Happy 1st Birthday

Happy 1st Birthday

This weekend we celebrated our daughter’s first birthday. I’ve been saying for weeks that I can’t believe she’s one. How has a year past since my 60 hour induced labour, c-section, constant feeding and the fear of looking after a new-born. Looking back it’s been the quickest year of my life, the best year of my life, and also the hardest year of my life. So it was fantastic and truly well deserved to have a little celebration at the weekend.

Wimpole Hall Park and Farm

Friday was her birthday, and both my husband and I had taken the day off work to spend the day together. We decided that we would visit Wimpole Hall just outside Cambridge for the day, on the way to my parents house. Wimpole Hall sits within the Wimpole Hall Estate, which is a beautiful National Trust property. There’s a house, a farm, walks, and of course a cafe and restaurant. We went on such a beautiful sunny day, and started by having lunch outside in their restaurant. I seemed to purchase a lot on the menu, and it was a little tricky carrying it all back to our table.

Wimpole Hall Farm Pigs

After lunch we headed off for a walk, mainly to try to get our little one off to sleep, which was a losing battle, and instead decided to head to the farm. The farm is excellent. We happened to turn up at their pig feeding time which was slightly crazy. The pigs beganΒ to go wild at the smell of food, leaping up to the top of their cages, and making squeeling noises. Our little one seemed to be quite taken by the pigs, and was very happy to watch them running around.

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Not only are their pigs at Wimpole Hall Farm, there are cows, shire horses, goats, donkeys, rabbits, and miniature ponies. We enjoyed walking around in the sunshine, showing our daughter all the animals and making pretend animal noises.

The farm was too much excitement for our little one who promptly fell asleep in her buggy, allowing me and the hubby to go for a nice walk around the grounds of the house. It is beautiful and there is truly something for everyone at Wimpole Hall.

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We then made our way to my parent’s house, and we’re so happy to arrive after a sickness incident in the car. For those that have read my previous blog posts will know that our little one has a tendency to be sick on every car journey. Nightmare.

1st Birthday Presents

Later that day our daughter received her presents from Nana and Gramps. She is so lucky and got a lot of John Lewis clothes, a fake phone, and also money for a TP Toys Swing for our garden. She loved her fake phone, although I think I am going to have to pretend it is a real phone so she keeps using it.

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Party

On the Saturday my parent’s were hosting a BBQ to celebrate her birthday, and we had invited my husband’s family down to join in the fun. We are really grateful that they made the journey down from Cheshire, and booked themselves into a Cambridge hotel to help us celebrate.

Happy 1st Birthday

Before the party started we spent hours preparing food, decorating the house, sorting out the music, and putting our party pack from Party Bags and Supplies to good use. We ordered the Owl party kit, and I was very impressed with it. The party pack included a huge table cloth, 8 paper cups, napkins, and 8 party bags. The party bags were the best thing, containing sweets, a bracelet, a head band and a whistle. It was really exciting writing the recipients names on the bags. All the children received a party bag, and so did Nana and Granny too. There are so many fantastic Party kits at Party Bags and Supplies, that I would definitely use them again for a future birthday party.

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It wasn’t long before everyone started to arrive, and we kicked off the celebrations with Pink Champagne that I was given when I went on maternity leave from work. It was lovely to see my mother-in-law, father-in-law, my sister-in-law, her husband and 3 kids, and my brother-in-law, his wife and new baby in one place. They were all so generous and bought our daughter so many gifts. She received loads of clothes and toys. She loved her VTech Train, either that or the packaging was preferred, as she spent most of the afternoon climbing on and off the box. As well as this she received a toy lawnmower which is great for helping her learn to walk.

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My Dad cooked us a lovely BBQ, we had sausages, burgers and chicken, as well as lot of salad bits. There seemed to be a never ending supply of food, which we had to force our family to eat in the end. Once the food had settled down, the cake was brought out. We chose a gorgeous cake from Waitrose, and I must say it was delicious. Luckily there was enough left over for us to take back to London with us the next day.

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We had a lovely day in the sunshine with everyone, if anything it was slightly too hot. The girls enjoyed playing badminton, making dens and playing on the rope swing. I hope that we get the opportunity to have a similar party next year.

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Night Out

That evening once our little one had settled down for bed, we enjoyed a night out in Cambridge. Night out’s are few and far between for me and my husband, and it was nice to get a taxi into town, enjoy some drinks, have a kebab, and get a taxi back. My sister came out with us, and we had such a laugh and gossip! I was feeling slightly ropey the next day, but it was totally worth it.

Happy 1st Birthday

We all had a fantastic weekend, it was made extra special having all the family together, the weather, the food, and the champagne & beer. I have had a fantastic first year of being a Mummy, it’s been life changing and equally as fun. We are both looking forward to the next year and seeing our little one turn into a toddler, developing that little personality of hers.

Happy Birthday little one πŸ™‚

Claire x

The Pramshed
Notes
I was offered the Party Bags and Supplies Party Pack in exchange for a review.
All photos are my own.

75 Comments

  1. A mum track mind August 13, 2016 / 7:52 am

    What a gorgeous round up Claire and a big happy birthday to Freya! Sounds like you celebrated in such a lovely way! #fortheloveofBLOG x
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    • The Pramshed August 13, 2016 / 8:20 am

      THanks lovely, we had a fab day in the sunshine. Still can’t believe she’s 1! #fortheloveofBLOG x

  2. anywaytostayathome August 13, 2016 / 8:30 am

    Wow 1 whole year old! What a lovely celebration. I love Wimpole Hall and Cambridge although we’ve not been since February! Time goes so fast, but that first year, that’s the fastest. #fortheloveofBLOG
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    • The Pramshed August 15, 2016 / 10:51 pm

      It’s lovely, it’s where I grew up. We had a fab day and fab night out πŸ™‚ x

    • The Pramshed August 15, 2016 / 10:50 pm

      Thank you, we all had a lovely day πŸ™‚ x

  3. mumzilla August 13, 2016 / 9:07 am

    happy birthday gorgeous girl, looks like you had a lovely day πŸ˜€ #fortheloveofblog
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    • The Pramshed August 15, 2016 / 10:50 pm

      Thanks Sarah, we had a brilliant day πŸ™‚ x

    • The Pramshed August 15, 2016 / 10:49 pm

      Thank you, she won’t remember it but we will. The cake was fab x

  4. Claire August 13, 2016 / 9:28 am

    Happy birthday to your little girl! It sounds like you had a great time celebrating! Love a fellow Claire

    #fortheloveofblog

    • The Pramshed August 15, 2016 / 10:49 pm

      Thanks lovely, we had a great day πŸ™‚ x

  5. Mrs Lighty August 13, 2016 / 9:29 am

    Looks like a great few days of celebrating, and I’m going to put Wimpole Hall on my Pinterest board I’ve started of places we need to visit!! #fortheloveofBLOG
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    • The Pramshed August 15, 2016 / 10:49 pm

      Yes definitely put it on your Pinterest Board it’s a fab place πŸ™‚ x

    • The Pramshed August 15, 2016 / 10:48 pm

      Thanks Helen, yes she copies me. I need to spend less time on my phone, must be bad for her watching me on it all the time πŸ™‚ x

  6. thefrenchiemummy August 13, 2016 / 9:54 am

    What a lovely day! the garden is gorgeous! As well as the cake. And your little one! Well, she is not that little anymore. She has changed so much from what I remember in one of your earlier posts! She looks lovely. #fortheloveofBLOG
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    • The Pramshed August 15, 2016 / 10:47 pm

      Thanks lovely, she is now more of a child than a baby to me. Every day she is doing something different and also looks different too πŸ™‚ x

  7. Powerporter August 13, 2016 / 10:31 am

    Sounds like a lovely day was had by all!! Such nice memories to share when your princess gets older! #fortheloveofBLOG

  8. Let your light shine Mummy August 13, 2016 / 10:33 am

    It all sounds lovely, what a great way to celebrate, and always so good to spend time with the family. Fab that you got an evening out too. Xx #fortheloveofBLOG
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    • The Pramshed August 15, 2016 / 10:46 pm

      Thanks Vicky! It was a lovely day, and a lovely evening out too πŸ™‚ x

  9. Grounded Mummy August 13, 2016 / 10:40 am

    Sounds like you had a lovely birthday weekend for your little one, I love the Owl party bags and the birthday cake! It’s such a nice opportunity to celebrate with family and friends, I loved our daughter’s first birthday party. It’s almost time for our second daughter’s 1st birthday and I think I need to get a bit more organised! Lovely round up of the day and gorgeous photos, thanks for sharing! Btw, did you find your little one enjoyed the packaging more than the presents?! Who doesn’t love a cardboard box?! #fortheloveofblog
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    • The Pramshed August 15, 2016 / 10:46 pm

      Yes the packaging was by far preferred over the present, and still is today. I hope you have a brilliant birthday party for your daughter πŸ™‚ x

  10. OddHogg August 13, 2016 / 10:43 am

    What a lovely celebration! I like that you spent the day together on her actual birthday. That cake looks amazing too! #fortheloveofblog
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    • The Pramshed August 15, 2016 / 10:45 pm

      It was lovely and I would definitely advise taking the day off work on their birthday. The cake was fab! πŸ™‚ x

  11. aliduke79hotmailcom August 13, 2016 / 11:03 am

    What a lovely day and Birthday for your little one. I love places that you can watch farm animals, so cute (even the pigs!). Looks like you had great weather for your BBQ too.
    #fortheloveofBLOG
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    • The Pramshed August 15, 2016 / 10:44 pm

      Thanks lovely, she loved the pics! Yes the weather was great, just a bit too hot πŸ™‚ x

  12. Mouse, Moo and Me Too August 13, 2016 / 11:06 am

    Oh I love the owl bags! Looks like a brilliant day and lovely weather for everything too. Always a bloody great shock when they turn one, hope you high-five’d Mr Pramshed for getting this far, lol. #fortheloveofblog

    • The Pramshed August 15, 2016 / 10:44 pm

      Can’t believe she’s 1, the last year has gone so quickly! This time last year she was a tiny bub πŸ™‚ x

    • The Pramshed August 15, 2016 / 10:43 pm

      Thank you, we had a lovely day. The cake was delicious πŸ™‚ x

    • The Pramshed August 15, 2016 / 10:42 pm

      Thank you, I’m not sure where they are from as my Mum got them πŸ™‚ x

  13. Topsy Turvy Tribe August 13, 2016 / 1:07 pm

    What a fab day, lucky lady and sounds as though you had a great celebration too. It’s just so wonderful to when our babies start to grow into their personalities! #fortheloveofBLOG
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    • The Pramshed August 15, 2016 / 10:40 pm

      We had a lovely day, I just can’t believe that she’s one! πŸ™‚ X

  14. Sonia August 13, 2016 / 3:24 pm

    Ahhh she’s gorgeous! Glad you had a lovely celebration for her and bonus night out! Time flys, so enjoy her while she’s little xx #fortheloveofBLOG
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    • The Pramshed August 15, 2016 / 10:39 pm

      Yes we had a lovely day and lovely night out πŸ™‚ x

    • The Pramshed August 15, 2016 / 10:37 pm

      Thank you lovely, we had a great day πŸ™‚ x

  15. Single Mum Speaks August 13, 2016 / 4:12 pm

    Fab cake, and Wimpole Hall looks great. We used Party Bags and Supplies for Piglet’s birthday recently too. #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed August 15, 2016 / 10:37 pm

      Ah hope the pack was good for Piglet’s birthday too πŸ™‚ x

  16. Jane Taylor August 13, 2016 / 6:24 pm

    What a lovely post. How time flies and it sounds like you really made the most of her special day. I love National Trust so WImpole Hall sounds like something to add to my list of NT properties to visit. Love the birthday cake!
    Thanks for hosting. #fortheloveofblog
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    • The Pramshed August 15, 2016 / 10:36 pm

      You should go, it is beautiful. We had a lovely day, can’t believe it was over a week ago now πŸ™‚ x

  17. Kelly Edwards August 13, 2016 / 6:58 pm

    What a gorgeous first birthday party! Saving the pink bubbles since maternity leave – well done you! I’d have cracked that bad boy open as soon as I had the opportunity post-birth! xx #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed August 15, 2016 / 10:35 pm

      Thank you, I had no real reason to open it. I was a little worried it would be off πŸ™‚ x

  18. Susie Hawes August 13, 2016 / 7:37 pm

    Sounds a wonderful day and glad you could celebrate in the evening too! That cake looks amazing, I will check out waitrose for cakes in future. Thanks for hosting #fortheloveofBLOG – my first time and found so many great reads. Loving the blogging community! Xx

    • The Pramshed August 15, 2016 / 10:34 pm

      Thank you the cake was wonderful. Glad you’ve enjoyed #fortheloveofBLOG, hope we see you again on Saturday πŸ™‚ x

  19. Happy Wawa August 13, 2016 / 7:44 pm

    A lovely celebration! And the phone is an excellent gift. I recently bought my toddler one and he’s suitable distracted πŸ™‚ #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed August 15, 2016 / 10:34 pm

      Thanks lovely, my is still a good toy. I wonder how long it’ll last for πŸ™‚ x

  20. blabbermama August 13, 2016 / 7:54 pm

    I don’t live too far away from this farm and haven’t been yet I must go and explore with my little boy! Sounds like you all had a lovely time celebrating. Hard to believe a year has passed by- I’ll definitely be the same for my boy! #fortheloveofBLOG
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    • The Pramshed August 15, 2016 / 10:33 pm

      You need to go, we had a great day out. Loads to do for kids, and adults too πŸ™‚ x

  21. wendy August 13, 2016 / 8:22 pm

    Aww this sounds like a lovely birthday weekend! That national Trust place sounds fab, love that it has a farm. The pink cute looks so adorable. I’m glad you and your little lady all had a nice time xx #fortheloveofBLOG
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    • The Pramshed August 15, 2016 / 10:32 pm

      Thanks lovely, we had a great day, and it was such nice weather too πŸ™‚ x

  22. Emma Plus Three August 13, 2016 / 9:18 pm

    This is lovely Claire. Looks like you all had a great day, happy birthday Freya! x #fortheloveofBLOG
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    • The Pramshed August 15, 2016 / 10:30 pm

      Thank you lovely, I can’t believe she’s 1 πŸ™‚ x

  23. My Little Yarn Baby August 14, 2016 / 12:00 am

    Sounds like you had a lovely time and the garden looks fab.

    Freddie also has a fake phone and remote control and I pretend to use them so he thinks they’re real and leave them slightly out of reach so he doesn’t think I’m just giving him them – more fun if they’re hard won!!
    #fortheloveofblog
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    • The Pramshed August 15, 2016 / 10:29 pm

      You can’t go wrong with a fake phone, my daughter is obsessed with pressing 9,9,9. Yep she has learnt to stand trying to reach for my phone πŸ™‚ x

  24. rightroyalmother August 14, 2016 / 7:34 am

    Oh, happy first birthday Freya! Lovely weekend, Claire – really quite envious of the champers and the cake – I’m afraid NC (when he is one next month) won’t have quite the same deal but he will have a beer bottle (empty) to suck, I’m sure – his favourite thing at the moment! What a lovely time it looks as if you had!! Here’s to another lovely year for you. #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed August 15, 2016 / 10:27 pm

      Ha ha, thanks so much for reading and commenting. We had a lovely weekend πŸ™‚ x

  25. Squirmy Popple August 14, 2016 / 9:55 am

    Happy birthday to the wee one! It looks like you all have a lovely weekend – and good weather for it too! It’s great that you managed to have a night out too – those are few are far inbetween for us too! #fortheloveofBLOG
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    • The Pramshed August 15, 2016 / 10:26 pm

      Thanks Katie, we had a lovely day! So good to have a night out, although the hangover the next day wasn’t good πŸ™‚ x

  26. Kate Orson August 14, 2016 / 10:16 am

    What a lovely day! The cake looks gorgeous, so nice to celebrate with family around. My daughter’s birthday is in a few weeks, and reading this is making me think I really should get organised now! #fortheloveofBLOG
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    • The Pramshed August 15, 2016 / 10:25 pm

      Thanks lovely, and happy birthday for your daughter in a few weeks :)x

  27. The UnNatural Mother August 15, 2016 / 8:12 am

    Im so excited as it’s Charley’s 1st Birthday next month and can’t wait to have a little party for her. I love the decorated tree in your backgarden.What a lovely idea.May have to copy that ( sorry,not sorry !! ) #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed August 15, 2016 / 10:21 pm

      Thanks lovely, and happy birthday for next month. Hope you have a great day πŸ™‚ x

    • The Pramshed August 15, 2016 / 10:20 pm

      Thank you, my Dad loves looking after the grass πŸ™‚ x

  28. peppermint cove blog Lou August 15, 2016 / 8:43 am

    It sounds like a great time for you and for your lovely little one- how time flies! Glad you got to use the pink champagne! Thanks for posting #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed August 15, 2016 / 10:20 pm

      Thanks lovely, pink champagne is always a winner πŸ™‚ x

  29. Emma me and b make tea August 15, 2016 / 11:14 am

    aw sounds like you had a fab time! and yes, you will need to use that fake phone – they cotton on soooo quickly!! #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed August 15, 2016 / 10:19 pm

      The fake phone is still going strong πŸ™‚ x

  30. tammymum August 17, 2016 / 3:01 pm

    Aaaah what a lovely first birthday and such nice weather too. It’ll definitely be a day you all remember. Happy belated birthday little one xx #fortheloveofblog
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    • The Pramshed August 22, 2016 / 8:30 pm

      Thanks Sarah! We had a brilliant day πŸ™‚ x

  31. Silly Mummy August 20, 2016 / 1:05 am

    That sounds like a lovely couple of days! Happy birthday to her! The cake is amazing! My youngest has had a couple of spectacular car travel induced vomits – never fun! #fortheloveofBLOG
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    • The Pramshed August 22, 2016 / 8:31 pm

      Oh gosh car vomiting is not cool! Thanks so much for reading and commenting πŸ™‚ x

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