Mabel turned two last week and we had a quiet, family celebration. Two is too young to necessarily understand the concept of a birthday, but old enough to love attention and gifts and special food. I spent the first part of the day cleaning house, because it had been neglected as I worked on Mabel’s gifts in the week leading up to her birthday. (I did end up binding her quilt by hand! Well, machine on one side, then hand stitching it on the other.)
When I took these photographs, we were all singing, “Happy Birthday,” and Mabel was completely thrilled to have us all gathered around, looking at her and singing. She tried to join us, but didn’t know the words. She clapped and smiled her giant smile that we all love so much.
After lemon cupcakes (She didn’t really eat them-mainly just a bit of frosting-Let’s not talk about how many I ate) she changed into her birthday dress and put on her birthday crown. Then it was time to open presents.
When she opened her kitty, she let out a loud, “Ooooooh!” Like it was the most beautiful, special thing she’d ever seen. Of course that made me happy. I thought she’d like it, but not necessarily that much.
I think Mabel had a very good birthday, though it probably didn’t feel that much different than most days for her. When you are the youngest child in a large family, a good bit of attention naturally falls your way. Mabel most likely believes that every day is her day. She frequently grabs me around the legs and cries, “Me!” As in, “Pick me up and devote every ounce of your attention to me!” She smiles, claps, bosses us around to the best of her ability, and yes, throws killer tantrums, but we can overlook those for all the happiness she brings us. She really is our little sunshine girl. Though how my newborn baby is two years old, I have no idea. Every day with her is most certainly the sweetest gift.
Notes and links: Birthday crown details are in this post. Geranium dress pattern is here. I used this linen. Here’s the Juniper Kitty pattern (though I sewed a dress from a different softie pattern-I believe it was Dandelion Doe’s dress.) Mabel received these sandals (Amazon links are affiliate links) and she loves them. We also bought her this book, and this one. She likes them both! I sewed her quilt following instructions from this book.