Today, exactly three years ago I held Little T for the very first time in my arms. When I think back to that first moment we shared together, it feels impossible to think that so much time has already passed since that day and yet, somehow it also feels impossible to think that he has not been a part of my entire life.
My first meeting with Little T was delayed by a whole day after he was born as he had to be rushed off to the NICU and I had to recover from the surgery and shock. He had a very scary entry into the world and for the first few minutes there we weren't sure if he was going to make it at all. It's a day I both do and don't want to remember. Luckily, now three years later I can look at the healthy, happy, clever, funny and ever growing boy that he is becoming and celebrate that day with him, creating lots of happy memories for him to look back on.
Like so many other boys, Little T loves his cars, trains and aeroplanes, but this year he has also become very interested in dinosaurs and for the last month and a half he has been asking me for a Dinosaur Birthday. With most of our family living in other countries and most of his little friends still living in London, it was going to be just the three of us this year to celebrate the day. Still, I filled the living room with dinosaur balloons, wrapped his presents in dinosaur wrapping paper and made him dinosaur shaped pancakes (with sprinkles) for breakfast. It really was a special moment when he came downstairs, saw everything and realised that it's all for him :)
The morning was spent ripping open presents, playing with new toys, trying and finally succeeding in assembling all the bits requiring assembly and talking with far away family on Skype. After all of the excitement of it all (and the very early start to the day) Little T went off for a little nap, which gave me the time to turn my attention to the most asked for part of the day, the Cake!
After trying my hand at elaborate cake decorating previously and not quite achieving the desired results, I knew it would be best to take a much more simple yet effective route this year. Many, many hours of Pinteresting confirmed this notion and so the idea was born. A fool-proof chocolate cake, covered in thick ganache icing, a couple of packs of chocolate finger biscuits stuck round the sides, big sprinkles (a.k.a dino eggs) scattered over the top and the finishing touch, a few favourite dinosaur toys (artfully) placed around. The end result was one I was very pleased with and Little T was absolutely ecstatic when he saw it coming out of the kitchen with candles all lit.
All round, it was a fun filled and joyous day to celebrate the fact that we have had the privilege of raising this little boy for three years already and to look forward to so many more years to come :)