This last week has been such a busy one! Rowan’s second birthday was Tuesday. At the end of last week, my plan was still to have his toddler friends and moms meet us at Explora! (the science center) for the toddler hour on Monday morning. I realized, though, in looking at their website on Thursday that the coming week, of all weeks, was their “closed for cleaning” week for the year. So, I had to quickly scramble and come up with a new plan.
The new plan I came up with was to have the little soiree at our house. There were to be nine toddlers, three babies, and their moms, plus my parents and my Auntie Marlene and Bernie, visiting from New York. I decided I would not cook, but would rather order all food from Le Chantilly, a french bakery here in town where I worked between the ages of 18 and 20. So, on that morning, my mom and Marlene picked up the goodies from Le Chantilly (quiche, petite fours and profiterole, and a cherry strudel) and the came over before 9. Mommies and kiddies starting arriving at nine and as it turned out, two toddlers couldn’t come (one was sick, the another had a doctor appointment). Having seven was plenty, though! I had also decided to hire a clown — yup. I really vowed to myself that I wouldn’t have a big bash for Rowan until he was old enough to remember it, but I guess I backed away from that some with this clown, Lovedeedoo. She was more of a Raggedy-Ann than a full-blown clown and she was perrrfectttt for the kiddos. She sang songs, played guitar, did some little puppetry with mouse finger-puppets, made balloon animals — she was great.
Rowan was so, so excited when each new friend arrived to the door. He does the most adorable excited-kid thing these days: he clenches his fists and bends over just slightly and squeals and goes running to where the person is coming from — like to the staircase, in this case. That was a bit of liability because he wanted to hug his little friends as they walked up the stairs. I had decorated the living room with balloons, number-two little paper stands, paper chains, and some hanging letters that spelled out “R-O-W-A-N” — pictures are here for you to see!
Eric was out of town this week, unfortunately, for a Tableau conference in Seattle, an event which afforded Eric opportunities to tell me many a crazy story. But, we really missed him this week. I also made Rowan’s two-year-old movie this week, something I did for his first year too. It really pulls on my heart strings even to watch it, even though I made it and took all the footage! Just seeing Rowan’s evolution is amazing . . . while he isn’t the biggest talker, the biggest boy, or really even a grown-up-guy yet, his progress in the last years is amazing to see. From not walking, to walking; from not eating a wide array of things, to eating what we eat; to having basically no hair, to have the cutest shaggy ‘do.
Anyway, back to his birthday-week story. On Tuesday, I was in Socorro all day and that was his actually birthday day. I popped into Whole Foods on the way back to my parents’ and bought him a sweet little cake, which he l-o-v-e-d. I bought him a few presents while we were in Breckenridge, but I didn’t even give them to him because he got SO many cute toys from his friends and my parents got him an airplane/tricycle kind of thing and a little tricycle/balance bike kind of thing. Now, I have lots of thank-you cards to write.
Rowan had his music class with his cousin Nat on Wednesday and they both struggled a bit to keep it together, to focus, to do what Miss Vicki said — I really do think we might need to go back to Toddler Tunes I. Anyway, also this week Rowan spent a lot of time with Auntie Marlene and Bernie. It was so wonderful that they were in town and he really took to them with such affection. Oh, I forgot to mention that Rowan loves to say “Nat!” (Here are some Marlene and Bernie photos.)
And Rowan’s daddy arrives back to town today and Rowan will be glad. He’s been asking for “dada” all week! And we have one more little party on Sunday, from 10:30-12:30, this time for our friends and neighbors (maybe decorated again like the Monday one, below). Eric’s mom will be in town and it will be a good time to celebrate our happiness at Rowan’s second year and to look forward to his third!