A First Birthday Celebration for a Fifth Baby

Amazing. Betty Blair was born a year ago today. I can’t imagine an easier baby. She has been nothing but a delight. These pictures are of Betty feeding herself Cheerios this morning (and trying to share with Daddy, the camera man).

When you’re celebrating your first baby’s first birthday the party is fantastic. A big bash where baby is the star, eating cake and generally charming everyone, and the guests are all adults. And you can put in as much time and energy into the celebration as you’d like .

When you’re celebrating your fifth baby’s first birthday, you almost forget to do anything at all until your older kids remind you. Not that Betty is aware of it yet, but being a fifth baby is not always a picnic.

So Ben and I and the kids want to do something extra-fun for Betty’s birthday. We’re thinking maybe a party based on being the fifth. Held at our home: house number 5. Where we can celebrate all the good things associated with the number 5. Of course, it won’t happen today: cub scouts and a daddy-daughter kickball game are already on the schedule. But it will happen soon.

And for today, these photos and a sweet little birthday cake to share with her brothers and sisters, will be just right.

Happy Birthday Betty Blair!

P.S. — A round and round party.

36 thoughts on “A First Birthday Celebration for a Fifth Baby”

  1. happy birthday! she’s beautiful!

    my fourth turns 1 on monday and he too is the sweetest baby (minus his obsession with pulling hair). our family has the tradition of making a lamb cake for the baby’s first birthday. the lamb cake is only for the baby. we talk about what everyone did with their lamb cake – some devour it while others are scared. it’s a fun tradition.

  2. happy birthday betty blair!!

    my no. 3 is charlotte blair
    … & she turned one last thursday.
    I just blogged about it too at

    hope it’s a great day.

  3. OH my — she’s so sweet — takes my breath away. I have four, so I know what you mean about the schedule, and fitting in another birthday party. So, do you have one just about every other month? Please, post pictures of the 5 party. I’m sure it will be beautiful.

  4. how wonderful that you have a sweet baby for #5 – you deserve it! i only have 2, but #1 was and is difficult but #2 is the sweetest boy in the universe. i always say that maya was sent to me to teach me – mason was sent just for me to enjoy! ;) happy birthday betty!

  5. i just wanted to drop you a quick line & thank you. without even knowing it, or realizing it, you brighten my day everyday. I look forward to seeing what you’ve posted. I appreciate all the thought & time you put into this. You seem to have it “all together” which I LOVE, and is so encouraging… there is hope for me yet.

    Thanks again!

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