I've missed writing but my time has been well spent lately. Since the first of April, I left my day job as an attorney to stay home with my little ones and, the truth is, I haven't looked back. I've been enjoying every busy day with Jack & Caroline and, now that the dust has settled, what better occasion to return to blogging than my sweet Caroline's birthday?
Her birthday was actually yesterday but, after a busy day of baking, decorating, cake-eating and cleaning, my eyes were crossing by 7pm and the my chances of forming a coherent sentence were nil.
I can't believe my sweet-as-pie Caroline is ONE year old. All of this seems like only yesterday...
|1 month--already intrigued by the iPad|
A few things about being 1...
At one, Caroline speed-crawls and, as if she knew yesterday was a day for an important milestone, she cruised along the coffee table for the first time.
The day before her birthday, she said her first word "Bye-Bye,"--like a southern belle: "Bah-Bah"-- while opening and closing her little hand.
She gives wide-open-mouthed kisses, especially for her daddy. I forgot how sweet those first kisses are.
She's not a picky eater (yet anyway) and eats with gusto. Everything from PB&J to tuna salad. She even gnawed on a celery stick today.
As a child, I loved dolls. (I still do.) So, when Caroline opened her baby doll (a gift from my parents) and immediately kissed it and tried to feed it a toy cookie, I thought Oh, she's a little like me! and my heart soared.
She still loves to be held and playing with her big brother under the kitchen table and giggles like crazy when someone "chases" her. She is such a joy.
I made a blueberry cake for her party. I found this recipe online and I am pleased to report that it was tasty and also sturdy enough to make a little layer cake out of it for Caroline's smash cake (minus the crumb topping.) I also found a recipe for whipped cream frosting that wouldn't melt at room temperature. Its secret ingredient is cream cheese. I could eat it with a spoon. (And believe me, I did.) I also made these gluten-free blueberry muffins (with blueberries) for the first time and I was very impressed. They're as good as the real deal.
|She loved her cake (and cried when we took it away... after she'd already eaten half.)|
|Of course, she had a little helper :)|
|Ahem. Whose birthday is it?|
(The other book we gave her, Yummy Yucky, is Jack's new favorite. I read it to him 10+ times today.)
Happy birthday to my little sweetheart.