Sometimes I can’t believe that we’ve been parents for 3 years. It’s not exactly a very long time, but it definitely isn’t short either! There were stressful moments, moments I felt like giving up, moments I wanted to pull my hair out (terrible two) and moments I wanted to scream my head off because he just wouldn’t sleep. But apart from all that, there were also moments that I think back with a smile, moments that filled my heart with so much pride I could feel myself bursting, and moments that I did not want to end. At the end of the day, being a parent taught me so much and caused me feelings and emotions that I never thought I had. It’s hard, and with another baby now, it’s even harder, but it’s oh so fulfilling. Being a full-time working mother, I have a sense of achievement whenever I accomplished a major milestone at work, but nothing, nothing compares to the sense of achievement I feel when I see my children happy, healthy, kind and loving. There’s no better testimonial for me as a parent than the child himself.
Enough of the ramblings, we celebrated Little J’s 3rd birthday last weekend with his friends from school/child care. It’s at this age that they start understanding what birthdays mean (candles and presents!) and know how to play with each other, so I thought I’d choose a place where they could have lots of fun. We had it at Inflatable World, Castle Hill, a place opened just a few months back. We made our reservation a few weeks before but it was fully-booked, so we had to make do with having our party at the tables from the cafe, instead of the long tables in the party area. Luckily, when that day came, there were some cancellations and the kind owner allowed us to use the long tables in the party area, so we started decorating before the guests arrived.
Little J absolutely loves watching Peppa Pig’s cartoons so I thought I’d decorate the area with Peppa Pig theme. The decoration wasn’t elaborate because we were only given a 1.5 hour time limit in the party area. So we just put on the table cover, had a helium balloon and tied a birthday banner next to the table. It was good that we didn’t go overboard with decorations because we were asked to clean the area up 10 minutes before our time, so that they could get the table ready for the next party session.
I was really happy with how things went that day, in particular Little K who was so good in the pram, minding his own business and allowing daddy and mummy to set up. He only fussed after we’re all ready and the kids were playing in the play area. He stayed up until we sang the birthday song and then had a nap afterwards in the pram. I couldn’t have asked for more from him! <3
Meanwhile, the big brother had lots of fun running around, climbing and jumping on the huge inflatables. The good thing about this play area is that everywhere is padded and soft, so there’s very small chance of kids getting hurt. Also, in the bigger kids area, there are staff supervising to make sure that the smaller kids don’t get in the way of older kids or adults.
On the night before the party, I made some red velvet cupcakes and decorated them with Peppa Pig stickers. We were allowed to BYO food so we also had to get all the food ready before hand and heat them up in the morning. It was quite a rush to get everything in the car and get the kids ready, but we made it!
I’m happy to say that all of the kids had fun, and some didn’t even want to leave after the 2-hour play time limit was up. That’s the sign of a fun party, I guess. 🙂 About half an hour before our time expired, we gathered everyone to sing the birthday song. Little J was so happy that he finally got to be the centre of attention after attending so many of his friends’ birthday party. At the end of the day, his smile and happiness made all our our effort worth it.
Happy birthday dear J! May you grow up to be healthy, happy and kind always. Mummy and daddy love you very very much!