Celebrating the big 1
Vivi Rosebud is officially one year old 🙂
I felt so emotional on her birthday! No longer my tiny baby. Very quickly approaching toddlerhood.
I am so, so thankful that she is doing so well. And that I’m doing all right.
She has gone from a dainty little newborn of 2.52kg, to a bouncing, bonnie little girl of 10.3kg 🙂
We celebrated her birthday the whole of Friday and Saturday! On Friday morning, her and I went off to our mothers/ babies group. She got really nice presents, including a dolly pram from Aunty Candy and Luke, a pop-up Little Red Riding hood book and pooh bear plate/bowl/ cup set from Aunty Mené and Mehan and a Barney activity pack from aunty Charlyn and Hannah. We took a cake and everyone sang to her and I helped her blow out her candle.
After nap time, we went to the Archer family, where she had another fab party. She played with all her presents on the sitting room carpet. Her cousins played with her. She was spoiled with a lovely big hound dog (plush)from Aunty Melany, a duck on wheels that plays music, a soft duckie (she loves ducks) and the sweetest baby doll from her grandparents. She kept on planting kisses on that little doll and saying “baba” over and over again.
Then, our next door neighbour, who calls herself Vivi’s “Amper Ouma” had a beautiful cake made for her, with a photo of the birthday girl printed on the front. She also knitted the most beautiful blanket for Vivi. Took her six weeks, and it’s amazing.
On Saturday, my sister Sonja kindly hosted a party for Viv for the out-of-towners, my younger sister and her family,from Joburg and Vivienne’s godparents from Pretoria, Jessica and Ettienne. Also my parents and a local friend of mine, Angie were there.
Cue more spoiling of the birthday girl: A musical toy with loads of buttons from aunty Annie, which also included a stacking ring ♥! From Angie, a ride-on lobster inflatable water toy for summer and the sweetest rag-doll from Angie’s mom. From Sonja and Jannie another baby doll (so she has twins!) a sweet dress and Hello Kitty cupcakes. And from Jess and Ett, a pink Y-bike!!! (I am very pleased with that especially) and a lovely hooded gown. Also a ducky toothbrush (more duck stuff 🙂 ) And Jessica’s 20 year old Telly Quack!!! All washed and looking brand new. I haven’t been able to find a soft, plush duck anywhere. I mentioned it to Jessica and she surprised us with the duck!
Oh and Vivienne’s parents (that would be us 😉 ) bought her a baby walker, complete with a hooter, ‘car radio’ (well, it plays songs) and a spinning shape sorter on the front. The important bit is that she can walk behind it. To date, she has taken about five consecutive steps 🙂
Our house looks like a toy shop, y’all 🙂
I am so grateful to everyone who spoiled our little girl and celebrated with us.
It took baby girl and I about two days to recover from the partying. We were knackered!
The reason I can type this at leisure, is that it is naptime. Vivienne has recently instated a strict nap-time, from two pm till five pm. I am not complaining! She wakes up around 9am and then she has bottle, we listen to music and she plays with her toys in her cot. Then she eats some maltabella pap with me.Then she comes out of cot and we read a bit of book. This is all very typical.
But then she wants to be active and we go to the tv room where she plays with the more interactive toys and crawls, crawls, crawls. then we go onto our front stoepie and sit there for a while (sometimes Tannie Rina comes out to say hi to us). Then it’s crawl some more and whizz around in the walking ring. By this stage, daddy is on lunch, so we eat something, sometimes we go to town with daddy, if we need something.
By two pm we are tired. Some of us pass out in our cot and other of us sink into our comfy black chair and have a well-deserved cup of milo 🙂
Then I wash and sterilise her bottles, have some tea, chillax and put some supper on. Unless we had a big lunch, then I don’t.
She naps until five and then it’s all systems go again until 9 or 10 pm. Which I don’t mind, because she sleeps an uninterrupted 11 or 12 hours at night We go to bed late anyway, Michael and I. And even though she goes to bed late, she is utterly pleasant. She will sit in her cot and chat to her dolls, no problem, while we bath and get ready for bed.
And yes, I do know how insanely lucky I am.
Edited to add:
After all that, she woke up halfway through the nap with teething pain. Very upset. I gave her some Prodol and read her a little bit of Rooikappie and she’s dozing off again. I also put The Mozart Effect: Relax and Unwind on for her. All in all, took me less than fifteen minutes to settle her. She’s happy, and cuddling her beloved hipppo. Bit of an occupational hazard,putting the prodol on, now that she has upper teeth,too. My poor finger, getting caught in the middle 🙂