Rainbow Cake by Gemma Wardle
Rainbow Cake by Gemma Wardle

On the anniversary of my due date, it feels surreal writing this post with that heading! It literally has been the quickest year of my life! Looking back on it, it’s been quite a journey. From the moment Olivia was born –  realising she was a girl (I can’t tell you how much that meant to me) You couldn’t take the smile off my face, well maybe you could a few hours later when she was still awake and I hadn’t slept in over 24 hours…..It’s just incomprehensible though what you experience and feel when you become a new mother. There’s been laughter and there’s been tears but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

The other stuff that comes with her turning One other than a birthday party, are the little hidden milestones like – Not having to sterlise her bottles anymore, starting the transition of moving her into her nursery at night ( yes I know we’re late on that one!) We’ve also decided not to give her cows milk for another few months so it’s the follow-on milk for now. All of these are gonna be big changes for the 3 of us and that’s what it’s all about when you’re a first time parent.

So back to this birthday party. I’d been toying with the idea of a having a big party to celebrate our little girls first year. But with a house as small as ours it’s going to be a tight squeeze with both our families, friends and their kids too.
Sooo, my friend Emma had a great idea! We’re now going to split it and have two parties, one with family and one with friends.
Double the fun, double the mess but hey, it’s not everyday our baby turns one!

I’ve also set myself the challenge of baking her birthday cake! This may not be a challenge for most people, but it is for me. I started baking during my pregnancy but I never actually baked a cake! So what better time to try it out?

Like any parent, I just want my baby’s day to be as special as possible and I think my own handmade cake will add to that feeling. I have a list of recipes and lots of photos (thanks to pinterest), but realistically it’s going to be my first cake, so I can’t really expect anything that the contestants on The Great Irish Bake Off  produce or the one pictured above that my friend Gemma baked, but I’ll try my best.

I’m thinking simplicity but with a nice decorative exterior! God, am I talking about a house or a cake?!? Seriously though, a Victoria sponge is what I’m thinking, that in itself will be hard to perfect!

Gotta love a bit of face paint!
Gotta love a bit of face paint!

I’ve also hired a girl to do face painting, (a la Beyonce)! and I can’t wait to decorate the place with bunting, flowers and balloons. The excitement of this party is ridiculous, I guess it’s because it’s the first time, I’ll probably dread them in a few years but I do hope they’ll all feel as important as this one!

{Image: A Fat Girls Guide To Eating In Korea blog)

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