Be prepared for a cheese-fest, cuz that's basically what this is meshed with some party pics! Just thinking about William gets me all mushy. I remember thinking that I wasn't meant to be a mother. I was about 2.5 years into my journey through infertility and I had started to accept that maybe that wasn't the plan for my life. The shock that went through me 10 months later, when I hung up the phone with the nurse who told me I had tested positive is hard for me to describe. Months rolled by, my belly got huge, and my anticipation of meeting this miracle grew and grew. I remember walking in Laguna and stopping in my favorite children's boutique and seeing this knitted frog doll that I instantly fell in love with. He was placed on the rocking chair in the nursery, patiently awaiting my son. He was the cutest doll ever and I found out that his name was Luigi--it was just too good.
This little boy has taught me more about myself, my limits and abilities, and what love truly is. Becoming a mother and learning to be a mother from him has been the most rewarding and humbling thing of my entire life. We had our big hiccups (I can't even think about the exhaustion!) and will continue to, I am sure. Having him be everything I expected but also everything I never expected has been the best part.
This past year hasn't been easy on our little guy. With the unexpected addition of a baby sister at only 15 months old, daddy being away for work so much + studying for the UT bar + traveling to take the UT bar, moving from Southern California to unfamiliar Utah (when daddy was still in CA finishing up work for 6weeks), and pretty much having his world flipped upside down. He lost weight, he regressed with his speech, he stopped eating, he cried and clung to me -- it was hard on my mama heart. So, when the discussion of his 2nd birthday came up I really wanted to celebrate him and how special he is to all of us. William is a little introvert, hesitant, and get easily overwhelmed so we kept the party just family (which in our case was still a lot of people ha!). After talking to my sister-in-law about it, she pointed out the most obvious theme -- Luigi! For those of you who know my son, this is not a surprise. For those of you who do not, Luigi is the 5th member of our family. William has that doll with him all day everyday, won't sleep without him, and it's his biggest comfort and favorite thing in the entire world. I started tagging half of my photos with #willandluigi because I think their friendship is so so cute.
William's Birthday Brunch Hosted by Luigi! Perfect! The ever talented Jen of TheTrimShoppe is so wonderful at bringing my ideas to life. I have yet to have an idea that she couldn't make a reality. After talking about Will's party & what I hoped for the invitation, she painted me the most perfect invite for him.
I still can't believe my little guy is TWO! Time has flown. To save myself some time and stress, I decorated for his Saturday party, on Tuesday evening the night before his actual birthday. The party decor is all from the adorable ShopSweetLuLu.
William LOVES breakfast food. I knew I wanted to serve mini chicken and waffles, cinnamon rolls, and a bunch of other yummy brunch-type bites. Luckily for me, I know a pretty dang good cook... my mother in law! And there isn't anything she wouldn't do for her grandson ;) She whipped up a delicious -- like, truly delicious -- fried chicken recipe (which is also available on her site, the organic kitchen). I also used her Bacon Cheddar Biscuits with cinnamon maple butter. I had yogurt parfaits topped with my mothers delicious homemade granola, juice, fruit, and my very sweet sister in law provided over 60 homemade cinnamon rolls! It was quite the spread!
Now, there are a lot of things I love about Utah. But since I recently moved back one of my newest favorite discoveries is Annie Bee Cakes --HOLY INCREDIBLE! She is so kind, so talented, so cool....I could go on and on. She made William a green ombre funfetti cake from scratch. It was so pretty and so yummy!
The party was full of food and family, just how I like it. I think William had fun, he spent a good amount of time throwing rocks with his pal Ruby, so I consider it a success.