First Birthday Event

Let’s travel back in time shall we? The first weekend in April we held Arionna’s first birthday. I came over early to help watch the baby while everyone else got ready. (Being the auntie is fun!)

And I wanted time to show Em/Chad the first year video of Ario. It turned out pretty special if you ask me. Weeks and weeks and weeks I worked on it. Not counting the monthly photos I took, faithfully, for the first 12 months of her life.

I was given the responsibility of getting her ready for the party. I gave her a bath (surprisingly, the first one I’d ever given her!) and got her dressed in her special party clothes. I even did her hair, which my sister loved.

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She’s not a big fan of sitting still (is any kid at that age?) so I had her Uncle Ryan distract her while I got her pony in.
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She was less than pleased after I finished, but she bounced back quickly.

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When the guests started arriving, she was a bit overwhelmed. It wasn’t that huge of a party, maybe 30 people, but that is a lot in her little house that only usually has three.

She clammed up and sat in the corner, which is where her buddy Layla found her when she arrived.
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My mom with both of her grandkids. Simon is playing with my phone. He’s also shy around too many people, so I gave him the phone and his favorite game (Peg Light) to keep him happy.

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Grandma with the birthday girl. (Who was being mildly uncooperative with photos).
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Simon with his mama. I love their identical expressions!
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Opening her own presents. She only really likes to pull out the tissue. She left the presents for her mom.
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Diggin’ in. In her birthday outfit that Grandma bought her months ago. It was too big! (notice the sleeves)

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I’m not even sure what’s happening here, but I really like this picture.
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Cousins. These two love each other so much!
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With her other grandparents.
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How many Grandmas does it take to change a baby?
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The proud daddy and his little girl.
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My mom made the special bunny cake, which is a family tradition. What I love about this picture, though, is how Mom is lighting the candles, Em is filming her, Chad is watching Em film her and the birthday girl is stuck in a corner, alone, being ignored. It cracks me up!
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Singing happy birthday.
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A girl and her bunny cake.
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I don’t think I’ve ever seen a birthday girl as tired as this one…
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Later, she shared her cake with her parents.

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That just about sums it up, hmm?

Later, while the baby napped. We all went outside to enjoy some rare, early spring sunshine. Ario got bubbles from Simon as a present, which he couldn’t wait to tear into.
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Someone was in a much better mood after her nap!
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When we all headed back outside, I was carrying Ario. I set her on the hood of my car and Simon climbed right up to “protect” her.
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After blowing bubbles for a few minutes and listening to my dad tell me all the reasons why I shouldn’t let kids climb on my 12-year-old car, we decided to get the baby some exercise. She just started walking, on her own, that day!

Simon and Emmy took her for a walk:
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Someone really loves the independence that mobility brings.

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It was a terrific party. Here’s to a fantastic next year of life. (For the second birthday, I’ll try to blog the party within ONE month, okay?)

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2 thoughts on “First Birthday Event

  1. I absolutely LOVE all the photos in this blog. You did a fantastic job of capturing the day! Your sister is very lucky to have you.(And the video was perfect). Ario is the lucky one to have such a wonderful Auntie Livi!

    • Thanks, Mom. It was a great day. I am glad the pics turned out as well as they did, since babycakes wasn’t smiley….

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