Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Birthday Party

With some help from my sister, I planned and executed a great 1st birthday party for Lucas. We had a wonderful time.

The invitations (designed and created by my sister):
The walkway leading to the party:

The entryway had these enormous balloons:

The candy station (the drawer had little boxes for the guests to put their candy):

The party room:

The cake! Of course because Lucas loves yellow ducks. I made this. I packed the bucket with styrofoam then pieced two cakes on top. I used cream cheese frosting tinted blue. The duck was made from a duck cake pan that I bought online. Then I decorated it with buttermilk frosting, m&ms for the eyes, and then their are marshmallows as the bubbles (another of Lucas' favorite things).

For snacks and appetizers we had salad with carmelized almonds and homemade poppyseed dressing, homemade pretzel tots with cheese, cream cheese frosting, and pumpkin spiced cream cheese frosting, pigs in a blankets (lil smokies wrapped in crescent rolls) and cocktail meatballs.

Chocolate milk was the beverage of choice in these cute bottles with yellow and white striped straws:

Lucas didn't always know what to do, but when opening some presents he would do his surprised face (not in this picture though)

I sewed the 1 and party hat on this onesie. I thought he looked so cute!

Cake time. He actually did end up blowing his candle out after we lit it after his 2 year old cousin blew it out for him.

We decided to give him the duck head:

The next day we took some pictures with the big balloons:

It was such a fabulous party. I don't think that I am going to do this elaborate of a party every year, but for his first, I wanted to do something extra special.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Birthday boy

A little confused as to why I was taking a picture of him. He slept in on his birthday and we had to go babysit so I had to wake him up.

His favorite breakfast: Sunshine pancakes and pears

A birthday ride

We brought cupcakes to playgroup and he loved eating his own

It was so fun for him to be in a big gym so that he could walk without running into the wall or couch like at our house

Birthday presents

We went to Red Robin for his birthday. He loves drinking apple juice out of a straw like a big boy

Carrots and Mac n cheese, what else could the birthday boy want?!

He was more interested in the wrapping paper.

12 months old

Lucas had a fun time playing at the doctor's office today. He really loves looking at himself. Here are his stats:

Weight: 17lbs 15oz---------1% He is almost to 18lbs!

Height: 29.5inches---------41%

Head Circ: 17 1/4inches----12-13%

He is still a little guy, but still on the scale and growing at the same rate. He sounded and looked healthy. We are happy that this whole year he has only needed to go to the doctor for his wellness checks (knock on wood). He has only had a little cold, but other than that not sick (knock on wood again). We have been blessed. He had to get 4 shots and he did not like that one bit. He was trying to kick the nurse and get away from her. He calmed down pretty quickly and then we came home and he immediately fell asleep. I hope he doesn't feel sad when he wakes up.

He is cruising around holding onto things, but hasn't yet tried to take steps. He doesn't stand for very long without holding onto something, but I am sure that in no time he will be walking. We are still trying to teach him how to go down the stairs backwards. He still tries to get into everything. I put some child proof locks on some of the cabinets and he is so mad that he can't open them. He has been flexing his muscles and he squeezes his hands and his neck gets all tense. It is really funny. He is a sweet boy who loves cuddling with his stuffed animals especially his yellow ducky and yellow lamb. He sleeps well, eats a ton, and is a happy little guy.
This is the best picture of the flexing that we have so far, but I don't feel like it does it justice.

He saw his ducky's twin at Target and had to cuddle it.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Happy Birthday Lucas!

Lucas is 1! I can't believe it. We celebrated a little tonight and he was excited to get his own cupcake. He was a dainty little eater at first, but then dug in. He is having his party on Saturday. It should be fun. This has been the best year of our lives. We are so blessed to have Lucas as our son. He is the sweetest little boy and we couldn't ask for a better baby. He is growing up. We love Lucas!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Friday, October 7, 2011


Spaghetti for the first time means big mess, but also one happy boy!