As my little one gets older, I think more and more about traditions. Traditions build memories and just make life fun. My little one just turned one, and there are some birthday traditions that I started. I am sure that they will evolve and change to suit our growing family, but it is a start.
The first tradition we will have as a family is keeping parties healthy. Since this is my first, and he has no idea what a normal party entails, we started off with no sugar, no artificial anything, and no dyes. My husband and I are pretty adamant about keeping it this way because we want our little ones to grow up healthy and not be limited by disease.
All in all tough, in our world today this is a tough goal, but I was able to find some really neat recipes. I did this cake for his first birthday, and I liked it. It reminded me of banana bread. It is a little tricky to cook because the applesauce and bananas make it more moist. In hindsight the only thing I would change is adding some honey or maple syrup to it, for adults who are used to sugar sweet things. :) I also did coconut ice cream because we try to stay away from most dairy. I really liked this recipe. It turned out perfect for us, and baby Adrian loved his first taste of ice cream!
The second tradition I started was to have a special birthday breakfast. As they get older, they will pick their special breakfast, but because baby Adrian likes potatoes, my husband made him some really amazing potato tacos. My husband loves spices and throwing together lots of random things, but it always comes out super tasty. :)
The third tradition I got from a friend over at Folding Laundry. She writes a special birthday letter to every year and puts it away for them. I loved this idea and definitely wanted it to be one of our birthday traditions as well. :) It is so hard writing when my heart is so full of love for my little boy. It is such a privilege to be a mother, and I am thankful God allowed me to be one. This is the letter that I wrote to my son.
Dearest Adrian Jr.,
Wow, what an amazing journey it has been this past year! I can’t believe that I have had the privilege of being your mommy for a whole year. You have grown so much and are so precious to your daddy and me. You make our life so complete and are truly the joy of our home. It has been so fun seeing daddy come home every day and play with you. He is so good to you and has loved you from the moment you were in my tummy. When I told daddy that I was going to have a baby, he cried because he was so excited and overwhelmed that God would let him be your daddy. At your party, when we found out if you were a boy or girl, daddy cried because you were a boy. He wanted a boy so much to teach, play with, and love. He has done just that with you. Since you came into the world, he held you and sang and read to you. He found all your tickle spots and loved dressing you up for church. He loved when you were sleeping when he came home so he could be the first to get you up. I tell you all this because I want you to know how much your daddy loves you. My prayer is that you grow up to be just like your daddy and in turn like Jesus Christ. We pray that you get saved at an early age, and love God with all your heart.
Your first year, has been one full of joy for me. I am blessed to be your mom. I love our morning nursings and snuggles. I love our quiet breakfasts on the porch and reading together. Most of all, I just love you. You are such a ray of sunshine, and I love staying home with you. I look forward to what this next year will bring, and I look forward to seeing how much you will grow.
With all my heart,
What are some of the birthday traditions you have for your family? I really enjoy hearing more ideas.