{The Ordinary Moments 16} #7 ‘A Third Birthday’


On Thursday our beautiful littlest girl turned three years old. To be an absolute cliche, I just don’t know where the time has gone, I cannot believe she is three. I am a little emotional about the fact she is three as it seems so much more grown up than two to me, but the reality is LL is still very much the baby of the family. Many people comment on the fact that she is quite young for her age, so she still feels very little to me.

We were wondering how to spend her birthday, as to be honest it still throws us all a little that Mads isn’t there for some of the bigger milestones as she is at school. We had already decided that we would have a family day for her birthday during half term, but it left us wondering what to do on the day itself. In the midst of our pondering’s we got an email inviting us to the George at Asda house for a family home event. I must admit I was unsure whether to attend at first, only because I felt that we should be doing something specifically for her birthday, but when I found out more details about it- it was for the whole family including partners and would be a fun day of activities- I decided we should definitely go as it meant that we could persuade Mr E to take some time off work to come with us.

We ended up having such a lovely day at the event, I will of course talk about the reason we were there in another post, as this is about LL’s birthday, but the George at Asda team were so lovely with her and she had the best time. In fact it was much better for her than our original plans of going to the garden centre for a cake, out for lunch and then no doubt home for a nap! She loved all the activities they had planned and enjoyed spending the day with some of my other favourite bloggers gorgeous children- also there was Jess’ family, Caro’s family, Fritha’s family and Laura’s family.

It was a great day and she even got a special present and a birthday cake from the George team, as well as Caro and Fritha being ever so thoughtful and bringing her a birthday present and Jess’ little girl making her a card. We then left a little early so we could get home and over to Grandma’s for a special birthday tea party with the rest of the family. We didn’t go overboard with presents as we never do, but she got some lovely little bits from her big sister (or plastic rubbish as we like to call it!) who chose her lots of random little toys from the supermarket, some lego from her Great Grandma and Grandpa, us and my Dad and her Nana Jacqueline, some gorgeous clothes from her godmother Auntie Emma, some shoes from her Grandma and Grandpa, and a little mini guitar (so she can be like her big sister!) from my sister and her boyfriend.

And now my baby is three. I just can’t quite believe it. I really wish the time would slow down just a little bit.


Here are some photos from her day…


All set up for her birthday breakfast. Unfortunately our extension wasn’t quite finished at this point as we had a problem with the floor and it had to be ripped back up, so everything was a bit cramped and pushed together, but we still managed to have a nice birthday breakfast.


Opening her presents from her big sister. Mads had a great fun going to the supermarket with Daddy and choosing some cheap little bits to wrap up for her.


Always good having a big sister on hand to open them for you when you are finding it tricky.


Every year we take a photo of them with one of these big balloons, it has become a bit of a tradition. Her top also says 3 on it as well.


She had great fun at the George event, one of the activities was to decorate gingerbread men and she must have decorated (and eaten!) about seven of them!

LLs3rdbirthday_7She had a great birthday with all the other children who were there and I was really touched that the George team bought her a big cuddly giraffe as a birthday present. He now has pride of place in her bed.

LLs3rdbirthday_5  Before it was back home for yet more cake (this time a Peppa one no less) over at Grandmas house for a party with all the family. After all a girl only turns three once!



  • Carie says:

    Aww what a lovely birthday! I still can’t believe that she’s three either, I still think of her as the little baby I first met at blog camp and now all three babies are three! Just where did that time go? I hope you all have a wonderful family day over half term, it looks like you started celebrating off on a very good foot!

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Ah I still remember that photo we took at Blogcamp- doesn’t it feel so long ago? So much has changed since then! x

  • Lindsay says:

    I love the saying, ‘the days are long but the years are short’. I think it sums up the early years for me in that some (most) days I can’t wait for bedtime but suddenly time seems to fly past and you look back and realise how incredibly fast the years have gone. My oldest is 4 next month and I’m struggling to comprehend how that’s happened as it only seems like yesterday that she was born!
    Beautiful pictures and it sounds like a lovely birthday.

  • Happy birthday LL :-) The picture of her with the cake is gorgeous, that smile she couldn’t be any happier. Your right three does sound so much older than two and I don’t know if it’s because her hair is up, but she suddenly looks a lot older. Sounds like she had a lovely day x

  • Tia says:

    She’s looking grown up! Glad it was lovely, good post.xx

  • Lucy says:

    Oh it looks like you had a lovely day celebrating your littlest girly. I’m definitely one of those people who kind of always thinks of LL as being a baby, but she really doesn’t look like one anymore. She’s turning into a proper little girl now, bless her. x

    • Katie Ellison says:

      She still feels so much like a baby to me, but you are so right, she doesn’t really look like one anymore. Thanks lovely she had a great day. xx

  • Looks like she had a lovely time. Three feels like such a big transition as they’re no longer toddlers and they become proper little people. x

    • Katie Ellison says:

      I still really see her as a toddler but at the back of my mind I am well aware she is becoming a little girl before our eyes! And she had a lovely time- thank you! xx

  • It looks like a lovely day and she looks so happy. 3 does seem so much older than 2! It really is strange having to think about school with Birthdays isn’t it? We had that this year as E was at school on R’s 1st Birthday. Something E never has to worry about with it being over Christmas. I love that 3 top too xx

  • Happy birthday little one! It sounds like a perfect day Katie. I hope she has the very best year of being three!xx

  • Happy Birthday LL! Looks like you had a wonderful day. Lovely photos and the last now blowing out the candles is beautiful! x

  • Suzanne says:

    This is so lovely Katie. She looks like one very happy 3 year old! We’ve always encouraged our kids to choose and buy a gift for their siblings’ birthdays. Now they’re older, they save up their own money and I often don’t even know what they’ve bought! X

    • Katie Ellison says:

      What a lovely idea Suzanne, we may have to do the same. I love that Mads was so excited to get things for her little sister. x

  • Alex Gladwin says:

    Aww Happy Birthday LL! She’s so adorable! Don’t they just grow up so fast!? Ethan will be three in April.. somehow!! xx

  • Ah how gorgeous. My girls are 3 in June and I feel a lump in my throat just typing it! Look forward to seeing the George update – they have so many gorgeous toys xx

  • LauraCYMFT says:

    Sounds like the perfect way to celebrate turning 3! I can’t believe she’s 3 already. It is always a cliche to say but it is so true; they grow up so fast! x

  • Anna-Marie says:

    I cannot believe LL is 3!!! I remember when you announced the birth.. Its flown by.. Sounds like she had a wonderful day.. Adore that last photo!

  • Ahh LL is such a little cutie. I love these photo’s of her. We struggled knowing what to do for Alfie’s 3rd birthday, it’s hard isn’t it! I still can’t believe that in a few months, she’s not going to be the youngest anymore! Eeek. Hope she had a brilliant birthday :) xx

    • Katie Ellison says:

      It is, there isn’t really much you can do with them is there? We were going to go to the garden centre probably, and out for lunch, so I think she definitely got a better deal going to the George home event! x

  • Jess says:

    Awww hope she had a lovely day! It really is scary how fast time goes, it’s weird thinking that Abbie is going to be 4 this year! 4! I remember having MY 4th birthday, it’s insane! xx

  • Mary says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY LL! Awww she looks so adorable in these pics and it sounds like a fab day for her, how wonderful that she got so many little treats and surprises :) The pics are beautiful and capture her special day wonderfully.

    I am the same cliche every birthday because I really cannot believe how time flies and how big they are getting. Im sure when baby boy arrives LL will seem even bigger, but enjoy her being the baby for a little longer x

    • Katie Ellison says:

      I know so many people have said how much bigger she will seem- I can’t picture it at the moment! Thanks lovely. x

  • Natalie says:

    Sounds like LL had a lovely birthday, I love the picture of all the blogger Kids sitting together. I’m also loving LL top knot, she looks so grown up! Xx

  • Sherry says:

    Aww happy 3rd birthday LL! I find every day that passes is bittersweet, you want them to grown up but you also want them to remain little. I don’t know why but she looks so grown up in the photo of her with the balloons, maybe it’s because her hair is up? Sounds like you all had a lovely day x

  • Time flies so quickly with little ones! She looks like she had a lovely time, its nice to do something different :)
    I think the time goes quicker the more children you have! I never remember time going this fast with my eldest! xx

  • Happy BirthdayLL. Sounds like a wonderful day spent with family and friends! Wow doesn’t she’ll like Mads with her hair up. Truly Beautiful girls you have x

  • Oh she suddenly looks so more grown up now she is 3. It sounds as if you had a perfect day at the event and how lovely of Asda to spoil LL. Time certainly goes so very fast. I cannot believe that my 2 are both in double figures now. Happy 3rd birthday LL xx

  • Becky says:

    I know what you mean about turning 3, its like your 2 year old can still just about be classed as a baby, your crazy little twoligan, but not 3 , 3 is for big little people!!! I know when my little girl turns 3 in September I’ll be sad to say goodbye to her baby years, but it will also be amazing to have someone so grown up to be your best little buddy, I can’t wait! Love cake and cable photos, they make me feel all warm and cozy looking at them! x

  • Happy birthday to such a lovely girl…! Looks like a great day and what a fab balloon!! Ahhh she’s gorgeous and so pretty. I cannot believe my twins are nearly 3.5 years old – time does go so fast! xx

  • ah three is such a lovely age! I love her smiles blowing out the candles!

  • I love the cake photo! Sounds like she had a wonderful day x

  • Happy birthday LL – quite possibly the cutest 3 year old around! Sounds like she had a lovely time, and I love the balloon idea too :) x

  • Oh she is so gorgeous! I am so glad she had a wonderful birthday, I can’t believe she is three, will be Baby’s turn next in a month and a half! xx

  • Happy birthday LL! Can’t get over how instantly grown up she looks now! Especially with a top knot! x

  • Notmyyearoff says:

    Happy Birthday lovely LL, I can’t believe she is 3 already. I remember reading all about her being born on here. It really has flown by. She looks like she had a brilliant celebration :)

  • Louise says:

    Plenty of birthday cake and a cuddly giraffe, what more does a newly 3 year old need?! :) I agree though that 3 seems so much more grown up than 2, I’ve no doubt I’ll be emotional as well when we celebrate a 3rd birthday in June xo

  • Aww, what a lovely day. It’s crazy how much they change once the little one comes along. Judah seemed so much more grown up far too soon for my liking as Eden followed 16 months later. Shayla all of a sudden wasn’t the baby when Judah came along, all of a sudden she seemed so big. It’s bizarre, but also just perfect at the same time. She’s such a beautiful little girl and I bet she’s going to be an amazing big sister to little man, she’s had such a great example. I wonder if you’ll see her imitating the way Mads is with her, that’s what I see in each of ours, it’s like it filters down from Isis. Happy Belated Bday LL. I will be sending both you girls something soon xxx

  • Tanita says:

    Happy Birthday to LL. I cant believe she is 3, time flies they grow so fast. What a beautiful photo of her blowing out her candles. The event sounded like so much fun! Glad you all enjoyed it xx

  • Is she really three?! Eeek time really does fly by doesn’t it?! She definitely looks less babyish now though. I found it to be a funny age, no longer a toddler and yet it doesn’t feel quite right to call them a small person yet. It sounds like she had a wonderful day!

  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry says:

    Ah it was so lovely to spend the day with you all, Cherry keeps saying how sweet Lottie is. I really know what you mean about them seeming so young for three, I just can’t think of Tiger as a nearly three year old, he still feels like my baby! xx

  • Hope little LL had a great birthday, it certainly sounds and looks like she did! I’m so gutted because I was invited to that George event but turned it down because I was feeling too slow and heavy to make the trek into London and Dom couldn’t take the time off. It sounds like it was a really lovely, fun event!

  • Sandra says:

    Omg, my son birthday is on the same date, but he is just two :) congratulations, cheers!

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