|Every time I look at this pic, I can't get over how much he looks like Hubby.|
What I did not spend enough time thinking about was how hard today would be for JD. Looking back, I guess I should have realized he would be jealous and wouldn't really understand, but he made the day difficult, and I was so torn between feeling bad for him and feeling bad for O and feeling like I just wanted him to stop screaming so I could get one peaceful snippet of video.
For the last couple months, JD fooled me into believing he was genuinely excited about his brother's birthday. He practiced singing to him, talked about what he wanted to give him, and screamed "for O's birthday!" every time he saw a Halloween decoration. He helped me wrap the gifts yesterday, and woke up this morning happy to help carry them all into O's room. Then it all fell apart.
|"All for me?"|
|"Back up brother."|
|O fights back.|
|Hubby holding him down so O could tear one piece of wrapping paper without being tackled.|
|Some peaceful playing (because O wasn't touching this one- the Little People Halloween House scares him. For real. After I put the batteries in and showed him how the ghost pops up from the chimney, he FREAKED OUT and speed crawled out of the room.)|
I wanted to give O a special day that was all about the things he likes: playing, following the dog, flirting with waitresses, eating yogurt melts, and snuggling with mommy. I just didn't factor in how to balance that with the demands of a toddler. As I look back, O did get to do all of those things, it just didn't go as smoothly as I thought it would. I guess that's a part of having more than one child that I hadn't really thought about before. Nobody's special day will ever be all about them.
And this is the part where I ask for tips on how to keep JD from melting down at O's party. (I just had an image of O 20 years from now telling his therapist about how we had to sing Happy Birthday to JD at all of O's birthday parties.) How do you handle this in your family?