Parker's first birthday.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

I know I'm not alone when I say that it felt like there was a bit (a bit?  Understatement?) of pressure to have Parker's first birthday go just so.  This is obviously all for the Moms.  The babies won't remember a darn thing.  Though, as a twelve-year old, if he asks: "Mom.  What'd we do for my first birthday?  You blew my socks off, didn't you?  Come on, tell me how cool it was."  Well, I'll want to have something to say.  I can't say I blew Parker's socks off, but it was a sweet day.  First, he gave ME a present by sleeping in until 7:15.  (That's a whole hour later than normal.)  Then, I made him a smoothie after discovering that he loves them a few weeks prior.  Blueberry, banana, coconut milk, and spinach.  He licks his lips over and over.  It's really pretty sweet.  Smoothie ended, we played both inside and out, nap time.  Wake up.  Cauliflower.  Another one of his favorites.  I sautee it in butter so, duh, he loves it.  Then we took him to his favorite little pool where he crawls around in a few inches of water.  He splashed and had a ball.  We went home, he dug into hummus, made a mess, and opened his presents.  And all the while my heart was swelling for my one-year old.  I wanted him to enjoy his day, I wanted to enjoy his day.  I fought with the temptation to make everything monumental.  To make everything more emotional than it needed to be.  I would say I succeeded over all.  I didn't cry when I nursed him and put him down to bed even though I told myself that this night was different than all the other nights when I do the same thing.  Cause this night, I was putting down my one year old.  

After he went to bed, you can bet that I watched a few baby-Parker videos and wondered when did he change?  Like, when did he no longer look like a two-month old?  Slow progression.  I can't pinpoint it.  Nevertheless, he's not such a baby anymore.  His body is stronger, his personality is bigger.  Clothes that don't fit him are piling up and he's learning nose and bellybutton.  When'd he get so big?  Overnight, it seems.  

I'm working on a "Parker's first year" video and, you can be sure, the tears will flow then.  And we're celebrating this Saturday with friends and some family (crossing our fingers that the rain stays away!).

28 comments:

  1. I can't believe he's a year old already. Where did the time go? Reading blogs, especially blogs that involve babies and children, is a sort of jolting reminder of how fast time is flying by. It honestly seems like just yesterday that he was born. Wow. Happy birthday to Parker, and congrats to YOU for one full year of being an amazing mama to your little boy. :)

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  2. Happy birthday Parker, wow how time flies! Sounds like you pulled of a memorable, relaxed birthday for your little man.

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  3. how in the world is he already one?!?!? LOVE YOU SWEET FRIEND :)

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  4. i seriously cannot believe its already been A YEAR! wow. just crazy. and his day sounds just perfect :) and as a first time mama to be (2 month countdown) i am so excited to hear you are still nursing! i would love to nurse for a year!

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  5. That smile! Oh goodness I'm in love with that smile!
    It's crazy to think it's been a year already. Time flies freakishly fast.

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  6. happy first birthday to parker! that is just so sweet.

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  7. Happy 1st Birthday to Parker!

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  8. Sounds like a day that can be remembered and recounted fondly. He will certainly be satisfied when he is 12 and askes you some day.

    How does he like the car? For the first few months Behr mostly pushed it (or rode it with someone pushing him) but now, its finally clicked and he LOVES it.

    Another random question, have you or are you planning to give him cake?

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  9. That sounds like the perfect first birthday for the sweetie pie. And geez.... one year later, you look awesome. I hope the Hunt's are having a great week. :)

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  10. @shannon, well, his party this weekend is brunch so it would be a muffin if anything! i don't have any major issue with the whole cake thing on the first birthday, but since he's like JUST gotten into food, i'm a little less into it?

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  11. sounds like a one year olds dream day!
    not even one lick of frosting?!

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  12. He is so cute! I can't believe he's already 1. I remember anticipating his arrival. What a sweet day you had together! They do grow up way too fast. But I've found (with a 2 year old) each day just gets better and better. Helps you not mourn those 'baby days'. ;) He's perfect Bridget!

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  13. sounds like the perfect birthday to me. and he looks like he had a ball!

    and i love his car {is that the right word?}

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  14. I love that you celebrated his actual birth at home with just your family. That's what we're planning to do for my little girls first. I think it takes some of the pressure off for the big party. I'm excited to have a day full of doing stuff Taylor loves, and then a big bash the next weekend. Best of both worlds :)

    p.s. Parker is getting more adorable every day. All of a sudden he's like a little man!

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  15. I feel like I was JUST reading posts with your pregnancy pictures! I can't believe he's already a year old. Congrats! :)

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  16. Happy Birthday, Parker! He is such a nom nom baby, Bridget!

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  17. Happy Birthday Parker!! I have enjoyed reading about your first year. You can tell by your momma's writing and the pictures she posts that you are loved by all!

    Babies grow up way too fast. I look at my 13 year old daughter and it hurts my heart that she is getting so old, so mature, turning into a beautiful, young woman. And my 11 year old son is almost taller than I am. And then I still have my baby, even though he is now 2.5 years old. And I just want to remember how they are while I still have them. Alright, now I am getting all sappy.

    Hoping the rain stays away for his party.

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  18. @alice, get sappy all you want. i have plenty of sap to go around too!

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  19. Long time Lurker here... just wanted to come out and say Happy Birthday Parker! He is just too cute!

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  20. @nessa, MAYBE one lick. of like, wheat germ flax oil frosting or something.

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  21. What a sweet birthday. My favorite way to spend them, especially for the little ones.

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  22. Thank you for this post!

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  23. Happy first birthday! He's so cute!!
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  24. Happy belated birthday to the littlest Hunt :)

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  25. beautiful pics, happy borthday to your little one

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  26. i remember starting to read your blog right before you found out you were expecting the little parker boy. he is so cute & i can't get over how much he looks like your husband. i love your maxi skirt in the pics too! you are such a stylish momma!

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  27. His cuteness is ridiculous. I love it.

    Happy Birthday, Parker!

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