By the way… my baby turned ONE this past Saturday! (He was born on Friday the 13th.) It’s true – no one can prepare you for the realization that your tiny little slug of a person is a walking, babbling, crawling, moving 1 year old.
And a terribly handsome one, at that.
I was going to bake – I’d found a bunch of great recipes for “wholesome” fruity cakes for such an occasion. But then I… got lazy? Instead, I got him babycake cupcakes from Cupcake Royale – they use all seasonal, local (even the flour!) ingredients. Plus, their November flavor of the month is pumpkin cardamom. He got one of those, one chocolate with vanilla icing, one vanilla with vanilla and one vanilla with chocolate to smash to his heart’s content. (Oh my god, that was entertaining. The icing! Everywhere!) He ate some of it but didn’t seem overly excited about all having sweets.
The day after, he took part in another photo shoot for Ricicli clothing, so it’s kind of nice to have professional, fabulous pictures from right around his birthday.
Amazing to look back at where we were a year ago and how absolutely difficult our lives were. Not because of him, but of everything else going on that made it that much harder for me to focus on him. Now… it’s a breeze. (Granted, it’s exhausting watching him move around so much and he has cranky phases, but that’s nuthin’.) I still can’t imagine loving anyone as much as him, but… I think by this time next year, I’ll be stricken with full-on baby fever. I’ve already told Mr Nikki, “OK… maybe when he’s two and a half…” Mr Nikki wants a daughter. Meh. I’d like a house full of boys.
Either way, you can be damn sure I’ll have another home birth! Nugget’s pediatrician is also a nurse/midwife who is also my ob/gyn and also my primary care person. It’s a great set-up, having someone who knows all aspects of your health. I’ve already asked her and YES! they do home birth!
** Speaking of primary care… all that ranting I do about eating whole foods and avoiding low fat? I finally have proof. I got a physical and they checked my vitamin D, cholesterol, blood sugar, etc… My vitamin D levels and cholesterol and everything are GREAT. Plus I also lost the 40 pounds of pregnancy weight, and some. That’s on a whole foods diet where butter is NEVER skimped on and low fat or non fat NEVER passes my lips. Lots of veggies, following the seasons, red meat that isn’t lean, breakfast sausage… And my vitamin D – see? Living in Seattle doesn’t automatically mean being deficient and feeling like crap. I got loads of sun this past summer, as did Nugget, and we drink our raw milk… the fact is, you don’t lose vitamin D immediately, so you can build up enough to get through most of the winter. I’ll just keep ours up with our whole foods diet which is pretty rich in vitamin D to begin with.