Thursday, September 23, 2010

Lena's Birthday

Lena's baby picture

Monday was Lena's birthday. She's our hurricane baby born after Hurricane Isabel came through Richmond back in 2003. She was born at home - planned homebirth - and I have to say was one of the coolest experiences of my life, first homebirth - one of three now - and we totally roughed it, water was out, power was out, and I wouldn't have changed anything about it, it was perfect. Birthdays are always a day of reflection as they probably are for all mothers . . . her birth was special and unique as all births are.

So for her birthday this year, I really wanted to make her a sweater - so that sweet sweater that I knitted all summer was ready in plenty of time for her celebration.

sweater for Lena

sweater for Lena

That afternoon she opened presents:

wrapped presents

opening presents after school

rare moment!

wearing her sweather

went to soccer practice - then we lit her birthday ring and had cake:

after practice - cake time!

blowing out candles on birthday ring

refection of cake

one-bowl chocolate cake, swiss-meringue buttercream icing

Voted best cake by everyone - I pulled it out of a Fall 2002 Martha Stewart Baby Magazine - it's the One-Bowl Chocolate Cake & Swiss-Meringue Buttercream recipe. Yum!