Last weekend my baby boy turned one (sobs quietly in to a babygro that no longer fits). It’s a weird feeling, a mixture of emotions, maybe a bit confused, damn hormones!
I’ve been remembering his arrival and reminiscing perhaps a little too much over the last few weeks, with people that don’t care to hear!
(Are you sitting comfortably, I’ll give you the short version)… It was a long and stressful pregnancy, but a swift delivery. My contractions started at midnight and were straight away intense, only a minute apart and lasting over a minute. So we left home at 1am and in the fog and ice, it took about 50 minutes to get to the hospital. After a long uncomfortable walk from one end of the hospital to the other & after being made to wait to be let in to the ward, I was in the delivery room for only 11 minutes before he arrived at 3.01am. I was given tea, toast and had a bath, then like two satisified shoppers after a succesful trip out, we loaded up the car with our tiny little 6lbs 15oz bundle and drove back home in time to introduce Monroe to his baby brother Lorne, as he woke up.
The baby days are over so fast! Looking back at pictures it always amazes me to see how quickly they grow and change in to the little person now crawling, climbing and laughing as he attempts to stand without help in the middle of the room!
I love newborns and the early days of sleepy cuddles, but the newborn babymoon ends and then the challenging sleepless nights, constant feeding, winding and soothing kicks in. Then colic, constipation, colds, ughhh! That’s the hard bit and that’s when I’m glad to move on to the next stage.
So here we are, Little Lorne is one, let’s start the next chapter…as my baby boy gains more independence, I’m happy to regain some of mine, oh and there’s that feeling of guilt, damn hormones!
First Birthday Celebrations
We started the day at home just the four of us with presents and pancakes for brekki. Then met some family at a pretty little local country pub, The Seagrave Arms for some yummy lunch. We’d organised to have one of the smaller dining room areas, so we could let the little ones move around and chill out as we enjoyed our pub lunch!
In the afternoon we headed back to our house and some friends with their children joined us for tea and cake and of course a glass of bubbles for us mamas!
You may have read my two previous posts ‘Its all black and white for me!’, & ‘Move over Christmas’ as I chatted through my birthday and party ideas. In case you haven’t, basically, you’ll quickly come to realise I have a thing for monochrome!
Based around the black & white teepee I planned to buy as his present, I wanted to create a cake table and have a stylish little tea party with a monochrome theme.
I asked a local cake maker Gracious Bakes, to create a simple Victoria sponge with my favourite Drinkwaters blackcurrent jam filling and buttercream icing. For the children she made some vanilla cupcakes. It looked elegant and tasted so yummy!
I bought accessories that I’d spotted on Instagram and Etsy, to style the table and to create a striking look. The personalised, cake topper is by Capola Online, the number one cupcake toppers are by Confetti Day and the stripe cupcake cases are from Castles and Cupcakes.
The Happy Birthday garland I already had, as its formed from letters from the ‘DIY Letter Banner’ kit from This Modern Life. Finally the cake table was completed with a number one and monochrome balloons from Blueberry Balloons.
After endless searching for the perfect teepee, I narrowed it down to six favourite designs and chose the one. Only to find out they couldn’t deliver until March. So whilst having a slight rethink and another look on Etsy, I came across a new company.
Mama Potrafi, is a company based in Poland offering a range of teepees, accessories and excellent customer service. Diana and I exchanged a number of emails as I explained what I wanted. She sent me images of fabric options and design sketches. Once I’d made my bespoke choices and confirmed my order, it was delivered just over two weeks later. The quality is excellent and it arrived beautifully wrapped, smelling gorgeous and came with a lovely letter wishing us lots of adventures and happy memories to be made.
As a gift from Lornes Nanny, we had a personalised wooden plaque made by Fox & Weave, with two little decorative feathers. They look fab hanging from his teepee.
Everybody has to have a new outfit to wear on their birthday, so for the little guy I bought a grey t.shirt with his age printed on it from Blueberry Boo Kids and styled it with a cute pair of black & white stripe hareems from Foxs Felts. If you are planning a kids party or looking for unique accessories or gifts, then do take a look at some of the fab companies I have found on Instagram and Etsy. xx