I say this every time one of my boys has a birthday- I can't believe it's been another year. I can't believe Luke is FIVE years old!!! The day he was born my entire life changed. March used to be the one month out of the year that I hated the most. I was so ready for winter to be over, and then March brought a whole 31 more days of yucky weather.
Then Luke was born on March 1st, 2008. Now I love the month of March. The day he was born was 60 degrees and sunny and I loved it (even though I was stuck in the hospital). Someone brought me a shamrock shake from McDonald's that day, and now every time I drink one I remember how amazing that day was. I can almost remember every little detail with perfection. I think the birth of your first child is something that will stay crystal clear in your mind for a long time.
We came home from the hospital on March 3rd, and I stayed inside the house for 3 glorious weeks. I don't think I even had to go to the store very much because my mom or Justin did the shopping for me. I do remember taking my tiny little man out for a few shopping trips with my mom, and thoroughly enjoying the oohs and ahhs and other similar admirations from fellow shoppers (directed at the baby, not ME!).
When Luke was 3 weeks old we drove to Philadelphia so I could be in a friend's wedding and visit family, and when we got home afterwards it was like spring had arrived! I spent so much time taking walks around the neighborhood with friends who also had new babies in strollers- because what else is there to do with a new baby??? It was such a happy time for me, and now I associate March with all those wonderful feelings from five years ago.
A fifth birthday is a pretty big deal. I mean, I totally remember turning five. I remember driving home from church that weekend, buckled into the backseat of my dad's red car, and at a red light he turned around and asked me how it felt to be five. I looked out the window, shrugged, and said "It feels an awful lot like being four." :) My parents also let us have birthday parties every five years (5, 10, 15) and this was my first one!
So in light of this, we decided to do something special for Luke on his special day. Justin and I both took the day off work, and I took the younger boys to daycare and kept Luke at home. He was tickled pink! We were supposed to go have his pictures done at Penney's (which is already a tradition) but at the last minute the studio called and said they were shorthanded and we had to reschedule.
Justin had to go into the office to do some paperwork in the morning, so Luke and I did puzzles on the kitchen counter until he got home, and then we were off to the Indianapolis Children's Museum! It's the largest one in the world, and we spent over 4 hours there. There are four floors, and the idea is to start at the top and work your way down.
On the top floor he played with water and boats, and then we ran down the ramp to the Hot Wheels section. He spent a lot of time pretending he was a gecko in the Special Exhibit Area (they had sticky paddles you could strap onto your hands and climb on these contraptions to know what it feels like to have gecko feet), and then we had lunch at the food court. Next was dinosaurs, trains, and the Planetarium (where exhausted mama took a 20 minute nap- not sure if daddy stayed awake either). On the way out we let him pick out 3 Brio trains for his birthday present.
All in all it was a good day. :)