1999: Well, I did get up before the alarm clock, we had milk and tea in bed and then mum set to getting ready for the day. When she brushed her hair ready to dry it I copied and groomed my bear and dog (stuffed not real), then when she did her blusher I got another brush and made up Po, my bears, myself and also added an extra touch to mummy’s. It was great fun but I think it must have made mummy a bit hot and bothered because when we left the house she looked rather red. This afternoon mummy and I went to ASDA to get the last minute bits for my party tomorrow. The only thing we haven’t had to buy is the Jelly as mummy has some in the cupboard at home. When we got home mummy put the tea on and I washed my hands, as we got ready to make the fruit and jelly. I sat on the side patiently waiting whilst mum got the fruit and the jelly from the cupboard. Jelly? Where’s the Jelly? Mummy had the whole cupboard out. Ooh help! I decided to have a look but I couldn’t find it either, but I did find the mallow biscuits, so consequently by the time tea was ready I didn’t want mine. Mummy rang Nanny who saved the day. Nanny and Pa arrived after my bath and found mummy mopping up wee from the kitchen floor – she was not amused, as I had called her to tell her what I had done and then laughed. Nanny also bought me Telly Tubbies table cloth, cups, plates, napkins and goody bags. I sat chatting to Pa with lollipop in hand, mum asked where I’d got it from, Pa grassed saying I’d got it out of my toy kitchen, Mum says I’m getting more and more like a dog every day – not only do I wee all over the place but I hide my treats for later too. At least I’ve got a better memory than her, she’s now realised that she’s left her scissors and cellotape at Nanny’s and has to do all my presents up with glue! You know, my mum, dressed up smart every morning, is very self-assured and obviously has quite an important job, so why oh why is she finding it so hard to get to grips with a two year olds tea party? I’ve never seen her so stressed. I’m really excited about my party and, despite going to bed at 8.15; I didn’t go to sleep for a whole hour. I had to lie in bed listening to the sound of 24 balloons being blown up. Just as well the old girl has quit smoking else they wouldn’t be done by morning
2019: Out for pre-birthday lunch with my pals today and a visit from Geri, Harriet and squirt with an early birthday present. No balloons currently but I’m sure they’ll be around when I get in from work tomorrow. As mum was quite skint when I was a kid she used to fill the settee with balloons and hide my cards and presents in amongst them. I keep telling her I’m all grown up now but apparently its now a tradition!