Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Happy birthday sweet boy!

Today my baby boy turned one! I can hardly believe how fast Malak's first year went by...it seems like just a few months. :) 4 months to be precise, that he has been home with us...and I am completely amazed at how much my love for him has grown in such a short time! When I first met him, I was amazed at his handsome face, I was smitten by his huge smile and adored his contagious giggle...but now? Now my heart is so completely full of love for every ounce of his tiny body. Almost every day Eric and I end up talking about how much we love this sweet child...sometimes I try to convince Eric to let me wake him up at night just because I want to kiss and hold him. His little personality is coming out more and more each day and it melts me to see how much he loves his mama and daddy. He prefers us to anyone and gets quite angry if you try to steal him away. :) It is a tricky thing with family and close friends who would love to hold him, but I must admit that it secretly warms my heart when he throws his arms around my neck and his clenched fists cling to my shirt for dear life.

Here are some of the things Malak likes do do, eat and say...

~Favorite foods-plain rice cakes, whole wheat pasta, oatmeal and spagetti
~He can say- "dada", "wha dada?!" (translation- where's dada?!), "uh-oh", "dog", "mama" (but that is on rare occasion these days) and "ball".
~He thinks it's hilarious when he burps and toots. (thanks Eric) :)
~Malak and Violet (the dog) are BFF. They play all day long- he pulls her hair out, she lays there, he chases her, she chases him, he grabs her ball, she takes it back, he pulls it out of her mouth and sometimes they chew on the same toy at the same time. Ick.
~He is pulling up on everything! He can't quite find the strength to pull all the way up, but can stand on his knees and is trying real hard. I give him an "A" for effort.
~He ate his first fist full of dog food. Mmm...
~He knows sign language for "more" "all done" and "water."
~ Malak has never, EVER been full. He is never "all done" eating and will cry and ask for more as long as you will give it...this has become a bit of a blessing and a curse. Sometimes I am afraid he will literaly pop.
~To most of us a barking dog would sound like, "ruff"- when Mal says it, it always seems to come out, "Ssssss". And it cracks me up every time. Another "A" for effort.
~He loves kissing pictures of grandpa and grandma and will always give you a kiss when you ask and if you're luck he may give you 4 or 5 in a row.

We had a birthday party for Mal on Saturday.
Whoa.
Birthday parties are....crazy. Or maybe they only are when you invite 25 people. Oh, the things we do for our kids. :) Malak recieved lots of toys and books and birthday clothes- it was wonderful! Remember how I told you that I wanted to find a sugar free birthday cake recipe? I found one on line and it was perfect! Well, it was perfect for Malak- it tastes more like a muffin for us adults but was very good nonethess. I am posting the recipe below because it is great for a healthy first birthday cake or if you are just looking for a way healthier version of any old cake.

Baby's First Birthday Cake (Carrot Cake)
(Makes 1 double-layer 9-inch square cake
2 1/2 cups thinly sliced carrots
2 1/2 cups apple juice concentrate (you may use slightly less)
1 1/2 cups raisins
Vegetable Spray/Shortening
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 whole eggs
4 egg whites
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup wheat germ
2 Tbsp low sodium baking powder
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
Prep: Preheat oven to 350 F. Line two 9 inch square cake pans with waxed paper and spray the paper with vegetable spray/shortening.1. Combine the carrots with 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of the juice concentrate in a medium size saucepan.2. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, covered, until carrots are tender, 15 to 20 mins. Puree in a blender of food processor until smooth.3. Add the raisins and process until finely chopped. Let mixture cool.4. Combine the flour, wheat germ, baking powder, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Add 1 1/4 cups juice concentrate, the oil, eggs, egg whites, and vanilla; beat just until well mixed. Fold in the carrot puree and applesauce. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans.5. Bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 mins. Cool briefly in the pans, then turn out onto wire racks to cool completely. When cool, frost with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Here are a few birthday pics:
He's not too sure about this whole cake thing at first...


Nice frosting beard....
"Ho, ho ho, boys and girls it's Santa Claus!"



Sad sad times when we had to take away the cake. (after he had eaten about 3/4 of it)

This was right after everyone left...can you tell he was a little pooped

As you can see by the picture below Malak was super excited to go to Red Robin for his birthday lunch today! Incase you didn't know, you can get online and sign yourself and any family members up to recieve a FREE birthday meal at Red Robin! What a deal! So Malak had his free meal there and it was a fun little family lunch.

My heart broke just a little the day that Malak started to rip off all the cute hats that I was trying to force him to wear. :) BUT THEN...I figured out a handy little solution. Dorky, but handy. He had gotten a super cute new hat for his birthday and I really wanted him to wear it to church on Sunday, so I sewed a little strap of black elastic to go under his chin, to encourage him to leave it on. :) And low and behold, all it took was one day of a dorky elastic strap and tuh-duh, he hasn't even attempted to take his hats off since! Seriously, he has worn a cutie hat every day since and has kept them on even when sitting in his car seat! Elastic is miraculous. I think I will sell elastic on my Etsy site...I kid, I kid. :)

Happy birthday sweet boy!! Mama and daddy love you more than anything in the whole world!!!



37 comments:

Jesi and Joe said...

Happy birthday, Mal! What a handsome little one year old you are! Sounds like a terrific party! Here's to an incredible year!!!

BTW, Tara - you may be right about E's not eating... I've been wondering about it. He has at least one of the top middle teeth coming in and possibly one of the canines... he has eruption hematomas in both places (I googled for purple spots on gums and such)... I HOPE it's over soon and he gets back to eating for me! So glad Mal's such a good eater, although it would be bad if he POPPED! :-)

Ashes said...

Happy Birthday!!! Malak, I wish I could kiss your sweet face. Being 1 is fun. We love you.
xoxo

Amy said...

Sweet post.. Love the pictures. Good times at Malak's first birthday partay.

I just remembered that I didn't get to switch out toys with you yesterday.... maybe later this week?

Jenn said...

Happy b-day Mal! I had fun hanging with you today!

Christi said...

he is adorable!

Ben, Kelly and Sophie said...

Happy, happy birthday, Malak! You are too cute!

Rebecca said...

Happy Birthday to Malak! He gets cuter all the time :)

Erin and Keith Sager said...

classic photos, happy birthday to your little one.....

filoli said...

Great post...and many thanks for the recipe.

filoli said...

Great post...and many thanks for the recipe.

filoli said...

Great post...and many thanks for the recipe.

Amber said...

Happy Birthday! What a handsome boy. I love when they get to dive into the cake. So funny the picture when you took the cake away. Thanks for sharing.

Lori said...

Hey Tara; it's Lori (Jonathan's wife; Ryan's friend). Love your post about your sweet Malak. How funny about his dog noise, and I laughed out loud at the pic w/o cake. He is super cute!!

Renee said...

Happy Birthday Mal, it was Maryn's birthday yesterday too!

Tara- thank you so much for the cuffs- Maryn was thilled that there was one in the box for her too- that was so sweet of you. I will definitely be purchasing more-Keller loves his and refuses to take it off!
Thank you again so much!
Love,
Renee

Sam said...

Happy birthday to my little CA roommate! Everything sounds like so much fun! Miss you guys!!!!!

Stephanie With Open Eyes said...

Happy Birthday 1 year old! I can't believe it's already been 4 months since you've had Malak home. I've been following your blog since the beginning and get so excited to see what is going on in the Silvestri family.

I got the cuffs in the mail yesterday...they are so cute! Will, my husband to be can't wait to have kids now because he wants them to wear cuffs too. Look what you've started = )

Stephanie With Open Eyes said...

Oh by the way, I love eating raw and when I have something cooked now I don't feel as healthy as when I'm strictly eating raw. You should go to www.goneraw.com and check out recipes and forums, it's a great site to learn more.

The Albertsons said...

Happy birthday, buddy!
My mommy hasn't posted anything about my birthday. Do you think that's because I'm a third child? Maybe it's because my sister broker her arm around that time. Anyway, be glad you're a first child! HA!
love you Malak!
Sam :)

jen said...

Happy Birthday!! Malak is so cute. Sounds like he'll be walking before too long!

take care Tara!
thanks again for being such a sweet friend!!

emily said...

Happy birthday cutie pie!!

Jocelyn said...

Happy Birthday Mister Malak!! Hope you had a great day!!

Gina said...

Awwww, what a sweet little cutie. Looking forward to making that cake in about 3 months (only 3 months...gasp!!) Happy happy happy birthday to Malak!

Bethany said...

So hate to bother you! I have a quick question! Our adoption group is planning on making the rag dolls. Can you tell me if you used regular felt for the hair..or the wool felt.
Thanks!

Phelps family said...

Wow, I figured our boys were close in age, but I didn't know they were this close. Isaac turns one on Tuesday (10/7). How funny!
I like your recipe for the cake. I think I just might try it for Isaac's. Although I might half it and just make it for his little cake. I was going to make a yellow or chocolate cake for the "adult" cake. Not that there will be any adult ingredients or anything. :)

Happy Birthday, Malak!

St. Louis said...

Oh! Happy Birthday Malak! He is just too adorable for words.

Stacie said...

Woops - that one above is me. I was signed in under our EKC group. :)

Kara said...

Happy Birthday Mal! Xoxo

Tara-
I went on your site to look at the cuffs again (for me) and each of my favorites were baby sizes! I'll keep checking back. :-)

Stephanie With Open Eyes said...

Goodness girl, I buy two cuffs and now you have a million on your site. I don't know if I can keep my self away! I will try but in the meantime am I missing something or do you not have any adult ones on your site right now?

Stephanie With Open Eyes said...

Okay so here's my problem. I want to get a cuff for myself but all of the adult woman ones are brown. Now I'm just being picky, ignore me if you wish. I'm wondering if you have any super soft black cuffs for woman you plan to make soon? I don't wear brown as often as I do black.

Amanda said...

Happy Birthday to Malak!!

I love the new pics! He looks Mr. Personality!!

Sarah and Tim said...

Say wuh, he's a year already? Man, time does fly! Happy belated Bday M.

BTW, I love that you guys didn't even bother with clothes when the cake was introduced...smart idea!

J, A and T said...

Our kiddos share the same birthday. We are still waiting to bring home our sweet girl...but her birthday is the 1st as well!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Can you believe the bottomly's are adopting AGAIN???? It's SO EXCITING!!!!!!!

Ted and Lori said...

Amazing how time flies. It feels like yesterday that I was hunting down the babies in the Gladney house for picture taking and hugs. He's as adorable as ever, and a big Happy Birthday to Malak from the Rooneys :)

Erica said...

Happy late birthday Mal! What a little cutie! Love his hats, love his smile. Yup pretty much think he's amazing!

jen said...

We're glad you got your birthday hat! Hope you like it!
love, Jen and Sammy

Kaydub said...

Our sweet, sweet boy. mmmm. We just love him and want to kiss him and we will in just 2 months!
I can't wait!