Aaron turned 1 on April 10th. I can’t believe how fast time flew. It seemed to have gone by faster with him than it did with Mila. He’s been walking for about 2 months now and his strong-willed and very affectionate personality is shinning through. On his birthday I baked cupcakes, we sang the birthday song to him, and gave him, as far as we know, his first taste of sugar. He, however, devoured that cake like it was his second helping so we aren’t sure what type of foolishness is going on at his school ;).
We hosted a park birthday party for him on April 19th as his birthday was during our spring break and, as stated in an earlier posting, most of our friends were out of the country. I wanted a simple party: light refreshments, cupcakes, and several opportunities to capture memories. So I decided on a 10am gathering with a serving of fruit balls, crescents, and cupcakes. I picked a morning party as most parents with little ones have been up for hours and in an attempt to beat the heat. Today’s high temperature was 106 degrees Fahrenheit/41 degrees Celsius. I was hoping that we would stay in the high 80’s or low 90’s during the party but, I can’t even begin to explain how hot it was. It felt like all of 100 degrees plus. Poor Mila and the other younger children couldn’t play on the playground equipment from 11am onwards as we were afraid that it would burn their hands. Next time, I’m having his party at 7am .Who’s with me?
The party was still quiet lovely though. 21 of our closest friends came out to celebrate Aaron’s milestone with us. We felt honored and loved. I’ll be the first to admit that first birthday parties are for the parents. However, having such wonderful friends makes it almost impossible to resist throwing such events.
Most guest arrived on time, which was a great thing as we were forced to sing happy birthday to Aaron at 10:30am. At around 10:20am I looked at Aaron and his little eyes were heavy and his head was swaying. I couldn’t believe that he was falling asleep in such heat and with so much excitement going on! That just goes to show how different siblings are; Mila would have fought sleep just to be in the middle of everything. Aaron, however, will sleep anywhere and around anyone. We knew that if we didn’t sing to him soon that he would fall asleep and forcing him to wake up would only make for really horrible pictures.
So we pulled out his cupcakes, party hat, and gathered around to sing happy birthday to him.
After the song and pictures Aaron, happily, went to his teacher and fell asleep. By the way, we absolutely love his teacher! I told Ms. Yolanda about the party and she, excitingly, agreed to come. She was a great help with both Aaron and Mila.
One sleeping baby doesn’t stop a party, even if that baby happens to be the guest of honor. So children still played and adults chatted away for another hour and a 1/2 or so.
As most families were leaving and we were packing up the last few items, guess who decided to join us…
While Aaron missed most his party, I still think that everything went smoothly. I would definitely do it again: same place, same people, just an earlier time :).