It's a weird feeling when your baby turns O N E . It's exciting but also carries a tinge of bittersweet. Like, how did the time pass so fast and where did my baby go?! Suddenly they're graduating into toddlerhood and you look upon them and they're now a full blown kid somehow. But what a magical year it's been watching Soleil grow and thrive and experience so many cool 'firsts.'
However, it's been particularly strange raising a baby in quarantine during a scary global pandemic. How can I keep my babies safe? I am not going to sugar coat it... as I am sure as it has been for all of you, it's been wildly stressful. And
a little (ok a lot) panic-inducing.
We've been social distancing and staying home for a year now. And we count ourselves very lucky to not have gotten COVID-19 (and praying that we never do). It's been scary, but we are grateful that we have been able to spend so much time together.
While it's been wonderful enjoying so much special family time together, many 'firsts' for our sweet baby girl never got to be. And as a mama, that makes me kind of sad. She never got her 'first' play date with a pal. She never got her 'first' music class or 'first' swim class like her big sister Luna got. But we made the year as special as we could. I constantly remind myself that being surrounded by her loving family is all that she needed.
But one 'first' that I couldn't let slip by was celebrating this little special girls first birthday. Originally we weren't going to do anything to celebrate other than some photos of her on her special day, but I am so glad we decided otherwise.
So last minute, I picked up Costco flowers and made arrangements myself, picked up pumpkins for decor, ordered a cake and cupcakes and centered the party around a unicorn and bunny rental. We invited all her little cousins that we had been co-quarantining with all summer and she was living her best life (although the unicorn scared her haha).
I am so glad we postponed our drive back to Arizona by a week and stayed in Utah a little longer to celebrate.