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