My sweet little bundle of joy has turned into a bouncing toddler, and like her first birthday, it is such a bittersweet thing! More sweet than bitter at this point of motherhood though, when I’ve realized that progression of age is a natural process and it means she is growing and glowing and safe! I think the first birthday for the first child is a very difficult milestone
for parents to traipse, because it is the first realization that time will FLY for the rest of their lives! Our lifestyle allows me to enjoy little moments though, soaking in the late mornings in PJ’s, the endless “push me!” on the swing, and the nap-time snuggles, so it makes watching her grow sweeter, not bitter; because I know that I’ve gotten to witness most every moment.
We had planned her party for a later weekend, but we still like to make a celebration out of the actual day of birth, so we decided to do her family birthday dinner the night before her actual birthday, and chose hibachi, thinking it would be entertaining, and I have to say, we were all quite entertained. LeighLeigh, Popa, Paran, FeFe, Granny Ida (my mom’s mom), Ben, Me, KK, Lydi-Jo, and Rhett all joined in celebrating with the very excited soon to be two year old! (Honey and Paw were both out of state, hence their absence, but they were sure to send many kisses through the phone!) The two curious toddlers were extremely wary of the cook, the fire, the sounds, the smells, and pretty much every part of dinner. They were giddy at some points and terrified at others, it was quite hilarious to watch. The chef lit a pile of onions and had us all sing happy birthday, and she orchestrated the song with her utensils, smiling all the while. She even got in on the action when the chef started to throw rice into our mouths-she is such a character!
Please excuse the poor picture quality from that night, I forgot my Canon! So we had to use Iphones, and for some reason, the lighting was not Iphone adaptable!
We had practiced blowing out birthday candles, and singing Happy Birthday for well over a month, so I was excited to go into her room when she woke up the morning of her birthday to sing her current favorite song to her-again, she was in very pleasant spirits, and I made sure to take the morning easy with her-she doesn’t like to feel rushed-it makes her antsy!
My parents had left early that morning to go to their deer lease, Honey (my mother in law) was in New York for the week, and Paw (my father in law) was in Illinois on a hunting trip, and Ben was at work, so we ventured over to Nanny and Pop’s house (Honey’s parents) to enjoy a birthday breakfast that they had prepared for Hattie. She was most excited to see her own “boon” (balloon). The multitude of ones that they have around Wal-Mart signaling clearance items and things such as this drive her crazy, she just wants to take them all home!
We let her run around by the garden,
playing with terrorizing the flowers for a while, and then headed home to settle down before nap time. Hattie has a fascination with our priest, and he adores children, so it’s a sweet little mutual friendship that they have formed. Our church’s secretary, who is also our good friend came over before Hattie’s nap, with Father Babasino, so that he could deliver a birthday present to our little tot. She is all about being a hostess these days, and loves to “give” things to others, so we prepared some fruit water with pretty straws, and bagged them some cookies that we had made the day before. As soon as they walked in the door, she ran to get her hostess tray and hand out their snacks. How Steel Magnolia of her….
He wanted to get her a “pretty dress, like she wears to church every Sunday”. How adorable is that paisley smock, and navy leather shoes? She’s worn them both already, and they are ADORABLE. While he was over he blessed her new “big girl room” and also blessed the nursery. He mentioned to me she is getting so much more attentive on Sunday’s and that he never wants us to feel embarrassed when our babies cry out or throw tantrums, he said that children are the “golden future” of our church and we have to be accepting of them in all of their forms. I am so thankful that we have such an understanding and caring priest in our parish, we will miss him so when he does decide to retire!
Ben got home and begged me to wake the birthday girl, so of course, she was soon awakened from her nap, and to fulfill our promise to her, we headed out for our parish fair! KK, Rhett, and Lydi-Jo came to meet us for some fun, but Hattie was so not feeling the rides. She liked the novelty of them, and even the idea of them, but not so much the concreteness of them and their movements. It didn’t help that I wasn’t allowed on any rides due to my expanding midsection, and despite Ben’s promptings, she just really wanted mama to ride. We settled on lots of yummy fair food and the queen’s pageant instead, and these seemed to appease the birthday girl!
We had one exhausted, and cotton candy filled baby on the ride home, but in true Hattie fashion, she melted our hearts, and said “tank tou” (thank you) to us right after bath time with daddy, and prayed for everyone we knew except herself before she closed her eyes for the night. I like to think that this precocious little thing will always be so grateful and so loving, but then again, we’re pretty sure that she has a little angel in her, so the chances are looking good.
We love you Hattie Leigh.
Happy two years.
Stay tuned for her birthday interview video, and party pictures, it was a dang good time!