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The milestone of a first birthday

I know this is probably not important to anyone but me. It’s not an enlightening story on happiness and life that you’ll expect, but it is for me. I’m am very proud to be a nana and we have just hit a milestone.

Kris, Elise and Larabella on Larabella's first birthday party.
Kris, Elise and Larabella on Larabella’s first birthday party.

Larabella Grace Munro was born 2nd December 2013. She just turned one and what a year her first was. At only seven days old her daddy (my step-son Kris) had to go to hospital with a knee infection. It was a dramatic day with his dad and I arriving to find him curled up on the lounge in fetal position, and his usually calm wife, Elise, not quite knowing what to do. Not only was she a new mum but her husband was very ill, what a way to be initiated into parenthood.

An ambulance arrived and Elise and Bevil followed, leaving me with darling Larabella. Elise had expressed milk and luckily Larabella was already taking the bottle. Though it was a stressful time, worry about Kris and his recovery (it took the doctors a while to find a way to fight the infection) but I loved every moment with my new granddaughter.

Larabella snuggled and burped, slept and woke with a little whimper, but she was a perfect little angel for me. I felt so blessed to be holding and caring for such a treasure.

Elise planned a glamorous Tiffany and Co themed 1st Birthday party and Larabella was a little princess for a day. The party was held four days after her actual birthday, on our son Joel’s 23rd Birthday. (Joel couldn’t attend because he’s deservedly travelling through the USA with his girlfriend Zoe.) Turquoise, silver, and white balloons, paper cups with popcorn a lolly table with sipper jars to fill with goodies, fairy floss and most of all, close friends and family.

Tiffany and Co Themed Party for Larabella.
Tiffany and Co Themed Party for Larabella.
Larabella enjoying her 1st birthday party.
Larabella enjoying her 1st birthday party.

Happy Birthday our first adorable, special, unique, love-you-to-the-moon-and-back granddaughter Larabella.


Donna Munro is the author of The Zanzibar Moon and Kendwa's Secret, freelance writer, blogger, graphic artist, content writer, book marketer, administrator, web editor and book reader. She's been published in Take Five, The Australian Woman's Weekly, For Me, She, That's Life, Woman's Day and Club Life (as well as smaller publications). In 2017 she formed Warm Witty Publishing to self publish her debut novel 'The Zanzibar Moon'. Donna lives on the Gold Coast with her husband, youngest son and the weirdo Staffy Mahli. She adores being a grandmother but still feels young. She often joins her husband's pool cleaning business, just for fun (but is unsure if she's all that helpful). She keeps fit and has a fondness for elephants (she sponsors Tundani in Kenya) and owls. You'll often find her digging her toes in the sand while reading a novel at the beach.

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