On Tuesday my big girl turned two! I was admittedly pretty emotional last year about her first birthday, but this year I was just excited to celebrate her life and make her feel special on her big day! Here’s a collage of her on November 17 in 2013, 2014, and 2015. I can’t even imagine what three year old Hadley is going to look like. Watching her grow is thrilling to me!As soon as I heard her playing in her crib around 6:45 a.m. I scooped her up and brought her to the living room to show her her balloons. She loves balloons and I wanted her to have some to play with as soon as she woke up.
She walked around and played with her balloons for almost an hour, saying over and over again “two pink baboons” and “two puh-ple baboons”. There were actually three pink balloons, but she’s obsessed right now with counting two of everything, so she only wanted to carry around two of the same color at a time!
After breakfast I got her dressed and took her to school for a few hours. After school I let her open a few presents that were delivered while she was there, but that ended up being a huge mistake because all she wanted to do was play with these toys instead of taking a nap. #MAJORmomfail
I have no idea what I was thinking. She finally crashed around 2 p.m. and slept for a grand total of one hour. By 3 she was up and ready to play!
Late afternoon we met Meg & Jack at the local Discovery Center and let the kids play for about an hour. Of course she had to get in some time with her best buddy on her birthday! For her birthday Jamie and I gifted Hadley yearly passes for Hadley and I to the Discovery Center so that we can play up there all winter. She’s the perfect age for it!
After an hour at the Discovery Center the whole group went over to Texas Roadhouse for dinner. Hadley got to sit in the saddle while the servers made a big deal about her birthday, and she loved the attention!
The only negative to the day was that we sorely missed Jamie! I think both Jamie and I both took the separation harder than we expected on this day, so that was kind of a bummer, but we got through it and the sun came up the next morning.
Jamie did a great job of staying connected by facetiming us several times, singing to Hadley, sending her a card, and also sending her a book that included a video of him reading the story to her that she can watch while also reading the book. We’re having some technical issues with the CD, but the thought that he went through to do that really meant a lot to me. We’ll keep that video of him forever!
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