Little Rafi turned 4 on Sunday. This felt like a really big milestone, which I wasn't really expecting. No longer an infant, a toddler, and barely a preschooler - 4 feels like the dawn of a new era. I honestly feel a little bit sad as we're very close and of course as he develops new relationships and friendships become deeper, his connection to us changes.
IN saying all that, he is a pretty young 4 year old - although he did say to me on Monday when I asked him if he needed help with something, 'no thanks, mum, I can do it myself. I'm 4 now'!
Anyway, we had a super fun 4th birthday! We're having a friends' party for Raf when my sister gets here in a couple of weeks. He's pretty excited about that.
Before we headed to the beach for a morning picnic, Raf got to open a little gift. It was a big hit as he's recently developed a like for all things space.
Of course, as soon as we got to the beach - despite it being in the 80s by 8am - it started to drizzle. It didn't deter us, though.
We couldn't convince him to get changed from his swimsuit and it was straight into opening pressies.
From baby Charlie.
Stomp Rockets... a huge hit!
Some favourite books from Great Aunty Linda.
A space puzzle.
And a brilliant red rocket from Nana!
And a very big surprise present... a new bike. We couldn't have hoped for a better reaction. He was so happy.
Another trip to the beach for a late afternoon swim
And home for a birthday tea!