Saturday, January 30, 2010

Three - a birthday story

My baby girl turned three on Thursday. I can not believe that she is so big already, and yet I can't imagine my life without her. I know that feeling started quickly. She was born not quite two weeks before her due date, and on her due date I wrote in my journal that I couldn't even imagine those two weeks without her in my life.

We were so excited that hubby was able to take the day off to hang out with us. I woke her up earlier than normal because I'd scheduled her three year check-up in the morning. Her daddy presented her with chocolate covered Hostess donuts (we only get these on vacations - what a treat!) for breakfast, and I dressed her in a cute little Scottie dog dress. (My college mascot is the Scottie dog, so there are a lot of them in this house.)

Abigail got to pick out two mini-muffins at My Favorite Muffin because she got a shot. She picked a sprinkle muffin and a double chocolate muffin. (I got strawberry.) She was so good at the doctor's office and even gave a high five! She can be so shy around strangers (and even people she knows well), so it was good to see her open up quickly.

We had lunch at Home Run Burgers and Fries. We were impressed with the choice of 25 free condiments (including fresh jalapeno slices and roasted red peppers), but not so impressed with the buns that fall apart as you pick them up. If you have a large selection of condiments, shouldn't you have buns that can hold up to them? Abigail seemed to enjoy her burger, fries and onion rings anyway.

As a special birthday treat, we spent a few hours at a local jumpy-place. These seem to be popping up everywhere these days. We've been to this one once before and Abigail actually played with children she didn't know, and wore herself out running around. We were pleased to see her actually talking to and interacting with other kids this time too.

For dinner, her daddy made homemade pizza. While it was baking, she and her daddy mixed up her strawberry cake so it could bake while we were eating. She was so excited to get to make her birthday cake. Normally, most of my cakes are made from scratch with a recipe but since she wanted to participate, we thought it would be easier to use a mix. After the cake cooled, she got to ice it (with help from Daddy) with the spatula we gave her for Christmas.

After dinner, Abigail got to open her presents, which included a book from one of my friends, and clothes and glow-bracelets from "Aunt" Heather. From Mommy and Daddy, she got chalk and dry erase markers to go with the easel she got for Christmas, paint, Winne-the-Pooh socks and a Curious George jumpy ball.

We still have parties planned for both sides of the family (it's a timing thing) and a small party with her friends. We're expecting a big winter storm this weekend, and after rescheduling her birthday party repeatedly last year, I thought I'd wait to set a date this year. I'm planning cake ideas. Abigail keeps requesting a strawberry cake with strawberry icing, and she enjoyed her pink iced cake last year too. I'm craving an Italian Cream cake with nuts, but it's not my birthday anymore.


Drew&Samsmom said...

Happy Birthday Abigail! It sounds like you guys had a lot of fun! Thats so cool that you let her help make her cake! I think I might try that one with Drew this year!

They grow too fast!! I was just updating Sam's babybook last night and my uterus started to jump! I already want another!

Janine said...

Hi, thats all I wanted to say. I stumbled across your blog and think its great. Thanks for sharing your family and idea's with us. I hope you don't mind that I will probably return to your blog from time to time.

P.S. I am not a complete weirdo, just a mom with a toddler.