Reid turned three yesterday. It is hard to believe that my baby is now a potty-trained big boy who sleeps in a bed and no longer naps. At least he still has baby cheeks. And a deep love for his Mommy.
I think Reid’s birthday will always be a marker of some sort. Because he was born with no heartbeat and had a traumatic first few days of life, this day will always be a gentle reminder to be thankful for his presence.
And he has a presence. Little boy is not short on charisma.
Being Reid’s mom has been humbling. I can’t think of many days where there wasn’t a challenge or obstacle in the forefront. That being said, he has a lot of love to give. And a lot of joy to share.
Reid loves his sister almost as much as he loves me. He is definitely a ladies’ man.
Last year, I remember we were struggling with his sensory issues. He was throwing up all the time and couldn’t handle much food. This year, I can celebrate the enormous strides he has made in that area. Throwing up is down to once a week maybe which is monumental. He still gags on anything he doesn’t like but his tolerance has increased for sure.
I couldn’t be prouder of his success in preschool this year. He only goes twice a week but the fact that he obeys and sits in the circle is a welcome relief. He does struggle with transitions but we are working on that. His teacher loves him but his charming ways have helped his cause.
I’m hoping our food changes will prove to be another positive step forward for us.
Reid discovered Lightning McQueen and the Cars movie a few months ago and life has not been the same since. So, it was only fitting to celebrate his 3rd birthday with Mater & the gang.
I decided to go low-key on the party-planning this year and it worked out for everyone. Nobody was stressed and Reid loved the party store decor. I think it was everything a little boy’s birthday party should be. And I wasn’t worrying about staging pictures for a blog post.
That being said, I figured I’d share since y’all didn’t get to come. Family only, I’m afraid.
I used some of last year’s Mickey decor. I also brought some of the primary colors from our playroom down into the kitchen to blend with the in-your-face Cars themed decorations.
For the party, I bought Cars plates & napkins, a red tablecloth, coloring books for favors, and a set of wall banners. I used a lot of stuff from around the house as props. Blocks, construction paper, toy cars, and a pennant to name a few.
Last year, I was up until 2 am dipping marshmallows in chocolate. This year I was finished by ten and a bakery cake was just what the birthday boy desired. Who knows what will happen next year?
And fun was definitely had by all! It may not have been pinteresting but darn it was a good time.
Three cheers for three years!