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First Birthday

A year has passed. A year since I pushed and cried my way through bringing her into the world. She was perfect. She was beautiful. She was a sister for my other daughter and the newest member to our little family.

The past year has been amazing. I have nurtured, loved, stressed, cried, and prayed my way through every day. I have watched this little person grow and I have loved her beyond what I thought I could ever love.

I thought I had the parenting “thing” figured out… I thought it would be easier the second time around. However, this first year with this new little person has been its own unique journey. God blessed our family with a completely different, amazing little girl… cuddly, affectionate, yet busy and curious.

The weeks leading up to her birthday have been a time of reflection for me. It’s been wonderful remembering this past year and my husband and I had been planning to celebrate her first birthday in a magical kind of way.

Here are some pictures from my baby girl’s first birthday….

We went “crazy” with the decorating. We chose a “retro” theme by decorating with old Golden Books, vintage fabrics and collectible items.

I sewed a happy birthday banner (shared here on my blog). We bought a white tablecloth that can be signed with fabric markers every year on her birthday. I also made her a Waldorf birthday crown.

My husband and I handcrafted a Waldorf birthday ring.

I cut out large triangles from old Golden Books and sewed them to bias tape. We decorated inside and outside the house with the pennants.

I displayed her monthly anniversary photos on a line of bias tape hung in the living room. Each clothespin used to hang the photos was adorned with a picture from a classic Little Golden Book.

We loved watching our little girl open and interact with her gifts. Her big sister was very helpful too!

Then there’s the Waldorf doll that I made for her. She loves it! The doll has movable arms and legs, a bum, belly button and even a heart (my husband and I wrote special notes on a paper heart and I placed the heart inside the doll’s body before sewing it up).

Here’s a close-up picture of the Waldorf doll. I am so pleased with the way it turned out.
 I know first birthdays are magical no matter what you do. However, the “magic” in this birthday is the love and work that went into planning for this very special day. Happy Birthday my darling baby girl. You’ve blessed us more than you could ever know.

Thank you to Sofia from Sofia’s Ideas, for providing the opportunity for this blog posting link-up.

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Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of The Deliberate Mom, Deliberate Homeschooling and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Jennifer writes about parenting, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care. 

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11 thoughts on “First Birthday

  • Kelly

    Visting over from Bloggy Moms. (I just published a post about my daughter’s first birthday party yesterday, so I had to check out your post. Her party was last July…we are in full planning for birthday party #2 this weekend!)

    Your opening paragraphs made me tear up…

    “I have loved her beyond what I thought I could ever love”…something only a parent could understand.

    “God blessed our family with a completely different, amazing little girl…” It really is remarkable that from the moment they enter the world, they are their own little person…

    The special touches you put on her big day were beautiful. I love the paper heart note!!

  • Tulip TrueAim

    Such great gifts! I really love the doll. It looks like a doll that I had when I was little. I loved that doll to death. I still have it! That birthday banner is adorable too. Thanks for stopping by True Aim. I hope you will join me at Mom’s Library! Thanks for sharing this special celebration with us.

  • Sofia's Ideas

    OMGosh!!!! First of all, Happy Birthday to your adorable little girl! I love Love LOVE what you did! I mean, I definitely know what you mean about first birthdays, because we’ve had six of them here and one is just as emotional as the last. BUT, this birthday party and everything that you handmade for it, from the buntings to the clothespins and the doll? Oh me, oh my, Jennifer! I am in awe! Not only is the vintage totally my style, but I’ve actually done the same bunting for one of my daughters!! But the doll? Wow! Something I can definitely aspire to as I continue to work on my sewing skills. You amaze me! Really. You do.

    Thank you so much for this magical contribution to {Magic of the Mundane}.

  • R.F. Dietz

    Tomorrow is Dylan’s first birthday (sniff sniff) and I came here to search for a great idea for a 1 year old blog post. The books you cut up to make the banner is SO beautiful and totally up my alley. You are my favorite blogger in the world Jennifer! I adore you so much! Thank you for being the biddy biddy bomb.