Sentimental Me: The Birthday Celebrations.

Sentimental Me: The Birthday Celebrations

Pinch. Me.

How did I get so lucky?

I have a beautiful daughter that is healthy, happy and loving life.

She has wonderful friends. Friends that are always there for her.

As a Mumma, I couldn’t ask for more.

Most of you already know that Beckie didn’t have the best start in life.

Born at just 28 weeks, 23 years ago, meant survival wasn’t a given.

You can read her story here.

I never took anything for granted though. Every single day was a blessing, wrapped in up in a challenge.

Medical issues came and went.

And slowly, she got stronger.

Life was taken, one day at a time – with a lot of praying thrown in for good measure.

When I look back now, I can see how the struggles of those first weeks, shaped me into the Mumma I am today.

A Mumma that see’s no boundaries when it comes to the devotion I feel for my girl.

She is my best friend, my confidant, my gossip buddy and my sunshine – all rolled into one.

As far as I’m concerned, each one of Beckie’s birthdays requires a celebration.

It’s also the day when I take a moment to reflect at just how far my little premmie baby has come, from the darker days when her prognosis wasn’t that brilliant.

Sentimental Me; The Birthday Celebrations

Also, as I didn’t get to see Beckie for Mother’s Day (I was working), we decided to have a joint celebration at lunchtime and make the evening all about her.

I know…can you believe Beckie wanted us to go out with her on the evening?…this request alone, makes me the happiest Mumma alive.

We feel totally blessed that she still wants to celebrate with us – I’m so proud that she is such a family girl.

Anyway, enough of the emotions…

For our joint lunch celebration, we decided on Stokehouse in Brisbane.

One word: D E L I C I O U S

My foodie sentiments are plain and simple – and ALWAYS have my tummies best interests at heart…when you are at a fabulous restaurant, calories don’t count 😉

Sentimental Me; The Birthday Celebrations

We all chose different things from the menu:

Top row L to R 1. Smoked pork salad with black Angus tongue and beetroot. 2. Aged Risotto with slow braised quail and brown mushrooms. 3. Chicken liver Parfait.

Bottom row L to R: 4. Spanner crab and sweetcorn veloute with jalapeño salsa. 5. Kangaroo fillet. 6. Squid Ink Linguine with fresh crab.

My Mother’s Day card melted my heart and made me chuckle:

I pugging love you

My present was equally delightful…The Hourglass Modernist Eye Palette (I had longed for) – perfect pigmentation I tell you, and worth the investment.

This came highly recommended by the Drop Dead Gorgeous Barbe from Fashionista in Suburbia.

I also received another beautiful Mother’s Day present…You already know I’m a sentimental fool, right?

Can you imagine my joy when I received this totally amazing pendant from Uber Kate * – engraved with my girl’ signature?

Sentimental Me: The Birthday Celebration

It’s the perfect gift for a Mumma on her Birthday, Mother’s Day or indeed Christmas.

This will go on high-rotation along with my Uber Circle necklace that I received from Beckie for my 50th Birthday…just incase you did know, it was engraved with the words ‘you are my sunshine’ which is what I used to sing to Beckie in her incubator, 23 years ago.

So if you’re a complete emotional case like me, put one of these beauties on your wish list!

When we left Stokehouse, we were truly stuffed – but very happy.

I managed to snap a pic of my loves, on the way back to the car.

Beckie and Jonny 1

Did I mention we had resisted the temptation to have desert at Stokehouse? Why?

Because we knew this little bundle of awsomeness was waiting for us back at Beckie’s place.

Sentimental Me: The Birthday Celebrations

This stunning cake was from TOME in Maroochydore – check out their Instagam feed.

In my book, no celebration is No birthday is ever complete without cake.

Let’s just say we managed 😉

Before we knew it, it was time to get changed and head in to South Bank to meet up with Beckie’s friends at Soleil Bar, Rydges Hotel.

It was so much fun.

I could tell Beckie was thoroughly enjoying herself.

She felt loved.

I was proud.

It was one of those moments that I will always treasure.

Sentimental Me: The Birthday Celebration

Can I come next year to please Beckie?


* this item was gifted to me for editorial consideration



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  • Petra

    What lovely photos and memories! Both of your hair looks amazing – cut and colour! My 13 year old son, who I’m also lucky to have, loves celebrations too – he’s a mumma’s boy and together we make every birthday fun! Love hearing your happy posts!

    • Thanks so much Petra. Beckie has just had her hair cut even shorter before this pic was taken and she loves it. The colour is amazing too…I just can believe my little baby is already 23 – where does the time go? I can tell you have a beautiful relationship with your boy xx

  • Happy birthday gorgeous Beckie! x

  • Sharon

    Omg you are the best looking family EVER! Cherish thise beautiful times…and I know you do..gorgeous memories being made Lovely Bev Mwah xxx

    • Oh Sharon you are a gem – thank you so much. Beckie truly is our sunshine, our pride and joy all rolled into one gorgeous bundle. Mwah xx

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    This post bought tears to my eyes Bev,I love how much you love your girl and yes I’m like you too I have 2 beautiful loving children who want me around too,which makes me a very Happy mummy indeed.
    Beckie takes after you,she is a stunner and I love the Uberkate necklace I’d love one in gold with my kids writing on either side and that cake looks amazing!
    ps Beckie will always want you around sweet pea Xx

    • How lucky are we Lisa? I truly feel blessed. Having wonderful children that make our hearts sing with pride and joy!
      Put that Uber Kate on your wishlist darling girl, they are so beautiful and hit the sentimental button that I know we both have engraved on our hearts to perfection. xx Thanks for the love gorgeous xx

  • Jenni from styling curvy

    Wonderful celebrations! Barbe has ‘all the know’ when it comes to makeup. Happy birthday to your girl x

    • Thank so much Jenni – it was a fabulous weekend, filled with love and laughter xx
      And yes, Barbe certainly is the make-up queen in my eyes!

  • Suzie

    Heartwarming! My youngest one finished uni yesterday, oldest one bought a house on Saturday, middle one has moved in with boyfriend. Heart is overflowing especially after your story. Every one happy ❤️

    • Awwww, thank you so much Suzie. Beckie will graduate this December – I’m sure I will be an emotional wreck that is bursting with pride! Wow – you must be one proud Mumma too…how quickly they grow eh? I just wish I could make time stand still – until then, let’s just treasure every second! xx

  • What a gorgeous family. Our youngest was 10 weeks early, it was certainly a stressful time and it’s hard to believe the young lady she has become was that small and fragile baby that fitted into the palm of her dad’s hand over 14 years ago.

    • Oh Raychael, how tiny they were. I remember a ‘full-term’ baby came into intensive care straight after Beckie was born. I couldn’t believe how big this very normal baby was…I remember asking the nurse why the baby was so big – its incredible how quickly you adjust to your situation! xx