MY DAUGHTER’S FIRST (VIRTUAL) BIRTHDAY – Motherhood Maternity
As the world went on right now, my dreams of the perfect first birthday party for my daughter Eilish of course came to an end. So I found myself trying to put together some semblance of celebration for her on April 9th.e anniversary. I sent the details of my Zoom party to the gang, ordered […]

As the world went on right now, my dreams of the perfect first birthday party for my daughter Eilish of course came to an end. So I found myself trying to put together some semblance of celebration for her on April 9th.e anniversary. I sent the details of my Zoom party to the gang, ordered the decorations that would arrive in time to brighten up the house a bit, and ordered two dozen cupcakes.

The night before the big day, my husband and I stayed up late to clean the house, put his new rocking horse together, and hang up some decorations (and late, I mean 10:30 p.m.). Being a practical person, I haven't gone crazy with the decorations since you know she is. If I want her to be interested in something, she'll give it exactly 0% of her attention. The next morning my sweet birthday girl woke up and, as expected, took a look at the decorations and had no idea it was a special day, all around her.

We started the day with a fun breakfast - her first syrup pancakes - which she spat out right away. So the usual oatmeal and banana, that was. Then we spent the morning swinging on her horse, blowing bubbles outside, splashing like crazy with ALL the toys in the tub, and then we took her very last photo on her milestone blanket. Gah! Doing the latter gave me "all the sensations".

Throughout the day, I looked at the photos from the day she was born a lot, repeatedly pushing them across my husband's face, with a, "Look how little she was!" Watching a little human grow up in front of your eyes is truly amazing. What's more amazing is how much you miss each version of this person. I wish I could hold my little 7lb Eilish again and kiss her old wrinkled face. Instead, my 1 year old will just have extra pressure, and squirm and scratch to get out of my arms every time I try to rock her like I did a year ago.

Since I wasn't the only one who remembered our official family member # 1 a lot, we went on a social tour to drop off cupcakes and give the next family a little nod. Like all plans these days, it didn't work out as I hoped. A storm hit, and it was very rainy and cold, so it turned into a text and run situation "I'm leaving cupcakes at your door, see you on Zoom". Eilish passed out as soon as we got in the car. So much for the waves and the blown kisses!

After such a long nap, (Eilish's gift to us), it was dinner (salmon, mashed potatoes and broccoli - his favorites), and it was time to get ready for the party. I put her in her evening dress, put on a real shirt and makeup (I kept my leggings on) and set up the laptop. It was a pretty quick event, probably 20 minutes, to sing happy birthday and share a cupcake with the birthday girl. She pushed it slowly, having more fun feeding it to me than eating it herself. But the little test was fun. She did all of her tricks - smiled, pointed to her family, clapped and danced. And then for the grand finale, she showed off her new skill: walking. Huge success.

I can really say that our friends and family had a great time sharing these moments with us. Sure, it was hard for everyone who loves her not to hold her and give her birthday hugs, but it got the job done. Eilish liked to be the center of attention and could see everyone's faces. And at 1, it's not like she knows the difference. And there will be many other things to celebrate. So, I say, next - sound 1st birthday was to be tamed, but its 2nd birthday can be epic.

Editor: Callan


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