The party was a smashing success, no doubt about it. My brother & his family came, my father & his lady friend came, my in-laws & my brother- and sister-in-law came, and Band Guy & his wife & infant and Guidance Man & his wife & youngest daughter came. So, The Boy had two friends (a slightly younger boy and a year-older girl) and lots of family here. There was lots of food, lots of cookies and cake and lots of laughter and playing! The Boy's lunch was vegetables and tofu, because he was snitching cake, cookies, chips and such from people's plates.
Funny story: he & I were sharing pretzels. I leaned in and said, "Mumumumumum" to him, and he offered me one of the pretzels he was eating. I thought that that was immensely cute.
Everyone was very generous towards him, presents-wise, and all brought appropriate gifts. Usually, at least one person will bring a gift that has you scratching your head and wondering what they were thinking... not in this case! He got lots of neat toys and clothes, most of which will be perfect for the wintertime. He also showed off a little bit, doing his walking on the walking toys and doing both playing and the gravity game with his favorites. The "I'm ONE year old today!" button was also a big hit.
He took a really nice nap from 12:30 until 1:45, which was perfect. He also fell asleep around 4 and stayed asleep until around 5:30 or 6. In the middle, he was a bit overstimulated - the combination of lots of people, lots of noise and lots of crap that he was eating. He and I went into our bedroom and played for a little bit, away from everyone. (We played the "Daddy hides toys on top of his head" game, which is always a big hit. The funny part this time was that he started putting toys on top of HIS head!!!)
So, thanks to all who've send gifts and birthday wishes. We're going to be trying to get thank-yous out as quickly as possible, but... well... you know. It's going to be a crazy week, what with the traveling to Philadelphia and school starting and everything.