Which still slays me. It's funny because it's true. For example, on the morning of Declan's third birthday, when I woke him up for school, I started getting all verklempt, telling him the story of the day he was born, how excited his Daddy was, and how nervous I was, until the moment when the doctors and nurses stepped aside to let me see him, and in that second, I thought "He's perfect" and I can still see exactly how he looked at that first glimpse. To which story Declan replied "Stop talking Mommy".
So yes, they do indeed grow up so fast.
For the party, we bought a small bounce house. I really don't want to become "those people" when it comes to kids' birthday parties, but somehow it just felt right to finally get Declan a padded room. The kid likes to bounce around. I was able to justify the bounce house aquisition to myself on the grounds that his party got cancelled last year at the last minute. Notice I didn't make dinner for 50 this year; we ordered pizza instead. I'm learning.
As an offhand thought, I asked my dad if he would keep an eye on the kids in the bounce house and make sure that nobody got hurt. Well he sat himself out there like a sentry, putting a stop to any shenanigans like unauthorised shoe wearing, and I swear he didn't abandon his post for like 4 hours! He took his BounceHouse Master duties very seriously. I love how in all the party pictures you can see him stationed at the bounce house door, regardless of what else was going on. heh.
The party was pretty freeform- I just put out a bunch of rideon toys into the driveway, and made a tent maze, and let the kids just run around like maniacs while the adults could visit unmolested.
I asked Declan ahead of time what shape he would like his birthday cake to be, and he replied "a circle". Heh. So I had them draw a big old circle on it, and then at the last minute told the bakery to throw a robot in that circle. That is what happens when there is no theme to your party- or there's a theme, but it's "Zoo animals and robots with occasional guest appearances by Lightning McQueen." But I thought the cake looked pretty cute, and so did Declan as he couldn't help but gently put his face in it, when it was set out before him.
|I like this picture because how afraid of fire is Amelie?? heh.|
I consider the party a success, as Declan looked pretty much like this the whole time. He had a ball. And it must have scratched his birthday itch as he hasn't been clamoring for another party since. Woohoo!