Like thousands of parents before her, the people’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern has delved into the pages of Women’s Weekly Kids’ Party Cakes to bake her lil’ cherub her first-ever birthday cake.
Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford turned one on June 21 and to celebrate, the New Zealand leader baked her a bunny cake.
“Doing what so many parents have done before me,” Ardern shared on Instagram. “Waited till baby was up in bed before trying to magic up a passable cake for the big first birthday.”
Ardern also used the post to thank everyone who supported the family during Neve’s first trip around the sun.
“To the many, many people who have wished our family well, sent knitted goods and passed on a piece of wisdom about parenthood over the past year – thank you. It truly takes a village (and someone in said village may get a call if I don’t sort this cake!)”
And look at her, she bloody did it.
“I may be smiling but about an hour earlier I was not enjoying the first birthday cake making experience (like just about every parent I know!),” she wrote. “I recommend cakes that you can legitimately cover in coconut – it hides almost everything. Happy Birthday wee Neve!”
Neve, who shares a birthday with Prince William, received a little toy from royalty. Dad Clarke Gayford shared a couple of pictures of the Buzzy Bee toy on Twitter, engraved with the note: “Happy Birthday Neve, from Prince William.”
Torn between letting the 1st birthday girl continue to maul this amazing gift or putting it somewhere safe FOREVER.
Happy Birthday Prince William, what a great shared birthday (I’m pretty sure you win with this) pic.twitter.com/KvXtOcfmfq
— Clarke Gayford (@NZClarke) June 21, 2019
Mum and Dad recently became engaged over the past Easter weekend, and the media didn’t even notice at first. According to The New York Times, an eagle-eyed journo student spotted the wedding band during an event a couple of days after the engagement. They asked the PM’s office about it and lo and behold, officials confirmed the brilliant news.
A ginormous happy birthday to wee Neve!