Jacinda Ardern's daughter Neve celebrates her first birthday


Jacinda Ardern has shared a hugely relatable Instagram post that many parents will recognize only too well.

The New Zealand prime minister posted at photo of a Women's Weekly Kids' Party Cakes recipe book confessed that even powerful politicians are intimidated by baking for their children.

"Doing what so many parents have done before me," wrote Ms Ardern, who is only the second world leader to give birth while in the office.

“Waited till baby was in bed before trying to make magic for the big first birthday. Wish me luck.

"PS To many, many people who have wished our family well, have 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!). "

Her admission of vulnerability prompted enormous response, with parents flocking to share their own cake-making nightmares.

"I made the cat for Tilly's first face she planted in it with excitement that was 'all hers'," commented Instagram user Carly Flynn. "Such a milestone – well done you guys."

Sally Biddick said her first birthday cake was supposed to be La La from the Teletubbies but "resembled a deranged teddy bear … however I have progressed over the years and even managed Hogwarts by her 15th."

Another commenter offered to tip in case her efforts turned out pear-shaped. "If the cake doesn't look like the picture in the book, make a new story for it," she said. "The ounces made in Thomas Tank Engine cake that turned out to be" Thomas down the mine. "

Kathryn D said it was a parenting rite of passage, struggling through your first birthday cake book. "

Ms Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford's daughter Neve Te Aroha was born on June 22 last year. The NZ PM was the first elected world leader to take maternity leave and only the second – after Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto 28 years ago – to have a child while in the office.

New Zealand's "first baby" then again made history when she turned up at the UN General Assembly in New York at the age of three months.

Mr Gayford also tweeted to add a diplomatic photo ID, adding: “I wish I could have taken the start look on a Japanese delegation inside UN yesterday who walked into a meeting room in the middle of a change. Great yarn for her 21st. "

Asked by NBC’s Today Show what was harder – taking a three-month-old on a 17-hour flight or running the country, Ms. Ardern joked:

The 38-year-old former DJ again won praise from around the world for his decisive and empathetic response to the Christchurch shootings. Wearing a black hijab, she embraced and talked with the Muslim community after the shocking mass killing – and moved to tighten the nation's gun laws.

It was the same week that snow fell and started crawling, and Mr Gayford marked it with a poignant post.

"For her 9 month birthday we received the gift of crawling," he wrote.

"Her mum got her safer country to grow up in."

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