Oh my darling boy. How have we gotten here so quickly? You are now one year old. I can’t even get my head around that. How have you been in our lives for a whole year already? And at the same time, how can it only be a year? I can’t even remember what life was like before you. I almost don’t want to remember… because even though I had much more money, a slimmer waist line and more free time on my hands, my life wasn’t as enriched as it is now. I wasn’t as fulfilled. I didn’t feel anywhere near the same levels of joy and pride I now feel on a daily, if not hourly, basis. Yes, you’ve been bloody hard work at times, but it is always, ALWAYS, worth it.
I think planning your child’s first birthday party is a bit of a rite of passage – whether you choose to have a party for their very first birthday or wait until their older, it’s a bit of a milestone. I absolutely loved planning Pickle’s first baby bash – we don’t have a great deal of space at home so we chose to do two parties! One on the Saturday for our immediate family, and one on Sunday for his baby friends. I’d describe myself as fairly ‘mumsy’, so I was quite excited to host a party at home, blow up balloons, bake a cake and serve up some nibbles. It’s one of those ‘Mum’ moments that I’ve been looking forward to. And it didn’t disappoint. All the mad-rush tidying (even though the house still looked a tip!) was totally worth it.