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Reasons to celebrate a first birthday | Moms

My daughter turned one-year-old this week.

It's hard to believe that at this time last year we were holding a tiny newborn. So much happens in the first year.

I have really gotten into the party preparations for both of my kids' first birthdays.

My son had a farm animal party, complete with a huge farm cake with a barn and cake pop animals.

This time around it was exciting to do some girly things.

My daughter's birthday fell within a week of Easter, so I had fun with pastel decorations, flowers and an Easter egg hunt.

In the days leading up to my daughter's party, we were busy.

Somewhere in the middle of piping tiny little nests onto cupcakes topped with jelly bean Easter eggs, I started to wonder if maybe I had overdone it a little.

This was just a first birthday, after all.

My daughter would not remember it.

We would be lucky if she was awake to open presents and blow out her candle.

She would probably be most excited about eating tissue paper and making a mess of her cake, not admiring the cute way it was decorated.

So, why do all the work?

First birthdays may be more exciting for the parents than the child, but that is OK. We certainly have good reason to celebrate.

We celebrate surviving the first year, sleepless nights and all.

We celebrate (with tears) the end of the baby year and the beginning of the toddler years.

First-time parents celebrate the end of the "new parent" label and unsolicited parenting advice begins to slow down (though it never really stops).

We celebrate the journey that brought us to this milestone.

We remember all of the 3 a.m. feedings, the evenings bouncing and rocking, the first smile, the first roll, the first sitting up, the first crawl, the first step, the first food, the first word.

We celebrate passing the parenting challenges of the first year.

We celebrate our child's small accomplishments and Herculean effort.

Most of all we celebrate the gift of life. We realize this little life is a gift, and we thank God for it.

So to everyone who helped us celebrate, by coming to the party, bringing gifts, making a phone call, sending a Facebook message, or liking a status update, thank you.

Here's to year one. Happy birthday, baby girl!

We celebrate the journey that brought us to this milestone.

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The News-Review Updated Apr 30, 2014 01:36PM Published May 6, 2014 09:55AM Copyright 2014 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.