Birthdays, Carter, HUNTER, CARTER & CHLOE, Parties CARTER’S ONE-MONTH PARTY 14 September 2012

 

Card from my cousin’s son Elliot, handmade with love!

 

So centuries ago in China, when the mortality rate of an infant wasn’t exactly great, the people didn’t give their newborns a name. They waited until their baby first month before giving the baby an official name, and with that they threw a huge party that also marked the end of their ‘confinement’ period – that is, the month where mother and child traditionally stay at home and are subjected to all sorts of nutty things like not being allowed to have a shower, wearing thick winter wear in the dead of summer heat, etc. Thus, the baby’s first month birthday was a super happy occasion where a big bash was held to name the baby and celebrate!

OK so that’s just me writing it off the top of my head. I THINK I am accurate because I vaguely heard about this ages ago.. but please correct me if I’m wrong.

ANYWAY, the point is that when an infant turns one month, he’s out of the ‘danger period’ and the occasion is marked with a party. A PARTY, you say????? Any excuse for a party, baby! 😀

We didn’t have one for Hunter because, erm, we just never got round to planning it. For Carter, it was as last-minute as you could possibly get… because first, I wanted to do a big bash with my friends and to theme it all out. But then Mum pointed out it’s traditionally more of a relatives thing, and wanted to invite just relatives, and so I decided not to invite friends. Then, we weren’t sure if many relatives would even show up, so we gave up on the entire party. Then a few days before, Mum decided she DID want a party after all! And so began the mad scramble 😉 In the end, a couple of our relatives showed up, and pretty much all the friends I invited RSVP’d, so *whew*. Mum and Dad basically organized and threw the entire party.. booking the venue, caterers, and running all over the place setting up and making sure everything was OK on the day – thank God for parents!

 

Those words say it all, LOL

 

Hi Carter!

 

My snugglebum

 

I was disappointed and annoyed on the day of the party, because I specifically wanted a pool party. God has a bit of a sense of humour, because it rained the entire day. I actually (stupidly) hadn’t factored in contingency plans if we had bad weather, so we were a bit stuck! I’d envisioned the afternoon to be an outdoorsy day of everyone splashing around in the pool and/or running around the playground, and retreating into the air-conditioned room only for dinner afterwards.

Instead, due to the rain, everyone was stuck in the room the ENTIRE time. Fortunately we brought down all of Hunter’s (many) walkers and Dad was a bit of a hit since he brought along his bubble gum, but apart from that there was little else for the kids to do… so they got pretty bored 🙁 And, honestly, it’s a bit dull for a kids party to just be in a room?! Sigh.

We had fun, though. It was so nice seeing my friends.. as it’s much more difficult for me to do playdates these days. It was a relaxed, simple party and I liked it that way. The food was good, the company was great, and Hunter really enjoyed playing with all his little friends.

 

Making the best of the rainy weather

 

LOVE her “eh??” face

 

Family cuddles

 

2 pretty ladies!

 

LOVE the rainbow swimmers. Do they come in adult sizes? ;0

 

Chilling out

 

The bubble gun was a hit!

 

BALLOON DOG!!!!

 

Kids making do with whatever toys we had in the room

 

Hunter being dragged around by one of his girl friends 😉

 

Aww… love this pic 🙂

 

My cousin, the baby whisperer

 

Snozzin’

 

The children discovered……. eclairs! Uh oh..

 

Do. Not. Want. To. Burp.

 

Kids up to no good…

 

My and my precious lil one

 

HAI!

 

Dunno why I’m so grumpy faced, but I think Mum looks cute here!

 

Mini me!

 

A family pic 🙂

 

Simple but yummy cake from my fave shop, Lana Cakes

 

HAPPY ONE MONTH, CARTER 🙂

 

14 Comments

  • Ruth posted on September 14, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Oddly, I never connected the first month party as a coming out party but it does sound plausible! Blessed 1st (and then some) month again to Carter and thanks for having us 🙂

    Yes, my kids. Always up to no good.

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    • Beverly! posted on September 15, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Yeah! And I heard once that the mother has her first (!) shower and hair wash after the month, in preparation for the party.. which is probably why the mother is so freakin’ happy at the party. Haha!

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  • Mez posted on September 15, 2012 at 8:31 am

    “Dad was a bit of a hit since he brought along his bubble gum”

    So your dad was flaunting his contraband gum hey? 🙂

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    • Beverly! posted on September 15, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      GUN! Cos, you know, guns are ok but gum is illegal in Singapore..

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  • Erik posted on September 15, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Happy Birthday Carter! 🙂

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    • Beverly! posted on September 15, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      Thanks Erik!

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  • Mag posted on September 15, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Ooh, I never knew that little fact – interesting.

    Happy first month to Carter! You’re looking great!

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    • Beverly! posted on September 15, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      I think I’m right… or at least, it’s something like that!!

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  • shreejacob posted on September 15, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    The food looks absolutely yummy! (Why yes I am feeling hungry and the moment..hehe).

    Happy Burpday Carter!! 😀

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    • Beverly! posted on September 15, 2012 at 8:36 pm

      Aww thanks Shree!

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  • Sherri posted on September 15, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Carter is such a sweetie- Happy birthday! And my has Hunter grown! Hard to believe he was the same size as Carter was. But he must’ve been because I remember the Super Cute outfit!!

    You’re looking fab too, B 😉

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    • Beverly! posted on September 15, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      I KNOW.. it seems so faraway now. I’m glad I could re-use heaps of clothing though 😉

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  • Janice posted on September 16, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Sorry we didn’t stay for cake! Next time put down DINNER on card please 😛

    Thanks for inviting us – we still had a blast in the pool!!!

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    • Beverly! posted on September 16, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      Haha major OOPS moment on my part@!

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