Firstly, allow me to start this post by saying: I can’t believe I have a TODDLER! It is downright scary how quickly the first year of Ben’s life flew by….
Which brings me to the point of this post: first Birthday celebrations. I always thought that I “wouldn’t go overboard” with my child’s first Birthday. Maybe have our family (those that are local enough) over for a sweet little cake and a couple of gifts (which, as we all know, would really just be a medium for Ben to get the more beloved treasure of the actual box). Honestly, how much is a one year old going to remember? Then I had Ben, and my thinking changed
just a smidgen considerably.
Quite frankly, this year has been simultaneously the most rewarding/hardest/exhausting/amazing of my life. With that in mind, a first Birthday is not only a way of celebrating your little one’s big one (year), but also sort of a fist-pump to yourself as a parent for surviving the first year reflecting upon how amazing the last 365 days have been. I’m not saying I went out and booked Rihanna to serenade Ben and his mini-peeps with her rendition of “Happy Birthday”, and Ben wasn’t parachuted down as a grand entrance to his party- but I did indulge in a little Bee-day festivities:
In my defense, the hubbs and I made everything ourselves (with the exception of these invites that I found on Etsy). Still, I can’t help wondering if my former-self would have thought my present-self “went overboard”…? Ultimately though, I find myself doing a lot of things I wouldn’t have thought I would do a year ago, like busting out in Toddler Tunes (often in public), and spending
hours days online researching the best strollers.
AND, the time and money spent on the
Birthday Bee-day party was 100% worth it when I saw this stinkin’ face:
That boy can manhandle a cupcake…takes after his mommy ;) You can bet your bottom dollar there are a whole slew of other adorable pics where these came from that will eventually make their way onto one of our caption contests!
*Random side note* Just some food for thought for all the party-planning parents out there: we had a (very talented) friend take pictures on Ben’s Bee-day and it was the best decision ever! I was so busy dishing out bee-bee-que pulled pork and honey lemonade, that I didn’t have time to snap a single picture (bad mom!).
What do you think of first Birthday celebrations? The bigger, the better…or simple and small? Do you have any fun Birthday traditions for the kids in your house?
ps- for all the local readers: if you are looking for a fantastic photographer, contact Sarah Cocina (firstname.lastname@example.org)!