Today is a day I’ll spend like an emotionally unstable wreck. Ok?
Ok, glad we have that cleared up.
It’s officially been a full year since our little princess came into the world!
When I think back, I’m struck by how fast it went and how much has changed. These early years with little ones at our feet, are incredibly fleeting. It’s so often said and yet probably not fully embraced most of the time.
How many days do we rush through the day, tearing through our to-do list, frustrated by all the road blocks? It’s nearly impossible to get out of that mindset. Even when I do set out to live in the moment and take it all in, I still get caught up stressing over all my obligations.
Do you know what happens every. single. time I forget to stop and enjoy the moment? I lose. Well, really, pretty much everyone loses. Obviously, there’s a time for getting stuff done, but there’s only so much we can fit into a day and sometimes. No, wait. Always. Always, it’s better to laugh at the failures and move on. Yes, I’m giving you permission to give yourself a break, embrace the messiness of this stage of life, and play hooky every once in a while… 😉 I’m giving myself permission, too.
On that note, today my baby turns 1. Most likely, she’s my last baby, which is probably why I’m feeling especially sentimental today. It’s also why I… I’m only slightly hesitant to say, “waisted”… so we’ll just said: I invested an exorbitant amount of time planning the documentation of her first birthday. In other words, I’ve spent the past few days obsessing over a smash cake session. Don’t know what that is? I’d be a little surprised. I mean, even the sweet grandmother I spoke with at the store rolled her eyes and pointed out that we young mothers “all do the same things”.
Yup. I joined the club! But, I really believe all art is inspired by something someone else did anyway, so we’re good.
I mean, could this be any cuter?!?! The icing on her nose! I’m so happy with our session and my decision to do it!
Oh, and the cake. Did I mention the giant cupcake?! About a month ago, I contacted Sarah Morroni of Sweet Rose Bakery about a custom smash cake. I wasn’t sure I wanted to have a party (because I’m a bad planner and 1 year olds don’t remember their parties). I decided against the party but still wanted a small cake for Naomi to dig into. This cake. There are no words for how perfect this cake was.
From the moment I picked up the cake, I was terrified I’d ruin it before I had a chance to take pictures. By some miracle, my clumsiness stayed at bay and spared the perfect cake from disaster!
Anyway, without further delay, Naomi’s smash cake celebration…
Happy Birthday sweet girl! Everyone loves you so much. This family simply wouldn’t be complete without you!