Happy 2nd Birthday Little Dude

Happy birthday! I can’t believe my little (okay not so little) boy is two years old! I feel like I’m going to be a bit of a broken record, every year exclaiming in shock at the passing of time, but honestly, where does it go?! It feels like just yesterday he was having his first birthday cake smash photoshoot, just starting to cruise around the furniture. Now he walks, runs and climbs everything in sight, showing a ridiculous amount of dexterity when it comes to getting into places he really shouldn’t. Now he feels like a proper little boy with a bit of an attitude to boot at times!

William is in nursery two days a week now but at two, he doesn’t really have any real friends yet. Because both my husband and I have incredibly small families and the only friends I have with children live several hours away, his birthday party was a very small celebration. I grappled with the mum guilt over not really having anyone to invite over, but ultimately I think at two he doesn’t have any actual concept of what a birthday is or why it matters – so a fun day with mummy, daddy and grandma is always welcome to him. I’m sure things will change on that front once he’s in proper school, but I tried to make it a little bit special anyway.

His birthday fell on a Sunday, so we went to Cefn Mably Farm Park. It has all the things he loves – soft play, outdoor playground and lots of animals!

As I watched him play and explore new things I couldn’t help but thing he’s so big – he’s so brave – he’s so strong – he’s so beautiful – he’s so happy, and I got quite over emotional to be honest. I suffer quite badly from anxiety, am always grappling with guilt and can be very hard on myself, but watching him this weekend really made me feel proud and like I must actually be doing a good job after all. Bleh, now I’m crying again.

At two William likes loads of sleep. I know I’m going to make some parents pretty jealous, but trust me I really really suffered for the first 18 months or so and then it was like a switch flipped. I’m sure it’ll flip back in the other direction again in the future, but for now, I’m making the most of it. The last 6 months or so as long as he’s not sick or teething, he sleeps a solid 12 hours from 8pm to 8am at night and then has a 3 hour nap in the afternoon (sometimes 4 hours if he’s had a really active morning!), usually from around 1-2pm. I love it, as it gives me a really good amount of time in the afternoon to do the housework or work on my blog. Mind you, I did have to google “can a toddler sleep too much”, because I’m a worrier.

Whilst he was having his nap on his birthday I started preparing our evening meal, which was a simple party buffet with daddy and grandma and really didn’t need much preparation at all, which is always good in my book. I made it a jungle theme, with balloons and a fun tablecloth, plates and cups – just to make it seem a little bit special and different.

Here are the decorations I used, which I bought off Amazon (Affiliate links):

We’re in very temporary accomodation right now as our house is currently being completely renovated – so the only dining table we have is in a very old conservatory attachment. But William doesn’t care about things like that – his face absolutely lit up and he gasped when he saw it, so it was 100% worth the effort.

We served cake (from Sainsbury’s), party rings, cheese puffs, mini egg bites, cheese and pineapple on sticks, sausages on sticks, quiche and a cold cut meat platter. William doesn’t like bread very much so making him sandwiches is pointless as he’ll take the meat out, eat it and then throw away the rest! We tried to make it a wee bit healthy with his favourite vegetables which is cucumber, tomatoes and gherkins (I know, he’s weird…he also loves raw onion and lemon but I’ve got limits).

For gifts I didn’t buy him much as he already has an absolute ton of toys, most of which he doesn’t play with. He’s the type of child that really is more interested in running up and down the garden than playing with anything, although he does love his play kitchen and his lego blocks.

So for his birthday I bought him:

Melissa & Doug Monster Bowling Set

Stacking Wooden Train

Melissa & Doug Wooden Counting Caterpillar

Matching Farmyard & Jungle Games

Two books – The Tiger Who Came To Tea and The Gruffalo

We’ve also booked a weekend away at Chessington World of Adventures for May (hopefully the weather will be good!) which I’m calling part of his birthday gift. Our last theme park was to Drayton Manor and Thomas Land, but he was a bit young and unsure of all the rides. His father loves theme parks, and I’m sure they’re going to have a blast when he’s older. Now he’s two, I’m hoping he can go on a few more things with dad and start to enjoy them – as he loves being tipped up and spun around. Hopefully it will give him some new experiences!

It was a lovely weekend and I’m excited about what the next year will bring.

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