My baby turned one!
I still can’t believe I’m a mother sometimes. I feel like not too long ago I’d have those wide-eyed daydreams of going to the park with a picnic basket hand in hand with Zac and our child (who I was absolutely convinced was going to be a boy). I always imagined motherhood with an independent five year old not a sweet small dependent baby. What a surprise I was in for when our little baby girl came out crying on June 30th at 9:55pm after 11 hours of hard labor! Her cry was so sweet even the nurses said they rarely heard such a cute cry that was a hybrid of a coo and a whine. She sounded resentful it took so long to bring her into this world. Before I knew it she was placed in my arms and I couldn’t believe that just like that she was here and just like that I was a mother. This past year has been full of love, growth (physically on her side and mentally/emotionally on mine), and joy.
The night before she turned one I cried a handful of times. First time was after her bath time Zac was playing with her while I was putting on a fresh diaper… Zac works all day during the week and we don’t get to spend a lot of time together as a family. Hearing her little laugh and seeing those little teeth made me just tear up thinking of everything Zac, Valentina, and I had been through together the past year. It was so sweet to see my husband and our daughter bonding and laughing together, sharing a moment of real love. The moments/time we have are so special for us. Like the first night at the hospital when I’d felt I had been hit by a truck. I’d stare at Zac staring at Valentina, cradling her little head. The sleepless nights when we’d take turns rocking her to sleep. Getting so excited when she’d say Baba or Mama, it’s like we’d just won the lottery. Growing as a married couple and growing into our roles as a mother and a father. And there’s so many more memories I’d like to babble on about but I know I wouldn’t want to sit here and read all about them if I was reading someone else’s blog so I’ll move it along! Basically, when you’re a mother you’ll get it. Until then take my word, it’s emotional and more times than not you’ll be a wreck when your baby turns one. But for now enjoy the pictures we were able to capture of her first birthday party!
For all these initial pictures we had to to give her a chocolate covered wafer and she was content for a while just chomping on it. Half the pictures Zac and I got with her she had that wafer in her hand. You do what you have to get the picture haha. I was in charge of all the pictures for the party and didn’t get as many and all the specific family pictures I had wanted but I did what I could considering I was the birthday girl’s mama. I am not exactly thrilled with how the pictures turned out but I know I’ll cherish them in the future! Yet, all in all it was heartwarming to see how many people love our little girl. Valentina definitely felt the love because she was in such good spirits the whole afternoon. No crying just smiles and hugs.
Finally, we are so thankful for all the family and friends that made it out to celebrate Valentina with us.
Walking around enjoying her wafer and greeting her guests!
Time for the cake!
It always takes her a second to dig into cake. Once she does though she still only takes a few bites and then wants water haha. I’m not a big fan of cake either- it can be overly sweet and entirely too much for my taste buds but, wow this cake was GOOD! We bought her cake from Butter Bear Shop in Livonia. The frosting was light, just enough sugar in the cake and filling, and the cake was airy and moist. Not to mention, the cake looks almost identical to the image I sent the bakery owner for reference. I would one hundred percent recommend buying a cake from Amanda (the bakery owner) for any special event. I’ll be going back every year for her birthday. Also, how funny is that straight line of frosting she managed to get on her nose!?
Lastly, piñata time!
We turned off the camera after this picture so we didn’t capture the breaking of the piñata or everyone running to get the candy unfortunately. Nevertheless, it was a blast for Kitty and everyone at the party. I’d say the party was a success!