We recently celebrated R’s 1st birthday. It is so difficult to believe that it has been a year since she was born. Time truly goes faster with each child we have! She started walking about a week ago (though she still cheats and crawls on occasion). We got a real treat when her birth family agreed to join us for the celebration. For their privacy, I must limit or disguise the photos, and withhold all video, but we had a lovely time with them–except for R, who is going through a “cling-to-Mommy” phase, and wanted nothing to do with them.
I spent the morning making a carrot-cake (the overall favorite of our family). Shortly before lunch, her birthmom and grandparents arrived, and we all gathered for lunch. As a general rule, we keep birthdays pretty small and just-for-family–especially for little ones.
For some unknown reason, R was absolutely terrified of her biological grandfather. He is a rather tall, large guy, and he has a moustache, so I can only assume he overwhelmed her somehow. She eventually let her birthmom hold her just for a minute, and she would occasionally play peek-a-boo behind Daddy, or sit in my lap and play with her birthmom.
They were patient, though, and everyone took tons of photos. Her birthmom actually made a photobook for her, but sadly, it didn’t arrive in time. I am truly looking forward to receiving it, and storing it for when R is older. What a treasure that will be some day!! Grandma (S’s mom) gave her Raggedy Andy to complete the Raggedy Ann doll she got for Christmas, and we gave her a little push-and-ride, solid wood, zebra.
So, once again, I am out of the infant stage. In case you lost track, we have a 1 year old, 2 3-year-olds (A and N), a 5 year old (M), and a 7-year old (JR). I don’t feel old enough yet, but we are certainly blessed!
For your enjoyment, here are a few extra photos taken during an impromptu photo session with R recently….