Birthdays are great fun aren’t they? They are an opportunity for reflection, contemplation and, of course, celebration! For little people, birthdays are filled with intense anticipation, excitement and promise – promise of cake!
When your first baby turns one parents usually celebrate but it’s as much for the adults as it is for the child. At such a young age but they don’t really get into it. They have little concept of what the fuss is all about. And as every parents knows, they’re much more excited by the wrapping paper than what is inside. But by the time the second birthday rolls around they are much more attuned to what’s going on, notably, that the day is ALL ABOUT THEM!
Not another slippery dip is about to turn TWO and my “baby” wants to celebrate. You may recall when I turned one. I enjoyed a quiet celebration and was pretty thrilled that I had kept my blog alive but this year I reckon I’ve earned extra champagne. My baby has moved from the newborn phase, beyond infancy and is now officially a thriving toddler (minus the tantrums I promise you)!
I am going to hit you with a few of my milestones:
Collectively I have over 1500 followers. Considering it took a while to reach anyone other than my husband, sister and a few friends, this is a very big deal to me!
People – parents presumably – have visited my blog and clicked on a post over 68,000 times. And they come from all corners of the globe.
My most successful post this year was The 5 most stressful experiences after birth and was viewed over 7,000 times in the one day!
Over 1200 people have taken the time to comment on a post and for this I am immensely grateful. My goal for the year ahead is for NASD to become more interactive and for it to keep growing and engaging more parents. If commenting isn’t your thing, that’s totally fine – just give me a hint that you’re reading by “liking”.
OK, that’s it for the numbers. I’d like to say THANK YOU for enjoying the slippery dip ride with me. To show my gratitude my lovely friend at elk accessories is providing a fabulous prize. And because it’s my second birthday she’s providing not one but TWO elk gift vouchers valued at $150 each.
I have loved elk from day dot. Marnie continues to expand her range and creativity and I am in awe of her talent. Check out their new (summer) range, just released.
So, how do you win one of these awesome prizes? It’s easy. Simply answer the following question: (in the comments section below) Do you have a birthday rule or ritual? What is it? Then click on the Rafflecopter link to complete your entry.
For me, a birthday means as little domestic output as possible. Strictly no cooking or washing for 24 hours. It’s a DFD – domestic free day. I confess that my birthday ritual used to be a little more exciting but since becoming a mother, almost 6 years ago, this kind of gets me excited. Add some bubbles and I am happy (big hint to hubby)! And in the time honoured tradition of two-year-olds thinking the world revolves around them, I plan on being as self-indulgent as I like :-)