I’m baaaack!

You probably think I have fallen off the face of the planet never to blog again. More likely you probably didn’t notice I hadn’t posted in… uhhh.. several months (that’s a conservative estimate). Truthfully I forgot I had a blog. Or ignored it.

Anyway. SO much has happened since I posted last. So much. I apparently started writing two posts in between but they are still there, sad and lonely and untitled, in saved draft land. But now, I’m back. At least for today. And I will catch you up on everything that has been going on. If I can remember what those things were.

The last I posted Baby G turned 1. We had a little home party with an adorable cake (made by yours truly), some cupcakes, and a perfect little party hat he absolutely refused to wear. He is a small photobomb of the evening.

Wrapping Paper Appetizer

e

Monster Smash Cake It's a Monster Party!

Cake Smash!

The icing was the tastiest part. He just kept scooping the icing up and licking it off his fingers.

The icing was the tastiest part. He just kept scooping the icing up and licking it off his fingers.

This was seconds before he pushed it over the side of the tray. Hubby dove to catch it in his hand.

This was seconds before he pushed it over the side of the tray. Hubby dove to catch it in his hand.

This is the cake right after hubby caught it before it's untimely demise on the floor and gave it back to G.

This is the cake right after hubby caught it before it’s untimely demise on the floor and gave it back to G.

We're not totally sure what this was about... I think the sugar was starting to get to him...

We’re not totally sure what this was about… I think the sugar was starting to get to him…

I know. Cutest baby ever. I know you’re thinking it. Here are his one-year old pictures and what I made from them.

Are you dying yet?

Ok, so February was full of birthday parties (not Baby G’s – that comes later) and crawling (he started right about his one year mark) and general life and hilarity that comes from having a little one. In March we kicked up the birthday party planning and had our first Easter egg hunt (which resulted in much grass eating) and Easter. Plus G got to go see the Easter bunny, which, by the following picture, you will see he was totally and completely unimpressed with.

Now some of the egg hunt…

                                               

And his Easter pics.

     

I promise no more pictures… Ok, I can’t promise that. But I’ll save his party pics for another post.

April brought Grandpa and Grandmom for the party and we had a blast. It was so good to see my parents and they enjoyed Baby G so much. My mom got to stay for a few weeks and I took a few extra days off to spend with her (and my dad while he was here). G even took his first few tentative steps during April.

June didn’t bring much except for the dread of Sister-Nanny-Auntie leaving. Hubby, G, and I were flying up to Michigan to spend 4th of July week with Hubby’s family and friends and Sister was leaving the Friday before. We had lined up NC-SIL to watch G on Tuesdays and since Hubby didn’t work Fridays at that point he would be watching G those days while I… went part-time!! YAY!! So Sister leaving was bittersweet. It was super exciting for me to get to go part-time and be home with G more but we knew we’d miss Sister-Nanny-Auntie so much. And we have. Sister! Come visit! By the end of June G was toddling around and having a blast pushing his go-go up and down the hall.

In July we went on vacation (where Baby G didn’t sleep remotely through the night once in 10 days) and while there my new nephew showed up a few weeks early during a (planned) wonderful home birth. I’m still trying to figure out when I will get to go meet him and see my other nephew, brother, and FL-SIL. When we got back I started working part-time and staying home more with G.

August brought some overtime work for Hubby so we were lucky to land a part-time daycare slot that we put G’s name in for a few months ago. Yesterday was actually his first day and he seemed to have done pretty well. We had a few snags but I’m sure we will work through those in the next few weeks. He really loves other kids and they have cool toys we don’t have so I know he will have fun. It’s probably harder on me than him.

So now we are coming upon September and Fall (yippee!!) and we have to start planning G’s Halloween costume and our Thanksgiving and Christmas plans. I know, I know. This post started in February and ended in December. Did you feel your life flashing before your eyes?

A Very Un-Baby Shower

I have been meaning to post about the shower and just hadn’t gotten around to it. I knew February was going to be a busy month but in my wildest dreams I never expected for it to end up like it has. So I will take a break in the NICU posts and tell you about the weeks leading up to Baby G coming.

My family started coming in the week of the shower. My mom flew in Tuesday, my Tampa SIL and nephew drove in Thursday afternoon, and my little sister and Grandmother flew in late Thursday night. My mom and SIL had planned to stay for two weeks but my little sister and Grandmother could only stay through the weekend. It was fantastic to have everyone here though and I was blessed to have so much family here for the shower.

I had my baby shower theme picked out since almost the beginning of my pregnancy. I had decided on an “Alice in Wonderland” theme before we knew what we were having and narrowed it down to “Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” when we found out it was a boy. The planning of it wasn’t totally traditional as I was involved in a lot of it and my local SIL and two good friends were all planning it together. I had some specific ideas of what I wanted and didn’t want after looking through a lot of things online but the shower came together really well.

We started out with the invitation which the color scheme of black, teal blue, and red was set from. I wanted it to look haphazard and a little eclectic like the tea party Alice attended with the Mad Hatter and his friends. The main food table had different sizes and color platters and containers of little tea party foods such as mini quiches, little fruit kabobs, small tea sandwiches (egg salad and pimiento), pinwheels, etc.  The color scheme on this table (which was all set on a large lacy-looking tablecloth) was teal and white. There were bunnies, teapots, teacups, flowers and other odds and ends on the table and large blue and white tissue paper pom poms hanging above.

   

   

The dessert table was themed red and black and had a cupcake stand with beautiful white icing-topped cupcakes with red sprinkles wrapped in fancy heart-edged red wrappers. There were a few other dainty desserts on various platters and the open pass through behind was decorated with tiny tea sets.

There was a “Queen’s Corner” where I sat; decorated in black and red with roses. A mirror replaced our TV on the mantel and more bunnies decorated the small hearth below. I had found a nice black dress online and had diamond patterned stockings to go with it. My “Mom-to-be” badge and my wonderful mini top hat completed my ensemble.

I had seen the mini top hats online and had recruited my younger sister to make them for us for the shower. My hat was a black and white diamond pattern and was embellished with teal, white, and black. One of my friends had my “Mom-to-be” badge made to match and it turned out beautifully. Everyone else’s hats were black or white and were decorated to match their outfits. Each hat turned out fantastic.

We played a few games like guessing my belly circumference (the winner cut her piece of ribbon dead on), guessing baby food flavors, and the guests trying to decide whose features I’d rather the baby have; me or his daddy.

    

There were little accents all over the room that played into the theme. There was a wonderful mushroom lamp on a small table by the door with a framed excerpt from the book and some cards for guests to write their best wishes for us, a little basket of take-aways that was labeled “Take Me” by a tiny topiary with small red roses on it, another topiary on the drink table stating “Drink Me,” while another one on the food table stated the obvious “Eat Me.” There was a tiny field mouse on the food table and several keys scattered throughout. There was also a lovely frame hanging on the front door with a message to “Read the Directions, and directly you’ll be directed in the right direction.”‘

   

We had a wonderful time and the weeks of prep and effort were worth the result. It was elaborate and over-the-top and exactly what I wanted it to be. In fact, there were things we had intended to do that just didn’t get accomplished that would have made it even more elaborate. It was ok that we didn’t get to them, but it would have been even more amazing had we been able to.

I’m really glad we planned the shower for when we did, by the way, as my sweet little boy ended up coming the next weekend. Originally I had wanted my shower to be nearer to the end of February but with all the other events planned in February (other birthdays, friends going out of town, etc) the weekend we chose was literally the only one open. Guess God was already setting us up for an early birth day even then.

The Showering of Baby P

Today was H’s baby shower. The theme was Cowgirl and I’ve been working on the decorations for a few weeks. Since I’ve been so tired I haven’t done a lot of working on it so I pretty much crammed everything into the last week or so. Everything turned out pretty good, if I do say so myself.

Fixed

The banner I made using my Cricut and the Storybook and Old West cartridges. I was really happy with the way it turned out. Here’s another picture of the whole thing. The pictures are SOOC so nothing has been touched up. I’ll get to that later. Hopefully. **Update… I am fixing some of the pictures, so some are now touched up a little. I’ve noted the ones that are.**

The food was all labeled with sheriff’s stars I found at Wal-Mart in the party section on clearance.

        

Pink and silver buckets were lined with pink and brown bandannas (the brown ones I dyed) and a lot of the snacks and finger foods were served from those.

    

Here is a close up of the S’mores pops – H’s friend D made them and they came out so cute. I didn’t eat any as I still am not interested in most sweets (in fact I didn’t touch anything on the dessert table) but everyone else said they were really good. We stole the idea from another Western themed baby shower we saw online. Well, maybe not stole… just borrowed.

Lightened

The drinks we served from mason jars (also a borrowed idea). We had sweet tea (of course), pink lemonade, and water. The water was in a really nice drink dispenser of H’s Mom’s that worked out perfectly. We laid out lid-less mason jars for the water.

For my gift I made a diaper cake. This is the fourth one I’ve made and the second “themed” one. It went over really well; everyone seemed to really like it. I had the hardest time finding the horse to go on it. I looked everywhere and couldn’t find ANYTHING. Not that I could find one I liked, i just couldn’t find a darn horse. I ended up going to CVS on a whim and found this little guy. When I first picked him up I thought, wow, this is definitely not the cutest horse ever. But after I got him home and trimmed up his crazy eyebrows, posed him, and put the bow on, it really made the cake.

I also made a “Mom-to-be” ribbon for H to wear. The base part I bought at Michaels awhile back and I added the star and writing and the brown ribbons. Trimmed a few things off that came on it already to fit the theme I wanted and I was really happy with the way it turned out. I only wish that had been an option for my other friend’s shower. The pin I bought her was ok, but nothing like this. Maybe if she has another I’ll be able to do a nice one for her too.

Touched Up

So now the shower is over and I feel as though I’ve been hit by a truck and then run over repeatedly. I wish I had tomorrow off from work as I’m pretty sure I’ll be dragging tomorrow too. Lunch will be shower leftovers I think. We had plenty left over to bring home. Not that that hurts my feelings much as I love me some little meatballs in my grape-bbq sauce, fiesta dip, and fresh veggies with ranch. Oh, and I managed to snag a bag of sausage cheese balls too. H was kind enough to share. I will leave you with a picture of K, H’s 4 year old, in the hat I re-decorated for the event. She didn’t actually wear it to the shower, but I managed to get her to let me get a picture of her in it afterwards at the house.

Ok, this one is not straight from the camera. I modified it and it looks WAY better. Oh my, lots better.