A first birthday party just for baby.

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Being the huge traditionalist FTD and I are, we decided to have one hell of a party  to celebrate Oliver turning one.  We invited ourselves and the 'bloody' cat, got a cake, a hot wheel, Mylar balloon and after we Skyped FTD's family in Australia, we turned off our computers and other assorted electronic devices, and commenced to celebrate our beautiful son.  Oliver's birthday was a huge celebration of him, and us. The three of us enjoyed every minute, completely stress free!

Yes, Ollie, FTD, the bloody cat and I partied all day! Well, my mom stopped by, but only for an hour or so, and Ollie took two naps, but other than that, we were ANIMALS!!!  We spent the day crawling around on the floor, playing with Hotwheels, and laughing as a family. It was the most wonderful day I can remember in a long time.

FTD and I decided that we didn't want a house full of people and kids, just to say we celebrated our son's first birthday properly. Oh, and, I ain't gonna lie, I didn't want to cook a bunch and clean up, then clean up again after everyone left, and FTD didn't want to have to fight kids off his Lego collection and electronics. All we really wanted was to be with our son.  We have the rest of Ollie's life to have big parties, this first one was for us...

We were also worried that a bunch of friends and family would ultimately freak Ollie out. He is not used to a lot of people, he is a stay-at-home no daycare friends baby. Also, I don't have a very big family, so even at family gatherings Ollie doesn't get exposed to that many people.

The day started with Skypeing his Nana and uncles so they could wish him a happy birthday, and watch him open the presents they sent over for him.

This is for me!

Next, it was time for him to put on his big boy birthday Lederhosen.  For those of you who do not know, FTD is half Austrian, he holds dual citizenship.

HAHAHA Look at me!!
Yes, he is running down the hall laughing away! 

Then it was balls out play time!!

My mom turned up for this.
She brought more Mylar balloons and trucks!

Then after a short intermission.... Nap time.... it was time to smash the cake!!

Or not...

Ollie just looked at it, like WTF is this.
A toy? Where are the wheels?
FTD wrote all over it in icing...
what can I say, we put our seal on everything...

So, he poked it...
And that was it.
The cake failed the poke test.

I tried giving him a spoon...
he ate the spoon instead...

Daddy even tried to show him the cake was awesome
 by sticking his face in the cake!
Ollie was not impressed...
I called FTD the Count of Monte Cake-o...

In the end I gave him a little slice..
he was still not interested
he is a boss baby...
who cannot be bothered to get messy.

Well, I survived Oliver turning one!  I did not require admittance to the padded crazy house after all...(Sorry to those who lost the bet!) No major tears or pity parties either! However, I did wax the hell out of nostalgia all day, as did FTD.

I kept trying to tell Ollie the story of, "A year ago today..." then I would choke up thinking back... What a day that was... FTD kept saying, "I remember when I could hold you in the palm of my hand..."  I would laugh at that, because at 30 inches long and 27 pounds, he is not palm material anymore!

Hold your babies tight mommies and daddies, because the time goes way to fast!

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Mrs. Loquacious said...

Awesome awesome awesome! So glad you three had a family-bonding party. That's the best! Truth be told, I'm jealous. My in-laws are flying in (and staying with us) to celebrate so we can't hole up with just the 3 of us. However, I haven't planned much of it out except ordering the cake and buying a big motherf'ing mylar balloon (those things are magic for toddlers, eh?).

I am also doing a small "party" with two other couples we know who we're tight with, on Sat. It's Hawaiian-themed, and there will be cake, and goodie bags, and food (all bought, none made). We did decorate a little bit but it's certainly not a big deal. I didn't even do formal invitations; I emailed everyone - LOL!

But I agree. There will be other years to do a big to-do, when Baby L actually has friends and isn't wracked with weird ass separation anxiety (it peaked again as of 3 days ago). For now, small and simple.

But I do have to ask - what did you get Ollie for his b-day? We only bought our kid one gift, and it probably won't arrive for another 2 weeks. We got her a Smart Trike 4-in-1 tricycle (Dream model). That's all she's getting (from us - the grandparents will come armed with presents, I'm sure!).

Suburban Momma said...

Awww, it looks like you had a wonderful day together. I think 1st birthdays should be small and completely agree that too many people would just freak them out at that age. Love that you guys made it into a special day just for you. Happy birthday Oliver!! Love you darling!!

Kara Queen Of The Crazy Castle (of course) said...

McKenzi REFUSED to "smash" the cake... I made her, took her hands and pushed them in, She had a panic attack and FREAKED the freak out!!! Then I cried BC I ruined her party (I was 2 months preggo AGAIN and hormones hated me!!! TOBP much?) So glad you guys had an awesome day, You are awesome people so I would expect nothing less!! **HUGS**

I remember reading your post on not having a huge party, just to say you did... I loved it, and decided to do the same. And trust me, if my in-laws could have made the trip they would have, but since we are tryign to get there first, they just sent presents.

We only got Ollie a hotwheel and a balloon. Well, I picked up a couple of pairs of PJ's and a looked for toy boxes, but that doesn't count for him. PLEASE! write up a post on the Smart Trike 4-in-1 tricycle. We have been eyeing one for ollie....

Thank you!!!

Layes Landing said...

What a beautifully sweet celebration, thanks for showing how wonderful a celebration of 3 can be. Those pictures are awesome. Does Ollie laugh when you laugh? Your Count of Monte Cake O reminded me of times when my husband and I laugh with each other, Owie looks to us and joins in, because something must be funny even if he doesn't understand it!
We need a thought bubble above Ollie in the one where he's looking at Dad with icing on his face!! And I felt the tears choke up too when you talked about "one year ago today..."

Alissa said...

Thanks for sharing! Ollie looks like he had an amazing day. I am totally on board with the small little party. I am excited to see what James does with the smash cake :)

Katie said...

We let Will had some cake on his bday, but he was way to tired and was not interested at all in the cake. lol. We are doing an official cake smash with my friend who is a photographer. This will be done in the morning after his first nap, when he is hopefully, the happiest! We will see what happens!

We also kept our celebration small.

Quirky Chrissy said...

SO FUN! I love the commentary. Brian is a dual citizen too! (just, you know, different countries--US and Ireland)

Happy Birthday Ollie!

OH! AND...LOVE the freakin lederhosen

Jen Provenzano said...

Silly mommy...they only get messy at inopportune times! Not when you actually want them to! He's so darling! Happy Birthday Ollie! And congrats April! One year under your belt...like a boss!

What a perfect day! So true that you have the rest of your lives to worry about cooking for and cleaning up after parties, glad you had this one for you :) We did not do that and let me just say that the set-up and clean-up were epic. Good choice you made!

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