If you have been reading for four years then first, you deserve some sort of award. Seriously. Putting up with over a thousand days of my rambling is kin to terrorist interrogations. Toenails fall out spontaneously when reading that long 🙂 And secondly, you would know that we planted a tree for Will on his due date. It was one of those I’m-overdue-someone-hand-me-a-shovel type activities.
A little over a week later, we snapped Will’s first photo with the cherry tree. Then when we moved from our first house to our current house, we took the tree with us and replanted it here. I have a photo of Will next to it when he turned two somewhere but for the life of me, I can’t find it.
I have always loved the idea of a birth tree to see how the kid and the tree have grown up together. Can you even imagine it from a newborn’s perspective? I often think what the baby would say if he was talking to another baby….”first, you get pushed out of someone’s genitals, they talk a lot about your excretory system and then they celebrate you with plantings of a tall green thing that doesn’t really do much of anything. If you are lucky, the thing that doesn’t move, doesn’t entertain you and doesn’t feed you won’t die. It’s called birth.” That’s how I imagine it.
Anyhoo…this year we snapped another photo of Will next to the tree on the week of his fourth birthday (I need to resnap it because it’s so blurry…mama brain had the tree in focus though!). At one point we had a scare about the tree’s survival (we think some deer were trying to mow it down) but this year Mother Nature confirmed that it’s going strong…especially when planted among weeds 🙂
The other thing that is going strong is our willingness to uphold traditions…even if we are late to the tradition party 🙂
So we always wanted to plant a tree for Weston but since he was born in the winter, we didn’t do it right away. Then spring got away from us…as did fall…and now we are one year late. But we figure it’s better late than never. Will has a birth tree…Weston has a first birthday tree and it’s in what I exaggerate as ‘our orchard’.
We decided to snag a fruit tree for our little Munchkin over another cherry tree or a different flowering tree. I liked it because of the irony. We always say that he has peaches n cream complexion and the whole semi-dwarf thing is hilarious since he is my biggest baby and probably will outgrow Will at some point (he has his mommy’s boneage – that’s a word.).
Even though it’s a fruit tree, it has these beautiful little pink flowers. And we found out that it is self-propagating so in a few years we can choose to fertilize it and it should start to produce some peaches! I love the idea of Weston being able to climb his own tree and toss down some fruit to his brothers…also known as peach-pelting. Tell me that’s not little-house-on-the-prairie perfect.
Ok for the life of me I don’t know how this kid’s face is constantly dirty. It’s like he is allergic to having a clean chin. I swear I wiped it right before this shot. literally seconds.
I forget all about the dirt when he gets all smiley. It’s those squinty eyes that get me. Will has his dimples and freckles, Weston has squinty eyes and LJ has the hair. God knew that he couldn’t put them all on one kid or I would have just died of the cuteness.
When we brought LJ home, we decided to make his first trip out of the house be one to the home improvement store to pick out his tree.
We waited about two weeks to plant it, so here is the little guy.
We decided to put it on the other side of the yard since this was gonna be the biggest tree so far. Jeremy and I both love the blooms that it promises and I think it’s gonna be the perfect shade tree. I plan on one day putting a bench over here so that I can sit between our yard and our neighbors yard and watch the boys play with their friends. Heaven knows the calories that would be burned on the walk over there 🙂
So that’s our current birth-tree situation. Hopefully one day all these grown boys will willingly want to do yard work because they want to keep the grounds around their tree nice 🙂 Hey….a mom can hope, right?!
Have you planted birth trees for a kiddo or a dog or for the planet? Did you switch up the tree species? I like that our boys each have a different variety – because they are so different. If only I could find one of those money trees….I’ll have to save that one for our favorite kid 🙂