Today was The day. The day I have not been looking forward too for so long. My little love bug is a year old.....
Kolt and I decided that we should both get Brinleigh from her bed this morning so that we could start her birthday with big hugs and kisses from Mommy and Daddy. We then went downstairs and had a huge breakfast, thanks to Kolt's dad, Jim, and his girlfriend, Lidia, who are currently visiting. Brinleigh had bananas and her very first pancake, which she absolutely loved. She also received her first gift of the day, a rocking rider pony from her Grandma D. She was so excited about it, bouncing up and down as we played the music and rocked her back and forth.
After breakfast, Brinleigh opened a birthday gift from her Great Gma and Gpa. We played for a little bit and then it was nap time. Brinleigh's nap time, turned into everyone in the house taking a nap. So after we all woke up again, Brinleigh at some lunch and we got ready to head out of the house.
It was absolutely gorgeous out today, sunny skies and seventy degrees. A complete 180 compared to a year ago when she was born and came home from the hospital. We took Jim and Lidia to the Coast Guard hangar to look at the helicopters and Brinleigh was able to sit in one for the first time. Then we headed to Totem Park to walk around. I was able to get a lot of really good scenic pictures with my Cannon DSLR camera, and of course some of Brinleigh making this incredibly cute face which she just started doing yesterday.
When we came home, Lidia cooked us an amazing taco dinner and Kolt and I let Brinleigh open a few more birthday gifts. (Grandma Jen and Papa, Brinleigh loved her musical Minnie mouse.) Brinleigh ate dinner and then of course we had more birthday gifts to open. While playing, Brinleigh took a tumble and went head first into the corner of the sliding glass door, which we had open with the screen door shut. She immediately developed a huge purple knot on her forehead. So after Brinleigh, Daddy AND Mommy, all calmed down from this traumatic situation, we decided Cake would make things better! We cut out a few pieces for the adults and then sang "Happy Birthday" to Brinleigh, who almost looked terrified of all the noise. When we put the cake in front of her, she daintily picked at the frosting and it took her a while to get down to the actual cake. There were a few moments of crying, she was tired and her head probably hurt. So after cleaning up the cake, we played with a few birthday toys and opened the last of her gifts. (HUGE Thanks to her Grandma Deana for basically stocking her closet full of the cutest 12 month clothes.)
Then of course, it was bath, bottle, and then bed time for the little one. She had a long, busy, exhausting day and crashed about half way through her bottle.
So now... we look forward to her Birthday Party, which Mama, has been preparing for for several months now. Her party will be on August 11th (a lot of our friends are out of town right now so we are waiting until my sister, Mandy, comes to visit). I got to practice making her Birthday cake and learned what needs to be done and what not to do for next time. I have made almost all of her party decorations myself and can't wait to put them all up and see how they look.
We also have her One year photos scheduled for August 6th and can't wait to do those and see how they turn out.