All last week I was implementing various psychological warfare tactics on Noah. We weren't going to celebrate his birthday, I didn't have time to get any presents for him, we forgot the day or didn't believe the current date. He knew I was joking, but on some level he was afraid his birthday was going to be total crap. It wasn't :)
Noah said next birthday he wants Daddy and Mommy to be able to have some time together. We told him that was very sweet, but we can save that for one of our birthdays. Noah didn't whine or act entitled the entire day. He said thank you to everyone for every tiny thing. He was kind to his little brothers and took turns with his new toys. All without asking. He's such a great kid!