Seamus turned two over the weekend, and as promised I have lots and lots of pictures to post. Grandie and Grandpa flew up for the occasion and stayed with us.
They came bearing lots of gifts, birthday and otherwise. Some of Mr. S's favorites were the Superman pjs complete with cape, and the Thomas dinosaur trains.
Anytime we have house guests we take them to our beloved bakery and load up on cannolis. This time we also brought home Polish cakes and cream puffs. Seamus likes to sample a little of everything. Notice the little hand in the box.
Grandie and Grandpa also accompanied us to the pet store to buy a couple of mollies for the birthday aquarium Mr. T and I bought Seamus. The lady at the pet store called them our test fish. We're supposed to bring her a water sample in two weeks before we're allowed to add more fish. It was Seamus's idea to buy Mollies (which he calls Mommies). He named them Lucas and Katie, but sometimes he calls them Lucas and Nemo. For some reason, he names everything Lucas. This alarmed me at first because this was my brother's name, and I haven't told Seamus about Lucas, but then I remembered there's a boy in Seamus's class with that name. So far the test fish are still kicking.
On Saturday, we threw Seamus a big birthday bash. We had fun decorating the house with dinosaurs and balloons and making the dino cake.
My uncle Mike and aunt Janet showed up, along with cousin Sallie and her husband Mush and cousin Alex and his little family Rachel and baby Isaiah. We love it when uncle Mike visits because he's an amazing photographer and always brings his camera with him. He and Mush took some fabulous pictures of the party.
Feeding Grandie carrots:
Georgia gets dangerously close to the birthday cake:
New books (Little Critter! and Dinosaurs!):
Seamus made out like a bandit and even insisted on removing his dino shirt and putting on the pirate shirt aunt Nora sent up with my parents. Sallie and Mush got him his first Yankees cap, and even though we're a Red Sox family, we think it's a cool NY memento and Seamus loves wearing it around.
Mike and Janet got him a toy guitar. He's been playing it ever since.
Seamus was acting rather cranky during his birthday party, and at the time I thought he was just overly tired since he hadn't taken much of a nap that day, but you can see in the pictures how his cheeks start to flush and how they grow redder and redder throughout the party.
He woke later that night with a fever and a terrible ear ache and had it all weekend. I took him to the doctor yesterday, and it turns out he has infections in both ears. He's been in a lot of pain but mostly at night. The pressure of lying down makes his ears hurt worse. During the day, he's just a grouchier version of his normal self, still playing with toys and running around. However, we didn't want to drag him all over Manhattan with an ear infection, so we ditched our plans for the Museum of Natural History on Sunday.
Instead, Seamus tried out the new tricycle Grandie and Grandpa got him for his birthday. We love this tricycle because it has a parent steering wheel!
Seamus rode it all the way down the park, where we threw rocks in the bay and played on the play ground and bought ice cream from the ice cream man.
Despite the ear infections, it was a lovely weekend and a lot of fun was had by all. And it was so very nice spending time with my parents. Seamus thought so too.