This was not Sadie’s first Easter, nor mine. Sadie is so old and refined that this was in fact her 3rd Easter holiday. And it was my…. well, I’ve seen my fair share of Easter baskets, we’ll just leave it at that. However, it really kind of was our first Easter in a way. Sadie was only less than 6 months old her first Easter, and to be honest I don’t have the slightest memory of what we did that year, if anything. And last year she was a year and half old. She was walking yes, speaking a bit… mostly just words here and there – no real communication. But trying to get her to understand the concept of looking for hidden eggs and collecting them in a basket??? No way. Plus, Easter last year fell on the day after Devin’s birthday and he had a heavy weekend with some friends that came up to visit and was in no form to be jolly and painting eggs the next day.
But this year…. this was the year that it all came to life. I’ll also preface this by saying that we have yet to spend a Christmas in our home, so the act of being able to sneak around the house and prepare for my daughter’s surprise in the morning was a total first for me. And also it was one of the best feelings I’ve ever had. It felt so real, like, I’m really doing this thing! I’m someone’s mom!! I get to do all those sweet beautiful things that my parents did for me when I was little, and I get to do it for my Sadie.
So Devin and I stayed up late stuffing plastic eggs with jellybeans and M&M’s and cutting tags off of all the little toys and books we got for her basket. That morning when she woke Devin kept her occupied playing in her room while I snuck out to the backyard and tip-toed through the dewy grass to place neon eggs in semi-conspicuous places. Devin got her dressed in her most Easter-y dress and we told her that the Easter Bunny had come last night and he hid special treats for her outside and it was time for her to find them.
The joy I felt watching her get so excited every time she found an egg was so wonderful. She would run over to it, pause and say “I think I found my egg!” Then swoop it up into her basket. With every single egg.
When she came across her last egg I dashed back inside to place her Easter basket on her bed. Once her and Devin made it back inside she quickly discovered that her eggs were filled with pieces of candy. And her first ever candy breakfast happened. We were able to break her away from her jellybeans by telling her that while she had been looking for her eggs the Easter Bunny came inside and left a special gift for her on her bed.
The toys we got for her were simple knick-knacks from the drug store and a few dollar bin items from Target. But she flipped. She loved everything and kept raving on about how the Easter Bunny was her friend and he left her toys and candy.
As the excitement began to simmer down I stepped away to get ready and start preparing for a post candy binge breakfast and Devin and Sadie sat down to watch Fantastic Mr Fox with all of Sadie’s new toys. Unexpectedly we got an invite over to Sadie’s best friend Delphine’s Grandparents home for Easter brunch and yet another egg hunt. Since we don’t have any family up here, we thought why not?! So we headed on out and not only got a delicious breakfast, we got to watch Sadie enjoy her 1st ever real Easter all over again, and this time with her little partner in crime at her side.
After our big morning and a nap break we kept the holiday spirit alive by dying eggs. Sadie is still keeping the spirit alive after dipping her entire hand in the egg dye. She has had a green hand for two days now
It never ceases to amaze me how much I love this whole mom gig. I mean, of course we have our bad days just like anyone else… but just like a fine wine it’s getting better with age.