Saturday March 2 was Lucy's 4th birthday. We had a small family only party at our house. As much I would have loved to have a big ole shindig, she was just not ready for that yet. I was a little worried that the party wouldn't be much of a party for her and she would end up in a meltdown before it was over but to my surprise it was one of her best days yet! She loved every minute of it, I should have known since she loves being the center of attention anyway. Aaron and I decorated the house the night before and we put up streamers on her door frame so when she woke up she could run through them. I was in the kitchen when she got up and I heard her run through them and laugh. She came around the corner and I said, "Happy Birthday!" and she got the biggest smile on her face, it was true happiness and that is something that is sometimes hard to come by for her. She even sang herself "Happy Birthday" several times before the party even began.
After having two boys, I had so much fun decorating for a little girl's birthday party! I've never been one of those "pink is my favorite color" kind of girls but I have to say, I loved all the pink! I loved arranging all the flowers, setting out candles and pretty snack trays!
We had an adorable tea party cake made and in fact it was donated as a gift from a very sweet woman! It was such a HUGE blessing!!!
It was such a sweet thing watching the boys celebrate with their new sister and really try to make her feel special too. I think they must have told her happy birthday 20 times that day.
Present time was the dreaded moment for me, I just knew she'd get obsessive and possessive of her thing the moment she got them but she did much better than I expected. We had a couple moments after the gifts were opened but for the most part she was so good about sharing.
Lucy LOVED her birthday outfit, she is a girly girl through and through! The second she puts on a tutu or a dress she says "Cinderella" and spins around. I painted her nails for her party and she made sure to show every person that walked in the door. This picture below makes me smile, I can see the happiness in her and I can honestly say there were moments in the first couple months home where I wondered if she would ever be happy. We are not out of the woods by any means, we still have a very long journey of healing ahead but being able to have a glimpse of joy gives me hope!
Happy Birthday Lucy L'avenir Joy! You are a gift from God!