On the 17th of July, Fe turned 1. Baby come back!
Before Fe had even been born, we were excited at the thought of throwing him a first birthday party. Planning presents, picturing his little face as he woke up to a room full of wrapped up boxes! Family coming round to celebrate him. A cake, made by me, that was extraordinary and pictures of it kept in a scrapbook.
The invites went out a month (?) before his party, with an attachment that asked people to write him a letter to open when he turns 18. Noting now, that our invitation skills are terrible, and we relied on us telling one person to tell the other.
This for us though, was a massive tick off of the list! *Have obviously never thrown a party before* Next we loosely planned that we wanted the party to be a BBQ in our back garden. With no BBQ, seating, cover, or general safe area for everyone to go… this was our next hurdle.
A hurdle we jumped only a few days before the party! Thanks to us forgetting all about it and hopping off to Brighton for a few nights.
(We will never cut anything that fine ever again – the stress!)
Somehow though, everything came together, and it came together great. I wish I took pictures of the set up because it was lovely! (You can see the decorations >here< however) The day was perfect, not too sunny that Fe needed to be bathed in sun cream, and not too cold or windy. We had just enough people there too. Needless to say that only one person remembered to write him a letter for his 18th, and that wasn’t Luke or I.
The boxes of presents turned into weeks worth of drip feeding them, as every time we bought one, he found it and got so excited. Not to forget the cake… it was a shambles. I didn’t bother taking a photo, but I am booking a cake decorating course – that disaster need not repeating.
The party was on the day before his birthday, as his actual birthday fell onto a Monday.
For the real birthday we took him to the Zoo.
Felix is a huge animal lover, but everything is a variety of ‘cat’ in his world.
His favourites were the Penguins, Giraffes and Leopards. He had also just begun walking independently, and really enjoyed the freedom to go crazy on the green spaces. It did mean we spent less time looking at animals, and more chasing after him – but this is his day. He gets to decide what we do.
The weather was really, really hot, so we didn’t last massively long; but it was lovely and enough (also learned that spray on suncream is going to be the way forward from here). When we got home, all of the birthday presents were waiting for Fe. He also indulged in BBQ leftovers, and even braved my cake.
All the different foods over the past couple of days had me running three different baths that night, because he pooped in two of them! But he was massively well behaved despite the whack routine. He even fell asleep cuddling me on the sofa!
His birthday may not have been the huge celebration that we had imagined, but it was perfect.