Happy Birthday, Daddy!

April 28, 2009 at 7:48 pm 11 comments

Yesterday was my husband’s birthday. The birthday celebration, however, was really more for the three year old than the 33 yr old.

I took Sam to pick out a gift for his daddy, then to pick up balloons, (which were more for Sam’s enjoyment than daddy’s), and then to pick up the chocolate cake with chocolate icing (which was a little more for my enjoyment than for my husband’s).

Unfortunately, this was not the first birthday that my husband was not the center of attention on his special day. My poor husband has a history of not-so-happy birthdays…

13th – He was hit by a MACK truck. Yes, you read that right. A semi ran him over, he was caught up in the wheels, and he was nearly road kill. On his birthday. Miraculously, he’s fine now. Other than the scars on his legs, you would never know it happened. Praise the Lord.

20th – This was the first birthday I celebrated with him as my new boyfriend. I went to my BFF’s sister’s wedding and showed up late to his party, super drunk and with a cheesecake that gave everyone diarrhea.

25th – Like this year’s b-day, his 25th was actually more for the kids than for him. Not our kids. Hubby and I helped out with our church’s Youth Group and the kids adored him. So, thanks to me, his celebration was a gathering of 13 year olds, and he was the main attraction. They were thoroughly amused to adorn him in “Over the Hill” garb and point out his fresh strands of grey hair. They also thought he was 30.

26th– He spent this birthday delivering the eulogy at his grandmother’s funeral.

27th-28th – We both went back to school, and his birthday was right before/during finals week. Did we even celebrate?

29th – I had been spending the past month, days and nights, in the hospital at my mom‘s bedside. I got him a few silly gifts from the hospital gift shop. Then in an attempt to give him something he would appreciate, I took myself, pregnant belly and all, to the beer distributor to get him a case of Guiness. Maybe it would help him forget that he would miss another month of watching his baby grow inside me.

31st – He gave me a gift instead:

32nd- I invited his parents over to celebrate. I spent an outrageous amount of money on a cake that was supposed to be fantastically de-lish. Instead, it was so disgusting I doubt the dog would have eaten it. We ended up throwing it out.

33rd – This year, his birthday was not entirely his own, true. But instead of the focus being taken away from him, it was enhanced by a three year old’s enthusiasm to celebrate. And I think he had a nice day…

In addition to his new ipod touch,dscn23691

hubby got a card with a hand drawn picture of a “jelwee fish” in it, dscn2372 a thoughtfully chosen box of candy, dscn2367 an eagerly sung rendition of “Happy Birthday,” and help blowing out candles. dscn2363 Plus, the chance to share the thoughtfully selected gift.

Once you are a parent, birthdays are celebrated more for the children than for yourself. But maybe that’s okay…maybe it’s even better. As long as you still get a new ipod, that is.


Happy Birthday Daddy!

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11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tiffany  |  April 29, 2009 at 1:46 am

    AWWWW!!!!! Happy Birthday Daddy!

  • 2. K  |  April 29, 2009 at 10:33 am

    The 20th birhtday sounds especiallly nice.

    I’d take help blowing out my candals any year – life is more fun with the little ones to share it.

    Happy Birthday!

  • 3. ck  |  April 29, 2009 at 10:53 am


    What a good man you got there.

    (And what a funny video!)

  • 4. Evenshine  |  April 29, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Ditto to what Tiffany said. Happy Birthday to your hubbers!

  • 5. Gibby  |  April 29, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Your hubby sounds awesome! I love that video, so sweet. And funny.

    I still am reeling from the fact that he got hit by a Mack Truck. And lived. And was still able to grow hair afterwards.


  • 6. KathyB!  |  April 29, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Now that is true love! I can’t believe he cut off all of his hair for you!!

    And #13?!? Holy COW!

  • 7. JennyPenny  |  April 29, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Your husband’s cute. Straight up. And so are you. And so is that card he got from your kiddo. And this blog entry, well, it’s not cute so much as witty and great. A MACK TRUCK? Wow. And I love the cheesecake that caused diarrhea. (Happy birth—oh, crap, gotta hit the loo!”)

  • 8. faemom  |  April 29, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Poor guy, it’s all about some one else. Well, I hope he had a great birthday beside that. And yeah, I can’t get over the Mack truck thing either. Wow.

  • 9. SAHM I AM  |  May 1, 2009 at 4:36 am

    OMG. When I read “hit by a MACK truck”, I was thinking of Mack the truck from Cars (the animated movie). I had visions of your hubby being hit by a toy truck. Then, I thought … Wait a second, it happened 20 yrs ago. Duh! Must get more sleep.

    But back to your post … I laughed. I cried. I fell off my chair laughing at the your diarrhea-inducing gift for his 20th. Nice one.

  • 10. Becca  |  May 4, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Happy Birthday Daddy! I think that the ITouch makes up for the others.


  • 11. ymK  |  August 29, 2009 at 8:30 am

    That was so sweet of him to get rid of all that hair.
    And that smile in the last pic shows that he probably doesn’t mind not being the center of attention anymore.
    Cute card 🙂


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