We were just incredibly blessed! A blue-sky, breezy, cool day!! Outside it was with canopies for shade and plenty of open space for little ones to run. Grandbaby girl was healthy!!! Only one little guest had to cancel due to possible illness and her other grandparents and Aunts will be coming for their own visit next week.
The other fear ~ how would the little ones respond to the birthday girl? She looks more like a baby than their peer, she is on oxygen, she can't sit very well, can't walk without a special gait-trainer, can't "talk" understandably, can't blow out her own candles, can't eat cake. How would the birthday girl respond to all the commotion of a party and all the little ones??
She was in her element and as I carried her around to greet her guests (down on one knee at their level), she smiled and did her special kissy greeting, and the girls got a one-on-one look, but most did wave or say hi or blow a kiss in return. She sat in her specially decorated little booster seat on a blanket on the ground with the girls sitting around her so they were all the same height. Candles were lit on cupcakes for the girls and they each blew out their own candle so the birthday girl could see lit candles but did not have to contend with one of her own. While a clown was face painting, the birthday girl wanted to lay down on the blanket and gab with one of her guests.
It was just the most precious afternoon ever!!! Party guests seemed surprised at the no gifts request, but what they didn't realize was that they were the gift!!! I do not have a vocabulary big enough to describe how I felt watching her face throughout the afternoon. An afternoon to just feel normal. Simply amazing.