Three years ago today, I met Kirby for the first time! That calls for a cake, don’t you think?
My mom tried to get Kirby to look at the camera for one photo before he started on his cake. Just one! …NOPE:
Kirby was super excited about seeing his #1 favorite food: Radicchio!
Kirby’s birthday cake this year was doubly exciting because it was his first time eating watermelon!
Kirby definitely likes watermelon!
Even with all the excitement of a new kind of noms, Kirby did not forget about his favorite radicchio hiding under the watermelon!
Nor did Kirby forget about the frilly kale “frosting”!
Really, Kirby was just SUPER EXCITED about all of his cake!
Russian tortoises like Kirby are generally not supposed to eat fruit because their guts are not equipped to handle all the sugar. The occasional fruit treat (especially apples, which are good for having lots of pectin) is okay. I have been diligently keeping Kirby away from all fruit every since he got super sick as a baby, but now that he is finally fully recovered and growing like a weed, I figured he was due for a treat!
Watermelon is on the sweeter side for fruit, but it is also mostly water. Nevertheless, I’ll be limiting Kirby’s watermelon treats to one per year. Kirby didn’t know that, but he sure nommed away like this watermelon would be his last!
Are there more photos of Kirby’s cake before he demolished it, you ask? Why, yes, there are!
Bonus in-progress photos:
The candle was one in a pack of multicolored star candles that my mom found for under a dollar somewhere! I stuck the candle very firmly into the cake, so there was no chance of Kirby tipping it over and setting the house on fire.
To be honest, I’m not sure Kirby even noticed the candle at all, lit or unlit!
This year, we have BIG news for Kirby’s birthday: As of last weekend, Kirby now weighs over 100 grams!!! (Get it? BIG news!) That is more than four times what Kirby weighed three years ago!!
The birthday boy is truly a big boy now!
EDIT: For the curious, Kirby did not manage to finish his birthday cake before going into a food coma. He did, however, finish off all the radicchio!