So Dexter attended his first birthday bash this past weekend. He’d been invited to one previously back in August, but we were unable to attend at the last minute. So this was his first time interacting with other kids in a party situation.
This time it was for our friends’ son Joey, who was turning three. Dexter, at only 9 months old, was the youngest attendee.
Unfortunately, on the day, Dex was putting up a bit of a fuss when it came to napping, so we weren’t as enthusiastic as we could have been. Little man spent most of his time yawning and very placid. But it was obvious he still enjoyed himself immensely.
The party was held at a play centre called Monkey Mates and had various soft play activities for all age groups. As Dex can’t even walk yet, he was stuck in the 0 – 3 section, which included several large toys, a small ball pit, and some oversized stuffed animals he could ride.
The ball pen proved quite traumatic for him, and he spent his time trying to escape while looking wildly around him at all the other children.
He much preferred sitting on mama’s lap while she rode a big stuffed elephant and played clapping games with him.
At one point, we set him in a toy racing car, but little man was unimpressed.
But even with his party hat on, he was bored.
Once all the kids had had a bit of a play, lunch was served, and Dexter joined all the other children on the colourful picnic bench and dug in to sandwiches, sausages, crisps and candy. Daddy sat with him the whole time to be sure he didn’t fall over, and the Doodlebug munched through his weight in junk food.
Mark commented that he was NOT looking forward to changing his diaper once all that food went through him. For the record – it was apparently the worst nappy change he’d ever had to endure. I remain blissfully ignorant. Daddy fed him, so daddy had to change him.
After ingesting a bowl of ice cream, he took great delight in trying to feed mama with his plastic spoon. He’s getting pretty good at it. Only managed to jab me in the eye twice!
After lunch, Mark took him back to have a play while I helped our hosts clean up. But as he was an exhausted little guy, he pretty much sat and drooled whilst daddy happily snapped photos.
All in all, it was a lovely introduction to kiddie parties. And since it’s not long now until Dexter turns one (oh my gosh, where has all the time gone??), it’s given me an idea of what to expect future birthdays to entail. I think once he’s older, a soft play centre will be an ideal birthday venue. And to be honest, once he’s walking, I can see us visiting a similar play centre just to hang out and play for a couple of hours a week!