Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Clairvaux's 4th Birthday

William Shakespearse's quote "Though she be but little, she is fierce" runs through my head often when I think of our Clairvaux. I wonder what gives a child their personality and a funny one at that.  She drops so many funny lines throughout the day that I cannot even keep up. 
She was so excited for her birthday.  So excited that it often makes me sad that I won't be able to meet their excitement.  We try and they always seem grateful so I am not quite sure why I let it bother me. 
We started off with our traditional breakfast out.  She chose "O McDonald's", but deliberated between Chipotle, Red Robin, and Village Inn.  I have supported McDonald's these past few months every morning with my order of one sausage biscuit with egg, one hashbrown, and a small mango pineapple smoothie.  Every morning.  It is the only meal I can keep down so I am glad they are open every morning.  She watches me eat it every morning so she ordered exactly what I usually get. 
We enjoyed each other very much and I am always reminded how darling it is to have each child alone.  They say the cutest things and often reveal their heart in ways you haven't heard before. 

She wanted so much to play in the play structure.  It was funny to see her all by herself exploring the tunnels.  I am so use to seeing 45 little bodies chasing after her. 
We were discussing her birthday plans and I asked her what she wanted to do, what kind of cake she wanted, and what she wanted for dinner.  She requested to go swimming and then said the cutest thing, "Can we go visit Jora at work?"  Jora is married to my sister Kristin.  Clairvaux loves him.  I know she loves him because he makes her feel special to him when they come over.  It was too precious.  I texted him and asked if we could stop by.  He eagerly accepted and we headed over with some breakfast for him.  It was so adorable to see her tromping through his work site up the hill with the McDonald's bag to find him.  She was so proud to give him a sandwich and he was equally touched she wanted to see him.  He gave her an orange Gatorade which was the equivalent to a new car.  She had her own Gatorade.  Our family members called all day to wish her Happy Birthday and she told each of them about getting a Gatorade from Jora. 
Aunt Damaris took her swimming.  She usually takes a nap every afternoon so this was a very big deal.  Damaris took her down the big slide and she loved it. 
So precious and innocent.  I wish childhood birthdays would last forever.  She requested red beans and rice for dinner.  I took her to the store with me to get the ingredients.  She professed her love to me many times and told me that she was having such a good birthday. 

To a young child, these moments are magical.  She was embarrassed when we sang to her.  It was just our family, but she was still so excited that it embarrassed her.


John took her to Target after the other kids were in bed and let her pick out a gift.  She already knew she wanted to get a baby doll. 
Happy Birthday, Clairvaux.  You are our pride and joy.  We love every ounce of you and you are an irreplaceable member of our family.  We are so glad God gave you to us!  We love you so much!

14 comments :

  1. Goodness I find your posts so touching. Thank you for the perspective you provide.

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  2. What is it about fast food that is acceptable to eat during pregnancy when all other foods including plain water make you barf? With my first I couldn't keep anything but fast food down for months!

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    1. And hahah... The baby doll says "sweet and new". As opposed to?...

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    2. lol. That is hilarious.

      And yes, the fast food thing is so true! I was so upset when my third weighed in at under seven pounds. I was sure I'd eaten at least double that in Big Macs!

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  3. Happy B-day!!! Buon compleanno alla dolce Clairvaux!! Chiara

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  4. If I could I would make a living out of photographing children when people sing Happy Birthday to them! It is one of my favorite things to witness! So adorable! Happy Birthday to Clairvaux! You always find a way to make their day special! I love the breakfast idea!

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  5. God Bless You Little One on your birthday!

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  6. What a precious birthday! McDonald's... serving nauseous pregnant women everywhere! They're my pregnancy go-to also!

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  7. Happy Birthday, Clairvaux!! This is such a sweet post. Thank you for sharing your life with us!! -Lily

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    1. I agree -- Wow! The love you shower on your children, including the way you talk about them on this 'blog, is so beautiful. The 'blog's title, "My Child, I Love You" is poetic, but also *very* descriptive of its content. Thank you for letting us see some of your family's life and hear your thoughts. The pictures are fun, and the chance to witness/encounter examples of love are heartening/encouraging.

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  8. I was wondering how the morning sickness was going, and praying you didn't feel too bad. I really struggled this time around, and,I too love those McDonald's smoothies:) I love the sweet age of 4. Happy birthday to your fierce one:)

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  9. I appreciate that you are unapologetic about things like McDonald's breakfast. ;) When my daughters were young and I was driving one to preschool, I stopped every.single.day on the way to preschool for a Diet Coke. I was pregnant (I know, I know, and Diet Coke) and had gestational diabetes, so the "fizz" of a Diet Coke felt like total heaven since I could have almost no sugars or carbs. Here and again, the girls would have McDs for lunch, also...but mostly it was just me and that Diet Coke! Well, my 4-y-o must have mentioned the McDs stop, because the teacher asked her, quite pointedly, "Honey, do you eat at McDonald's *every day?*" I could just sense the judgment in that question...and apparently my daughter did, too, because she mentioned it. I felt so ashamed, even though my daughters are generally nutritiously fed, and also healthy and fit. It was so impactful that I almost never go to McDonald's because of the lingering shame of feeling like a "bad mom." Isn't that silly? My goodness, the power of a word, yes?

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  10. what a wonderful Clairvaux's birthday, happy again
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