When your child reaches another birthday I believe most parents (grandparents & relatives) think "Wow, how can he/she be this old?" I know that I have been having those thoughts about Connor turning 5. But the biggest wow that I have been thinking is the fact that Connor turned 2 in Wisconsin. We have been here long enough for him to be celebrating his fourth birthday in the state. That makes me go WOW!
He is working on learning about calendars in school including the days of the week and of the month. Therefore, on November 1st, we made a big red square around his birthday and started crossing each day off of the calendar as his birthday got closer. That helped him to not ask as much when his birthday was, but it was also helping to increase his excitement. The morning off he woke up ready to start opening all of his presents. I talked him into waiting and enjoying breakfast first. Then he had to get ready for school. I did let him open up one present at breakfast and two at lunch. Then I made him wait to do the rest of them after dinner once dad was home.
(He had to eat with all his presents around him)
He got so many gifts that he was super excited for. Some Transformers, hot wheel cars, gloves, shirts, Lego's, pillow pet, Spiderman, train table, coloring supplies and I am sure a few I missed. We ended up letting him stay up a good 30 minutes past bedtime to continue playing with his toys. He had a wonderful birthday (and better yet, for me, the toys have still not lost their newness and he just plays all day with them)!