Ted is FIVE today. I remember the labor, the freaking out, the surreal trip on the gurnee to the ER...all in amazing detail. I guess, in the scheme of the things, 5 years isn't that long ago. Sometimes it feels like AGES (seriously, will I EVER get to pee alone again?!) and then there are the times, like today, that it feels like it has flown by. I know that 5 is still a little boy. Heck, a kindergartner is pretty little. But it's also so old. The understanding and depth that this little guy can comprehend amazes me. What a cool kid. What a great 5 years. Who would have thought he'd have a brother and a sister too? It's interesting to me how each child has their own 'place' in the family. It's entirely possible to consider each one in his own light (I think I thought I'd have to constantly compare, and while I do for some things like height and weight, in general, Ted is Ted and Sam is Sam. Mae, of course, is her own person in all respects. And if she wants to wear green socks and clogs in the snow, you'd better let her if you want to get out of the house at all. Seriously. But back to Ted...today he will celebrate his bday at preschool and then at home with us. He will get Bionicles, of course. And Tuesday is his party at the pool. He's requested bagels instead of pizza-love it. It's so fun to see his excitement over his birthday. And it's so fun to remember what went on 5 years ago. What a day it was.