Monday, April 10, 2017

Fletcher's First Birthday (and Party)

Then, March 28, 2016, 10:32 pm:

Now, March 28, 2017, 10:32 pm:

Fletcher's first birthday fell on a Tuesday, there was too much celebrating we could do. We still tried to make it special. Jared and I woke him up for the day by serenading him with "Happy Birthday." We think he enjoyed it.

I left work early to get him from daycare. We got home in time for a wagon ride around the neighborhood. And in time to snap a few pictures in front of his magnolia tree. The tree was a gift we got on the day we brought Fletcher home from the hospital. We planted it in the front yard and will enjoy watching the tree grow with him over the years.
Once Dad got home we headed off to get Fletcher's first haircut! He sat in the police car chair. Dad got to pick the movie from a very wide selection of VHS's on the wall. Of course he chose Fox and Hound. I think this might have been the first time Fletcher had ever really seen a cartoon before. He's not very interested in the TV, thank goodness. He did so great while the sweet lady cut his hair. He got a little antsy at the end because he was tired of being strapped in.
Big boy haircut meant big boy dinner. Where else would we go for our child's first birthday? Sawmill, of course!
It was a very low key day and wasn't anything too out of the ordinary for us. I still felt all the feels of my sweet little boy turning a year old and sobbed while I rocked him to sleep. After he went to bed I replayed the video of him being born and looked through all 300 or so pictures of the first few days of his life. Then we promptly went in at 10:32pm to wish him official happy birthday.

April 1, 2017: Fletcher's First Birthday Party!

We completely underestimated how many people were actually going to show up for Fletcher's birthday party. Can I just reiterate that we have the most wonderful family and friends? People traveled from all over to come celebrate our boy with us. Many made a day trip just so they could wish him a happy birthday which just made us feel incredibly special. We are so lucky to have everyone of those people in our lives.
Fletcher on the other hand was a little overwhelmed with all these people at his house. The poor boy woke up from his nap and the next thing he knew 30 people were there, some even that the audacity to bring their children to his house (who Fletcher is normally excited to see, by the way). He was not interested in entertaining or showing off his little personality. He either wanted to be held by me or his JuJu and no one else. I definitely think the saying "its my party, I can cry if I want to" comes from a first birthday.
 He did warm up after he had his smash cake (and I let him play with no clothes on). I guess the boy is more comfortable sans pants but, aren't we all?
I made him a low sugar smash cake with blueberry icing on the inside and covered in raspberries
The bib was made by his Aunt Charli Kay and was gifted to me the Christmas before Fletcher was born. When I opened it I knew I wanted him to wear the bib on his first birthday. There is something very special about being a Rice man. I guess you have to be one (or be married to one or have one as your dad or son) to know just what that means :)
Fletcher got so many gifts we didn't even know where to start opening them. For a kid that had a very small corner dedicated to his toy collection in the living room, I am sure this was overwhelming too. He did enjoy opening some gifts and made everyone giggle when he was just as obsessed with the lama wrapping paper as everyone else.
see the awesome lama wrapping paper? next to Fletcher, Kelly's wrapping paper was the talk of the party
Overall, we had a great time! It was definitely more a party for us considering the food (pork and chicken wings) and beverage choice, but we figured this was probably going to be one of the few birthdays we could actually have a say in the theme and decorations.
sweet Elizabeth came all the way from...Kernersville :)
Thomas and Gigi (Virginia, pregnant with baby Bledsole, due in July) came from Wilmington for the day!
Julia, Will and Wade traveled to Greenville then to Raleigh to spend the night which allowed Fletcher and Wade to have their first official sleep over!
sweet Meghan and Ryan came all the way from Charlotte for the day. Meghan came to meet Fletcher the morning after he was born. She is one dedicated Aunt and we LOVE her so much.
all mamas wild college friends aka Fletcher's crazy aunts who spoil him rotten with toys and sugar.
I wish I had taken more pictures of everyone that was there, especially more of those that had made a trip to see us, but we have the memories to last. We can't thank everyone enough for coming to celebrate our sweet boy turning ONE!
Cheers to us officially having a TODDLER.

1 comment:

  1. I'm so proud that you think I made that bib. I will take credit for "making" it. Just don't tell the
    Etsy lady. Yay to Fletcher being 1!