If I'm being completely honest, Ashton's first birthday totally snuck up on me, and a week later I'm still trying to decide whether or not that was a good thing. I super over planned Em's first birthday (like several months in advance) and because of that dealt with a ridiculous amount of mama emotions leading up to the day because my baby growing older consumed my thoughts 95% of the time. This time around between being so busy with the holidays, family visits, and you know - life with two kids (#secondchildproblems maybe?) I didn't even start thinking about Ashton's actual party until a couple of weeks before. This saved me a decent amount of tears leading up to the actual day, but since he's officially hit his year mark I've still had plenty of emotional moments about his growing up making me think that it doesn't matter much whether or not I plan my kid's parties six months in advance or six days, I'll still be an emotional mess when it happens because that's just the type of blubbering, mushy person that I am.
For the party I decided to keep things simple and loosely theme it around balls because they're one of Ashton's favorite toys to play with. We had a few close friends over for lunch, treats, and of course plenty of balls and balloons for all the kids to play with and enjoy! The highlight of the party were definitely the adorable personalized sugar cookies that my sweet friend Caley from Sweetly Painted Cookies made for the party, she sent over the most darling "ball" sugar cookies that were perfect for theme I was going for, and also made me wish that I was better at making/decorating cakes so that Ash's smash cake looked less shabby next to her incredible talent (notice the close up picture of the cookie but purposefully no close up shot of the cake). 😂 I wish that I lived closer to her so that I could hire myself as her officially cookie taste-tester because I love them so much, and would highly recommend that anyone in the southern California area reach out to her and get her amazing cookies for your next event! Thanks so much again for the cookies Caley, your talent with painting and baking is incredible!
Despite my lack of cake decorating skills, Ashton still loved his cake and digging into it with his fingers and hands, and even kept trying to crawl back to the spilled cake on the floor once he was out of his highchair before I'd had a chance to clean up the mess. 😂 This age with Ash has been SO fun, he's really come into his own spirited personality lately and I don't think a single day goes by where he hasn't made me laugh or snapped me out of a frustrated funk with just his smile. He's recently found his voice, and does the cutest imitations of sounds he hears us make through talking or reading books. He hasn't started walking on his own yet, but literally climbs every surface that he can to terrifying heights. Emery is still his favorite person to play and laugh with, and I'm still (thankfully) his favorite to cuddle up with when he's tired or sad. He gives the best hugs but will smack you away if you ask for a kiss, and has made getting into mischief an olympic sport that he excels at. With how crazy busy this past year has been in so many aspects of our lives I've been having a really hard time saying "goodbye" to Ashton's baby years because I feel like I unintentionally let so many moments slip through my fingers in the chaos, but also feel SO grateful for all of the little moments and memories that Ashton has brought into our family, and can't wait to watch him grow and hold onto all of the sweet moments that are sure to come. 💙
Also on a completely unrelated side note and mostly for myself when I look back on his birthday pictures, the day of Ashton's party was probably one of the gloomiest, rainy, stereotypical Oregon winter days that I think we've seen since moving here, making it so that me getting any pictures that were actually bright and not grainy was impossible. I'm obviously still sour about it, but am trying to be optimistic about it and remind myself that once upon a time grainy pictures were all we had to document anything and that years from now it won't matter as much and I'll be grateful for at least some sort of documentation of Ash's big day. But seriously, thanks a lot for the crummy weathered day Oregon, and you're lucky you're such a beautiful state with a perfect climate to live in to make up for messing with my photo perfectionism.
Happiest of first birthdays to our sweet little sunshine boy!
We love everything you are and everything that you bring to our family.
weight & height: 23.6 pounds and 31.5 inches. You're in the 80th percentile for weight and 95th for height, and growing at a perfect rate! eating & sleeping: You've recently become really independent when it comes to eating solid foods and love feeding yourself with your fingers. You've liked pretty much everything that you've tried at this point, including your first birthday cake! Your 12 month molars are currently coming in making sleep past 6 AM a fairly nonexistent thing, and we're all looking forward to those coming through so that everyone can be more comfortable and better rested. exciting firsts/milestones: Although you haven't started walking on your own yet, you've made it a habit of walking along the wall and basically anything else you can hold onto along the way, and have regularly started standing up on your own for extended periods of time making us thing that walking is right around the corner! You've also become much more chatty and love trying to imitate the sounds that you hear around you. We also had your first birthday of course, and had so much fun celebrating you at your party! things I love: You are so mobile lately and love to climb on EVERYTHING and anything that you're able to! You love bath time and any type of water, playing music and dancing to it, playing with toys, cars, and balls, and love playing with Emery, who can still make you laugh more than anyone else! things I don't enjoy so much: Because you're so active, the main time you're unhappy is when you feel like you're being kept from being able to explore. You've also completely refused to drink out of anything but a bottle, and Mom is once again kicking herself for waiting so dang long to actually start introducing any sort of sippy cup into your life as we try to work through it. mom & dad's biggest parenting lesson so far: As your first year has come to a close, we've been reminded once again of just how sneaky of a thief time is when it comes to baby's first year of life. The past year has been such a busy year for our family making it feel like it's been a long time since you've joined us, but then at the same time I still feel like time has gone by so fast and there's been so many times that I've been worried about missing any of your big milestones because I happen to blink and they just happen so quickly. We've really taken to trying to slow down and simplify life where we can and more fully indulge in soaking in all of the little moments with you and Emery, because you really are only little once, and we don't want to miss a bit of it. 💙
I'm Chelsea. I'm a wife, mommy, photographer, and lover of life's little adventures. Join me here to celebrate the beautiful things in people and life.