She seemed genuinely happy when The Husband and I wished her happy birthday. I wish the boys had been there to see how engaged she was, but they had already left for school.
I had run out earlier in the morning for the traditional birthday donuts that we piled high next to the presents. Again, by the time Sophie got up, only the pink one on the top was left, and she ate that uncustomary sugary breakfast treat with scrambled eggs. We put aside the presents for the afternoon, when the boys came home, but I gave her one outfit -- a tee-shirt, jeans and soft sweatshirt.
You know what? She was all smiles this morning, making outrageous eye contact. Honestly, it took my breath away. There's a tiny part of me that still holds hope that this day will bring no seizures.
A little later, I brought a cake to Sophie's class, and all of her friends there, teachers and aides sang happy birthday. There's a warmth to her school world that always takes me by surprise. I'm grateful for all of it. Forgive all the photos, but I just wanted to share a little of the joy and celebration with all of you!
Part 3 is a big birthday beach bash on Sunday. If you're in Los Angeles and want to join us, email me at elsophie AT gmail DOT com.