Last week Friday our girl turned one! I can’t believe we already celebrated our baby girl’s first birthday. It seems like just yesterday I was 100 months pregnant. This year seems to have flown by. Having a baby in the middle of a pandemic is a wild ride but I wouldn’t trade her for anything. Thankfully, by the time her first birthday rolled around, there was some normalcy restored and we were able to celebrate her in style.
Since the weather was supposed to be cold and rainy we planned a trip to Baltimore’s Port Discovery Children’s Museum. This interactive museum features three floors of hands-on exhibits that encourage children to use their imaginations, ask questions, and explore how things work. This museum has plenty for kids of all ages. Our little lady especially enjoyed the Wonders of Water and Tot Trails exhibits. Tot Trails is specifically designed for kids aged 0-3 and she loved climbing around the fort and chasing mom and dad around.
Tickets must be purchased in advance and masks must be worn for all guests over two. The museum is open for two sessions each day, 10:00 am-1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm-5:00 pm. This was plenty of time to explore all the exhibits without pushing too far into our daughter’s naptime. There is parking nearby and they will validate if you bring your ticket with you. We also took advantage of a free adult ticket since we visited on a weekday. Additionally, kids under one are free.
We had an absolute blast at Port Discovery, and I’m sure we will visit again sometime soon.
After the museum, we spent the remainder of our day at home quietly enjoying our birthday girl. We opened a few presents (thanks Aunt Laura and Uncle Evan!), attempted to take her final monthly photo (it was a challenge!) and, of course, indulged in some cake.
Check out her full cake smash video here! I love how she went from carefully picking up one sprinkle at a time to jamming the whole cake in her mouth. Silly girl.
On Sunday we visited downtown Annapolis for the final First Sunday Art’s Festival of 2021. The festival was lovely as always, but my favorite part of the day was wandering around the Maryland State House and soaking in the fall colors. Obviously, our girl loved playing in the leaves.
Happiest of birthdays to you, my sweet girl. I can’t wait to see what this next year brings.