Freckles in April: Two/Twenty-Seven

Sunday, April 29, 2012


My little birthday present in 2010

Baby 2 and I have birthdays only 6 days apart. We celebrated his second birthday last Friday followed by my birthday on Thursday. It has been a rough couple of weeks (including, but not at all limited to, both cars dying on the same day. And then my car dying again two days later ON my birthday) so it was kind of a relief to have special days to just celebrate and have fun.

When I was pregnant I was embarrassingly dismayed to learn that my due date was April 22nd. My birthday on April 26th has always been sacred to me and the idea that I might have to share a birth week or, the horror, a birthDAY with this little interloper caused me months of worry.

I was quite relieved when my water broke on April 20th. I knew there was no way I'd be in labor for 6 days so my precious day was safe. He sure cut it close though.

Considering how jealously I protected my birthday, I've been surprised by my mental shift over these past two years. April is no longer my month. Instead of making up a birthday wishlist for myself, I've spent the past few weeks teaching Baby 2 to say, "I'm TWO!" When I started going through my cake recipes it was with an eye toward his birthday dinner with the grandparents rather than picking options to hold my candles. A friend texted me on Sunday asking about my birthday plans and I was a bit surprised to realize I didn't have any.

Perhaps, in part, God sent me an April baby to teach me a little humility. When you have a baby turning the momentous TWO your own twenty-seven seems kind of piddling. Planning Baby 2's birthday gifts (this game (which is a HUGE hit, by the way) and these books) and activities brought me so much more joy than planning my own birthday. Because of the craziness over the past two weeks we ended up having to share a celebration on my birthday; I feel like I should have been a little sad about sharing, but I was happy to turn the evening over to him. He turned TWO! My baby is TWO!

He is smart and handsome and hilarious. He has freckles and loves chocolate and always asks me to sing in the car. He eats more pancakes than I do, picks his nose like it's going out of style and snuggles with me every single morning.

And he is the best birthday present I have ever been given.


  1. Aw this is such a gorgeous post, he is so adorable! I can't say much more than aww!
    Hope you both had wonderful days.

    Laura xoxo

  2. It's so interesting how much I learn from my children - most days more than I feel I taught them. My daughter's bday is 5 days after mine and I was so excited, she just crept in on the last day of May. And my son's birthday is the day before my husband's, so we have our girls' month and our boys' month. I have anxiety about when our next will decide to come because I like our fun little trend.

  3. Cuuuuuuuute! Seriously cute story and the photos....OMG! You look gorgeous with bangs, even after just having a baby!

  4. oh, I love that little guy.

  5. Awww, such a sweet post. It's true, being a mom is the best thing that can happen to change a person, at least for me.
    Happy late birthday!!
    PS good luck with the cars, ug!!

  6. Happy birthday to you and your little guy! I so related to your post. I have an almost 3-year-old whose birthday is 8 days before mine. His due date was one day before my birthday, and I also really didn't want to share my birthday with him. He gave me a great birthday present when he came one week early. Fast forward to 2012. Our second son was born in February. He was born 5 days after my husband's birthday. Kind of crazy, right? I think we will both love sharing a birthday week with one of our cute boys.

  7. Awwww. I love this. Happy birthday to you both!

  8. So sweet - happy birthday to you both! Also, I love your new page design. It is so fitting and lovely!

  9. My mother and I share the same birthday and it's the greatest! She was a teacher at the school I went to and every year my dad would send her a big bouquet of flowers and I'd get one too! Always made me feel so grown up and special. :)

  10. This is such a great post. I share my birthday month with not one but two of my daughters. They are both four days away from me--one earlier and one later. I have to admit I was also a little wary about sharing my birthday when I was expecting my first, but we only share a birthday month and we all LOVE it. Happy Belated Birthday! (And sorry about your cars!)


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