Happy 1st Birthday Tyler!!!
Throwing my sons first birthday party was one of the most amazing weeks of my entire life. It was sad, it was exciting, it was scary and yet I will remember every moment of it for the rest of my life. Of course I had been planning this party essentially since I became ‘preggers’, and NO detail was going to be spared for my Monkey!
Its funny, for me all the big landmarks of your child’s first year, moving into a crib, eating for the first time, seemed bearable for some reason, it was the weird things that made me cry for days. The first article of clothing he grew out of hit me like a Mack truck, I couldn’t believe how fast it happened.
The first time he cried when I walked away literally almost put me in the hospital on oxygen. The first time I saw him in his swimsuit, for some reason I felt like he was graduating from college?!
Most recently he walked into my bedroom holding an apple he was chewing on, looked at me, smiled and said Mama, and I almost passed out.
Hitting 11 months killed me; I knew it was coming, the big 1 year. No more “month” photos, no more saying “my baby” for me that meant the toddler years and I could barely say it. I remember at 11.5 months my husband did the grocery shopping. He came home with some “toddler” squeeze yogurts and banana cookies. I saw them in the fridge and completely lost it.
He came home that evening and apparently went looking for them, he asked me with a confused look on his face where all the food was that he had bought. I threw it out. Gone. I explained he was not a toddler and there was no reason to be buying toddler food. I am pretty sure he thought I had gone mental.
So, here we are, Tyler in ONE YEAR OLD?!?! It was 2 days ago that I held him for the first time; it was 5 minutes ago that I spent all night in his room breast feeding him and singing to him all alone and in solid bliss….WHERE has the time gone!!!
There are so many things people tell you that are bullshit about raising children. For example you forget the pain of delivery..Lets be honest people, I will NEVER forget that pain, was it worth it ABSO-FUCKING-LUTELY will I forget it? No…Never..Ever.. They tell you that you adjust to no sleep. Not true people, I have not adjusted. Not at all. Ryan Reynolds said it well last week “I could fall asleep on a burning stove” yup..well said Ryan. What they say that is true? It goes by in a heartbeat, never more honest words spoken.
So, getting back to the party…
I had the whole week with my son and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. We did it all together and I will remember every moment of it for the rest of my life. I chose a jungle theme, of course highlighting monkeys….
There are so many people I want to thank! The cake was absolutely the highlight of the entire party aside from Tyler of course! Legit, you would have thought this was my wedding cake, I did tastings, designs, I worked on this cake until I knew it was the PERFECT cake. At 3 feet tall I cried the moment it arrived and couldn’t wait for my son to dive into it! The most PERFECT monkey a little boy could ask for!
All the details down to everything being personalized with his name, nothing was too much.
I want to thank Hanson’s Cake for bearing with me and creating a memory we will have forever. I want to thank Shahnaz Youabian for canceling her event on the day of my son’s party to paint all the faces of my guests and being so wonderful! Glimmer body art I adore you guys! Everyone left with an amazing glitter tattoo to remind them how grateful we were for sharing this day with us! Big Dot of Happiness, thank you, for personalizing everything with Tyler’s name and his special day!
Alyson Aliano, you captured every moment of this perfect day for us and I will have those memories forever, from the bottom of my heart thank you!! And last, but absolutely not least Jessie’s Party Animals we LOVE you guys!!!!! Thank you for bringing all of your special mini animals to make my son smile!! WE LOVE THAT VELEVETINE RABBIT!!!