Wow, today I turned 34. A lot (and I mean a lot) has happened in the last year and rather than today being a day of partying like rock star, it was very mellow and gave me a chance to reflect. Yes, apparently now I’m an old soul.
I decided that with as often as I’m snapping photos of my food or kiddos, I could capture my day on Instagram. Here’s a snapshot (bad pun, sorry):
Birthday post number 1. I’ve decided to document my day in photos (because it’s not like I don’t take enough) Here’s how we started the day.
She’s a party animal after my own heart. She woke up this morning and I would like to think this is how she said, “Happy birthday, Mom!” (And maybe, “Sorry I kept you up all night”??)
This little pumpkin is having a tough time sleeping. The doctor is leaning towards reflux and today we got into a last minute appointment to a specialist. Thank goodness she’s sweet because otherwise the whole up-all-night-screaming-and-I-want-my-binky thing would be ten times harder.
Birthday post number 2. #Shopping without kids because my parents gave me some “me time” for my birthday. Best gift ever!
Originally, I was going to drop the girls off at my parents and go for a facial. With baby girl’s specialist appointment, plans changed a bit. I had planned to run to the mall, too, to return a few things while the girls weren’t with me. Even though I couldn’t make the facial appointment, having an hour at the mall to try on dresses for work without wrestling a double stroller and a hangry toddler was fantastic! Plus all dresses happened to be on sale at Old Navy! #winning!
Birthday post number 3. Waiting to be seen by the therapist for baby girl’s reflux. Not exactly birthday-y, but hey, she was a show stopper with everyone in the waiting room. #refluxsucks
Annnnnnnnnnnd now back to the doctor’s office for this little pumpkin. With the help of a fantastic therapist, we are well on our way to kicking reflux that meds aren’t working for.
Birthday post number 4. When it’s your #birthday and your all-time favorite #donut shop offers half-priced dozens ?
I couldn’t help it. The “Happy Hour – Half-Priced Dozens” sign sent me making a last minute hard right-hand turn into my favorite donut shop. It was an impulse buy! Sorry. No, wait. Not sorry…at all.
Birthday post finale: the end of our day. While my parents graciously took the girls so I could get some things done, this is my happy. ❤️
After a relaxing family dinner of pizza (my husband was even able to pop in while at work, yay!) and Disney’s Snow White, it was a really great day. It was amazing to be driving home, listening to my oldest sleepily babble until she drifted off to sleep. Baby girl screamed part of the way, but talking to her coaxed her to sleep, too. I pulled into the driveway with two sleeping beauties, snug as bugs and ready to go to bed. I couldn’t be more thankful for them.
Many may not have looked at today and thought it was a great birthday. Oh, how wrong those people would be. I feel like the cliché, “kids mellow you out” and yes, these two truly have given me perspective. I feel like I have a better grasp on what’s important, what’s not and how to evaluate what’s worth getting bunched about.
While I was out alone today, it gave me a lot to think about. It was so nice to literally have an hour to myself and get some things done, but I really started thinking about how I missed my girls. Not that shopping is something they enjoy (unless we are buying puffs at Target, then my oldest loses her mind) but I’ve spent practically every minute with at least one of them for 5 weeks straight. Daycare was closed this week and while I was panicked to have two kids at home for 11 days mostly by myself, it was fantastic. Yes, I’m tired. No, I don’t get to enjoy a shower as often as I’d like. But I got to spend time with my girls and watch them show me what they’re capable of. And let me tell you, they amaze me daily. Throw my husband into the mix of things to be thankful for and I’m over the moon. It gives me the ability to look 34 in the face and say, “hell yeah, I got this.”