It's amazing to see the love and support and encouragement that has surrounded Max in his first year of life. That was proven by the turnout at his birthday celebration. It was truly beautiful to see all the folks that came to celebrate Max. Thank you all who were able to make it and take part.
Papi and Daddy tried to go all out for this first birthday bash. We pulled out all the stops and decorated and cooked up a storm. Every minute of it was worth it to see everyone enjoy themselves and fill their bellies.
Max started his day in a worrisome way (at least worrisome for Daddy) as he didn't want to take his morning nap. Well, I think we all know what happens to kiddos who don't get their scheduled naps in. So....when Max decided to fall asleep on daddy's shoulder, daddy let it happen. And it happened for an hour and a half. But since it put Max in the perfect mood for hosting his party, it was the right move to make.
Once he was up and moving, there was no stopping him. He had a pre-party lunch and began entertaining his guests.
The whole afternoon seemed to fly by. Max made his rounds and chatted with all who attended while daddies finished getting the food ready. People ate (and there are still gobs of leftovers). Then it was time for the gift opening. They started calm with only a cousin or two helping out. But after a few gifts were opened, the hoard of cousins swarmed in. Every boy and girl wanted to choose the next gift and wanted to pull the tissue paper and wanted to rip the wrapping....so much was going on!! And daddy just sat with Max in his lap trying to get quickly through each gift before sweating to death in the heat and claustrophobic conditions.
Much to my surprise Max wasn't fading quickly, but he was fading. We decided to move in on the cake and get his smashing over with. Grandma made a delightful spread for both Max and all of the guests. Not afraid of a little mess, Max ended up digging his fingers in and sliding them as deep into his throat as he could. All said and done, I don't think he actually consumed much of the cake....more like smeared it on his clothes and face.
As Max took a quick bath and said his nap-time "night-nights," his guests continued chilling and hanging out. Slowly, Max's guests began to depart and say their good-byes and the rest of the evening was consumed with chatting with the remaining near-and-dear, much adored friends that stayed to help clean up. We love you much!!
After the nap - it was time to try out a present or two!!
Both of Max's daddies are exhausted but it was worth every iota of energy!! Today brought a little bit more normal schedule and a little less chaos.
Cheers to another year. We love you, Little Boss!