Lifestyle,  Parenting

Did somebody press fast forward? It is nearly Molly’s third birthday .

Is it just me or do the years seem to be flying by? It honestly seems like Molly was only born a few weeks ago. Yet, here we are, about to celebrate her third birthday. How has it already been three years? Did somebody press fast forward?

I cannot believe that her big day is only a month away, and that I have yet to make a single plan. I don’t have a clue what we will be doing or even what sort of gifts I will be getting for her.

Celebrations for her first and second birthday differed significantly. It really was from one extreme to the next.

First Birthday

Molly’s first birthday was on a Sunday so we had a joint Birthday party and Christening. We went all out for the occasion. We had the Christening at the local Church and then went to a nearby hotel for the party.

I am embarrassed to admit how much was spent on the occasion. But put it this way, it could have been (quite a lavish) wedding reception (..hangs head in shame..). I feel embarrassed thinking back now but at the time it felt justified. I told myself that because Molly was a miracle baby we should go all out. And as we were combining two occasions I justified the huge price tag that came with it.


It was a brilliant day. Friends and family came from all over the country to join the celebrations and we have some brilliant memories.

Gift wise, as usual, I went over the top and bought her everything under the sun.

Second Birthday

Molly’s second birthday was the complete opposite. In contrast, we only spent about £50. We had a lot going on at the time and as Molly was only two and didn’t understand what her birthday was we got away with not really making any plans. I did feel really bad about it though as I thought we should have been doing more.

We went for a pub lunch with my sister, brother –in-law and niece. Then we went to a play centre. We also had a bit of a tea party at the house while Molly opened her presents. In all honesty we probably had a better time than her first birthday because there was less fuss. And we actually got to spend time together. I still feel quite bad about it though even though it was more than enough of a celebration.


Gift wise, she was spoilt again. I just can’t help myself. I may have a problem! Ha-ha.

Third Birthday

Molly’s birthday this year is a little bit different as she is aware of what birthdays are. She has been telling me for weeks that it is nearly her birthday. She keeps saying, “Nearly my birthday. Can I have a chocolate cake like what daddy had? Please mama?” She has been talking about chocolate cake since April when Chris had one for his birthday.

I feel quite guilty that I haven’t really given her birthday much thought until now. My mind has been preoccupied of late but I suppose I have a good excuse for not being on the ball. The pressure is on now though so I had better get planning.

I’m stuck on ideas of what to do for the big day. I really don’t want the fuss of a party at the house. Maybe a party at a play centre instead? Though they are expensive for what they are (in my opinion). A day out at the zoo or funfair might be fun, but what would the weather be doing? Maybe we should take the opportunity to have a few days away together. These are all good ideas and Molly would enjoy them; I just can’t decide on any.

Gift wise I am not really sure what to get her yet. She already has all the toys she needs. I know she would appreciate a big trampoline for the garden. She loves jumping. I had thought about getting her a fancy wooden playhouse but she already has a playhouse so doesn’t really need another. Maybe I could get her a new bike. A motorised car could be fun.  Maybe I should just buy her some new clothes and wrap them up because she does need them.

Whatever we end up doing or buying I am sure Molly will have a good time. Can somebody make it easier for me and tell me what to do and buy please? Or better yet, organise it for me? Ha-ha.

Seriously though, did somebody press fast forward? How is my baby girl almost three? She will be going to school next year (sobs dramatically..)

Sam x


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  • Nicole

    I used to put so much effort and money into birthday parties, but I’ve decided that I need to just stop. All you need to do to make the child feel special is invite a few of their friends and family, play some games, sing happy birthday, and give them a cake. So many of us are way overdoing everything and it’s just stressing everybody out. Please don’t feel guilty for not making your daughter’s birthday the first thing on your mind for months leading up to it. She will have a blast and feel super special if you just give her that chocolate cake! #twinklytuesday

  • Lisa (mummascribbles)

    They just grow too fast don’t They? I am struggling to remember what we got for Zach’s 3rd birthday but I know we had a little tea party at home with the family. It was only last year that we bothered with soft play and that was only because Oscar was due and it was way easier!! Have fun whatever you do.

  • Karen two tiny hands

    Mines 2 next month and know how you feel! I plan to avoid birthdays as long as I can get away with it! I don’t buy much for him though and think I may splurge on a sand pit because I know he will get a lot out of it. Get her a chocolate cake and make a big deal over her. She won’t remember presents as she gets older… put the money you’d spend aside for when she wants iPads and mobile phones one day!!! Eeeks. ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬

  • Angela Watling (Life, Motherhood and Everything)

    I agree with some of the other comments – if you get her a chocolate cake and make a fuss then she’ll be happy. I don’t spend much of pressies because my daughter has so much stuff already. Perhaps get her a couple of books, some clothes and a couple of small toys like a stuffed animal or something for the garden? She won’t remember and the main thing is that she is given lots of attention to make the day special. Definitely save the money for another time when she starts depending things that cost the earth! I swear our generation of parents are going to be bankrupt thanks to the development of technology….

    Hope you all have a great day! #FamilyFunLinky

  • fridgesays

    #triumphanttales love this, i think family time is more important. my son is 4 and he hasn’t had a ‘party’ we’ve had family cake cutting times obvs. i always pick a trip to the zoo or family day over a party.
    as for presents – she still won’t really care hun, so id go for one big gift and a couple of ‘bits’ to open. if she’s like my son, Grandparents over do anyway. enjoy the time flying, its always the best gift to watch them blossom

  • Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...

    None of mine have had official parties (just family visiting) because they always decide they would rather have more expensive presents 🙂 #familyfunlinky

  • Alana - Burnished Chaos

    My youngest will be three at the start of August and I don’t know where that time has gone. She keeps asking for a party with all her friends like her brother did in April but she only goes to nursery one morning a week and hasn’t really made any firm friends so wouldn’t have a clue who to invite. She may have to make do with a tea party with grandparents and they’ll have to get on the floor and play pass the parcel with her 😂

  • Jade @ Captured By Jade

    Life definitely feels like life is on fast forward with children, doesn’t it?!

    Everyone does birthdays different, and finding what works for you and your family is great. For us, birthdays are about spending time together as a family and making a fuss of the birthday person – so they tend to pick somewhere they want to go and then a couple of presents. We aren’t particularly extravagant with birthdays, and others have commented on it previously like it’s a bad thing, but it works for us and we’re happy with it. #FamilyFunLinky

  • Jaki

    I feel your pain. My ‘baby’ is 5 in December! 5!! How is this even possible?! Tomorrow we are going to help a school open morning. September he starts. It all goes so fast. Treasure this next year. Thanks for joining in at #TriumphantTales, hope to see you back tomorrow.

  • Jeremy@ThirstyDaddy

    Taking a break from writing something similar to catch up on my #familyfun commenting. I’m about to go to a Kindergarten ‘graduation” and can’t even fathom it

  • The Pramshed

    Do you know what I often feel and think exactly the same. We are in the run up to our daughter’s second birthday, and it feels like yesterday that I was in hospital with her as a little baby. The time goes so quickly. I hope you have a lovely third birthday, and thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x