Nat’s First Birthday

I remember being so excited about Elin’s first birthday and not sad or nostalgic. I can’t say the same is true for Natalie’s first birthday. My baby turning in to a toddler was a little rough for me this year. I found myself babying her and agreeing to hold her more than normal in the weeks surrounding her birthday.

But it was inevitable… our baby turned one, so we made the most of it.

Her actual birthday fell on a Friday. We started the day with a few presents (rocking chair from Nana/Papa, clothes and cardboard bricks from us) and then the four of us headed to Crown Center and had lunch at Fritz’s. Both girls found the train-themed restaurant pretty entertaining and Mom and Dad were just thankful to get out of there with only a 20 min wait and without any meltdowns. After lunch we went to the Crayola store and the girls loved it. Finally, it was an unseasonably warm December day (about 50 degrees) so we headed across the street to play on all of the fun kid stuff that they have outside.


Her party was held the next day, on New Year’s Eve. I remembered hearing about a local library doing a “Noon Year’s Eve” where they ring in noon on NYE every year and I thought that would be such a cute idea for a birthday party, especially since NYE fell on a Saturday this year. We bought a balloon drop kit and it ended up working great! To be extra cautious, M and I dryer-sheeted (not a word) each individual balloon to make sure that the static wouldn’t keep the balloons from actually falling. Luckily, we counted down to noon and everything went off without a hitch. Well, except for the fact that E was not at all a fan of the commotion. 🙂

Oh, and Nat actually enjoyed her cake a little more than I thought she would.


Oh Natalie. Describing you is so hard to do. Every word I can think to describe you seems to contradict another word I would use to describe you: serious but fun, stubborn but easy-going, small but mighty, happy but finicky. If I had to narrow it down to one word… it would be: JOY. You are just a joy. That doesn’t always mean you’re easy (you barely slept the past year, you have already started pushing your sister, you are NOT a fan of change), but you just have your own little personality that is just so uniquely YOU. You make us laugh all of the time with your VERY timely laughs (when we make a joke as though you get it) or screeches (when we talk about how much you weigh and it’s like you’re trying to silence us from embarrassing you). You have a resting bitch face like I’ve never seen before and it just cracks me up. Nat, at the age of one, you already have your mind made up about a lot of things and I can tell that you’re going to be a prickly one, but I also KNOW that you are going to take this life by the horns and make the most of it. You are going to be the life of the parties and the one that everyone wants to hang out with… and I’m no exception to that. Please hang out with me forever?!?!? 🙂

We love you, NDA!


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