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Happy 2nd Birthday!

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Dearest Angel of Mine,

Now you are a wonderful two year old.  Where have those two years gone?!  It has been my amazing privilege to mother you through another year of your life and watch you blossom and grow.  You have brought so much delight to my life as I have watched you daily.  You have continued to love reading books, music (there must always be music) and doing some sort of arty work.

I have enjoyed watching you dance and twirl to music.  Thank you for inviting me to join you on so many occasions.  I hope you never stop allowing music to touch you so deeply.  I hope you will always feel free to just spin with joy when a piece moves your heart.

I have enjoyed our many walks together and how much you love nature and the great outdoors.  Your favourite thing to do is splash in puddles.  You absolutely love puddles, and I am glad I get to splash beside you.

I am so sorry that, for a few months, you really didn’t have much of a mummy as I was so ill I couldn’t deal with you.  I wish those months had been different.  I missed you so much and I missed being the kind of mummy you need.  In that time, however, I saw a side of you that brought tears to my eyes.  Tears of joy as well as sadness.  Sadness, for no child should have to watch their mummy suffer, and no child should have to cuddle their mummy and soothe her and stroke her back while she is being violently sick.  But joy because the care and compassion you showed during those months as you stayed by me and brought me buckets to be sick in and took buckets to your daddy for him to clean is beyond what many adults would be able to muster in such a situation.

You truly are an amazing gift from above, a ray of sunshine that dances across my heart and warms the darkest of days.  May you continue to go forth and shine brightly in this world, in this another year of your life and for every year you have left to live.  I love you sweetheart.

Mummy xxx

How We Celebrated Your First Birthday

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On Saturday we had your Very Hungry Caterpillar Party.  Your Tiny Talk teacher did a session at the party filled with your favourite songs and actions and she read the story complete with signs.  There was then a time for playing with your friends while the food got ready.  We sang happy birthday to you and blew out the candle on your cake.  You helped yourself to icing from the cupcake on the top 🙂  You enjoyed stealing food from your guests.  Everyone enjoyed themselves.

 

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On Sunday you opened the presents from all your little friends and we took the dogs on a long walk.

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On your birthday you opened your presents from us and the rest of your family.  We went to your Tiny Talk class.  You enjoyed having Daddy there.  It was his first time being able to come to one of our classes.  On our way home we went to White Post Farm.  We got some cheap annual passes when they had a deal on and you love visiting the animals.  Maybe one day you will be able to have the small holding Mummy always dreamed of or be the vet Mummy always wanted to be 🙂

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On all three days you went to bed a very tired but very happy little girl.  Thank you for letting us share the excitement of your celebrations with you.

Happy Birthday Angel

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Dearest Firstborn,

Monday was your birthday.  You are now one.  Where has the time gone?  It feels like I have just blinked and you’ve gone from dependant newborn to emerging  independent individual.  You have accomplished so much in your 12 months.  You have gone from an extremely high needs baby to one that’s learned with our support to be happy without constant contact for small amounts of time.  We never pushed you to be anything other than what you were.  When you needed us we were there and we still are.  I was there to nurse and rock you to sleep and Daddy would help rock you to sleep if you woke up until the day you let us know you were happy to go to bed and fall asleep by yourself.  Every night I kiss you goodnight and walk over to turn the light off, I look at you watching me peacefully and I know we’ve come so far.

We didn’t get off to the best of starts.  From a horrible pregnancy where I couldn’t really bond with you to collapsing twice just after you were born to being bed ridden for a good few months after you were born and not being able to give you the time you deserved, I feel so guilty that I have let you down so much already.  I wish I could go back and relive those months with my current better health.  I am so thankful for our breastfeeding bond.  I was determined to breastfeed before you were born despite the lack of support I received from most people outside of your Daddy.  It was the one thing that no one else could do for you and no matter how ill I have felt I have pushed to ensure you are breastfed.  It hasn’t been easy, but there is no other choice I would’ve made for you or me.  It had been suggested by those who don’t understand what we have that it’d be easier to give you formula given my health.  These people fail to realise that breastfeeding is about more than nourishing your body; it nourishes your soul as well and is the one thing that we share that no one else can enter into; one area in which I haven’t failed you.  I am pleased to say that a year later and I am still able to provide you with that bond.  Happy Feeding Birthday to us as well my sweetheart!

I cannot thank you enough for all the good change you have wrought in my life.  Without you I never would have gotten to the point physically of finally getting some answers about why I was constantly so poorly.  Without you, I would never have gained the confidence to try out new things without the fear of failure.  Without you, I never would have started this blog.  Without you, I never would have called into question a lot of what is considered normal in society around me to examine it closely and see if it really was in your best interests.  Without you, I wouldn’t have reason to go out and meet new people.  Without you my life was grey and boring.

With you, my life is full of colour.  With you my life is filled with laughter.   With you my life is never dull.  With you my life is filled with promise and new beginnings.

Thank you for teaching me patience and being forgiving of me every time I mess up.  Thank you for teaching me to be less self-centred even though I still have a long way to go.  Thank you for giving me a reason to get up in the morning and face each new day with a smile.  Thank you for all the hugs and kisses we have shared.

This year has been so filled with changes, and you have done a lot of changing and growing my beautiful butterfly.  You have teeth, you sit up, you pull yourself up, you crawl, you cruise, you talk, you feed yourself, you have preferences of what you like to do and where you like to go, you delight in animals, you love lights, all kinds of lights, you enjoying looking at and talking about the world map or ‘bap’ in our hallway, you love turning the lights on and off yourself, you love listening to stories, you enjoy watching other people, you love a good game of peek-a-boo, you want to know the name for everything you see, you try to repeat words you hear, you enjoy dancing to music and playing with your instrument set(will this continue as you get older?), you love shapes, you love all types of bean and lentils, you hate meat, you eat an adult sized portion of porridge for breakfast and sometimes you are still so hungry you eat half of mine as well.

These are just some little snippets of your first year my sweet angel.  It has been a full and happy year packed with lots of love and laughter.  I am excited to watch you grow and develop even more into your own little person.  I thank God for the blessing of you in my life, and you truly are a blessing, my miracle baby.  There are no words to express just how much I love you.

Always remember no matter how old you get or where you are in this world or what you do, you will always be my baby.

 

Happy Birthday Darling Girl!!

 

Love,

Mama xxx

 

 

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Party Mania

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Yesterday we attended one of Miss E’s friend’s birthday parties and this week we are getting ready to celebrate her first birthday with a party on Saturday.  Can you guess what the theme is?!? 😉

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Yep, it’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  Miss E loves this story and has a little matching caterpillar that she like to hold while we read it.  We go to Tiny Talk baby signing classes during the week, and a few months ago I found out that they also do birthday parties.  So, for our party Miss E’s Tiny Talk teacher is going to read the story with lots of signs and do lots of action games as well.  There will be toys to play with after and of course food and cake!  We are trying to include as much food from the book as possible (omitting a lot of the sugary ones, however), and the grandparents are all pitching in and bringing something to the party.

Here’s how the preparation is going so far:

 

DSC03572The little food signs were a free printable resource from here and I cut them out and backed them on red card, so these will sit on the food table.

 

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I found these cool green leaf platters(couldn’t see any other way of incorporating a nice green leaf into the party food 🙂 ) at Party Pieces (who unfortunately, I would no longer recommend for buying party items from), but I’m sure they could be found else where.

 

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Here are our party bags, again from Party Pieces and where they really messed up, so we had to reorder stuff from Pirates & Princesses.  So far there is a sheet of stickers, a VHC balloon, bubbles and a Woodie Worm(blue or pink depending on who it’s for) in each bag, and they are sat awaiting some edible treats.

We still have play dough to make and colour for the creation station for the older kids so they can draw and create as the toys will be too young for them to play with, my husband’s doing a photo collage of Miss E, and then nearer to the Saturday we will have to buy and prep the remaining food.  I cannot believe I am doing this already!  Where has a year gone?!