The first birthday is quite an achievement. The whole family has made it through a very busy and amazing year. For us, we would never have made it without the support of family and friends. So for us the first birthday is our opportunity to celebrate, as well as say thank you. It still seems as though the Poppet is a tiny baby: she was a bit early, so we had a nice surprise. Sweetheart (the four year old) and the Poppet have been great sisters - I really hope that they will be good friends too. I'm really looking forward to seeing more of the Poppet's personality develop in the coming year.
Between the girls and I there has been a near constant run of illness for nearly a month. In the last ten days I've been very sick with asthma and the birthday girl has been on a bit of a nursing strike. Offers of help have been made and received, I never knew how difficult it could be to look after two children while being sick yourself. The birthday was therefore put together with as much as convenience as possible. I'm personally convinced that online grocery shopping is the world's greatest gift. My husband got roped into making cheese rolls last night, and my mum came up with baking for the party, as well as helping the Sweetheart make fairy bread.
We held the party at the Plunket Kilbirnie rooms (an awesome party venue). Unfortunately we couldn't use the park due to the heaviest rainfall Wellington has experienced in some time. All of the Poppet's wee baby friends were sick (with different illnesses - the usual baby array of teething/ bowel/ colds) but Sweetheart's friends definitely made it up by volume (sound that is - four year olds are noisy)!
The birthday girl:
I had left this gorgeous bonnet in a spare clothes box so retrieved it from the ceiling during the week. I knitted this and my mum put it together in the days after my daughter's birth. Let me know if anyone wants to borrow the pattern.
The picture below is of some cool gifts: elderflower champagne and homemade cola (actual homemade cola syrup - not just soda stream)! We have such clever friends! The Poppet received many generous gifts - many handmade and or very thoughtfully chosen. Thank you all. Every year that passes we realise how lucky we are with all our amazing family and friends. I feel really blessed that there are so many people we wanted to share the day with that we needed to book out a bigger place! We have received a lot of love and support over the last year as we have found our way to being a family of four. I look forward to future birthdays and opportunities to look back with gratitude.