On Mother’s day Eleanor turned 2. Let that sink in for a second. I started this blog just months after she was born and she is 2. We celebrated Yo Gabba Gabba Dance Party style the Friday before.
Since Eleanor’s birthday fell less than 4 weeks after the delivery of her little brother via c/s, I was hardly on my A-game. No matter what, I knew I wanted her to have a party. I didn’t want to make it a habit of forgetting the middle child only 4 precious weeks in. Plus, I love throwing my kids parties. I do it for them. I decorate for them. The festiveness makes them feel special. Seeing something they love/doing something they love makes them feel special. That expression on their face when they first see it all is totally worth it for me.
I like to limit cooking. I want to enjoy my kid, not slave away in the kitchen. I try to pick their favorite foods. We ordered mostaccoli and meatballs for pick up. Someone asked about the cupcakes and I was like, “Let me be clear-I cooked nothing. Everything is store bought”. For decorations we kept it pretty simple. A few Gabba decorations for real cheap and some balloons, but mostly everything was homemade. The big splurge was the Yo Gabba Gabba Dance track and disco ball. Yeah-I said disco ball. The framed pieces were printables from the Nick Jr. website that we glued on to wrapping paper. The banner was made using construction paper.
Yeah, that is her bass. She rocks out on it regularly. She has a guitar, but she prefers the
shovel bass. Reason 9 million that I love this girl. As a mother, I wish more than anything I could convey my love for my children, but I cannot. Not in words, not in actions….nothing will ever quite express how I much I love my babies. Eleanor blows my mind daily. She is so smart. Her vocabulary is huge, she can count to 20–heck she can count 20 objects, she knows her shapes, her colors and she can identify all the letters in the alphabet (upper case and lower case). She has been able to do that for months now. The crazy part is–we didn’t teach her.
On her actual birthday she woke up to our present. A bike, well tricycle, and a Bubble Guppies book.
This little lady is just plain cool. Hanging out with her is a blast. She marches to the beat of her own drum and makes no apologies for who she is.
She has such a big heart and gives so much love to her brothers.
Okay, to be fair, it isn’t all hugs and kisses and rainbows and kittens. This girl is a bada**. She definitely will have no problem looking out for herself. Daddy can sleep at night ;). Miss personality brings so much joy to our lives. She is adventurous and smiley. She is the girl running around with the big boys and holding her own.
I love everything about this little firecracker. Seeing her grow and learn and looking at the world through her eyes is a privilege. I feel so lucky to have this job–mom.
What birthday themes have been at your house? Any other Gabba fans? We have done dogs, football, Badgers, Pirates, Elmo and now Gabba. Cannot believe I now have to squeeze in three kid parties in a year. breathe.
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