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What We Are Really Celebrating On The First Birthday

Caryn Berardi | Posted 02.15.2016 | Parents
Caryn Berardi

Before I had my own kids, I was, like most people without children, an expert on parenting. I knew how I would limit screen time, facilitate sharing and instill a genuine preference for wheat bread over white.

A Mother's Reflection on Your First Birthday.

Jennifer S. White | Posted 10.16.2015 | Parents
Jennifer S. White

Even from a writer the words "Happy birthday" and "I love you" seem shallow compared to the wishes and emotion I want to convey to you. Nonetheless, since no words are good enough, and since these ones are traditional: Happy birthday, my baby. I do love you.

To My Daughter on Her First Birthday

Noelle Newby | Posted 09.09.2015 | Parents
Noelle Newby

The realization hit like an epidural. I felt a joyous ache, both comforted and terrified in the knowing our relationship had and would continue to forever change. As I held you once more, I was reminded of the poem, "On Children", by ultimate truth-teller Kahlil Gibran.

5 Reasons to Have a Big Party for Your Child's First Birthday

Mommy Nearest | Posted 07.31.2015 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

Birthday parties are something all kids look forward to. But as a parent, let's face it -- they basically suck. If your kids aren't old enough to have any opinion regarding their birthday parties just yet, consider yourself lucky. Here are five reasons to have a blow-out party for your child's first birthday.

How a Former Hollywood Publicist Throws a First Birthday Bash

Amanda Rumore | Posted 05.21.2016 | Parents
Amanda Rumore

In my former days, I was a Hollywood publicist. Glitz and glamor were part of the job and planning A-list events was my forte. In the days before social media, I had fashion stylists and couture event planners in my Rolodex. So, how would that transfer into my current role as doting mom

Parents' 'Demanding' Invitation To Baby's First Birthday Goes Viral

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 04.20.2015 | Parents

In the simpler days of yore, baby birthday gifts were merely kind gestures from friends and family. But as this viral invitation to a 1-year-old's fir...

These Babies Eat Birthday Cake The Way Nature Intended: Face First

Posted 03.23.2015 | Parents

What with our verbal skills and, you know, fully formed skulls, we adults have many things babies do not. But one thing we lack is a socially acceptab...

Dear Mama of a Soon-To-Be 1-Year-Old

Annie Vovan | Posted 03.02.2015 | Parents
Annie Vovan

As soon as they go to sleep, you sit with your iPhone looking at pictures of said baby, because you miss him or her already.

Baby Shamelessly Face-Plants Into His 1st Birthday Cake

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.23.2014 | Parents

Judging from baby Bauer's expression, he discovered what pure happiness tastes like when he tried cake on his first birthday. Understandably, Baue...

One; Take Two

Stacey Gish Wallenstein | Posted 12.10.2014 | Parents
Stacey Gish Wallenstein

This milestone is bittersweet. I am not ready for you to leave babyhood. But I am so excited to see where the next day takes us.

How NOT To Throw A First Birthday Party For Your Child

Alessandra Macaluso | Posted 11.10.2014 | Parents
Alessandra Macaluso

When it came to the big birthday bash, we had to sit down and assess what was possible, what was not, what we needed to stress about, and what we needed to enjoy, and as we did this, a large party seemed like less and less of a reality. And this was 100 percent OK.

Note to Self: 'No-Gifts' Birthday Parties Don't Work

Hinda Mandell | Posted 09.07.2014 | Parents
Hinda Mandell

You thought you were being enlightened and anti-consumerist. You thought you were saving your friends money, a trip to the toy store and the hassle of gift shopping. Your intentions might well have been sincere, but really, you were just being annoying.

12 Lessons My Twins Taught Me In Their First 12 Months

Cara Paiuk | Posted 06.15.2014 | Parents
Cara Paiuk

12. Time is the most precious commodity in the world. This last year has gone by faster than any before. And that scares me. I want it all to slow down so I can savor every crazy, wonderful minute.

34 Things I Hope For My Son, On His First Birthday

Kate Auletta | Posted 05.27.2014 | Parents
Kate Auletta

I hope for so much for him -- what I want him to be and what I want him not to be -- that I couldn't ever say it all to him. But here's a start.

On the Occasion of My Little Girl Turning 1

Paul Fidalgo | Posted 03.25.2014 | Parents
Paul Fidalgo

My baby is turning 1. She's a marvel. I have to trust that all those who would impede her will be dazzled, blinded by her strength, character and confidence, rendering them harmless and cowed.

To My Daughter on Her First Birthday

Jill Patir | Posted 11.26.2013 | Parents
Jill Patir

today is my daughter's first birthday. And today, while she can't tell me if she feels any different, I sure feel different. I feel emotional. I feel nostalgic. But most of all, I feel proud.

A Letter To My Very Last Baby

Allison Tate | Posted 07.02.2013 | Parents
Allison Tate

Be my baby -- not for long, and not forever, but for today -- and I promise that for this moment, I will be present and enjoy every single second of it.

10 Reasons I'm Jealous Of My Son

Adrian Kulp | Posted 10.03.2012 | Parents
Adrian Kulp

Charlie turns 1 year-old today. I can't help but feel a little jealous of his lifestyle.