Monday, November 8, 2010

10-10-10 A Very Special Date

My oldest daughter, Mikayla, was born on October 10th. Being that this year is 2010, it meant that her bday would be celebrated on 10-10-10. She wanted to have a bunch of friends over for a slumber party, scary movies, pizza, and cake.

Some of the things Mikayla loves are skulls and the color turquoise. She chose this design from Liliha Bakery.

No, she's not really 18. There was some confusion about the design, and the bakery put "18" instead of "14"!

The girls had a great time talking story, putting makeup on each other, and just being girls. We gave each of them a goodie basket with candies and little Halloween trinkets such as pencils, spider rings, etc.. as a thank you. I got these great buckets in bright colors from Pricebusters for 99 cents each. I really love these buckets. I'm thinking of picking up a bunch of red ones to use at Christmas time.

The great thing about putting these together is that Mikayla did most of the work after I did the first one. She even used the Cricut to do the lettering on the front.

That night, we made sure to log onto a website that displayed the time. We wanted to take a picture at 10:10:10 p.m. The timing was a little tricky with the camera, so I took several practice shots. I definitely did not want to miss a once-in-a-lifetime moment! Thankfully, I caught it on camera !!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

I'm BACK !!!

I can't believe it's been so long since I've posted here. Unfortunately, I was just soooo tired during my pregnancy and, of course, after I gave birth, all I really wanted to do was concentrate on getting adjusted to life with a new baby and enjoying every moment with her!

So, without further ado, I'd like to introduce my little bundle of joy, Madison. She was born on Sept. 3rd after 22 hours of labor -- longer than when I was in labor with Mikayla! YIKES !!!

Words cannot express how much joy I feel everytime I hold daughter # 2 (as I sometimes refer to her, LOL). Even though I already have a daughter who just turned 14, I still can't get over the fact that this little human being grew in my tummy! I know that might sound silly, but I truly do find the entire process of conception and birth absolutely fascinating and amazing !!!

It's strange to have a little one to take care of after all these years, but at the same time, it seems so natural. Of course, it still took some adjusting, but I am very blessed to have such a supportive older daughter and boyfriend that both contribute a lot !

It's November 2nd, and Maddie is already 8 weeks old ! Boy, time surely is flying, and my baby sure is growing quickly ! She was 6 lbs. 7 oz. when she was born, but I am sure she has probably doubled in sized already! We'll know for sure when we take her to the doctor for her check-up this week. Her pediatrician already "suggested" that we cut back on her feedings being that Madison was gaining weight at twice the recommended weight. Her doc likes to see a gain of one ounce per day, but Maddie's been gaining 1.5 to 2 ounces per day. She's getting a little chunky!

Here she is with Mikayla on Halloween night. Mikayla dressed up as Alice from "Alice in Wonderland". She wanted to go trick or treating with friends, and that worked out fine for my boyfriend and I since we had the little one to take care of.

Wow, just looking at these two pics of Madison has me in awe at how much she has grown in just two months! I also can't believe how grown up Mikayla looks. This picture makes me feel somewhat bittersweet. I feel so happy and excited at the thought of all the memories I look forward to creating with Madison. At the same time, I feel sad knowing that Mikayla is not my little girl anymore. It seems like it wasn't so long ago that I was dressing her up in her first Halloween costume.

Well, now that I have another little one, I have another excuse to scrapbook! I actually have gotten some crafting done and will post about that next! Hopefully, with juggling work, a new baby, and possibly school next semester, I will have SOME time to myself to spend crafting. I'm so looking forward to it!