Today was your first birthday party, and it was a wonderful, chaotic, festive celebration. We invited quite a few people, not wanting to leave anyone out of the fun event, and almost everyone came! There were about ten kids ranging from six months (Lucette) to five years (Athan). Everyone really loved your playroom and a few kids tried out your swing as well. It was a beautiful, warm day and so we spent most of the party outdoors.
We had a music instructor come and teach a class in the middle of the party. It was a great diversion and it brought all of the kids into one place and got them to settle for a little bit. You sat on your dad’s lap the entire time, happily looking on at the loud chaos around you and sometimes joining in the music-making. Your favorite instrument was a stick of bells. The teacher had a blue furry animal on strings, similar to a marionette, and she sang a verse of a song to every child. When she sang your verse to you and brought the animal close to your face, you backed away and looked frightened. You didn’t cry, but you clearly were not a fan of that party crasher. At the end of the lesson she sang happy birthday to you while playing the violin. You looked curiously at her and all the others in the room who were watching you.
You had a cupcake and tentatively took a fingertip of blue frosting. After deciding it wasn’t too bad you went back for more, eating plenty of frosting but never really discovering the cake below. Your papa helped you by breaking apart the cake and encouraging you to eat some. You had a couple bites but you were much more interested in the frosting. You have good taste.
I decorated with a birthday banner that was made of pictures of you from birth to one year. It was so fun (and hard!) to go through the thousands of pictures we’ve taken this past year to pick out just 13 for this art project.
I also put out the vase your nana gave me when you were born. It was given to her with roses in it when I was born. I filled it with white roses and also inserted the roses (now dried) that she gave me in that vase almost a year ago. I also set out the Sofia champagne bottle; Liz brought it to the hospital to toast your arrival. Nana has decorated it and put little lights in it. It was a prefect scene to celebrate you.