Well, true to second born fashion, John’s 1st birthday post is being done a little over a week after the fact! Just so you know John….I really have made a conscious effort to do all of the things for you that I did for Jessica as a baby. I purposefully didn’t do more for Jessica than I thought I could do for you, and I took notes along the way so I could look back when I got to you. It was always important to my dad to try to be as fair as possible with all of us, and I have tried to do the same with you guys.
For Jessica’s first birthday, David’s parents were able to come down (to bring me and Jessica back from recovering from my Melanoma surgery). For John’s first birthday, my family was able to come down and we invited two friends who have become like family (truth be told we have A LOT of friends like that down here but we had a house full already with my family!)
I used a pan my mom used on one of my sister’s cakes, but the instruction sheet had been lost so I had to “wing it” using what Mom remembered and the help of a nice lady at JoAnns who had the same cake pan! Considering I have never taken a cake decorating class and have minimal cake decorating supplies, I thought it turned out GREAT! Definitely an improvement over Jessica’s 1st Birthday Cake! That was a long story, but suffice it to say that I was still limited in my range of movement from my surgery, and I was trying to avoid eggs and milk because she hadn’t had them at that point (By the time my kids turn one, they always eat their cake because I don’t ever remember to cut up their food into tiny pieces!!!) I couldn’t find a proper cake carrier so I used an upside down plastic box! It worked perfectly!!
Jessica was a little concerned at first that it was not her birthday, but she seemed to conclude that John having a birthday was the next best thing! She was also very concerned when she saw the birthday cake my mom made me. She had seen a picture of a Little Mermaid cake and was just certain that was the kind of cake “Momma” (that’s what she calls my mom….my dad is “Poppa”) had made! She was a little disappointed….we may end up having an Ariel birthday party in 6 months….
Happy Birthday my precious baby boy! I think God knew we needed a little boy like you in our lives, and although I was very sad about the miscarriage we had before you, I am so thankful we ended up with you. You and Jessica are very different, but you obviously love each other very much. You will never have to worry about being a doormat. You always make your preferences known…loudly! You are also such a cuddle bug! I used to always wish that Jessica would sit still so I could cuddle with her. She never did, but you do! I am really enjoying it! You are also very verbal and musically inclined! You get so excited and start kicking your feet and laughing when I turn Elmo on, and you love to play musical instruments! You may look like me and share my interests, but I think it is pretty safe to say that you get your personality and way of seeing the world from your dad! You are a very special boy, and I hope that you will continue to grow into a man of character and discernment like your daddy. We love you precious boy!!!!