I survived Sam’s second birthday

I did it! I managed to make it through Sam’s second birthday without too much of an emotional break down. Maybe it was all the worry that I would break down, or maybe it was the exhaustion from a long work week, or maybe, just maybe I am starting to heal… whatever it was, today was a great day.

The first part of the day was great.  Sam took a nice long nap, and when he woke up, we headed to his favorite place… the park.  An hour of slides and swing was just what the birthday boy needed.  From there we went to Fenton’s for the traditional ice cream celebration.

Unlike last year, we kept the party simple: Peter, Irene, me, Sam (of course), my parents, and Sam’s other family, Lupita, Rosa and Gil.  It was perfect – just family.  Sam seemed to have a great time, shoving mac n cheese in his mouth with both fists, and watching in awe of all the ice cream people were eating.  When it was his turn for a scoop, he was ready.  The restaurant all sang to him- and he even mouthed the words to “Happy Birthday” with the group.  He then ate as much ice cream as he could – and then projectile vomited all over the table.

All in all – a successful trip to Fenton’s!

  • Sam the Anti-Preemie: On the slide

    Sam the Anti-Preemie: On the slide

    On the slide

  • Sam the Anti-Preemie: Best day ever... SWING

    Sam the Anti-Preemie: Best day ever... SWING

    Best day ever... SWING

  • Sam the Anti-Preemie: More swing

    Sam the Anti-Preemie: More swing

    More swing

  • Sam the Anti-Preemie: Laughing in the swing

    Sam the Anti-Preemie: Laughing in the swing

    Laughing in the swing

  • Sam the Anti-Preemie: Playing patty-cake

    Sam the Anti-Preemie: Playing patty-cake

    Playing patty-cake

  • Sam the Anti-Preemie: The artsy swing shot

    Sam the Anti-Preemie: The artsy swing shot

    The artsy swing shot

  • Sam the Anti-Preemie: One last shot in the swing

    Sam the Anti-Preemie: One last shot in the swing

    One last shot in the swing

  • Sam the Anti-Preemie: Irene on the monkey bars

    Sam the Anti-Preemie: Irene on the monkey bars

    Irene on the monkey bars

  • Sam the Anti-Preemie: She can fly!

    Sam the Anti-Preemie: She can fly!

    She can fly!

  • Sam the Anti-Preemie: Really... she can fly, just ask her!

    Sam the Anti-Preemie: Really... she can fly, just ask her!

    Really... she can fly, just ask her!

  • Sam the Anti-Preemie: Not to be outdone - daddy can fly too!

    Sam the Anti-Preemie: Not to be outdone - daddy can fly too!

    Not to be outdone - daddy can fly too!

  • Sam the Anti-Preemie: Tree jail

    Sam the Anti-Preemie: Tree jail

    Tree jail

  • Sam the Anti-Preemie: Nurse Margaret at Fentons\'s

    Sam the Anti-Preemie: Nurse Margaret at Fentons\'s

    As chance would have, the amazing Nurse Margaret happened to be at Fenton\'s when we arrived for our celebration. Margaret was the nurse who visited me in L&D and gave me the tools to stay calm and relaxed as long as I could. She also took care of Sam in the NICU. We owe Margaret a lot - and we so pleased to see her tonight of all nights!

  • Sam the Anti-Preemie: Rosa and Irene

    Sam the Anti-Preemie: Rosa and Irene

    Rosa and Irene

  • Sam the Anti-Preemie: Gil and Sammy

    Sam the Anti-Preemie: Gil and Sammy

    Gil and Sammy

  • Sam the Anti-Preemie: Sam at Fenton\'s

    Sam the Anti-Preemie: Sam at Fenton\'s

    Sam at Fenton\'s

  • Sam the Anti-Preemie: Taking in the view at Fenton\'s

    Sam the Anti-Preemie: Taking in the view at Fenton\'s

    Taking in the view at Fenton\'s

  • Sam the Anti-Preemie: What a smile

    Sam the Anti-Preemie: What a smile

    What a smile

  • Sam the Anti-Preemie: Playing peek-a-boo at Fenton\'s

    Sam the Anti-Preemie: Playing peek-a-boo at Fenton\'s

    Playing peek-a-boo at Fenton\'s

  • Sam the Anti-Preemie: Such a happy boy

    Sam the Anti-Preemie: Such a happy boy

    Such a happy boy

  • Sam the Anti-Preemie: ICE CREAM!!

    Sam the Anti-Preemie: ICE CREAM!!

    ICE CREAM!!

ps.  I loved creating a new category for my posts… “Two years to Three years”!!

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