image Happy Birthday to our dear Lucia!

"How is it that you are already a whole year old? I'm sure that it was only moments ago that I gave you your first kiss and cuddle and smelt your scent. I still get teary eyed remembering the moment your older sister met you for the first time and it melts my heart each and every day when I watch the two of you play. You have brought us more joy than anyone can ever imagine. We love you Lucia."

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It's been a whirlwind year. Full of emotions, many new and exciting memories and a huge change in the dynamic of our family now that we are four!

I just cannot believe a year can fly by so quickly, it was only last week that I looked at a photo I'd taken of Lucia and realised I'd taken a photo of a beautiful little girl not a baby. I'm not sure how I felt. I think it was a combination of feeling extremely proud of the baby I had nurtured and cared for over the past year and seeing how much she had grown and changed but on the other hand the realisation that baby Lucia who is now an amazingly beautiful and healthy was no longer baby Lucia! Life is about evolving and now it's time to move on to the next chapter. I officially no longer have a newborn but 2 toddlers! I'll have to get over it, the important thing is that they are happy.

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Since we've been through planning birthdays and events with Gabriella we know that for a 1st birthday it's pointless doing much more than an at home celebration with close family.

We kept it simple. We opted for yellow, had a beautiful cake, lots of balloons and some fun finger foods. It was perfect. I spent the morning organising balloons, picking up the cake and after Lucia's nap she woke up to a lovely little tea party.

Balloons are clearly the best form of entertainment for toddlers, especially the helium filled ones with very long ribbons. Gabriella enjoyed making faces through the clear balloons and Lucia entertained herself with pulling the balloons down as far as she could.

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Happy Birthday Lucia X

Gabriella wears:

T-shirt - Billieblush Skirt - Mamas and Papas Cake - Primrose Bakery