My biggest regret is that I wasn’t able to organize the Princess Themed birthday party that we had originally planned. We partied at McDonald’s instead, and it was fun. The best part was not having to worry about leftovers and cleaning up the messes. The McBuddy that we were allotted, Manoj Wagh, was very helpful and great with kids. All in all good party, lots of fun, good food, and no worries.
As is the Hindu custom, we begin our day with Aukshan. My mom is a little late because of the horrendous traffic and rains, so we wait for her. Saee in the meanwhile, is all ready to get clicked. I get my Aukshan ki thali and diya ready.
Mom is finally here, so we begin doing the aukshan for Saee’s long life one by one. Hubbs clicks the pictures.
I had planned to do an updo hairstyle for Saee. It would have looked so great with the tiara and the gown. But Sayalee screamed all afternoon and Saee’s hair refused to budge. We had to stick with the ponytail.
Sayalee is screaming harder, so we decide to go out. That cools her down a bit. These pictures I clicked with a Nikon D60 with Sayalee in my left hand. Don’t ask me how I did it, even I have no idea.
I wonder in amazement how my daughter is growing up even as I click her pictures. My heart swells up.
We reach McDonalds, but no one has shown up yet. The rains were keeping people from reaching on time. But as minutes passed, I was getting panicky. What if no one showed up? How would Saee feel? To allay my anxiety, I shoot some more pics. They have balloons at McD’s so Saee is enjoying.
My mom keeps her some company while the guests arrive. I have a word with the manager. The party was supposed to start at 5 p.m. It was 5:45 and no one had come yet. The manager is understanding, thankfully!
Finally one by one the guests arrive and I mentally heave a sigh of relief. This was going to go well after all!
The birthday party has begun and everyone begins to sing for Saee. That acts like the stinging nettle for Sayalee who begins crying. Shri gives her company.
Seeing how anxiety-ridden Sayalee is, I take her and hand over the camera to Shri. The next pictures are clicked by him.
Everything is going well. We play games. Some win some lose. Saee surprises and tickles everyone when she loses and exclaims, “Yess! I got out!”
She is happy because all her friends are there. In particular, her best friend Anushka.
All in all the party was a big success. Saee had loads of fun, everyone ate junk happily, and by the time I reached home after settling the accounts, my lovely Princess had gone into her dreamland.
Sayalee is still pretty much awake so I play with her and pray to God that she finds something in her which is tired. The yawns begin soon, and I am grateful when she has her fill and goes to bed.
I lie in bed, drowsy but satisfied.