The first birthday party was a success! Read Part 1 and Part 2. We have been cleaning up in phases and are still finding crayons under cushions and smears of frosting at baby level. Friends and family came to celebrate, eat delicious tacos made by Marcos, and enjoy Jungle Juice.
Marcos and I somehow got Fitz to sleep before the party and he awoke to a house full of friends. All his little friends who were wiggly tiny babies last January charged through the house and took turns with all of his new toys. They were not a fan of the scary looking wild animals.
We (Marcos) devoted time to making delicious food and I was busy cleaning, decorating and baby-proofing. I ended up picking up Fitz’s cakes last minute at Whole Foods. They just happened to have perfect first birthday cakes and a cookie cake I impulsively grabbed. I guess this cake is a regular thing at Whole Foods so SCORE!
The atmosphere was lively, loving and fun. Fitz smashed his little fingers in the icing but I don’t think he actually had any cake because I was like, Nah.
A friend pointed out that the holidays have a super nostalgic feel now that our babies birthdays are mixed in with this time of year. All winter I couldn’t help but reflect on this time last year, and how wonderfully different things are now. I feel incredibly close to the friends who supported us during our biggest adventure yet. My tribe of mamas has been a gift.
At twelve months Fitz has two top teeth, many opinions, drools for days, stands without support, and continues to be the best little person I know.