Today was a special day - Avery's first birthday!! Due to Matt's schedule and Thanksgiving travels right around the corner, we opted to keep Avery's birthday quiet and small. The day went on pretty much as normal, with Caleb going to school, and Matt at work. Thankfully Matt was able to have the evening off and we went out to eat at Red Robin (a kid favorite) with Grandpa Popa and Grandma Pat. The "big" kids had fun with their milkshakes and Avery had fun with her first taste of ice cream! Can you believe that? My how things are different with the third! This poor child had to wait until her first birthday to try ice cream?!
Poor Avery, because she's so easy going, is often not fussed over enough. Those special "firsts" just aren't as pressing on my brain. For example, a friend was visiting when Avery was 10 months old and was setting the table for dinner. "Which cup should I use for Avery?" she inquired. "Uh..." is what I said, as it hit me JUST THEN that we had never given Avery a cup to try! What terrible parents. I'm pretty sure with Caleb we had designated cup-training moments scheduled into our day, and poor Avery never had a chance to use a cup because we forgot!! Thankfully for Avery (and us) she has very quickly mastered the cup and even given up her bottle on her own as she realizes now that the cup is much more fun.
Now back to the point (see? Overlooked again!!!): So we had a really great time at dinner and grandparents came back to our house to join us for cake -- our giant Costco cake that I purchased for just the 7 of us. Avery wasn't too interested in unwrapping her gifts -- Caleb and Addie helped with that -- but she was super-excited over everything that she received! A great thing about Avery (among many) is that she is wonderful at play. She can (and will) entertain herself for over an hour playing with the toys near her. She flipped each present around, pounding on each part to see if it would make noise. She was sent a soft babydoll by Patti and just clung to that precious little thing -- even grunting towards it on her dresser so she could sleep with it during the night. (Patti - you're snuggle gifts are winners from the start!) It's so hard to believe that Avery is one already - the time just keeps going faster with each kid that enters our family.
As we look back on this past year it is with nothing but joy. Avery has blessed our family in so many ways. She is just such a happy little baby - loving anything and anyone around her. The kids adore her and her special bond with Caleb just has to be seen to be appreciated. We feel truly blessed to have our family.
And baffled by this new record -- a first year baby and no other baby on the way! :-)