14 Aug Jesse’s 2nd Tropical Themed Birthday Pool Party
We celebrated Jesse’s 2nd birthday last month. Though we gave him all the gifts, we all unquestionably know that the best gift is one he gives to us… him. He is a light in our everyday lives. His laughter makes everything okay. He runs, and jumps, and splashes, and yells, and babbles, and he mesmerizes us all. These last two years have given us so much joy!
Jessie is the best mom. She matches his energy, snuggles him, and cares for him in ways that only she can give. She is a creative soul, and she loves celebrations (she gets that from me). She planned his entire tropical themed birthday pool party, from the Monstera leaf decorations to the palm tree shaped fruit snacks. And she made the cake herself. From scratch. She gave us all a party that was fun for toddlers and adults!
Jesse’s 2nd Tropical Themed Birthday Pool Party
My girl is also a gifted writer. She is a faithful journaler, and is so good at writing down her thoughts. Today, she is giving us all a peek inside her beautiful head, and sharing some thoughts she wrote about her son’s 2nd birthday:
I felt guilty planning his birthday party, spending so much money on a party that he wouldn’t even remember. I could’ve been helping my mom pay my (very expensive) college tuition. I could’ve paid back my dad for my dog’s latest (very expensive) trip to the vet. I could’ve been saving it for (very expensive) emergencies. Instead, I kept putting every decoration, every gift, every theme-based snack in the shopping cart.
I had to stop shopping and ask myself why I was getting so carried away with all of these material things. I was worried that I was trying to prove to the party guests or to my Instagram followers that I was a good mom, that I could afford to throw a lavish party for my son.
But then I thought about my own parents and why they threw my birthday parties over the years and it hit me like a brick wall-
That’s what parents do.
We give our children everything we can, even though we might have to work harder to save up the spent money and pay back debts. But that’s what parents do.
Even though he won’t remember this specific day, he will remember that he is loved by so many people, that he is worth celebrating. Even if he won’t remember this day tomorrow, he smiled enough today.
I no longer feel guilty because I want to give my baby the world but I’ll start with his second birthday party.
And maybe I was being selfish- not only was I celebrating him, I was celebrating our relationship. I was celebrating us.
And we are worth every penny.
While she documented the day in words, I recorded it with photos. Years later, or tomorrow, when he is changing daily, we can look back and remember this one day. We will smile at his smile, laugh at his reaction to the sparkler candles, and wonder at a tiny human, still figuring out the world.
Happy birthday, Jess. We will continue to celebrate the spark of life that you bring to our own. We love you!