Friday, April 15, 2011

The birthday party!

  Yesterday evening our family got together and celebrated the birth of Leeland. I officially have  a ONE YEAR OLD! I like that, I like that when strangers ask how old he is, I can reply ONE! So cute. Anyways, the birthday party was a small affair, because that's how we felt most comfortable. We just invited our parents, grandparents and all of our siblings. Kind of weird that we had it on a Thursday evening and a bit inconvenient for some but it was his actual birthday and I have to work on Saturday.
Birthday shirt from Etsy
As mentioned before, his party was at Chick-Fil-A, we ordered several trays of chicken nuggets and chicken tenders, with lots of honey mustard and a couple gallons of sweet tea. If people wanted more than that, they had to get it themselves (we aren't made of money) and as you already know, I provided the cake. We started the party out digging into the chicken which Leeland of course LOVED.
nom nom nom chicken!
After chicken, we moved on to presents. He got SO much, a lot more than I ever expected or that I even know what to do with. Our families were so generous to him and truly spoiled him. Once the presents were opened, very quickly because babies aren't really into opening presents, and he was beginning to get a bit over stimulated, it was time for the CAKE! And drum roll.......this is how the cake turned out........after much stress and hard work.........

As you can see in the photos, he LOVED the cake. With all the stress of making the one dinosaur cake, I didn't make him his own personal cake so we just cut up half of the cake to disperse to everyone and then Leeland got to mess up, play with and eat the rest. Once he was done with the cake he was pretty much beyond tired and started to get a little whiny. We cleaned up as best we could and headed home for a bath, put him in his bed and he was passed out within a couple minutes. I think it was the perfect birthday party for him. It was casual and quiet which is more our style and it was just the right amount of time with just the right amount of people to suit him.

Today we went to the doctor for his 12 month check-up and he weighs 19 pounds, 15 ounces and is 31 inches long. This whole year he has remained very low on the percentile charts for his weight and very high for his height. He's just our skinny little boy. I have no idea how his weight remains so low, he eats ALL day long, I like to call it grazing. I wish that I could eat whatever I wanted and not gain weight. Between his last visit 3 months ago and this visit, he only gained a pound and a half.

Well, one year behind us and many more to come-- Happy birthday to Leeland! Your Mommy and Daddy and "goggy" (dog) love you very much. You have grown into the cutest, sweetest little boy. We can't wait to see what's in store and to watch you grow into a fine man of God. <3 Love you!


  1. Wow! Your cake is amazing!! Yay for dinos! Such a fun party theme, I wouldn't mind doing it again!

  2. Thanks Kate! We definitely love dinosaurs over here. Our little man is even going to be a dinosaur for halloween this year.