November 7th was Little Guy’s first birthday. I can NOT believe he is one. I feel like he was just curled up inside my belly waiting out the 2011 NYC marathon before deciding to make his super fast entrance into the world. Three and a half hours from start to finish. I remember waiting for my contraction to end before hurling myself into the car, and looking up at the star studded sky and hoping, praying, I would not have this baby in the backseat. Thanks to luck, my sheer will, and my husband’s speedy driving down the West Side Highway, empty at 3am thank goodness, except for that one truck that almost hit us. Not that I noticed or cared, since I was too busy screaming my brains out and squeezing the life out of my doula’s hands.
Here is my dear little one soon after his grand entrance.
And now, my beautiful, vibrant, funny little boy. Who is no longer a baby, to my utter disbelief.
So what to make this adorable human for his first birthday? Pumpkin cake, of course. But which one? As you know I’ve been collecting recipes like a loon. I have more to share now, including the winner, Nicole Hunn’s Pumpkin Butter Cupcakes with Molasses Frosting. Yum. They were a big hit with everyone. In fact, there is only one left after packing one in Bunky’s lunch box today.
The recipe calls for minis, but I made biggies. They were really easy to make, including the pumpkin butter, which is a fabulous ingredient to have on hand. Mix it in with yogurt or oatmeal, or try out these recipes: Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Granola Bars and Pumpkin Chip Cookies. I plan on it.
Here are a few other pumpkin recipes that I thought about making, and I’m sure would have been delicious. Maybe next year. Or next week. If I’m not sick of pumpkin yet.
Before we baked, we enjoyed a leisurely and LONG day – thanks to everyone’s early morning wake ups. Bunky had another day off from school because of her strep throat combined with no sleep situation. It worked out nicely though, to have the family all together. Especially because it snowed. Which is crazy. But it did, big fat huge snowflakes gusting in the wind. That would be a Nor’easter. A week after Hurricane Sandy. Sigh. Not cool, especially for those without power, or worse, without homes. But we spent a cozy day inside, lucky us.
What to do when holed up inside a small apartment with two kids? Bake of course. And hire a babysitter. Which is key.
Bunky alternated between being my baking assistant and chasing bad guys with her awesome babysitter, D.
Little Guy enjoyed cruising around in his four-wheeler. Well, it was Bunky’s, but she was scared of it until a few months ago. He took to it like a natural. In fact, he will drive it himself and crash into stuff if not properly supervised. Which he probably should be since he’s only one. One!
Then after dinner it was finally cake time (not that we all didn’t have one for lunch). Bunky is such a great big sister. She loves her little brother so much. The feeling is mutual.