Yes, I am behind in my posts. It's not like I don't have things to write about, because I do. I just can't find the time to write. Work has been crazy, the kids are terrific but crazy, the kitchen has been crazy (I am cooking up a storm), and Adam's work has been crazy, which has led me to do more around the house and with the kids. The good news is that after 6 weeks of at least one person being sick in our family, everyone is healthy. Yay!!!
And my little baby had a birthday. I can't believe he is one year old already. I remember when he was born.
We had a small family gathering to celebrate his birthday, and of course, I made him a special cake.
I took the kids to the store to get some decorations. I wanted to specifically say 1st birthday, so I knew I was limited. There were 2 for boys, one just blue, and one Sesame Street. Sesame Street won. Then I remembered that my friend made an Elmo cake for her daughter's birthday a couple of years ago, and sure enough she still had the directions and the cake pan. I think it turned out pretty good. For the cake, I used this recipe. Now everyone is different when it comes to cakes, and I am not a huge cake fan (I said cake, not sweets people), but I thought this cake tasted amazing! It's a little more dense than most cakes probably, but I thought it tasted awesome. I did half organic whole wheat pastry flour and half organic unbleached white flour. If you have to bake a cake anytime soon, I recommend this recipe.
And here I am in hte kitchen cooking. We had dinner at our house for the little guy's party. I made hummus, homemade trail mix, spaghetti with 2 kinds of meatballs (one had meat and one did not), salad bar, garlic bread, and of course, the cake. Dinner was a hit. Everyone enjoyed it!
Everyone was not a fan of the party hats though. I was lucky to get this one picture with my kids and their party hits (mine too of course). I can't believe how big they are getting.
I wish I had pictures of the little guy eating his cake, but they wouldn't upload. I will add them later if I can get it work. Now Hope is a girly girl, and that has absolutely nothing to do with the way she is being raised. She is all about skirts, dresses, princesses, and not getting sticky. So one her first birthday, she was not into the whole cake in mouth thing. It wasn't for her. She didn't really even play with it. Total bummer. But my Aidan, he is a different story. We gave him a whole eye of Elmo, so it was like his own individual cake. He started out slow, but once he figured it it was a lot of yummy sugary stuff, he went crazy. He had it all over his mouth, hands, it was . . . AWESOME! I loved every minute of it. I will never forget that moment.
I then took the little guy into his 1 year appointment and he is weight is ok. He is in the 7th percentile and still pretty picky about what he eats and how he eats it. He only has 2 teeth still so I don't feel like I can give him much, but we are trying. I am still nursing, but not as often and not in a rigid schedule like before. He has had whole milk and had no problems with it. I really struggle with what to give him. He take organic whole milk with most meals and a little extra when I am not around, but he doesn't drink that much. I nurse him anywhere between 2 and 4 times a day and then at night if he is waking up (he has been sick with an ear infection so I am currently nursing him when he wakes which is twice a night right now). I am trying to be careful about soy with him because he is a boy, but the kid does like tofu. He hasn't had any meat, and doesn't like beans. If there are any moms who have picky kids, tell me what you give them. I refuse to have him eat chicken nuggets and mac and cheese every week. We are doing what the ped recommends which is to just keep introducing the food over and over.
Oh, and 4 days after the little guy's birthday, I celebrated my birthday. The hubs did a great job for my birthday. I felt very special. And the cake I had was awesome! It's a special place we get cakes for each other and they even come in vegan versions.