Today our sweet baby Jesse celebrated his 2nd birthday with 11 of his little friends.
And on Monday he will officially be a 2 year old!
Over the last two years we've watched Jesse grow and we've seen how resilient and determined he is. His nystagmus condition doesn't slow him down and he's the sweetest, happiest little boy.
Much calmer than his brother, even at this age, Jesse gives the most gentle and the sweetest hugs and kisses. He's really good at the game perfection (yea, even at 2), he just loves reading books, and his security item is his "de-de" (blanket).
At 2 years, he comes in at a whopping 36 inches and 32lbs!
For Jesse's 2nd birthday we celebrated in style with Blip and Zot from his favorite book "Waz Dot?"
Front of Invitation
We invited all of his school friends from his Grasshopper class at Chatham (16 in total, with about 10 showing up, great turnout!).
A few weeks prior to the party, Jeremy and I spent a few late nights building a cardboard blip and zot! This was significantly easier than the train and firetruck from years past, but the face did present its own challenges.
He's so excited about his Blip.
The two nights before the party were spent prepping the cake. The cake was based off the book and the final hidden image of a farm. Jeremy helped me with the fondant and I've come to treasure the late nights we spend making birthday cakes and cardboard figures for the boy's birthday.
After Max's successful party last year, we decided the little park by our house is perfect for parties of this size, and because we live so close, it made it much easier to transport all the party supplies up to the park. We supplemented the little wooden house at the park with another play grill, house, lots of beach balls, foam animal masks, and trucks.
During the party we also took time to read the book mentioned above and do bubbles, of course.
A reading of Waz Dot?
Bubbles with Kate and Cameron
Getting the hang of it
I learned from Max's 3rd birthday and drastically scaled back the food: 1 bag of mini bagels, 1 tub cream cheese, 1 cantaloupe, 1 big box strawberries, 4 bananas (cut into 3 parts), pretzels, donut holes (cause who doesn't need even more sugar), cheese slices, 2 large orange juices, and 3 bottles of champaign. Okay, the champaign was only for the adults, but it's not really a brunch party without mimosas!
The kids had a blast and so did the adults. Overall 2 hours is prefect for a 2 year olds party and I was so happy with how many people came. I think Jesse was fairly overwhelmed at first, but he made himself quite comfortable once we plopped a cake in front of him and everyone started signing.
Happy 2nd Birthday Jesse!