On Saturday Mr D turned three. Three. It seemed an age to get to his first birthday in some ways, but these past two years have zoomed by.
Gone is that tiny baby who we could hold in one hand. The baby who gave us a fright when he arrived at a minuscule 5lb 5 and three weeks early only to be back in hospital at two weeks old, super poorly and undergoing a battery of daily blood tests and a lumber-puncture. Those shaky early days are thankfully long behind us and he is now a boisterous little boy who never stops chattering. A little boy who questions as he absorbs the world around him. A little boy who is a bundle of energy and excitement.
He understood his birthday this year; he said he wanted a blue present and a purple present. We bought him some bits and pieces, mostly books and clothes and a couple of games I had managed to pick up in various charity shops over the past few months.
He was very excited when he bounced into our bedroom on Saturday morning and told us it was his birthday and he was three. Not two. Just three.
We came down and opened his gifts and then had some breakfast. My parents came round to watch the children whilst I set up for the family gathering around lunch time and Mr D was thrilled with his gifts and enjoyed a story with my mum whilst Damian and I got everything ready.
There was a bit of a Thomas The Tank Engine theme – he is Thomas mad so we got a Thomas party kit from a site called Party Bags and Supplies. It included a table covering (which was more than big enough) as well as plates, cups, napkins and eight filled party bags (Thomas items including stickers, a whistle, tickets etc).
Mr D was thrilled when he saw the table set up with his ‘party food’ and his Thomas decorations. It really added to his day – especially when my Mum arrived with the amazing cake she had made for him.
We only had people round for a couple of hours and I think it is fair to say that both Mr D and Miss E were slightly overwhelmed by it all, with Mr D saying at the end ‘no more presents now mummy’. We had planned to head out for a bite to eat in the evening but both children fell asleep within minutes of getting in the car so we left them to sleep.
We had a lovely day and I can’t believe we will soon be marking Miss E’s second birthday. Madness!
One everyone had gone both the children had great fun exploring their party bags and the train tickets were taken with us for the train journey to Manchester on Tuesday. I’ll be looking at using these again from Party Bags and Supplies – much easier than having to fill the bags myself!
How did you mark your children’s birthdays?