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    Sunday, December 9 | Comments

    We just celebrated Myles’ first birthday, I can’t believe it’s already here. It didn’t go fast, or slow, which was nice. It’s been so amazing and different having a baby around. Our sense of “normal” is totally different now. We used to do what we wanted on a whim, going to get food or running to the store,  now leaving the house takes 3 times as long. “Did you get his pacifier clip? Where is his beanie? Can you take him for a second, I have to go pee!, Grab an extra diaper and another pair of pants in case he pees through them!”… haha.  But life is so good. We love being a mama and daddy and wouldn’t trade it! Sure, we haven’t really slept straight through the night in a year, and have to wash our hands constantly because they have poo or pee or pureed beets on them, but it’s all worth it! I now understand why people with kids are always late :]

    So needless to say, this year was awesome. It messed with our work routine and left us a bit jumbled trying to edit whenever he fell asleep, but I think we’ve got the hang of it now! I love that little baby SO SO much and maybe I’m bias {of course I am} but I’m pretty sure I gave birth to the cutest baby known to man.On his birthday I was reading through his birth story and somehow it made me so excited to do it all again! We had him at home in our bedroom and it was the most amazing experience we’ve ever had.

    I decided to put together a little summary of his life so far in photo form, and some photos from his amazing birthday party. enjoy!

    Here h is 3 minutes old!

    3 days old

    5 weeks old, when he first started to smile

    6 weeks old, my favorite photo.. hahha

    7 weeks old

    15 weeks

    21 weeks

    23 weeks

    8 months old

    9 months old. We have this photo {among many others} framed in our stairway and every time I pass it I want to pinch his face, he is SO CUTE!!

    Myles is now ONE YEAR old, I can’t believe it’s already here!

    I struggled a lot with what “theme” to make his party and decided on Yellow Submarine…. It really just turned out somewhat “under the sea” with a lot of color, haha. That’s us though! We just love color!

    I snagged this wooden high chair at Goodwill for $8!!

    We’ve recently discovered that Myles LOVES felt balls. I bought him a pack of 300, haha.

    tiny twigs are pretty impressive too. I made him a felt crown for his big day!

    I covered this huge “M” in yarn, it took forever!

    Myles has never had sugar so I was pretty adiment about not starting just because he turned one! I made him a sugarless cake! A bunch of people on Instagram {HeatherGlasby} were asking for the recipe, so I’ll post it at the end! most of the decor was stuff we already have, a lot of it is in his “70′s nautical” bedroom!

    We spent all week {after Myles went to bed} watching Hercules and making daisy chains and paper flags!

    Myles Myles everywhere!!

    left over paper from the paper bunting flags made great confetti!

    I am married to the most clever man. Grayson said he’d make a cupcake stand and he’s in the garage for 10 minutes or so and comes up with THIS!!! A spiral staircake cupcake stand, he is a genius!!  It’s wood from the forest across the street and an old pallet!!!! I made the cupcake toppers with Photoshop and my printer!

    We zip-tied a high chair tray to his chair so make it work!

    My favorite photo of the day. He loved having everyone sing him Happy Birthday. He just grinned and clapped at the end when everyone else did, it was adorable.

    So it turns out my vision of cake everywhere and the worlds dirtiest cake baby was a bust. He wasn’t the least bit interested in that cake, didn’t even try it! The only reason he got any on him is because I put it there trying to get him to want it. AHHHH what a bummer! haha

    Not impressed, haha.

    present timeeeee!

    Grayson got him a harmonica, haha. He attempted .

    I’m pretty sure this was the highlight of his day. My child is like a dog, he loves leftovers on the floor {usually they’re his}. He was scrounging around eating goldfish crackers and cupcake crumbs…

    Kasparian kisses put him into a baby trance, it was the funniest thing.. he had this look on his face for a good 5 minutes.

    There a a ton of sugarless, egg less, flour less {you name it} cakes out there for baby. This one is from a blog {link below} but my favorite blog has a lot more helpful hints for home made baby food in general! I’ve made all of Myles’ food since he’s been eating solids and it’s SO easy and SOOO much cheaper! And you can know exactly what is {and isn’t} going into your baby’s belly!

    Healthy First Birthday Cake- Banana and Blueberry Cake

    What we love about this recipe – apart from the fact that it tastes AMAZING – is that there are no complicated techniques involved in its preparation. You just put everything in one bowl, mix it all together, and you’re done! If you have little baking experience and you’re worried about making a mess of baby’s first birthday cake, then this is the recipe to try – it’s almost foolproof!

    Baby's banana and blueberry birthday cake 4 oz (1 cup) old fashioned rolled oats
    5 oz (1 1/4 cups) whole wheat flour
    4 oz (1 cup) all purpose flour
    1 tsp baking soda
    2 tsp baking powder
    2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
    good pinch of salt
    6 medium ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
    4 fl oz (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted
    1/2 cup blueberries, chopped (use fresh, or frozen berries thawed and drained)
    4 eggs, beaten well
    6 fl oz (3/4 cup) frozen unsweetened apple juice concentrate, thawed*

    *You can use regular apple juice concentrate instead for a sweeter result, but do bear in mind that the recipe will be a higher in sugar than if you use the unsweetened variety.

    Preheat the oven to 350 deg F (175 deg C).
    Put the first seven ingredients into a large bowl and mix them together.
    Add all the rest of the ingredients and stir well until thoroughly combined.
    Grease a 9 inch cake tin and pour in the mixture.
    Bake for around 50 mins to one hour, until a sharp knife inserted into the centre comes out clean.
    Cool in the tin for 20 mins, then turn out on a wire rack to cool completely.

    To make the cream cheese frosting in the photograph…

    Stir together one 3 ounce package of cream cheese, 1/4 tsp of vanilla and 2 1/2 tbsp regular frozen apple juice concentrate (thawed). Spread over the top of the cake once it’s cool.





    1. Sam Allen says:

      Wow, I adore your photos of him through the year! Following you on Instagram just gave a glimpse into the day to day but these truly let us all feel part of your family in a way! Happy birthday Myles!
      P.S. Heather, I love how you matched the birthday decor that day too!

    2. kat mckellips says:

      These are the cutest pictures ever! The birthday turned out beautifully and the theme is so original. Had to say something, because it was too cute to pass it by!! Kat

    3. GiGi says:

      Grayson and Heather….your decorations were absolutely adorable….that cupcake stand is incredible Gray….love the “Myles banner” with all those adorable faces. Everything was wonderful. Great job!

    4. GiGi says:

      BooHoo…I am so sad I missed your party too Myles. Gigi will be at the next one when you come to my house this Thursday. I love you beyond measure….what a joy this year has been having you in our lives. I thank God for you every day!!!

    5. NaNa says:

      Oh, how I would have love to have been there! What a wonderful great grandson. See you soon——

    6. grayson says:

      happy bday buddy!

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