We celebrated Mia's third birthday today. The magic of the day still lingers in the house. She's knee deep in goodies and sky high on sugar.
I did not tell Mia of the event to come until late yesterday evening when I picked her up from preschool. Immediately she perked up and seemed to know her "special day" was coming soon. It just seemed to cruel to call August 20th her birthday and then have to wait till Saturday to celebrate.
She got up this morning more excited than I've ever seen her and sang "happy birthday" over and over. I was surprised that she consented to a nap but she settled right down when I told her if she took a nap everyone would be here when she woke up. And it happened just like that. You should have seen her face when she walked into the room full of family and her cake, presents and decorations where all in place.
As we sang the song she looked a little embarrased at all the attention but she was glowing. All morning she'd wanted to "blow the fire" and when she saw the candle she was so proud. Everyone watched in awe of how she gingerly opened each gift and said thank you. The icing on the day when as everyone was packing up she came back into the room and she "Mia's special day!" It took a few moments for the words to fall on our ears, but she repeated herself and our hearts just melted. It truly was a special time for her and for all of us.