If you know me, you know that I am a little obsessed with portraits. Yes, I’ve had Paolo’s portrait taken five times in his 12 months of life: at three weeks, three months, five months, nine months, and 12 months. I may have a small problem. And then, of course, we had our first family portrait taken last Thanksgiving, so this year’s is coming up again soon. I may have a problem.
Here are a few of my favorites:
And then we had a little fun. I brought a chocolate birthday cake for Paolo to dig into. He thought it was delicious.
My baby is one year old. How did that happen?
Today Paolo turned one year old. It is really impossible to believe that my tiny baby is nearing toddlerhood.
We celebrated his birthday with a big festa italiana on Saturday. I rented a pavilion in a local park, adorned it with Italian-style garb, and served up Italian fare to our 50 or so guests It was a warm, gorgeous autumn day. Here are a few action shots:
And here we are helping Paolo blow out his birthday candle tonight at our little family celebration:
A little over a week ago, my brother Zack called me with the great news that he purchased tickets to fly out here to IOWA for Paolo’s first birthday. Which is super exciting.
This also brought to my attention how quickly Paolo’s first birthday is actually approaching. We leave for Italia in three weeks, where we will stay for a month. (I am not sure I can aptly communicate just how excited I am for this trip; I miss Napoli every single day.) Then, on our way back home, we are stopping in Baltimore for about five days. When we land back in Iowa, Zack arrives that week to celebrate Paolo’s birthday. So, I have to order all of my supplies, send out invitations, and plan menus and playlists before we leave for Italia.
Luckily, I came up with a fitting theme: una festa italiana. I have reserved a giant pavilion, started designing the invites, ordered some supplies, and I have planned the menu. (And I will be able to purchase food and wine in Italy to ship here for the event! It’s perfect timing, really.) We have also set aside soccer/rugby/bocce balls to provide activities other than drinking wine for our guests. I love a great party, and my baby’s first birthday is an incredibly momentous occasion that I cannot wait to celebrate. And we really couldn’t be luckier to be in a place where we have so many relatives living near by. I really hope everyone will be able to attend.
(Dear Mains in Iowa: I will have the invites out in the mail in the next few weeks! I look forward to receiving your RSVP! xo)