Three big events have happened in the last week.
1) We had a major, blowout first birthday party for Andrew
2) I made it a whole year and three days feeding Andrew breastmilk (sorry, men).
3) Andrew had his last bottle.
As for #1, pictures will have to do. I nearly crafted myself to death but it was super fun and I'm now officially over my party-hangover. All decorations are down and we've moved on from the extravaganza.
Little Red Wagon was the theme for his party! This Radio Flyer was mine when I was little.
Red wagon cookies and Radio Flyer drivers licenses' for the big kids:
And Wagon Wheels for the littles:
The food table, yummy cake and Andrew's first year in pictures! We had Red Wagon rice crispy treats, wagon wheels (turkey roll-ups), marshmallow pops, wagon trail mix, popcorn, and twizzlers.
Love that little finger digging in.
This is about as messy as he got. COMPLETE contrast to Banks who had to have a bath after he got ahold of his smash cake.
Opening his bouncy house. Because it is a completely normal, not over-the-top gift for a one year old. Right?
Getting donuts on his actual birthday. "Did y'all mean to give this to ME??"
I mention #2 because it is a hugungo deal for me. With Banks, I planned to make it six months and then pushed myself to get to a year. Those last few months were rough. When I found out I was pregnant with Andrew I said I wouldn't be able to juggle it again with a toddler running around but I made it! It was easier, this time, for me to pump and give bottles so I think that helped me out. Which leads to #3. I was fine the night he had his last bottle. It had gotten to be a fight for him and he didn't even really seem to want more than a sip or two of it anyway.
But the next morning when I cleaned off the bottle rack and pulled out all the bottle brushes, I nearly lost it. My baby is not a baby anymore!!! He is waving and clapping and standing and saying "bye-bye" and "ma-ma." He's pushing cars and trucks, saying "raaaar", tormenting the dog, splashing in the toilet, and loving playing "chase" with his big brother. He is such a sweet, happy one year old and I cannot wait to see what the next year has in store for him. Happy Birthday Andrew!