Red Baby Dragon and Gold Baby Dragon supervised the making of breakfast.
Reese had requested pancakes, and pancakes he received.
He also chose morning present-opening instead of receiving gifts after dinner. Truly a kid after my own heart, who can postpone presents?
Anticipation...and it's a hit! This squeezy cow is the only item he requested for his birthday. I found one as similar as possible to the beloved book character. Reese was elated to receive it.
There were an assortment of other Reese-pleaser gifts. He's a big fan of small items that pack a big tactile punch - stretchy, wiggly, bendy, textured little toys.
The night before his birthday, he informed us that he knew what we should have for dinner and whom we should invite: the Bunnells and the Allen-Shorts. Reese, a homebody since birth, has never (in my memory) invited anybody over. He has never wanted a party until this year. Even thought it was only the day before and we knew people might not be able to come, we called right away. All the adults involved understood what a huge honor this was and everybody came over for dinner on the 14th. Reese had requested that we have NO cake, NO candles, and NO singing. So we had ice cream sundaes instead, made to order (how very Reese). It was, I have to say, one of the nicest birthday celebrations we've ever had.
Reese and I had started planning a party for his classmates, but hit some delays in actually picking a date and sending out invitations. After today, he and I agreed that really, this was enough party. It was the perfect way for him to celebrate, it felt very authentic to who he is. He and I decided to put away the pinata and favors in the attic for a future party.
Growing up is hard, hard work for Reese, and the last three years have been a steep climb for him, so it's amazing and wonderful to see him blooming into a social, confident, sunny five-year-old. He is such a zen master for our family, teaching us that all things happen in their own time, that seemingly insignificant things matter, and that excellence might look nothing like we had originally expected.
Thank you, Reese! We love you! Happy birthday. ♥