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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Happy Birthday Little E

We celebrated Little E's birthday over a month ago, and I'm finally getting around to editing pictures and posting about his big day. That's not too bad considering it took me about a year to blog about his 1st birthday. Please tell me how did my little guy grow up so fast. It's incredible what a difference two years can make. I remember how tiny he used to be and how challenging the first year was, and now my baby is a growing toddler with opinions. He is just as precious, and I want to keep him tiny forever. Please stop growing, Little E!

Elliot's 2nd Birthday 
E was reluctant to wear his birthday hat at first

Elliot's 2nd Birthday
Elliot's 2nd Birthday 
but managed to keep it on, which wasn't the case last year

We celebrated Little E's actual birthday at home with vegan cupcakes from Whole Foods. He loved blowing out his candles and eating the delicious chocolate birthday cupcake.

Elliot's 2nd Birthday 
A few days later we celebrated his 2nd birthday with family and friends. Can you tell that he loved the attention?

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No party would be complete without a few DIY details. I'm so glad that I started two months ahead and was able to get a good amount done before pregnancy symptoms hit. I decided to go with a Daniel Tiger themed party with vibrant rainbow colors.

Elliot's 2nd Birthday 
Cupcakes were made by our friend Lena, and she did a fantastic job. She even took on the challenge of making vegan cupcakes, and boy were they delicious. Little E had fun decorating.

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Every party I try to get Little E to take pictures with guests. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. He would rather be playing than posing for pictures. I can't blame him.

Elliot's 2nd Birthday 
We planned on announcing my pregnancy with Little E wearing his "Best Bro Ever" shirt. Some people noticed, but I don't think most people did. My FIL made us make a formal announcement, but again I don't think most people caught on.

Elliot's 2nd Birthday Elliot's 2nd Birthday 
Cake time is the best time for a toddler. He enjoyed the attention, blowing out candles, and especially the cupcake eating part. He continued to eat leftover birthday cupcakes for a few days, and boy was he a happy camper.

Elliot's 2nd Birthday Elliot's 2nd Birthday Elliot's 2nd Birthday
We had many generous family and friends who gifted Little E some amazing gifts. Last year we didn't get a chance to open presents, but this year he had a lot of fun opening and thanking everyone.

While throwing a birthday party is no easy feat for amateurs like us, I do enjoy the planning and experience. I've always wanted to have birthday parties at home for my kids, and I hope I can continue to do so for years to come. This year Little E really started to understand the concept of birthdays and all the details that come along with it. He had so much fun, and I cannot wait to plan another party for him. Actually, yes I can wait. I don't want him to grow up! Happy 2nd birthday Little E. Stay little forever. 

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