I have been planning Milo’s birthday since he was born. Honestly I think I started the Pinterest board a month before he was born. I had a lot of time after we matched waiting for him to be born. And I am nothing but a planner.
I narrowed the theme down to three but kept coming back to the vintage airplanes and red, white and blues of the theme “Time Flies”.
This past year has truly flown by. It felt long in the moment but it went by in the blink of an eye. I truly understand the saying now, “The days are long but the years are short.”
Our sweet little boy is one!
I worked hard designing and creating each little detail for his birthday party. It was a lot of work, but it was completely worth it.
I also lowered my expectations for how Milo would be at his party. He has become more apprehensive of new people and is a terror when it comes to trying new food.
We ordered his smash cake from Sassy Cakes by Lindsay and it did not disappoint! I loved the colors she used, the airplane, and the clouds of icing on the top.
Singing “Happy Birthday” was totally fine (we may have practiced all week so he would get used to the song” but he was not interested in the cake.
At his birthday photoshoot, I bought a small cake from King Supers and he wanted nothing to do with it. He ended up having a total meltdown because I made him touch it. But at his birthday party, Payton (his birth mom) helped him see the goodness that is CAKE & FROSTING!
The best part of Milo’s birthday party was having Payton here. She drove out with her best friend and stayed for two nights.
If I could have guessed or imagine what our relationship would look like with Milo’s birth family, we would not have even come close to the amazing open relationship we share with Payton.
Originally we had agreed to one visit a year, sometime near his birthday. Now we have seen Payton three times (all different weekends) and will be seeing her again next month.
Payton affirms me everyday, that I am the women she has chosen and entrusted with Milo and that there is no other person she would ever choose or trust. She has become family and I cannot imagine doing this crazy life of adoption and parenthood without her by my side.
It was a complete joy being surrounded by our family and friends, our people and tribe. All of these people have poured into our lives in more than one way. They have loved us unconditionally.
It was also amazing seeing everyone who has prayed for and loved on our sweet little boy. His first year of life has been filled with joy and love and it will continue to grow as he does.
This birthday party was also a celebration for us as parents, because we sustained that baby boy and survived the first year. We are so incredibly in love with Milo and thank God everyday for allowing us to love him and to raise him.
Happy Birthday Milo Payton, we love you.