No matter how much you love being a parent, you can't deny that it's challenging. Simply surviving the first year of your child's life is an achievement. Being acutely aware of that fact, my partner and I made a solid, concerted effort to find ways to celebrate ourselves during our kid's first birthday party.
One of the benefits of having family that live in different parts of the world, is that you can often end up with multiple celebrations. Our son had three first birthday parties. One at the zoo in the United Kingdom with my parents, one back home in Canada with his other grandparents, and one with my birth group where we celebrated eight babies at once. We did all the usual things people do when they celebrate a child's first birthday: I made a cake, we bought banners and decorated our son's highchair, he wore a cute little outfit and a birthday hat, and, of course, we all sang "Happy Birthday" to him (and probably off-key, but oh well.)
After all that celebrating, it was important that my partner and I recognized our own achievement over the last year. We sat back with a celebratory glass of wine, gave each other a well-deserved "high five," and remembered all these "firsts" we got through together: