How is it possible that in just over three weeks, I will be the proud mama to a beautiful one-year-old boy? Where did this past year go? I feel as though I was just pregnant, anxiously awaiting my baby’s arrival and wondering what life with a baby would really be like. I remember Brady’s birth as though it were yesterday, and yet here we are: nearly one year later.
I’m feeling rather emotional about his birthday, to be honest. There are so many tough moments that come with being a mom the first year; but the closeness, and the snuggles, and the ability to cradle your precious baby in your arms? It’s a precious experience that I could never put into words. And even though there are countless, beautiful moments ahead, Brady’s turning one is like accepting the fact that my baby boy is growing up.
And although his growing up excites me, it’s also bittersweet to think back and to realize that he’s no longer my squishy baby boy. He’s so quickly becoming my big boy, and I wish I could slow time down just a little!
I definitely want to embrace the excitement of his turning one years old though, so I’m trying to focus on how much fun it is to plan his first birthday parties. 🙂 The lucky little boy gets two parties, as Nate and I thought it would be best to have a party with Nate’s side of the family one weekend and then a party for my side of the family the following weekend. (Since it’s November, we need to have the party inside, and we knew that having 40+ people in the house would be overwhelming for Brady; so we decided to keep it family… and to divide the large group in half).
This, my friends, means November is going to be one very fun-filled, busy month. 😉 Between a cake-smash photo shoot, two birthday parties for Brady, Thanksgiving, and Nate’s birthday, I’m going to be one very busy girl!
I decided on a jungle theme for Brady’s parties, as that was the theme for his nursery. Normally I’m not a fan of cookie-cutter party supplies, but this girl is running out of time to plan and decorate (as the first party is November 15th)! Soooo, I (along with my mom and Brady) decided to make a stop at Party City, and I found a bunch of cute banners and wall decorations that fit into my budget. Between what I bought and what I already own, I think I can add the right amount of décor to make our home festive for the special day… without going too overboard.
During our shopping trip, we may or may not have left a Cheerio trail that I had to back-track and pick up a bit… 😉
Hmmm, I think someone is getting excited!! (And it’s not just me). 🙂