Mabel’s first birthday began as they often do, with a minor head injury. Truly, I think most of my kids have some sort of facial trauma occur right around the first birthday, one of the hazards of early walking. Larkspur was an exception to the rule because as I recall, she waited to walk until she was fifteen months old. Also in keeping with her one year old status, Mabel rejected her birthday crown. It’s okay, I expected this. She’ll love it at two, or at least by age three. I made it with wool felt that I dyed with avocado stones, and embroidered it by roughly following a pattern from this lovely book. The trim at the bottom is some I removed from a vintage collar I’ve had stashed away for years. The website with the pattern I followed is unavailable right not, but here’s a great tutorial, if you need one!
Looking through my photos from the day, there weren’t many smiles! It’s not that Mabel was unhappy (well, she was when she banged her head), she was just so focused, taking everything in. We did the usual things: ate cake with whipped cream and opened gifts. Mabel’s first gift was a simple wooden spoon, which she was quite pleased with. Jonny’s mom, “Mimi,” was visiting with a friend, so there were extra gifts (engraved ones, too!) and even pin the tail on the donkey for the other kids. I worked hard to stay in the moment and not think unhelpful thoughts such as, “She’s not a baby anymore!” (Yes, she is.) After cake, we spent some time sitting on the floor playing with wrapping tissue and gifts. At one, the packaging is always just as fun as the gifts themselves! Then we took her outside to play with her “big” gift, a wooden lawnmower toy, because it was moving way too fast for her on the hardwood floors. She’s not quite steady enough for it yet, but she gave it her best try, complete with her tongue sticking out in concentration. She’ll be ready for it soon! We all know how quickly little ones grow up.
Happy first birthday, Mabel! She really is our sweet little sunshine girl.
Here’s the recipe for her healthy-ish birthday cake, copied and pasted straight out of an email from my friend, Jaime.
Paleo Lazy Daisy Cake: