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From Baby to Toddler

Shortly after Soren’s first birthday, I walked into Gap and was surprised and saddened to see that their toddler section is designed for ages 1-5. They were telling me that my baby wasn’t a baby anymore! He was suddenly a toddler, and I couldn’t do anything about it. And he wasn’t even toddling! I had tears in my eyes.

But the birthday itself was non-emotional and lots of fun. In the weeks leading up to the day, I had felt a little pressure from Pinterest — some people pull out all the stops for a party the kid will never remember. Plus, I knew a huge celebration would not be Soren’s preference, so instead I made the day all about his favorites.

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I did want Soren to know it was an out-of-the-ordinary day, so I had a room full of balloons waiting for him in the morning.

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Birthday breakfast = breastmilk pancakes. Extra antibodies for everyone.

Thanks to Shutterfly for Soren's birthday plate.

Thanks to Shutterfly for Soren’s birthday plate.

Following our normal routine, Tim took Soren out for a morning walk while I worked.

Following our normal routine, Tim took Soren out for a morning walk while I worked.

A birthday walk is the best kind of walk.

A pants-less birthday walk is the best kind of walk.

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Tuesday playgroup at the park was a hit, as always.

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Tim quit work early to join us for a late-afternoon family pool party. Good thing, since the water was too cold for my liking.

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End of the summer, and Soren still isn’t sure how he feels about the pool.

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Party time!

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Then back home for dinner and cake in Soren’s fancy high chair. Maybe Pinterest did get the best of me. But it only took one afternoon nap to create, so I don’t feel too bad about it.

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Soren chose Boca Grande for dinner, plus peas and watermelon. What a life.

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And then, the moment we’d been waiting for! Would he touch the cake? (He definitely did want to touch the flame.)

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He wasn’t exactly sure what to do with it.

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I broke the cake in half to make it a little easier for him to work with. He took one taste and was sold. I stuck with my no-sugar-for-baby rule — the cake was healthy enough that I fed it to him for breakfast the next few mornings (bananas, applesauce, wheat flour, oat flour, etc.)

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Yep. He liked it.

Happy birthday to the best one-year-old ever!

Happy birthday to the best one-year-old ever!

 

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1 comment

  1. salem November 26, 2013 at 6:50 pm Reply

    That fourth balloon picture!!! Yummy baby right there. ;)

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