Rewind: a last 1st birthday

Rewind: a last 1st birthday

When you have your last child, all their firsts become your lasts.

All the milestones become more bittersweet than ever, as you accept that your time for experiencing them is over. That you will never again witness a child of yours take their first steps, say their first words, celebrate their first birthday.

Of course, each day brings new firsts; and the excitement and possibility and potential far outweigh the sadness at the lasts.

Nevertheless, these lasts take on special meaning, and become even more important to remember, to hold on to.

We knew when we celebrated the wee girl’s first birthday that it would be our last 1st birthday celebration. After the excitement of our first celebration for our eldest, and the somewhat less organised, but no less happy, celebration of our second 1st birthday for our younger son, we wanted to have special moments to remember, just for her.

We had been in the US for less than a year and we were yet to make the friends that now join us for our special events; we celebrated simply, as a family.

There were presents, there was cake, there was even a cake smash! Although the wee girl was not overly impressed with this and was much happier when we gave her a fork :)

And while it was a birthday of lasts, it was also a birthday of firsts. It was the birthday where I baked the cake for the first time. It was the birthday where we tried something new, inspired by another blog, for the first time. It was the first birthday I wrote about. (Both my photography and writing have come a long way since then!).

And, it was the day my youngest child celebrated her first big milestone, or as my sons would say, the day she wasn’t zero anymore.

A Last 1st Birthday 1

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25 thoughts on “Rewind: a last 1st birthday”

  1. I’m so with you on this and rather spookily linked up a post of lasts too! I emotional times aren’t they these lasts! love the high chair photo. #mycapturedmoment

  2. ah Sara yes all the firsts with your last child are such happy but have that end of an era feeling i feel exactly the same with Joe, its wonderful to see them grow up but a tiny part of you wants to freeze time xx

  3. I’ve heard this about the last child’s milestones. It must be very bittersweet indeed.

    It’s hard enough when it’s not (hopefully) your last child.

    #mycapturedmoment xx

    1. It is bittersweet, but the flip side is that it’s still exciting seeing them move on to the next thing :)

  4. Aww, so emotional. I went through the “last” first birthday (and many other lasts). It’s rough but it makes me savour the moments all the more.

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely day.

    1. It does make you savour them more, doesn’t it? And, although it’s bittersweet, I do find each new stage wonderfully exciting :)

  5. So bittersweet isn’t it Sara? Knowing this is your last child and all their firsts are also the last time we’ll do it. On the plus side once potty training is over we’ll never have to do that again ;-) xx

  6. Even though Tin Box Baby is less than 10 weeks old I’m already feeling a bit sad about some of her firsts that I’ll never see a child of mine do. She’s just worked out her hands are her own and her first smile happened weeks ago. Bittersweet times! #MyCapturedMoment

  7. Awww!! Such lovely pictures and I know what you mean about savouring the last firsts. We have also had to face the last nativity play, sports day etc as our youngest went to high school *sniff. I love that your wee girl had to have a fork, mine would have been the same xx

  8. We’re going through this with Elodie at the moment. She’s 10 months and it’s scary to know baby days as we know them, are nearly over for good. Although in many ways it’s sad, we are very happy having 3, so we just need to make sure we make the most of each stage xxx

  9. This is so true I often think this with Poppy! Bittersweet is the perfect word to describe the feeling. Love these shots of little miss on her first birthday, especially the ‘cake smash’ one at the end. Thanks you so much for linking up to #MyCapturedMoment xx

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