Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Happy First Birthday, Parker & Hayes!

Can it really be possible that it has been one whole year since we welcomed Parker & Hayes into this world? I can't believe it! It has been the most exciting, precious, wonderful and rewarding year of my life! At times, it has also been exhausting and overwhelming. Imagine...new mom & dad, learning to take care of not just one, but two newborns at the exact same time. Learning to juggle feedings with two newborns, learning two different babies and their cries and needs and personalities,  keeping two newborns on the same schedule, changing double the diapers, double the linens on the cribs, washing double (ok, this might be more than double) the laundry, carrying two baby carriers, packing a diaper bag for two babies, and the list goes on.. It's tiring just trying to recall all of that, but there are a couple of amazing traits that I seem to possess since becoming a mom... AMNESIA & A FORGIVING HEART! You complete forget, or forgive, all of the sleepless nights, 3am feedings, the crying/screaming, the poopy diapers, pee-soaked sheets that require changing in  the middle of the night, the spitting-up on your clean shirt as you are walking out the door... I haven't really figured out if it is amnesia from lack of sleep, or if its the forgiving heart as you look at your little one(s) precious smile?? Maybe it's a combination of both, but either way, I'm thankful! I'm thankful for the TWO precious little boys that I lost sleep over waaaay before they came along, the ones that I laid awake at night praying for their being. I'm thankful that our faithful Lord blessed me with them and entrusted them to me as their mom. I'm thankful that they were born healthy and perfect. I'm thankful that they were not identical, as that might have been the straw that broke this camel's back..lol. I'm thankful for TWO babies with completely different personalities that keep me laughing and guessing for what each day will hold. I'm thankful for the sleepless nights that we had with them when they were first born, as this was our "bonding time". I'm thankful for my husband, who has worked so hard to be able to allow me to stay home and not miss a single minute of our little guys lives. I am thankful that I can say it has been a year and not only did we survive with twins, we THRIVED! For all of this, I am THANKFUL!

Now, let's CELEBRATE!!
I had someone say to me, while I was planning the boys' first birthday party, "I've never understood why the first birthday party is such a big deal. The kid never remembers it." I just kindly said, "I don't know"... but truth is.. I know. I know why I wanted our boys to have a celebration that they will never remember. I wanted to celebrate the wonderful blessings that are Parker & Hayes. The two precious babies that our family and friends helped us pray for before our pregnancy, during our pregnancy, and haven't stopped since they were born. I wanted to celebrate their lives. I want them to look back at pictures of their FIRST birthday and see how many people love them and how important they are to all of us. With over 50 people attending the party, there was not one person there who hasn't played a significant role in loving our boys this first year. Jay and I know how very blessed we are to have so many people love and care about boys and for that, we are thankful. So, judge, if you will, but this is how we celebrated our sweet boys first year!

We started off their birthday by singing Happy Birthday to them while they were still in their cribs, then we opened a package from MawMaw and PawPaw that they has shipped a week before to be opened "as soon as they wake up." This is what what inside...

Daddy's special birthday message for his boys on the driveway.

We had breakfast at Poppa and Beama's house.. Birthday Cake Batter Pancakes made by their Daddy, complete with sprinkles and candles!

So after breakfast, playtime and a nap.. we headed out to have a special treat (for them)... McDonald's... Where they shared a Happy Meal and each had their own teeny, tiny ice cream cone.

They had so much fun!
Their day wasn't complete, just yet.. Aunt Allison, Aunt Ashley, Uncle Olly, Beama and Poppa continued the fun with us and we took the boys to see the fish in the Aquarium and to eat dinner. The boys were worn out and fell sound asleep in the car on the way home. What a way to spend their first birthday-day. 

That Saturday, we continued the festivities with their First Birthday Party for family and friends! This was such a fantastic day! Thank you so much to all of our guests that helped make their day so special! 


 Barefeet Photography by Laci captured such wonderful memories for us!
Cakes by pastrynpink.com, aka me, P&H's mom!

Happy Birthday, Parker & Hayes! You are so loved!
Love always,
Momma and Daddy