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Wednesday, August 21, 2013


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M+L's birthday is coming up, they are going to be the big 5 on the 26th! So with that I have been doing a little toy scouting as of late and I have rounded up some of my favorites. I can't say that everything I have picked out here are things that they would definitely want. I think some might be things I want them to want. Or even that I want? Like that Lego architecture studio for example. And the camera, if just one of my kids takes an interest in photography I will be over the moon, but no pushing, right? Pushing doesn't work as is evidenced in my never-takes-a-single-picture-ever 15 year old (but i have cameras you can use! it would be so much fuuuuun!). And of course when I found those little twin matchbook mice I about died. And I know they would like a dollhouse but I would really like that dollhouse in particular - though I haven't even looked at the price. I am too scared. I know the one thing they would love is that bean bag catapult, oh the fun they could have (will have). I found it online but followed the link back to find that it's at a store right here in Portland. Perfect. The marble maze is probably a good idea too.

I just know I really need to get them something good. Luca is having a, well, I don't know what to call the equivalent to a mid-life crisis for a 4 year old, but the poor guy does not want to turn five. He wants to stay four. For. Ever. When August began I started talking about their birthday coming up, you know thinking this would be exciting for them, but it wasn't. Luca cried big dripping tears and said "But I don't want to be five. I just want to be Luca. I just want to be small Luca and be 4." Of course I assured him he would still be small. He would definitely still be Luca. I told him he could have a gluten-free cake. I told him he'd get presents and a party and Milo would be 5 too and they would be exactly the same as they are now, just one day older.

But . . . Luca's a bit of an existential thinker and everyday this month I have looked down to see one little Luca Lou staring at me with big teary eyes trying to figure out what turning 5 means and not buying into my simple answers, such as: it's just a number; it's how many years since the day you were born. He replies to these answers with questions like 'will he'll still have his voice,' or asking when he turns five if he'll 'be a girl.' Adding to reassuring answers to his questions I also say when you turn five . . . "You'll run faster. We can buy 10 new games for the ipad. You can stay up as late as you want on your birthday. We can eat candy all day. I can still hold you and carry you for a long time (because they are very small). But nothing works. He just breaks down and stares at me with these eyes that long to be four forever and ever. And I think it means he's happy. He's so happy with exactly the way he is and I love that. But of course I want him to love being 5 too, and with no bribery working, I just need to sweeten it up on the day a little bit with some really great presents. Distraction in parenting is always a sure fire method and I am hoping it will work here too!

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  1. I've had your 15 year old and sweet Luca in Callum. Isn't that funny. (Here's a camera, let's take pictures!!) Callum too hit a point where he didn't want to be older, and even recently, although not so recently simply did not want to grow up.

    I'm on the birthday present train too (Cal's is the 7th), and as you know with the older kids, it's a bit trickier...

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    1. i have never run into this so it took me aback a bit. but i am kind of planning on the whole "anticipation is the worst part" thing. because it is. always. if not hopefully he can be cheered up by toys.

      older kids birthdays = $ ;) (totally not fun)

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  2. Oh, my birthday is on the 26th too. Another year closer to 40, which makes be feel a little old sometimes ;) Love, love, love the Lego set and the doll house, my 5 year old self would have approved but would have liked the little mice in the matchstick box (adorable!) and the camera. Actually 5 year old me would have liked to play with everything from your round up. I am sure Luca will come around to loving being 5, the same way I will embrace getting older...

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    1. oh i love that they have the same birthday as you! maybe that means they will be refinishing furniture gurus! and yeah, i am heading towards 40 too and i swear it seems it be way easier if i felt anywhere near 40 - but i don't. i just don't. that's good though, right? forever young, like luca ;)

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  3. Ohh, Luca!! My little heart can't handle it. Poor guy. I just about died from his "But I don't want to be five. I just want to be Luca. I just want to be small Luca and be 4." Seriously, someone fly me out there so I can give him a hug. I feel your pain, little man! I did not want to turn 26 (should I shut up before someone tells me to stop grumping over my age in my 20s? ;)). What a gentle little soul he is. I think any of these toys will ease him into 5. Well, I hope! I love those little Maileg mice. I've been eyeing a bunch of Maileg toys for years, designing a future nursery ;) xo

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    1. tell me about it! the truth is in my selfish little heart i wish he could stay 4 too. it's been pretty heartbreaking. 4 IS such a great age. oh man, what really kills me is when he says "i will turn 5 and then i will never be 4 again?" ahhhhh somebody give me a time machine or fountain of youth for this sweet boy pulling on my heartstrings!

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  4. I think you're right - he's happy and doesn't want things to change. What a thoughtful little one you've got there. I'm sure once the actual day gets here, he'll be excited about the pomp and circumstance and then hopefully five will be the best year ever!

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    1. i think 5 will be pretty great. they aren't starting school this year so i think in his case it's good. really, nothing will change. and hopefully by next year he will remember his cool presents he gets this year and be ready for six! but we won't mention that to him yet.

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  5. Those mice (I died too ). I think turning 5 was the first bday party I remember, and I loved telling people I was five because when they asked me how old I was.... I would hold up my hand and say 5, now give me a high five for that. Yeah I was completely dorky even at that age. :)

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    1. ooooh, that's a good one. your five - high five. i am going to try to use this as another attempt to convince him "it's awesome being 5! look what you can do now!"

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  6. Oh Christine...my heart just melted hearing about your Luca and his not wanting to turn 5. "I just want to be small Luca." Oh my goodness so sweet. You know what though...I bet he'll be one of those people who turns out to really love every age that they are in at the moment. And those really are the best and most fulfilled types of people!

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    1. yeah, he is such a content person. he's actually taught me a lot about being so happy and content in the moment. i think you are right and with a little more growing he'll get the concept of birthdays . . . i hope.

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  7. This is just the sweetest, and I had to laugh when I read the part about being concerned that he would be a girl. Well I hope that he turns 5 and loves it even more than 4. I can't wait to see what you end up doing for their b-day and I love how much thought and care you are putting into it. So so sweet.
    xo Mary Jo

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    1. it was hard not to laugh when he said that one. it's definitely been interesting to see what goes on in his mind and how he understands and processes things. unfortunately, though, where i do well in being sensitive i totally lack in party planning. i still have nothing ready, eek!

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  8. I have emailed the Lego architecture studio to all my colleagues (who are not-so-secret children most of the time... and architects)! Oh little Luca melts my heart. I can remember having slight trepidation about getting older at that age too (gosh, if it was trepidation then, it's full blown terror now). I did laugh out loud at him asking if he would be a girl though! Here's hoping your distraction parenting works - let us know how it goes?

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  9. oh, my heart is breaking for lil Luca. We all understand, getting older is no fun at all. Especially as you creep towards school age, once school starts your carefree days are over until you retire...just kidding...kind of.

    I hope they have a super birthday!

    Cheers.

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