This post is slightly late but I still wanted to get it up so that I could have a visual reminder of Jean's big day.
My first born turned 10 on 9th January. 10?! How and when did that happen? I seem to have the most vidid memories of Jean as a baby - more her than any of the other children. I think once I started having more children the whole baby brain set in and the memories I have seem to have fused in to one! I must say it feels like a massive milestone for both of us. I am now a decade in to my parenting journey and she is now a double digit - a huge deal! I knew it was a special number but I didn't think that it would give me such food for thought. If 10 years can go by this quickly I am petrified of missing a second of the next 10. I absolutely love being a mother and having Jean as my eldest makes my job (is that the right word) even more pleasurable. I honestly could not have asked for a more special little girl - she is kind, considerate, helpful and just beautiful!
The other children made an array of colourful handmade cards for their sisters big day and I chose, bought and wrapped a gift that they could each give to her. She got an iPod case, some earmuffs (from Tesco's), a new book (Awful Auntie), a book light and a Taylor Swift CD. Jean was delighted and so grateful for all of her gifts. We had family over later in the day and she received more gifts and money from all of them also!
The above picture is my new screensaver - I just think she looks adorable! Iris is most like Jean in both looks and personality.
Jean received Awful Auntie by David Walliams (from Elsie) and the famous Raj did not feature. There was an option at the back of the book to go online and sign a petition to bring him back!!!
I spent the best part of the morning baking and decorating Jean's birthday cake. I always try to make a cake for each child's birthday - it started mainly because of food allergies but it has grown into a solid tradition that I love doing. The above was a white sponge with a cream cheese frosting to which I added a little red food colouring to make it pink. I didn't actually eat any of the cake as I was feeling particularly nauseous on this day, but Jean and her guests all sang its praises!
Overall I think my girl had a great day and I am looking forward to the year ahead with my 10 year old!