Okay, moving on.
I am absolutely NOT excited about Natalie turning one. But I have decided to lock all those feelings away in a tiny little box at the back of my brain and instead focus all kinds of manic energy into making her first birthday party The Best Ever. And, yes, I realize her first birthday is still nearly 3 months away.
I don’t want a big fiasco of a party, but I do want something ridiculously sweet and memorable and well-decorated that ends in Natalie smearing cake all over her face and hair. I have promised Mikey that I will not go overboard and spend a fortune on an event that Natalie will have zero recollection of, and he has promised not to make fun of my obsessive planning.
So far I’ve planned out a light menu that includes (obvs) food from the book and food with holes in it, started hoarding items for decoration projects, done a draft of the invitations, and picked out two naterpillar-themed craft activities that will be too advanced for Natalie to participate in but should keep the adults mildly entertained. We’re still working on finding a good space, since our house really isn’t big enough for even the smallest family get-together of us and all her grandparents.
See, I told you: EXCITED.
Stay tuned for more birthday excitement over the next couple of months, because I’m sure that as the date gets closer I will be even more dedicated to burying my sadness over my baby turning A Whole Year Old in crazed party planning. It’s just how I roll.
Oh, and if you are an honorary auntie or uncle of Natalie’s, consider this post your save-the-date for her party. I may not do a mass mailing of invitations all over the country, but, rest assured, you are invited. She has, like, two baby friends, so really this party is a chance for our friends (and family) who love her to get together and watch her have her first taste of something sugary.
Oh, and we may also finally be doing some kind of a godparent-thing on the weekend of her birthday, too… check back soon for a big announcement about who Natalie is lucky enough to have lookin’ out for her.