Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Whitney's First Birthday!!!

Whitney's birthday was not the magical experience I was hoping it would be, but I did my best.  Part of the problem was that she had gotten over a bad fever only the day before and wouldn't take a nap that afternoon.  I had foolishly scheduled her 12-month wellness appointment for that morning.  Usually we would be out of a wellness appointment in 45 minutes.  However, we have a new pediatrician who seems to have overcommitted herself in terms of the amount of patients she serves.  We waited for two hours before we even saw the doctor.  Whitney was suffering the whole wait.  Because of the lateness of the doctor's appointment, Whitney's nap schedule was wrecked for the rest of the day.  By the time we got to her birthday party that evening she was very tired and sensitive.

I probably shouldn't have had my expectations so high, but I can't help it, I'm a new mom.  I have dreamed for years about throwing AMAZING birthday parties for my kids.  These parties would be Disney themed and be decked to the hilt with balloon animals, homemade birthday tiaras, and cakes in the shape of the Taj Mahal.  Maybe the problem lies in the fact that I keep comparing myself to my mom, who always seemed to throw incredible birthday parties.  Well, hopefully I'll get better with practice.  I also need to prioritize.  The first order of business is making sure the birthday girl is happy.

Here are links to a couple of videos we took of opening presents and having birthday cake:



Earlier in the day, we went swimming (one of Whitney's favorite activities) and had pizza, strawberries, and grapes (Whitney's favorite foods).  She seemed to get happier as the party worn on.



Karie said...

Happy birthday, Whitney!

Julianne Blickfeldt said...

Whitney, Whitney! Happy First Birthday Sweet Girl! Wow, what a grownup girl you are! I am so proud of you and all the things you are learning. You are so smart! Your mommy made you such a pretty pink birthday cake! Loves and hugs to you!

Julianne Blickfeldt said...

Fun! Now I've been able to watch the whole Birthday video and even though she is neat and tidy when eating the starburst, Stephi and I laughed through the whole thing. We both think she is very efficient in the way she downs those starburts. Yea for Whitney! :)

Aunt Allie said...

Wow! Considering the long day Whitney had before her party, I think she was in a great mood. And actually, I don't think we had a birthday party where someone, usually the birthday person, burst into tears for some reason. That's how we began to gauge our success as party throwers by how wound up/over-emotional the participants became. I think we were able to forgo birthday tears by the time the celebrants were around age 10. By the way, did Whitney ever get around to the cake part? If I were there, I'd give her my Starbursts and go for the cake part. It was a very pretty birthday cake, too!

Jan said...

That was such fun to watch! It made my mouth water to watch Whitney's mouth water--what a yummy, cute cake! I don't think I could eat those Starbursts as fast as she did. You know, Debi, my problem for most of my life has been comparing myself to what your mom does, also. She's a tough one to keep up with on so many levels and in so many ways. She's talented!

Julianne Blickfeldt said...

Debs! I LOVE the new photo of you, Ben, and Whit! Love it! When and where did you take it? You all look so great it in and sweet Whit is smiling so very cute! So, can I get a copy of that picture for me? Thanks!