Oak’s 3rd Birthday

This Saturday, we celebrated Oak’s third birthday! What started as a relaxed barbecue with a few friends and family, turned into an all out affair, where the last guest didn’t leave until the late evening. It was full of family and joy. I even dragged a few guests into a game of double dutch!

The party was an 80’s hip hop theme, so we played Run DMC on rotation and did our best to dress the part. We found old wood and graffiti’d it for a photo backdrop.

Oak ate about three cupcakes and had too much juice to count. But you only turn three once, so there’s that.

When the party was wrapping up and we were opening presents, Peter secretly passed out these confetti poppers to the adult party guests. When the last present was opened, everyone shook their poppers and confetti exploded all over the apartment. At first Oak was nervous, then he looked around, hugged me, and started laughing.

I can’t believe he is now 3! Do you have any tips for raising a three year old boy? I feel like so much has changed already! All the talking!

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  • Reply Anne Elizabeth June 21, 2017 at 12:07 am

    What a fabulous party! 3 is such a magical age. I really started to see my kids personalities shine when they were 3, and while there were definitely new challenges that presented themselves I think 3 truly rocked. One of the things that my boys loved (and still do actually) was one on one time with me or their dad. Our special dates really helped to establish a pattern of open dialog with them. It is so important to me that my kids know that they can talk to me about anything. My boys are now 8 and 10, and so much has changed in life since they were 3, but one of things that we still work really hard on is keeping our connection with them. I feel like those special dates I established with them all those years ago really helped and continue to help us make that connection possible.

  • Reply Tshego June 21, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    I just love your post on motherhood! I want to burst into tears every single time because I have a lot of anxiety when it comes to that subject. I'm only 27 and single so being a mom is a bit far off for me but your posts mean soooooo much to me. You are a beautiful mommy and you make it seem like even when it's not easy, it's worth every single thing in the world to be a mother. <3

  • Reply LaTonya Yvette July 3, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Hi love!

    Thank you for the sweet comment. Motherhood is hard. I won't ever say anything different. It's also incredibly fulfilling and joyful. And while I had no plans to be a mother at 21, let alone a mother of two at 28, it was the best thing that happened to me. For me. And I am a true believer that when it is time if you want kids, it will all be worth it for you. Everyone has their own pace. I am neck and neck with a lot of friends having their first littles at 40+. It all happens in your own life path. Thank you so much for the sweet note and encouragement to keep sharing. xo

  • Reply LaTonya Yvette July 3, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Hi Anne!

    I love this suggestion! It's actually something we also developed when we brought Oak home, to help foster individual relationships. I know sometimes it can get hard, so I love your reminder. So excited for 3! THANK YOU!


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