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Monday, November 30, 2015

Party Time! Alex's First Birthday

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My Boy Turned 1!

As I'm writing this post my little boy is almost 14 months old! Yep, another delayed post :P

On 21st November, we had party number 1. The day began with a photo shoot at Victor Horgan's photography in Ballincollig. 

We had a party that evening for the little guy, which my friends and close family attended. I knew my cousins would love to go his birthday so it was important for me to include them! It was my way of not dragging them and my friends down to Limerick when I didn't know how the party on his birthday would turn out!
Fresh cream cake
Alex, Mommy and the girls!
My goddaughter Jessica - she cracks me up!
Cake number 2 - this was made by Alex's paternal grandmother for the Creche to celebrate his birthday. The creche gave some of the youngins cake and took some pics of Alex eating it! It was so cute <3 before="" birthday="" friday="" his="" on="" p="" saturday.="" the="" this="" was="">

Party time! November 28th Alex turned 1! We decided to have the party around 2pm in Daniel's parents house because our house is too small! Alex went swimming that morning with his dad like normal. We collected the cake then after and headed home. We got ready, Alex had a nap and went straight over for party prep and food prep.
On route to the party (no I wasn't driving)
 The cake was an idea I saw when I googled swimming cakes! Alex goes swimming with WaterBabies and it's something he loves! The cake was made by Mirka Cakes in Charleville - it's so amazing! It exceeded my expectations!

I tried to get a picture of Alex with his 1st Birthday milestone card, I asked him to show Mommy and here is what he showed me...
His outfit is all from Next. The knitted jumper is so soft and comfy, skinny jeans, shows and he has a grey and black long sleeved tee underneath.

With Auntie Gillian
Alex and his best buddy Casper
Alex and his Godmother/Auntie Aileen
Opening his pressie from Mom and Dad
On his Airplane (the pressie)
with Auntie Bethany
With maternal Grandparents
With paternal Grandparents
With mom and dad
A chalkboard poster I made

Decorations were "Retro Prints" from Photobox on a string held with mini pegs!
So much food!
We had lots of balloons too, some character ones and some 1 ones. There was a lot of food, from sandwiches to hot finger food to desserts. We had plenty of soft drinks and tea (no alcohol!) and we all rolled home in the end! LOL

I panicked and over stressed about a lot of little things but everything worked out in the end and I've learned for future birthdays ;)

Lots of Love

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Alex's Twelve Month Update

Hi Dolls,
This is Alex's 12 month update (late again).

Milestones: Alex took a step or two the week before his birthday! It's so cute to see his unsure-ness and his caution. He's still got 4 teeth but hopefully he'll get the others asap and all the teething will be over forever!

Sleep: Sleeping, he's pretty good but still wakes around 5 for a bottle - which is going to need to be solved soon!
Best Moment: Seeing him happy, exploring different places and things! He's a bit of a rogue as most boys are so he's trying to climb up and over things at the moment so we need to keep an eye on him at all times (more than normal). He's wearing SHOES - soft sole ones of course but shoes! He's got gigantic feet (size 18-24 months) and I could only get his size in Next.
Worst Moment: Alex is quite sick with a cough for a while now. We did Salt Therapy in Cork to help kick it for good. I would recommend the salt therapy to help beat a babies cough (the only issue I had was there pricing is so off - the website says one thing, brochure says another and staff say another).
In his first shopping centre ride
Health: As above, Alex had a bad cough for a while now, but otherwise he seems to be all good. The cough wakes him sometimes but otherwise it didn't bother him until closer the time we started the salt therapy treatments. He used to cry after coughing because it would hurt sometimes which was hard to watch.

Eating: He is a fine eater - he is eating mostly baby jars but at the 1 year mark we will be getting rid of those and giving him the same food as us (in a way) and he'll have whole foods rather than completely mashed. The messy fun is about to begin.
Things I Want To Remember: I want to remember his parties to celebrate him turning one and those who came to celebrate or sent messages to show they care and love him like we do.

He is such a happy, mischievous little guy and I wouldn't change him for the world. I'm looking forward to seeing him grow and change and explore the world as the years go on.
Perfect height to help Nana with loading (and unloading) the washing machine!
This last year has been so tough but one smile or giggle from Alex makes it all worth it. No one ever said it was easy ;)

This is it for my monthly updates but you will see posts about Alex as he grows in the future and back on with all other posts - beauty/hair/outfits/events etc. Whoo!
He's such a character!
I will be posting a seperate post about his birthday.

Lots of Love