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Beatrix celebrated her first birthday this past Saturday. We helped.

The cake’s theme reflected Beatrix’s nickname, Kitten, and her middle name, Violet:


Every guest at her party under the age of twelve wanted to eat the cat’s face. Consequently, I was forced to cut pieces around the head so nobody would feel needlessly triumphant or deeply disappointed:


The day was warm, happy, blessed. What a joy to watch her grow this past year from a dainty but intense six-pound miracle to a toddler—still dainty, still intense, always and forever our baby girl.

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