Wednesday, June 24, 2009

31 weeks, 5 days and Counting Down for Her Debut

I had my 31 week appointment with my Mid-Wife Kathleen last week. Gosh, I can't believe I am already that far along and haven't really gotten anything together for baby Harlow. Usually Jon and I are already working on the nursery but I am thinking as long as I have her moses basket ready (I custom ordered a girl bumper for the moses basket we had for Aiden off of Etsy) and waiting we can work on the nursery in the months following her birth. We have to clear out the guest bedroom furniture first and order Aiden's big boy furniture after that so we have a few things on the to do list before we can really get started on it. I decided on using the Pottery Barn butterfly bedding and other room decor I had for Paige's nursery so at least that's one detail we won't have to worry about.

Harlow looked great at the appointment. She measured exactly 31 weeks, heartbeat sounded great and I didn't hear back on the blood work which I was told meant it was all normal. So now it's time to settle on the details of her birth which as I stated before will be here at our home in a birthing tub. I am now at the every 2 week appointment mark so the next appointment is set for July 1st.

The Texas heat hasn't made getting around with the kids very easy but I try to put my best foot forward every day to show the kids a fun filled day. I plan on staying indoors or in water as much as I can this summer to beat the heat. Pregnancy hormones have also made the day to day hard to contend with but I am doing my best to get over the hurdles emotions can put in my way to enjoy every day. Oh and I can't forget the insomnia in this pregnancy, sure is weird being up late into the night by myself without feeling the slightest bit tired but of course it makes it hard to get up to tend to the kids in the morning.

Oh the joys of pregnancy, Harlow is worth it all and we can't wait to meet her. Jon has been doing his best to put up with the crazy pregnant me and even sent me some pretty flowers to brighten my day today.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Twinkle Twinkle Little "POP" Star...Paige's 5th Birthday

How is my first born baby already 5? Gosh the years just passed us by so fast but when I look at her I still see my little girl. Paige wanted her party at Sweet & Sassy in Frisco and chose the Pop Star theme and I knew she needed the Pink Limo to make it extra fabulous and special.

The limo drive was so much fun. Paige and her friends loved the twinkly lights, tv, music and the overall "big" factor inside. Once we arrived at Sweet & Sassy the staff cheered the girls on as they entered the store.

Paige had a great time getting a glam-girl makeover (nails, make-up and hair), singing and dancing with her friends and strutting her stuff down the runway. For the singing part of the party they asked Paige what her favorite song was and being that she doesn't watch Hanna Montana or listen to music in the car (she and her brother watch DVD's) she chose Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Mary Had a Little Lamb, it was precious seeing all of those 5 year old girls singing such sweet childhood songs.

Now it was time for the party room and cake. Paige chose every detail of the cake herself with my favorite cake place Cakes Amore in Plano and it was a PERFECT match to her party not to mention a delicious chocolate.

I of course took a ton of pictures of this very special party day, enjoy!

Waiting for her other friends to arrive at our house for the ride to Sweet & Sassy...

They wanted to get in and check it out while waiting for the other girls...

Ready to go!

The "Pop Stars" Have Arrived...

Getting her hair done...

Putting the finishing touches on the girls...


Paige and I (30 weeks pregnant)

Ready to Strut Down the Runway...

Let's SING!

Paige wanted her buddy Madison to get up on stage to sing with her...

Such Diva's!

Of course Aiden wanted a chance to sing with his Sissy too!

Some Girl Chat...of course Aiden trying to be a part of it too.

Let's Dance!

Group Picture

The party room I set-up. Paige wanted lot's of PINK because it's her favorite color...

Rockin' Banner I bought off of Etsy

Favor Bags with everything you need to be a Pop Star including a Pink Headset, a Sparkly Microphone, a Tiara, Pink Glitter Hair Spray and some Candy.

The Rockin' Cake Paige designed...

Happy 5th Birthday Paige!

The Perfect Picture!

Ready for another Ride in the Limo after the Party...

Look at all of the Pop Stars...

Back at home ready to open her presents...

Her Favorite Present came from her Auntie Jen and Cousin Meg which was a Nintendo DSI. Daddy was teaching her how to play it. Her Auntie Jen also got her the fabulous Snow White custom costume she is sweet!

...she plays it all the time!

Thank you to everyone who came out to Paige's rockin' 5th birthday party, it was all of you who made it so special.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Gimme Gimme...a Beautiful Dancer Paige

I look forward to Paige's dance recital all year and last Saturday, June 6th it was time for Paige to show us all of those dance techniques she learned this past year at Sheena's Dance Academy in Frisco. She was performing a tap routine to the song "Gimme Gimme" wearing a very sparkly red dance costume. I couldn't take enough pictures of my beautiful dancer. I was overwhelmed with how proud I felt as a mother to watch her perform.

Since the performance she has worn her costume around the house everyday, she loves to dress-up and of course you can't beat the mega sparkle factor of this costume. This past year her dance class was a combo tap and ballet class but next year it will be just ballet. I wasn't sure how long Paige would want to be a dancer but while watching the other performances she told me she wanted to dance until she was a big girl and of course we will support her every step along the way.

Dress Rehearsal - June 5th

Picture Perfect

The Recital - June 6th