We had SUCH a fun couple of days celebrating Wyatt's first birthday this past week.
I took this picture the night before his birthday. Maybe I'm the only sentimental one out there, but I was really kind of sad putting him down for the last time as a baby! I started to reflect on the year and think about the past 365 nights (yes, I'm almost positive I've put him to sleep every single night since he was born). 365 sounds like a big number but wow... those days and nights went quickly. I've heard it said, when it comes to all things mom or parenting related, the days are long but the years are short. How true. Time could slow down one of these days...!
The night before his birthday I took Lainey to the store to pick out a balloon for her brother. She waited patiently (or not...) for the birthday boy to wake up the next morning so she could bring him his balloon!
His first birthday gift! A total hit. We love Melissa & Doug toys!
This balloon was an even bigger hit. They've been playing with it constantly!
Took the birthday boy to HyVee for some grocery shopping and a cookie. He loved showing everyone his pointer finger to say, "HEY I'M ONE!"
We didn't really plan on doing much in the way of celebrating the night of his actual birthday, we thought we'd save the partying for Saturday but Daddy came home with this adorable little cake. What a great dad!
Let's just say, Wyatt really, really enjoyed it.
Thanks to HyVee for the greenest green frosting that was ever created. It required a long, long bath to get all clean!
I'd be lying if I said it wasn't a little difficult to get this dude to bed that night after a huge sugar crash from all of that cake and frosting. Worth it? Yes!
The next morning we had Wyatt's 1 year well check...
23 lbs, 6 oz (54th percentile) and 31.3 (96th percentile) inches of pure perfection!
He actually only gained about a pound in the last 3 months but grew about 2 inches. Big guy is slimmin down. We got the go ahead to try a bunch of new foods. He is not weaned yet but we will try introducing some whole milk and see how it goes!
We planned a football themed party for our active little dude for Saturday!
I will never, ever win any awards for cake decorating. But I try.
Sneaking some snacks :)
Wyatt's cousins from Cedar Rapids were able to come to the party! So much fun having so many little ones so close in age!
Love singing "Happy Birthday" to my sweet baby! He was obviously too enthralled by that cupcake instead of enjoying his serenade.
Another delicious mess!
Our family and friends were so generous with gifts for our big guy. I have a lot to learn about boy toys... from tractors to big rigs and front end loaders...
He had lots of helpers trying out his new toys and new books :)
So much fun!
What can I say that I haven't already said when it comes to our boy, Wyatt. What a blessing this little surprise was. I had so many fears and worries about having another baby so soon but Wyatt has made it easy on us. I know I gush about his sweet demeanor, his joyful smile, his contagious laugh often enough. He is a joy, plain and simple. My prayer is that he would become kind and compassionate, generous and gracious, strong and wise. I know God has great things in store for him and I am blessed to walk alongside him and by God's grace, guide him, teach him and love him as his mom.
Happy birthday to our Wyatt!