Nia’s Big 1st Birthday Bash

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October 23, 2012


It’s hard to believe, but our little girl just crossed the one year mark. I’m not going to lie and say that the entire year flew by because there were days in those first 3 months that felt ENDLESS. However, time seemed to gather speed as we found our parenting groove. I’m enjoying the reflection that comes with this milestone, both celebrating all the joy and wonder she’s brought into our life AND the amazing resiliency and problem-solving-abilities Nick and I discovered as parents! I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – parenting is not for the feint of heart!


I felt a lot of Mommy pressure to have a grandiose 1st birthday party (extravagant bashes are quite the trend overseas). The problem was, quite simply, that we don’t have enough friends Nia’s age yet to make up a reasonable group. Just as I was plotting strategies for how we could befriend an adequate number of invitees in time for the party, my wise husband Nicholas reminded me that she was not actually going to remember any of this. He reasoned that we just keep it simple (cake, lots of playing, etc) and shower her with love instead. So that’s just what we did… and what a grand time we had doing it!


Nia’s birthday was technically on a Monday, so we started our partying on Sunday so Daddy could participate. Our Sunday included a stop at Nia’s favorite PlayGym followed by a mini party and cake tasting. Our usual Sunday routine involves watching football at our friend Greg and Ladan’s house so with their blessing, we did our celebrating there and included them in the festivities.  Most of these great photos are courtesy of Ladan and Greg gets credit for Nia’s biggest smiles – who knew he could make such an awesome monkey noise?


Nia was an absolute hoot with the cake. She started by looking at it with disgust but eventually got curious enough to take a lick. After that, she was hooked! Instead of having me describe it, why not watch the amusement for yourself:






I should mention that we failed to anticipate the wretched sugar crash that happened a few hours after eating cake. Oops! Let’s just say Ms. Nia was not at her best…

Nick went off to work on Monday morning but Nia and I continued the celebration. The day started off with a surprise gift from Lupe.


Next up was Baby Music Class, where the group all serenaded Nia with Happy Birthday (in two languages, mind you!)


After a celebratory nap, we were back to the PlayGym again for another day of fun. We closed our day by skyping with both sets of Grandparents and opening the gifts they’d sent.


As you can see by the photos, we found much joy in our celebration… in fact, it’s practically impossible to have a dull time when you’re with our spirited little girl! We are so thankful to have her bright light in this world.


We love you Nia!  Happy First Birthday!

PS- For those who love photos, be sure to check out the complete gallery HERE.

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  1. Dani says:

    Happy Birthday Nia!!! What a perfect birthday! We didn’t do a big bash for Will either, just a few family members and a lot of food and it was perfect that way. Big parties make more sense when they are old enough to really enjoy them I think. Have fun in year 2! The newborn babies are certainly a little easier to take care of in soem ways but omg I can’t even begin to describe how much more fun it is to be Will’s Mama now!

  2. Sarah Novak says:

    I agree whole-heartedly. I was just telling Nick how much I’m enjoying being a Mom lately. I like this phase a lot better than just holding and feeding them. :)

  3. Tanisha says:

    Happy birthday sweet girl!! What a grand year! Wishing many more blessings for your family this year.

  4. Sarah Novak says:

    Thank you Tanisha! Your big celebration is just around the corner too…

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