On Saturday, my tiny newborn baby turned two. How has that happened? How have two years passed since she entered the world as this helpless, gunky, squishy baby? She is fearless, but loves a mummy cuddle. She is strong willed and independent. She is loving and cares for her dolly and I am very proud of the little girl she has become.
Gift wise, we really struggled with ideas this year. Lets be realistic, she’s two and is more interested in the paper and boxes things come in, but you still want to get them something, right? What makes it even more difficult is that she has all her big sisters toys and things to play with too, so really, we were stumped.
In the end she got a new dress, a paddling pool, a wee bag full of sweeties and a bubble gun... and you know what her fave bit was? Opening the cards! At this age, they really don’t need any stuff, and they definitely prefer you spending your time with them, rather than money.
We were lucky enough to be invited along to the Wildhood Festival in Kinross and it happened to fall on Ivy’s birthday, and it was the absolute perfect way to enjoy some family time and celebrate her birthday. This year it was all to do with animals and you were encouraged to come dressed up, so naturally we obliged and donned all of our sparkles, glitter and wings and came as a family of butterflies - Gary was in his element I’m sure!
On arrival, it immediately felt magical. There were wonderfully dressed characters walking around, a ukulele orchestra, story telling, a graffiti garden, water and bug discovery, animal trail, crafts, crown making, fairly lessons (which was a huge hit with Lily) and don’t even get me started on the food... which all looked amazing and fortunately, we sampled quite a lot of it! There was excellently stocked bar too.... unfortunately i was driving. Next year we will definitely be going back, and I’m hoping we will camp the whole weekend!
Thankfully, Mr Sun came out to play, which made the whole day more enjoyable. We left around 3pm and spent the rest of the afternoon in the new paddling pool, laughing, drinking cider and soaking up as much family time as possible.
So, if your little one has a birthday coming up, remember it’s not all about presents, but more about presence. Of course there is nothing wrong with wanting to buy your child something special, but isn’t it great when you can do something the whole family can enjoy and make treasured memories from? I know seeing the smiles on the girls faces will last a lifetime, and that’s the best gift in the world.
Lots of love xx
Forever A Mum