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What’s the Big Deal About Turning 1?

All of the parents who are members of various Internet parenting groups I belong to have babies around the same age as Will. That means a slew of kids celebrating their first birthdays. And surprisingly (at least to me), it translates into a tsunami of emotion and crying.

I just don’t get it.

All of these moms admitted they were in tears at the thought of their kids turning 1. They cried when they bought the invitations to the birthday party. They cried when they bought presents. And they cried when they sang happy birthday and brought the cake out. They said it was sadness at the thought of their kids growing up so fast, and that they’re not little babies anymore.

All I know is that must be a gender thing. I know what I’m about to say may not be the most sensitive thing in the world, but I have to be honest.

I really don’t care for newborns.

First of all, they’re creepy looking. All of them, even Will was. They look like wrinkled little aliens and, truth be told, they freak me out a bit. Second, they are boring. All they do is sleep, eat and poop. That’s just not interesting. And since Will was breastfed, I really didn’t have much to do with him except change his tarry craps when necessary. What’s fun about that?

I am THRILLED that Will is older now. He’s walking, talking a little, doing some sign language, playing with toys, etc. I can toss him around, he’s starting to understand what we’re saying to him. In short, HE’S FUN! He’s interesting. He’s no longer a lump of wrinkled flesh who looks like the offspring of E.T. and Kuato from Total Recall.

Like I said, I’m sure this is not politically correct, but it’s the truth dammit.

And I can’t wait until he gets even older and more fun. When he starts talking all the time (I know JEE will tell me I’ll regret saying this) and playing Little League and soccer and bringing home math homework that completely stumps me. I want to take him to Fenway and Disney World and have father-son bonding trips to get our hair cut at the barber shop.

But I certainly won’t be pining for the days when I could barely get any time with him because he was a tiny infant perpetually attached to my wife’s boobs.

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Will’s 1st B-Day Party

Before I post some pics of Will’s first birthday, I just want to say a few things.

We are so, so lucky to have the family and friends we have. To my parents who babysit, help us financially and in every other way to my best friend Craig and his wife Kelly who bought and cooked all the unbelievable food to Barbara and Patrick who volunteered their house (because ours is tiny) which allowed us to have the party in the first place…we’re floored by your kindness and generosity. If not for you guys, none of this happens. And as for the rest of our family members, thank you so much for the gifts. Even though we said “No Gifts” prior to the party, you guys were way too generous and Will is one spoiled and lucky kid.

Thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts. You guys are the best and we appreciate everything in a way that you’ll never know. Now, onto the pictures…

A "Handy Manny" toolbox which he loved
A "Handy Manny" toolbox which he loved
Yep, that's a Thomas the Train Engine cake made by my Aunt Val. Unreal.
Yep, that's a Thomas the Train Engine cake made by my Aunt Val. Unreal.
Will feeding Daddy cake
Will feeding Daddy cake
Will and his godfather sharing a moment
Will and his godfather sharing a moment
Mmmmm...cake!
Mmmmm...cake!
On Dad's shoulders
On Dad's shoulders
Will's 1-year pictures
Will's 1-year pictures
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