So, although the little dude’s birthday is still a week away, we decided to celebrate a little early. (A certain beloved auntie and uncle will be away next weekend and we wanted them to party with us!)
We settled on a couple of Fox’s favorite things to drive the decorations and food. Birds and blueberries. Both are very popular around here lately. (Seriously. My kid poops like a bear. I can attest to the similarity. It is eerie.)
I made some little stuffed bird rattles for his small guests. Based off Joelle Hoverson’s bird ornament pattern in Last Minute Quilted and Patchwork Gifts. One of my go-to’s for small projects.
We strung up some homemade garlands and spread some paper feathers around the buffet.
We made up a time capsule for our little dude to open on his 18th birthday, when he will, presumably, be a big dude. *sob* We asked our friends and family to write down a prediction about life in 2031 and add it to the jar. And, of course, I totally forgot about this piece of the party until almost everyone had left. I’m now chasing after people asking them to scribble something down for him. Typ-i-cal. Mom of the year, right here. But, whatever. His REAL birthday isn’t even until next weekend… so I totally have plenty of time. 😉
Fox loved his lunch of sweet potatoes, avocado, texas caviar (hold the jalapeños… for a little longer anyway) and fruit salad.
Some of his very favorite people were here! Grandma and Pa-Pop came from Houston, Tee-tee Caitlin, Tee-tee Heather, Uncle Benji, the lovely Sara and his best buddies from playgroup – Bazel and Anthony! (and their awesome moms and dads, Christina, Tom, Margaret and Ezra)
It was super cute to watch all three boys explore the wrapping paper and new toys. 🙂 I don’t think I will ever get over how amazing it is to watch them play together! Our playgroup has been going since Fox was around 7 months old – they have gone from sitting and staring at one another to full interaction, toddler conversation and herd migration from one part of the room to the next. It is wild. And lucky for us bigs, their parents are equally fun to hang out with. Lucky lucky lucky ducks are we.
The birthday boy scored some sweet new toys, puzzles and books. I don’t think it was until the party that I realized how badly we were in need of an influx of new stimuli. He has been getting seriously bored with our current rotation. Problem solved!
And from dear old Mom and Dad, he received a water table. To say it was a hit, would be a bit of an understatement. This kid got soaked from head to toe and was soooo excited to be able to splash with his friends. I think I know where we will be spending our Texas summer afternoons, people. You can find me in the backyard, soaking wet, with a grinning toddler. Send beer.
It was a few hours of pure bliss, truly. After everyone left, I felt this wave of mushy gratitude wash over me. What a blessing to have so much love in your life. What a blessing to have this little dude to make me smile every day. To be his mom. To share him with everyone I love and to see the love they have for him so clearly. It’s amazing and palpable. It makes me take pause to acknowledge the gratitude I have in my heart. I’m so thankful that my path has brought me to this place with these people. Really, these are the good days.
Okay, enough of that. Here are some photos of my kid eating a cupcake.
And even Mama got a birthday present. Fox refused to nap after the party, bringing him to a grand total of 40 minutes of rest all day (after a poorly executed morning snooze). He made it to about 6:45pm when he absolutely crashed and slept until 5:30am. The first time he is slept through the night in almost 6 weeks. (side note: DAMN YOU, TEETHING.) He nursed at 5:30am… and then passed out again (!!) and slept until 7am. Steve got him up and… get ready… let me sleep in. I got up at 8am today. It was as glorious as you’d imagine.