We celebrated Ellie’s first and second birthdays at the house with some fun themes (a lemonade stand and “two-two” party). This year, with a new baby sister at home, we thought getting OUT of the house would be a better bet. For her third birthday celebration, we had a fun “birthday at the bay” party. Mission Bay in San Diego is our “happy place” and so we thought it would be perfect to share with friends and family for Ellie’s special day.
On the morning of June 30th, at 4:08am, we welcomed our second daughter – Layla Josephine. Although she made us wait an extra 8 days past her due date, once she was on her way, she moved pretty quickly, arriving 9 1/2 hours after my water broke. My mom and sister were in the delivery room (my Dad stayed home with big sister Ellie) and Chris got to catch her, pulling her out by holding under her armpits and placing her on my chest. He didn’t have time to put gloves on – neither did the midwife – because once I started pushing, she came out much quicker than expected. You’ll hear me complain every day about pregnancy pains and discomforts but I’ve been blessed with two relatively smooth deliveries. It doesn’t escape me how fortunate I am.
When my good friend and sister asked what I envisioned for my Baby Sprinkle, I told them I just wanted an intimate gathering with my closest friends over a pretty table setting. My dreamy garden baby sprinkle grew from there. Not only was the table beautiful but my sister made all the girls flower crowns (LOVE!) and we drank bubbly (or fake bubbly), ate a delicious brunch and created dream catchers over good conversation and laughs. I felt like one very very lucky Mama.
I love Cinco de Mayo but had honestly forgotten today was the holiday until Ellie’s Uncle Chris reminded me about the adorable dress he bought her on a recent trip to Mexico. With only an hour of sunlight left in the day, we managed to squeeze in a little photo shoot. A “pretty dress,” fun props and a hose got little miss to cooperate quite well…and end up quite soaked.
I think I’ve done a good job of covering the less-fun parts of pregnancy pretty well. But, it’s not all suffering; there are some upsides – like the ultrasounds, and baby kicks and the fact that I fit into my C-cup bra again (I had to downsize after Ellie, boo hoo). And right up there on the top of the list is maternity clothes. I actually LOVE having a bump (although it does itch like crazy) and dressing it is something I enjoy!
I have a tendency to make even simple things complicated. It’s not the best of habits. But things were so crazy leading up to this year’s Halloween that I decided to try something out of character and go simple with Ellie’s halloween costume and use things we already had.
Monthly Baby Photos: 10 creative ways to document your baby’s first twelve months
FACT: Your newborn baby will grow and change more in their first year of life than any other time.
It’s not as if we needed a fact to give us a reason for documenting our amazing and fast-developing babies. But it’s true – and it’s why the monthly baby photos are so popular and fun. It’s incredible to be able to see how much a baby physically changes in their first year by looking at side-by-side progression photos.