I’m thankful for my baby girl. This is a cell phone pic of an ultrasound from several weeks ago, so please excuse the quality. You can sort of make out Selah’s upper body (from the side), profile, and one of her arms (her hand is by her face). 25 weeks and counting!
Thankful - Day Seventeen
Another one … because it’s been too long since I posted a pic of my cute kid!
(taken March 14, 2011)
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Remember Jensen’s first Birthday party? Here’s a short clip of him
eating playing with the healthy cake.
Jensen’s First Birthday Party
Alright, so I’m way overdue on a few blog posts - namely: Jensen’s first Christmas, Jensen’s first word, Jensen’s first tooth, Jensen’s first steps… but I can’t put this one off any longer. On January 31st, my son turned one year old!!! Last Sunday, the day before his actual birthday, we had a little birthday party for him in the park.
Winter in Phoenix is lovely, and the weather was perfect for an outdoor celebration. The party started at 2 pm, and it was about 72 degrees and sunny. I chose a little park about 15 minutes from our house that wouldn’t be too crowded, and we kept decor to a minimum. We don’t have any family in Phoenix, so all of the guests were mommy & baby friends we’ve met through meetup.com since moving here (and daddies) except for my friend Amber and her husband Jake. Nathan and I have known Amber since elementary school, and Jake helped Nathan get his current job at GCU. We are so thrilled that they’re expecting their first child in June! It was such a blessing to have so many friends celebrate Jensen’s birthday with us.The party was “come and go” style from 2 pm to about 5 pm, and all told there were about 17 adults and 9 babies/toddlers partying over the course of the afternoon.
I chose a jungle theme, because it’s his nursery theme… so I was able to use some of his extra curtains as tablecloths and stuffed animals as table top decorations. We served bananas (for the monkeys), animal crackers, peanuts (for the elephants), pretzel sticks, cookies, sugar-free mini banana bread muffins (for the babies), and cake! Saturday night before the party, I made a lion cake:
and a coconut cake:
Around 3 pm, we sang to Jensen and stripped him down so he could enjoy the Birthday cake. I helped him blow out his candle:
I didn’t really want Jensen to destroy the nice cake, so I had also baked a healthy, sugar-free, smash cake (banana bread w/ cream cheese and apple juice concentrate glaze) for Jensen. The guests looked on as Jensen enjoyed himself:
My big boy and his daddy after cake time:
We gave out jungle sunglasses to the babies as party favors. Jensen rocked his with style:
And that’s it! A pretty cool party for the coolest
Love You Forever
How did this happen? A year ago at this time, we were timing contractions. I’m really tired, but I don’t want to go to bed, because I know when I wake up my son will be a “toddler.” Irrational? Maybe.
I want to drive around Phoenix until I find a copy of the awesome children’s book Love You Forever by Robert Munsch, buy it, wake up Jensen, read it to him over and over until I’m crying and we both fall asleep in the rocking chair. Irrational? Definitely.
This will have to suffice:
Dear Jensen, You’re turning one tomorrow. I can’t believe it. You’re walking. You look like a big boy. People tell me I can’t call you a baby anymore. BUT…
“I’ll love you forever. I’ll like you for always. As long as you’re living My baby you’ll be.”