A Christmassy Second Birthday.
When Mads arrived on Christmas Eve 2010, I couldn't help feel a bit sorry for her for when she celebrated her birthdays in the future. After all, who wants their birthday at Christmas? But actually I have come to realise that a Christmas Eve birthday can be magical, and it is a lovely day to celebrate your birthday.
Everyone is in a good mood, there is a excited feeling in the air, and you get lots of attention.
Mads 2nd birthday was no exception. We started the day with cuddles and present opening in bed with me and Daddy, and her little face when she saw her big '2' balloon was a picture. Unfortunately Mr E couldn't get the time off work so in the morning we went to our local garden centre with her little boyfriend and my good friend, and while we were there we had lots of fun. We met Father Christmas, and Mads was such a good girl when she sat on his knee. I told him it was her birthday and he made everyone sing to her, which may have made my hormonal self tear up just a little bit.
We played on the rides, had some lunch, and Mads and her boyfriend ran around hand in hand (very cute) before we came home to relax and have a nap before the other celebrations later.
My Dad and his wife came round after she woke up from her nap to say hello and bring her a present, she loves Grandpa and Nana Jacqueline, so this made her very excited.
We then picked Mr E up from work and went over to my Mum's where the real celebrations began. For the last couple of years it has been a tradition where my Grandparents come over briefly to wish her a Happy Birthday, then a whole host of friends arrive as well. Her Auntie Paula and Auntie Emma and all their families come over, they are ones who have her twice a week. It is lovely and we all sit and chat, normally Paula brings around a massive pot of chilli, and we drink copious amounts of champagne. It is a great start to Christmas and an end to Mads birthday.
She was thoroughly spoilt by my family and her Aunties, and was so excited to open each present and see what was inside. She didn't end up going to bed until 9pm, and by the end of it she was exhausted.
All in all it was a magically christmassy 2nd birthday. I can't believe I now have a 2 year old. Where does the time go?