I think I had a countdown to Nora’s 1st birthday on my site… but all the sudden the day has come and gone. How is that even possible??? Her official party is tomorrow, so I’ll be sure to post later in the week about that, with some pictures, of course!
Eric had this week off, including Wednesday, Nora’s actual birthday. I was kind of struggling for how to spend the day, feeling like it should be memorable, but also realizing Nora was never going to remember. So, we decided to travel down to Coralville/Iowa City, feeling it only made sense to spend the day where it all began. We got a bit of a late start to the day though, no help from the cleaning ladies, so we first had lunch in Cedar Falls at Famous Dave’s. There’s a story there, well, more of a disagreement, as Eric wanted to Famous Dave’s to cater for Nora’s party, and I didn’t. So as a compromise, we went there for lunch on her birthday, just the three of us. Nora tried a bit of my BBQ chicken sandwich and potato salad, but her meal mostly consisted of puffs, what else. After lunch we headed to Coral Ridge Mall, our first stop being Barnes and Noble for coffee.We eventually did wander back to Barnes and Noble and purchased a few books for Nora, but not before finding some cute outfits at Gymboree, and attempting to find me some cute clothes at Dillards. I ended up not buying a thing for myself but I did get quite a few 6-12 month outfits for Nora. She should be set for a few months. I hope!
It was a long day for Nora so after the mall we stopped at Gumby’s and picked up three large orders of Pokey Stix to take home. And yes, as soon as we arrived home, they were consumed as dinner. I found it only fitting to introduce Nora to them on her 1st birthday. And I have two in the freezer for late night cravings!
All in all, it was a really great day, just our little family of three hanging out. I thought the day might be emotional for me, but it wasn’t at all. I barely even thought of Nora’s tramatic birth or scary NICU days. Being back in Iowa CIty/Coralville brings back good memories for me… I miss it there so much.