Alexander-Honest MumLast weekend saw my youngest son, Alexander turn 2, two whole years!

I know every parent on the planet says the same thing, but doesn’t time fly, people?!

Toddler-Honest Mum

My precious baby has officially turned into a toddler and as many who follow this blog know, he also began another big journey as he started nursery soon after (it’s been a bit bumpy so far but things are slowly improving) but back to the celebrations…

Baby boy-Honest Mum

We decided this year to keep things simple and spend the whole of Saturday (his actual birthday) a chilled out affair with a long, relaxed birthday brunch I stayed up until 2am preparing the night before (presents were wrapped, favourite treats placed into porcelain Peter Rabbit bowls) and cards at the ready!

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After an epic Full English breakfast (thanks Papa G and my Mum for popping over and insisting they rustle it up) and opening all the gifts from family and friends, Oliver in dinosaur fancy dress naturally, with the play doh ice cream maker from my brother and his girlfriend Lucy being particarly popular along with the bricks and a train set from friends… we lounged around all day veering between Barbie, Horrid Henry and Buzz Bee as Alexander told everyone over and over it was his birthday! Bless!

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play doh

Alexander might have tried to lick these!

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birthday boy-Honest Mumtrain-Honest MumThen we headed out for a mooch around Harrogate in the rain (hot chocolate anyone?) and a trip to a toy shop for lego (not sure Alexander needed more but it’s his birthday) before a tasty early dinner in Wetherby at Filmore and Union, a healthy, super-food joint the kids love! They even presented the birthday boy with a birthday slice of gluten free chocolate brownie!

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mummy and son-Honest MumA perfect day!

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Sunday saw all the immediate family get together at my brother’s beautiful Italian restaurant Giorgio’s in Headingley for a great Italian feast in Alexander’s honour! Huge thanks to Great Plains for gifting me the stunning Wild Thing Hoxton dress I’m wearing, they made me feel a million dollars!

Great Plains dress-Honest Mum

Yummy Mummy-Honest MumMother and daughter-Honest MumThe food as always was incredible from shared antipasti starters and ribs to risotto and grilled seafood-divine!

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risotto-Honest MumThe pièce de résistance had to be the bespoke gluten free (really) Arsenal football cake that made Alexander’s eyes simply pop out of his head with glee!

Arsenal football cake-Honest Mum

Alexander is crazily gifted at football, not just ‘yeah my kid’s good at football’ kind of good-madly so, people stop me in the park to ask to take videos/ pictures of him playing (no and no again)-he can shoot goals from one end of the pitch to the other, could dribble from 10 months old and I already know every single item I want from Chanel when he’s signed to England (no pressure then)!

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Arsenal is my Dad and brother’s team and together they all watch and shout along to the games on TV (I won’t let my Dad take the boys to the real life games when he goes to London, just yet)!

….Alexander is a sweet, loving little boy with so much personality, he’s a chatter box like his brother Oliver whom he adores and copies at every move and he brighten up all our lives with his cute smile and contagious laughter.

Grandad and grandchild-Honest Mum

Alexander is so affectionate too, he wanders around stroking my hair saying, “nice Mama” and kissing his Daddy and I at every opportunity and he loves nothing more than to tickle us too.

brotherly love-Honest Mum

He delights everyone who meets him, he has this presence, he’s a little force of nature, and many say he resembles Orlando Bloom (my cutie) so watch out the ladies in a few years!

Seriously, I couldn’t be more proud of him and his brother. I don’t know what I did to deserve such gorgeous boys in my life, I really don’t!

blowing out the candles

Birthday cake-Honest Mum

Alexander-Honest Mum…So back to the party, after singing Happy Birthday to my special boy not once but twice (with even the chefs coming out to serenade him), we were driving home full of fabulous food (Peter also ate the panacotta below), a tired but happy boy fast asleep before the sun set!

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A special birthday for a wonderful toddler who simply lights up our lives!

Mummy and son-Honest Mum

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59 Responses

  1. Shannon

    Happy birthday, little man. Looks like a great celebration – and those are some lovely photos.
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  2. ghostwritermummy

    Ah what a wonderful birthday celebration! And, as always, super photos too. By the way, Luka has the same dinosaur costume 😀 x x x x
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  3. Mum Reinvented

    Aww what a little cutie! Looks like you had a great day. I remember my little one turning two, he’s almost 3 now, goes so quick!
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  4. Claire

    Happy Birthday Alexander!
    Such a happy post, looks like you all had a great day!
    My youngest turned two at the end of August. It may be a cliché but yes, time really does fly. Something about them officially leaving the baby years behind that tugs at the heartstrings!X

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  5. WallyMummy

    What an amazing day for a gorgeous little man 😉 Looks like you all had a blast! I can;t believe mine will be three just before Xmas… *sniff* where does it go! lol xx
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  6. Caroline (Becoming a SAHM)

    Aww fab post, so full of love for your boys. Looks like you had some wonderful celebrations and lots of lovely family times. Happy Birthday Alexander! Xx
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  7. Potty Mouthed Mummy

    Love the pictures. The food looks gorgeous, you all look gorgeous – perfect hair of course 😉 It all sounds like a beautiful way to spend a birthday. Lucky boy xxx
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  8. Mummy Tries

    Gorgeous post and photos lovely lady and a very happy birthday to little Alexander. Our girls love the Play Doh sweet shoppe and Brio train set too 🙂
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  9. Leigh - Headspace Perspective

    Alexander is a gorgeous little boy, as are both your children – they take after their mum! Happy birthday to Alexander, glad you all had a great celebration xxx
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  10. Lianne | TheBrunetteSays...

    Aw such amazing photos, really beautiful!!
    Looks like he had a fab birthday, my boy had a very similar cake for his 10th birthday this year, it was a Leicester cake tho 🙂
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  11. Rebecca U

    So special. Happy birthday to him! Love the picture of Alexander with your dad and he’s got choc round his mouth – very sweet

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  12. Izzie Anderton

    Belated birthday wishes to Alexander. Looks like you all had a brilliant weekend and the photos are fabulous!
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  13. Jenni - Baby Chaos

    Wow, sounds like you had an amazing time.
    And such lovely photographs, what a little cutie!
    And yes you are right, where does the time go!!
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  14. jenny

    Happy Birthday! Love all the fun filled photos of celebration. I love a good party. You looked amazing, love your outfit too. Looks like he celebrated in style and had the time of his life. So cute at that age with birthdays aren’t they? Lovely post.
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  15. Emma

    Happy Birthday Alexander! I can’t believe our boys are now two either! It looks like he had lovely birthday.
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  16. You Baby Me Mummy

    Awww such adorable pictures, he is so cute! Love his amazing hair. Happy Birthday Alexander! Lovely post hun x
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  17. Mel

    Happy birthday, Alexander. Isn’t he the cutest little boy with these curls? He looks so much like you, Vicki! Your parents are the best for coming to you and rustling up a fry up for everyone! The photos are quite simply food porn… I am hungry now!
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  18. Katie

    My word, such handsome boys!
    They do grow far too quickly – but I don;t suppose it’s all bad when they get to have special day. He looks so happy xx
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  19. Mummy Says

    I love everything about this post lovely – little A is just beautiful. I’m glad you all had such a wonderful celebration. Such special memories! Oh, and that pannacotta looks AMAZING xx

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  20. Michelle Reeves (bodfortea)

    That hair, those eyes, that smile!! He is utterly gorgeous – just like the rest of your lovely family. Happy happy birthday to your little Prince and so glad you all had a wonderful day x
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  21. Nikki Thomas

    Gosh he looks so grown up and it only seems five minutes ago that he was a baby. Gorgeous photos, what a lovely family occasion. They grow up too quickly though don’t they?

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  22. amy

    what a lovely post looks like he had a brilliant birthday, your little boy has the most beautiful big brown eyes!
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  23. Julesey 10

    Wow what a gorgeous post, gorgeous photos and gorgeous boys. 🙂 happy birthday to little A. I still remember us both pregnant and can’t believe our bumps are 2!!!! 🙂 looks like you all had a very special weekend. Lovely memories xxx

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  24. Sophie Lovett

    Happy birthday to Alexander! Such a gorgeous little boy and it looks like you had a fabulous family weekend. I can’t quite believe we’ll be celebrating Arthur turning two in just over three months… The time really does fly! xx
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  25. Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely

    I don’t think I’ve ever come across a more gorgeous post. Both of your boys are simply adorable. What a pair! Belated birthday greetings to the littlest. Mine turns 2 in January and I can’t believe how quickly it’s coming around either x
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    • honestmum

      Oh Rachel what high praise, thanks so so much, your posts are always stunning so I’m truly touched. I can’t believe it either, our beautiful little boys are growing up x

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  26. Kim Carberry

    What a gorgeous boy you have! Looks like you all had a brilliant time celebrating!
    Beautiful photos x
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  27. Mirka Moore @Kahanka

    So pleased today’s post has put a smile on my face, amazing photos, and looks like you all had a great day on Alexander’s bday. Happy birthday to him again, he is a looker too, love his wild hair and also the fact he is an Arsenal fan 😉 You all look beautiful and very happy, so pleased for you hun.
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