the first birthday

We headed over to Rainforest Cafe at the mall to celebrate TJ’s birthday. We’ve brought Nathan here for his birthdays and because that’s always gone over well and we are out of ideas (read: MONEY) for anything more elaborate than a chain restaurant birthday bash, we went there. Though I wonder, are there really cafes in the rain forest? A big food service industry in the jungle? Do you think that at these real cafes in the rain forest, the humans are animatronic and set to automatically yell and grumble every ten minutes? A monkey family will request to be seated next to the weird human couple with the older husband and the mail order bride wife because every ten minutes her robot body will start yellling that people in the house aren’t taking off their shoes again! Never listening to her! So unheard!

TJ’s brain doesn’t venture into the dark crevasse. I’m sure he was enjoying how much attention he was receiving, how everyone was cooing at his face and singing sweet songs to him.

He was probably wondering when life would return to normal with Mommy yelling at everyone to please keep it down, she can’t hear the TV.

TJ’s birthday cake from mona on Vimeo.

We ordered the requisite volcano cake, complete with staff song and sparkler stuck into the sweet caramel and fudge topping. This is $14 well spent although Nathan believed the cake was for him and proceeded to EAT IT LIKE A BOSS.

The night ended with a trip to the Apple store so I could upgrade my iPhone to the new iPhone 4. And really isn’t this day about me, too? Last year, I was almost 40 pounds heavier plus I had to carry around the weighted demands of my mother who made me drive her to far-off malls and other fancy places she considered “high class” and would tell me how to fold my underwear because men don’t like it when you leave it on the floor and CAN YOU TELL I’M NOT OVER THIS TRAUMA? THE HEALING TAKES TIME!

So the new shiny purchase really took the edge off, the edge of my baby growing up too fast and no longer being a squishy little newborn but this long, lean manbaby who knows how to update his facebook status to say: “It’s my birthday today. No big whoop. Dunno why mom’s crying.”

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  1. Way to turn 1, TJ! And way to enjoy it, Mona! šŸ™‚
    Funny, all of a sudden I want volcano cake…

  2. Happy birthday to your little man! I can’t believe he’s ONE already.
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  3. Oh man, I remember going to Rainforest Cafe for my bday when I was maybe 9, 10? Good tradition to start. When they get old enough (or possibly when you’re not broke), there’s always Medieval Times for some courtly jousting fun. Because nothing says “it’s your birthday” like color-coded men on horses brandishing swords and sticks.

    Happy bday to your “manbaby.” šŸ˜‰
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  4. Happy birthday to your little man.

  5. Dude. Those pictures are too cute. And seriously, I remember bumping into you (repeatedly?) when I first met you when you were pregnant because I have no spacial cognition and run into everything. I can’t believe it’s been over a year since that weekend. Crazy how fast it’s going!
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  6. Congrats on your son’s 1st birthday and reaching that important milestone. More importantly, congrats to you for managing that first year. My daughter will turn 1 in a few months and I can’t wait! šŸ™‚

  7. Happy Birthday to your little man!

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