While I thoroughly documented Finn's birthday party, I still wanted to say a few things about how our Huckleberry Finn spent his entire birthday. Most notably was his first visit from the balloon man! This was one of my favorite traditions growing up; one that still brings me much joy as I continue it for my kids. Since we cosleep, I was laying next to Finn when he first opened his yes. Slowly & sleepily at first, but then I saw the moment when he noticed the balloons. Twenty of them all over his room! He sat right now and muttered out "balloons!" And quite clearly! This is the stage where the first word they say each morning brings some mystery & delight. So balloons it was. He was thrilled, balloons being one of his most favorite things and all.
Big brother ran in the room moments later, and the birthday fun commenced. We sang the first round of many Happy Birthdays and covered the boy in kisses! Finn & I were able to take the morning slow, since Conor had the day off and took Liam to preschool. A lazy morning full of birthday snuggles is exactly what both Finn & I wanted. He was in a real bad stretch of teething, so all the extra sleep & nursing was needed.
Finn's party was for later that evening, but we like to over pack our days, so instead of staying home to prep, cook, clean, decorate, etc., we went straight to the zoo after preschool pick up. Finn is obsessed with animals, so the zoo would have been his choice if he could have told us. I am sure! Typically, Finn is just along for the ride and must always follow wherever Liam wants to go. Well on Finn's birthday, I made a conscious effort to let him lead the way. I used to spend all my days following Liam around when he was this age. Letting him decide where to go, what to explore. I want some of those same experiences for Finn. So we let him toddle around, slowly taking in all the sights. It was some wonderful family together on such a special day! (Note: only one, but totally awesome, zoo photo. Oh Liam!)
Then we managed to get both boys napping, while we finally party prepped. Friends & neighbors helped us throw things together, which took away a lot of my stress. I want to do it all, but really I can't. I have these grand ideas in my head of how I want things to go, but sometimes a severely teething baby needs you. But his party was perfect; exactly what I wanted.
And that night, I slept next to my newly one year old. With him being my second, I know how quickly time passes. I try to soak it up and enjoy it all just a bit more. Because... I miss sleeping with my toddler; I miss hearing the first words out of his mouth each morning. So this time that we're in right now with Finn, it's a sweet sweet time!