Alice had a very fun extended birthday! On Thursday (her birthday), Ryan had to work until 8:00, so we didn't plan any festivities for the day. But Alice was still awake when Ryan got home, so we broke out a few little gifts.
On Friday she opened the rest of the gifts, and on Saturday we had her party. She really enjoyed all aspects of her birthday (well, except for when I had to wake her up because our friends were here for the party).
Perhaps every mother has thought this, but on Alice's birthday, I thought, "Wait a minute . . . Alice gets all these presents and the day is all about her. But what about me? Shouldn't we celebrate that I carried her for 9 months and then I went through a bunch of hurts to get her into this world? And then I had to recover for weeks? And then my body fed her for a year. And there were/are so many sleepless nights . . . Birthdays should be for mommas. Celebrate that Momma made it." But, birthdays are not for mommas. Mom, next birthday, know that I'm thinking of you.
Anyway, the main point is that we have a one-year-old! How did that happen? On her birthday, we looked back at pictures of her REAL birthday, you know, her birth day. She was so small and helpless. And she slept so much and didn't get into anything. Or do anything for that matter. My, what changes we've seen in 365 days. We love being parents.
Playing with her new maracas
Opening her dishes
|Alice's friend came over on her birthday. She loved showing him her toys.|
|Then she just kinda followed him around the rest of the time.|
|Obsessing over him . . .|
|Doing her endearing forehead bump to him . . .|
|Turns out he likes markers too!|
|One more forehead bump. She may have knocked him over, but he took it like a champ.|
|They got this crazy idea to do a performance for me. |
"You play, and I'll lead, okay?"
|"K, but first let me find my music."|
|"Alright, there it is, I'm ready."|
It was very cute.
|When Daddy got home from work, we opened a few presents. |
She loved these maracas so much that she didn't really care about anything else.
|Selfie attempt with the 1 year, 1 day old girl (and a 35 mm lens . . .)|
|Picking out another book.|
|Good choice--we always hoped she'd be the outdoorsy type.|
|She opened most of her presents the day after her birthday.|
She demonstrated great skill at ripping the paper off and finding the contents.
|She really obsessed over the dishes from Grandpa Scott and Grandma Ann, just as we suspected she would.|
|Mom and Dad got her a school bus from a big toy store in NYC.|
|Swimming in clothes from Grandma Lori and Grandpa Luke|
|This is an awesome book with animals and mirrors. She loves it!|
|Nothing's quite as fun as toy vegetables . . .|
|"What's this? You cleaned up my dishes and put |
them on the chair in a very orderly manner?"
|"Let me fix that."|
|The haul. It was too much work to try and set it up nice for a picture because she kept getting into everything. She seriously loved it all, and stayed up later than normal that night because she was just having fun playing by herself.|
The Birthday Party
We invited some friends to come over for dinner and cupcakes. We all had a great time together! The weather was perfect, so we ate out in the backyard. Then we went inside so the babies could play and then we had cupcakes.
|Taco salad dinner|
|I was really excited to try out some fancy cupcake recipes. They were actually pretty delicious if I may say so myself! These were peanut butter chocolate swirl cupcakes.|
|Lemon Poppyseed Tart cupcakes|
|Alice was a bit grumpy since she had just woken up. |
We went outside to eat, and she just stood there for about 2 minutes while we tried desperately to get a smile out of her.
It was the longest she's ever stood!
|Showing her buddies the new toys|
|D thought the dish sponge was pretty hilarious.|
|At first she ripped off dainty little bites.|
|It didn't take long for her to get into it, though. We loved how she was licking her lips over and over again.|
After she'd had a go at it, we passed out cupcakes to everyone else. Mom got one bite of her lemon cupcake, and then Alice commandeered it.
Thanks for all the birthday wishes!