Saturday was the big day! My baby turned two and is officially a baby no longer. I mean, I know that technically she hasn’t been a baby for awhile now, but, when you can still say that you have a one year old, there’s still a “I have a baby” sound to that. But a two year old? A two year old puts you firmly into the “I’ve got a toddler phase.” And there’s just a little bit of heartache that comes with that!
So, in honor of Leah’s big day I hear by give you a play-by-play of Leah’s 2nd birthday!! (Also known as, how a 2 year old refuses to stick to your perfect plan for the day….)
After a fun date night we come home and decorate the dining room with a bunch of Minnie Mouse decorations I picked up at Party City earlier this week. Leah is all about Minnie (and Mickey) these days, so I’m envisioning squeals of utter delight as she happily gazes upon her mother’s hard work. I’m excited.
Saturday Morning-6:45 am:
We wake to the sound of Leah calling for “daaaa-DDDY!” and Lucy whining from her crate. Apparently neither one of them wanted to sleep in. Or maybe Leah was just too excited for her big day? Who knows. Brett and I usually play the “who is going to get out out of bed first” game when it comes to getting Leah on a weekend morning, but today we both bound out of bed to go wish our girl a happy birthday. Brett goes out into the kitchen so he can see Leah’s reaction when she sees the dining room decorations for the first time. I may be a BIT too over-enthusiastic for 6:45 am (Leah is NOT a morning person) and, upon seeing the birthday decor and hearing her mother’s (way too loud) excited squeals of glee, Leah gives the room a half hearted glance and buries her head in my neck.
Although we decided on a special birthday waffles, Leah insists on her daily Cheerios first thing. This girl likes her routine.
The smile starts to come on her face, especially when she sees her special birthday princess crown!! Mommy makes the waffles while daddy takes out Lucy. I pour the batter into the waffle iron and wonder to myself why the mix looked a little funny….5 minutes later when I go to take the waffle out, I sigh when I realize that the “waffle” is as flat as a pancake and as hard as a rock. Brett points out that I forgot the egg. Whoops. Blame the pregnancy brain? Or the fact that it’s too early to think on a Saturday morning. Brett takes over, waffle making round 2.
We start getting ready for Leah’s big birthday adventure at the splash park! This place is very cool, but we actually haven’t made it inside in the 3 1/2 years we’ve lived here. So we figured Leah’s 2nd birthday would be the perfect time to try it out! We get our suits on and Leah follows me around asking “Pool? Let’s go!!” while I try and ready our packed lunch.
9:30 am-1:30 pm:
We get inside the park! One of the perks to being up at 6:45 am is that we are pretty much the first family to arrive as the splash park doors open at 9:30 am. Leah takes it all in and I can tell that she is excited, but cautious. This kids is the definition of “slow to warm” so I know it’s going to be an ordeal, inching into the water bit by bit, before she finally gives in and realizes how awesome this place is.
Luckily, it doesn’t take long before she jumps right in and is soon running between the smaller kiddie pool and the much larger “big kid” section. At first Brett and I both stay with her, walking from section to section, but it’s hot and I’m pregnant, and it gets (let’s be honest) a little boring so we quickly resolve to the old switch off and one of us lounges in the shade while the other runs after the little swimmer before switching off. Also, tangent side note, only in south FL do you see moms of young children at the splash park in THONGS. Seriously ladies…not okay.
We have a blast (that water slide above really was fast and a lot of fun!! Leah remained unsure, but mommy loved it…) and it’s apparent around 1:30 that the birthday girl is more than ready for a nap. We drag a crying, hot, exhausted child from the park.
After a super quick bath Leah is down for a long, much needed birthday nap. Mommy’s quick to follow.
Leah wakes up in an excellent birthday mood. (Said sarcastically) She decides that pants are the devil and that no one is allowed to touch her, but mommy. Whenever I remind her that she needs to be polite she snarkily responds with a “MY birthday!” as if this excuses her from all rude behavior. And, in a 2 year old’s mind, I guess it does. We quickly decide that a pants-less viewing of her favorite Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is in order.
That decision quickly earned a smile.
Party time!! I get Leah’s favorite pizza for dinner, only to be told by the birthday girl that pizza is poison and that she would only like yogurt for dinner, thank you very much. Oooookay, when it’s your birthday, why not?
After dinner we opened presents via Skype with both sets of grandparents and my sister and her family. It cracks me up that this kid will never know anything different than the power of video chat. It amazes me that we have the capability of having her grandparents, some 15 hours away, watch her open her birthday gifts. And Leah LOVED it, so it was super fun to watch her open the gift, kiss whoever was on the screen before excitedly exclaiming, “What’s next?!”
^^The winning gift of the day: Her new baby from my sister and family. Like I’ve said, Leah LOVES babies and this one came with 2 bottles, baby food, a bib and a binkie! What more can you want!? It’s safe to say that this baby has not been without Leah (day and night) since she was opened.
We had her open her last gift after cake since I knew she would want to watch it right away. As she gets older, I’m excited to start her classic Disney collection so we started it off with The Little Mermaid. Leah was THRILLED to see Ariel as she opened the gift and we ended the night with a cozy family snuggle on the couch (with baby too, of course) to watch The Little Mermaid!
And with that, our day was brought to a close. It might not have gone as perfectly planned as I would have liked, but all in all, it was a great day to celebrate 2 years with this amazing girl. Happy Birthday, Leah Grace! Mommy and Daddy love you to the moon and back!