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A Onederful Weekend

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As some of you know, we recently celebrated our daughters first birthday – 365 days of Lydia! I almost can’t believe it. Her birthday fell on a Friday, so the whole weekend was about her! We had so much fun celebrating. It was a busy weekend. Full of family, cake, brunch, wine and memories!

The lengths we go to for these little butter balls, who have no clue the celebration is  even for them. Why do we do it mama’s? I was sore for 4 days after the party! I’m too old for this! I’m half-joking… I’m not too old, but I was sore for days after. Anyway, let me tell you about this onederful weekend.

On Friday morning, when Lydia woke up, we all sang happy birthday to her. My husband took the day off of work, so he was around for the morning celebration as well! After our first round of the Happy Birthday song we made pancakes. Lydia loves herself some blueberry pancakes, so we figured she would appreciate eating them on her birthday.

Shortly after we finished breakfast, I had to get started on some errands. I needed to go to Toys-R-Us and pick up a water table, so I figured I would start there. I specifically wanted one with an umbrella and ended up finding the perfect one! If you’re interested {{HERE}} is the one we ended up getting. It even has two separate water area’s at different heights. Hopefully this will help limit arguments between my soon to be 3-year-old and his one year old sister.

After Toys-R-Us, I was off to Wal-Mart. I had my grocery list ready, my iced coffee in hand and I was a woman on a mission. I hit up their decor section first. Maybe I’m living under a rock but I did not know about their inflatable balloon selection, specifically the number 1 and ” Happy Birthday” banner. These balloons are great quality, totally affordable, and reusable. I didn’t blow them up with helium, so they didn’t float, however this was not an issue for us at all.

Once I was done picking out decor, I had to go and get all of the food. Lydia’s first birthday “theme” was a Spring-time brunch, so as you can imagine my cart was packed with eggs, bacon, sausage and OJ. On my way out I passed some really pretty bouquets of flowers. I ended up purchasing 2 bouquets of tulips, a darker pink and a lighter pink. These added the perfect spring time touch the party.

Once I got the car loaded up, it was time to head home to my circus. I won’t lie, I missed my crew while I was gone. It’s weird being out alone, I don’t know what to do with my hands! When I got home, we didn’t do too much of anything for the afternoon, just hung out as a family.

At some point I decided I would make Lydia’s birthday cake. This is the cake we let her have on her actual birthday ( I made a separate smash cake for her birthday party). This cake was going to be special. In addition to it being Lydia’s birthday, it was also our 1 year breastfeeding anniversary. This is something I knew I wanted to celebrate since before I even met my daughter. When I stopped nursing my son at 5 days old, I wanted to make up for it by nursing my next baby a full year. So, I honored her birthday and our anniversary by making a boob cake.

You can click {{HERE}} to read how we survived the early days of breastfeeding.

We had so much fun with this cake! And I don’t mean to brag, but it was delicious! I shared this picture on Instagram and it was then shared by a few of my favorite breastfeeding pages, such as First Latch and Normalize Breastfeeding. It was a pretty big hit with nursing moms and women in general.

After dinner, Happy Birthday, and cake, it was time to put the kiddos down to bed. My sister ended up driving in from PSU to spend the weekend. She got here around 8pm and we stayed up watching the newest Insidious. That movie is scary! And as matter of fact, I think the whole Insidious series is pretty terrifying. I couldn’t stay up much later than that though. I headed to bed around 11 and before I knew it, it was morning.

Saturday rolled around and it was time to get up and get sh** done. Luckily my mom offered to watch both of the babies! Without any explanation you can imagine why this was a huge help. My sister and I fed the kids breakfast and then we were all out the door to drop Richie and Lydia off at their Grandma’s. After we dropped the kids off, there were a few errands we needed to run and then we were headed back home!

Lydia’s birthday is in April and unfortunately it’s too cold in PA to hold the party outside. This stinks because our house isn’t very big to begin with and It make’s me feel added pressure to have everything perfect. So, my sister and I basically spent all day Saturday cleaning. On our hands and knees, up and down, moving furniture… getting sh** done! And then all of a sudden it was 4 o’clock and time to pick up the kids!

Back out the door we went. On the way back home we ordered some chicken wings and salads. Luckily both kids were exhausted from Grandma’s and ready for bed right after dinner. Once the kids were settled in bed, my sister and I decided it was necessary to crack open a bottle of wine. This was obviously a great idea but a subtle reminder that mama can’t hang like she used to! We stayed up prepping until 1 am and decided to call it a night.

Before I knew it, Lydia was up and ready for breastfast. I dragged my mombie self out of bed to nurse her. Once I got her settled back into bed, I dragged ass back to my bed and laid down until 7:30. When it was time to get up, I decided the first thing I wanted to do was decorate her smash cake and cupcakes. I had most of the food prep finished the day before. I made a French Toast Casserole that was a huge hit, and an Egg and Sausage Casserole that was loaded with veggies. All I needed to do was pop them in the oven.

Before I knew it, it was 11 am and my mother-in-law was knocking on the door. She had agreed to come early and help us set up, which was a huge help! Our families are amazing when I comes to lending a helping hand. We’re very lucky.

I don’t know about you… but no matter how much prep work I get done the day before, I am always running around like a nut job as my guests are arriving. Usually I’m still in my PJ’s, covered in food remnants and without a bra. Did you think this would be a “how to host a perfect birthday brunch” post? You know me better.

But, all of the food we had was amazing. Some was brought by our generous families and some we made. The menu included everything from smoked salmon and donuts, to homemade macaroni and cheese. You can satisfy the pickiest of eaters with a good brunch menu

When all was said and done the party was a success. The day went smooth and everyone enjoyed themselves, I mean how  could they not? It’s brunch! Most importantly though – my daughter had a onederful day. She looked absolutely beautiful in her birthday dress and had a smile on her face all weekend. She had her first taste of cake and was spoiled with clothes, toys, jewelry, books and more. What more could a little girl want?

This year was hard for me, if not the hardest of my life. Transitioning from one child to two, closing the restaurant, struggling with depression, family, it all took its toll on me. But, it also showed me how strong of a mother I am and how much I love my children and husband. I had to ask for help and I’ll always remember it as a year that tested my limits, but another year I survived. And although it was a tough, it was a year to be celebrated. After all, it gave me one of my greatest gifts.

So, here’s to you, Lydia Mitty. Happy Birthday and thank you for making me strong as a mother.

🖤 Amanda

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