Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Aubrey's 1st Birthday!

Posted by Andria at 2:16 PM 0 comments

Though, I spent many days trying to wrap my head around the fact that this sweet, tiny girl is now ONE, I had to put all that aside to get this incredible party together! We had a pretty large guest list & without us asking, one of our very close friends insisted we do the party at her house since it's well.. huge lol! She's such a blessing in our lives & we're so thankful for her. You know who you are- love you guys! It was a lot of hard work but everything turned out beautiful so I'd say it was definitely worth it! There was glitz, glitter, tutus, a bounce house, tons of delicious food and many adorale little girls (and yes, some boys too) to enjoy it all!
I will say that I sort of regret not handling the camera myself as it is a bit complicated for someone who's not used to a dslr but, I was WAY too busy so unfortunately some pics weren't done in the proper camera setting (which drives me a little nuts). Most did turn out very pretty so it's ok ;) Either way, prepare for picture overload on this post ;p

(This cake was not only GORGEOUS but incredibly delicious too. The bottom layer was vanilla cake with fresh strawberry compote filling, middle was oreo with bavarian cream filling and the top was lemon cake with lemon curd filling. Feel free to drool lol!)

I was one proud mommy on this day! Seeing how absolutely beautiful my girls looked and also seeing so many sparkly little princesses running & twirling all over the house brought a huge smile to my face. On another note, I couldn't have asked for better friends to be there sharing this special day with us. Lot's of mama-chat & laughter going on during the party really helped ease any worries about things going perfectly. Even all the Dad's there had a great time! 

( I couldn't get her to put those cute little hands down but her top has a princess carriage and says "The princess is one". )

I'm so happy this day turned out to be a huge success. Yes, I'm aware that Aubrey will never remember this beautiful party but her story & her journey are worth us making this birthday a big deal. We're not only celebrating her turning one, we're celebrating the victory of overcoming all that it took to get her here. Happy birthday little princess. You're worth it all and more!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Aubrey Grace is 11 Months Old!

Posted by Andria at 1:38 PM 2 comments

Yes this update is late as she'll be one in less than a couple weeks but, I can't in good conscience skip one of her updates! 

Oh my gosh- I can't believe we're just around the corner from seeing this beautiful baby girl turn ONE! What a bittersweet concept this has been for me. When Aubrey was born, I prayed every day for her to thrive, be healthy.. and to grow.. And grow she has. It's funny how suddenly the thought of her growing older & getting bigger has become so bittersweet for me. Only for the simple reason that some part of me is wanting for her to remain this tiny baby forever but, of course the other part of me is grateful we've come to this point. Not everyone is so lucky and I've had to remind myself of that. 
These days I'm holding her a little tighter, rocking her a little longer and yes, I've admittingly shed a few tears over it all but, it's oaky because I know she, like her sister, will always, ALWAYS be my baby..

At eleven months old Aubrey...

Is really starting to "get it" when we say no. She is not a fan :p

has become much more interested in her toys and has also gotten more skillful at playing with them the right way ie. putting a ball where it belongs or stacking things etc..

Is a petite little thing. She technically hasn't gained weight in months. Just gotten longer. Still under 17 lbs! 

HAS to eat what you're eating. God forbid you eat infront of her without sharing lol!

Started a very funny & interesting new language of her own. 

New words or phrases include- "heeeey"& even "heeey Dada", "Oh my" (sounds like oh-bye or oh-why), "all done" (sounds like aaahh-duuhh) and "Oow" (when she gets hurt).

Is cruising! For those who don't know, that means she's "walking" as long as she holding on to something. In our case furniture and such.

Does NOT behave in restaurants. It's official.. *sigh*

Is a huge fan of park swings :) She actually gets mad when you take her out!

I may have said this before but she LOVES baths now. It's our go-to "cranky cure" lately.

Is like a little baby celebrity lol! I say that humbly & playfully but I swear, wherever  we go, without fail, we are stopped by people wanting to see, talk to & compliment Aubrey. She's like a magnet! Can't say I blame them ;)

Aubrey, you're growing so fast but, it has been amazing seeing you do it. There isn't a day that goes by that I'm not in awe of you. What an adventure it's been having you in our lives. I love you so very much!