I love birthdays and Oliver’s is no exception, but the word “birth-day” has a totally different meaning now that I celebrate with him every year. The year has flown by even though there have definitely been some really long days and weeks as well. Staying at home with Oliver is the biggest blessing and hardest job I have ever had so far. I love it and find it challenging all in the same breath, but I wouldn’t change a thing. I have a peace that I am exactly where I am supposed to be right now and that is the best. Does it make it easy? No. Does it make it worth it? Absolutely!
On to the birthday celebrations…
Oliver loves dogs, or “doh” as he calls them so I thought I’d throw him a Puppy Pawty. We invited a few of our friends and family and asked them to bring donations to the Greater Charlotte SPCA. My cousin in South Africa did this and I thought it was the most amazing idea! Thank you so much to everyone for donating fun toys, leashes, dog collars and money for vaccinations and spaying. I am taking the donations to an SPCA event tomorrow and hopefully we don’t come home with a puppy, haha. I would love to rescue a dog or cat but Ollie is enough of a handful right now.
I went a little crazy with the food but showcasing yummy vegan food is kind of what I do so I’m allowed to! I made the food labels with the graphics from his cute invitation and obviously got my inspiration for the food names on Pinterest. The chocolate chip cookies were “doggie biscuits,” veggie sticks were “fetch sticks,” potato chips were “paw-taco chips,” veggie puffs were “puppy kibble,” teething crackers were “teething woofers,” veggie hot dogs were “not dogs”, the veggies and hummus were “ruff-age”, and the granola bars were “Growl-nola Bars” (I made that one up myself). I’ll admit – it’s a little cheesy (vegan of course) but I thought it was cute. I couldn’t think of anything for the fruit salad. Can you?
We ended up outside in the backyard until we all got bitten by mosquitos and came inside. Oliver had his first piece of chocolate cake and loved it. It’s my absolute favorite cake recipe and I had it for almost all my birthdays growing up (we didn’t know it was vegan).
He got some lovely toys and books that I’ll share in another post about what toys to buy a one-year-old. His one gift from us what a total hit, but it was not on the cheap side. Hopefully it will last him a long time though, and maybe any siblings if that is in our future!
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What did you do for your baby’s first birthday?
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