This week was Andy’s birthday, his birthday falls five days after Alice’s and five days before Holly’s, it’s a crazy ten days in our house.
I will be honest since Alice came along his birthday has taken a bit of a back seat, of course we celebrate it with cards and presents. I even managed to get him a birthday card and present from Alice when she was five days old, I wanted his first birthday as a daddy to be celebrated and remembered.
As the girls have got older and far more aware of their birthday’s it has become even busier for us. There are presents to be brought, cakes to be made and a joint birthday party to be arranged. Of course we wouldn’t have it any other way.
But, it can feel a bit like a birthday rollercoaster waiting for the next turn to come along and with that Andy tends to say not to worry about his birthday. He goes out for a drink with his friends and the girls and I get him a cake.
This year I decided that I wouldn’t listen to him. Yes, I am exhausted from the weekend of Alice’s birthday and their joint party. Plus I am now starting to get ready for Holly’s birthday next week, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t put a bit of lipstick on and take Andy out for dinner.
So, that is what we did. My parents arrived at 7.30pm with the girls already tucked up in bed asleep and we headed out to one of our favourite restaurants.
We like to eat out as a family and the girls are used to going to restaurants and generally behaviour themselves. But, it was so nice to be able to sit and really look at the menu and not just glance at it and find the first thing I like so the waitress can take our order and bring us the food before the boredom sets in.
It was lovely to be able to toast Andy and wish him a happy birthday like we used to before we had children. Except back then after dinner we would normally go on for drinks and that wasn’t going to happen this time…
Of course we did the typical thing parents do when they are without their children and talked about our girls. It just doesn’t seem possible that Holly is about to become the age that Alice was when she was born.
Everyone said to us that it would get easier when they became 4 and 2 years old and at the time that seemed such a long time away. But, here we are. Alice turned four last week and Holly turns two next week and do you know what I think that life is starting to feel a bit easier.
We chatted about everything and anything, like we always do, we ate gorgeous food and I had a glass bubbly too. I was a rubbish blogger and took no photos, oops! This photo is from our recent holiday and a rare one that has no children in it.
It wasn’t a late night and we were home within two hours, but it was important to me that we celebrated Andy’s birthday. He works hard for us girls and I wanted him to know that we appreciate all that he does. Life can be busy at times and the weeks roll on and on, so its good for a birthday to come along and give us an excuse to go out and be Andy and Laura for a couple of hours.
Having a meal out together used to be an ordinary moment for us before the girls came along, but for now it is an unordinary moment…
Joining Katie from Mummy Daddy Me for The Ordinary Moments