Birthday parties can be stressful. Lots of things to do. Food to make. People to invite and kids to wrangle. Last week I was resigned to not throw a party for Plum. Just to have a few people over for cake. She's a baby right? She won't know or care. The Pants family was a bit down and out. The last few weeks of winter brought us to a drudgy place. And I just kept forgetting to plan a party for my girl. I was overwhelmed and even pretty sad. My attempts to fake it til I made it were failing and was starting to sink a bit. But here's the silver lining. Throughout my life, I have collected something that is more valuable than anything. More important than money. More needed than a new house or nice furniture. I have amassed great wealth. Because I have in my life great love. And once again life reminded me of that when I needed it too.
I didn't throw a party for my girl. Three of her aunties did. They found out that I was gonna give up on a party for her and decided that that was, in fact, BS. And they threw my girl a party. All of it. I decorated the cake and they did the rest. And it reminds me that our kids are jumping into this life loved my their mama and daddy and all of their family. But they get a bonus. Because they get a whole other level of love too. They get all of the love of the Laydeez. The Laydeez are my tribe. My friends who are also my family. Someday soon I will write about The Laydeez. But that is for another day, as one does not write just any old post about them. But for the purposes of this post you need to know that they are always there. They are always ready. They are my sisters. And they are aunties to my kids. Their husbands are their uncles. Their kids, their cousins. What an amazing thing to see your friends love your children. It's enough to make this mama cry the tears of love. Lots of them.
So a party for Plum was gonna happen. Because they said so. And The Laydeez came to celebrate along side mine and daddy's families. It was awesome.
Auntie Jebbie baked all the cakes. I decorated them. Plum's Godmommies prepared the food and the house was decorated for a celebration!
The night before the party, Ms. Plum threw us a curve ball and had an awful allergic reaction (we think this babe is allergic to milk. Boo!). So my plans to make her a smash cake were tabled because I don't know how to bake dairy free. That's on the list of things to learn. But in an awesome turn of events, her Auntie Jebbie just happens to make vegan chocolate cupcakes. We gave her one but my little lady wasn't interested in eating it. She did smash it though. Success.
It was a beautiful sunshiney day. And it was exactly what we needed. I am so blessed. My children are so blessed.
So thank you Auntie Jebbie, Auntie Shelby and Unky Cher! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You made my girl's birthday special and that meant the world to me. Love you.