Clover, my girly bookworm firstborn, turned seven in February. Looking back, I don’t feel like seven was a very old age when I was growing, but as a parent it seems crazy grown up when it happens to your kid.
I’d say she had a pretty great birthday. We haven’t gotten brave enough to do a full on kid birthday where you invite a bunch of friends and their parents over to be wowed by your pinterest cake making skills, and you either grab some booze or earplugs to get through the madness.
I’m still 5 weeks out from any meaningful booze consumption, so maybe next year we’ll do a full on party when I’ve popped this last baby out. Or not… Probably not.
As part of the special festivities, I wanted to give her an outfit to wear and went more practical than the all out glitzy silk dress from last year. She needs more shirts now, so she got a shirt. But an awesome shirt. And it’s pink.
Questioning her on what she would want on a tee if she could have anything was pretty much fruitless. “Elsa?” Um, maybe besides Elsa. “Anna.” …..what about besides Frozen? “…..princess.”
Not that I don’t want to give her what she likes, but I was just hoping to find some other aspect of her besides Elsa and princesses. I suggested Unikitty, but she wasn’t really excited about that.
She’s delighted by the concept of ladies at tea parties, and sipping tea over books though. So I took the initiative and came up with a design for a “Tea Shirt” and hoped she’d like it.
She loved it. More than I even anticipated. So, win! I also made her this delicious Birch Organic double gauze skirt, which is seriously adorable and comfortable.
Violet has a really hard time with feeling left out of things. More of a hard time than we can help her with, it seems, because even when we do our best to make her feel included without totally going overboard and catering to her every whim, she still cries and complains and feels really really really sorry for herself. Which is sad.
In an effort to make her feel included in the birthday fun without making it all about her too, I thought I’d make her a shirt to wear too. She’s more of a monster person than a tea party person, so I sketched out this guy for her.
She really likes the shirt, but her attitude resembled the graphic a little too much despite that. Oh well. We’re working on it.
Clover was very sweet and tried to bring Violet into the joy. She was a very gracious birthday girl. I was proud of her.
I told Violet we were all just going to cry on her birthday because we all feel left out.
Birthday curls are becoming a tradition. I might refuse to do it in a couple of years though because it makes her look like ten years older. And I can’t handle too much of that.
Oh, and Annie the doll got a birthday outfit too. I drew a pattern for it late the night before her birthday without a doll to use for sizing, so I’m glad it fits her as well as it does. It’s kind of big, but I also need space to get her big head through.
Two happy ladies in pink and mustard!
Clover’s Tea Shirt: Rowan Tee Pattern in a 3 width/7 length
Violet’s monster shirt: Bimaa Hoodie
Skirt: Oliver and S swingset skirt
Tees: Organic pink jersey from fabric.com
Skirt: Birch Double Gauze in “poppies sun” from fabric.com