Sophie’s birthday party turned out to be so much fun. I’ll be honest, we got off to a rocky start. We woke up Saturday morning and walked outside to find that it was chilly (in the 50’s) – definitely not pool party weather – so we moved the party to our house at the very last minute. It was so fun having our family over to our new house! Some of our grandparents had not seen our home yet, so we enjoyed giving them a tour. The kids had so much fun playing outside with their cousins and it turned out to be a perfect day for bubbles – which is basically what we did most of the afternoon once her party was over.
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I have talked about Hampton’s baby eczema here before. He really struggled for his first year of life. Those dry red cheeks – I remember it like it was yesterday. Bless his heart, it was a struggle for a while. When he had a bad flare up, it was always on his sweet little cheeks and he wouldn’t leave them alone. I tried all types of creams, lotions and natural remedies, but nothing seemed to help. The doctor told us it would just have to clear up on it’s own in time.
Our sweet little Sophie girl is 15 months old! How is the time going by so quickly? She is a little firecracker and kills us with her sweet and silly personality. She is constantly making us laughing makes the funniest faces. She is running all over the place and into EVERYTHING. She is talking up a storm and try to repeat everything I say. Scary. She is definitely a little talker and has a whole lot of sass, but she is precious beyond words.
This past weekend was my baby girl’s first birthday and we celebrated by throwing her a pink lemonade party! It was so much fun and turned out really cute! Read more about her birthday here.
Banner: c/o Liquid Stars
We kept her party very simple with fun added details like this banner from Liquid Stars on Etsy! It looked perfect paired with her name banner that we painted on a simple burlap garland that we found at a craft store. I bought most of her decor from Hobby Lobby last year when it was on sale, so that saved us a lot of money on decor.
As far as food, we kept things really simple. We serve chips and salsa and cupcakes. I cut pink straws in half to stick in the cupcakes and cut up lemon slices to garnish them with. These details made the plain pink cupcakes look really adorable and perfect for our pink lemonade theme.
Cake Garland: c/o A Fete Beckons
I used Pinkalicious and the Pink Drink as her sign in book because it was all about pink lemonade and she already owns another Pinkalicious book that she loves. We bought her a baby doll for her birthday and it was the perfect gift for her because she has toted it around all week. It is kind of adorable.
All in all I think the party turned out great! It was very simple and we invited a smaller crowd this year which was nice. The older I get the more I like simple. Even thought everything was easy and stress free, it was still a lot of fun, but I think the company had a little something to do with that! 😉
This past weekend was one filled with lots of joy and tons of emotions for this momma! My precious baby girl turned ONE. I still can’t believe it! That first year went by so fast. Even faster than Hampton’s first. I have definitely been feeling all the emotions as she has been taking more and more steps and seems to be really growing up quickly all of a sudden. We had so much fun celebrating her first birthday with family and close friends. We also welcomed my precious baby cousins into the world and I am so thankful and happy to announce that they are healthy and absolutely perfect. Zana, my cousin and best friend is doing well and I am so proud of the mother she is to these precious babies. I honestly can’t imagine having twins because having two, 18 months apart was very difficult, and I am so amazed at how well she is doing it. She is super mom!
How can it be that my little bitty baby girl is 11 months old? We are ONE month away from her turning ONE! This is just insane. Time is the one thing I feel like I never have enough of and this last month has been a huge reminder of that. We have been running around working, going from one place to another and things have been really hectic. In the midst of the crazy, I took a moment to look at my baby girl. I stopped what I was doing (okay, maybe because I was sick for a week), and I really looked at her and thought, where has the time gone?
You are getting so big. You don’t like to cuddle anymore. I watched you take your first step last week. I saw you experience your first Easter. You were tackled by your big brother for the first time (of many, I’m sure). You have been sick this week and haven’t been as happy, but you are normally grinning from ear to ear and always clapping – your favorite trick. You have become really loud and are quite the little talker. You are the most beautiful baby girl I have ever seen. Your personality is perfect and I have enjoyed these 11 months with you more than you will ever know.
While I am sad to see your first year come to a close, I am excited to watch you continue to grow. Learn words. Play with your brother and make friends. I’m excited for you to walk so you can finally run outside with your brother and cousin. I’m excited to teach you how to do your first plie. I can’t wait to watch you play dress up and eat sugar for the first time at your party. I am excited to watch you turn into a beautiful lady. But first, please stay little. Don’t ever be in a hurry to grow up because I promise you, it is overrated. Play as much and as hard as you can and be my sweet baby girl forever. Be kind to everyone no matter what. Love the Lord with all of your heart and always put him first in everything. I love you, angel!
I literally can not believe my baby girl is 10 months old. I can’t believe am planning her party already. It is really surreal. When I think about it, I want to cry sometimes because I feel like it has al gone by way too fast. I feel like I have hardly enjoyed her as a baby. She is already crawling and pulling up everywhere. She is getting into everything, talking more and more (and very loudly), and she brings our family such joy. While I do not feel like our family is complete yet, I can say that I can’t imagine life before our little Sophie. She turned our lives upside down and has been making us laugh and smile every day since she was born.
I have the cutest tiny Valentines in the entire world. When I look at them, I am blown away by how blessed Ryan and I truly are. They are so sweet and precious. I thought it would be so fun to dress them all up for Valentine’s Day because it is Sophie’s first. I love celebrating their firsts in a big way! I remember Hampton’s first Valentine’s Day like it was yesterday. Man, time sure does fly when you are in hog heaven!
My formula for happiness:
As a mother, germs are are like cumulonimbus clouds hanging over my children’s heads at all times. Especially during cold and flu season. I try to keep our house as clean as possible, but when we go grocery shopping, to the zoo or a friend’s house, there is only so much I can do about the pesky germs.
Both of my babies take/took pacifiers. We are currently in the process of breaking Hampton from his, but Sophie-Rae is following in her brother’s footsteps as far as paci dependence goes. It serves as her security blanket. I am extremely thankful for pacifiers, but there is nothing worse than when that paci hits the floor of a supermarket, or even worse – a gas station floor. Paci clips are a must for my kids. I definitely learned the hard way.
A couple of weeks ago at church, I sat down next to Lorri. I had just recently learned from a friend that she is the genius behind Pacidoodle®! If you haven’t heard of Pacidoodles® yet, you need to stop what you are doing and click on over. These personalized pacifiers are the cutest! You can choose from a variety of colors and styles. Hampton had some of them and now Sophie-Rae does, too! They are great quality because the name doesn’t rub off. Look at how Hampton’s has held up over nearly two years of dishwashing cycles and everyday wear and tear!
Lorri created the Paci Clip and Keep and was telling me that she had just finished the process of getting it U.S. patent protected! After she described it to me, I knew I had to try it for Sophie! The Paci Clip and Keep is not only a paci clip, it holds the pacifier or Pacidoodle® in the Keep which is made of antimicrobial technology that doesn’t allow bacteria to grow. It is the only paci clip out there with this kind of technology. Sophie is constantly spitting her paci out everywhere. After using the Paci Clip and Keep for the last week now, I can honestly say it is wonderful and I don’t know what I ever did without it! Not only is it adorable, it keeps her Pacidoodle® and other pacifiers perfectly clean. I admire that the product name comes from Psalm 139. It has a beautiful meaning and I love supporting Christian based businesses.
I got Hampton’s Pacidoodles® at my baby shower and it was one of my favorite gifts. I had not seen a personalized paci like this before and they have held up so well. The Paci Clip and Keep has given me such a peace of mind and it is incredibly easy to clip it to Sophie-Rae whenever we leave the house. She loves it, too! She grabs it and cuddles with her little Keep all the time. It is precious. My favorite part about this is that it not only fit Pacidoodles®, but also our other pacifiers. It is so convenient and I don’t ever have to worry about her Pacidoodles® falling on the floor. These would make an awesome baby gift as well. I remember how excited I was when I received Hampton’s!
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