Samantha, 9/5/95, full term, 4.5 pounds (no cake)
After an emergency c-section to keep her breathing, we were thankful to have our miracle baby with us.
In 1996 we had a year old who weighed 12 pounds, still wore newborn clothes, and got her first pair of shoes with hard soles for her birthday, even though she had been walking for 5 months. (They didn't make shoes with soles small enough.) I started making the birthday cakes and topping them with toys, a tradition that stuck around until the cookie cake won the popularity contest. Since this was the first year, and one cake didn't look nearly big enough, I doubled the recipe and we had cake leftover for weeks.
1997, #2, Molly and the Big Comfy Couch.
Sammi was running a fever and we had a pretty low key affair.
1998, #3 Blues Clues (before there was any Blues Clues party merchandise produced. We're trend setters.)
1999, #4 Disney Princesses
2000 #5 Power Puff Girls
2001 #6 Snow White.
The Princess Castle cake was my most extravagant and Sammi had to stand up to get the candles blown out.
2002 #7 At the gym, with a horse cake
2003, #8, at the gym, with an entire gymnastics floor, including bendy straws for the uneven bars and a pringle for the vault. (The blue section is the floor.)
2004, #9, at the gym, and a Beam Queen Cake
(Sam's tiny feet made walking on the beam more like a narrow sidewalk)
I can't find the 10th birthday party pictures. It's making me crazy now.
I vividly remember the party -- it was her last slumber party with 20 girls.
I think the cake was a soccer theme.
So instead, here's Sammi blowing out the candles on her birthday muffins.
2006, 11th, ice skating and the new fave, a cookie cake
2007, 12th (we'd just moved to Colorado) I have no idea what the theme was here.
But it's the last homemade cake.
2008, 13th, just balloons on the cookie cake
2009, 14th, (and I didn't make that one) at Mom and Dad's house
And this year, Sam didn't think she was getting a cake. So we got the surprise element when out came the Dr. Who Cookie Cake with 17+1 to grow on candles.