Baby’s First Birthday

Gage turned 1 on Sunday. I can hardly believe an entire year has passed. I know every mom says that it “feels like yesterday”… but it really, really does.

My plan was to have a low-key party for him. Mostly family and really no big deal. 2 weeks before the party, that all changed. I ended up with almost 40 people in my house for his party.

It was SUCH a great day. Gage wasn’t so thrilled about having 40 people watching him blow out his candles, and he absolutely refused to touch his cake, but he loved opening presents and being passed from person to person.

I was thrilled with how everything turned out. The decorations were my favorite part:

And look how sweet his cake was:

Too bad THIS is what ended up happening when we tried to feed him the cake:

But, that’s ok. It meant *I* got some of his cake. 🙂

If you want to see all the pictures I took at the party, you can see them here: Gage’s 1st Birthday

To close out the post, I’ll share my handsome 1 year old boy with you all:

Baby’s 1st Birthday: God Loves Me! Personalized Books {Review}

It’s hard to believe Gage will be one in just a few short days. I’ve been on the lookout for unique first birthday gifts.

I was recently contacted by I See Me! Books and asked if I would review a copy of their book God Loves Me. After checking out their website and this video, I knew this would make the perfect first birthday gift for Gage.

They quickly personalized a copy just for Gage and sent it out to me. I couldn’t believe how quickly it arrived after I had sent over all the required personalization information. {It didn’t require a lot of information – they just needed Gage’s full name, and I had to select which dedication message I wanted to appear in the book.}

When the book arrived, I was very impressed. There are several things that I absolutely love about this book:

  • I love the bright colors on every page. The pictures are unique and absolutely beautiful.
  • I love that Gage’s name is used throughout the book. Gage loves hearing his name, and he’ll let me read this book over and over again.
  • I love the creative design of the front cover. It adds a special touch with the 3D sun with Gage’s name in the center.
  • I love the feel of the pages. The paper used in the book is high quality and it has a very different feel to it than the paper used in most books. It’s actually the first thing my daughter noticed as well, and she commented on how much she liked the way the pages felt.
  • I love the overall craftsmanship of the book. This book is not something that will fall apart after reading it a few times. It’s sturdy and made to last. I can already tell this book will become a special keepsake that I’ll treasure for many years to come.
  • I love how easy it is to place an order online. Sometimes ordering personalized books can be complicated or just downright annoying. Not with I See Me books. Orders can be placed in just minutes.

The only thing I wish is that I could have been able to create a personal dedication message to Gage in his book. Don’t get me wrong – they have TONS of options, and there’s something to fit absolutely every need. I just wish I could have written something just a little bit different {longer!} than what I found…

But look how beautiful the pages inside the book are…

Overall, I am quite impressed with the God Loves Me! book from I See Me! Books. I would highly recommend these books to anyone that loves high quality personalized children’s books. The God Loves Me! book would make an excellent birthday, Christmas, or just-because-we-love-you gift.

To learn more about the I See Me line of books, connect with them in the following ways:

Right now, if you head over to the I See Me! website, you can recieve $5 off your first order. Click Here to get started.

Disclaimer: I received the book mentioned above from I See Me! in order to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed are 100% my own. I have not been compensated for this post in any other way.