My birthday girl turned one on March 24th and we had a very special day planned. She woke up looking a little Nick Nolte slash Adam Lambert.
This was her reaction to me singing Happy Birthday to her....not exactly what I was looking for but I'll take that sweet brown eyed girl any way I can have her.
After a little sink shampoo and comb-over topped off with a nice bottle of milk we got ourselves ready to head into the city.
We were determined to make this day happen and a little snow was not going to stop us.
We dropped the boys on Lexington Avenue and headed uptown to Alice's Tea Cup to have Wee Tea for Emerson's big day.
I had each of our hats custom made by this amazingly talented woman on etsy. (Please check her out--she makes gorgeous, one-of-a-kind fascinator hats for babies, kids and adults!)
Emerson's hat had a real teacup and spoon on it. The flower inside of the teacup made it look as if a frothy cappuccino had just been poured into it. She received lots of attention!
And what would a proper tea be without pearls?
(My adorable teacup and saucer ring was made by Sypria.)
From the moment we sat down birthday girl knew just what to do. A perfect little lady, no elbows on the table.
We had omelets, pumpkin stuffed pancakes and Alice's homemade banana baby food.
The birthday girl was given a red velvet cupcake thickly frosted with sugary cream cheese.
She loved every second of it right from the first bite.
(If you recall the birthday pictures where she yanks her paci right out
of her mouth when she sees the cupcake coming, it was because
she had tasted her first cupcake three days earlier and
knew what kind of goodness was coming her way.)
A whole lotta yumminess!
(The pearl bracelet Aunt Sarah gave us that we wear often.)
We took a few more pictures before we said goodbye and headed back downtown.
Birthday girl looks a little like a drunken sailor here. Must have been the mix of rich chocolate and milk.
We were only two blocks south of the restaurant when Miss March looked like this......
We waited for the boys at the corner of Lexington and 57th. (I loved capturing this moment of Daddy talking to Hunter.) They didn't see us as first.
Then Hunter got a glimpse of Mommy across the street.
After two meltdowns, one Grammy-Mommy fuss, twelve repeats of Tad's "Word Caper", one wrong bridge, and $92 in parking and tolls, all ended well. As my friend Peggy reminds me, "isn't that part of the adventure?"
Because after one bath, two yummy-smelling sleepy pajammied kids, three glasses of Sauvignon Blanc, four cartons of Chinese takeout, there were five very happy people inside our heart-full little home.
And it was all worth it.
Happy Birthday little girl! We love you.