretty much whatever they wanted for dinner (blueberries and graham crackers.) It was definitely a good day. Next weekend, we have the official Max and Nathan Birthday Celebration!
Happy Birthday my boys!