My BEST girl, had the BEST day! — Today was less emotional (but I still cried). We celebrated with a TULIP TEAPARTY, guests were asked to wear their “Tea Party Attire”, champagne, rose, sparkling water & tea were served alongside three different kinds of tea sandwiches, cookies, fruit & scones. To top off the afternoon, guests were asked to create their own Tulip Bouquet to take home as a “Flower Favor.”
We had tons of fun with a tea party themed photobooth, all the little girls playing with Holland’s new kitchen from her GeeGee & PawPaw & then of course, the fun of opening ALL the presents!
Holland was surrounded by women that love her unconditionally, as if she were their own child or grandchild. That to me alone, is the most special gift I could have ever asked for. These women know who they are & I’m so very blessed to call them my family. Because as you know it, friends become family & all of these women have.
As I said before, this part of the day was less emotional than her first birthday. I did cry singing “Happy Birthday” because in that very moment, I looked around to see all those important women singing & smiling so lovingly at my best girl & it gave me all the feels. Also because, we made it to year two & I wish I could bottle this stage up as well. Holland is SO talkative, loving, caring, LOUD (like her daddy), independent & has the biggest & brightest personality. I like to think she got the best of both of her daddy & I. We did pretty damn good.
Here are the fun things that Holland has learned/done in her second year of life:
- How count to 12
- She can say full sentences & ask for specific things
- Her favorite thing to say is “More Peas” – translation: “More Please”
- She is EXTREMELY tidy; something I think she picked up from me 😉
- Loves to “I workout” with her Daddy
- LOVES books, we read every night
- HATES sharing food; something else I think she picked up from me
- Learning to potty train
- How to climb down the stairs unassisted
- Throwing the ball to “my Hanz”
- She got her first haircut
- Had her first Hot Chocolate
- Eat/drink unassisted
- & became a BIG SISTER <3
- there are SO many other things I could list but these are the ones that stick out to me most.
Last year on her birthday post, I wrote a poem that I had come across that spoke so deeply to me as a new mom. So, to my sweet girl – I’m going to repost that every year for you, because there are things that are already taking place that I no longer have to do for you. You are so bright & you learn so quickly which in-turn means that I have done my job in teaching you well but it still makes my momma heart hurt that you don’t need me for it.
So once again my little Valentine, here is the poem that I will hold near & dear to my heart. To remind me to cherish each day, the good & the bad… because you are only little once & only for a little while.
“From the moment you hold your baby in your arms you will never be the same. You might long for the person you were before, when you had freedom and time and nothing in particular to worry about. You will know tiredness like you never knew before. Days will run into days that are exactly the same. Full of feedings and burping. Nappy changes & crying. Whining & fighting. Naps or a lack of naps. It might seem like a never-ending cycle. But don’t forget… there is a last time for everything & babies don’t keep.
There will come a time when you will feed your baby for the very last time. They will fall asleep on you after a long day & it will be the last time you ever hold your sleeping child. One day you will carry them on your hip & then set them down & never pick them up that way again. You will scrub their hair in the bath for one last time & from that day on they will want to bathe alone. They will hold your hand to cross the street & then will never reach for it again. They will creep into your room at midnight for cuddles & it will be the last night you ever wake to this. One afternoon you will sing, “the wheels on the bus,” & do all the actions to never sing that song again…
They will kiss you goodbye at the school gate & the next day they will ask to walk to the gate alone. You will read a final bedtime story & wipe your last dirty face. They will run to you with arms raised for the very last time… The thing is, you won’t even realize it’s the last time until there are no more times. Even then, it will take you a while to realize. So while you are living in these times, remember there are only so many of them & when they are gone… you will yearn for just one more day of them. For one last time.”
I love you beyond measure. XO