Celebrating Tommy’s 2nd Birthday

Tommy turned two on Friday and unlike last year, I didn’t take a million pictures. I barely captured it at all. Who am I because I’m certainly not a blogger?!

We started his birthday with a trip to the doctor for his 2 year check up because I am a terrible mother and didn’t realize nothing says Happy Birthday quite like a shot and getting your blood drawn.

Tommy doctor

I’m still not sure why our pediatrician draws blood via the arm. I can’t remember having it done as a kid and neither does my mom. It was a traumatic experience last year and we actually left and came back another day. This year, it took two tries to find a vein and I thought I was going to pass out and cried. Tommy obviously cried more but I told Nick that either he has to go next year or we need to switch to a doctor that can just do a finger prick.

The doctor also asked how potty training was going to which I responded, “What???” Apparently I need to get on this before baby #2 comes. Please recommend your go to book in the comments! Thank you in advance.

Afterwards, I took Tommy swimming and got him a muffin at Flour to make up for it. He forgave me luckily… and then I went and got my colored because all the grandmas came into town to celebrate! Free babysitter? Yes, I will go do something I can’t ordinarily do.


I used to feel guilty taking time for me but it’s something that I’ve grown very comfortable with since Tommy started acting like a 2 year old. I also wanted to treat myself on the day that I birthed a human being two years ago. It was hard work! I didn’t even get the blow out. I got a partial balayage with my girl Ashley Mason at Salon Capri. She is the best for blonde Balayage in Boston. I was in a brunette and out a blonde in 90 minutes. AMAZING.

We had a nice little dinner as a family with two grandmas and a pop pop. Tommy ignored his chicken fingers and instead dined on duck confit, scallops, lobster, and calamari. I’m not being sarcastic. Kid’s got expensive taste. He of course ate his entire cupcake from Georgetown Cupcakes as well.


On Saturday, we decided to have a small immediate family only birthday party. We did the whole big party thing last year and since I’m pregnant and we were heading to Disney World, we kept things small. The kids went swimming at our club and then came back for pizza and football!


No theme. No Pinterest board inspiration. I bought some Lightning McQueen plates at Target and cute cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcakes. The ‘Happy Birthday’ sign was saved from last year and the letter board is new for my Instagram game!

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I didn’t take a single picture of Tommy with his cousins. I was just focused on enjoying my family and the moment which I know is a good thing but I wish I had taken at least one! I did videotape singing Happy Birthday but that is it.

This means, we will have to do a photoshoot when we get back from Disney.

As a party favor, I made homemade Chex Mix with ingredients and gift packaging sent to me by my friends at General Mills Cereal.


What a difference a year makes in mom and in baby. Last year, he was barely walking and now he is running, jumping and climbing anything. He’s got these funny phrases like “What’s up big guy?” and “How about this one?” He always says please and thank you and even sorry when he shouldn’t… I guess I say sorry too much.

He’s a decent eater who loves fruit, cheese and anything made with sugar like gummies! Not a big fan of veggies but loves smoothies so I sneak them in when I can. He is a big snack guy.

He is still barely in his crib. He is super easy to put to bed at night and for naps. We are lucky! He is sleeping 12 hours straight at night with one nap that ranges from 45 minutes to 3 hours but usually is about 90 minutes.

Sometimes, when I wake up well rested, I wonder why I want to mess up our good sleep schedule with another baby, lol. I’ve always wanted 3 babies so I’m clearly being sarcastic here but the thought of going backwards is frightening.

He still cries 90% of the time when I drop him off at daycare. I wouldn’t call him a momma’s boy but in the morning, I’m definitely the favorite parent haha. After that 7am – 8am hour, he doesn’t have a parent preference. And yes, he throws some awesome tantrums but of course I don’t share that on Instagram. I don’t believe in shaming him on social, most of the time.

I can’t believe Tommy is officially two. I’ve been saying he is two for months now because he has been acting like it.

I can’t believe we thought for a second we didn’t need to buy him his own plane seat for our trip to Orlando… HAH! That would have been our biggest mistake but so far this trip, it’s just buying Spirit plane tickets.

I’m writing this post from our hotel while Tommy is asleep in our bedroom. We were delayed for 3 hours while sitting ON THE PLANE. Literally, my nightmare from earlier in the week. Don’t fly Spirit. Ever! The money you save is not worth the sanity you lose. I’ll be sharing all our trip tips and stories from Disney hell which hopefully are limited to just the flight lol.

Are you a Pinterest Birthday party mom or have you taken the less is more approach lately like me?

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