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Alex turns two today (and I'm not throwing him a party)

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Opening his present this morning -- he was very excited!

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He got a scooter…he’s already fallen 12 times (whoops!)

Today is the big 0-2 for my little man. Unbelievable how fast time has flown, and at the same time it seems like he’s been a part of our lives forever. Just like it’s hard for me to remember my life pre-cancer, it’s hard for me to remember my life pre-kid. (I think it involved a lot of effortless travel and fabulous restaurants and sleeping past 7 a.m.)

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L: Alex on his first birthday. R: Alex on his second birthday, today. (He was
not up for wearing the hat -- he kept saying "I don’t like it mommy.”)

Anyway, I had been planning to plan a party (that is, it was on my to-do list) and then my sister, Melissa, informed me that she and her family -- including Alex’s two cousins -- were going away for five days over Alex’s bday (including the day I was planning to plan the party), so I just said screw it. I think I was looking for an excuse to not have to throw a bash. I’ve been busy, I’m pregnant, and I just don’t have the ability to keep things small and easy.

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Alex and his cousin, Andrew.

Last year, for the big 0-1, we had a huge backyard party for 60 people. We had steak and chicken and shrimp and orzo salad and potato salad and cous cous salad…all of which I cooked myself. I love to entertain, so it was a blast but it was also exhausting. And this year we just didn’t feel up to it. So instead we’re really not doing anything at all. Tonight my parents and sister, Meghan, are coming over for dinner, which will be followed by a dairy, egg, and soy-free cake (have I mentioned that Alex is allergic to everything? We’ll talk more about that later for sure). And then my mother-in-law is coming to town for the weekend bearing, I’m sure, a ridiculous amount of gifts. We’re going to take Alex to the aquarium and do some other fun stuff but no real party. Does that make me a bad mom? Or a practical one?

The only thing that’s nagging at me is the fact that Alex loves parties. He’s the kid who runs around screeching with a smile on his face the whole time, getting balloon animal after balloon animal and jumping on the bouncy things with all the big kids nonstop. But he won’t even remember this birthday, right? Where do you guys fall on the birthday-for-two-year-olds debate? Let’s discuss….

P.S., if you're looking for cool cake designs that you can actually pull off (and that will taste way better than Alex's), check out this awesome slideshow. YUM!

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We had one cake Sunday night at a big family dinner at my parents’
house, so it’s not like he’s deprived.

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And despite being vegan and soy-free Alex couldn’t
eat it fast enough.