We didn't celebrate in the traditional way today since we're deep in the preparations for her birthday party this weekend. Addie, Bella and I have been creating all sorts of great Halloween decorations. She won't know what it's all about, but Ashlynn's first birthday party is going to be so much fun to tell her about later on. Instead of doing birthday type things today, I made sure to spend extra time holding her and rolling around with her on the floor. She loves rough housing. She got an animal cracker after dinner as a treat and extra outdoor play time. She's desperate to play outside and would do so all day long if I let her. Addie made her a special birthday card at school today and sang her "Happy Birthday" when she got off the school bus. Arabella was an extra protective big sister today. I love it when Bella calls Ashlynn "Sweet Baby Girl". It was a gorgeous sunny day in Addis Ababa. A perfect day to give Ashlynn extra kisses and reflect on the year we've had together. More on that later.
I always take photos of the girls for their birthdays. I pulled out Addie's and Bella's first birthday dresses and debated putting one on her for her photos. In the end I felt she needed her very own first birthday dress. Grammy and Grandpa supplied this one months ago and it's perfect for her Halloween birthday.
Happy First Birthday Ashlynn Olivia!