Sunday, July 19, 2009

Let Them Eat Cake (and Bring Gifts)!

Thank you for weighing in on the whole Present Situation. We are going to just let it go and accept the presents that come our way - and be very appreciative of them. We are still striving to make this party about spending time with our family and friends and thanking them for their part in our lives, rather than turning it into a major circus. We have been to many first birthday parties and my favorites were the ones with the least fuss and muss. When too many guests, too many activities, too many decorations, too much whatever gets in the mix, it seems as if it stresses the parents and the Birthday Kid out. I still wish there was a way to have a party without people feeling as if they need to bring presents, but I guess that's ultimately what a birthday party is about.

I seriously can't believe this Little Man is about to turn one. He is growing so fast, changing so much, and just all around becoming less of a baby and more of a toddler. It is with mixed emotions that we start to leave behind the baby phase and move on to what is next. I am sad that we no longer have an infant, but so excited that we have a little boy.

And what a wonderful little boy he is.


Mommy Shoes said...

And what a gorgeous almost one-year-old he is!

HereWeGoAJen said...

It sounds perfect! I agree with less fuss.

In my opinion, shopping for the present is lots of fun!

AwkwardMoments said...

Have a blast! Your family and friends deserve it!

He is a gorgeous growing Toddler.

Joy@WDDCH said...

Oh he's so cute!!!

And I think when he gets older and birthday parties are more about family than tons of friends coming over, it'll be less about gifts, too. My SIL was just telling me today that they spent birthdays with family, got their favorite meal for dinner, and it was just really low-key. And those were her favorite birthdays.

So who knows what the future birthdays will bring! LOL!

In Search of Morning Sickness said...

I didn't weigh in, honestly because I didn't know WHAT to do! It sounds like a really gracious solution, though.

I understand the sadness of no longer having an infant, and yet the joy of the new phase he's in. Every phase is joyous and worth celebrating. But we can be a bit bittersweet about leaving behind something we loved.

He is so precious!