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August 28, 2006

You say it’s your birthday

Filed under: General — Tom @ 9:52 pm

Tomorrow (Tuesday, August 29, because it’s Monday as of this writing) is the anniversary of the best day in my life: it’s Amanda’s first birthday! I’ve spent the free moments of the past couple days – because there haven’t been many free moments, let me tell you – looking back at events of this time last year as documented at Unproductivity. If you want to read all about the big day, it’s all here. I still remember all of that in vivid detail, but what’s also fascinating is reading the days leading up to her birth, the details of which have all blurred and disappeared, but thanks to my writing, I preserved that amazing time so we could look back upon it later – like right now.

The celebration began Saturday night with a big party at our house with family and some friends. Amanda came away from that both exhausted and spoiled, surrounded by a mountain of toys and new clothing. I can almost see some of the attendees in the stores trying out all the toys, attempting to find the ones that made the most noise . . .

Today I celebrated, in a way, by turning the car seats around so she can face forward – as the regulations prevented her from facing forward until her first birthday even though she was in the clear, size-wise, to do so. Them’s the rules. She’ll get her first forward-facing ride tomorrow morning. I can’t wait to see her reaction – she’s never experienced driving with things coming at her.

Tomorrow Alissa and I will have a small birthday celebration for Amanda by ourselves – cake and presents, and then probably collapse from exhaustion. It’s been a long week and a half of preparations for this, believe it or not. But it all put a big smile on Amanda’s face and that made it all worthwhile.



  1. Happy Birthday to Amanda!!

    Comment by Bekah — August 29, 2006 @ 8:07 am | Reply

  2. wow – a year already! i know i shouldn’t surprised that it’s passed so quickly but even so….

    Happy 1st Birthday Amanda đŸ™‚

    Comment by marc — August 30, 2006 @ 4:41 am | Reply

  3. Thanks both of you! And Marc, tell me about it – I can’t believe it’s already been a year. It’s kind of scary how fast that went. A fun year, however!

    Comment by Tom — August 31, 2006 @ 6:46 am | Reply

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