This past Friday, Olivia turned two. Now, I’m not happy about it, but I do know that it is unfairly inevitable that she’s gonna get older every year so I’m embracing it.
Embracing it is a good way to put it, right?
I am a big fan of birthdays. And even though Olivia was still too small this year, I still did my best to make sure that she felt extra special that day. I want her to always remember that we did our best to celebrate her big day in a big way, every year.
Thursday night, right before Dominic and I went to bed, we blew up a bag of balloons. Our plan was to put them in her bed right before she woke up in the morning….Olivia had other plans….She had an awful night and ended up in our bed around 2am.
Unfortunately, Dominic had to work all day. It was something that he tried and tried to get out of, but he couldn’t. I knew that if he could have been there, he obviously would’ve. But this year it just wasn’t possible. I woke up around 9am and put the balloons in Olivia’s crib and just stared at her while she slept. I was so excited to have her see the balloons, but I also didn’t want to wake her up….I wanted her to be One for a little while longer ;) Once she finally woke up, I explained to her that I had a surprise for her and that she had to go in her room. She ran!
She was so shocked by all of the balloons in her bed and she turned around to me and made her first birthday request, “Up, Mama! Up!”
She spent a good amount of time in there before I finally lured her out with, “Let’s go downstairs and eat some pancakes!”
And when we got downstairs, there was a little surprise waiting for her.
Her Daddy made her a card.
And it was really sweet.
(I’m also a little jealous because he’s NEVER made me a card……..but this is not about me.)
She read it, and then I read it to her. And then she ate her birthday Mickey Mouse pancake. I kinda butchered Mickey’s silhouette….but she didn’t seem to care. Along with the balloons, I just wanted to create a tradition that she looked forward to every year, something that she’ll remember when she gets older :) Being a parent and getting to create traditions like that are the best!
And then her Kiki (my sister) came over, with her first gifts. A number 2 to her Precious Moments Disney Princesses Collection and Blocks. She lovedddddddd the blocks.
After my sister left for work, Olivia and I got ready to leave for the day. We had to go get some last minute party things, we stopped for lunch, and then had a little coffee date at Starbucks. Olivia waved hi to everyone in there, it was so cute.
We came back home, Olivia took her Birthday nap, and I took a much needed Birthday Netflix break, and then my dad and sister came over. We ran to the mall before I met my friend, Steph, back at our house.
I felt really bad about Dominic not being able to celebrate Olivia’s birthday with her, so I decided to make her a cake, and we went to his restaurant so that he could sing happy birthday to her too. I know it meant a lot to him and I could tell it meant a lot to Olivia, too. (She had been asking for him all day!)
After spending a few hours there, we came home, put her to bed and my sister and I worked on some more things for Olivia’s party.
I loved spending the whole day with her, celebrating her precious little life and as sad as I am that she’s growing so fast, I am so proud of the little person she is becoming.
Olivia Rose, I love you so much. You are such a blessing to all of us and I cannot wait to spend a million more years celebrating you.
You guys, I have a two year old.
A crazy, beautiful, perfect Two Year Old.
P.S. Olivia’s birthday party will be posted on Wednesday :)