Birthday Weekend and a Winner

Months and months of planning for baby J’s 1st birthday party have climaxed today.  His party is over, the baking gone.  The decorations down.  All that’s left is a whole load of dishes to wash and props to pack up.

I wanted to have a big party for his birthday in part because it was to be his first ever, but also to distract myself from the stark reality that he is getting older {and me as well}.  I think it worked pretty well, and I really held it all together until tonight.  As J was drinking his milk and I was snuggling him close I couldn’t hold it in anymore and I cried.

This past year has been incredible.  I’ve had the most fun and felt more love than I ever thought possible.  I love being this little guy’s momma, he is just so lovely.

I am excited for the future, and all the cute little things that will happen along the way.

Today was great, we laughed with friends, enjoyed time with family and got to see J be the most social he has been in a long time.  He’s usually so shy, and with the party being right through his afternoon nap we expected the worst but planned as best as we could.  M took J to my parents’ in the morning and he had a great snooze in the car which I believe helped him out tremendously.  He was happy, energetic and curious.  I can’t wait to see the pictures.

Speaking of pictures, I have to apologize for the lack of photos in advance.  While I did spend an obscene amount of time and effort preparing for this party, crafting, baking and so on…I took no pictures.  We had the lovely Sarah from Labour of Love Photography {same lovely photog who took my maternity and baby pics} come and photograph the event, so I promise you lots of detailed pictures and party pics in the next couple of weeks.  For now you will have to live with the teasers :)

We finished off the day with a long walk.  Although Michael and I are just completely exhausted from the prepping and planning, we needed to get some fresh air.  It was a beautiful first spring day today and I absolutely loved every minute of it.  In a rather ironic nostalgic way the walk reminded me a lot of our walks when J was tiny.  It was perfect.

For baby J’s real birthday {which fell on Thursday} we didn’t do much.  A quiet family dinner, just Michael, my mom and I.  Some champagne and cupcakes.  But as you can see baby J wasn’t too impressed with his cupcake.  Maybe its because he is used to the taste of fresh baked cake from me, but he took one taste of the cake, eyed it suspiciously and promptly left the table :)  He sure makes me laugh some times.

I hope you all had as lovely of a weekend as we have.

**lastly…the winner from last week’s birthday necklace giveaway is….#7.  Sara! congrats mama!

 

One Year

One year of the most amazing laughter.

Baby kisses.

Sweet baby smell.

Breast feeding.

Snuggles.

Poopy diapers.

Giggles, coos and babbles.

Johannes, you are the light of our lives.  Thank you for being you and for making us a family.

Happy one year birthday monkey pants.  We can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives with you.

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You may have expected something else from me today…maybe a video or a slideshow.  But I didn’t make one.  Today is about J and us.   I want to focus on being a family and spending the day together.  M and I have to work today so baby J is heading to spend a few hours with his great grandma.  He will get lots of snuggles and cake. I am so proud of all his accomplishments this year.

Another mom posted this on my Twitter and I am so grateful to her for snapping me out of my self-pity phase and putting the future into perspective.  She said “The best part is, it only gets better.  You don’t think it can, but it does.”

I am truly excited for the next chapter..for talking, and running and playing soccer.  For toddler beds and first hair cuts.  Potty training and egg whites..I can’t wait for it all.  A year ago I could not imagine how amazing it would be to be a mom, and I know this is just the beginning.

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and now

Party Planning {The One Week Countdown}

I cannot tell a lie, I am pretty sad these days.  J is turning 1 next week and I am feeling all sorts of emotions, and sadness being one of them.  So in an effort to turn up my spirits I decided to revisit my party planning pinterest board.

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As excited as I am for his party, this next week will not be easy, and I’m sure that by next Thursday I will be a complete mess.

But stay tuned for a very special baby J giveaway to be announced next Monday!