I can't help but think about the night 1 year ago today that brought Poppy into the world. Everyday of this whole year seems so vivd to me. From the moment I saw her, to her crawling around on the floor today chatting to herself.
All I could think about during those first few weeks which I think are the hardest for any new parent, (not because the baby is difficult although they can be, but because having a new life in your world is such a shock to the system) is get to 1 year. In those weeks all I could think about was making it through. I would mark out in the my head, just get to 3 months. Then it would be just get to 6 months and the 1 year mark was the ultimate goal by far.
If I can make it to 1 year was all I kept telling myself. Don't get me wrong Poppy has been a model baby (most of the time) to be honest with you it was breastfeeding that was the hardest. But getting to 1 year was something I instinctively felt was something significant. It meant you made it through the baby stage! It was also the fear of the unknown. There are so many things that can go wrong with a baby in that first year you dread coming across any of them so you worry about doing the best you can to make life easy for your little one and you.
Anyhow I could go on forever, as any parent could about their journey and baby but I just wanted to mark Poppy's 1 year birthday with a post on how we made it to 1 year! I think we deserve take out tonight and I'm gonna crack open a bottle of champagne!
We celebrated Poppy's first birthday on Saturday. Her actual birthday isn't until Tuesday but you know how these things go.
I fretted about the weather as the birthday location was in a park but it turned out trumps. I didn't want to fuss too much, all Daniel and I knew is we wanted to celebrate Poppy and mark the occasion with family and close friends. If anything a first birthday is a good excuse to invite those close friends and family around you and start the tradition of happy birthday song and eat food and drink!
We both decided that a carrot cake would be the first cake she eats because if she has to eat cake it may as well have something healthy in it even if all the other stuff is still bad for you.
I took a chance on a recipe from a lady named Linda Lomelino's blog called "Call Me Cupcake". I follow her beautiful blog and instagram feed as her sweets look amazing!
I couldn't taste test any of the cake whilst cooking because I was sick so I had fingers crossed the whole time but it turned out wonderful.
For those of you who liked it here's the link to the recipe.
I gotta say travelling with a baby under one years old is way under rated.
We're in the middle of attempting the Great Ocean Road and we've been loving it. Maybe it's just our Poppy girl who seems to love being out and about but I have to say if you can, try it. She's crawling now but she's still not hard to manage. She still sleeps enough for us to get a good stint of driving in before we have to stop again. Fingers crossed she keeps up the good behaviour!
We've been able to take this week because over the last 6/7 weeks Dan has been on paternity leave. He still has about 5 weeks to go. His work is wonderful and they offer paternity leave of 12 weeks to males if the spouse goes back to work full-time within the first year of the child's life. We jumped at it. I got the week off work and we just packed up the car and went. We stopped in on my sister and her family in Melb's for a few days and we've been on the road for a couple of days exploring the GOR.
Dan is loving life. I can't help but think that later on in life when I look back I'll think about this time as the time of our lives. I'm trying to savor every moment.
So far this is where we've stopped on our way and through the Great Ocean Road.
Sugarloaf – where we stayed on our first night
Cape Otway Lightstation
Loch and Gorge*
*Highly recommend stopping at these spots
We are currently in Port Fairy nestled in for the night in this super cute cottage at Clonmara Cottages and from what I've seen of the township so far I like it! Looking forward to hitting the town tomorrow for a cafe breakfast and some exploring of their harbour.
Please enjoy some photos of parts of our journey so far. More to come when I get them off my camera!
I actually found them in the usual way I find things, through Instagram. I've been following them for awhile and recently I photographed a wedding and decided that putting some of their photos in a book would be a nice way to feature some of their photos.
I just had to write a blog post about this company because they're so good at what they do. It's fun and easy putting the book together which you can do through their app or through their website. Their layouts are simple yet effective and really make your photos shine. Affordable too.
I'm currently in the process of putting a book together for Poppy's first birthday. I love taking photos but they always end up stored away on my computer. I can't wait to finish and order it so I can get it in my hands!
Do yourself a favour and scroll through all the photos you have that you would love to touch and feel and head on over to Artifact Uprising's website and make your memories into something you can share and feel with your hands.
P.S You can see more of the wedding featured in the book on my sister site, www.bonniemaher.com