Henry turned 3 years old on Sunday. We've been parents for 3 years! I know I say this every year but I cannot believe how quickly time flys once you have children. I remember finding out I was pregnant with Henry like it was yesterday, but now he's sat next to me playing with Lego like such a big boy! All traces of his babyhood have disappeared recently as he grows up. You don't realise that such big changes are happening at the time, but we were looking at photos from the summer recently and realised that over the past 6 months Henry has grown a good 8 inches taller & lost most of his baby chubbiness making him look like a long & lean boy rather than a toddler.
He's been wanting a scooter for a while after watching Pocoyo as the elephant (Elly) has one which is pink. Because his new scooter is blue he's now convinced his scooter is pocoyo's. It's very cute. We've been hoping to get out to the park for a scoot, but unfortunately the weather hasn't been kind to us this week.
We opted not to have a party this year, mainly to limit the demands on us now that we are both working & have a baby to look after too. We also figured that this year is the last year that Henry won't be demanding to have a party like his friend from school so we wanted to make the most of it! I don't think Henry minded the lack of a party after having an action packed weekend.
On Saturday we packed up the car with a picnic & our wellies and drove back to my hometown to go to Longleat safari park. The weather wasn't too bad in comparison to recent weeks, I mean we still got soaked & caught in gale force winds but there were also sunny spells to enjoy. Henry enjoyed seeing all of the animals, but got bored of sitting still in the car after an hour or so.....no matter what your view is outside of the car there is only so long that a toddler is willing to sit still!
He loved seeing the wolves & zebras especially, but was very concerned for the monkeys because they had pink bottoms exclaiming "oh no the monkey is sad! His bum is red & sore! He's crying, he needs medicine AND FAST!" We tried to explain that the monkey always has a pink bottom, but he wasn't having any of it!
Us grown ups got quite excited being so close to the big cats, but Henry who has no sense of fear didn't even bat an eyelash when a lion brushed against his car door!
Once we were out of the car Henry thought he was in heaven! Being able to go on a train rides, seeing lots of animals up close, feeding penguins & sealions lots of fish and going on a boat ride! He was totally exhausted by the end of the day, but was insistent that we have one more ride on the train.....only he fell asleep before the train left the station!
Niamh is still very portable so was happy to spend the day sleeping in the car & snuggled up in the sling; meaning that it really was a day just for Henry. He seemed to love it & excitedly told his Granny all about it that evening.
Henry's actual birthday started with him opening all of his presents in our bed. He got an amazing wooden garage that I found in the January sales & a woodenroads set to use with his brio railway that I found in Lidl (seriously they sell some awesome if a tad random stuff there!). We also used his birthday money from his great grandma to buy a wooden docking port for his railway. However in true toddler style his favourite present was a pack of kinder eggs.....and yes we let him have kinder egg for breakfast!
Whilst Henry & his daddy put together his garage I baked Henry's birthday cake. I had aspirations of making an elaborate train birthday cake that I had seen on Pintetest. However when I asked Henry if he would like a train cake he looked disguised & firmly told me "No!! I want a white cake with jam, a white top & lots of haribo!" I looked rather shocked at this outburst (who knew toddlers were so particular?!) so Henry have me his sweetest smile & said "pleeeeeaaassssee mummy!" So alas the train cake idea was ditched in favour of this sugar covered monster!
The rest of the day involved a big family meal with all of Henry's favourite people. We went to Carluccio's in Cabots Circus because they serve Henry's favourite meal of Pesto spaghetti. We also had a BOGOF voucher & who can say no to that? They were lovely there & very accommodating, especially as we had an over excited 3 year old on the loose for much of it!
My friend (and one of Henry's most favourite people) Sarah bought Henry a huge 3 balloon which is still going strong in our living room, but she also made Henry a beautiful quilt for his bedroom. It's my favourite gift of his, but to he honest I think he just likes sitting on it to play with the duplo he got!
So despite the awful weather Henry had a lovely weekend full of presents, cakes, fun & his favourite people.......the only problem is that he's now a bit of a birthday diva after all of the attention! This week has been a big birthday come down for this grumpy 3 year old. Roll on next week when he's back to normal please! ;)