Monday, November 15, 2010

The Big Man Turns 4 or How Legos Ruined My Life

Thursday Cooper turned four. FOUR. Seriously. When did that happen? He had his 4 year old check up this morning. I am happy to report he is 42 lbs strong and 43 inches tall. For those who are keeping track, he started out at 4.4 lbs and 19 inches long. He was long but lean and 2 months early. I would say he has made up the distance.

He and I both had Thursday off as it is also Veteran's Day (thanks to all who have served including the Bob!) and we gave him one present first thing in the morning: A Batman costume. Which he rocked all day. He even wanted to wear it to Target when we went on a shopping spree to spend the money his Memere gave him. We compromised on just the mask. We had cupcakes that evening with our neighbors who couldn't make his party on Saturday as they were heading off to the Happiest Place on Earth, i.e. Disney. They gave him a set of Buzz Lightyear pj's. Awesome.

Saturday we had his party. We invited his class at school, plus a few other friends. We thought we might get half of them to come. All but TWO kids could go. We had 18 kids and accompanying adults at this shindig. I have almost no pictures. We held it at an ice cream place in town, Lizzy's. Everyone declared it a roaring success.

Reasons to invite that many kids to a party: Really awesome gift ideas! I am always puzzled about what to get kids this age, and the presents he received were varied and interesting and in some cases will put me in an early grave.

Case in point:

Lego's. I had said to Bob I felt Cooper wasn't quite ready for them, as they have pretty small parts and he has the attention span of a...well...4 year old. And we have three dogs. Buster the Beagle lived on Lego's during the Lego years of Alex and Nick, Cooper's much older brothers. But someone gave him a set which has the parts to build three construction vehicles. Thank all that is holy it comes with instructions. But I have a suggestion for the Lego people. How about putting the parts for one truck in ONE BAG. Not all the parts for all the trucks in three separate bags based on no discernible pattern. You have to open all three bags, dump out hundreds of little parts, sort through them all for the 20 you need for one truck. Obviously no one was thinking of the parents.

Also acquired: Our first Hot Wheels cars AND one loop di loop Hot Wheels track with motorcycle. The testosterone levels in my house rose exponentially this weekend.

My kid capped off the weekend by watching a Spider Man movie, while wearing his Spidey costume, and playing with his Thomas the Tank Engine stuff.

All in all, it was a good birthday.


Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Danger Boy was a Batman fan--big time. I love a 4-year old in costume-The Coop looks great!

Meg at the Members Lounge said...

I love it when kids dress up like that. He is so cute!

Oz said...

That is one awesome Batman face.

Happy birthday to Cooper!

Oh, and the same thing happened to us with Axel's party - invited a bunch of people and assumed 1/2 to 2/3 would come, and then every single one of them came. It ended up being fun, though!

Kernut the Blond said...

OMG! He's JUST LIKE my nephew, who turned 6 last month. Yes, it is ALL ABOUT the Legos and the costumes!!!

He owes dozens of costumes and just likes to wear them all day.

The Legos - you are only allowed to watch. He won't let you help at all. Star Wars legos are the thing. How do they even know about Star Wars?? that movie is over 30 years old??!