Last weekend, Z turned one year old. It’s true what they say: The days are long but the years go by quickly. I’ve barely had time to reflect on the past 365 days of parenthood…or maybe I just perpetuate busyness to keep that emotional beast at bay. In short, it’s just as life-altering as everyone says it is, although I’m guessing the ways it changes you varies from person to person.
I find myself wanting to be consciously considerate of and support others more than was on my radar in the past, despite having less free time.
Instead of a drive to make money to support a growing family, I’ve found a renewed energy to make career moves and, more generally, life choices that support a content and sustainable future. I am effecting the world my husband, son and I will live in years from now.
On a less serious note – It’s been a heck of a year! Despite the low lows, we ended with a net high. I have a feeling this year will be even better.
We have friends whose daughter was born the same day as Z, so we had a small celebration together, involving little more than takeout and time spent enjoying our babies. The little more being the cake I made, a spiced sweet potato cake barely adapted from the My New Roots pumpkin cake. It was vegan, to satisfy the other family’s dietary preferences.
If you ever need to make vegan frosting, here is the simple method I used. Put two or three cans of coconut milk (depending on the size of your cake) in the fridge or freezer, so the solids separate from the liquid. Whip the solids with a bit of maple syrup and a splash of vanilla extract. If you need a thicker frosting, add in powdered sugar as needed. That’s it. And it’s delicious.
(Oh, and don’t put colored sugar on your cake too far in advance, unless you want this tie-dye look I ended up with.)