1 year old cake photoshoot

My baby is one today. 

Newborn Baby Jackson, Kim Orlandini Photography

Jackson, just a few hours old.


It’s hard to believe and yet, it’s like he has always been in our family. We call him the Baby King and he fills our home with joy and laughter and mischief. He is the apple of his older brothers’ eye. Never have two older brothers been more infatuated with their baby.

Birthdays are a big deal at this house. It’s a special day for my kids and their birth moms. It’s THEIR special day together. If you’d like to read a heart-wrenching and heart-warming account of the day Jackson was born, please check out the post that was featured on Portrait of Adoption and The Huffington Post entitled Our Jackson.

Before all the birthday pressure and expectations and presents, I hired Kim Orlandini Photography to come over yesterday for a quick 20 minute session of Jack Jack and a birthday cake.

The shoot was just in my kitchen using extra large bulletin board paper that you can get for $0.60/yard at the party supply store. We taped it with masking tape to the floor and wall and then put the baby and the cake together. Kim worked her magic and Jack took his cake eating very seriously. (You don’t get chub like that with any other kind of attitude.) After the cake throwing eating was complete, we just rolled the paper up and threw it out. Easiest clean-up!


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So happy birthday to The Baby King.

And hugs and prayers and peace to his beautiful birth mother. We love you! 




  1. says

    Can The Baby King really be one year old already? Wow. I am always struck by his handsomeness. So much handsome in one boy! And yet he looks so much like his birth mom, who is beautiful. He fits right in with his sweet brothers. Love to you all as you celebrate and remember. And I wish I could fly Miss Kim down to capture a first birthday we have coming up! The frosting toes look so delicious!

  2. Amanda S. says

    Happy Birthday to your baby! I stop by here occasionally and can’t believe it’s been a YEAR already. Time flies! What a great thing to celebrate!

    I wanted to give you a head’s up about a project my friend is working on–because I think you can spread the word to help her out with it. She’s putting together a book called “What to Respect When NOT Expecting,” about the experiences couples have while dealing with adoption/loss/infertility and she needs stories. I thought you’d be the perfect person to tell about this because of the wide range of families you reach with experiences to share.

    Here’s the link, (sorry it’s so long!): http://www.infertilemyrtles.com/2013/11/guest-post-what-to-respect-when-youre-not-expecting/?fb_action_ids=10151796079809072&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%7B%2210151796079809072%22%3A505164576246785%7D&action_type_map=%7B%2210151796079809072%22%3A%22og.likes%22%7D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D