Reaching the first year milestone is a BIG one, and I think every parent would agree. I describe it like a deep breath. We made it, we survived (mostly) unscathed, and we’re left with the confidence that “ok, we can do this.” The joke that the first birthday party is for the parents isn’t too far from reality. We deserve the celebration as much as anyone, am I right?
60 degrees is chilly according to San Diego’s standards – but not too cold for the beach we say! We bundled up and headed to La Jolla to run around with Ellie and dip Layla’s toes in the salt water. A little sunset beach time is good for the soul.
Does it make me a bad Mom that I tried just about everything to talk Ellie out of being a princess for Halloween this year? I know I know…but there are just so many great ideas and she can dress up as a princess any day of the week, right!? “You can be anything you want, Ellie, a firefighter, superhero, a monster, an elephant – any thing you can think of!” (My vote was a cat lady, complete with a robe and rollers in her hair, maybe next year). “I wanna be a Princess!! What do you wanna be, Mama? You can be a firefighter, a superhero…” My power of persuasion wasn’t powerful enough.
In honor of our fifth wedding anniversary last weekend, I thought it would be fun to share five of our anniversary traditions – things we have done each year in celebration. We didn’t necessarily intend for these to be repeated every year but they’re so easy and enjoyable – why not!?
We find value in each of these simple anniversary traditions – I hope you will too!
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.
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 cute 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.
This year, I didn’t really have a theme in mind for Ellie’s second birthday party. I wanted the party to resemble her – girly with an edge, stylish but mismatched, beautiful, playful and fun… As it developed, I started calling it the “Rustic Tutu” party.