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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Looking back. {One Year Later}

Claire Lula,

My little angel.
My Lu.
My buddy.
My girl.
My daughter.

Where has this past year gone?

It was only yesterday that I was waddling walking around our new neighborhood at 39w3d pregnant trying to get you to move out of my belly. I wanted to meet you, baby. Daddy & I couldn't wait.

My water broke at 12:10am that same night. 

You wanted to meet us, too!

16 hours of labor & 1 c-section later, you were here.

4:01 pm, August 30th 2010- our lives were forever changed.

I can't even tell you how stunned I am at how quickly this year has passed us by. So many emotions run through my head thinking about everything we've been through together.
Great. Good. Bad. Ugly. High. Low. You name it-we've been through it. 

And, I wouldn't change a second of it for anything.

Happy First Birthday, Lu.

I love you my sweet, sweet baby girl.

No matter how old you get, you'll ALWAYS be my baby.

Love, Your Momma.

A year later...
taken yesterday.
August 29, 2011

::wipes tears from keyboard:: Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a ONE year old to go cuddle & love on.

{If you want to re-live this awesome day with us, go read The Birth Story}

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

My baby is turning 1, you say?

Photos by Mrs. F

I still can't believe I am telling people, "she will be one next week", when they ask how old she is.

There just aren't words to describe my shock in how quickly this year went. Denial is the way I've been dealing with it.

But you know that.

Lately, the past 4 days, I have been planning Claire's first birthday party. Those of you that know me, know that I am a procrastinator in every sense of the word. Hell, I am the epitome of Procrastination.

So, me having Claire's party planned more than a week in advance?  Unheard of.

 And the fact that I've been CRAFTING?? History itself has been made!

totally made this cupcake stand.

I am no party planner. Let's face it, I'm no planner. Period. 

I've had ideas. I've had lots of thoughts. But had I planned anything prior to last Thursday? Hell no.

Her party is in a week & a half.

I have the invites done (I said done. not mailed), the decor done(ish), and the desserts planned. 


My sister is baking. My mom is cooking. & me? I'll supply the drinks. Wine/beer/mimosas, anyone?


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Thursday Randoms

Since I royally suck at composing posts lately, I'm going to just put a bunch of random thoughts/updates all into one!

* Claire is going to be 1 in less than 2 weeks. Can someone please explain to me where the last year went? I've been all sorts of nostalgic as of late, with "this time last year" comments every other day

*Speaking of the girl, she still isn't mobile. But we are making progress in the Early Intervention. Her therapist is awesome & is teaching me great exercises to do with her. She actually bears weight on her arms while on her stomach now. I have no doubt she will catch on quickly.

* I am still pumping. I figured I've made it this far, why not go 'til the river runs dry? Unfortunately, my body is all sorts of confused. First I take Sudafed to dry up, now I'm popping fenugreek every 2 hours. Sadly, I'm not getting nearly as much milk as I had before, but I'm getting enough to satisfy Claire.

*In preparation for her turning ONE, we've cut out 2 bottles during the day. She now only has her morning & evening bottle & drinking from the greatest transition sippy cup EVAR in between, thanks to this lady for the suggestion.
*Party planning is well underway. & I have no choice but to be creative & frugal. Would you expect anything less from me? HAHA!
*The party is set for September 4th. I was originally going to have it August 27th, but, your's truly couldn't get her act together & plan a party in a week & a half. I am the epitome of procrastination. 
A preview of what I've been up to:

*I took this picture Tuesday afternoon. 
Doesn't she look like she's 3?! WHAT HAPPENED TO MY BABY?!

*Speaking of being frugal, while I was nosing around Target last week, I stumbled upon E.L.F {eyes. lips. face} brand make-up. Everything is less than $4.00. So, I picked up a liquid eye-liner pen & some rosy lip gloss. 2 things that I have been needing, but not wanting to spend the $$. Both things cost me $4.00. FOR BOTH OF THEM. 
I would totally recommend!!

*Last Thursday night, Hubs & I did something we have never done before. We put Lu to bed, packed up the car, had my momma stay at our house & we went to St. George/Vegas for the weekend {spent one night in Vegas & 2 nights in St. George}. It was fun. But holy cow. I didn't know I could ever miss Claire as much as I did. By the second day, I was totally ready to be home.

This was taken at the Paris Hotel. We went & saw a hypnotist. No, we didn't participate. It was HILARIOUS, but I'm still trying to figure out how that shit is NOT fake. 

*Since July, I've been working from home for my dad about 30hrs a week. SUCH a blessing. Granted, it's difficult at times with Claire, but I couldn't ask for a better set up. Yesterday, she was very whiny after her nap, so we passed some time with good ol' Photobooth.

Err, at least she looks cute!
 Oops! She found her clip!
 Look what I have, ma'

Well, that's all I got. 
Hope your Thursday is off to a great start!!

Monday, August 8, 2011

3 Years Ago...

On 8-8-08, I walked down this aisle.

 Married the perfect man for me.

 And began our {young} life together.

 & yes, we totally had a "secret dance"

 Last year, for our 2nd anniversary, we visited the place where it all began. & I was a big, 37 week pregnant girl. WITH pregnant face & all.

My, what a difference 3 years makes.

Today, I am not only married to the man of my dreams, but we have a beautiful {ALMOST 1 YEAR OLD} baby girl to add to the fun.
a little sneak to her 1 year pics
I love my life.