I can’t believe Nick’s first birthday has come and gone. A year seems so long, but not when you have a baby. I was a bit sad to see it come, but I was excited for it as well.
The day started off like any other Saturday. Nick and I both woke up around 7:00 (he likes to veg in bed for awhile before he gets up though). Once I got Nick up I tried to take his 12 month picture, but he was too busy watching Mickey Mouse, so I decided to wait until later. I went into the kitchen to make breakfast. Our normal Saturday breakfast is CoCoa Wheats which Nick loves.
After breakfast I tried to keep Nick occupied while I got things done, but it didn’t work too well. When he just wouldn’t sit any longer we got up and walked around. At 10 I started constantly watching the clock, so I could wish Nick a big, “Happy Birthday!,” when it was his actual birth time (10:10 a.m.). Once the big moment had passed I put Nick down for his morning nap.
Once he was asleep I got to work getting things done around the house. Not long after Nick went down my mom showed up. Then Jason came downstairs and we all got down to work setting the house up for the party.
Nick woke up around 12:30 and we stopped working to take a lunch break. Nick had baby Spaghettios, peas and carrots, and apple pieces. Once he was done eating I made him sit down to take his 12 month picture while he was still happy. It wasn’t easy though since he kept trying to put his fingers in his mouth. After that we all took turns keeping Nick occupied while the others worked. Nick went down for his afternoon nap around 2:30 and didn’t wake up until after his guests had started arriving.
The birthday party went very well. We had chosen to have a baby Mickey first birthday theme. We found all of the supplies for it at Party City. We served dinner around 5. Jason grilled brats and burgers. We also had different salads and munchies. Nick did better with the big party crowd than he did on Easter, but I still had to take him away from things a few times to chill out.
In a blink it was time for cake. My grandmother had made Nick his own special little cake, and both cakes were made without egg so Nick could eat them. We got a lighter out to light the candle and I called everyone over to sing. I was hardly able to sing the song because I got all emotional. It was all I could do not to cry. I felt like such a dork. Nick was the typical one year old that wanted to grab the flame, so I blew the candle out. Then he just sat there. No smashing a cake for him! We did feed the cake to him, and he really liked it.
After cake a lot of people left and we then decided to open the gifts. All of our guests were so generous. Nick got a lot of gifts! Once that was done Nick played for a little bit and then we got him ready for bed. Sadly the day seemed to have over stimulated him and he slept terribly. I think he woke up as many times during the night as he had a year before! I was exhausted from the day too, so it was hard to wake up for a crying baby all night.
It really was a wonderful first birthday. The weather was very nice (mid fifties and sunny) which kept things warm enough in the house, and it wasn’t too cold for grilling. It was a lot of work and quite exhausting though. I think next year we’re going to opt for a low key celebration.