Sunday, April 15, 2007

One Year

Blowing out the Candles

I love this picture of my girls.

We followed up last night's family party with a bigger gathering of friends and family. I was worried that Natalie would be overwhelmed by the huge group of people, but she proved herself a true cohousing baby and loved every minute of the chaos. We sang songs, ate cake, hung out and talked, and I barely even saw my daughter. She spent most of the afternoon attached to an aunt, a grandparent, a friend... But every time I searched her out in the crowd, she was grinning.

Some sweet moments:
  • For today's party, she wore the dress that Jen wore for her first birthday. Made by Jen's grandmother.
  • We circled up mid-party and did some singing (led by a good friend and her guitar). Natalie grinned and glowed and signed "more" at the end of every song. She loves music so much.
  • Not only did she do a great job of smashing the little cake we made for her, she fed some to her Gram.
  • Shelli and Malka came to town for the party and spent the weekend with us. It was delightful to watch the girls play together, and Shelli was wonderfully helpful--thank you so very much!
  • Jen decorated the bigger cake (I baked it), and it came out beautifully!
  • We took her 12 month basket picture before the party. She's so big!


  • Did you say you made that cake?
    I'm in freaking awe.

    Natalie has the squishy-est cheeks eva! Delish!

    By Blogger Ash, at 8:26 AM  

  • Happy birthday, Natalie! And congratulations on conquering the first year of motherhood, Jen and Cait!

    By Blogger Summer, at 10:40 AM  

  • Happy Birthday. We thought of your family yesterday while visiting another family with a tax day baby for her birthday party! :-)

    Hope your second year is just as fabulous if not better!

    By Blogger party b, at 11:02 AM  

  • those photos are adorable!
    I love that she wore a "generational" dress.

    By Anonymous Calliope, at 12:04 PM  

  • What a cute basket picture. Happy Birthday Naterpillar!

    By Blogger Claudia, at 2:39 PM  

  • Delurking to say happy birthday, Natalie!

    And that twelve month basket picture is one of the cutest things I've seen in a long time!

    By Anonymous Amanda, at 3:01 PM  

  • Happy Birthday. I've loved all the basket pics!

    By Anonymous nycphoenix, at 3:07 PM  

  • besides the obvisous reasons it was so wonderful to see you and Jen and Nat, TMX Elmo and the cart made it ALL the more worthwhile!

    By Blogger Shelli, at 4:37 PM  

  • HAPPY belated BIRTHDAY, Miss Natalie! I was absolutely thinking of you on Sunday - just didn't make it online much that day. Glad you had a lovely celebration or two!

    By Anonymous bri, at 9:33 AM  

  • Happy Birthday!

    cute pictures of her in basket. wow - grew so much!

    By Blogger Mommy & Mama & Cubs, at 6:28 PM  

  • Happy birthday Natalie and congratulations moms on the first year!

    By Blogger lagiulia, at 6:55 AM  

  • Happy Birthday Natalie (a little late)!!
    LOL - I LOVE the basket pictures! Too cute!

    By Blogger Holly, at 10:50 AM  

  • Happy Belated Birthday, Natalie! You're going to LOVE being 1.

    By Anonymous Trista, at 12:53 PM  

  • Happy belated birthday Natalie!

    By Blogger Tamsin, at 4:35 AM  

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