Yesterday was the most anticipated, spoken of and hyped up day of the year for Maayan. Yes, it was her birthday.
For the past 8 months, Maayan has been speaking almost daily about her upcoming birthday. When we spoke about my mothers’ birthday, Maayan said, “and then it’s…my birthday!” Everything seemed to be within the context of her birthday, and rightfully so. She’s turning 4!
We had a small but huge birthday party for Maayan: some of her friends came over, we had a craft painting project, everyone 4 and under danced like crazy with music, had cake, presents and play time. When the birthday cake came out, I could only describe her face as glowing, beaming and shining. This was it, this was the big day – we have arrived.
Maayan’s friends were also thrilled to the max. They were just as happy for Maayan to open her presents as she was. It was as if they said, “yeah, this is what we do. This is what it’s all about”. They wrote little cards and were happy as anything to give the birthday girl her much anticipated presents. They each had a bit of the cake, spent 5 minutes opening the presents – and it was time to play something else. They work hard & they play hard too.
By the end of it, after about 90 minutes of birthday heaven, everyone was fairly tired. The toddlers needed to go home. Hey, it makes sense. If any adult were to put that much excitement into something, they would also be fairly tired by the end of it. Cake and all.
As parents, we were beyond happy about the great day and the sweet little-but-huge party. We were happy for our three year old to turn four. We were happy for her goodness, her happiness, her sweetness and purity. Life is one big wonderful when you’re a toddler. On your birthday, the volume of awesomeness is just turned up.
Life lesson of a toddler #15: Don’t settle for less, make your birthday a huge deal. Invite friends, have cake, open the presents with everyone around and dance like you’re 3 turning 4.