Despite the whirlwind couple of weeks we have had, the party must go on! Initially, when I had planned Eva’s birthday party, I had expected that I would have a newborn that was a couple of weeks old, not a three day old baby!
And so Owen arrived the day before her birthday and I would still be in hospital for the big day and miss everything. But with both sets of grandparents in town from out-of-state and overseas, and with Eva having been counting down the days for more than 2 months—“I can’t wait my birthday” she would tell me on a daily basis—I knew I couldn’t postpone anything.
In the end, the day was perfect. Eva woke up to red balloons and a birthday breakfast. I was home with Owen by late afternoon for cake and candles in the evening. And on Saturday, we had her birthday party with all of her friends. There was pass the parcel, pin the tail on the donkey, party hats, and more cake.
Afterwards we were all exhausted—Eva took a nap for the first time in ages—, but it was the best day. On Sunday, Eva woke to tell me— “I can’t wait for Christmas!”
** Thanks to my mother-in-law for making Eva’s lovely cake and Sarah for taking some great shot while I was occupied with Owen.