Celebrating our baby’s 1st birthday the fun way

Celebrating our baby’s 1st birthday the fun way

It’s been a week of nostalgia and reminiscing in my little corner of Devon this week, as my last baby turned 1. I always find that 1st birthday bitter-sweet as it marks the journey to the end of babyhood and a new phase of parenting a toddler. I spent the day exclaiming lots of “this time last year I was ….”  as I remember everything so well. From the early hours spent on the maternity ward, just me and my Baby R (I’m welling up right now at the thought of it) taking in every feature, and the smell, oh that baby breath smell, how I wish I could bottle it.

I remember listening to the midwife helping another new mum next to me trying to feed her baby as he cried through the night while my bundle of 8lb love slept peacefully and then excitedly getting ready as soon as I heard the breakfast room being set up, knowing my boys would soon be here to meet their new baby brother.

We all fell head of heels in love with our Baby R that day, Tween even turning down the chance to spend a few hours with his cousins which he adores, so he could stay and stare and take in the idea of being a big brother

while uttering the words “he’s just so cute” over and over again.

We eased our newborn into the world that day, limiting visitors and staying in bed with the curtains drawn.  It was the most perfect start to a new life for us all and the proof is in the pudding, we now have the most equally perfect 1-year-old who makes us laugh and gives the most amazing cuddles.

We celebrated  our baby’s 1st birthday with a family breakfast, watching him look blankly at the bundle of gifts on the floor, while Tween tried to show him how to open them. We didn’t go gift mad, I’m all too aware how expensive kids get as they grow up but we did treat him to a DIY cake smash. I toyed with the idea of booking him in with my photographer friend Zoe from Phaze Photography, who takes the most amazing newborn photos, for one of her famous cake smashes, but knowing how inquisitive Baby R is, I couldn’t be sure he wouldn’t just want to wander round the studio instead of tucking into a yummy cake, so with the help of Teenager and Tween we staged our own.

not quite sure what he's allowed to do..

not quite sure what he’s allowed to do..

A diy cake smash

I tink he spotted the chocolate

'really, I'm allowed to touch it?"

‘really, I’m allowed to touch it?”

going in for the touch

going in for the touch

and the squeeze

and the squee

and I'll just see what it feels like with my foot

and I’ll just see what it feels like with my foot

mmm, I'm not sure I trust you

mmm, I’m not sure I trust you

look no hands!

look no hands!

a delicate cake smash

a delicate cake smash

big bro showing him how it's done

big bro showing him how it’s done










Becoming a mum again for the 3rd time after a long break from the nappies and buggies has been better than I ever could’ve imagined. It wasn’t a decision we took lightly but I’m 100% glad we did. Our little chap is the icing on the cake and given me the chance to see what really matters in life as life in the Nutshell crib is about to begin another phase in this mad, rad journey called parenthood.


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  1. 1st June 2015 / 7:22 am

    What a fab birthday your little man had! Love the fact that you did your own cake smash 🙂 Sounds like motherhood third time around has been a wonderful experience. Happy birthday Baby R xx

    • 1st June 2015 / 12:33 pm

      It’s been a pleasure but then ii think it was always what I was supposed to be. I’m so much happier as s mum.

  2. 1st June 2015 / 7:30 am

    Ahh so lovely. We did a cake smash for Baby’s 1st birthday bit she wouldn’t touch it! x

    • 1st June 2015 / 8:47 pm

      that’s party why I didn’t want to pay for a studio session, he didn’t destroy it to how I imagines he would though.

  3. 1st June 2015 / 9:15 am

    Awww lovely photos! I’ve always wanted to do a cake smash with my children. I think they may be a bit old now though. #WhatsTheStory

    • 1st June 2015 / 12:31 pm

      My tween and teenager were desperate to get stuck in, I’m sure there’s no age limit!

  4. 1st June 2015 / 10:14 am

    What a lovely post and full of happy memories of a first year. I love the cake pictures, such a lovely way for a little one to investigate with all their senses.

  5. 1st June 2015 / 12:52 pm

    I did this last year for one of my children – it was very entertaining and made for some great photos 🙂 #whatsthestory

    • 1st June 2015 / 8:50 pm

      I’m glad I caught it on camera as I can look back on all his expressions which I might have missed.

  6. 1st June 2015 / 2:21 pm

    Aww his little face is just gorgeous and its so lvoely you captured all his reactions. He looks like he’s enjoyed the cake very much 🙂 A big big Happy Birthday to him x

    • 1st June 2015 / 8:44 pm

      I wasn’t intending to post as many photos but like you say, there are so many reactions going on.

  7. 1st June 2015 / 2:28 pm

    beautiful post. My daughter will be 1 in just over a week and it is bringing all sorts of memories and emotions to the fore. I haven’t even dared let her eat cake yet, her whole life! Was worried she’d go mental on all the sugar. Perhaps I should for her birthday! its only fair to eat cake on your birthday.

    • 1st June 2015 / 8:43 pm

      To be honest he only tried a little of the cake, I was worried about him going mental too but he’s not that greedy.

  8. 1st June 2015 / 3:55 pm

    Love this, we did a cake smash when my little girl turned one, she wasn’t quite sure what to make of it either 🙂 Gorgeous post x #whatsthestory #sharethejoy

    • 1st June 2015 / 8:24 pm

      I think we were both a little unsure about what to do really, but still fun

  9. 1st June 2015 / 7:14 pm

    A very happy first birthday. Its my grandsons first next monday and he had his smash cake today lol.

  10. 1st June 2015 / 9:06 pm

    Hehe you are much braver than me, I think my lad would have destroyed that cake and probably my house too! Looks like loads of fun!

    Helen – #maternitymondays

    • 1st June 2015 / 10:15 pm

      It was a leap of faith which was why he was stripped down to a nappy!

  11. 1st June 2015 / 10:02 pm

    Oh I feel sad too. My boy is 4 months and I am not keen on first birthdays for similar reasons to you.
    The cake smash looks great fun though and what an absolute cutey. Thanks for linking up with #MaternityMondays

    • 1st June 2015 / 10:14 pm

      I am so broody at the moment simply because I miss the newborn cuddles. It’s all over too quickly isn’t it.

  12. Erin @Yorkshiretots
    2nd June 2015 / 7:42 am

    What a beautiful day! I think it’s lovely that you did the cake smash yourself and got the entire family involved. Great photos too! #PointShoot

  13. The L's Mum
    2nd June 2015 / 7:56 am

    Aw what a great way to celebrate. My little boy turned two yesterday. It’s scary how quick time really goes by. He was so delicate with his cake smash bless him. It’s such an emotional times birthdays, I was even doing the shoe “this time two years ago” thing and ended up having a moment. #PointShoot

    • 2nd June 2015 / 8:24 am

      It’s so emotional isn’t it. Exciting for them but sad for us!

  14. 2nd June 2015 / 10:16 am

    Aaaàh what a lovely first birthday spent with the people who matter and lost of new memories being made! We too did a cake smash for Holly’s first birthday it was lovely xx

    • 2nd June 2015 / 7:34 pm

      It was good fun watching him wonder what he should do with it.

  15. 2nd June 2015 / 11:23 am

    aw happy birthday! I think I have far too much OCD for a cake smash haha #pointshoot

    • 2nd June 2015 / 7:31 pm

      If you’ve got a dog it’s really not that much of a problem!

  16. 2nd June 2015 / 3:04 pm

    Ah that’s so lovely! I’ve never done a cake smash with my two before, although I know both of them would be a little wary. My little boy would probably ask for a fork! 🙂 x

    • 2nd June 2015 / 7:30 pm

      Oh bless him, that’s so civilised, I’m still having to remind my 10 year old not to use his fingers!

  17. 3rd June 2015 / 12:28 am

    How wonderful , I truly love doing cake smash shoots & there so very special …….. There are no age limits & this Saturday im doing a double shoot to celebrate 2 18yr olds!!!

    You caught some lovely shots there xxx

  18. 3rd June 2015 / 12:52 pm

    A great go at cake smashing! I always wanted to do that but my mummy wouldn’t let me!! Looks like you had a great day. Happy birthday #Pointshoot

  19. 3rd June 2015 / 10:18 pm

    Such a good idea! Never heard of doing a cake smasher before – will make a mental note of it. Such fun! Lovely pics. x

    • 4th June 2015 / 3:48 pm

      It’s good fun, I was going to go to a professional but we managed it in the end

  20. 4th June 2015 / 10:15 am

    Awww – so cute! Baby’s first birthday really is such a special moment. I was extremely emotional on the day my little one turned one.

  21. 4th June 2015 / 12:01 pm

    Great idea – so much fun! I dread to think what my 1yr old would have done judging by how she eats her food… #mycapturedmoment

  22. Mummy Bisson
    4th June 2015 / 12:54 pm

    What great photos and your son is adorable! It looks like you and your beautiful family had a great day celebrating. My second daughter has just tuned 1 and it is such an emotional day, all those memories come flooding back! My mother cries every year on my birthday which I never understood until I became a mummy myself! Love Mummy B xxx

    • 4th June 2015 / 3:46 pm

      thank you, I know what you mean about not understanding an emotional mother until you are one yourself.

  23. 4th June 2015 / 10:15 pm

    Happy Belated 1st birthday to your lovely son. 1st birthdays are so special, I still do that this time………years ago I was …….. but it will be 20 years ago for my eldest’s next one. I love these captured moments, his facial expressions are brilliant! These are lovely pictures to look back on xx

  24. Caroline
    5th June 2015 / 6:16 am

    Happy Birthday little man, I always wanted to do a cake smash but didn’t think of doing it myself, lovely pictures and beautiful words. x

    • 5th June 2015 / 7:50 am

      Thanks Caroline, it seemed the sensible solution and there wasn’t too much mess.

  25. Michelle Reeves (bodfortea)
    6th June 2015 / 5:38 am

    A cake smash – what a fabulous idea! I want to do one now for MY next birthday 🙂 Thanks for linking this up at #sharethejoy and belated happy birthday to the little man. What a lovely happy post full of such precious memories x

  26. Heledd - Running in Lavender
    7th June 2015 / 9:19 pm

    Oh I love cake smash pictures!! I didn’t do this with either of my two but I really wish I had. I think all birthdays are bittersweet for us mums, my big girl turned five last week and I found that just as hard as all the rest. Where does the time go? Thank you so much for linking up to #MyCapturedMoment xx

    • 12th June 2015 / 2:24 pm

      It’s certainly over too quick isn’t it. I’ll be watching my eldest turn 15 soon, only 3 years left as a child : (

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