Emmet has fit pretty perfectly into our lives over here. We do a few things differently, but in a lot of ways our core way of living really hasn't changed that much. Sure there is a little life that we put before ours; he decides when we wake up, when we eat, what we eat. But Dave and I still basically do the same things that we did before Emmet was around. He just fits so perfectly into our lives and I love him so much. What HAS changed and has been so fun though is we are beginning to add in little family traditions here and there. Things we didn't really do or worry about before when it was just the two of us. One of the important traditions that we started this year was how we'll celebrate birthdays. It is important to me that we spend Emmet's (and future children's) birthdays together as a family. That we focus less on giving presents and more on spending time together and making memories.
This year Emmet and I started his birthday just like we spent many of the first few months of his life. We loaded up the stroller and went for walk over to Mojo's Coffee Shop. This time though Emmet and I shared a gigantic sugary cinnamon roll. They loaded it up with candles and drink umbrellas, and a few of my old regular customers sang to him. That little boy gobbled up near all of it and loved it.
Once Dave was up and Emmet had napped we loaded up the car and headed for the Wichita Zoo! Emmet hadn't been yet and Dave and I hadn't been to a zoo in years! It was so much fun. We admittedly spent a little longer than we needed to walking around the zoo. A wise friend of mine encouraged us to take the zoo in chunks and just see a little bit each time we go. But we ignored her and tried to see the whole thing. We were all exhausted by the end of it, but it was still so cool! Emmet rode in the stroller most of the time, but when he was close enough to see an animal his eyes would get all wide and he would look over at me and throw out a little grin. My favorite part was watching Emmet interact with the animals at the petting zoo. He giggled and stuck his hands out for the goats to lick and tried to play with their ears. It was precious.
After a big chipotle lunch and a drive back home, we snuggled up as a family and watched Up for the rest of the evening. I tried to get in as many snuggles as I possibly could with my sweet little boy all day. We played together in every free moment and I planted so many kisses on his cheeks. I think it was the perfect first birthday!