Everett on his birthday, 1/7/2017
Since Evie's first birthday was right around the corner, we had an early celebration in mid-December. We booked a Gymboree (thanks, Grandma F, for the assist!) and are so glad we did. Evie loved it. He had huge smiles crawling around on the equipment and especially when doing the group activities. He loved the group activity which involved shaking maracas so much, that he refused to let go of the maracas for the next half hour (and screamed if Mommy tried to sneak one away).
Gymboree birthday party, 12/18/2016
We took advantage of Everett's aunt, the photographer, and booked a cake smash photo shoot. In order to get Evie to interact with the cake, we had to put strawberries on it. Don't believe everything you see, that baby was tricked! We were prepared for a big mess, but that just wasn't his style that day.
On Evie's actual birthday, we had plans to go hiking but the weather did not allow it. Northern California got some much needed rain leading up to, during, and after Everett turned one. Good for the parks we love, but not good for getting out of the house that day. Instead, we spent time as a family, gave Everett his gifts from us, and relaxed.
Hanging out with the birthday boy, 1/7/2017
The big party was the day after Evie's birthday, and it was better than we ever expected. Despite the rainy weather, lots of our local friends made the trip over. Everett got to play with LOTS of little kids including babies, toddlers, and a few bigger kids. He didn't get too overwhelmed until the very end, and luckily stranger danger isn't a huge problem for us.
Party time - 1/8/2017
It was an awesome day, filled with amazing and supportive people. We're so glad we bit the bullet to have a birthday party that Evie won't remember, but there will be pictures of and we can tell him all about it on future birthdays. Plus, we found out that he greatly prefers chocolate cake (takes after Mommy).
More first birthday party fun - 1/8/2017
Now, on the other side of 1-year-old, things feel a bit different. Easier, maybe. We catch ourselves using the word "baby," knowing we can't use it much longer. Evie is growing up, just as we hope for our children. We are so excited seeing him learn and figuring things out.
The past year seems both short and long. It seems like a lifetime ago that Elizabeth was pregnant, that we were up every 2-3 hours with a newborn. It seems like a hundred years since we held Oberon, and that stings. So much has happened.
We'll keep on keeping on, enjoying the time we get with Evie and trying to limit frustration, keeping it in perspective. Evie has started shaking his head, and we know that N-O is just around the corner. There is so much more excitement than trepidation as we head into toddlerhood. New challenges will come up, keeping Oberon present will require balance and flexibility, and more smiles and moments will fill our hearts than we could ever imagine.
Our family - January 14, 2017 - photo by Abby Alger Photography
*A note on the title. Since Everett was born in a leap year, there were 527,040 minutes in his first year. Not quite as catchy as the non-leap year total.