Happy Birthday Baby A!!

17 Jan

I can’t believe that my gorgeous Baby A turned 1 yesterday. He is such a delight. A beautiful little piece of perfection to complete our family. Feel so blessed to have my three wonderful boys.

On Saturday we went to Pop’s house in the country for the ‘first’ of baby A’s birthday celebration. We had a lovely day out.

Then we had a quiet day at home for his actual birthday – S was very excited about setting up a party just for the family for his baby brother. He set the table, put up decorations, made a pass the parcel, helped make the cake – and even survived the long wait when baby A fell asleep right when the party was scheduled to begin.

It was a lovely sunny day. Perfect for staying home and enjoying baby A’s special day.

And today we celebrated Baby A’s birthday by going to the zoo.

We loved seeing the orangutans – except they weren’t being very active and it just wasn’t the same after seeing them in the REAL jungle just a few months ago. We spent more time on the other side of the same enclosure watching the Siamang gibbons. They are beautiful black apes, also native to Sumatra, who are graceful to watch move and if you’re ever lucky enough to hear them ‘sing’ to each other it’s an amazing thing. If you’re curious to see more about them, watch this video:

The boys enjoyed watching the gibbons for ages. S was however disappointed that while the orangutans all had names, the gibbons did not! He suggested that the two we watched should be named ‘Hitam’ (Indonesian for ‘black’) and Putih (white).

The definite highlight was the elephants. Baby Mali was born on the same day as Baby A.

Watching the elephant family was enthralling. We were lucky enough to watch them walk from one ‘paddock’ to another. Watching them link their tails and walk was, according to S ‘the best thing I have seen ever!’.

I had never seen elephants link together before. I agree it was amazing to watch. What beautiful creatures.

So happy birthday to you my gorgeous little baby A

And happy birthday to you baby Mali!

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4 Responses to “Happy Birthday Baby A!!”

  1. Kara January 17, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    Really gorgeous photo of A! And I love the one of the boys looking at the Gibbons. You will have to tell S that I am a huge fan of Gibbons. When I lived in Thailand I did a few fundraisers for gibbons in sanctuaries in Thailand as well as Vietnam. Both were trying to rehabilitate and match them up with a partner and then re-release them into the wild, or at least a larger portion of jungle where they could be monitored. I went to all of the sanctuaries and then some, they are indeed amazing animals. What a cool experience to see the elephants link together as well. Sounds like a beautiful birthday celebration. And way to go S for being such an awesome big brother. I love imagining Sebastian in that position someday when I’m ready. Your boys are fabulous!!!

  2. Alison January 18, 2011 at 7:31 am #

    Happy BIrthday Baby A – he looks so grown up in that picture!!!

  3. Sarah January 18, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    Happy 1st Birthday!

    Elephants are my fave!

  4. Belinda January 18, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    Wow! Happy Birthday A!!! xxxx.

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