I'm of course being an emotional Mama but I still can't comprehend that my baby is 3. The last three years have flown fly. Note: I'm in no way saying it's been a piece of cake but it's all been a wonderful adventure. For William's 3rd birthday this year, we decided to hold off on a party since our families can't come to the city for his actual birthday. Instead, we decided to have a special day for William. Seems cliche, but it was absolutely perfect. Here is our 3rd birthday stroll break down. Enjoy!
William loves his sweets but his favorite are donuts. For the last two years, we've celebrated each birthday with our favorite Lou's donuts. Obviously, being in Hanover is a lot easier because well that's where the restaurant is. This year, we made it work. We had Sebastian pick them up while he was visiting Dartmouth for Barclays recruitment. Honestly, the best timing ever. No birthday is complete without some decor. So, I went with Meri Meri plates, candle, and balloons. I'm quite very lucky to work at a place that has to keep balloons on hand. After working on Saturday my lovely boss helped me blow up a couple balloons to travel home with just for the occasion. I chose not to pick a theme this year because William is obsessed with many different things at the moment. I did go with his favorite colors and put out his favorite toys (each having special meanings) for a little extra zest!
Sebastian & I decided instead of buying a ton of gifts this year we were going to take William to let him pick out one special toy. Well, I assumed we were going to go to the toy store by our house. Little did I know that my husband had been researching every single toy store in Manhattan. He seriously love the exact same toys as William & seems very much like a little kid when in a toy store. He chose for us to go to The Children's General Store. Super cute but quant. It wasn't over whelming for William and had the perfect toys for him to choose from. The toy Sebastian & William fell in love with which was way under budget was a subway train that has a key you can use to wind it up. After doing so, it travels around the surface.
We fell in love with Central Park a long time ago. We find ourselves frequently going to the parks in Battery Park City. William's birthday was the perfect time to spend some time at Central Park. We really didn't have a destination just wanted to enjoy each other and the park. We somehow managed to end up by the Boathouse. William is obsessed with the boats by our apartment but we really didn't think anything of it. We were quite surprised with his reaction to all of the boats out on the pond. We instantly decided to rent a boat so we could see him light up.
We've officially got to the age that Daddy is very cool. William wants to do everything with Daddy. Including steer the mini sail boat we rented. They both lite up when they started steering the boat. The best part is that the boat doesn't have a motor so they needed to work together to actually get it going. What did Mama do? Sit on a bench and watch. It was very cute and they had a blast. Did I mention, William + Sebastian crashed their boat into the father son duo beside them.
No day is ever complete without a toddler breakdown. This day was no different. During lunch time William has a bit of a melt down when it came to his grilled cheese sandwich. We packed up our lunch leftovers and quickly continued our day knowing it was going to end soon because William was getting tired.
After lunch, we decided to make one more stop. We strolled right into my work. I know I've mentioned it before but A La Mode Shoppe offer's nut free ice cream on top of their boutique, and event planning. A little kids dream. He of course, wanted the Pink Sprinkle ice cream because of all the sprinkles. I wasn't allowed to touch his cone. Not even to keep it from melting. He carried it the whole way back home.
We ended the day all exhausted. William had no problem going right to sleep. Being emotional, I sat in his room and just watched him sleep for quite a long time. While doing so, I wrote this little letter to add to his birthday book for him to one day read when he's older. Here is the letter for this year below. I deeply apologize for being so very emotional but hey aren't all Mamas!
Dear Sweet Little Noodle,
It's hard to believe you are 3. It seems like yesterday you were in my belly and I was begging you to make your appearance. We're so blessed to have you in our lives. You truly will never know the feeling of holding you in our arms years after I was told I'd have great difficulty if even a chance to have you. You have forever changed our lives. The past year you have taught us more about parenting a toddler than we've ever known. You've developed your own little personality and not to mention sense of humor. We've watched you grasp on to new experiences and milestones. Your favorite words are of course car, mama, dad, and no. You're obsessed with cars, boats, farms, and tractors. You love to build and figure out how everything works. We also call you Mr. Independent. You love to explore and get dirty. Your favorite activities include swimming, playing at the park, and eating pizza. You're quite the picky eater but you have an obsession with Happy Meals. You've become opinionated about everything. From choosing what to wear to which toy to sleep with. Even choosing a potty to use. We can't wait for you to grow more and watch you flourish into a gentleman. We love you more than anything.