By sandi | September 9, 2010
On August 31, 2010 Paul’s birthdate was changed to August 9th. We haven’t celebrated with him yet, we haven’t made him a cake or had a party for him, we haven’t even wished him a happy birthday. We need to do those things. We were hesitant to do them before because we weren’t sure how long it would take to get the Superior Court Order, turns out it is pretty quick.
Birthday’s are a special time. They celebrate the life that has been lived for a year and cumulatively all the years prior. For Paul knowing that his birthdate has been moved means that he wasn’t in our arms on his first birthday. It doesn’t change anything really just brings a sigh of sadness that we missed the inital one and the first one.
We ended up chosing the date of the 9th for Paul because it was the date they chose in Ethiopia, even though they thought December was the right month. We wanted to honor that date choice as part of his heritage.
So we will try to find time soon to celebrate Paul and the fact that he is now 3. This weekend is his cousins birthday and in a couple weeks is my birthday, but we will find time to have a proper birthday and have our boy blow out his candles. He has had so much life and it cetainly needs celebrating.