Welcome back to my little mini series where I am looking back over our family memories, if you have missed one you can pop here to catch up.
Looking back today at Alice’s second birthday is really strange, as last night I was planning her fourth birthday and Holly’s second birthday. But Alice’s second birthday only feels like yesterday…
As we approached Alice’s second birthday I started to worry about what we would do for it and how to celebrate it. I was heavily pregnant and my due date was ten days after her birthday. So, there were so many factors to consider. Alice came early, so if Holly did too then I may have a tiny baby or I could be in labour or I could just be really tired and heavily pregnant.
We decided that we would just arrange a family get together because if I had to cancel, they would understand and obviously know the reason why. It seemed the logical thing to do, we would have plenty of years to do big birthday parties.
It also meant that because Alice would be with my parents when I went into labour, they could carry on with a little celebration for her.
I always thought I would be that mum who make my children’s birthday cakes, I made Alice’s first birthday cake. But, I just knew I didn’t have the time or the energy to do it, so I asked my mum. Alice loved Postman Pat and wanted a ‘Pat Party’ as she called it. Thankfully mum said she would love to make it and stepped up to make Postman Pat’s van cake.
I was so convinced that Holly would arrive early just like her sister did that I didn’t do too much planning. But as the day got closer I panicked and thought this party will be going ahead. I quickly brought the Postman Pat plates, cups, balloons etc. My niece would be coming and I made up a couple of party bags for them both.
When it got to 48 hours before the party I had ordered all the food and just hoped that we would get to eat it all.
We had brought Alice a wooden kitchen for her birthday, I actually brought it three months before when they had an amazing bank holiday deal on. But, we had to build it, well when I say ‘we’, I meant Andy. It took him all night…oops!
I remember going to bed the night before, knowing my mum had made the cake, all the food was in the fridge and everyone would be here the next morning. But not quite believing that my little girl would be two and that our world that we knew so well, would soon be changing.
We made it to the day of her party and I whispered to my baby bump, please just stay put for a few hours.
Alice was so excited about it and completely oblivious to the fact that she was about to be a big sister. She put her party dress on and waited for her family to arrive. Unfortunately it decided to rain, which meant we had to stay inside for it, but that didn’t matter to her.
Everyone arrived and she opened her presents. When she got to what she thought was the end, I said there was one more, she hadn’t spotted the sheet covering the kitchen in the corner. When she pulled it down, her little face, she was so happy.
We had a picnic on the lounge floor and Alice just loved her Postman Pat cake that nanny made her. She still talks about it now. She played all afternoon with her new toys.
It really was a lovely day, yes I was tired, yes I was uncomfortable, but my little girl got to have her special day with all the people that love her.
And when I tucked her into bed that night and she wrapped her arms around me and said it was the best day ever, I knew it was all worth it.
And when I lay in bed that night I thanked my little baby bump for staying put, I need some sleep right now, but then I am ready to meet you…