She fell asleep within 30 minutes and slept most of the party away.
I was a bit anxious about how long she was sleeping - not because I was worried, but because I didn't want people to feel like they could never leave if she didn't wake up in time to do the cake and candle thing. But it was no problem. She slept for an hour and a half, and then woke up, all groggy and bleary-eyed. We sang happy birthday and blew out the candle and opened presents while she was still reasonably awake. She got grumpy again, which I attributed to the teething, so I gave her some Nurofen, and twenty minutes later she perked right up. You know, right about the time the rest of the kids were winding down and ready to go. It was funny. At least I got to enjoy the party, some. I was a bit frantic most of the day, trying to be a good hostess, offering drinks and tea and seeing that the food was out and plentiful and making sure I spoke to all our guests (there were hundreds of people, and that was with about 4 couples not coming!).
(The duck cake.)
(Singing happy birthday.)
(Big kids helping her open her presents.)
More pictures can be viewed here.
Sarah and Ian and their son Cameron stayed late after everyone else left, which was great. We love Sarah, Ian and Cameron, so it was good to chat with them some on our own.
Now, unrelated to the party, I must show off the outfits I've been sewing.
Here is the dress I started in America, and finished this past week. Fifi wore it on her actual birthday:
(Picture taken while she watched TV and chewed on her new baby doll.)
Here is part of the outfit I made this week, as well. She's only wearing the top, with a top underneath it, as it is a summer dress-and-bloomers combo, but I was really pleased with it:
(You can see the headband just under the bonnet. The bonnet was knitted by mum/Gran.)
I also made matching headbands to go with both. Someone requested the instructions for them so here it is: Hooray for Headbands
Did I mention that I love sewing? Anyway, that's all for now. Fifi's been at Gran and Grandpa's this afternoon while I got some work done, and she's due back now in a couple of minutes. Better get the living room tidy before she gets into my work stuff.