Teddy Turns One!
One year. I can’t believe how much my life has changed in just one year. I went from a pretty self-indulgent, self-absorbed, and self-obsessed person, to a selfless stay at home mom who puts Teddy’s wants and needs ahead of mine in every aspect and every moment of every day. He is my world and I love every second of these blessed (and trying) moments with him in my life. It’s hard to believe there was an entire depth of love that I didn’t know could exist. It’s hard to believe I ever lived one moment without him. To see how much he’s grown in one year takes my breath away. What I went through those first three months, battling Postpartum Anxiety, really made it all that much sweeter.
So, while his actual birthday was Thursday, all he got was four shots from the pediatrician. His actual birthday party was this past Saturday and we were so excited to get together with friends and celebrate. It really, truly broke my heart that none of our family members were there, but as I’ve said before, our friends have become our family and having them there to celebrate Teddy was so sweet.
For his theme, I went dinosaurs! I just grabbed a few things off Amazon, not wanting to go crazy because after all, it’s just a one-year-old’s birthday! One thing I was adamant about though was making him a (mostly) healthy smash cake. While Teddy doesn’t eat much sugar, I don’t want to load him with straight, refined sugars and chemicals found in high-fructose corn syrup - especially when he’ll already be missing his second nap. So, I ventured out to find a healthy smash cake recipe and tried my best to recreate it. Caveat-I don’t cook and I certainly don’t bake. But this was important to me, and I thought a nice touch for Teddy’s birthday, so I took it on!
The first recipe called for some pretty simple ingredients: banana, oat flour, baking soda, vanilla, and whole wheat flour. And that’s pretty much what it tasted like. Nothing. So, back to the drawing board. I will say, at this point, I’d spent about $30 on ingredients from Whole Foods, and the next recipe called for a few more items: agave syrup, whole whipping cream, baking powder and strawberries.
Since I made this updated one the day of the party, I didn’t get a chance to taste it, but considering I’m a baking novice, I was pretty happy how it turned out! Once we settled into the party, I changed him into his smash cake outfit and gathered everyone around to sing him Happy Birthday. And then….he poked at the whip cream a few times and that’s it! My girlfriend Dominique was like ‘just get a regular cake! He won’t eat any!’ And she was right. In the end, I’m glad I made him a cake because it was important to me to add that personal touch just for him, but yea…that was a lot of money, time and effort, for pretty much nothing!
But in the end, it was a fun birthday party with all of our DC friends and Teddy had a great time and then slept all night long (#WIN)!