Rocco is ONE: a rockin’ first birthday party

Today is Rocco’s first birthday! I still cannot get over the fact that my baby is ONE. The past year, becoming new parents, has been one of the most challenging, yet the most rewarding year of our lives. With sleepless nights and anxiousness from inexperience in the beginning months, a year seemed so far away. However, all of the “firsts” and major milestones we witnessed with this sweet boy makes the past twelve months feel more like a blink of an eye. I feel truly blessed that God chose me as Rocco’s mama.

The birthday boy!

The birthday boy!

I could not be more proud of this little one. Happy birthday, Rocco! Your mama and daddy love you SO very much!

Yesterday, we kicked off Rocco’s birthday with a rockin’ first birthday party. If you’ve been reading previous posts you have seen sneak peaks of the Rock Star themed event. It was so fun to see it all come together and celebrate with immediate family and a few of Rocco’s friends.  He had a blast and soaked in all of the attention, as usual. :) One of my dear, dear friends captured all of the special memories for us…thank you SO much!  (p.s. She has a super fun blog on food and travel…check out Novotny Narrative!)

The lady behind the lens! Follow more of her photos and fun on http://novotnynarrative.com!

The lady behind the lens! Follow more of her photos and fun on http://novotnynarrative.com!

Eileen snapped a million cute photos! I won’t share the entire million (wink), but here are quite a few.

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My cousin Cassie made Rocco’s adorable and delicious cake and cupcakes. She is so talented!                          Contact me if you’d like her information. Thank you, Cassie!

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Not pictured: blue Gatorade…a.k.a Rocco-rade in these jugs

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That face.

That face.

His signature excited expression - loved the balloons!

His signature excited expression – loved the balloons!

Silly boy!

Silly boy!

Just Rocco proved he was punctual by arriving on his due date last year, he affirmed his punctuality by  walking just a couple days before his birthday!

Just as Rocco proved to be punctual by arriving on his due date last year, he affirmed his punctuality this year by walking the week of his birthday!

Walking to daddy.

Walking to daddy.

Love our family!

Family love.

A couple of Rocco's 4-month-old buddies came over early to pre-game. The O'Leary twins...McCoy and Shea!

A couple of Rocco’s 4-month-old buddies came over early to pre-game. The O’Leary twins…McCoy and Shea!

Rocco was overwhelmed with the generosity of everyone!

Rocco had fun opening gifts and was overwhelmed with the generosity of everyone!

Close call almost grabbing the candle…mama blew it out right in the nick of time.

Close call almost grabbing the candle…mama blew it out right in the nick of time.

Apprehensive about the cake…once he got used to it he nibbled away, slowly. :)

Apprehensive about the white stuff, but once he got used to it he enjoyed a few sweet nibbles.

The damage.

The culprit of a little midnight tummy ache…worth every bite.

Rocco got this super cool drum set from Uncle Paulie, Auntie Kathy and his cousins Sophia and Josie. Grandpa G gave him his first set of lessons…he loves it!

Rocco got this super cool drum set from Uncle Paulie, Auntie Kathy and cousins Sophia and Josie.                   Grandpa G gave him his first set of lessons. He loves it!

My little drummer boy.

You know it’s a good party when it ends in your t-shirt and diaper.

Rocco would like to thank everyone who celebrated with him and everyone else sending birthday wishes. He stayed in his jammies all day recovering from his rockin’ party and had fun playing with all of his new toys! He sure is blessed and so are we!

xoxo – mama brooks

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