Lou's First Birthday
My oh my... how time flies. This whole month has brought on a lot of reflection.
I'm so grateful that we have so many photos and videos of those hours leading up to her arrival and the month following. That time was such a blur of visits, love, gifts, sleepless nights, huge learning curves, moving house (when she was 3 weeks old!) and... painkillers. Sweet, sweet prescription painkillers.
For her first party I decided to invite all of my closest friends. Most of them are without children (other than Hera who is now 6 months old) so our guests were 90% over the age of 25. When she is older I'll let her take care of the guest list, but for this event I wanted it small, intimate and as stress-free as possible. Also, pretty. I wanted it to be very pretty. I admit that was more for me than it was for her. But I did all the work getting her into this world!
The general theme was ballet - in colour scheme and for the 2 babies (and 1 adult), in costume. I spoiled her (me) with a purchase from Tutu du Monde. It shipped remarkably fast from Australia to Canada and was everything she (I) had dreamed of....
A series of professional photoshoots have been really important to me over the past year as I've been planning a follow up to our Layflat wedding book (titled Volume I - though after 5 years together before we were married, I'd say it was officially more like Volume V or Volume XX). As with cards and phonebooks in the past, my intention is to do a "Volume II" for Louella's first 2 years of life, and then follow up with a "Volume III" for our next baby, with Artifact Uprising again.