Though more low key than some of our past birthday celebrations, it turned out to be a very sweet day. N and I set an alarm for 3:28am (her official birth time) and woke up to pray and bless our baby. It’s a tradition we started with MG and thankfully (?) both girls were born in the middle of the night which pretty much guarantees we’ll always be together on that time.
In the morning, MG quickly spied the wrapped presents and began asking when she could help Bea open them. We obliged and let them open MG’s gift to Bea, a clone of her beloved Stella doll who now goes by Vella. Bea has just recently started showing an interest in dolls, but I doubt she will ever match the passion of her sister (who was lovingly cradling her babies at 10 months). Nevertheless, I am glad they each have their own now and MG loves to welcome any new babies to the family. It has also become somewhat of a tradition for these two to give Stella & co. for events. Bea gave MG a “big sister” one for her third birthday and also Stella’s diaper bag and pacis one year ago at the hospital.
After,we went to church and she received lots of compliments from the nursery workers who were impressed by her many Frankenstein-ish steps. Big Sis made sure to let them all know it was her birthday.
We really lucked out that night when we saw a sign advertising a Family Fun Night at a local church in town. They had outdoor games, a play ground, bubbles, and best of all, free food. It was the birthday party I didn’t have to plan, pay for, or clean up afterwards! MG thoroughly enjoyed herself and we all took advantage of the food offerings, coming back to the house only for cake and presents.
I was happy that amongst her many exciting presents she received a pink cellphone so she can stop drool-ruining mine!
Here is a little vid recap:
LB first birthday wrap from Kate on Vimeo.
We hope to have a big birthday gathering/house warming party in June but I loved having such a sweet, special day with my big one year old!