Well, obviously I couldn't make Felicity her birthday dress this year. I told my mom I was pretty bummed about it, and she took it upon herself to stay up till 2:30 a.m. one morning, sewing Felicity her requested yellow birthday dress. I'm not sure who felt more loved. Me, or Felicity.
And the cake? Well, first I was stubborn and said I could sit up in bed and decorate it if Zac baked it. But as bed rest has gone on, I've realized I have more limitations than I thought. Even sitting up for long periods of time is against the rules. Besides, it was never a question to Zac. HE was going to make her cake. Felicity requested a pink crown cake, and Zac delivered.
As far as the Mama made gift goes, I'd been working on a twin quilt for her for months. She's seen me working on it, as such a large gift is hard to hide. She'd ask if it was for her, and I'd always just respond, "It's for someone very special." After I went on bed rest, a friend of mine helped me finish it in time for Felicity's party. More on that later, and better pictures to come once I can get out of bed. But I think you can see from the pictures below that Felicity felt very special when she opened her quilt and it was finally and officially hers.
So, all the traditions were met this year. Not in the same usual way, but I think, in a better way. A way where others made sure Felicity's birthday party was just like any other year, even though things at home are very different. A way where people put in time, love, and effort, to make sure Felicity had her special day. A way full of love.