Nate's First Birthday was AMAZING! As I sit here, enjoying left-over birthday cake, I thought I would recap our day. Partially so you guys can know about it, but mainly for me, before I forget all the fun details!
We started off the day with my husband and I both walking into his room and singing "Happy Birthday" when he woke up... I was trying to upload the little video I took with my cellphone, but apparently, I'm having technical difficulties... :/
I went to set up for his birthday party while Andrew and Nate stayed home to play, eat lunch, and take an early nap. After his nap, he had a birthday bath! Every boy needs to get looking spiffy before his big party!
At 3:00 we attended the wedding of Melissa and Isaac Emch! Melissa and her family have been members at our church for years and we all grew up together. It was nice to meet her new husband Isaac too! We wish them all the happiness in the world! Oh, and Nate did really well. I few little words and laughter here and there, but with the help of Grandma, Daddy, myself, his blue puppy, and some Gerber Puffs, he was very quiet! Boy... that's stressful. Having a one year old and trying to keep him quiet during a wedding!
After we gave the bride and groom our best wishes we headed off to Nate's Big Birthday Party!!!
We had a little over 50 people in attendance and there were many more that couldn't be there. We have so many people in our lives that love our little boy and for that we are SOOOO thankful! We had pizza for dinner and Nate got to try his first slice! He LOVED that! He is doing so much better with table food, and seems to really be enjoying it!
We decided to do presents after pizza so that he would be clean for presents and could get all messy eating cake at the very end. He enjoyed opening his gifts and was a little confused when he would see it and we would take it away so we could go on to the next one. He seemed to be saying "But wait! I just got that! Why are you taking it away!?!?!?" Nate got LOTS of toys, books, puzzles, and clothes for his birthday! His two BIG gifts were a basketball goal from his Nana and Papaw and a Swing-Set from Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Linda, Mommy, Daddy, and Sophie. We are so blessed!
Our friend Courtney Howard made Nate's cake and it was soooo amazing! I sent her the link of his "theme" and decorations and she asked me what his favorite animal was out of the ones on his decorations. I, of course, told her a monkey, and that's all she needed! It was kind of nice to be surprised as we walked in, because I had no idea what it was going to look like! She also took the liberty of filling the inside layers with "Rainbow Chip" icing... which is my absolute FAVORITE! Thanks so much Courtney! You're amazing!!!
I almost got a little teary-eyed when we sang "Happy Birthday" to my little man. I can't believe it has been a whole year since we brought him into this world! Andrew and I "helped" him blow out his candle on his "smash cake" and put it on his high-chair tray for him to dig in! In true "Nate Ray Fashion" he ate it! He wasn't trying to be messy or anything, he truly wanted to EAT IT. My dad (Nate's Papaw" finally smashed his hand in it to at least make a little bit of a mess! For at least 30 minutes, he pulled off chunk by chunk and ate them, just like he would any other food.
Oh, and he "shared" it with anyone who came close! One of his most favorite things to do is to put his food up to your lips when you say "Can I have some?" Then, when you act like you're going to eat it out of his hand, he just giggles and giggles!
Nate did so well through out the whole day, and with us being so busy, and him having a little nap, it could have easily gone the other way. We are so blessed with an easy going baby who takes life as it comes, whether we're laying around the house being lazy or running here, there, and everywhere!
(on the way home)
Nate, we can't believe you are already one year old! The past year with you as our son has been such an amazing journey! We are so honored that God has chosen us to be your Mommy and Daddy and every day with you is a blessing! We can't wait to spend many more birthdays with you!