Babe: 2 years and 11 months outside
Babeling: 6 months inside

The babe’s dreaded third birthday party has taken place, we survived – it was even quite fun – and she’s not even three yet. She shared it with the Very Best Red Haired Friend, who was three at the beginning of September. (This is probably the last year we can get away with messing with the date, so we made the most of it).

Sharing the stress with another set of parents IS the way forward. Our role was to provide some of the food and make the house look presentable, which was enough work for one weekend. Having two extra adults involved meant that there were also balloons, streamers, party bags, and even games. The pinnacle of organisation was the pass-the-parcel session where every child got exactly one go each at unwrapping the parcel and the one lactose-free treat fell into the lap of the one lactose-intolerant child. Wow.

On waking from her nap to discover the garden filling up with guests, the babe mingled with the crowd and had nothing further to do with me until bedtime. I did observe her from afar though. She was the only child not to wander off when the VBRHF’s Nana read them all story, and when the first story had finished, the babe came into the house to fetch her two more books. She was also last at the table. All the other children had gone back in the garden but the babe was eating dozens of cucumber sticks, carefully eating all the flesh and piling the skins up on the plate.

Meanwhile, Chilled Girl played Pin the Tail on the Donkey, by herself, over and over again – it’s so much easier without a blindfold – Chilled Boy came crashing off the trampoline on one of the few occasions that babyfather was not nervously hovering next to it (we ran out of time to put up the safety enclosure) – and the babe’s Croation friend was delighted to discover a large pile of damp ashes in a corner of the garden. His mother brought him in to be washed at 15 minute intervals but otherwise showed no signs of minding.

I think everyone had a good time.

Nearly three

Winding down at the end of the party – Chilled Boy, the Lodja, Chilled Girl and the babe. She plans to marry all of them when she grows up.