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Birthday,  Dear Baby Gil

Donut Grow Up Gemma | First Birthday

How can this be happening already? It seems like just yesterday, but also a lifetime ago I was keeping myself busy with my pregnancy reflections blog before we headed to the hospital. (A noon check-in sucks!) Now, here I am, avoiding sleep and the inevitable… tomorrow my baby girl is one!

It’s true what they say, you blink and it’s over. That stands true for the first year with our girl, and her first birthday party this weekend. The party prep was a welcomed distraction, and kept me super busy so I wasn’t able to just sit around be be sad about how fast time is going. For that, I am thankful! So many details were poured into the party—it very much reminded me of our wedding! Little foods, lots of color, and many, many hours of prep! The only difference—our wedding in April ended up being so so cold, and Gemma’s party was a scorcher in May!

I pretty much lived off of carbs while I was pregnant. It’s shocking to me that I didn’t gain more, way more than I did! My favorite carb? DONUTS. I ate donuts all. the. time. It felt only fitting for Gemma’s first birthday party to be donut themed. Oh, and I found her super cute romper on a resale, and that totally sealed the deal.

I cannot say enough thanks to our guests—for loving us, and Gemma enough to literally bake on concrete while she played in cake. To my family—thank you for helping this frantic mama last minute with balloons, food, and finding silverware. To my friends the Kings—thank you for hosting us, and lovingly opening your doors, and letting us put your furniture all over the place. To Gari-Ann—for these incredible photos, and spending a Sunday with us instead of your family. We love you!

And to Rudy—thank you for giving me this baby girl. And mostly, thank you for allowing me to go 100% overboard on her party. For dealing with my incoherent sentences while party prepping. For cooking all the food. For cutting up 100 grapes. For making a donut wall. For wearing pink… and not complaining one time. I love you, and Gemma has no idea how blessed she is to have you as her daddy.

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Dear Gemma,

You’ve brought so much joy to our lives.You’ve changed us forever for the better. Every time you do something new, my heart swells with joy at how smart you are, and how much you’ve grown. I know that your fiery little spirit is just a sign of what big things you will do in life. Every new age is my favorite, and although I very much miss your little snuggly baby face, I adore your four little teeth and your precious thigh rolls. It’s my greatest joy to be your mom, and I can’t wait to share a lifetime of donuts with you. You truly are a gem.

Happy First Birthday, Gemma!

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Vendors
Venue // The Stem & Stein
Photography // Gari-Ann Kia Photography
Music // Dustin Allen
Cake // Our Aunt Lynn
Invitation // Salt + Paperie

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