Today was my baby's fifth birthday. Yesterday he received his presents, and had his birthday party. From us he received a brand new bike, a robot, and from my Mum he received some construction toys.
I never realised making cakes took so long. It was 1:30 am on Friday night when I finally finished Iain's robot cake, and crawled into bed. This year we had his birthday party at Jumping Joey's in Arbroath, as his birthday was a little close to our move, to be able to coordinate a party at home.
We invited all the kids from his red group at kindergarten, as well as few from some of the other groups. Iain and all the kids had a wonderful time, and Iain was pleased with his cake. We did have to rescue the cake once from Angus, who had moved a chair and was standing on it to scrape icing of the cake to eat it.
Stuart and I have been reflecting a lot recently about how much Iain has matured over the past six months. Had he been born two days earlier, I would have had to have made a very tough decision whether to send him to school last August or not, and I think in the end my decision would have been no. Academically, yes, he was ready but I worried about him socially. Six months ago his tantrums were not under control, and his listening and cooperating skills were selective. Fast forward six months to now and although he still has his meltdown moments, he has improved out of sight. Had we still been living in Australia he would have started school this past February, and he would have been ready in every way.
I am so proud of Iain. He is polite, caring, and very affectionate. He loves his little brother dearly, and is mostly very patient with him. He goes to bed at night without a problem, sleeps all night, and is growing more and more independant with things such as dressing himself, getting into the car and putting his seatbelt on, and tidying.
At five years old, here are some things about Iain; He is 116 cm tall and weighs 22 kg. He likes to draw pictures of robots and his best friend is Calum from red group at kindergarten. Iain can add and subtract simple numbers, and knows the names and sounds of all the letters of the alphabet. He is beginning to sound out and read simple words such as dog, hat, and sun. He eats Wheatbix or porridge for breakfast, and likes ham and cheese toasted sandwiches for lunch. he likes using the camera, but won't sit still so I can take his photo so I usually have to bribe him with chocolate. His favourite colour is blue, and he likes playing with blocks and lego. Hey Diddle Diddle is his favourite song, and pasta shells is his favourite food.
Today we took his new bike down to the links to give him a lesson....unfortunately we didn't have too much success so we'll have to try again another day. We then played at the beach park for a while before heading home.
Happy birthday my baby, I love you very much.