Birthday Celebration, January
My first birthday was Saturday, January 29th.
For a 1-year-old, I had a very busy day.
First, I opened gifts that Oma Betty and
Tante Lianne brought from Holland. Then after breakfast, Papa and I took
Oma and Tante Lianne on our normal Saturday morning trip to the Oranjeschool.
They sang "Happy Birthday" to me there. After lunch I opened presents from Mommy and Papa, so I spent the afternoon
and evening playing with a room full of new toys.
My first birthday dinner
consisted of buttered toast and Gerber baby food (the adults ate something
else). Then they brought out a carrot cake with one candle on it, and they
all sang "Happy Birthday" and "Lang Zal Zij Leven."
The cake was yummy!
|The bigger party was Sunday afternoon, when
family and friends came over to celebrate my first year of existence (and also Mama and Papa's successful
survival of it).
Mommy and Cameron decorated the family room and kitchen
with crêpe paper, balloons, and little yellow teddy bears to match the
plates and napkins. The guests ate submarine sandwiches, fruit, and potato
chips. Mommy brought the chocolate cake to the table [below], and everyone sang
both "Happy Birthday" and "Lang Zal Zij Leven."
Then I had my first ever taste of chocolate cake! It was lekker!
[right]—but it's possible that the
vanilla ice cream was even tastier.
|Party guests included Oma Betty and Tante Lianne all the way
from Holland, Grandma Joanie, Grandpa Paul and Bonnie, Rob Scheibe, Marko
Frank, Miss Trudy, and my baby buddies Liam and Joseph. Of course,
Mommy, Papa, and Cameron were there, too.
After the food, I opened still more
gifts [right]. There are too many to list—everyone was sooo nice to me—but a few of my favorites include the
Bee Bop Band from Mommy and Papa (with a drum that holds a tambourine,
and bells); a fuzzy magenta coat and pillbox hat from Grandma Joanie
(I'll look just like Jackie O); a sundress covered in ladybugs from
Grandpa Paul and Bonnie; a Dutch children's music CD from cousin Maaike; a
Nijntje music box from Tante Monique and a Nijntje puzzle from Tante
Annemiek; Nijntje books from Liam Frank; a baby doll with its very
own binky from Tante Lianne; a Baby Einstein DVD from Joseph;
and a wood clown that dances on a stick from Oma Betty.
I think I'm going to like birthdays!
One-Year Check-up, January
I had my 1-year doctor appointment on
February 2nd. Dr. Johnson let me chew on his tongue depressor, and he said I was healthy and on track.
I weighed in at 21 pounds 12 ounces (70th
percentile), exactly 15 pounds heavier than my birth weight. And I was 30 1/4 inches tall (85th percentile).
I didn't mind being weighed, measured, and
examined, but then the nurse arrived to give me my vaccinations. I
received three: one for MMR (measles/mumps/rubella), one for chickenpox, and
a second flu shot for the season. The nurse
was very quick, so I didn't know what happened right away, but finally I
realized that it hurt... Then I screamed as loudly as I could to let the children
in all the other exam rooms know that
there was baby torture going on!
First Steps, February
On President's Day, February 21st, I finally
figured out how to walk by myself! First, I stood up without holding
onto anything, and then I took five steps toward the family room toy shelves. Mommy
and Cameron were right there, and they were laughing and cheering and
clapping. Papa was in the next room, but I managed to walk a few more steps within the
hour so that he could see, too.
Exactly one month later, on March 21st, I finally
figured out to put more than a few steps together, and I became a true
toddler. Now I walk almost everywhere. (Crawling is so passé!)
Okay, Trouble, here I come!
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