A Little Bit of Birthday

First, many thanks for your sweet birthday wishes for Waverly Maye, on both the blog & Instagram over the past week.  It really means so much to us!  Also, how much fun is it that once you are a parent, you get to celebrate more than just your own birthday each year?!  I went from loving my birthday as a little girl to kind of not loving it at all, & now, I get to experience it all over again with Waverly! 
The circle of life, nothing better.

Waverly had the best weekend, she loved celebrating, doing many of her favorite activities, eating her favorite treats, & most of all, having all of her “people” over at one time.  It was pretty much her dream come true.  She kept asking us to go through the list of names of who would be coming to her party all day Friday & Saturday morning, then a few times I caught her reciting them herself to all her babies. 🙂

I can’t wait to share pictures later this week, but in the meantime, I had a few from our festivities before the party.  Which obviously included funfetti cupcakes & gold crowns, both which we consider essentials to kick off a birthday weekend!

Waverly’s Dress (Similar) & My Shirt 
We decided to start a Birthday Eve tradition of going to dinner the night before Waverly’s birthday to spend some time with just her.  We went with Mexican since that really is the only place we are brave enough to go to dinner with a toddler, they have chips, dip, & the margarita ice (our last, most faithful go-to) to keep her occupied.  Also, it’s always so loud in there that a little extra noise usually doesn’t seem to bother anyone.

We did have them sing to her, most likely the worst decision ever, she hated it & was scared out of her mind.  I’m thinking it might have caused permanent “happy birthday song” damage, she started crying every time we sang it the next day, too!  I’m hoping she forgets by next year.  She did have fun at dinner though, she finally figured out that it was her birthday & that meant she could get away with way more than usual.  She was even happier than her usual happy self. 🙂

And lastly, I thought it would be fun to share a comparison picture of Waverly from last year to this year!  Waverly wore this crown (pdf pattern) for her first birthday, it came with velcro numbers all the way to age five.  Over the weekend, I am so glad that we finally got Waverly to stay still long enough to sit in her chair to eat her cake (which wasn’t until really late in the party, after two outfit changes & lots of water fun!).  I love looking at the difference & can’t believe we will have five of these one day!

We hope you all had the best weekend!!


  1. July 28, 2014 / 1:28 pm

    She looks like a little angel in that first picture. So beautiful! So glad to hear that her birthday went well (aside from the singing part!) Can't wait to see more pictures:)

  2. July 28, 2014 / 1:42 pm

    Oh my, who is that mature two year old in the 1st picture?! It's as if they just grew up all of sudden. We are all about ice as a big distraction too; however, Liam is a bit overly obsessed with so I think we are going to have him checked for an iron deficiency at his check up today.

  3. July 28, 2014 / 1:57 pm

    Cutest birthday girl ever! I swear kids know it's their birthday and ham it up. And I love every second of it!! Yay birthday girl!!

  4. July 28, 2014 / 2:20 pm

    SO sweet! Happy Birthday to your little one. Love the pictures!

  5. July 28, 2014 / 2:24 pm

    Oh my gosh, I can't help it! Totally laughing over the birthday song… that would probably scare Mia as well but I never would have thought of it! Maybe they were a little more enthusiastic at the Mexican restaurant that if it had been somewhere else? They are always over the top at those places… maybe? HA!
    Waverly is SO cute! Can't believe she's two! I have no doubt that she had the best birthday EVER!

  6. July 28, 2014 / 2:41 pm

    Gorgeous outfit! & What a doll! <3

  7. July 28, 2014 / 3:40 pm

    What an angel! So adorable!

  8. July 28, 2014 / 4:20 pm

    Loving the gold theme! How fun! And it's okay Waverly, I get a little scared when big groups are singing to me too lol!

  9. Anonymous
    July 28, 2014 / 6:01 pm

    She looks so beautiful in that white dress and crown! What a fun birthday weekend 🙂

  10. July 28, 2014 / 6:02 pm

    Aww poor lady! Group singing at restaurants is a little traumatic no matter what age. Too bad she had that leak into the next day. I'm sure she'll be better about it in a year. I love her gold crown. I wonder if I could convince Aria to wear one for her 2nd bday. I've got a few months to work on it!

  11. July 28, 2014 / 6:32 pm

    She really is just too cute! I love that gold crown headband! Yeah we pick loud restaurants now too!

  12. July 28, 2014 / 6:40 pm

    Such a pretty birthday girl! 🙂

  13. July 28, 2014 / 6:44 pm

    What a DOLL!! 🙂 Love the crowns. Tyson was 'scared' of the Happy Birthday song from 1st bday up until this summer. He'd even cry at other parties when everyone would sing. 🙁 Thankfully he was very into it for his bday this summer so I'm sure it'll pass. Haha We'd practice singing loud and obnoxious building up for his party. 🙂 Glad it was a wonderful birthday weekend!!

  14. July 28, 2014 / 7:18 pm

    Goodness! Look how much she has changed!!! Such a sweetie.

  15. July 28, 2014 / 7:21 pm

    oh my gosh that first picture, sooo cute! Our go to restaurant out is Mexican too, and for the same reason, that and they have french fries which is the only thing my son will eat out at a restaurant…haha.

  16. July 28, 2014 / 7:21 pm

    Oh my gosh!! I need to know where you got her gold crown!! I have to get one for S's 2nd bday!! Love it! Looks like she had so much fun!! 🙂

    • August 3, 2014 / 12:57 pm

      My mom got the crown off Etsy – I've been looking for the shop but I can't seem to find it again!! There are some similar though!!!!!

  17. July 28, 2014 / 7:31 pm

    Beautiful Birthday girl…..besides being terrified of the birthday song…sounds like she had the perfect day/weekend! 🙂

  18. July 29, 2014 / 12:42 am

    what a sweetheart!
    I WISH we had a good mexican restaurant around us… we definitely pick louder places too when we have Annabelle in tow!

  19. July 29, 2014 / 2:31 am

    I love the picture of her with the crown and cupcake in hand… Adorable!!!! Happy birthday Waverly!

  20. July 29, 2014 / 12:43 pm

    What a cutie! Looks like she had a wonderful birthday. Love that she was reciting the names to her dolls, so sweet!

  21. July 29, 2014 / 3:47 pm

    "Happy birthday song" damage! Awww. I'm sure you didn't. And plus you have a LIFETIME to make each birthday song better 🙂 Adorable little girl.

  22. July 29, 2014 / 6:03 pm

    That little gold crown is just the cutest, and the pink crown with adjustable sizing and numbers is genius! Sounds like the little lady had quiet a fun weekend!!

  23. July 30, 2014 / 3:45 pm

    I just love her rosey cheeks!! Sorry to say this but I'm kind of glad she didn't approve of the "Happy Birthday" song because that means we aren't the only ones with a child who lost it every time somebody sang to her lol. She is so lucky to have you as her mama!! Sounds like she had an amazing birthday!

    • August 3, 2014 / 12:56 pm

      Haha – glad to hear she didn't either & WE aren't the only ones! 😉 Try again next year?!

  24. August 2, 2014 / 5:02 am

    That first picture… perfection! She looks SO happy!
    Mason HATED happy birthday last year but this year he was ALL about it. Might be because I played his birthday up A LOT before his party haha. A mama's gotta do what a mama's gotta do, right? 😉

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