Wowza, our baby girl is ONE YEAR old! I cannot believe it. My sweet little girl is actually turning into a sweet little girl - not a sweet little bundle of baby.
One year ago we had one of the biggest surprises of our lives when 26 days before my due date I was woken up (at 8:00am, how times have changed that I was still sleeping past 8:00...) to a baby belly that was ready to burst.
Monday, February 28, 2011 - just before we hailed a cab to the hospital
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - I feel like the only thing similar about these two mornings is that I was wearing the same shorts.
|One Year Old Gretchen!|
So lets rewind to the day before Gretchen turned one and describe a little bit about her adorable birthday party.
Originally, I had pretty casual expectations for a pretty simple party, but my mother-in-law and I were talking about party themes, I mentioned giraffes, and there was no going back. I'm pretty sure Jon's parents packed anything giraffe-related within a 25 mile radius of their home and transported it to Argentina in their luggage. The theme was a huge success.
In addition to the actual giraffe items that were purchased for the party, I tried my hand at cake pops for the second time, and though they were a bit more challenging than the first batch (they were too moist or something, but the chocolate kept slipping off and the poor little heads actually fell off of a few of the sticks. It was giraffe-carnage in our refrigerator for a while) they turned out really cute! Thank you to the numerous family members and family member's girlfriends that both helped, and witnessed my disappointment when I didn't think they were going to work out.
In a moment of dessert-inspired panic, we also made a funfetti cake and red velvet cupcakes. Yum!
Here we are with the birthday girl before anyone arrived. She was so funny all morning, when she had a balloon in hand, she was the happiest girl in the world, when she was deprived of her balloon, she was incredibly serious-faced.
|Note the serious face...|
We compromised and gave Gretchen a few balloons while we took some pictures, but that didn't seem to help the serious-face.
|With Gran and Poppa on my birthday!|
|Look at those big baby blues!|
Right after the Happy Birthday song...
Getting a little taste of this delicious little cake...
Two hands grabbing the cupcake to eat the "stump" first (just like Mom likes to eat cupcakes, saving the delicious frosting for the end)....
Finishing with a tongue-stick-out move that could only mean "why are all these people looking at me??"
It was hilarious and fun to watch Gretchen enjoy her first cupcake, and we'll hope she's not destined for the dessert-craving life that her Mom has endured.
Before we bid farewell to everyone, we got a quick photo of Gretchen with two of her besties, Trey and Talia. Look how much our kiddos have grown since the 4th of July (when we last posed them in a picture together)!!!
|July, 2011 - They're all just babies!!|
|February, 2012 - only big kids here!|
Happy Birthday Baby Girl! And may you always be as happy as you were with your balloons.