Caleb J. turned 1 today, November 16th. (We had his party on Sunday, which is why I'm all set with this journal entry today. :)
What a year it has been . . . but more on that later. First, enjoy some pictures!
So, you may have gathered that I like to plan birthdays for my kids. It's not necessarily time consuming, and is never pricey, but I like to plan them out (like Anna's cute/fancy picnic in the woods in August :). Well, despite that, we keep it pretty low key for one year old birthdays around here . . . just family (although, even with just family we had 20 or so people there), finger food (including frozen pizza, hehe), cake (my mom made Caleb's cute cakes with a blue number one and polka dots - thanks mom!), and simple decorations (we don't really do a theme when our babies turn one, and these few decorations were left over from Ben's first birthday). They are so oblivious at this age, that I just can't bring myself to put much thought or time into the party. To me, the high-light of a one year old's party is when they eat the cake . . . and Cabers did not disappoint. hehe
Oh, and the picture above is my favorite from the whole bunch. I am a sucker for my baby's profile . . . the cheeks, the squishy lips, the chubby arms, the little button nose, the soft wavy baby hair. LOVE it!
Cabers really liked being sung to. . .
Handsome, blue-eyed boy. "This is really good cake, mama."
Love this pic of Cabers standing up next to his happy birthday sign. Cutie pie! He much preferred to try to grab the balloons than open his birthday presents.
Now, let me reflect for a bit on my baby boy . . . he's come so far. I know it's only been a year, but all the complications from his birth and six week NICU stay seem like FOREVER ago. Almost like a dream. And although we're still dealing with some lasting effects from the chronic lung disease/asthma (that he may still grow out of in a few more years), Caleb just seems SO much healthier now.
It's hard to remember that he started out like these pictures below . . .