(a much too detailed account of my daughter’s 2nd birthday)
*Fair warning: this post contains a lot of details because I want to remember everything about my little girl’s special day. If reading detailed accounts of mundane activities isn’t your thing, suffice it to say that her 2nd birthday was pretty great.
“Mommy, c[ome] on. Mommy, wake. Mommy.” It’s not a bad way to start the day, really. Lulu calmly let us know that she was awake and ready for the day around 8 this morning. I went into her bedroom and found her laying sideways in her crib, happy to see me. “Hi, Mommy. Happy Lynnie day!”
I can’t believe my baby girl turned 2 today. I want to remember every detail of the day, because it really was a happy day.
We started the day with a “cookie” that was really an oatmeal bar, strawberries and milk. Lulu loved that she got to have cookies and strawberries for breakfast! Her favorite bedtime book talks about cutting a strawberry in two and sharing it. Every time we read the book, she points to one half and says “mommy’s,” and to the other half and says “Lynnie’s.” She recited that part of the book while we ate the strawberries this morning. So cute!
After breakfast it was time to feed her baby brother, get ready for the day and go to church. We gave Lulu a new purple tutu for her birthday. Her excited exclamation of “Tutu!” might be the happiest word ever spoken. Of course, she wore the tutu and a birthday t-shirt today.
By the time we were done with church and a quick lunch, Lynnie needed a nap. When she woke up, she helped me finish making her birthday cake. “Helping” meant sticking her fingers in the icing while Grandma tried to keep her out of it. I think the cake turned out pretty well considering that I made it and the icing!
Then we headed to the zoo. Hubby’s parents and one of Lynn’s honorary godmothers with her boyfriend came with us to the zoo. It was beautiful weather, and Lulu always loves seeing the animals. We spent a lot of time looking at the giraffes and talking about how big they are. And how big Lynnie is getting.
The zoo was followed by dinner on the deck with both sets of grandparents, my sister, and our friends who might as well be her aunt and uncle. Lynnie considered playing with her new bike (a gift from her godfather and his fiancé) while the rest of us ate. She opened the rest of her presents and ate her piece of cake before it was time for bed.
Since Lynn didn’t really eat dinner with the rest of us, she woke up shortly after going to bed asking to eat. Of course we let her. It gave us a few more minutes to snuggle with our precious girl while she ate “hummy” (translation: hummus) and pita bread as a late night snack. As I carried her back upstairs to her bedroom, she asked to read the “mouse book” (which is the one about the strawberries that she was quoting earlier in the day). So we read the mouse book once and then said our prayers before bed time. I have to admit, I said an extra little prayer of thanks today that her daddy and I have such an amazing little girl. I really can’t imagine our lives without her in it. So here’s to Lynnie. I still can’t believe she’s already 2!