04 April, 2013

That Time My Baby Turned One

So, last week...my baby became a toddler. Well, except that she's not walking yet. Basically there's no difference in her between March 27 and March 28, but....she's still a year old. Not gonna lie, tears were shed. I mean, how do you not feel a little bit sad when your baby isn't much of a baby anymore? Especially when, the day before her birthday, you wake her up from a nap and realize she doesn't even really look like a baby anymore. Sads.

Anyway, we didn't do much the day of her birthday. We played and did the usual thing. I was going to make her pancakes for dinner, but forgot some ingredients... And since Joe had the car and didn't get home until 15 minutes before bedtime....pancakes didn't happen. I did give her an Oreo, though, so there's that. ;-) Come on. I had to give her something! And she totally enjoyed it. I felt better after a day of nothing. 

Friday afternoon, we packed up the car and headed to NC for the weekend. FINALLY! First road trip in our car in 3 years! {Whoops. Totally forgot to mention that Joe picked up our car on her birthday. WIN!} Other than a near diaper blowout and minor meltdown from the birthday girl, the short trip up to NC went fantastic. We got in a bit late because we weren't able to leave until about 4:30, but we made it! And just in time for little missy to get in some snuggles with her auntie.

I mean, seriously. Isn't that the sweetest?!
{Side note, Charlotte was chewing on her jacket's zipper. At second glance, it totally looked like Anna was nursing her. Not the case.}

We had her party planned for Saturday evening, so Anna and I spent the afternoon shopping and decorating for it. It was fun, but it made for a bit of a crazy day! In hindsight, we probably should've gotten an earlier start to our day. Oh, well!

I tried as best as I could to stick with a rainbow theme, but I'm not totally sure how it turned out. Sorta girly, sorta rainbowy. Haha! I really wish you could see the "happy birthday" sign hung from the mantle. It was super cute!!! I also really loved the balloons that Anna got for her. I mean, we picked them out together, but...I really love them. 

The biggest part of her party {for me, anyway} was the cupcakes. I made rainbow cupcakes inspired by this pin. Thank God for Pinterest, right?! Anyway, they turned out so much better than I imagined!!!

You can click the pin to find out how I did it. I really wish the pics of the cupcake up close were better... They were so pretty! I don't want to toot my own horn, but I was very pleasantly surprised with the end result. And I'm not the only one who enjoyed them either!

You guys, this was the highlight of the party. I about died laughing at our sweet girl. She demolished that cupcake! Never in my life have a seen a baby take to sweets like this! After she got a taste of the icing, she picked the whole thing up and put it straight in her face! It was priceless. She was totally NOMing on that thing for like 5 mins. She barely even left a crumb on that highchair. It was pretty much all over her face and in her hair.

She also got a piece of cheese pizza before the cupcake. She ate all but a few bites of that, too. I swear, you guys, this girl is a bottomless pit! I'm guessing that her sweet tooth is from mama and her bottomless pit of a tummy is from daddy. Maybe.

And of course, after stuffing our faces, it was time for gifts and a few photos.

Suffice it to say the little miss thoroughly enjoyed herself...and being the center of attention for a night. You should've seen her face when we were singing to her! Oh, so cute. {I do have a video of it, but it's on Joe's phone and he's currently asleep with it plugged in upstairs. So...not happening right now.} Also, she's a smart cookie. She played with the dollar bill from Joe's grandparents until I took it away from her because she was going to put it in her mouth.

The rest of the weekend went pretty well, with the exception of sick cousins. They ended up having a blast together. Eden is always so sweet with Charlotte and wants to play with her. 

Harry even showed a little affection and brought Charlotte a toy and her sippy cup. Talk about melting our hearts!!!

As usual, I don't think I got a shot of any of the adults together. I guess that's what happens when you have such cute kiddos around to photograph!

So. My baby turned 1. I cried a little. I celebrated a lot. And we had a great time with family. All in all? I guess it wasn't so bad, I guess.

Happy Birthday, my sweet Little Bean! My sunshine, my joy, my little love. I can't believe it's been a year since we first met and held you. I'm looking forward to lots more cuddles, giggles, fun and learning. We love you so, sweet Charlotte!


Chantal said...

It's amazing how quick a year passes, right? It only keeps getting better from here! Toddlerhood is soooo fun.

Jen said...

Aww how sweet! It looks like she had a wonderful birthday! :)

Katie said...

Love all the pics!! Can't believe she's already 1... Time sure does fly!

Emily said...

Happy Birthday to your little girl! I can't believe it's been a year already, wow! Love all the pics too! :)

Heather said...

That party turned out ADORABLE!!! You did a great job! Happy birthday to the sweet girl!

JG said...

I cannot believe it! has a year gone by already? she's such a lovely little lady! happy, happy birthday wishes, Charlotte!

Kim said...

Great pictures! Love the rainbow theme and her outfit. So cute!

Becca said...

What a fun, cheerful birthday! Those cupcakes look fabulous! Good job mama :)

Amanda said...

So glad she had a good birthday in NC! Those cupcakes turned out fabulous... and your shirt is super cute! As always that sweet little girl is also cute! :)

Jessica Lynn said...

awww that looks like it was such a great party! She's going to love looking at those pictures of her eating that cupcake when she's older!