Our wren wren. How can it be? This year with you has been so sweet. Also, spicy. As you grow you are learning to exert yourself, learning what you like and what you don’t. One thing you became very attached to early on in your life was your bunny, a gift from a family friend. Nothing comforts you like bunny. So we thought your first birthday should be a bunny themed day. We can’t believe you are one and we’ve said so a million times. You are a joy to us all, everybody’s baby, and you make us all laugh with your silly faces, grumpy eyebrows, bunny love, toddling walk, and excitement for life. Happy first birthday, sweet little very.
A little bit about her day:
Friends (and my mom) came over the day before her birthday (Saturday) for a cookout, bonfire and play time. We didn’t make it about her day persay, but we did have carrot cake in her honor and a couple of gifts. On her birthday, it was just us. After church I wanted to take photos of our girl in her special birthday dress + crown, just as she is now — walking, exploring, loving being outside, chasing our kitty Rose, and keeping up with her siblings. It was good that we did because shortly thereafter it began to rain and pour for the rest of the day. When she woke up from her nap and saw her presents by the fireplace, she picked them up and started right in on them, knowing just what to do. Each of the children helped her open a gift. She opened her birthday sweater that I knit for her and she immediately bit it, as she does whenever something is soft and snuggly. She held onto it and didn’t protest a bit when I put it on her. It’s so sweet because whenever she saw me working on it she would grab the yarn (and generally she is very into my yarn anyway). We got her a bunny book and her cousin-twin Silas sent her the sweetest book about a bird named wren which made me tear up to read. Its perfect. We also bought her a pair of boiled wool overalls which will be so nice for her to wear on all her adventures outside, with the reinforced knees and bottom. They are very big on her but they will fit her throughout next winter as well! My mom bought her her first baby doll (wren can’t say her “b’s” yet so she calls it her “day-dee” instead of baby). Her big gift from us was a little piano of her very own. She is obsessed with our piano but can’t reach it or play it unless someone helps her up and then sits and makes sure she doesn’t fall off the bench, so this little piano is just her size. She has loved it so much, which is always a delight.
For her cake, I made a vegan + gluten free carrot cake which was literally maybe the best carrot cake I’ve ever had, and I topped it with new little bunnies in honor of her bunny day. 🙂 She has never had anything like cake before and she’s our first child to absolutely dig in and love her first birthday cake. It was a very special first birthday, just perfect in so many ways. And I tried not to cry and be sad about her growing so big so fast, or the fact that it might be the last first birthday we celebrate, and instead just enjoy all that is now and all that will come.