Monday, May 05, 2008

Happy 4th Birthday (a day late), my little man!

Yesterday was Christopher's 4th birthday...and, oh my! How he has grown! From this:

(about 20 minutes after he was born on 5/4/04)

to this:

(this past Christmas, 12/07)

in 4 short years...

We spent the weekend moving Chris into his big-boy room...and I feel like he has grown into his own big person in less than 7 days. We are so pleased...but sad too because he is just not so little anymore. He is growing up so fast...and more so within the last 6 months or so.

The room is no where near finished...there is baby bedding to be bought for E2, organizing the crap that has accumulated, putting up the finishing touches (so, the "Big Reveal" won't happen on the blog until everything is complete). But, Chris has his new bed and his new dress - his own big-boy space. And, I think he is really pleased because, for the first time in a looooong time, he has slept in his bed all night long: No want to be with us overnight, his insistence that he be in his own space. He went to sleep in his bed Saturday night and never looked back...all the while, we checked in on him and were sad that he is no longer a baby.

I am so going to miss that.

Here is the progression of things:

How Chris used to sleep (this pic was from last summer....the binkie has been gone since at least October) our bed, a tornado in our midst.

Helping Daddy put together his new dresser last weekend (no, Hubby lost no fingers)

Chris and Daddy playing Indiana Jones before bedtime (one of the nightly rituals with his bedtime story)

Helping Papa put his bed together Saturday night

Testing out his new bed

How he woke up yesterday morning

When I talked to him yesterday morning, he mentioned that he rolled out of the bed that night (we did not put the bedrails on Saturday night because it was very late and he needed to get some sleep for his sibling class at 9 am Sunday morning - but, we did put pillows on the floor just in case he did roll out). Then, he told me that he climbed back up on the bed and went back to sleep... Poor thing! I felt terrible that he rolled out of the bed. So, I reminded him that he could always come and get one of us...and the bedrail went on before his nap Sunday afternoon.

Chris had his sibling class yesterday morning (I am just such a good mommy, that I scheduled him 9:00 am the morning of his 4th birthday to be back at the hospital he was born at to learn about being a big brother!)...and he really loved it! Best $40 we spent in a long time... The nurse showed the kids (ranging between 2 and 7 years old) how to hold the baby properly, how to help mommy and daddy change the baby, what the baby does at the beginning...and we took a tour of the nursery to see the babies who where there (including an impromptu elevator ride that he was not expecting...he doesn't like elevators, but handled it like a champ!).

Chris just LOVED IT! He carried "his baby" now named Otto (since Hubby refers to E2 as Otto all of the time) around the hospital the right way...showed his baby the other babies in the nursery...insisted his baby (which we got to keep as part of the $40 fee, among other goodies) go EVERYWHERE with us yesterday (a trip to Toys 'R Us, Wendy's for lunch, dinner, to grandma's this morning...). Actually he handled his baby better than most of the girls in the class, who dragged them around by the foot! He is really practicing being a good big brother with this baby...and it is adorable to see that.

Here is how Chris woke up with morning, bunking in with his baby:


He fell asleep, snuggled head-to-head, with his baby last night (notice his baby needed clothing too...this is a sleeper I received as part of an on-line shower gift on FF. It was supposed to be for E2!).

I am just so amazed by him... His progression with speech, his empathy towards others, his sense of humor, and, so, so much more.

I just wish he didn't ever have to grow up.


DD said...

Happy 4th Birthday!!

My son rolled out of bed a couple of times, too, but he doesn't remember most of them, we just hear it and by the time we check on him, he's already crawled back into bed. Kids are just so out of it when they sleep.

Jessica said...

awwwwwwwwwww so cute!! WOW 4 already, time is really flying and we STILL havent made a get together with the group! Anyway Happy Birthday Chris!

I cant believe how far along you are now... he's coming soon!

The Town Criers said...

Happy birthday, Christopher!

Alexis said...

Happy belated birthday Christopher! Your little brother is so very lucky to have you!!

amy said...

Happy belated birthday Chris! You are such a big boy now! He's such a cutie! Can you believe that our babies are 4 already! Yikes! Time flies by so fast!