Since we had dinner Sunday with Pappy and Papa Rod to celebrate Chloe’s early birthday, she has been so confused! We have tried telling her that Sunday was not her actual birthday, but it was the only time Pappy and Papa would see her to celebrate. Every day this week, she would ask if it were her birthday and if she were three yet. Matt and I tried to explain as best we could, and we would work on the calendar every day showing her how much longer she had until her birthday. We made a countdown to help her, but it still didn’t click.
When we put her to bed Thursday night, we told her when she woke up in the morning it would be her birthday. She would be three. She seemed very excited and seemed to understand. She woke up Friday morning earlier than usual, and when I went into her room to get her out of bed, she popped up and said, “Mommy! Can I have a birthday now?” I said, “Yes, birthday girl! It’s your birthday!” She asked, “Now? It’s my birthday now?” She kept repeating, “Now?” And, “I’m three now?” Finally! It’s her birthday and she is three!
It was a beautiful day today, blue skis and warm temps. We couldn’t have asked for a better day in January, especially for a birthday! With everything that has been going on with my family, with Matt’s new job, and with the stomach bug, we thought we had dropped the ball on Chloe’s day. We had nothing planned as of the beginning of the week just because we had had no time. I asked Chloe what she would like to do for her birthday, and all she said was that she wanted to play with Luke, with Hallie, and have a Dora and Diego cake. Whew! I can handle that!
Miss Dana and Luke called in the morning to see if we wanted to meet for lunch, but Cole was napping and I didn’t have time. So, Miss Dana and Luke came over and took Chloe on her first birthday date. Of course, Chloe couldn’t have been happier, and she had so much fun eating pizza with Luke. Luckily, once they got home, Chloe was tired and didn’t mind taking a nap one bit.
After nap, it was party time. First, before anyone came over, we let Chloe open her gifts from Mommy, Daddy, and Cole. Mommy and Daddy gave Chloe some clothes, and Cole gave Chloe a purse and a book for 3-year-olds.
Unfortunately, Hallie couldn’t come over, but we had the Rains family and Uncle D over for burgers, hotdogs, sides, cake and ice cream. Ninnie and Big Poppa couldn’t come because we passed the stomach bug over to them, and we are so sorry. All the kids, except Cole, played outside until we made them come in and eat. Cole tried to play with the big kids, but it was just too cold from him.
Luke and Elliot gave Chloe a Diego koala bear that she loves, and Luke gave Chloe some beautiful jewelry. The packaging said, “My Little Dream Girl.” For those of you that don’t know, Luke and Chloe are the best of buds. You can ask her any day what she would like to do, and the answer is always, “Play with Luke.” Uncle D gave Chloe 12 bottles of bubbles. Yes, you read that right…. 12 bottles of bubbles. He also brought over some silly string…. which he broke out…. in the house…. on the nice, living room rug. Good ol’ Uncle D! And, he said he almost bought a second can. Thank goodness he changed his mind! But, the kids loved it and had a blast even though we had to get out the broom and the vacuum.
After eating, it was cake and ice cream time. It was getting late, and everyone, adults included, was getting silly. Chloe loves Dora and Diego, so Matt got on the computer and started playing the theme songs to both Dora and Diego. A dance party broke out, and so did the limbo! I think Mr. Jake was the only one unable to do the limbo.
It was a great night, and Chloe had a blast. Thanks to the Rains family and Uncle D for making Chloe’s day special. And if you are wondering, yes….. the party stopped at 8:00 for a brief time to watch the Derek Dooley press conference.
Chloe was worn out at the end of the night, and after the Rains left, she asked if she could go to bed. We didn’t hear another peep out of her. The next morning when we got her out of bed, she looked at us and immediatley said, “Am I still three?” Ah…. good stuff!