Friday, April 9, 2010

Happy birthday sweet seven-year-old!

It's hard to believe that just 7 years ago our little Kieran came into the world. He was the largest of all three of our babies, at 7 lb, 13 oz. (at 37 weeks--imagine how big he would have been at full term!). He came out loud and feisty, a fitting entrance into the world for our dynamic, creative, and energetic middle child.

Here we are on the day we brought him home from the hospital:

Big brother Chris (at 6) with his baby brother:

Kieran at 3 months--such a happy baby!

Today we went into his classroom to present his birthday book. Chris had the day off today from school, and he had fun catching up with Ms. Byrne--an aide at the school who was in his class in kindergarten assisting some of the children. She actually worked with my dad when he was a school social worker!

Kieran showing his wrapped book to his classmates:

And opening up The Lorax:

In a wonderful bit of synchronicity, Kieran's teacher had planned to get this book out of the library to read to the class on Earth Day later this month!

You can tell how shy our boy is! :)

Tonight we celebrated the birthdays of Kieran and my dad (whose birthday was yesterday) at Red Robin. Kieran was delighted with his gifts--The 70th anniversary edition of the Wizard of Oz from his auntie and uncle in Australia:

The soundtrack from "Wicked" from his godfamily Laurie, Drew, and Sophie:

He also received a Harry Potter yellow/red striped shirt and other goodies from his Grandma England, a Fred Meyer gift certificate from my brother-in-law's brother and his wife, and a great science kit from his aunt, uncle, and cousins in England. We gave him a pair of tickets to see "The Lion King" in June, and $10 for his "wand fund." (He's saving up to buy a wand at Ollivander's at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando.) He opened his presents from his aunt, uncle, and cousins when we celebrated last weekend, and last night my parents took him out to dinner at Izzy's as part of their present. He is in constant birthday celebration mode.

A hot-fudge-faced Nicholas!

With the birthday boys:

The whole crew at the end of the party:

When we got home, Kieran immediately rushed to put on his "Wicked" soundtrack and start memorizing it, and we looked at photos of him as a baby. How quickly do seven years pass! And what a blessing sweet Kieran is in our lives. I remember how long we waited for him...after four miscarriages...and what a precious arrival he was.

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