Birthday celebration

Today my daughter is officially a 3-year-old.  It happened at 6:36 a.m.  I remember very well when she was born.  My world changed forever — and I’m so blessed and thankful.

Having her dougnuts for breakfast on her birthday celebration day.

This past Sunday we celebrated her birthday.  It was sort of a rocky start around 3 a.m. when she woke up convinced she’d slept all night and it was time to get up.  She had two days in a row of long naps, and I think she’d just had too much sleep, especially since she didn’t go back to sleep until 5:30 a.m.  She did at least sleep in an extra hour and a half and not wake up for the day until 9, but this mama was tired Sunday morning!  When I had told her I was making cupcakes for her birthday party, she told me she wanted doughnuts.  Doughnuts?  We don’t have them often, but I guess they have made an impression.  So, Sunday morning, I made her doughnuts.  I know what you’re thinking, “Wow!  She must be a super mom!”  But, here’s the truth.  I didn’t buy doughnuts at the store because the last time I was at the store was Friday, and since we don’t get them that often, I was pretty sure they wouldn’t survive until Sunday.  The other reason is to get out and get doughnuts fresh would have meant doing crazy things like getting dressed, putting on some makeup and combing my hair.  It would also have meant making my husband get on up or taking the kiddo with me.  So, I made them.  Oh, and by made them, I will also say I made them using canned biscuits.  Dang, they’re good, though!  This was only my second time making them and they were just as good this time around.  I was proud when the kiddo left a few bites of doughnut and asked for a banana and then blueberries.  Not that I didn’t end up eating three of them myself.  Whatever.  I’m pregnant! 🙂

After doughnuts, we got the cupcakes in the oven.  Lexiana loves to help me bake.  She’ll dump ingredients into the bowl like nobody’s business.  Her favorite is eggs.  Then we made lemonade together.  Previously, she’d only had a couple of sips of lemonade.  But, she has a Pinkalicious book where Pinkalicious makes lemonade and she’s been talking about it.  I told her we’d make some.  I figured her party was a great excuse to do so.  I pulled out the electric juicer that my parents gave me.  I kid you not when I tell you that’s it’s older than I am, and I’m no spring chicken.  But, it works great.  She helped me roll the lemons and juice them.  There’s something about making lemonade with your kid on the same juicer you learned on with your own parents (cue “Circle of Life”).  She was happy to dump in sugar and stir.  She was even happier when I let her help me taste test to see if we had it right.  She got to use a real glass and everything!

The finished cupcakes -- I was pretty proud of them. They were simple, but she loved them!

While she was down for a nap, my husband and I put up her party decorations.  We went with a Doc McStuffins’ theme.  As I mentioned a while back, she loves Doc McStuffins.  I was so excited to have her get up and see everything.  I also got the cupcakes iced and stuck in the Doc McStuffins’ characters I’d printed, cut out and put on toothpicks.  I had quite the crafty week.  I also colored some pictures of characters from the show that I hung on the wall and printed, cut out and mounted a “Doc is in” sign just like the one on the show.  (If you’re interested, Disney’s Web site has some awesome printables for this kind of stuff.  You can find all the links I used on my Pinterest board for the party.)

When she got up, I got her dressed in her new Doc McStuffins shirt that we special ordered through the Disney store.  She was thrilled.  Then she got to see the party decorations and was even more excited.  She couldn’t wait for her guests to arrive.  Each time someone came in she’d say, “Welcome to Doc McStuffins’ Clinic.”

The kiddo was excited with her big Doc McStuffins' doll. Here, my husband was showing her how pressing the doll's hand makes her talk.

Her party was great.  She opened a ridiculous amount of gifts for one little girl.  She got lots of Doc McStuffins’ toys, a beautiful American Girl doll, a gorgeous Merida dress and lots more.  She sat patiently for each card before opening the gifts.  After pizza and cupcakes, she even got to play outside with her cousins.  It was great to have weather warm enough for them to be outside playing.  That doesn’t often happen this time of year.

And with that, my kiddo’s party wound down.  She said her good-byes to everyone.  She went for a short walk down the street with my dad while we cleaned up the small mess left.  Then, when it was just our little family once more, she stayed up a half hour past bed time playing with her new toys.  Today, the day of her actual birth, won’t be nearly as busy or elaborate.  We’ll drive about 45 minutes away and meet my husband for lunch.  We’ve not gotten to do that since before her first birthday, so it will be a real treat for her.  We’ll pick up cookies to take to story time at the library tomorrow to continue her birthday celebration (just like her mama, she likes to celebrate as much as she can!).  It will be a lower key sort of day.

All the while in the back of my mind, I’ll be thinking about the tiny baby who came to us three years ago today.  I’ll remember how exhausted I was and how happy we were to meet her.  I’ll think of how far she’s come and how much she’s grown in this time.  I’ll bask in who is she is today.  I’ll be proud of my sweet girl with the big heart, wonderful imagination and delightfully spunky personality.  And I’ll be thankful.  So very thankful and blessed. I couldn’t have picked a better daughter if I tried.

Happy birthday, sweet girl!

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