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The Big One

So today was the day… my littlest turned one! My little Gray-bay is getting so big! I remember a year and 24 hours ago I was being sent home from the hospital. The nurses said, “You’re not in labor yet, dear, go home and get some rest, come back when the contractions are 3 minutes apart.” So I went home and spent the next 6 hours pacing around our house, taking hot showers (THREE!) and moaning in pain, until about 3:30 am, when I just couldn’t deal with it anymore and demanded that I be taken back to the hospital. It turned out to be the right decision, at least for my housekeeping. My water broke about 10 minutes after we were put in a room (I would definitely prefer to have my water break on the hospital floor than on my couch… um, EW). By 6:30 am, my epidural had kicked in and life was much better. Gray Edward Newlin was born at 9:32 am. He peed on the doctor as he was being born. He was chubby even at birth and a sweet little mellow angel.

Tonight, for his birthday I baked him a cake. It was an easy but yummy cake, so I’m going to share the recipe.

Baby-Face Cake


1 box mix for yellow cake
3 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 1/4 cups water
Cool whip
Chocolate frosting


Beat cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil and water in an electric mixer for 2 minutes. Preheat oven to 350. Grease 2 round 8-inch cake pans. Pour equal amounts of mixture into the 2 pans. Bake in the oven for 33 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow cakes to cool 10 minutes. After they have cooled, turn one upside down to remove from pan and set on cake platter. Using a serrated knife, slice the rounded top of the cake off so that it is level. Spread a layer of cool whip on top of the first cake, then top with a layer of sliced strawberries and finish with another layer of cool whip. Place the second cake on top of the cool whip. Frost entire cake with chocolate frosting.

Serve to baby:

Take away from baby when he decides he’s really full and tired:

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