Monday, February 18, 2013

Oliver's First Birthday!


Today our dear second son turned one year old.  It was such a fun day, and the weather was perfect for our outing to the zoo.  My close friend Lisa and her babies joined us at Zoo Atlanta, which is where I also took G on his first birthday, eight and a half years ago.

At noon, it was mealtime for the giraffes.
We took a break for cupcakes.
We didn't see the "no climbing" sign until later, but Willie B seemed to like the kids.
Our little chickadees.
At 1:44 pm, exactly one year after O's birth.
Everyone in the petting zoo section must have heard us celebrating his "birth minute."
Practicing standing so he can be a toddler sometime in the next year.
G ran into more friends at the zoo, and they had the chance to play at the front playground.
It was a great day with great friends! 
After work, Matt came home and Bun and Papa came over to celebrate.  They brought Jet's Pizza, and we made brownies.  G helped his little bro open his presents from us, Bun and Papa, and Bunnut and Papa Nick (who were there via Skype).  

Ollie loved, loved, loved his musical shape sorter that Big Bro got him.  He instantly loved the different shaped blocks with neat things inside, and he very quickly figured out how to fit the shapes in the right holes.  He really does love puzzles and music, so this combines two of his very favorite things!

Big bro chose the perfect gift!
For his big gift from us, we chose a red Schoenhut elite spinet.  It was a huge hit!  He played for quite a long time, and although he enjoyed playing standing up, he decided that he enjoyed the bench too.

He jumped right in to his first composition.
He used the full range of the keyboard!
He got all "Jerry Lee Lewis" on us!

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At the end of the day, we finally got a family shot.
We had such a great day.  It has been the best year of our lives.  Even though we had a full, happy family with Chipdip, somehow Ollie has brought even more love to our home.  He has made us better parents, and he has certainly brought out the best in his Big Bro, who has shown a new capacity for love, more than we have ever seen in him.  We love our one-year-old.  Happy Birthday, Oliver!

And as sort of a postscript, here we are when he was one day old:



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