This was the photo I had back then. Be warned, this post got a bit of drama in it. But there are loads of photos from Claud's first birthday party and I wish to share those with all of you. At the same time, I hope you get something out of this story.
With the many number of photos I have on my memory cards, phones, and hard drive, I chose a simple family photo of me, Ron and Claud during her birthday. It was taken when we getting our photos taken at the photobooth and our photographer just happen to take capture it. With all the fast-paced schedule of the day, we nearly forgot to get our photo taken at the booth!
To be honest I still can't believe na nairaos namin ang first birthday ni Claud. To think that I didn't want to celebrate it at all. The husband was actually the one who insisted we celebrate Claud's birthday. Well, him and many of Claud's godmothers (my FK sisters). And it took a lot of convincing just so I would say yes.
Of course, I knew how important this milestone is and that it should be celebrated. Blame it on my own personal issues because I was disappointed with how my mom is not with us to celebrate it and my father couldn't even give a damn about it because he had his own situation to deal with. Suffice it to say that I let my issues get the best of me. That and that money was tight and we were barely scraping by with our income. It didn't help as well that Claud's grandfather (my dad) didn't encourage the party at all. Deep down, I was hoping he will be supportive as my mom would have. I was just so sad that Claud didn't have the doting grandparents I thought she would have. Which ultimately made me miss my mom more because I knew for sure that if she was here and alive, she would be front and center at planning this special event and that she would do everything in her power to give Claud the best first birthday party ever.
Pampers and Fuentes Manila gifted us with the photographer so we can capture Claud's many firsts that day! Scholastics Philippines gave us lots of books for giveaways which the guests enjoyed so much. We placed stickers at the back that allowed them to personalize their books.
Best Day Ever Events & Styling took care of wrapping all the giveaways and all the souvenirs. As a gift, Alma (she owns Best Day Ever and Godmother to Claud) also designed a milestone table for Claud that included many of Claud's first things. Looking at it that and even now as I look back at the photos, I cant help but tear up!
Claud is blessed with awesome godmothers because Ninang Jheng paid for Claud's cake which was made by the talented baker, The Dough Puncher. While Ninang Kathy took care of her smashcake photoshoot! Her FK ninangs helped through out the whole event especially when things got away from me... we could never have pulled things off without their help!
Our deepest gratitude to everyone who was part of this special and the people who who helped and supported us to make it happen!