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The One Where Baby Turns Two In A Snowstorm

by Nellie



Posting this after the new year is actually quite symbolic of a December birthday, they  tend to get buried in the holiday crazy.  My baby turned two a couple of weeks ago,  we celebrated but it wasn’t without its challenges.

Last year,  for the baby’s first birthday party 3 out of the 4 of us had the stomach bug. This included my eldest projectile puking in the middle of the party, me being too weak to move and a birthday boy that had barely gotten over it himself. Not to mention most of the guest list (the kids daycare) had been on the disabled list with the bug too! So we had maybe 6 kids show (thank goodness for family right?!) it was a crazy beautiful disaster that kinda traumatized me to where this is the first time I was able to blog about it!

IMG_0589So of course I was excited to make up for it with this party. His theme would be Jake and the Neverland Pirates, I invited his daycare buddies and even my eldest preschooler friends, and a couple personal friends with kids. I decided not to get any entertainment (thanks for the great advice!) everything was going  fantastically.  Except there was just one little problem.

A snowstorm.


Not a couple flurries,  we are talking  12 inches expected to hit exactly one hour before the party started at noon.  I was determined to still have the party though snow or no snow the party was going to happen! The two year old is at the stage where he LOVES birthday parties. He actually randomly starts singing happy birthday while he plays with his cars. I knew we were going to do this even if it was the 4 of us with grandma.


About an hour in, the bestie came and I saw a glimmer of hope. My oldest son absolutely adores his Godmother.


Then my girl Cass came with her daughter and little sister and I breathed a sigh of relief because my son was going  to have a birthday after all! Literally in the next 20 minutes 9 more kids showed up and I literally went into the kitchen out of sight and did a little dance like this:


We played classic games like pin the tail, limbo and we even played fruit Ninja on the xerox kinect (which the kids LOVED!) and before you knew it it was time for cake!


The best part of the party though was getting to know and laugh with some of the parents from my son’s preschool. Since my husband drops him off everyday they barely see me (because I gotta be at work by 8am). One of them even told me that she thought my husband was a single dad.


I really like the mothers a lot–there were tons of laughs, giggles and chatter. This was especially awesome for me who never connects with other parents. Also, I was inducted into the circle of parents that had formed since the new school year. Being a working mom is difficult because you have to work extra to make those connections. I even recruited some of them for Zumba 🙂

IMG_0667Everyone dispersed by around 4pm and it was definitely one of the most successful parties I’ve thrown, in the middle of a snowstorm no less!

When we sang happy birthday his grandma held him and the smile on his face made it all worth it!


If you have children,  do you have a good connection with the other parents in their classes?

Would you go to a birthday party in a snowstorm?

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Janine January 13, 2014 - 7:21 am

Yay to a successful birthday party and in our huge snowstorm nonetheless. My girls love Jake and the Neverland Pirates, too. Oh and by the way, you look so much like your mom!! 🙂

Nellie January 20, 2014 - 12:41 am

Thank you Janine, everyone says we look like sisters and she just LOVES that compliment!!

LaShawn January 13, 2014 - 7:23 am

I’m glad the snow didn’t slow folks down! at Pookah’s school, the main teachers hardly ever see me because I drop him off at 7. Cdub picks him up every afternoon so he hears all of the..he did this and he did that. But there are a lot of moms there who don’t work or who work from home and they are always there. I’m not a part of the mommy club. 🙁

Nellie January 20, 2014 - 12:40 am

Girl, I feel you. We are the outsiders to those that see each other everyday. I hope it gets better as they get older.

Miz January 13, 2014 - 7:41 am

but Im a misfit that way.


Nellie January 20, 2014 - 12:39 am

of course you are Miz!

Mimi January 13, 2014 - 7:46 am

Well, I don’t work and I’m not in the mommy club and I choose not to be. I am friendly with them all but they don’t seem open to me. I figure they formed their clicks years ago when their kids started there. My son is in 2nd grade so maybe by the time he is in 5th grade I would’ve been around more .There is another mother that I click with well and we make sure to volunteer for the same things so we have genuine company. I don’t care at this point. They can keep their clicks, I’m not interested.

I turned one in a major snowstorm, so I guess that counts for me attending a party in a snow storm. I remember the photo and outside of the window there was blowing snow. My aunts and family came.

Nellie January 20, 2014 - 12:39 am

Man I never thought about that aspect, starting into a school in the middle of time when everyone has already bonded must be tough. but like you said you are good so that is all that matters. I am not a fan of the mommy cliques. I will never be a member.

thedoseofreality January 13, 2014 - 8:12 am

Super super cute! I am so glad you were able to pull it off despite the weather! Cutest 2 year-old birthday boy ever! I really like the moms in Abby’s kindergarten class this year!-Ashley

Nellie January 20, 2014 - 12:26 am

Thanks Ashley!

Kim January 13, 2014 - 9:17 am

Your boys are so cute – I love when you share pictures of them!! And, your mom is gorgeous!!!
When my youngest was in preschool there was one mom who was a big planner and she organized monthly coffee dates for a group of us. Now (8+ year later) we still try to get together a couple times a year (usually dinner since we all work again) – nice to have that connection. Glad you were able to meet some of the other moms!

Nellie January 20, 2014 - 12:25 am

Thank you 🙂 We need to get a planner! That would make total sense 🙂

Kimberly (Manifest Yourself) January 13, 2014 - 9:57 am

Not a mommy, but when I go to my godson’s birthday parties, I love seeing all of the class mom’s coming and chit-chatting together. Last year, his teacher even stopped by the party!

Nellie January 20, 2014 - 12:23 am

I love that!! We invited ours but she couldn’t make it. womp.

Quiana January 13, 2014 - 10:30 am

Oh my I can’t get enough of his scrunched up face! And the last smile is everything – totally worth braving the snowstorm. This post made me think of taking my daughter to a party over the weekend. I had to drive her what was supposed to be 30 minutes away for a 5:30p.m. party in a torrential downpour. It was very dangerous driving conditions and took about 45 minutes. We almost got into an accident when a crazy driver just came merging into our lane suddenly without trafficating. Ughhh! Anyway, in the end I was glad she got to see her friends, but we almost turned around. I was thinking, “Is it worth getting into an accident for a party???” About the parents of Nia’s classmates, there are a couple that I chat with and we do occasional play dates, but I see others that will stand around and chew the fat for a while. I let Nia’s interest in her friends take that lead. There are a few whose parents I’ve never met because they are in before/aftercare but Nia wants to play with them. The teacher wouldn’t do a class list when we asked so it’s hard to know how to get in touch with them for play dates.

Nellie January 20, 2014 - 12:18 am

oh my gosh, that is crazy, the things we do for our kids!! The last time I was there I took everyones email under the guise of sending pictures, but you know I kept that list! 🙂

Allie January 13, 2014 - 10:56 am

I am so happy for you and your little man!!! Your kids are just too cute.
My boys are only in preschool 3 days a week for 1/2 a day so I’m not really “in” with the moms who have full day kids (most of them) and it’s obvious at birthday parties – so I feel ya.
I would definitely go to a party in a snowstorm! It’s WAY better then being in my house alone with the kids all day and, if they knew about the party there’s no way we wouldn’t be able to go!

Nellie January 20, 2014 - 12:17 am

I know. Girl. This weekend has been insane. I can’t wait for their dad to take them out tomorrow 🙂

Tamara January 13, 2014 - 11:07 am

My dad still loves to tell the story of how he drove me and three other girls to my best friend’s BAT MITZVAH (read: lifechanging event, not unlike a wedding) in a gigantic near-blizzard. We made it. There were some empty seats, but we made it.
This is why I have a summer birthday (summer Bat Mitzvah too) and my kids both have summer birthdays. Winter scares the heck out of me. It makes you all stronger people, I’m convinced. I’m weak in the winter.
And your son. I nearly can’t handle his faces. How do you not pinch his cheeks all day long? (I pinch Des’ all day long)

Nellie January 20, 2014 - 12:16 am

There is tons of cheek pinching and nibbling throughout the day Tamara, we have to do it now before they get weird about it!

Lady Lilith January 13, 2014 - 11:09 am

Happy birthday. At least he go to enjoy his birthday making snowmen.

Nellie January 20, 2014 - 12:14 am

ha, yes exactly Lilith!

Joi January 13, 2014 - 11:52 am

Oh, I’m sorry you all were under the weather. I’m glad people showed and it all worked out for you. I don’t think I’ve ever seen mama on the blog! Hey girl!

Nellie January 20, 2014 - 12:14 am

haha I know she makes very rare appearances 🙂

FitBritt January 13, 2014 - 1:15 pm

I’m so happy the party was so successful!! Your son must have loved it! I can’t believe there was a massive snowstorm but luckily it didn’t really hinder anyone from coming!

Nellie January 20, 2014 - 12:13 am

Yeah we were so lucky people still came!

Sherelle January 13, 2014 - 1:16 pm

You rocked that party in a snowstorm….go girl! I would like to think that I would do pretty much anything for my baby, even if it means throwing a b-day party during a snowstorm! Happy Belated birthday to your precious baby boy! Let me go make sure you’re nominated for best mom of the year! 😉

Nellie January 20, 2014 - 12:05 am

Thank you hun!!

Michelle January 13, 2014 - 5:40 pm

I’m glad it worked out for you! I know a friend of mine changed a party because of a snowstorm. We really haven’t had to deal with it. Only one of my kids has a winter birthday and she was always content when she was younger to have her party in the summer. Now she asks to go to NYC!

Nellie January 19, 2014 - 11:59 pm

ha I love that!! makes things a ton easier.

Leslie January 13, 2014 - 9:24 pm

So glad to hear that it all worked out! You were right to not hire out entertainment (aside from the fact that they probably would have cancelled due to weather which would have been super stressful). Happy belated birthday to your baby boy! Honestly, I haven’t forced any relationships with other parents. I’ll worry about it more in elementary school…when the kids will be together for the next 8 years. That and I don’t think you can really force friendships. They’re best if they happen naturally. That said, I found out my hair stylist started sending her kids to the same preschool as our daughter, and I would totally hang with her outside of the salon and school.

Nellie January 19, 2014 - 11:58 pm

I am so happy I didn’t hire entertainment. You guys were so right!! and yes I need to make these connections happen organically somehow.

Hope January 13, 2014 - 9:41 pm

Aww…so cute. So glad people showed up…even during a snow storm. Looks like you had a great time. I can understand the happy dance…because when you plan something, you want it to be a success. I have a pretty good relationship with about 2 parents this year…and we have regular play dates. It’s great to be able to get to know the parents of your kids friends.

Nellie January 19, 2014 - 11:52 pm

Exactly Hope, so much planning and care went into it, I really didn’t want it to be a bust! I need to schedule regular playdates too.

Kalleyc January 13, 2014 - 9:44 pm

He is just too cute! I know what you mean about storms and birthday parties. When my daughter turned one, we had a bad snow storm and she was set to be baptized the day after. If both my youngest was older, I would play outside during a storm, but I have to be responsible 😉

Nellie January 19, 2014 - 11:50 pm

Thanks Kalley 🙂 These winter babies should be living in the south!!

Carla January 13, 2014 - 10:21 pm

Sounds like a great party! I did not do parties at the house often for the kids because I felt like cleaning up was a nightmare. However, those were usually the best ones. I was never able to connect with other parents because of the long hours required for working in consulting. Now sometimes I have the opportunity to connect with moms through the grandkids because many of the moms are actually the same age as me. It’s great only having to do the fun parts! I feel like I should know who Jake and the Neverland Pirates are. I better read up before one of the kids mentions it!

Nellie January 19, 2014 - 11:49 pm

Thats awesome that you are able to connect with the parents of the grandkids!!

pegster January 13, 2014 - 10:51 pm

What a beautiful celebration. Your boys crack me up, they remind me so much of my boys :). The baby with the cornrow, the cuteness is too much.

My cousin was born Dec 27 and she absolutely hated her birthday growing up because it always got buried in the Holiday craziness. Good job making your boy feel special on his special day.

Happy 2nd birthday to your baby.

Nellie January 19, 2014 - 11:47 pm

Thanks Pegster!!

Yum Yucky January 14, 2014 - 12:29 pm

happy birthday to your cute little sone
Go to a party in a snowstorm? Wherever there is cake, I will follow. Rain, shine, tsunami, volcano, solar eclipse. It don’t mattah. I’ll be there.

Nellie January 19, 2014 - 11:34 pm

Thanks so much Josie 🙂 I agree. The cake makes it worth it 🙂

Yum Yucky January 14, 2014 - 12:30 pm

..and no fair on that typo in my first sentence.

Cassandre January 14, 2014 - 12:31 pm

it’s so hard making connections with the other moms in my daughters school. i do drop offs (early) and my husband does pick-ups so it’s hard. but i try to go to different events the shcool has to try and connect with others. but it’s not easy.

we had a blast. i feel your pain because my daughters birthday is early January and the weather is alwasy so upredictable at that time, so I am always on pins and needles for her parties. This year, i did it at her school.

Nellie January 19, 2014 - 11:31 pm

I always get so jealous of these women who know one another so well and when I show up every few months I am SO out of the loop! Oh well. I hope it gets better.

Andrea January 14, 2014 - 10:14 pm

I don’t really have a connection with the parent’s at my daughters school, but the parents of her ballet group are A-ok with me. My daughter is a Spring baby, but even April babies have to deal with unpredictable whether. Never had to deal with a snow storm though!

Nellie January 19, 2014 - 11:26 pm

I’d take a spring baby anyday! 🙂 Glad you have at least one group of parents that you are close with. I am so working on this!

Anita January 16, 2014 - 8:34 am

Happy Birthday! You rocked out an awesome party mom!

Nellie January 19, 2014 - 10:50 pm

Thanks Anita!! 🙂

Mrs .Pancakes January 16, 2014 - 1:39 pm

Awww…looks like a blast. we are not in day care so thank goodness no competition yet. wow i have been reading your blog for two years now…i remember when you were just getting back into working out!!

Nellie January 19, 2014 - 10:43 pm

I know right it seems like so long ago!!

Nellie January 19, 2014 - 11:24 pm

Yes the relationships are so important and now I am learning that I should have done it way earlier!! You have a good plan!

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