3 years old. Wow.
June 11th, 2008...and it feels like just yesterday that we were playing a bloggy giveaway game here on my blog entitled "Where's My Baby" because it was days before my due date, and my belly was huge!! Everyone started guessing when our baby girl would arrive, and it was such fun. Lily ended up being 4 days "overdue" at 9lbs, 6 oz. Yikes! And that was 3 years ago. Amazing.
So my youngest is now 3. She had just self-weaned her nightly nursing at 35 months. Yes, thirty-five-months. Did I ever imagine I would be extended breastfeeding for that long? Never. I thought Joey was a marathon nurser when he self-weaned at 23 months. I had no idea Lily would keep asking for her "nay nay" until just before her 3rd birthday. The girls are officially mine again. A bit smaller, but mine all mine.
OK so enough about babies and boobs. Let's talk about my preschooler...
Lily was actually very sick in the above photo. This picture was taken on the morning of her birthday, the day before her birthday party...which we had to reschedule for the following weekend! Darn fever, sniffles and hacking cough.
We stayed inside all day, rested up, and made some birthday crafts, and enjoyed some birthday cake. Here's a little video of Lily, just after we sang Happy Birthday to her. She's about to blow out her candles...poor thing barely had the energy, but it was so darn cute!! Wait til you hear what she wishes for.
(The video may take a minute or so to load, it's a fairly large file.)
Those awesome retro cake decorations (carousel horses, balloons) are from the super fun vintage shop HeyYoYo on Etsy.
That fabulous birthday crown Lily in the photo is by WendyMiracle who was just so great to ship out that lovliness to my little girl the day after I ordered it, and it arrived in time to wear for Lily's birthday breakfast.
Oh, and what is Lily eating for breakfast on her special day? A big goey puff of sorts, made from pink popcorn. It's called a Hello Kitty Caramel Popcorn Ball. They're just like having pink cereal, but without the milk, and instead with some pinkish glaze and caramel sticky stuff. A fun and yummy special 3rd birthday treat! Got them here from SugarBunchCreations on Etsy, who packaged up those popcorn balls and a bunch of cotton candy favors so nicely, and shipped them overnite to ensure their freshness.
You can't really see the poofy Pink Bubblegum gown Lily has on in the photo, but it is super poofy and full of pink felt circles. Lily picked it out, from approx a dozen dresses I showed her on Etsy. It's from a wonderful Etsy seller, a talented and super sweet costume designer named Starina23, and you can see the dress here in all its cuteness.
The whole pinker than pink theme of Lily's birthday was all her decision, everything from the pink gown, the pink crown, the pink cupcakes I baked the next weekend for her party, and pink balloons. She is over the moon with pinkness these days. Convincing her to wear any other color takes a bit of creativity on our part!
Anyway, so after some restful days of medicine and recovery, and 2 days straight of wearing that same pink dress because she simply did not want to take it off...one week later Lily was all better, and the party was on.
I'll get Lily's birthday party photos posted soon. A clown, face-painting, frozen margaritas, Greek food and good friends!