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How old are you?

We have had much joy in asking master x this question for the past six days. “Two,” he answers with these two fingers in the air. Too cute.

Yesterday he had his birthday party. We had talked about it all week and he had closely studied the Women’s Weekly Birthday Cake Book and his beloved train cake. No pressure Mum.

So I was a little nervous about making this cake. I have been known to have very late nights mornings when I make novelty birthday cakes. Homme and I had a night out planned on Saturday night, so I had to put together this masterpiece on the morning of his party. Yikes. I must say that this recipe was pretty easy in the end. It all went to plan and the main time consuming thing about making it, was the decorating. Miss i assisted with assembling and I must say, it turned out pretty well. IfIdosaysomyself.

To say the birthday boy loved it is an understatement! We spent most of the party distracting him from sticking his fingers in the blue carriage. We had to bring forward the whole birthday cake celebration. Do you think he loved the attention, and the blue icing?

Although he has practiced all week how to blow out the candles, he piked out at the last minute and needed Mum to help.

Our little man got some really cool presents. He spent the early part of his party pushing around his little wheelbarrow from Granny and Grandad, spent time by the pool with his new tea set, would not put down his replica rubbish truck with its mini wheelie bins. Later he checked out his new dump truck (although he was not interested in actually opening the box until today). It would have to be said that the big boys at the party were most excited by the huge military set.

Finally I want to share the table decorations and party bags I made using my Cricut, to brighten up the party.

We didn’t manage a family photo (not without trying) on the day and homme flew out on the ‘red eye’ to Brisbane so we will have to reinact a photo shoot later in the week.

Only twelve days until the next birthday party….

Happy birthday TWO you

 It was 5am on Sunday the 29th March 2009 when my waters broke and I became excited that today was the day I was going to meet you.  At 11.15am you came into this world, your birth witnessed by your two big sisters. A boy. A beautiful and oh so pretty boy. Weighing 4.5kg you were the most perfect baby and we fell in love with you instantly.

How quickly these past years have flown. From an adorable, chubby baby, to an active toddler. You rolled from your tummy to your back at 6 weeks and there was no stopping you from then. Crawling at nine months and taking your first steps on the day of your first birthday. Today, all you do is run. We delight in seeing you stomp around the house, runnng with your knees high.

You have loved to be pushed in this car since you were seven months old. Now, you scoot around the courtyard yourself, zooming around the potted orange tree and often with passengers. Yesterday it was Lola, today two plastic carrots sat by your side on the seat. When you have finished driving, you park it between the potted gardenias.

You are my navigator in the car. You remember the journey each day and can describe the landmarks to both girls’ schools. You were disappointed that the roadworks had finished last week and exclaimed “Where are the trucks gone?” But as we drive you tell us where to see the train, the kites (kite surfers on the beach), where to buy chicken and chips (Red Rooster) and the carwash. When we are a block away from each school you can tell which school we are going to. You describe the girls’ ballet locations by the different playgrounds located at each school. You know when it is time to drive miss A to her kindy on Thurs mornings and assist her by pulling her wheely school bag up to her classroom.

You are an avid reader and have always loved your books. Your bedtime routine includes reading a book in bed and then singing two songs. We can then kiss you goodnight and walk out without a problem. My favourite time of the day however, is naptime when sometimes I choose to snuggle with you and watch you fall asleep. After  a morning of outdoor play you no longer smell like a sweet baby. You have a sticky, sweaty, boy smell, and I am addicted. I look at your bruised shins, the dirt under your fingernails (which seems permanent) and your downy, damp blonde hair. When I finally exticate myself from yout little bed, you always have a book tucked in under your arm.

Always with a mission in mind, you are happy to play in your own company, but take every opportunity to recruit your big sisters to assist in your games. Currently you love to play with miss i’s ipod touch and mostly listen to her Glee music. Your absolute favourite song is Empire State of Mind (or as you call it, Boo, Boo, Baa, Baa – and it certainly sounds like they are the last words of the song). You go into her room each morning and make your music request which is accommodated by her. You have always loved listening to music in the car. We have 5 cds in rotation, mostly singing nursery rhymes and kiddie songs. The Glee cd has made it’s way to the car also and you often like a break from The wheels on the Bus, to listen to something with more of a beat. You used to call the music “Goo” and this has advanced to “moo-goo”. Lately you simply say “Mum, moo-goo please” and “I don’t like this moo-goo Mummy” “Different moo-goo please” when it is time to change the song or cd.

For your birthday we gave you a Chuggington train set which you have played with all day.

You bring us endless joy master x. You have a special relationship with each of us and we all adore you. Wishing you the happiest birthday little man and we look forward to celebrating your birthday party on the weekend. xx