12 Mar Axl’s First Birthday
Holy S Balls, where did this year go? I have spent the last week reflecting back (and getting rather emotional) on how amazingly perfect this last year has been to us. They weren’t lying when they said children are the greatest gifts. But I won’t deny that we’ve had challenges, as parents, and I can point out several times where I failed as a mom. But I hope that Axl always knows just how much he means to both Darren and I and how much he makes everything all the more worth it.
We decided that we weren’t going to do a big doo, for his first. There are many years ahead where his parties will stretch the budget more than I would like it too and loads of opportunities to do crazy and fun things. But in all reality, we both felt that his 1st year is more of a celebration for us, as parents. So, we only had a few family members join us, those who are closest and dearest – the ones who were there for the 2 am calls, the sleepless nights and took him willingly while I slipped away for a quick shower.
I didn’t go extreme with the decor. Two days prior, I went to the local crafts and supplies shop and got about R200 worth of navy-blue themed decor. It included table-wear, a bunting, streamers and balloons. We decided to go with, “Little Man” as the theme because… well, he is our little man.
What made the day truly special, is the people! Both his granddads made lunch by making their signature poitjies. Colin made a divinely sweet apricot chicken poitjie and my dad, made my all-time favourite comfort food: tender venison poitjie. Granny C and his aunt (and god-mother), Ash, followed the Botha tradition and baked his cake. Growing up, we had store bought, fancy cakes and although I know the day will come where he’ll prefer those – for now, it means so much to have this little tradition of a family baked cake. We wanted a rainbow cake, with ombre blue icing. The cake was sooo good! (pffft… what diet?) And my mom made starters and managed to burn a bag of rice – bravo!
Everyone asked what they could get him, to which we responded – he loves being outside so anything that he can play with outside. The result? Our yard is the ultimate playland. We have: a jumping castle, swing set, a tent with a sand pit inside, a baby pool and loads of toys for outside, too!