Well it doesn't seem possible that my little tiny baby is one! Ok reality is - he isn't a tiny new baby anymore, but it just doesn't see possible that it has been a year! Don't get me wrong, I am used to all things that go along with a kiddo..always having a stocked bag with extras like clothes, cloth diapers, snacks, bibs, a toy, etc, keeping up with naps, meals, and making sure everyday we have some sort of outside and short learning time. Obviously I know I am not doing everything perfectly..really how would you know? I believe people have been raising kids way before I came along and as I have heard from the many before me - all you can do is the best you can do. I have learned (yes I already knew this) that I have amazing friends and family that are always willing to answer any questions or help with things that may be frazzling me. What consistency should his food be, teething help, sippy cup type, when I do this or that, how do I make him feel better if he is sick, etc? I have learned a lot and know that each day presents itself with another way to do this or that, or something new that Wyatt can accomplish today that yesterday he wasn't so sure of..he and I are both always learning.
**Daniel said that I should add..he is an amazing help..that makes me laugh out loud as he has no idea and asks me everything and to answer your question (many of you are asking) NO he still doesn't change diapers**To Daniel one every 2 weeks isn't enough to stand your ground on! :) Loves!
I admit sometimes being in such a small space is hard as I am constantly rotating toys, organizing, moving furniture, and coming up with more efficient ways to do things..but I couldn't imagine it any other way! Daniel and I are completely head over heels in love with him and the dogs are pretty smitten as well! Wyatt is becoming more independent but still likes his cuddle bug time. It cracks me up that he is not shy however, will lay his head to one side when someone talks to him and has started doing the same thing when we walk up towards people. I love that he says mama, dada, bye bye, Y Y, hi, and yum. He definitely recognizes things/objects when I say certain words, ball, dog, Hershey, Chance, bottle, cup, banana, drink, milk, lunch, chair, lay down, no, hungry, swim, wagon, monkey, and more. At his last doctors visit he was right on track with measurements and all milestones. He is pulling up on everything (safe and not) and is so close to walking. He will let go and stand for a few seconds before sitting down. He will also walk behind his Clicky Clack...however due to space I have to continually turn it around. It is a catch 22 on if I am ready for him to walk! As the doctor said "he won't be walking long. I look for him to be running in a few weeks"..Gee thanks..that is great! He is in love with all of the toys he got for his birthday. Trigger (as mentioned in the last post) is a fan favorite as well as the Dump Truck that Connor gave him. He doesn't have a of room to ride it but certainly gets the gist of it and gets mad when I have to turn him around!
We got in town on Thursday evening and stopped on the way for dinner at Southside Meat Market in Elgin. Daniel said it was good and was right! He used to go all the time..way back he was a bachelor and wanted to take us to see if it had changed.
|Last night before you turn 1! We sang happy nite nite birthday to you.|
When I started thinking about party themes I initially thought of football or baseball then I started looking online searching 1st birthday parties. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, so I searched a few more ideas, and finally showed Daniel the top 3. He wouldn't even look at other themes. So I began searching and ultimately started pinning everything I could find to Pinterest. I wanted every detail to be complete and everything to be perfectly cute! Don't get me wrong..I know that the 1st birthday party is more for us, family, friends, and pictures..and really a chance to see everyone. Some of those at the party we had not seen since his welcome bbq last September. So in short..I wanted every detail to be just as I wanted it. I found some amazing decorations, spread ideas, games, etc.
So as I joked with my mom and Pam..it was a total Pinterest party! I found some adorable party kits on Etsy but decided in the end..I really wanted to make everything myself! It was more of a feeling of I can totally use my Cricket and create those cute decorations and accent.
As previously mentioned all the details had to be completed the morning of the party since we were having it at Daniel's parents house. Total confession so people kept asking Daniel and I when the party started in the days leading up and neither one of us knew. We would say we thought noon or 1 but that they should check the evite. That said neither one of us checked the evite so we thought the party started at 12:00 and rushed to get ready. It wasn't until a few minutes after when we had everything ready but the food on the grill..for obvious reasons that we checked the time on the evite. We both busted out laughing because that is so typically of us. It did sorta backfire because I had Wyatt take his nap with the idea the party was at noon so he was bathed, fead, etc. So by the end of the party he was done and ready for a nap. It lasted until almost 5 and poor thing work up at 11 from his nap.
|Cute pictures, caterpillars, Wyatt's 1, and Happy Birthday signs accented the table!|
|Caterpillar cupcake, bubbles, and bracelet party favors|
|Oh its time for cake..huh?|
|Well ok..but what does it taste like?|
|Daddy why did you have to take the wrapper off? NOW look what you made it do? It just exploded!|
|Oh ok. It still tastes good!|
|Mmmm..you want some? I like it!|
We cleaned him up and it was time for presents! Daddy helped him open all the fun new toys and clothes. Wyatt got some super cute things from our family and friends. He loves all of them and is one lucky little dude.
|My party was fun..but I am enjoying this swing!|