Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Firsts

The day before Gwen's birthday we wound up in the Emergency Room. I took her to Burlington Coat Factory to pick up a present. I was bent over on the ground looking at some toys and all of the sudden Gwen came crashing down on the floor, the tile floor, from her perch in the shopping cart. TRAU-MA. I didn't know what to do, she hit the floor really hard. She was crying, but was her brain bleeding? I didn't know. OF COURSE it was Friday at about 6:30PM so there was no chance of just rushing her to her regular doctor (beware of Fridays after business hours, it's when all bad things happen). So I took her to the emergency room. Being the female that I am I called my mother for moral support and guidance, "ohh..." she said in a hushed tone when she heard what had happened, "I know babies have died from falling out of shopping carts before..." Thank you mother. Tears. Sob. Wail. (Those were all from me, by this point Gwen was down to just some tears still trickling down). An hour in the emergency room waiting and finally when the doctor came to see my happy smiling baby (it all seemed less traumatic by this point).... he asked, "So...why did you bring her in again?" "Um, she fell out of a SHOPPING CART, which is like the adult equivalent of falling off of a mountain!" I cried. He asked if she had passed out? No. A million other quetions? No. no. no. So like three hours after the ordeal was over I left the emergency room with a sheet of paper telling me when it is appropriate to bring a child who has fallen to the ER (ie one pupil the size of a pin prick the other the size of a bowling ball, etc.). Oh and they also told me that there was a chance she would have a seizure anytime within the next year. Awesome.

Point being. I never got to make the cute princess cake that I had been dreaming up for about a year. I wound up making a yellow cake mix with white frosting and using sprees to make little flower-like designs.



Her second birthday went much better


Sush. I know she's a girl but she has a birthday around halloween.

I am pretty sure I slept through her third birthday (having recently had a baby and all).



I feel bad that I flopped on her first birthday though, those only come around once you know. So this time around, since I am now a grocery cart seat belt buckler Nazi I plan on being in a position to make a decent cake for my second born. So I decided to look up "first birthday cakes" online and came across images like these...


And, tell me if I am wrong, but they seem just a snitch out of the scope of my ability. I mean, not much but a little. So.... any suggestions? I was thinking I could just do orange frosting and call it a manly basketball cake. The good news about boys is they like a lot of things that are round : )

And the extra good news is that if I mess up this time, I hardly have to wait much more than a year to celebrate another first birthday!

9 comments:

Janssen said...

My mom bought me a cupcake book for my birthday and they are the cutest things ever. You can borrow it if cupcakes seem more like what you'd like to do.

Emily said...

kristi- I just did the 1st boy birthday thing and I am NOT a cake decorator person. I frosted cupcakes white- then lined them up and made most of them into baseballs with red frosting (two parenthesis like this ) ( with a few stitches on them.) Then I wrote letters on some- I just did his name and wrote #1. I didn't even write happy birthday. Make a few extra cupcakes then if you mess up just switch them out. I put them all on a platter and it looked like a cake. Piece of cake. If you want I can send you a picture. Or you can make one of those cakes in the pictures you posted :) either way, it won't hurt my feelings. (You could probably do footballs or tennis balls or basketballs if Blaine has any hopes that way...)

Kristi said...

Thanks guys! I am finding lots of fun ideas on familyfun.com --like catepillar cupcakes but, ew, they have coconut on them. And Balloon cupcakes. And now I am thinking, hmmm, what sounds good to me....maybe I will just make an ice cream cake. Who knows : ) I'd love to see your pictures though Emily and Janssen I totally want to look at the book!

Holly and Brad said...

I don't know if you are having a party for him or not but what about a "green" theme? Not the environmentally friendly green but moreso the color green. Green balloons, green platets, napkins, cups, forks, everyone wears a green shirt and to top it off a turtle cake...which is super easy to make...round cake for shell, and 4 cupcakes for legs and small round cake for head. My friend did this theme for her sons party and it was a sinch. Check it out...

http://themaryspecial.blogspot.com/2007/10/my-baby-boy-is-3.html

Kristina said...

I think those tiered birthday cakes are more extravagant than my wedding cake was. Seriously.

Gretchen said...

My kids' first birthday cakes always have been and always will be a simple chocolate cake with chocolate frosting with a little chocolate writing on it. I make 2 rounds. We eat one and the other one is for the birthday kid to tear into, so not much point in fancy decorations. I go for the dramatic effect of messy chocolateness!

JoAnna said...

Sorry. I so don't get the over-the-top cakes for birthdays. Really. Nothing seems like more of a waste of time then maybe flushing one dollar bills down the toilet. Gwens first b-day cake with the flowers is about the cutest, most practical cake idea I've seen and I'm totally copying it!!

Sheen Family said...

You can always use my Thomas cake set. You've seen pictures on my blog. It's cute - not professional - but cute! (and a bit time consuming). You could always go to Fantasy Cakes and just buy something to throw on top of a white frosted cake.

Sheyenne said...

We do EXACTLY what Gretchen does. Exactly. All I care about on that first birthday is pictures of my kids elbow deep and messy faced in chocolate. So no help here.