Okay, okay, a few photos! :P
Pink cake - my 33rd birthday cake that I've made and decorated for one of my children, but my FIRST girly one, so I went all out and had sooooo much fun! :)
Pink presents! :)
Pink birthday girly absolutely delighted with her own Scuttlebug bike - I nearly got her the hot pink one with white flowers (my mum said I should have!) but thought it would be too over-the-top with the pink! ;) I love the ladybird one though! Lydia rides Elijah's "bikey" all the time. :) She LOVES hers - see?!
Outside in the garden for a white - this is how Lydia walks, with her little arms and hands up like that, it's so adorable! She'll stop doing that soon, so I'm thrilled to have the photo to remember it by (we don't have ANYTHING that can take video any more, since our phone smashed!). She walks smoothly and quickly now, even speeding up to a race-walk with stiff legs if I'm trying to stop her from going somewhere she shouldn't be, the little monkey! ;) She pivots and turns easily, and I haven't seen her crawl AT ALL in the last few days. *sniffle* For my babies on their first birthday, she is the best walker by far - one or two of them hadn't even taken their first steps, I don't think, and Matthew and Arthur had taken 2 or 3 steps together. She's a pro! :D
A couple from earlier in the day, before the party dress was put on! Chocolate chip Briochettes for breakfast, because she loves them. :)
Her sweet face watching us all singing Happy Birthday. She stared and stared, and when we stopped, she bopped her head and made sing-song noises, I think to make us sing again. :) She did not want to touch the flame, in fact, she didn't give it a glance!! This has NEVER happened to me before!!! All my boys wanted to touch that flame - Lydia's only goal was to pick off some sugarpaste balls and eat them, lol!
Ohhh, I love this photo because she was copying Neil's mouth as he tried to show her how to blow her candle out (which, of course, she couldn't do) - such a precious little face!
We had Shepherd's Pie for dinner, because it's one of her favourite foods. She is SUCH a great eater, so easy-going about everything in general, and very easy to please. She loves proper food (I might cry...) - things like homemade Shepherd's Pie, roast chicken and the trimmings, fruit crumbles, lamb casserole, etc. *sigh* It's bliss for this mama of dozens of eternally picky and ungrateful eaters (slight exaggeration but accurate in how it feels after almost ten years! Also, when they whine and complain in unison, it always feels like there are double the number of children than there actually are...). Anyway, here's my precious girly enjoying her good food on her birthday! :)
Love her so so so so so much. So. Much. My very own baby girl - I am so blessed to have her! To have all of them! :)
Also, I have had EWCM for a week!!!! This is exciting and encouraging, because I really haven't had much CM at all for many months, so this might mean that my cycles are thinking about resuming at last! :) I have therefore started charting again, and including parsnips where they coincide with fertile signs, for my own reference. I was soooo sure I was ovulating this past week, such were the signs - lots of crampiness, EWCM, etc. etc. but thankfully I was temping so I didn't lose my mind wondering! ;) My temps have remained low (my typical pre-ovulatory range, funny how that hasn't changed in allll these years! I just know what is a pre- or a post-ovulatory temperature, just taking one random temperature out of the blue, after all these years of temping and charting!), so I am sure I haven't ovulated. The EWCM went away over the past couple of days but my temp didn't rise so I guess my body attempted to ovulate but didn't in the end. I just say all this because if anyone happens to see my chart, right now the software says I've ovulated the day after parsnips and am currently 5DPO with a nice big temp dip below the coverline! :P But actually, ALL those temps are too low for me to have ovulated yet. Post-ovulatory temps for me start around the 36.3 range, and all these temps are between 36.0 and 36.24, so... except for the even lower one today. I am sure that the software at FF will adjust accordingly in a few days and realise that I haven't ovulated! If I had, I would be excited to be obsessing about possible pregnancy symptoms! It's bizarre to me that last time I had a baby celebrating a first birthday, I was 17 weeks pregnant - almost halfway through another pregnancy already, and this time it's not even on the horizon! I just can't SHAKE this baby fever thing, hehe! Love it! I hope I have a few more years in me yet, and that God will bless us again! :)