A little over two years ago, the day after we told them that Baby Lighty was on his way, Brother-in-Law Browny proposed to then Sister-in-Law Lighty while we were all in Disneyland Paris. Since then, we’ve watched their plans for their special day come together, until the big day itself was upon us. As you may recall, Mr and Mrs Lighty’s social life nowadays pretty much consists of weddings, Christenings, 30th and (dare I admit it?!) 40th birthdays. This has meant that already in his short life, Baby Lighty has been to his fair share of weddings. In fact, this was to be his fifth wedding in just shy of two years. So when it came to this particular wedding? We were pros. Right?!Well…maybe not so much. This was to be the first full-day wedding that we would be attending since he turned 13 months; and when he was only 13 months old, at the wedding of Mr Lighty’s cousin, he couldn’t walk. A walking, talking toddler and a wedding? A whole different kettle of fish!
I think it’s safe to say that as weddings go, Baby Lighty really enjoyed his first full-day wedding as a toddler. He really did us proud with how well he behaved, too. But if he were to tell his little friends about the big day, what would he say? I’m pretty sure that his how-to guide to attending a wedding, toddler style, would go a little something like this:
1. Be really
annoying helpful to Mummy and Daddy as they get ready. If they put CBeeBees on in the hope that it will distract you, take no notice of it. Instead, be kind and offer to help Mummy put her rollers in.
2. Make sure Mummy and Daddy pack up the entire contents of your house to take with them. Toys, spare clothes, snacks, change bag, buggy, sling and just about anything else that you may need during the day has to go with you in the car.
3. Be travel sick enough times in the past that Mummy and Daddy decide it’s probably safer to get you dressed at the venue.
4. Once you are dressed, make sure all of the ladies fawn over how super-cute you look.
5. Take your seat for the ceremony. Spot your Nanny at the front of the crowd. Decide that you must go for a cuddle there and then, even though she is a main part of the wedding party!6. When it rains during the outside ceremony, suddenly take a dislike to umbrellas. And the sound of rain. Even though you have had the rain sound played on your Ewan the Sheep every night since you were born.
7. Scream with fear over your sudden aversion to umbrellas and rain. Make sure that Daddy therefore has to take you out of the ceremony.
8. Ooh, you’ve suddenly found your exploring feet! Lucky Daddy!!
9. Once the rain stops, decide that you must inspect the fish pond with the help of your cousin, who is also an integral part of the wedding party.10. Give Mummy a heart attack every time you go near the open pond.
11. Have everyone chasing around after you.
12. Spy the cake. Spy the Mickey Mouse cake topper on top of the cake. Wonder whether you can take the Mickey Mouse cake topper?! Give Mummy another heart attack as she realises your intentions!
13. Refuse to nap before dinner. Even magic sling dust won’t work this time!
14. Get mega excited by the goodie bag you find at your place during dinner. Tell Mummy “I would like” and point at it before the straps on your highchair are even done up.
15. Make Mummy and Daddy super proud by eating your dinner in such a grown up fashion. Even the tomato soup was eaten with surprising care!
16. Employ everyone sat at the table to entertain you at some point or other. Colouring, dinosaurs, silly faces, you name it…
17. Decide that proceedings need livening up a little bit after dinner and start a rowdy rendition of “The Wheels on the Bus”.
18. Not content with starting a singalong, try to capture the attention of Nanny and Grandad (Gaga) as they are sat at the top table and ask “Nanny, want do it?” and demand “Gaga, clap!”
19. Totally misunderstand that when someone announces that there will be speeches, you are not the one to be doing the speaking! During the Best Man’s speech is a totally acceptable time to call out to your cousin on the top table to show them the disposable camera from your table, isn’t it?!
20. And while we’re on the subject of the disposable camera, we might as well take some toddler wedding selfies… (so sorry for what you may find on our table’s camera, Brother and Sister-in-Law Browny!)
21. Once the meal’s done, it’s time to get back to running around the grounds with Daddy hot on your tail.
22. Discover the sweetie buffet. Demand chocolate.
23. Run around some more.
24. Demand chocolate.
25. Run around some more.
26. Realise that actually you can reach the chocolate yourself, so start helping yourself to chocolate.
27. Have a little boogie.
28. Run around some more.
29. Have a bit more of a boogie.
30. Help yourself to the sweetie buffet some more.
31. Take to a small step next to the dancefloor for a boogie with the same panache as if you’re taking to the stage at Wembly Arena!
32. Decide that this wedding is way too fun to go to sleep!
33. Have a bit more of a boogie.
34. Sit down with Mummy for just one moment and then….
Yep, it would seem that after all that boogie-ing, all that running around, all that disrupting the speeches and above all else all that super-cuteness, all it would take for Baby Lighty to give into the land of nod was some Mummy cuddles. I’m pretty sure that he had the time of his little life at the wedding, especially because on the Saturday morning following the wedding on the Friday, he didn’t emerge from his cot until 11am. Little party animal!!
Running around after a toddler definitely kept Mr Lighty and I on our toes, but it has also created some lovely family memories to look back on of this wedding that we attended with our almost-two-year-old.
Congratulations, Brother and Sister-in-Law Browny! Baby Lighty would like to say thank you for a lovely time xxx
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