Donovan’s birthday arrived quickly and before I was ready. Of course I had the decorations up and the food ready, but I was not ready for the first year to end. It was a long year and a tough one. But it was also the year that I became a mom, a role which, I was unsure of at first, but quickly grew to love fiercely. I was filled with sentimental memories of the week leading up to Donovan’s birth. The frustration, the lacking patience, the excitement. Donovan’s birth was one of the most special moments of my life. As I reflected on Donovan’s birthday, I realized that a child’s birthday is all about celebrating their life, while also celebrating the the joy of being their parent and welcoming them into this world.
Donovan woke up happy and excited to enjoy his first birthday. We ate breakfast and headed to the Lowry Park Zoo.
The day was overcast, which kept the weather nice and cool for our morning outside. Aunt Allison had flown in from Minneapolis as a surprise to Doug. I am still completely proud of myself for keeping the secret. Her arrival was perfect and Doug was unsuspecting and caught off-guard! Donovan enjoyed spending so much quality time with his Auntie Al!
Doug and I decided that Donovan’s birthday gift would be annual passes to the zoo. Growing up, my family used to go to the zoo once a month. I have such fond memories of seeing the animals and playing in the water fountains before heading home exhausted.
Auntie L was also able to join in the fun!
We had a blast at the zoo. We saw many animals. And Donovan enjoyed his first doughnut!
Donovan went on his first carosel ride. He only enjoyed the first half and then wanted to get off.
We went to PDQ for lunch and then to Sports Authority to get a few last minute birthday party items.
We avoided most of the rain that day, which made for the the perfect nap time!
We took his measurements for the family measuring stick.
And we took his last month photos, which were really difficult since he has become super fast! We were lucky to get the sticker and the bunny in the same picture.
Donovan’s Birthday Party was on March 28th and it was a baseball theme. We asked everyone to wear their favorite baseball team apparel or colors. And naturally, Donovan was the Rookie of the Year.
We had hamburgers, hot dogs, Cracker Jacks, peanuts, and nachos. The nachos were served in those plastic dishes that are used at real baseball games (Thank you, Sam’s Club). And they were a special request from Doug. They were quite a hit and everyone loved them!
I think everyone would agree that the highlight of the party was the cake smash. We posted the video on facebook (https://vimeo.com/134027550) and people loved it! Donovan was not shy when it came to enjoying his cake. He eventually put his entire face in it. He was polite and offered to share some with me, as I was attempting to keep the cake on his tray. And, Donovan decided to have his cake and eat it too, by searing it all over his hair.
The party was a blast! We were so thankful for all of our amazing family and friends who came to celebrate our special boy. Donovan was a party animal and almost missed his nap!
Donovan’s birthday and party were both special days for our little family. Even though, it wasn’t easy to see Donovan’s first year come to a close, I was comforted by the fact that the best would be yet to come.
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