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  • ROSIE’S 2ND BIRTHDAY!

    I wanted to share some photos from our baby girl’s Golden Birthday! We ended up celebrating her birthday 3 weeks after her actual birthday.. sometimes LIFE happens guys.

    I love decorating and making things pretty, so you can imagine how much I enjoy PARTIES!! I have loved parties since I was a little girl! I remember going all out decorating with streamers and balloons for my siblings and parents birthdays! It has always been so much fun for me! One time (or maybe even a few times) I made a cake for my Mom’s birthday. At the time I hadn’t quite mastered the skill of baking… I remember the poor, chocolate cake looking more like pannukakku, and tasting a little like it too. Cringe! I tried so hard, and I’m glad I didn’t give up (and that my mom allowed me to keep “wasting” ingredients so that I could learn) because today baking is one of my favorite things to do! It has improved too, so don’t be scared to come over for coffee and bakery! Haha!

    My mom always made our Birthday’s special by making us a fun birthday cake! This was back before there was Pinterest, and she had a little cake book that we could choose a cake from. I remember it was always so hard to pick! So thank you Mom for always making our Birthday’s special.. and sorry for all those terrible birthday cakes that I made for you, that you had to choke down and pretend it was delicious!!

    A little tip for any of you who may get stressed or overwhelmed easy, but you still love to throw parties: split up some of the work for the party into a couple days! This is a life saver for me! I remember Vernon’s 1st Birthday party and I spent the entire day- up until the guests arrived, preparing for this party. To be honest, I was exhausted! I had to put a smile on my face tho, and act like it was all good! I have noticed if I try to fit it all in, the day of the party.. I am a crab and a stress ball and that’s no way to be at a party! So, what works for me is- I make the cake the day before and then frost it the day of the party. That’s a huge time saver and there’s not so many dishes to wash in one day also! I try to clean the day before, so then the day of the party you can just do touch ups. The rest (decorating) I usually do the day of.

    Rosie didn’t look too thrilled when we were singing Happy Birthday to her! She wasn’t too sure about all the attention! Haha! I don’t know if all the commotion was a little too much or what, but later, after the majority of the people had left she was like an energizer bunny! Running around, laughing and having a good time! Or maybe it was the sugar?! Or maybe she takes after her Mother. I tend to start shutting down sometimes with too big of crowds of people I know. I definitely do better in smaller groups, that’s when I really come to life! Anyways, it was a fun, little party and I thoroughly enjoyed making her cake! Anything with unicorns and rainbows has to be fun, right?!

    Happy 2nd Birthday Rosie! I can’t believe that our little preemie is 2 already! Crazy to think that you were just over 2 lbs when you came into this world! I haven’t shared this part of my life with the world, but today I’m going to share a little piece of it. I can hardly see through the tears as I am typing this.. it brings back so many memories and emotions.

    I remember the first time I held you.. you were 6 days old. The nurse came in and said, do you want to kangaroo? (which means you hold your baby skin to skin on your chest). I was so surprised because I hadn’t held you yet and nobody said that it was okay for me too. I immediately said YES! My whole body started shaking and the cold sweats came on, sitting in that recliner in the NICU. You were so tiny and all hooked up to wires and cords. I was so nervous. The kind nurses told me, “Relax Mama, you won’t break her, it’s okay.” That helped a little.. but I was still very stiff and hardly moved a muscle for the whole hour that your tiny, little body laid on me, snuggled right up close to my neck. You were so tiny and I couldn’t believe this little miracle that YOU, so tiny, but such a fighter, were brought into this world and thriving, even though you arrived 3 months too early. I remember looking at your tiny little fingers.. and your little arms. Your arm was the size of my finger, wrapped around my neck. It’s really amazing to see an arm so small! I just gazed at you the entire hour and tried to soak in all of you, all snuggled up on my chest. You sure loved your Mommy. The whole time you were laying on me, you were so relaxed and snoozing away that you dropped your oxygen levels a few times; so relaxed that you kept forgetting that you still had to breathe. You thought all you had to do was snuggle! Babies know who their Mama’s are right from the beginning. That was such a special moment for me. I’m so happy that you still like to snuggle with your Mama! I love you Rosie!

    You have been sweet and spunky since day 1! I love all your chuckles and belly laughs. I hope you will always be a Mama’s girl, even tho sometimes I need a little break, I really do LOVE IT! I love that you love shoes and clothes at such a young age! I love all the words that you are learning by the day, and your little personality. I love your strawberry blonde hair and those big, beautiful, light blue eyes you have! You have forever changed our lives for the better and we could never imagine a day without our little Munchie! We love you babes!