Archives for April 2014

our gale {baby nurse}

A few months before Sadie was due to arrive,  we traveled to NYC to meet with our soon-to-be baby nurse: Gale.  I wrote about our visit on my blog post: week 26…..

“We met with our baby nurse who will be coming from NYC {baby nurses don’t exist the same way in NC like they do in Manhattan, and believe it or not – it’s actually cheaper to have one come from NYC rather than hire one from an agency in NC!} Her name is Gale, and she’s originally from Trinidad. I loved when she asked us, “do you know anything about taking care of babies?”, in which we responded “no, not at all” and she excitedly responded “oh good, you’re the best kind, I can’t wait to teach you everything!” We. can’t. wait. either.”

Fast forward to today — Gale’s last day with us. I’m so sad. We’re all so sad!

Gale told us that she would teach us everything, and she lived up to that promise. I couldn’t imagine this past year without Gale in our lives. She truly has grown to be a member of our family, and even though she is leaving us, she will always be “our” Gale.

We love you Gale, thank you for everything….from Sadie’s first nights to her first steps, you’ve been there along the way with us. You will truly be missed.

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Sadie’s 1st Birthday PARTY {the details}

Originally, I wasn’t going to throw a 1st birthday party at all for Sadie.  And then I decided to have a very small gathering with cake and maybe a few balloons.  But THEN, the event planner in me turned on, and I knew in my heart that I wasn’t capable of throwing just a casual gathering.  {It’s just not in my DNA –  it has to be all or nothing!}

So with that, came Sadie’s PURPLE 1st birthday party.

the invites:

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the decor: {– thanks to Etsy, my new favorite party decorating go-to site — and Catering Works for the beautiful purple flowers –}

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the favors:

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All of Sadie’s baby friends at the party were boys, so I found these adorable purple ties to give as favors!

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the food/drinks:

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family and friends {and of course, the birthday girl!}:

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And last but not least, the cake smash:

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Happy 1st Birthday my sweet Sadie Jane – I hope you enjoyed your 1st of many more birthday parties planned by your mommy!

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{you can view a slideshow with photos & video from the party by clicking here}

Happy Birthday Sadie

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Dear Sadie,

One year ago, shortly after 4:20am, I heard your sweet cry for the first time.

Right then and there my life changed.

One year ago, I spent the night staring at your precious face.
One year ago, we became a family of three.

Without a doubt, this past year has been the best year of my life.

Because of you, I am a mom.
Because of you, I know the deepest meaning of love.
Because of you, I strive to be the best I can be.
Because of you, I feel complete.

It’s amazing to see how much you have grown over the past year.

You went from an ittty bitty squishy 7 pound baby to an {almost} walking and talking 1 year old.
You went from sleeping away the day snuggled in your swing, to climbing on me like I’m a jungle gym.
You went from barely noticing objects on your play-mat, to waving bye bye and giving high fives.
You went from baby babbling to saying “da” (for dog) whenever you see Zoe or Lilly.
You went from rolling – to sitting up – to crawling – to standing – to just about walking.
And in the blink of an eye, you went from being a newborn – to an infant – and now to a toddler.

You are such a happy girl – with a {gap toothed} smile that is so lovable.

And that laugh of yours… It’s contagious.

But my absolute favorite are Sadie hugs. I can’t get enough of them!

I made this video for you to look back on one day and enjoy watching moments {week.by.week} from your first year of life as much as we’ve enjoyed spending them with you!

If the video doesn’t show up, you can view it by clicking here.

Happy 1st birthday, my sweet Sadie Jane!

Love,
Mommy