Thankfully, Jack didn't ask us to get up early to try to surprise him this year for his birthday. Last year we were at the shore and unwrapping presents by 6am after his "surprise" party.
Instead, Jack decided to try to recreate the sleepless night before he was born minus the contractions. He was obviously very excited about his birthday and wasn't sleeping well. I ended up in his room at some point, tossing and turning with him. Then he woke up at 5:30.
So it was a rough start to the morning but once he dug into his presents, he was much better. This year I bought only things that he wanted instead of buying things that I thought he would like. It worked out pretty well as he was very happy with everything.
We had a special birthday lunch for which he chose the menu. He wanted pizza and when I asked where he wanted it from, he told me Domino's with a little attitude as if there were any other place from which he would want pizza. And then he wanted a watermelon, feta and mint salad. It was really good and he actually ate it. He asked for a blueberry upside down cake for his cake. I was very happy to oblige with a cake that required no decorating. (He was sitting beside me during packing a couple weeks ago while I was looking at some recipes which is why he picked these certain things.)
We had a birthday lunch because for the afternoon and evening we went to a pool party at the Captain's house. It was a Hail and Farewell for some of the officers at Pat's work. The kids were in the pool for a good 4 hours. There was also a little impromptu surprise birthday party for Jack while we were there. He got a few gifts from some very nice people who barely knew him and a big cake. He thought it was great and was very excited about his toys.