Today was my daughter’s first birthday. We didn’t plan a huge party with tons of guests or
go out to a fancy restaurant or some play place. Instead, we spend most of the day at home playing in the loft, going for walks, chatting on skype with family, and enjoying dinner together. The happiness exuded from Athena and therefore us as well. We may not have spent the day skydiving or rafting down class five rapids, but my adrenaline is still pumping from my bucket list day… or maybe it’s from all the cake 😉
This morning, when we woke up, the first round of gifts began. We walked into the loft to Athena’s new Joovy Pink Tricycoo Tricycle. She was so excited that I couldn’t even capture it on camera. She was quickly flying by with the biggest grin on her face. She was even so bold as to stand up on the pegs as her father pushed her around the room; like mother like daughter I guess.
Then, this might not have been my brightest move, we put on her new birthday dress. I bought her a special, peach dress that was prefect for the Spring day. When I say special I mean I actually paid full price; a whole $14.99 at TJ Maxx. It lasted a full 12 minutes.
At first, she liked it although she couldn’t quite figure out how to stand up without stepping on it. Using my leg helped.
Then she found others things that interested her like my camera, my phone, and a hanger. Before the hour was over she ripped the dress with the hanger and spilled breakfast all down the front, despite the bib. I guess she’s just that good at getting back into “regular” clothes.
She loved the gifts from Grandma and uncle Marshall. Her favorites included a new dress, a tent, and books, but at the top of the list was the box that the gifts came in. She paraded around the room most of the day caring the box and using it like a cane. She’d push it in front of her and take two steps, then just repeat that for about two hours.
By the time the cake came out, I’d already learned my lesson with dresses for the day and off it came.
Lessons learned from Athena’s first birthday:
1. Don’t put the birthday clothes on too early.
2. Any time of day other than pictures is too early for birthday clothes.
3. The best birthday gift of all… boxes.
4. Take all clothes off of the baby before giving her cake.
5. Don’t buy a birthday cake with hot pink icing.
6. Bathing a baby doesn’t get hot pink icing dye off her skin… or Mom’s clothes.
7. A first birthday only happens once; enjoy every minute of it.