Friday, April 10, 2009

Celebrating Turning One

Last Sunday, on Palm Sunday, Lil Major turned ONE whole year old. Somehow the last year has flown by. It's gone by so fast that I have to look at pictures to remind myself how little he used to be. In some ways, he still looks exactly like he did as a newborn, I think. Some of his facial expressions are the same, and there are a whole slew of new ones.

We had a small family party on Sunday afternoon. In all my good-mama-wisdom, I chose to have the party start at 3pm. I figured we'd get a good nap in before all the festivities. Well, when the boy didn't sleep well, and the in-laws were late...well, things didn't go exactly as planned.

We started out by watching the LONG video I made. I could watch it every day. It's so fun to see how much he's changed over the last year. Anyway, there's a link to it on my FB in one of my notes if you want to see it.

Then we let the boy have a go at his cake. My mom and I (well, mostly my mom) made a super cute giraffe cake for us to eat.

Rerun thought the cake was for him...don't worry, there were no more traces of dog drool by the time we were done...

See the picture of our inspiration cake? Mom did AWESOME!!

I tried out this girl I found on craigslist to make a small cake just for Lil Major. She sent me a bunch of really cute photos of cakes she'd made. I guess it turned out ok, but my perfectionist self thought it could have been a bit better for just a round cake. Oh well. It didn't turn out to matter much b/c the boy was starting to melt down by then (we hadn't even done presents yet!), and he didn't eat much of it. A little anti-climatic if you ask me!

We rushed on to presents while my mom cut the big cake to serve. The kiddo got some great stuff! Puzzles and a towel and toys and blocks and a mini bench and a zoo membership and SUPER COOL Cal Poly clothes (thanks Shell!!) and the cutest polo shirt ever (thanks Agnes!) and a huge stuffed alligator.

We had a fun day, although it didn't seem quite real to me. How is it possible that I have a one year old? A toddler? A little boy with a wonderful personality, whose eyes light up when Mommy or Daddy walk into the room...God is so good, and I'm so thankful for my little man. I'm so excited to see what this next year brings.

After all of the excitement, Lil Major decided it was time for night night and marched himself back to the bathroom for his bath and snuggle time with Mommy. night night!


HouseMama said...

Wow! He IS getting big. Congrats on surviving your first year as a mom. Make sure you do something fun to celebrate yourself too. :)

lorieloo said...

crazy how fast a year goes by huh? =) so are you ready for another one??? =) hehe, j/k

Agnes said...

Glad the party was fun! We had nap issues at H's party too...he was still asleep when the guests showed up!

The cake turned out REALLY cute!

shell said...

I love that he marched himself to the bathroom for his bath! That is just too cute. I'm glad the party went well and I love the cake your mom made.


The Hooper Family said...

I loved the giraffe cake..kudos to your mom!

btw, the fact that Rerun got into the cake cracks me up!

Love Bears All Things said...

the first Birthday is all about the family anyway. You did great on the little cake. I love the one where he has a frown and his little eyebrows are curled forward. He looks like both of you now. I love his hair.
Mama Bear

Laura said...

I can't believe he's one already. I knew it was coming up...but wow. He looks like such a little man in those pictures. What a fun birthday. Those cakes are great!

Lynette said...

Sounds like a great party. Ellie screamed at cake time at her first birthday, the cake scared her. Poor baby, she loves cake now though.