This is SOOOOO cliche.. but really.
HOW HAS IT BEEN A YEAR ALREADY???
It seems like just yesterday I was wondering how in the world I was going to handle 4 kids, how Ella would ever possibly adjust to not being the center of the universe (*snort.. I thought that would change. silly me), how I would feel about having a typical child after Ella, having nightmares about spinal needles breaking off in my back..
And now I cannot imagine life without our little Hudsy Hoo, our Snooder Pud, Hooder, Herb, Pud
(The kid has a lot of nick names..)
He makes us laugh every day with his silly faces
and general mischief.
Today is your FIRST BIRTHDAY Hudson! We are all very excited for you, but this week I can't help but contemplate a little on the differences between this first birthday and our first child's first birthday and.. well, I've come up with a few comparisons.
Differences between the 1st birthdays of our first and fourth child
First Child-3 Months before 1st Birthday: Party Planning begins. Pour through magazines and books, spend every waking hour on Pinterest in search of the perfect party theme.
Fourth Child-3 Months before 1st Birthday: Unsure of what month it is. Try not to drown in laundry.
First Child 2 Months before 1st Birthday: Finalize theme, colors, coordinating invitations, etc.
Fourth Child 2 Months before 1st Birthday: Unsure of what day it is. Just. Keep. Folding.
First Child 1 Month before 1st Birthday: Send out personalized hand addressed invitations complete with RSVP's
Fourth Child 1 Month before 1st Birthday: Is it really 2014 already??
First Child 1 week before 1st Birthday: Begin cleaning house top to bottom making sure every surface shines.
Fourth Child 1 week before 1st Birthday: Realize child's birthday is this week. House is a disaster. Maybe we could have a party at Grandma's?
First Child 5 days before party: Buy coordinating themed plates, forks, cups, napkins, balloons, streamers, banners, table cloths..
Fourth Child 5 days before party: I hope Grandma has a few leftover 4th of July plates. If not? Ehhhh.. The kids eat with their fingers all the time anyways.
First Child 1 day before party: Pose birthday boy for adorable 1st Birthday photo shoot, complete with baby fat roll naked goodness and head to toe chocolate cake smashing.
Fourth Child 1 day before party: Baby and almost entire family contracts Hand Foot and Mouth Disease. Flaming red bumpy rash covers entire baby fat roll naked goodness. Mommy spends 27 hours a day comforting achey children. "Party" and photo shoot cancelled.
First Child day of party: Cake is baked, house is scrubbed, banners made, balloons blown up.
Fourth Child day of party: Family says its okay to come around them. Husband promises to call all family members. Party back on.
First Child 3 hours before party: Make homemade vanilla buttercream frosting, scraping an actual vanilla bean for the vanilla flavoring (yes I actually did this..)
Fourth Child 3 hours before party: Buy my first ever can of store-bought frosting.
First Child 1 hour before party: Sit back to admire marvelous handiwork.
Fourth Child 1 hour before party: Return home (with a fever) and a plan of action to get cake decorated in record time. Discover husband didn't tell anybody about party. Family members have dispersed. Party cancelled again. Choice words seethe through throbbing head.
First Child Party Time: Friends and Family gather from around the globe to celebrate the miraculous first year of life for this glorious child.
Fourth Child Party Time: Meager gathering with a few family members who just happen to be around that day.
First Child Party Time: Child is surrounded with gifts galore from mom & dad, aunts and uncles, grandparents, first cousin's best friend's beautician's neighbors..
Fourth Child Party Time: Ehhh.. Just give him some tissue paper to tear up.
Hudson, even though you didn't get an elaborately themed party this year, or even really much of a party at all, and I may have just grabbed your present off the counter and thrown some used tissue paper around it without even taping it so you could 'unwrap' it, and we're probably going to go get groceries this evening because.. let's face it- we're out of milk. And bread. And cheese.. (Hey, we've had contagious diseases all week.) But that definitely doesn't mean we love you any less! You have made this past year so much fun and we can't wait to see how much you change and grow in the next year. Let's just try to keep the 911 calls to a minimum..