Elliot’s 1st birthday was yesterday. Crazy, crazy!
Seeing as we don’t have any family or friends in town (except for MFA students, who only come to parties with booze) Elliot’s birthday was pretty low-key. He got a LOT of presents (and to those who gave, thank you again!) that were all pretty cool and he likes everything. Instead of giving them all to him yesterday, we have been letting him have a few things a day for the past week or 2. That kind of stuff can be overwhelming for a little kid!
We decided to take the train down to a part of Lincoln Park we hadn’t been to before and check it out. We ate lunch at Epic Burger, which was REAAALLLLLY good (portabella mushroom burger…ultimate yum) and Elliot enjoyed a bunch of french fries. There was a lot of shopping and a big, beautiful new Whole Foods…but our goal was REI, because we needed to do some pre-shopping for the big winter sale on the 18th. We need winter gear soooo bad!
Elliot napped on the train ride home and the rest of the day was a lot of playing and hanging out. Josh wanted Mexican food for dinner so we ate burritos and had birthday cake after. I made a lemon poppy seed cake from The Kind Diet and a home made berry sauce for on top. It was really Elliot’s first real “dessert” and he loved it! I’ve heard some people say that not letting your kid have a sugary birthday cake is mean and they are missing out, but I disagree. He smooshed it and ate it happily…he certainly didn’t feel left out! The berry sauce “frosting” was his favorite, he kept wanting more and more. Also, since Josh and I don’t really like traditional cake frosting and think fondant is gross, it was pretty nice to have something we really liked, too!
Those of you who know about Elliot’s birth know there were some pretty sad and scary things that happened that day, and it was impossible not to relive those things and feel emotional….but we tried not to let those things overshadow the fact that while it was an extremely tough day, it was an amazing day at the same time. I don’t want his birthday to be bittersweet every year, so we are letting go of that other stuff and moving on.
Plus, look at him! He’s amazing!
That’s all for now!