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Mommy Moments: When Baby Turns 1

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Anthony Croley, Casey Croley, Henry Croley

Parents Anthony and Casey Croley planned a “pow wow” themed birthday party at Joe Gaither Park for their son Henry’s first birthday.

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It can be an emotional journey to watch your “baby” grow into a toddler. Suddenly, two naps a day turns into one. They start to walk. They start to babble words. All of a sudden, you can’t say you have a baby anymore, but that you have a toddler. The moments are precious and meant to be savored. Even amongst the chaos it’s important to slow down and take a mental and emotional snapshot, aside from the real photo snapshots constantly being taken. 

Casey Croley, a teacher at River Oaks Baptist School, and her husband Anthony recently celebrated as their first son Henry turned one on Jan. 29. On Henry’s actual birthday, they woke him up by filling up his crib with multi-colored balloons. That weekend, they hosted an adorable “pow wow” themed birthday party at Joe Gaither Park on Anderson Street in Bellaire. 

Henry Croley

Little Henry Croley woke up to a crib filled with multi-colored balloons on his first birthday.

These days, it’s common to see parents go all out for their baby’s first-birthday party (see my article about that in Buzz Baby here). Sometimes, keeping it simple is where you truly can soak up the experience. 

“A year goes by so much faster when you have a baby,” said Casey. “It is incredibly rewarding and emotional to watch your baby hit so many milestones in 12 short months. Now I understand what people mean when they say, ‘don’t blink!’” 

The couple kept Henry’s party simple and invited only close friends and family. “The park was the perfect entertainment for the kids and the weather was gorgeous,” said Casey. “I decorated with pictures from his first year, a teepee, painted river rocks, succulents and balloons.”  

The couple wrapped up the party with the infamous “smash cake” session with a cake from AshleyCakes. Henry’s one lucky little boy!

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