It’s been a looong winter folks. I’m sure you are just as tired of it as I am if you live in the Midwest and just as sick of hearing about it if you live some where else. But seriously, midwestern winters are bad enough, but this year has been something else. Truly mind-numbing. And cold. Dang cold. So, I decided to throw a party. Because that’s what you do when you’ve been trapped inside too long and are missing all of your friends. Winter doesn’t usually affect how often I get out, but this year we’ve had to alter our activities because it’s just plain dangerous to be out when it is this bad. And with a newborn. Yeah, not gonna happen. So, I used Nolan’s 2nd birthday on January 13th as an excuse for a get together. And it was wonderful. A nice bright and warm patch in a bleak month.
The 2 year old is still above average in size, which surprises no one considering the height of his parents and grandparents, but seems small to us compared to Parker. He is 31 lbs and 4 oz, and 36.5″ tall. He’s got a huge (sometimes mischievous) smile and the sweetest dimples. Light brown hair and hazel-green eyes. He looks exactly like my baby pictures! He just moved into the big boy bed on the bottom bunk (hello, alliteration!) and is doing surprisingly well. He’s still a thumb-sucker but is starting to talk up a storm too. Although we don’t understand half of what he says. He’s still in speech therapy but is in the normal range for his age which is encouraging. He’s fairly happy, but not as easy going as he used to be. He is easily frustrated and cries a lot. Especially during diaper changes and clothing changes. It’s like I’m torturing him or something. But he’s got a great laugh and loves his siblings. He is Parker’s shadow and playmate, sometimes his adversary. He is a wonderful big brother to Avery and is very nurturing. We love our little guy!
So how did we celebrate the boy? Well, Nolan is a very cuddly boy. He loves trains just like Parker did, but he has a quiet sweetness to him (when he’s not copying Parker and running around like a maniac and squealing) that is all his own. He’s a cuddler, for sure. He’ll go up to complete strangers and lean against their legs, sucking his thumb and laying his head on them. It’s cute, and terrifying. To celebrate the cuddly boy we had a puppy party. Because what is cuddlier than a puppy?
I made bunting and signs and used fabric for decor.
We printed pictures of our big boy and gave away puppies as party gifts.
The guest of honor wore a mama-made puppy t-shirt with the number 2.
We ate hot dogs (Guys!! For a crowd, use the crockpot to serve hotdogs! It’s amazing!), chips n’ dip, fruit, veggies, and strawberry lemonade.
We had pup-cakes, puppy chow, and chew sticks
(chocolate covered pretzels) for desserts.
I made a dog house from a cardboard box,
Snoopy and Woodstock occupied it until the kiddos came to play.
We had puppy coloring stations and balls to fetch. Better than all the stuff — it was so fun to have friends in our home and celebrating our boy together. Happy 2 years to my darling baby boy. You are so precious to us!