We had a low-key, but very special, day with our little man on his first birthday. Initially we had thought we might have a little birthday party for him, but let’s be honest, first birthday’s are for the parents – and these parents were wiped out! Between the packing, painting, fixing, and working, we had barely any energy to organise a party. Most of our community has also moved away or gone on vacation, so there were not many people left to celebrate with. We decided to have a quiet day instead, and we are very happy that we did.
First thing in the morning, we went over to our new apartment. We had dropped off all of my photo props and bought a cake the day before. Our first agenda for the day was to take some birthday pictures of little man. We have not posted that photo shoot yet, but it will be coming up soon. This was A LOT of fun. Elijah has never really had much sugar to eat, so we were not sure how he would respond to his cake. We ended up having so much fun – all of us were slipping and sliding over a cream covered floor once Eli was done devouring his delicious cake. Towards the end we were helping him eat it. Definitely a good idea to have done this shoot in our new (empty) house, because it resulted in a massive mess. While Justin took Elijah upstairs to have a bath, I cleaned up and got us ready for the rest of the day.
Our next stop was DejaVu, the little restaurant right around the corner, where we have been many times before. We love this place, and since we had come here on numerous occasions during my pregnancy (for the persistent burger-cravings), and while Elijah was a tiny baby, we thought that it was fitting to return here for his first birthday. Our friends, Trent and Angie, who were also up to their eyeballs in busyness, cleared their schedule to come and spend Elijah’s birthday with him.
We got some iced lattes, sat back, and relaxed. This was a perfect way to spend a birthday…
Together, taking it easy, and happy-as-can-be!
When Trent and Angie arrived, we ordered some food and ate together. Elijah really adores these two. We love that they were with us on Eli’s birthday because they also came to the hospital to meet Elijah on the day that he was born. We wished that Zachary, Heather, CJ and Amber were also still in Qingdao because they all played a fundamental part in the story of our son’s birth.
The beard: ever-entertaining for our little man!
All that excitement (and probably a post-sugar crash) caused Elijah to fall into a nice deep sleep just after lunch. This was right around nap-time, so we decided to take a little stroll along the beach with our friends while little man slept in his stroller.
The skies were blue and the weather perfect. We strolled along the boardwalk for over an hour, stopping to take pictures and play around with Eli once he had woken up. Being a week day, the beaches were not overly crowded so we got to enjoy a peaceful walk. There were a number of moments when we wished that we had taken more time to do days like this. It won’t be long before Trent and Angie won’t be just down the road anymore!
Elijah woke up in a cheerful mood and he giggled overtime we took a picture of him. Maybe he knew it was his birthday (or the sugar was still pulsing through his veins) because he was full of smiles and chatting away. Trent’s “house-shoes” made us laugh…
Hooray! Im one year old!
We are so thankful for this incredible first year that we spent with Elijah James. He is so unique and we love everything about him. He has filled our lives with so much joy! To have friends that say the same thing, makes us two very proud parents. How wonderful that we got to spend this day with our friends, in the city where it all began!
A couple of days after his birthday, a package arrived for Elijah. It contained a cuddly baby horse, a hoodie, and a birthday card. All of them sent with love from Medora, North Dakota. Thank you Uncle Richard and Aunty Shauna – This was a wonderful surprise, and Eli loved his gift! He’s super small, so even though the hoodie is sized 12m, he will probably only fit into it in a couple of months. Perfect timing because we will be in North Dakota with Richard and Shauna in September when he finally gets to wear his gift.