Xavier has learned how to crawl down the stairs. He hasn't mastered going up, but he can get down no problem. First Birthday preparation: baking the cakes. This was Xavier's first beater! Good thing we decided to stop at two kids because Mommy's mixer only has two beaters.
Little dainty girl uses her fingers to clean off the beaters unlike her brother who makes such a mess!
He was so tired!! Even as he was sucking his thumb he wasn't about to surrender the spatula. He screamed every time Mommy attempted to take it.
Between Mommy baking cakes that morning and going to the babysitter that afternoon and she was also baking cakes, Xavier figured out how to say "cake". The morning of his party he woke up and kept repeating "cake." It was pretty darn cute, but not cute enough to get cake for breakfast. Mommy made him wait until his party that evening.
Grandma and Papa Freidenberger and Great Grandma Lois and Poppy all came over to celebrate Xavier's first birthday.
Great Grandpa Poppy worked hard with Xavier on walking. Xavier demands to walk holding onto two hands, not a brush, not a handkerchief, only hands.
Playing with his birthday balloons.
Xavier had a jungle-themed birthday party. Mommy made monkey cupcakes.
Mommy also made a monkey cake. With all the practice from Madelyn's birthday cakes this one turned out pretty good.
Xavier had his very own little chocolate birthday cake.
Treece was Xavier's buddy. After holding him awhile, Treece set Xavier down. He cried and cried as if his heart had been shattered. It took him awhile to calm down. Once he stopped crying he looked at Treece, stuck out his bottom lip and it quivered. It was pretty pathetic.
Happy to be wearing his 1st Birthday hat and bib.
Smiley boy. He seemed to like everyone singing to him.
He tried to pick up the entire cake, but Mommy stuck it to the plate with some frosting. What was Mommy thinking?
Madelyn thought her brother (or "Chubsy Wubsy" as she calls him) was pretty funny.
"I can't believe I get this whole cake to myself"
" Mmmmm, the first bite..."
"ya, I think I like this"
"Finally, Mommy helped get it off the plate. Now I really have my cake so I can eat it!"
Just shoveling it in
"Chocolate cake makes me happy. It's also pretty cool that everyone is watching me."
"Yes, I am up to something, and it's something mighty tasty"
He just kept eating the cake and eating up all the attention!
He's just pretty cute, even if he has chocolate everywhere. The chocolate just really makes you want to eat him up!
He finally grabbed a hunk of cake, yum!
And into the hair it goes (it actually took some prompting to get him to do this).
"But I'm such a cute mess!"
Daddy's taking away the plate, but he's still smiling. Must be because there's enough on the tray, face, belly, hands to keep him going.
More into the hair. His eyes have that sugar overload look to them.
"Look at my belly, it's full of cake"
"Life is Good!!!"
After a bath and jammies, it was time to open presents!
He wanted to be standing to open things and would not let go of Aunt Suzette.
"Grandma, what are you doing? What's this thing on my head?"
Ripping the paper on another present.
"Is everything yellow, or is it just me?"
Amelia, Poppy and Grandma watch Xavier tear into the cake. Amelia must be practicing for cake using her pacifier.