Littlebean's 5th Birthday

Today Littlebean is 5 years old. I can't believe that my youngest little man is now 5 years old. There are definitely no more babies or toddlers in this house, just little boys. I don't know where the time has gone. It makes me sad, but I'm also so excited to watch him grow and see what he becomes. It seems like yesterday I was screaming in pain as every contraction split from my spine all around to my stomach. A mothers love will never erase that kind of pain. If you want to read about Littlebeans birth story check out my Labor & Delivery blog. I had a fully natural unmedicated birth with back labor. It was excruciating and completely true to Littlebean's personality. Littlebean hasn't changed much in his personality in the last 5 years. My husband, Marcus, says he is just like me. I disagree because I don't remember being so moody as a child.  Littlebean is however my "problem" child. I find it harder to have patience with him. I struggle to keep my cool and stay ahead of the mood changes. In some ways we are the same because we both burn hot when angry, which is definitely a huge learning experience for me as a parent. He has tested my patience beyond what I thought was possible. He's always been moody ever since he was a baby, but at least now he's better at controlling it with appropriate actions and reactions. Littlebean has never been a cuddly child, even as a baby, so when he does decide that he wants cuddles, hugs, and kisses I take them where I can get them. He's always been very independent and done his own thing. While he does adore his older brother and sometimes wants to do what Jellybean does but for the most part Littlebean does his own thing. Littlebean is also extremely funny, he's quick witted and the majority of the time it's completely unintentional. His funny sense of humor is definitely what balances him out.

This summer we had Jellybean's 6th birthday in Canada and it was then that I realized that Littlebean has never celebrated a birthday in Canada. We talked to him about it and decided then that we would come in November to have his birthday party in Canada with all his cousins that he's close too.

We had the birthday party on Sunday November 4th at 1:00pm. The party was a My Little Pony theme since Littlebean's been obsessed with the show and movie for well over a year now. Only a few of his cousins were able to make it, which he was extremely happy about. We served pita pizzas, pigs in a blanket, fried dill pickles, mozzarella sticks, crackers and cheese, and chips. Since the party started after lunch I just wanted to have snack foods. The weather has been cold and rainy for the majority of the time we have been in Canada, so I didn't really plan any activities. I thought we might be able to watch a movie, but knew it would be difficult getting the hyper bunch to sit still to watch it. It all worked out fine because all the kids ate, and then they played. They played really well with each other making up their own games, and we had zero fighting. After a little while we then had cake and ice cream. We don't typically do homemade cakes but since we are in the country our options were limited on getting a My Little Pony cake professionally made in such a short time frame, so I just made it myself. Littlebean was happy with it so that was all that mattered. The goody bags for the guests had a plastic My Little Pony cup, crazy straw, bubbles, play-dough, My Little Pony candies, fruit snacks, and a ring pop. I hope the kids were happy with them, I know Jellybean and Littlebean were since they claimed all the leftovers. Over all the party was a success and and we can now say that Littlebean has officially celebrated a birthday in Canada.

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