Monthly Archives: April 2012

Ella’s Birthday Party

Ella’s birthday was Monday, April 2nd.  We decided to have her birthday party Easter weekend so that my sister and her fam could make it.  We went with an Easter theme.  I had been searching on pinterest for a few things to make for her party, but they needed to be easy because I am not crafty at all!  Here are some pictures from her birthday – there was no smash cake because of the broken arm.  I was so sad when I realized that she wouldn’t be able to have that.  Several people suggested wrapping it in a trash bag, but I didn’t want her first birthday pictures with a trash bag on her arm, so we went without.  I mentioned to Tommy that we may be doing a smash cake once the cast is off.  The cake was not quite what I had in mind – I had emailed the bakery a picture of what I was thinking and when I went to pick it up there was a big bunny on the cake.  I almost died!  I had specifically said that even though it was an Easter themed birthday party, I didn’t want some bunny cake.  I quickly did some doctoring of the cake to get that bunny off and it was fine.  We had a great time celebrating Ella and loved having our family and friends over.  She received tons of great gifts and has been having a blast playing with all her new toys.  So thankful for our sweet girl and what a blessing she has been to our family!  I can’t imagine life without her.  She and Owen adore each other and can’t get enough of each other.

 

Some one year stats – weighs 22 lbs, 31 inches long.  Eats most everything that is given to her.  Started walking a month ago (had been walking about 85% of the time and then when she broke her arm March 15th it put the walking at 100%), loves playing outside with bubbles, chalk, swinging and chasing Owen and Sampson.  She loves Owen’s toys as well – is content with super heroes or her baby doll.  She is definitely very vocal – talks a lot – her vocabulary that we can understand includes mama, dada, pup pup (puppy), kitty kitty, ball, book, baby, hi, bye bye, uh oh, bunny and milk.

 

Ella’s Birthday – one year ago

I know it’s been forever – I just can’t get my act together with blogging.  However, I do want to update on Ella’s 1st birthday, but wanted to go back and document her birth day so I have it recorded somewhere.  My due date with Ella was April 14th and I was hoping baby girl would stay put at least until the 15th.  I thought this was a reasonable request since Owen was 5 days late.  As a teacher with TAKS just around the corner, I was wanting to get in as much time as possible with my students.  I went for my 38 week appointment on Thursday, the 31st of March.  My doctor told me she didn’t think I’d make it more than a week.  I was already at a 4 – yikes!  I went to school Friday and decided I better have everything ready just in case.  I let my students make predictions on when they thought Ella would arrive.  Some guessed that day and of course, I thought they were crazy.  I had asked Owen this same question on Thursday and he said in 2 days (which turned out to be right).  Friday afternoon, Owen and I played on the play ground for a couple of hours and then went and stopped by to see Tommy.  He was getting his hair cut and Owen wanted to watch.  So, we went there and then I told Tommy I had to come home that I was so tired and not feeling great.  We came home, Tommy started mowing, etc.  About 8:30 or so, I went outside and told TOmmy I thought I was having contractions.  They weren’t hurting, so I wasn’t convinced.  I never had contractions with Owen or Ella before I went into labor.  I called the doctor – of course my doctor wasn’t on call that weekend.  I was super sad because she didn’t deliver Owen either.  Tommy went into get the house ready mode and cleaned the kitchen and vaccuumed all before going to bed at 1 am.  At 2:15 I woke up and my water had broken.  Tommy’s brother came over and stayed here so we wouldn’t have to get Owen up.  Then, Tommy and I headed to the hospital.  We got there around 3:30.  Got checked in and Tommy texted our friends Jonas and Tricia because they were at Baylor having their little boy.  She had been induced Friday night.  We had talked about how fun it would be to be there together, but didn’t think it would really happen.  Got an epidural around 5 or 6 – 7 centimeters and then by 8 I was at a 10 ready to go.  We then had to just wait on my doctor – Dr Fields got there and Ella was born at 9:18 am.  It was such an easy delivery compared to Owen’s.  I couldn’t believe how fast it was.  12 days early and still weighed 7 lbs 15 oz.