Has it already been 3 years?! It felt like just yesterday when we celebrated Junior’s 1st birthday. Looking back at all of 3 years, we have certainly come a long long way. Not just for Junior but us as parents. And if I can be absolutely thick skin about it, I deserve a pat on the back as well.
I believe no one is truly prepared for motherhood or parenthood and especially when the kids change and grows rapidly. Each day is different, each curve ball is different – at least that’s how I felt.
Junior has exhibited so much of his own personality in the last one year. If there’s one word to describe him in the past year, it would have to be assertiveness. But at the same time we see a lot of us in him as well, like a melting pot of both mine and the mister’s good and bad traits. He is steadfast in the things he loves and never does get bored easily. Like the mister he loves art, nature, animals and most of all pretend play. He is extremely observant and has a very keen eye for details. Although he can be shy around strangers and needs a longer warming up time, he is often boisterous, gregarious and absolutely boyish when he is all pally with you. He is still at the phase where he does not know how to handle emotions like frustration or attachment or being upset very well but when he is all calmed down, he understands what he did was wrong. He also readily forgives which makes me feel guilty all the time. Especially when I’ve maligned him or lost my cool over something really small.
It’s amazing how much love we have for this little one.
As usual, we wanted to keep his birthday intimate and close knitted until he is older and is able to roam around with his little friends. We decided on a small pizza party at home with our families and pretty much diy-ed most of the décor.
I think we were pretty pleased and super stoked that Junior was so thrilled with our diy cake toppers. The thing is he has been pretty obsessed over trains for the longest time and remembers fondly of all those train rides we took whether it was in Singapore or on our trips to Korea and Hong Kong. We couldn’t find a train themed cake and decided we should purchase a plain chocolate pandan cake from Bengawan Solo and make our own train toppers. It certainly helps when the mister can draw so well. And looks like his recipient base has just gotten bigger.
Although Junior has started school this year and there has been so many birthday celebrations in school for the month of October, we decided not to have a cake in school. Moreover, Junior only goes to school for half a day so he pretty much skipped all the other cake cutting at tea. What he has amassed was a huge number of goodie bags which makes him happy because I mean who doesn’t like some junk food from time to time. So it was no surprise when he decided he wants to give out goodie bags as well.
And of course we had to diy these bags rather than purchasing ready-made ones in the Mr Men and Little Miss theme. Each goodie bag is also completed with a little colouring doll which we hope thekids will like. The birthday boy also got into the fun of packing his goodie bags while negotiating to break into those snacks.
We certainly hope that we’ve made his birthday a memorable one even though it wasn’t a huge fan-fare or a big party. And certainly we hope that by making some of these décor has made it even more meaningful for him. Because as a kid, having a once a year birthday is a long time to wait. And for now, all the attention is on him.