|The birthday boy waiting to be picked up.|
Carter loved the streamers. When I walked through them to come into his room he was sitting up in his crib and laughed as he watched me. He crawled toward his doorway, sat, and stared at the streamers when I put him on the floor. When he finally crawled through them it was such a hoot! He also enjoyed being carried through the doorway and grabbing onto the streamers. The streamers are definitely a tradition we will carry on throughout the years!
After playing with the streamers for a while we headed in for a special birthday breakfast. His breakfast started with a banana cut in half length-ways and then cut in half width-ways. I put candles in the banana, sang him Happy Birthday, blew the candles out for him, and then he chowed down.
|I swear this is just one banana!|
My dad woke up after breakfast. We played with the streamers some more, read some books, and then everyone else started waking up. It was the perfect morning! Carter went down for what I figured would be a short, little nap before his party. He was still asleep forty minutes later when I needed to head to the party venue to decorate. My parents stayed at home with him while he napped and I headed out to decorate.
|Waking Uncie Tommy|
|With Grandma and Grandpa.|
|With Grammy and Grampy.|
|With Uncie Jeremy and Uncie Tommy.|
|Carter with his bakery smash cake. We just took pictures, he didn't eat it.|
|Singing him happy birthday with the smash cake he got to eat.|
Opening presents was a lot of fun! Hayden helped Carter and did such a great job. At one point I said to Hayden, "You are teaching Carter how to open presents because he is watching you." Hayden then picked up a present, started to open it, turned to Carter and said, "Watch this!" He is such a doll! I was impressed that Carter actually ripped some of the paper off packages and pulled tissue paper out of bags. He stayed focused and didn't get too distracted by the toys once they were open. He even crawled inside of a big bag to pull tissue paper out. He was inside the bag for quite a while and came out with just part of the tissue paper. It was so funny and of course he went back in for more!
|Hayden helping Carter open a present.|
|Going into the bag.|
|Really searching in there!|
The party went by very quickly because we were having so much fun! Most of the guests came back to our house after the party to visit and watch Carter play. I put together his big car toy for him to play with and he played with it for a bit, but was pretty tired. When it was bedtime he went down quickly and without a fuss, Mr. Man was worn out! I'll post more later with party decor and planning details.
|With his great grandparents.|
|My best friend, Ang, and I had fun with our "photo booth" which was a hit!|
|Eating a snack after the party with the great grandmas.|