I felt the need to put “Second” in all caps for the title of this post because I’m mind blown that our daughter is already two. We’re talking full force, grade A toddler. I’m typing this as we (slowly, but surely) prep our home to be suitable for 20+ people to gather in this weekend. It’s our little lady’s second birthday and we are CELEBRATING.
Birthdays have always been fun for me. Whether it’s a big surprise party, an intimate dinner, or simply mailing a friend a birthday card, I love it. Being a mother, it brings me so much joy to celebrate the day my little girl was brought into this world.
MOM CONFESSION: Layla’s birthdays (all two of them) have been an event I’ve had to tread carefully. I don’t want to feel pressured to be Pinterest Perfect, but I do want to create something special – Yes, even though she won’t remember it or fully understand what’s going on. It’s about being with our loved ones and creating a fun day for her (and us!).
We’re keeping things super casual with a pizza party at home with our closest friends and family. The theme we (i.e. me) decided on is “Our Little Lady”, being a play on ladybugs. Layla’s most used nicknames are “Layla-Bug” or just “Bug” so this felt appropriate. Like last year, I’ll be making her cake, though this year it will be to share with guests and not just to smash. The mother figures of my life made my birthday cakes as a child and it was something I always looked forward to – Something small that became very special to me and now I want to give that to Layla.
Decorations will consist of clean floors, no dishes in the sick, and lots of balloons. I mentioned we were keeping this simple, right?
I feel like this would be the spot to insert the motherly speech of “Please slow down, little one. You’re growing much too quickly.” I’ll spare y’all this time, but as cliché as it may be, it wouldn’t be a lie. It feels like we just brought her home from the hospital yesterday and then somewhere between all the diaper changes I blinked and she went from two months to two years old. Each season and milestone of growth has been exciting and challenging. I know she’s only two, but I’m already so proud of her and I cannot wait to see what this next year brings for her and us as a family.