Every year, as Bitty's birthday gets closer, we start talking about it but he has always remained oblivious to the whole concept. Last year's birthday marked the first time he showed an interest in opening his presents (once he realized there were trains inside of some of them!) :).
Recently, we started making comments about his upcoming birthday, expecting the usual non-reaction, but for the first time it seems to have clicked. He got excited when one of his parapros made a little picture for him of a birthday cake with candles, and the words, "Happy Birthday 'Bitty'" written on the cake (something she did trying to keep him busy while we finished his IEP meeting).
Since then, he's been repeating, "iss aw-mohss yoo berf-day!" Last Thursday, he found the birthday candles in the cabinet (yes, he likes to explore, ack!) and wanted to "practice" with a little piece of angel food cake we had.
He put the candles in, insisted that I light them ("fire? fire candoos?"), and started humming the "happy birthday" song to himself :). In the picture at the top of this post, he's admiring the candles and signing "more"... if it were up to him we'd have piled on every candle we had and lit a mini-bonfire on the cake (haha) but I convinced him we needed to save the rest of the candles for his ACTUAL birthday. It's coming up but still almost a month away!
It's really fun to see him getting excited about it! I think we're going to do a Cat in the Hat cake this year. If the weather cooperates, we're still hoping to be able to take him to the petting zoo for his birthday :).
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