Sunday 26 July 2020

And now he is one

What a difference 12 months can make.

In 2019, 25th July was the hottest day of the year in the UK.  The hottest part of the country was Cambridgeshire.  So of course that was the day that our daughter in law went into labour and walked through the doors of the Rosie Maternity Hospital in Cambridge.  She walked out a few days later with our youngest grandchild. {He did give us all a few days of worry by having to be in Intensive Care for 2 days but we'll forgive him for that}

And little Max has gone from this 

To this

It wasn't such a hot and humid day this year - all birthday celebrations had to be hastily rearranged from socially distanced picnics in the park to a few family members at a time indoors!  But it was lovely to see him for a couple of hours on his big day, he was very excited to have so many new toys to play with and his mummy made the most delicious birthday cake.

Which meant that his first ever taste of chocolate was certainly one to remember!  Especially as his very special sparkler birthday candle set off the smoke detector so our rendition of 'Happy Birthday to you' was accompanied by the shrill notes of an alarm going off!

His was the first family member's birthday since lockdown in March and it was such a relief that we were all able to see him on his first birthday. 

It was our most social day so far on Saturday as after all that excitement in the morning, we also had friends over for drinks in the evening - things seem to be moving in the right direction!  Weather permitting, we are planning to go to the beach on Wednesday with Coco - we can't let Covid-19 stop our annual trip to Frinton!  Then in the evening we have a table booked at our local pub for a meal out with friends.  OUT!  We are going OUT!  I am still feeling a little dubious about it but have spoken to people who have been there and it seems they are taking all the precautions seriously, it's a large pub with a huge outdoor area so fingers crossed it may be warm enough to sit outside.  Of course with the British weather, you can never take things like that for granted but the forecast isn't too bad ... at the moment.  Needless to say I will be going with a nice warm cardigan in case it is too chilly, plus a bottle of my own hand sanitiser! 


Ruth said...

Ah, happy birthday to a gorgeous boy!
I'll be interested to hear how you found going to the pub - I don't feel anywhere near ready ... said...

Happy birthday to your darling lad. What fun that the sparkler turned on the smoke detectors!! Great memory. Max is such a cutie as are Rosie and Leo. Glad everyone was able to participate in the celebrations.

A beach vacay??? So jealous. Please may I drive you? I will be on my best behavior. Started to say I won't eat much but with this Covid business, I am sadly eating more. Ugh. Hope you will have the best time and take lots of pictures to share with us who are landlocked!! Give Max a birthday kiss for me and Coco a big love.

♥ Liz ♥ said...

Happy 1st Birthday Max. How lovely that you got to see him. We still have several weeks to go before we see our grandson. I hope Max enjoyed his cake :0)

Patio Postcards said...

How lovely that as a family you were able to celebrate together. A year already, it certainly has been an adventurous year!

How was the pub outing?

alexa said...

What a wonderful occasion that must have been! And so joyful to have been able to celebrate happily after the anxiety of those first few days. You seem to be getting out and about again - I was wondering if the pub meal felt comfortable and normal, or a little strange ...

Barbara Eads said...

Wow! The years are zooming by! Seems like only yesterday that he was born!