The Famous First Birthday

Several times over the past week, I have glanced around my house at the clutter of baby toys, stacks of baby laundry, misplaced sippy cups, and stray Cheerios® and I’ve thought to myself, Wow! How life has changed over the past year!

63.birthday.jpgI’m still in denial, but in about two weeks, we will be celebrating Jack’s first birthday. Needless to say, I’ve been doing a lot of reading about planning a baby’s first birthday party. I never cease to be amazed at the broad spectrum of strong opinons on this topic. There are some who think it’s silly to celebrate the first birthday at all since your child will not remember it. Then there are others who spend gobs of time (and money I might add) planning the "party of the century." Maybe I’m being a bit overdramatic! But you know what I mean, right?

I’m happy to say that I fall somewhere in the middle of that spectrum. I believe every birthday is a great opportunity to celebrate and the first one is no exception! But I also believe that simple is usually better. We are planning a small get-together with family and a few friends. There will be decorations, candles, balloons, presents, and of course … birthday cake, but nothing over the top! It will be a great opportunity to thank God for blessing our lives with Jack (whom we can’t imagine life without) as well as to thank all of the family and friends that have supported us during this major life transition.

So I’m curious. How did you celebrate your child’s first birthday? I’d love to hear your thoughts, suggestions, and ideas!


How Time Flies!

My baby boy turned 5 on Tuesday! I can’t believe it. It seems like it was just yesterday when Christopher made his entrance into the world. But he was destined not to be a baby for long. Almost from the beginning he wanted to be like his big brother. Christopher walked and talked earlier, liked the shows and games his brother watched, and wanted to play sports with his bro — no matter that Christopher is five years younger. How quickly this time has passed!

14_Jonathan&Christopher.jpgWe thought about the reality of these changes as we completed an “All About Me” poster for Christopher’s preschool to display on his birthday. We spent a day perusing every photo we had of Christopher to pick out our favorites (this is one of our favs of the boys). Then came the whittling down process. We chose photos representing every year of his life and included every family member: aunts, uncles, grandparents, great-grandparents, and first cousins. Sound tiring? It was! But afterwards, we looked with amazement at how blessed we are as a family.
Of course, we celebrated Christopher’s birthday in many traditional ways — delivering cupcakes and treats to his school and opening presents between slices of pizza and video games at Chuck E. Cheese’s. We certainly made several more great family moments! But it is hard to top a poster overflowing with five years of memories. It will become a keepsake for our family, reminding us of how God has been good to us!
What about you? Share with us some of your favorite ways to celebrate birthdays and capture memories of years gone by.