In the countdown to Joaquín’s first Birthday, I thought it would be fun to show what I looked like when I turned one! At the time, we were living in Tampa, Florida (although I was born in Danbury, Connecticut). My mom’s parents visited from Ohio. Even 33 years ago, “smash cakes” were the way you celebrated your first Birthday.
In the following two photos, the woman seated next to me is my mom. She claims that I absolutely hated being dirty from the cake and cried during the entire experience. All I know, is that if someone offered me a piece of cake now, I would gladly accept it! It will be interesting to see Joaquín’s reaction to his cake.
The woman I am feeding the cake to in the following photo is my grandmother. I call her Omi, which means grandmother in German. She is originally from Essen, Germany, but immigrated to the United States with my grandfather during the war. I am so grateful that they are both still alive and try to see Joaquín every single day. They could not be more in love with him and it is such a blessing that even though they will not be in his life for a long time, he will always have memories of them.
In the following two photos, the man standing next to me is my dad. To say I was/am a “Daddy’s girl” is quite an understatement. I grew up surrounded by three brothers, thus I was the only girl in the family and my dad — being a typical Italian father — adored me and spoiled me from day one of my life. I think some off that rubbed off on me, because I am the exact same way with Joaquín! My husband calls him a “Mamas boy” all of the time and I love it!
After everyone was finished eating cake, I was cleaned up and given some presents. How cute was my little white sundress? When I see photos of myself at Joaquín’s age, all I see is Joaquín. True, we do not have the same coloring, but I swear we have the exact same face. What do you think?
Then my big present was revealed: a training bike! I adored it according to my parents. They told me that I always wanted to be “on the go”. Joaquín definitely inherited that same wandering spirit from me.
I cannot wait to celebrate my baby boy’s first Birthday tomorrow! We have something really special planned and I promise all will be revealed soon. Until then, send me e-hugs, because I know I am going to be so emotional (in a good way) all day long. Happy Birthday eve my precious Joaquín!!!