Last night we celebrated.
Another birthday, another reason to party.
Since Shepherd officially turned 3 on Wednesday, we’ve sorta been celebrating for a few days now… a present here, a present there.
He’s heard “Happy Birthday” so many times he sings it to himself now.
Since today is Sunday, I thought I’d make this not only a post about Shepherd’s birthday, but a Sunday snapshot post as well. About Shepherd, of course.
I’m good at multi-tasking like that.
Shepherd loves ‘race cars’. Especially the cars from the movie Cars. Namely “Lightning McQueen”.
He also loves mini-skateboards.
And Thomas the Train.
Basically, anything with wheels.
99% of the time he can be found clasping a car/skateboard/train in his sweaty little palm.
We think it’s a throwback to his days at the orphanage.
We indulge him, even if it means he learns to do most things one-handed.
Even though he’s quite delayed physically, he’s a pretty smart little booger.
He’s learning the weight of words and is constantly surprising me at the things he thinks up.
Often, he’ll come up to my bathroom when I’m getting my makeup on (which is not often enough these days) and he’ll casually start up a conversation.
On this particular day he decided to discuss our newly painted bedroom.
“I like your paint.”
“Why thank you, Shep. You like the color?”
“Yes, mama. I like your paint. Nice paint.”
I always encourage my kids to be polite, especially when asking for something.
As I hand them things I’ll say, “thank you” to encourage them to respond politely.
If such words aren’t forthcoming, I’ve been known to withhold whatever it might be they are desiring.
If I’m feeling really ornery, I might even insist they add “I love you, mama” or even possibly “you’re beautiful, mama” to the pot, once they’ve decided to use proper manners.
I know. I’m a sick, sick person.
But some days, after wiping too many noses and hineys, a small person under my authority is going to be the only vessel through which I’m likely to hear such pleasantries.
Coerced or not, I’ll take what I can get.
The other night Shepherd was irritated that it was time for bed. Nonetheless, the bedtime routine continued: teeth brushed, diapers changed, Ponseti braces on.
As I moved from finishing up Shepherd to starting on Jude, Shepherd said, “Mama… you boooo-ful. Not.”
I barely made it out of the room without laughing.
Shepherd loves to dance. His newest, most favorite move was taken from his big sister Isabelle’s repertoire… he calls it “Rock Star”. And it includes lots of jumping, jiving and pointing.
It’s pretty hot.
So far he’s not showing much of an inclination for keeping the beat though, but he’s got a few years yet.
And without the sweet talk.
Happy 3rd Birthday, big boy. We love you so much.
I’d love to hear about your little ones. If you’d like to join in on Sunday snapshot… just grab the button and let me know where to find you and your post!
P.S. Are you watching Orphan Sunday? I’m listening to the Children of the World Choir right now. They’re singing about Jesus. Tears!
Daisy Dreams says
Hi Stefanie…..I have added a "Sunday snapshot" post on my blog…feel free to read 🙂
Hi, Stefanie…I will add the "Sunday Snapshot" just as soon as this technically challenged chick gets it figured out. In the meantime, I'm totally in the sharing mood as we just finalized an adoption this week AND busted out some big news for our family today ;o) ~ Dardi
He is just "too cute"! He always has the sweetest little smile; I can't imagine him being "irrated"! Loved the pictures and I'm sending a "Happy Birthday" from Ohio, to Shepherd!
The Gang's Momma says
Okay. So much to say – so much packed into one post. Happy B'day Shep – party for another week. You deserve it. Enjoy the celebrations 🙂
And mom, get the compliments and the love where you can. When you can. Coercion or not 🙂 🙂
Finally, yes, I listened to the webcast. All of it. And cried. Through all of it. Man, my head is killing me now. And my face? I'm a splotchy cryer – no one thinks I am beee yooo ti full when I cry. Not even Baby BlueEyes, who is MY Shep 🙂
Thanks for giving us a precious glimpse of Shepard. Don't ya just love that age? Too cute.
I'm braggin' on my oldest today. Loving this idea. Thanks!
Happy Birthday 3rd Shepherd! Our littlest guy just turned 3 in the last few weeks too and LOVES Lightening McQueen as well! I posted a bit about him tonight along with "Sunday Snaphot" over on my blog- quilt-n-mama. blogspot. com
Happy birthday Shepherd!!!
Birthday Blessings precious Shepherd!
Sophie Neri says
Shepard has such a beautiful smile! Happy happy birthday to your sweet boy! Well I finally got my blog rolling but I'm so technically challenged as well and I can't figure out how to add links to my sidebar. My older kids are always "too busy" to help. Stinkers!! Can anyone help??
I added a post this week! couldn't put the button up… it is too big for my side bar 🙁
The Sanders Family says
What lovely photos of your little cutie! I happened upon your blog through a friends. Thought I'd say hi 🙂 I love your little boy's name too!!!
Feel free to check out my blog if you'd like.
How he is alike age.