Happy 12th birthday to my first baby, Cooper! I’m so thankful to mother this amazing boy. He’s always been my side kick and is always making me smile. I couldn’t be more proud of the kid he is and the incredible human he is becoming!
I’ll be honest, I was really nervous leading into his 12th Birthday yesterday. I’m the type of mom who loves to go overboard for holidays and celebrate things big. How was this quarantine birthday going to be special? No friends, no party, closed restaurants and at the mercy of sometimes picked over grocery stores? Goodness.
Luckily every fear I had was relieved and Cooper had “the best birthday ever”! We started off on Sunday afternoon with a surprise drive-by parade. Friends flowed down the street, honking, waving and throwing candy. A police officer friend had sirens and lights flashing. I was teary eyed the whole time! Cooper was totally surprised and we all felt so loved.
I haven’t been into any stores, outside of Costco twice, in the last month, so I relied on items I already had in the basement and luckily didn’t have to wrap gifts in Christmas wrapping paper!
I told Coop about 2 weeks ago to make his ideal birthday meal plan so I could get anything we needed. He’s a total foodie and had an epic day of eating! It started with a big breakfast in bed with mostly all the breakfast foods possible.
He got many things on his wish list, played video games with his friends, basketball with dad, sung karaoke in his new machine (why did we think that was a good idea!?) and stayed up way after normal bedtime.
Lunch was mac-n-cheese burgers and fries, followed by making his “dream cake”. He insisted on making it himself and I only helped with teaching frosting technique.
The funniest part of the day, is that he wanted to do a photo shoot to remember this weird time. Toilet paper, cleaning supplies, mask and gloves were his accessories. I had to giggle at his request. I think these will be fun to look back on one day!
Dinner was equally as boujee as the rest of the day, with filet, shrimp cocktail, mashed potatoes and green beans. Even with the fancy food, we still didn’t spend as much as we would have going to a fancy restaurant, so total win!
We had so much fun making this cake. We did a tie dye top and covered the sides with plenty of candy. It wasn’t until about 9:30 that we finally had enough room from all the eating to cut into it and I only had 2 bites because as you can imagine, that thing was RICH!
Reading Cooper’s birth story yesterday made me so glad that I documented so much life here on this blog! I also got some messages from people who have followed me since the beginning. Wow, y’all are awesome! Thank you for being along for this journey with me!
If your baby is having a quarantine birthday, don’t fret. The memories will be different, but it is possible to have a really special day, right at home! The drive-by parade really kicked off the fun, so if you’re able to do that for your loved on, do it!