The Edge turned 2 years old yesterday, and when it came time to blow out the candles on his birthday cake, baby boy brought down the house.
Personally I think his big sister had a fair amount to do with his success, which was all about the preparation.
About ten days before the actual birthday party, we all explained that his birthday was coming up and that there would be a cake with candles on it, we would sing the "Happy Birthday" song and at the end of it, he was expected to blow out the candles.
But Peapod took the prep to the next level with actual birthday drills. These drills included the construction of a birthday "cake" with "candles." But more importantly, the drills included an audience, which was made up of every stuffed animal they could reasonably round up, every doll, every choo choo and every plastic Lego guy that still had a head.
Many of these drills also took place in picnic format on various bed comforters or decorative throws dragged in from other rooms of the house. As the April 24th date drew nearer, the drills moved into the dreaded-but-effective two-a-day schedule familiar to any well-trained athlete.
As you can clearly see, it paid off.
Happy birthday, My Baby Boy.