Lorelei’s birthdays will all the time be a bittersweet factor for me. This yr, attributable to our loopy begin, we had a pleasant family dinner on her actual birthday, however determined to postpone the celebration till the spring. When it was hotter and there have been much less chilly and flu germs floating round. HA! For individuals who keep in mind final yr and her “Winter ONE-derland” celebration in the midst of February… it was 75 levels exterior! This yr, with the celebration in April, it ended up chilly and snowing that “Spring” weekend! We pushed the celebration up a night due to horrible climate on Saturday. In the long run, so many individuals referred to as out sick (germs are usually not welcomed in our house) or couldn’t attend due to the date change…
However it was good! We had a good time. Candy Lorelei truthfully had no clue both manner. She was blissful to be surrounded by her household and to be tasting a pink flamingo cupcake!
Talking of cake… this superb Joyful Birthday, Joyful Glamper theme got here full circle together with her cake. We now have been so blessed in some ways by applications for youths who’ve life threatening situations. I heard about Icing Smiles from one other mother whereas Lorelei was within the NICU. Icing Smiles works with bakers everywhere in the nation to supply muffins for these kiddos. Regular bakers, who volunteer their time and their expertise to assist households like mine make recollections of a lifetime.
Via a couple of emails (after an approval course of) I advised the native baker the theme of the celebration and the colours I used to be utilizing for adorning. I actually stated: “We’re doing Joyful Birthday, Joyful Glamper – assume classic campers, flamingos, pink and aqua” and that was it. As a management freak, occasion planner, it makes me anxious not figuring out what the cake will seem like. This baker nailed it! She even added the lovely flamingo cupcakes! AND she made them gluten free for our household!!
This was their “enjoyable cake”. Lorelei can obtain a “enjoyable cake” yearly for her birthday, however one yr she is going to obtain a “dream cake” that may be a three tiered, fancy, carved cake! They usually additionally do “memorial muffins” and “sibling muffins” for households too. Such a blessing proper?!
Okay, sufficient phrases. The photographs are value so many extra phrases than I can write!
For Lorelei’s first birthday, she wasn’t at a spot the place we might do a standard cake smash. She wasn’t taking ANYTHING by mouth, had little interest in meals, and threw the whole lot up that we had her strive. Reality be advised, we’re nonetheless barely consuming something by mouth (all 100% g-tube) however she now loves tasting and licking issues. The extra taste the extra she appears to love it! So we let her play with a ‘mingo cupcake this yr. And, whereas it might be minor to most households, at her celebration, for the primary time ever, Lorelei had meals (sizzling pink icing) on her hand and moved it to her mouth on her personal!! Guys, she has by no means ever put meals in her personal mouth till this sizzling pink flamingo cupcake. Be nonetheless my particular wants, tubie mother coronary heart.
Whereas I giggle that no a part of this celebration turned out the best way I anticipated it to, I’m reminded that neither has my mom-life. However aside from discovering a treatment for my child, I wouldn’t change a darn factor. I’ve discovered extra from my nonverbal, non-walking-crawling-sitting, 2 yr previous toddler than I discovered in 13 years of gross sales and advertising and marketing within the house guarantee trade, 9 years as an occasion planner, four years as a restaurant proprietor, four years of school and all of the education that got here earlier than it.
So kiddo, thanks for reminding us to rejoice life! Right here is to so many extra years with you, our final present from God, and so, so many extra pink flamingo cupcakes.
Thanks to Icing Smiles for all you do for youths like Lorelei and hearts like mine. Thanks to our native baker, Barbara in Suffolk, VA. Thanks to the household and associates who got here to rejoice and to those that celebrated from afar, retaining their sick germs at bay. Thanks to those that despatched books for Lorelei’s NICU guide drive! Thanks all for praying and persevering with to wish for our little lady as she reveals Mitochondrial Illness who’s boss. Thanks, thanks, thanks.