September 1, 2006

Look, I crafted an honest-to-god homeade cake for the boy’s birthday! No shit, I used a Martha Stewart recipe and everything.

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It’s heart shaped, people. That right there is carrot cake with cream cheese icing, so it is both cute AND nutritious. Vegetables! Protein! Dairy! My god, it’s practically a delicious novelty-shaped vitamin.

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Look, Riley! It’s your first birthday cake, which your mother lovingly baked all by herself! Using actual ingredients! Can you feel the magic?

…you seem awfully suspicious, dude.

Well, maybe if your dad holds you, THEN you’re sure to get excited about this cake and maybe even try it out, right?

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Or…not. Okay, you’re clearly a little unsure about the cake. That’s cool, that’s cool, I understand. You’re only a year old, I guess it takes time to, like, embrace the concept of cake (thatIbakedwithmyownhands). How about we try it from the highchair?

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Well now you’re just mushing it around, and — hey! STOP SMEARING IT ON THE WALL GODDAMMIT. Dog? Oh, Dooooog?

[NOT PICTURED: the dismayed Face of Gag after tasting one. solitary. molecule.]

All right, forget the cake. How about a present?

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Now that’s more like it.

:::

A very happy birthday overall, and thank you for all your great comments, which I am totally going to print for his baby book. That would be the never-touched baby book I really should fill out one of these days, except I am weirdly intimidated by having to hand-write stuff because ahhhh, there’s no Undo (note to self: find a pencil) and also I may have already forgotten the answer to every stupid question in there (“You followed an object with your eyes on ____ date” – um, yeah, I have absolutely no idea).

Anyway, we are driving down to Oregon today to visit JB’s family for the long weekend, and I am bringing about a million of those flipping cupcakes because by god someone’s going to enjoy them and praise my effort, OR ELSE.

Talk to you next week! Now excuse me, I have to go eat leftover cream cheese icing with a spoon.

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Amy
Amy
15 years ago

Yeah, the first birthday tradition of cake smeared baby enjoying the spoils of their mom’s best effores seem to be some kind of myth. All the one year olds I know gagged on their birthday cake and spent the rest of the time finger painting with the remains. Riley is in good company. It wasn’t until their 2nd and sometimes 3rd birthdays that they actually enjoyed the sugary baked confection.

Michelle
15 years ago

You must CEASE AND DESIST with the cute. My left ovary just burst, I swear. I’m about to smear that nutritious cake all over the boy’s chin so I can gobble him up. Oh, dear lord. I just threatened to eat a baby I do not even know. DO YOU SEE WHAT YOU ARE DOING TO ME????

Mary O
Mary O
15 years ago

Awww…. what fun! Have a great holiday weekend.

misha
15 years ago

ooooh – that last picture is COOL.

Jessie
15 years ago

Well, I think the cake looks great! He’ll learn to appreciate it eventually. Have a great holiday weekend!

sunShine
15 years ago

Good job on the cupcakes. I knew you could do it. So what if he gagged, the cake is really for the parents, so ENJOY! The pics are too cute! He is so adorable. Write in the baby book, it isn’t so bad, just make some stuff up for the dates, he will never know the difference!

Sara
15 years ago

Ha! That’s funny. I’m sure you hear this all the time, but he is the spitting image of his dad.

Cris
15 years ago

Cute, cute cute!!!! Have a wonderful weekend with the family and those luscious cakes :)

ang
ang
15 years ago

Send some of that homemade cake this way. I HEART carrot cake!

sweetney
15 years ago

umm, dude? can i come live at YOUR house?

happy birthday, R-dawg!

Jenn
15 years ago

How sweet and adorable. Wow, 1 year old, amazing!

So cliche, but it’s so damn true…it just flies by. *sigh*

jen
jen
15 years ago

I totally thought that cake was from an Easy – Bake oven.

Donna
Donna
15 years ago

I know – isn’t it a shame when there’s leftover cream cheese icing. . . . that will go bad. . . if it isn’t eaten with a spoon. . . right away. . .

samantha jo campen
15 years ago

Um, hel-LO! I won’t gag on such yummy morsels. Ship ’em my way and I’ll take a picture of my happy face.

Your love will not go unappreciated!

Have a good weekend!!!

katie d
15 years ago

lol; Riley cracks me UP. :) I love that you post all the pictures so we get to enjoy him vicariously through the magic of the internets. And a Very Happy Belated Birthday to Riley. :) I hope the coming year is full of all kinds of wonderful and awesome discoveries for him and empty of all kinds of nervewracking moments for you. :) kd

nancy
15 years ago

Happy Birthday, Riley! You are so freaken cute you make my ovaries hurt.

And excellent work with the cake, mom. When in the hell do you find time to bake? I can’t find time to shower, for crying out loud.

Sonia (DDM)
15 years ago

Happy Birthday Riley!!!

I’m going to bed now, to conceive a baby. We’ll send you the bill.

Jennifer
15 years ago

Aw! Happy Birthday Riley! He’s a beautiful boy – I know you’re both so proud of him!

Val
Val
15 years ago

Oh ! Happy Birthday, little man !
I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks now and I really like it.
My son had the same suspicious face for his 1st birthday vegetable cake. I was so disappointed !:-) But this year, for his second, I went for the full naughty experience: chocolate cake with layers of strawberry and a (I do not know how it is called in English…) “glaçage”. He ate it all and even asked for more. :-)
Would you give us the recipe of your carrot cake ? I would like to try it at home !

Jem
Jem
15 years ago

I totally appreciate your cake! And wish it was here. Happy Birthday Riley again!

Erica
15 years ago

Oh, he is just so beautiful. Seriously, the cutenes must stop soon or I will have to have one of my own and since we already have two by other means (girls, ages 7 [adopted] and 14 [foster]) now is really not the time.

Also, Riley looks like such a BIG BOY riding on that thing…adorable.

Jo
Jo
15 years ago

I’m late with the birthday greetings – i went on holiday on Riley’s birthday, that’s just how selfish i am! So Happy Birthday Riley, and Linda? I couldn’t read all the comments left on the last entry because of ALL THE TEARS…now, your films and photos always blow me away but Lord girl, warn us next time, yeah?! And Riley? You be good to your momma….

thejunebug
15 years ago

Yay, Happy Birthday Riley! I love his suspicious-face. You are obviously raising a well-rounded, liberal (except when it comes to flavors of cake), and cynical baby!

Mel
Mel
15 years ago

Kinda funny, but we had the same kind of birthday cake for Ian for his birthday, but we also had a white cake with cream cheese frosting because 25 adults and eight kids showed up for Ian’s first. Ian sat in his high chair and shoved the cake away, screaming as if I was murdering him. I dipped my finger in the icing so he could at least try that but it ended up under his eye with more screaming. We left the crumbs for dinner and Ian snuck some crumbs into his mouth while eating mouthfuls of carots. The next day, his daddy was getting him up from a nap with a cupcake in his hand and I heard, “Mmmm! Mmmmm!” which is Ian’s way of saying, “I want that! I want to eat that!” He likes it now. I thought of you as we celebrated Ian’s birthday on August 30. I’m glad it was a happy birthday. Sorry I didn’t coment before, but I was laughing and crying at your video and figured it was better to move on.

awittykitty
15 years ago

see if Riley was a girl, he would have wanted the cake more than the present. At least that’s how I see it.

Mandy
Mandy
15 years ago

On his 1st birthday my son was stunned and horrified by the singing (we had invited a few people over, as much to celebrate that we had successfully kept a human being alive for a whole year) and not at all interested in the cake. Fortunately I had bought it from a bakery. This year for his 2nd birthday I made the cake and he loved it! He also loved the singing, and wants to watch the video of him blowing out the birthday candles every single day.

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