Writing that heading was a lot harder than I had anticipated. One year. Why, oh why must time move so quickly? It becomes a little overwhelming when TimeHop shoves it in my face everyday. Hey, look at this! One year ago today your little boy was a teeny tiny baby all snuggled up in your chest snoozing soundly. Ugh, instead of calling it TimeHeop they should call it Instant Baby Fever Hop.
Don't worry. I'm not pregnant.
Back to the topic at hand. Our sweet, handsome boy just turned one and I'm all nostalgic and sappy right now. Sorry, I'm not sorry.
For his birthday bash we decided to stick with a woodland theme. This way any decoration I made we could somehow incorporate into his room without wasting TOO much money on things that would just take up more space in our less than stellar attic storage.
Of course, I had to stick with tradition and make him a chalkboard. You can read more about how to create your own DIY chalkboard by checking out this post.
I knew that he was in desperate need of a stuffed fox but didn't really feel like laying down the dough to buy one for him. So, keeping with my DIY mentality I decided to create my own crochet pattern and make him one myself! It took a few nights to put together, but I love the way he turned out. Kellan will crawl up and clobber it with hugs and snuggles. It's simply adorable.
In addition to his birthday chalkboard and other decorations, I also made him a wooden sign with his name hand painted on it and the birthday banner on his high chair. For pictures I decided to recreate a Pinterest find and use a year of Instagram pictures to create a large 1 on the wall. It was a lot of fun spending time on these little projects for him.
We invited family and friends with littles to the party to celebrate, but kept it more low key than with Callie's first birthday. The weather ended up being GORGEOUS and we moved a lot of the kids out to the backyard to play to open up space in our too tiny house.
Kellan was in awe of all of the activities and crashed hard once all of his guests left. We had a great time getting to catch up with friends and family and were so appreciative of all that were able to make it out to show their love to our little guy.
Here are some pictures from his big day!
And of course, I had to finish up his monthly photoshoots with 12 month pictures...
In this past year you have transformed our family in the absolute most perfect way. We prayed for you before God even began to knit you in my womb. We have watched you from your very first days, fighting for your life in the NICU, amazing doctors with your strength. And as you've grown into a little boy with a laid back grin and a not so quiet determination. You are head strong, know what you want and will go to any length to make sure you get it. Not only is Mommy your number one fan, you are hers as well. You've taught me how to have faith. When we found out about your hearing loss we prayed for your healing (more about that in another post), and knew that with faith, we could handle anything that came our way. You adore your big sister and to this day, she is the only one who can make you flat out belly laugh for no apparent reason. She loves you more than she lets on, by the way. We will continue to thank God for blessing us with your life for all of our days. Thank you for giving us the pleasure of being your parents. We love you deeply, with all that we have!
Always and forever,
Mommy and Daddy