Weekend Recap

I know I am a day late on this one, but I needed to get my first post out of the way and I couldn’t let this weekend go undocumented because it was a pretty special one – It was Brooke’s First Birthday!

Let’s start with the 4th of July – Brooke’s last “first” holiday. I had high hopes for bringing Brooke to see fireworks for the first time, but she was ready for bed hours before they started and I didn’t want to push it since we had a big day on Sunday. We still had a great day, nonetheless.

We started our morning with an early birthday gift – A water table to play and splash around in!



We (well, Brooke) wore our patriotic gear.



We had our first trip to the pool with Grandpa and Uncle Jack, which was so fun!







We were pooped after such a fun afternoon, and we promptly walked home and took a nice long nap before getting ready for the birthday festivities on Sunday!

Given the nature of everything that is going on between me and Brooke’s father, I decided that a big party was not necessary this year and it just did not feel right. I really wanted to spend the day doing something that I knew Brooke would enjoy and just make the entire day about her. That included gathering up a small group of some of her favorite people and going to the zoo, but not before a fun-filled birthday sized morning!


The balloons were way more exciting and fun than any of her new toys!
The balloons were way more exciting and fun than any of her new toys!
The BEST!!
The BEST!!

After having some fun playing with balloons and not opening her presents (don’t worry, I took care of that for her), we pulled ourselves together and got ready to head to the zoo!



We started off with Brooke’s very first carousel ride.



We spent the rest of the morning walking around and taking in the sights. Brooke was a big fan of the fountains and the goats at the petting zoo.








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We lasted about two hours before it was time to head home for a nap, lunch and cake. More family came over to celebrate the birthday girl before she went to spend the afternoon with her dad.


Sweet cousins!
Sweet cousins!


Who knew this girl would love cake so much? I think she gets her sweet tooth from her momma!






Yep, that’s about how I look after eating cake too : )

After spending a few hours with her dad, Brooke and I ended our long and eventful day with a walk to the park to play and spend some extra time with Uncle Patrick. My brother Patrick recently got a GoPro camera so he documented Brooke’s entire day and he is going to put together a video so that we can always remember her very first birthday! I am so excited and can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Sunday was a very special day for me and for Brooke. We are so lucky to have such great family and friends who are always there to support and celebrate life with us. The day could not have been any more perfect for my sweet little girl. I am one proud momma!

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Happy First Birthday, Brooke Claire!

 I love you forever, for always and no matter what!!

Tell me, if you have a child – how did you spend their first birthday? Would you do anything differently? I am so glad I decided to go the small, simple and sweet route instead of making a big production out of the day. I felt like I really got to enjoy each and every moment with Brooke, and that is something I will savor forever!


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