Alice’s Second Birthday…Looking Back #13

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Welcome back to my little mini series where I am looking back over our family memories, if you have missed one you can pop here to catch up.

Looking back today at Alice’s second birthday is really strange, as last night I was planning her fourth birthday and Holly’s second birthday. But Alice’s second birthday only feels like yesterday…

As we approached Alice’s second birthday I started to worry about what we would do for it and how to celebrate it. I was heavily pregnant and my due date was ten days after her birthday. So, there were so many factors to consider. Alice came early, so if Holly did too then I may have a tiny baby or I could be in labour or I could just be really tired and heavily pregnant.

We decided that we would just arrange a family get together because if I had to cancel, they would understand and obviously know the reason why. It seemed the logical thing to do, we would have plenty of years to do big birthday parties.

It also meant that because Alice would be with my parents when I went into labour, they could carry on with a little celebration for her.

I always thought I would be that mum who make my children’s birthday cakes, I made Alice’s first birthday cake. But, I just knew I didn’t have the time or the energy to do it, so I asked my mum. Alice loved Postman Pat and wanted a ‘Pat Party’ as she called it. Thankfully mum said she would love to make it and stepped up to make Postman Pat’s van cake.

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I was so convinced that Holly would arrive early just like her sister did that I didn’t do too much planning. But as the day got closer I panicked and thought this party will be going ahead. I quickly brought the Postman Pat plates, cups, balloons etc. My niece would be coming and I made up a couple of party bags for them both.

When it got to 48 hours before the party I had ordered all the food and just hoped that we would get to eat it all.

We had brought Alice a wooden kitchen for her birthday, I actually brought it three months before when they had an amazing bank holiday deal on. But, we had to build it, well when I say ‘we’, I meant Andy. It took him all night…oops!
I remember going to bed the night before, knowing my mum had made the cake, all the food was in the fridge and everyone would be here the next morning. But not quite believing that my little girl would be two and that our world that we knew so well, would soon be changing.

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We made it to the day of her party and I whispered to my baby bump, please just stay put for a few hours.

Alice was so excited about it and completely oblivious to the fact that she was about to be a big sister. She put her party dress on and waited for her family to arrive. Unfortunately it decided to rain, which meant we had to stay inside for it, but that didn’t matter to her.

Everyone arrived and she opened her presents. When she got to what she thought was the end, I said there was one more, she hadn’t spotted the sheet covering the kitchen in the corner. When she pulled it down, her little face, she was so happy.

We had a picnic on the lounge floor and Alice just loved her Postman Pat cake that nanny made her. She still talks about it now. She played all afternoon with her new toys.

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It really was a lovely day, yes I was tired, yes I was uncomfortable, but my little girl got to have her special day with all the people that love her.

And when I tucked her into bed that night and she wrapped her arms around me and said it was the best day ever, I knew it was all worth it.

And when I lay in bed that night I thanked my little baby bump for staying put, I need some sleep right now, but then I am ready to meet you…


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  1. June 2, 2016 / 21:09

    That cake looks delicious! I’m glad that your bump stayed put for the party, even though you were uncomfortable – it sounds like a really enjoyable day. It’s amazing how quickly the time flies!
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  2. June 3, 2016 / 07:42

    I just thinking about trying to plan Monkeys 4th Birthday but with a new born in tow I’ve left it all a bit till the last minute!! Thanks for the gentle nudge :). Sounds like Alice had a wonderful time, cake looks fab and I live that she still talks about it now! X
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  3. June 3, 2016 / 07:43

    Awww this was really lovely. We’re a month away from celebrating my daughters first birthday and I swear I am unsure as to where the hell the past year has gone! I dont have any bump to worry about but I definitely will have to get planning soon… my daughter can’t talk but i hope to get a cuddle at the end like you!

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  4. June 3, 2016 / 08:00

    I love thinking back to birthdays, my little lad is 5 now and the smaller family ones were always the its soft play chaos! I want to eat that postman Pat cake! She is such a beautiful little girl, I was reading and really nervous for you that you would end up in labor!xx #ablogginggoodtime

  5. June 3, 2016 / 09:29

    a what a fantastic 2nd birthday.. a kitchen is a fab present.. she will get years of enjoyment out of it.. cake is amazing… what a talented lady your mam is
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  6. June 4, 2016 / 07:52

    What an amazing birthday. The cake looks so delicious! I wish I could bake like that. Evie has just recently turned two as well. I do love this age despite the tantrums. x
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  7. June 4, 2016 / 22:46

    Ah that’s so lovely. My youngest arrived a month before my eldest’s second birthday – I didn’t manage to make the cake either because of that, I ended up buying chocolate swiss rolls and making a train cake with those. It’s funny looking back at how much effect the youngest had on the eldest’s way of life!
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  8. June 6, 2016 / 07:42

    Aww so glad you got to enjoy her birthday before bump arrived. I know what you mean about the cakes. I made one and it was pretty good but my gosh was it stressful and I haven’t done it since lol x
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