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Lil G’s 3rd birthday is coming!

June has arrived, which only means one thing and that’s the month our gorgeous boy turns 3 years old. I stand corrected, Mr H tells me it’s also the start of the World Cup, huh, that’s nothing in comparison to our gorgeous boy approaching the grand old age of 3! Have I mentioned that it’s his birthday soon? I can’t help but be proud of our cheeky monkey. He’s achieved so much since coming in to the world a little earlier than expected! That would be at 33 weeks.

Born premature at 33 weeks

Born premature at 33 weeks

‘Im not a cheeky monkey, I’m ‘George Archie Hargreaves’ I find myself saying this to him as often as I can just to hear him say his name. I should film it one day, it’s rather cute. Our gorgeous boy has requested a superhero birthday party, where he will be Super George, I will be Super Mum, Mr H will be Super Dad and let’s not forget Alf, whose new nickname is no longer Bear it’s Super Dog.

Superhero badges for the children

Superhero badges for the children

Just like his daddy was and still is, Lil G is a HUGE fan of all things superhero with a soft spot for Superman and Spiderman. Huge fan. Oddly, and despite daddy not forcing certain things he does seem to be sharing the same passions. Lil G is football crazy always finding a ball to kick, loves his ‘football suits’, he’s obsessive about his hats too, from the minute he wakes up, the first thing he pops on is a hat! HatAs you do, I’ve been busy pinning on Pinterest, scouting the internet, looking at children’s entertainers, planning age appropriate party food (much fun), and in general planning his party since the turn of the year. I’m one of those people always planning something. #ILoveToPlan

I’m ever so grateful that his birthday is in June, it’s like having two Christmas’s when you factor in the cost of a party. The only difference is that Santa isn’t present! We spend the first 6 months of the year planning Lil G’s birthday celebrations, and the next 6 planning Christmas! You may think we’re crazy, we love it, I’d go as far as to say that Mr H is worse than me, he gets rather giddy!

It’s not just a close circle of ‘our’ friends anymore. Lil G has his own friends and took great pleasure in helping me to write a list. This is how it went…

My best friends first; Elliot, Freddy and Annabella. Write them down mummy… yes George Archie! Are you sure. Oh and… Ruby and Oscar, Henry, Bain (it’s actually Cobain, Bain reminds me of the villain out of The Dark Knight!) Dylan and Thomas.

The list goes on. We have 28 children on the list, 28! Blimey. In fairness to Lil G a third of this list are siblings, either younger or older. I just don’t feel I can exclude people. Does that make me a fool? Mr H, as predicted has told me that I’m silly for inviting them all, perhaps I am. I’ve promised to be more ruthless next year. Brownie promise. I’ll report back in 2015! It won’t happen, each year so far, has got bigger! And why not.

There will soon be a day when Lil G will no longer be my baby, he already tells me ‘I’m not a baby, I’m a big boy’. Brings a tear to my eye every time he says it. It won’t be long before he’s telling me what he wants to do for his birthday, bowling, the cinema or worse still somewhere with his friends and without me! Eek.

There should be a rule handed to all children at birth, ‘you must take mummy everywhere with you, everywhere’. Agree? Or better still a pinkie promise to stick together like glue, FOREVER.

All celebrations, especially birthdays should start with an invitation and we were not disappointed with this years choice. Given the superhero theme, this couldn’t have been more perfect.


Previously my gorgeous George’s birthday has fallen on a day which he would normally spend with Nanny and for some stupid reason I hadn’t booked it off (Katie Hopkins would be impressed!). It goes without saying that I have regretted it each year, so as a surprise for Lil G, Mr H and I have booked a 2-day break at Alton Towers and Splash Landings to celebrate. We went at Christmas and he absolutely loved it, so we know we’ll be getting a woohoo from Lil G when he realises!

I still can’t believe how quickly 3 years has passed, I definitely need to build a time machine! Or better still a black whole, where we can freeze time and stay at this point for just a little bit longer. I really do love the stage Lil G is currently going through, his little ways, language and the amount of love he shows us. I’m sure the kisses and cuddles will stop one day *pulls sad face*.

All you need is me and george

I look forward to reporting back at the end of the month. But for now it’s back to my planning, oh how I love to plan!






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  1. 1st June 2014 / 11:57 am

    Haha I love the little fashion statement with nothing but the hat! Reminds me so much of my daughter. 😉 Looking forward to seeing all the results of the planning!!

    • 2nd June 2014 / 8:55 am

      He’s a little monkey, just writing a post about his strong will!

  2. 1st June 2014 / 6:36 pm

    Wow 3 already! Mine are approaching 2 and I’m dreading it…! They’re growing so fast. The party looks fantastic! Can we come?! Hope it goes well – I’m sure he’ll have a ‘super’ time 😉

    • 1st June 2014 / 7:11 pm

      Wow indeed, it’s ridiculous, hopefully he’ll have a lot of fun

  3. 2nd June 2014 / 6:06 am

    Sounds like it’ll be a fab party x

  4. 4th June 2014 / 5:24 am

    Superhero is a great theme! Can’t wait to read more about your planning for the party. You are so organised! xx

  5. Not A Frumpy Mum
    4th June 2014 / 5:39 am

    Looks like you’ll be having a fab party. My little man is 2 and a half and he always tells me, “I’m not a baby, I’m 2!” I keep telling him he’ll always be my baby. Wish we could press pause for a little while! Lovely post xxx

    • 4th June 2014 / 7:49 pm

      Yes, we must find that pause button, and sometimes rewind too, I can’t help but take photo after photo trying to capture every moment x

  6. 4th June 2014 / 7:06 am

    Ahhh love the superhero idea, great fun!! We have Arthur’s birthday in June too, his first though! You’re right it’s nice that it’s in the middle of the year, lots of planning time 🙂 (and saving time for when their presents start to get more expensive haha)! He sounds like such a lovely little guy 🙂 x

    • 4th June 2014 / 8:22 am

      He is my super George so had to be superheroes! He he. Ooh 1st birthday, good luck! Presents are definitely more, he has his own ideas and of course wants friends of his choice too! Love my boy x x #sharewithme

  7. 4th June 2014 / 8:02 am

    Best of luck with the party, sounds like it’s going to be awesome!! That photo of George in just a hat might just be the cutest thing ever!! #sharewithme

    • 4th June 2014 / 8:21 am

      I adore that picture too, the innocence of a toddler ey! Looking forward to sharing more of my plans this weekend. Thanks for reading #sharewithme

  8. 4th June 2014 / 11:25 am

    Looks like he’s going to have an amazing party! I love to plan too 🙂 #sharewithme

  9. 4th June 2014 / 11:44 am

    I adore that pic with the hat, too cute! Have an awesome party #sharewithme

  10. 4th June 2014 / 12:46 pm

    Aww I have party envy! My son is going to be 4 this June too but its all us getting somewhere rather than having a party. Next year I promise myself next year. #sharewithme

  11. 4th June 2014 / 5:28 pm

    Oh I love planning birthday parties! Luka wants a superhero party this year too 🙂 Hope it all goes well
    xx x

    • 4th June 2014 / 5:30 pm

      Thanks, fingers crossed! Planning is the best part, I really hope he is as excited as I am on the day! X

  12. 4th June 2014 / 6:52 pm

    Ahhh bless I love the kissing photo. So cute! Planning is my specialty. I love planning a good party. Buba turns 3 in August so our boys aren’t far off in age!!!! Isn’t it a fun age when they can have full conversations and are still innocent and young but have a sense of humor now too. Hope the planning goes well. Need tips I did a whole mini series planning MM’s 1st birthday, talking about lists, and organizing and making the decorations!!! But I bet you have all that covered already super mom. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

    • 4th June 2014 / 7:00 pm

      Hello, I completely agree, this age is just the best. I blown away by how excited Lil G is by his birthday and party this year. Hopefully he will embrace the dressing up, he’s requested it but he often says no when it comes to dressing up. I will have a look at your mini series. I’m not making decorations, I just don’t have the time or creativeness in me. I have a 3rd birthday party this Sunday and then the Sunday after G’s. I can’t help but feel nervous about them!! x

  13. lifeatthelittlewood
    4th June 2014 / 7:35 pm

    What a wee sweetheart he is! I love his hat, and your Superhero party idea – perfect for a little boy! Hope it all goes well, Happy Birthday George! 🙂 x #sharewithme

    • 4th June 2014 / 7:38 pm

      Hello, how bizarre, I’ve just been reading your ‘love the little things blog’ – beautiful post. I’m hoping to join in this week x

  14. 4th June 2014 / 7:57 pm

    Some gorgeous pics there! Especially the baby one. It always fascinates me to see pictures of preemies to see that’s what they actually look like at however many weeks.

    Hope he has a great birthday party to celebrate 😀

    • 4th June 2014 / 9:14 pm

      Thank you, you should read my latest post, it’s all about premature birth x

  15. 6th June 2014 / 4:52 pm

    What a great theme. I did Alice in Wonderland for Baby’s 1st birthday. I hope it is amazing. Lovely pictures x

  16. 6th June 2014 / 8:20 pm

    I have two to plan this year – youngest is two at the end of July and eldest 5 beginning of September. So far all I have done is book the halls! Maybe I should pull my finger out a bit having read this :-/ I always seem to be working on their actual birthdays but up to now I have figured they are too young to notice or care. I think I need to take a lesson in planning from you!! #Sharewithme

    • 7th June 2014 / 5:58 pm

      This year he is very aware of his party, makes it even more exciting, I’m a huge planner, often to my husbands dismay as it means I spend more! Eek. Happy arranging x

  17. 7th June 2014 / 6:19 pm

    Sounds like this year Lil G is gonna have one fab birthday bash. It’s great when they become aware of what is going on, he’s going to love it!

    • 7th June 2014 / 7:51 pm

      Thank you for reading, fingers crossed, he’s helped me pick out super hero balloons tonight so he’s getting rather excited! x

  18. 11th June 2014 / 9:49 am

    Aww Happy Birthday to your little man! I have a birthday girl in June, my daughter was 9 last week!! It goes way too fast, it seems like yesterday that she was 3!!!! Have a fab time at Alton Towers x

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