Even though I've already been through this whole getting older every year thing with my first two, the days since Smith's last birthday have flown by with warp speed. I love that everyone can sit in their own chairs and feed themselves, that all three kids can pretty much tell me what they need, and that we are THAT MUCH CLOSER to the day when we are a diaper-free household but still...did we skip a month? Was it September? I don't remember much from September.
As a blogger of almost ten years (WHAT!) I can't not decorate for a cute little birthday backdrop. I've tried and I start to twitch. I'm not going to be painting watercolor napkin rings and hand-carving cake toppers or anything but a few specific details here and there can go a long way. Hosting big birthday parties at our house is not my...umm...natural gifting so we've just kept it low-key for Smith's first two years and had cake and opened presents with just us and have face-timed all of our out-of-town family and had drop ins from in-town family. All he really wanted, according to his most recent awareness of them in all of the books we read or shows he's watched, are balloons. Party City made that one easy on us.
I made the cake the afternoon before and had it scooted back on the kitchen counter out of Smith's usual range. I was getting ready to head to Party City but had to make a powder room stop and made note that Smith was in the living room with Brett and the big kids. Ten seconds later I hear the pitter patter of two-year-old feet run past the bathroom to the kitchen and hollered at Brett to get him. As soon as I got to the kitchen, I saw he had made quick work of his need to taste test his cake. There were tiny little finger swipes all over one side (see above) and frosting covering his little hand. Apparently, nothing is safe unless it's under lock and key.
The next morning on his actual birthday I brought him downstairs and he squealed with delight when he saw his balloons. It was day full of phone calls, sugar, and toys with plenty of time outs but still a day full of memories. Brett kept the kids outside while I got the cake decorated and then I let Smith come in so I could get some pictures of just him. He wasted no time in getting back to his cake so I decided it was better to just roll with it. It made for some pretty darling pictures the second time around.
We're so thankful for this sweet boy! He slept all night in his own bed last night for the second time in a week so I'm counting that as his birthday gift to his mama and hoping there's more where that came from. We've got spring break this week and great weather this morning so it's time to get moving. Thanks so much for all of Smith's birthday wishes on Instagram. If you're interested in making a candy explosion cake topper, Party City has a pretty great selection of individually wrapped candy for getting things just so without having to purchase twenty of everything.
Thanks for sharing in these milestones with us!