Amalia’s 1st birthday has come and gone, but I still have all of the feels about it. I had no idea how emotional this milestone would make me, and I cried pretty much every day for a week leading up to the big day. It’s tapering off now but woah, that was a rollercoaster! I’m not totally sure why, but I think it’s a mix of the emotion of surviving the first year and overwhelming pride. On her actual birthday, I was a hot mess, pretty much tearing up whenever I looked at her.
A friend of mine said she thinks it’s muscle memory, and your brain subconsciously remembers labor and those first crazy few days with a newborn. Either way
Anel and I both took off the afternoon, picked her up early from daycare, and spent a few fun hours together to celebrate. While she napped we put together her presents in her playroom (see below for deets) and let her eat cake for the first time which was probably the highlight of the day.
It was a really special day for all of us! Here are some more details…
Ok sometimes I feel like the most un-mommylike mom of all time. Last week a friend of mine asked where I was getting Amalia’s smash cake and I literally had to Google it. I mean can’t you just get your kid a regular cake these days? Answer: No. JK but a smash cake is way more fun because they’re made with the intention of smashing them up easily.
Amalia had no idea what to do and kept just licking frosting off of the top, so we had to get in there and help her smash it haha. Once we smashed it up for her, she went nuts and was so excited to be eating something so delicious. About five minutes into it she started dancing and laughing like a crazy person slash had a true sugar high. About an hour later she threw up… You win some you lose some.
The cake we got was super cute but next time around I think I would make the cake myself. Smash cakes, it turns out, are not cheap, and maybe if I made it slightly healthy, we could skip the puking part of the program but who knows!
For dinner, we took her to Bartaco, her favortie local restaurant. She loves the food (steak quesadillas and guacamole mainly) but also loves that the restaurant is full of giant ceiling fans. She’s fan obsessed! They’re also super kid friendly which makes it easy for us to bring her there. When we take her to dinner, we go at 5pm so we can get home for bedtime without a meltdown. We bring a suction plate for her to eat off of and a book or two for her to play with before the food comes. Now I’m thinking I need a whole post about how to dine out with a baby. I’ve learned a lot about how to do it successfully.
Anel and I are both very much in alignment with not wanting to spoil our daughter even though it’s hard and most of the time we want to give her everything she wants! So for her birthday we bought her a cute tent for her playroom, five new Sandra Boynton board books for her to read in it (her favorites), and that was it. We scoured the internet for the cutest tent but found that this $40 one from Amazon was our favorite.
We also knew that our families and friends would be buying her a lot of stuff which is another reason that we kept it pretty low key. As their presents arrived, we tried to give her one or two things a day instead of everything at once on her birthday. I don’t know if that did anything to help but it made every day leading up to it exciting!
My mom bought her this adorable Anywhere Chair with her name on it which she just adores. She crawls up onto it and “reads” her books constantly. We ended up putting the chair in the tent so she has her own little fort. I’m going to take pictures of it in her playroom and share those soon so you can see the whole set up.
She also gave her a water table after so many of you guys recommended that we get one for summer. So far it’s been a rainy week so we only got to play with it once but she was all about it. Word to the wise, put on a swim diaper for this situation. We learned the hard way!
My dad and his wife bought her a whole slew of adorable clothes from Janie and Jack (including this cutie ruffle terry cloth romper for the beach which is currently on sale for $14!) as well as this cute walker/first bike thing that she loves pushing up and down the hall. They also gave her some new books including The Giant Jam Sandwich which is a fun one to read.
Friends gave her toys, clothes, a beach towel, books, and lots of monogrammed goodies which we just love! So many people bought her presents, I had no idea it was coming. Even our cleaning lady bought her this sweet dress.
My sister and in-laws are coming this weekend and I can’t wait to see what they bring for her. Watching your child get gifts is way better than getting them yourself.
Her 1st Birthday Party
Originally we had planned for a big party this Saturday, but I ended up cancelling it for a few reasons. One, most of our friends and family are out of town this weekend so the turnout would have been pretty small. Two, I realized that throwing the party was causing me more anxiety than necessary and she wouldn’t even fully understand it anyway!
So instead, we’re going to celebrate with just family this weekend since my sister will be in town. My in-laws and cousin are coming out from the city for a BBQ and we’ll keep it super casual and low key. We’re going to celebrate next week in Martha’s Vineyard with my dad and that side of the family!
Next year when she understands more about her birthday and the celebration, I’ll throw her a fun themed party but for now, this just made more sense for us.
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Her outfit: Shrimp and Grits Kids Bubble monogrammed by Monogram Mary
Her chair: Pottery Barn Kids
Smashcake: Flour Love Sweets
Turkish Beach Towel (under smash cake): Serena & Lily
I’m so grateful for Julia who came over to take some photos on her special day. We will have and cherish these forever. I’ve already printed half of them for frames around our house and Amalia’s baby book!
Photos by Julia Dags.