It was Ava’s 2nd birthday party on Saturday, 10th December. This year I’d done a lot of things differently to the previous year and had managed to spend only a third of what I’d spent on her party from last year and have more children at this party. But of course by Friday I was a stress ball – it was pouring with rain with more of the same predicted for Saturday and there had been the usual flurry of cancellations in the week leading up to the party, after I’d already paid for everything! GRRR!
Being a naturally anxious person, by Saturday morning my stomach was literally eating itself and my hands were hurting from wringing them from all the anxiety. Add to that, we’d had a terrible night with Ava the night before, I can only assume that all the talk of how it was her birthday and she was having a party with balloons and cakes and everything had got her so excited that she woke up 3 times on Friday night, something she hasn’t done since before she was 3 months old, and you can imagine, I was one overwrought mamma. But I needn’t have worried.
God smiled on Ava’s party and on our little miracle and the day was perfect. The rain stayed away, and although overcast, the sun peaked through from time to time, keeping the temperature comfortable. Everything went off perfectly and the only little disaster we had was that Upsy Daisy’s dreadlocks all fell off before we arrived at the venue, so they had to be glued on with blue icing and were somewhat lopsided. Not that that dampened Ava’s spirits at all.
The party was unbelievable special. Only after everyone arrive did it dawn on me just how special. What a privilege and an honour to be at a party where every one of the children attending were extraordinary miracles. Of the children there, 3 were adopted, we had two sets of twins both as a result of IVF. Three children from egg donors, and one from a surrogate and another as a result of IVF after many miscarriages. How very special and blessed I felt to share my little miracles birthday with so many extraordinary miracles babies.
The day was beautiful, Ava ran herself crazy along with all her little friends, they swung, they jumped on the jumping castle, they balanced on the balance beams, they raced scooters around the race track, they ate chips and popcorn and cupcakes. They got dirty, they played chase with my mother and most of all they laughed!
A massive thanks to Bronwyn from Heart & Soul Photography for the professional photo’s of the party, the sneak peak looks amazing and I can’t wait to see the rest of your photo’s.
And to Tanya who also came long and took photo’s for us as well.
We feel so very blessed.
I can’t believe my precious princess is 2 tomorrow!