My parents came home from a week in Mexico, and upon walking through my door, the first thing my mother exclaimed was, “Ohhhh, yummmm, what is roasting in the oven!?” It was Sunday, so that wasn’t totally out of the question.
The night before, I’d pretty much wiped down the entire house after my husband spent the day with the flu and we figured out that little W had the Hand Foot Mouth (HFM) virus. So far, no one else has the flu or HFM, so I’m chalking that up to a major win.
And, the house smells wonderfully delicious thanks to the germ-fighting-thyme-essential-oil. Loving these things right now.
At the exact moment W turned one (10:51am on February 3rd), we were in line at the drive-thru pharmacy window picking up medicine for his first ear infection. It wasn’t how I envisioned spending his birth-moment, but I was just glad that I was aware of the moment despite that morning’s trip to the doctor.
As they say, the days go slow, but the years go fast…and that couldn’t be more true of this past year.
Our little 7lb 13oz baby…born on a Sunday morning at 10:51am (after a speedy labor)…had already learned to roll over, sit up, clap, wave, sleep through the night, blow kisses, feed himself, walk and even use sign language.
But, despite the tiny quiver in my lip and the enormous ache in my chest threatening to explode with tears, it was time to celebrate with all the tremendous family and friends who have made this journey as miraculous as it’s been. And, what better way to celebrate, than with a circus-themed-hotdog-party-on-Superbowl-Sunday!
I ordered cute chalkboard invites from Shutterfly, a personalized chalkboard sign from Abbey Conlon Designs on Etsy, and my inspiration for the circus and hot-dog theme? Adorable items from the Big Top Circus collection by Jennifer Wick on Minted. We had popcorn containers filled to the brim with Pirate’s Booty, banana muffins with cream cheese frosting, coconut water for the kiddos, fruit, veggies…and then a whole spread of hot-dog-toppings for the hot-dog-buffet. My personal favorite? The chili, cheddar cheese, onion and Frito combo. My mouth is watering all over again!
But, first we had to get our first haircut…looking so dapper!
But my favorite decoration is still – 2 months later – hanging over our island in the kitchen. I strung up pictures of W that I’ve been taking each month with adorable little stickers from Sweet Seraphina on Etsy. With a little colorful ribbon and some clothespins leftover from a previous crafting project, it was easy-peezy to arrange this display, and definitely the highlight of the hog-dog-buffet. I mean, how adorable!?
The party was a major success! We had friends and family galore, and W had a blast playing with his cousins and his baby-buddies in the play space we brought up from the basement. The mat, blocks and tunnel were our presents to little W…and he loves romping around on them and knocking them down! So did everyone else 🙂
And, of course, it wouldn’t be a party without a little cake smashing and singing. So, we rounded up the troops, lit the candle and present W with his first taste of deliciousness. Do you think he loved it? Of course. He’s my son, after all 😉
We had a fantastic day celebrating our little bundle of spunk, and despite a small meltdown towards the end, he was running full steam ahead the whole day. In fact, I had to track him down a few times to give him a little snuggle. I saw just how independent our little munchkin was becoming. And just how much joy he brings, not only to our lives, but to those around him.
You’re something else, my little love bug. Happy birthday!