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Friday, November 22, 2013

Caroline's 1st Birthday Party

My baby girl turned 1 last week! It was both the longest and the shortest year of my life. Any other moms relate? She grew from baby to toddler sooooo fast. Too fast. But then those sleepness nights lasted too long. Bittersweet. 

I wanted to keep it small and simple for her 1st birthday celebration. I think there's a lot of pressure among moms to throw really big perfectly planned and themed 1st birthday parties. I know there are some moms out there who just love hosting and that planning a big celebration is fun for them. I'm not bestowed with the gift of hosting. Planning for even just a casual having friends over for dinner stresses me out. I probably worry way to much about food and whether or not I'm making something everyone will like and if my house is clean enough. See, obviously not the party planner type no matter how hard I wish I could be a good party planner. 

So we kept it small and simple this year. And Caroline LOVED it. I think it turned out just right. 

For my own memory sake I want to remember what I served:
chips and salsa, crackers and spicy white bean dip, grapes, candy dish, and vegan pumpkin chocolate chip muffins instead of birthday cake. I was not about to sugar her up and then have to deal with the sugar crash afterwards. I know a smash cake is a hugely popular tradition, but honest it was so much easier serving her favorite muffins- she loved it, no mess, no cranky sugar low for baby (and she was cranky tired enough after all the excitement!)

She also really enjoyed the getting toys part. 
 And putting the gift bows on her head. She kept doing that. Maybe she wants a bow in her hair? I've never tried because I figured she'd rip it out 10 seconds later but maybe she'd go with it. Maybe.

Thank you to the sweet friends and family who helped us make her first little birthday party special.

Happy Birthday, little Miss Caroline! 

What are your thoughts on birthday parties for toddlers? Go big or keep it simple? I'm thinking I'll probably wait to go bigger with them when she can enjoy the theme, the decorations, the treats more. Right now she's pretty thrilled with her favorite muffins and the Elmo balloon she had tied to her highchair.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Caroline at 12 Months

"On the night you were born the moon smiled with such wonder that the stars peeked in to see you, and the night wind whispered life will never be the same.

Because there had never been anyone like you ever in the world.

So enchanted with you were the wind and the rain that they whispered the sound of your wonderful name.

The sound of your name is a magical one. 

It sailed through the farmland high on the breeze. 

Over the ocean and through the trees. 

Until everyone heard it and everyone knew of the one and only ever you.

Not one had there been such eyes, such a nose, such silly wiggly wonderful toes. 

When the polar bears heard they danced until dawn. 

From far away places the geese flew home. 

The moon stayed up till morning next day.

And none of the lady bugs flew away. 

So whenever you doubt just how special you are and you wonder who loves you how much and how far. Listen for geese honking high in the sky they're singing a song to remember you by. 

Or you notice the bears asleep at the zoo, it's because they've been dancing all night for you. 

Or drift off to sleep to the sound of the wind, listen closely it's whispering your name again. 

If the moon stays up until morning one day. 

Or a ladybug lands and decides to stay. 

Or a little bird sits at your window a while. 

It's because they're all hoping to see you smile. 

For never before in story or rhyme. 

Not even once upon a time.

Has the world ever known a you my friend. And it never will not ever again.

Heaven blew every trumpet and played every horn. 
On the wonderful, marvelous night you were born. 

from my all time favorite children's book On The Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman

Friday, November 1, 2013

Thankful: My Constant Companion

Today I'm thankful that that tiny screaming newborn who I could never seem to soothe (new moms can relate) has grown into my little constant companion. There are days where I feel myself thinking "when with this child nap I NEEEEED a break". But then I remember how special it is to have a tiny companion who wants to do just what I'm doing. Including cleaning the floors. 

And yes, in case you're wondering I do clean the floor on my hands and knees with paper towel and spray. 1) I'm neurotic about cleaning like that 2) I have a toddler who loves nothing more than to fling all her food from her high chair tray as fast as she possibly can as soon as I turn my back. A broom/swiffer/mop wouldn't cut it.