Last year for Gracie's birthday I was going to go all out! But I was not feeling up to par being pregnant and everything so I vowed that her 5th birthday would be AWESOME! :) So I made 40 cupcakes, practiced a Ferris wheel cake(for the circus theme), called my cousin Tyson for a magic show, rented bounce houses, and got her gifts! She talked about for weeks! Is it my circus party yet? Then I prepared everything the night before, I am a super perfectionist and didn't want to stress out the whole day. At 2:00 a.m. I heard crying, so I ran to her room and she was throwing up! Not just then but on the hour after! She cried, "mom call my friends and tell them to cancel the party, I don't feel very good." That settled it I knew this was not a 24 hour quick flu so I gave as many cupcakes away as possible and was forced to eat the rest! :) We rescheduled and this was the best party ever! She ran all night long and so did her cousins! Such a blast! Will I do this every year...no way! But every few will definitely be worth the money! We love Gracie so much! She has got and endless amount of energy and such a spunky personality which is a curse sometimes! I love watching her run around and play hence the bounce house and slide! She had the best day ever!
Halloween was so fun this year! Gracie was Hannah Montana again(her choice) and Taylor was Piglet! Gracie loved it! She RAN from house to house. I felt like I got a pretty great jog in by the end of all of it! My cousin Josh got to open his mission call, so we trick or treated in my aunts neighborhood. He is going to Taiwan and we are so excited for him! We also got to trick or treat with my sister's little boy! Gracie and him are more like brother and sister than cousins! We LUV it! He wants to do everything she does and kept up pretty good with her! Taylor was the cutest Piglet ever! :) It was the perfect costume! She felt a little cooped up but it's time she know pain is beauty! We also went to the Fisher's Halloween party which was awesome as always! Next year Meliss....my costume will knock you dead! :) Here are some pics!
I honestly believe that time has sped up with a second child! It goes faster! Taylor is already 5 months old...and I'm about to celebrate my "baby" Gracie's 5th birthday! Can she really be 5? She will always be my "baby"! Not that I love Taylor less...in fact there is more of her to love! But it was just Spence, Gracie, and me for so long that we got to experience college life/newly wed life with her! I know it will change as Taylor gets bigger, but for now I am in total shock that she will be FIVE! Nobody makes Taylor laugh like Gracie! When she comes in the room Taylor lights up! She can't wait to do everything that Gracie does! Taylor is doing the classic rolling over (both ways) which is quite the accomplishment for her SIZE. She doesn't cry...she screams. Sometimes I can't tell if it is happy, mad, sad, or both. She is also a FABULOUS sleeper! I was terrified of both of them sleeping in the same room, and it has been FINE! It's almost as if they sleep better together. Spence is finishing his rotations and is half way done! He will be done in March! Yay! We will also be celebrating in the Caribbean! So excited! Melissa...you know ya wanna come! I am attempting to lose baby weight and work with Gracie on Pre-school, and stay as busy as possible! Here are few pics of the last little while.
Between Taylor being born and all of the summer craziness I did not post Gracie's end of the year dance pics! I was way stressing having a tiny and doing dance hair and make up and it all turned out great! Surprise Surprise like it always does when I stress about little things like that! :) I did not get a picture of the finale though :( Gracie had a little solo part where she got on a guys shoulders and made funny faces (It was a circus theme). She did so good...Funny faces are right up her alley! Before the finale at the recital she said to the boy, " Hey! You better not forget to come get me and put me on your shoulders!" Ha Ha! So says the four year old! She had lots of fun this year in her dance group and made lots of friends!
Now that I am slightly more sane I thought I would post about how it has been since a second child since I have had a "baby in 4.5 years! Biggest Differences: Traded in my purse for a diaper bag Less Sleep Diapers Child sleeping in my bed( I will regret it when I try to put her in her crib but I just can't have her wake up Gracie who is used to only the sound of her fan as she sleeps. Taylor tends to grunt!) My life now revolves around Taylor's feeding schedule Love that she will just sleep on my chest Love the little smiles and sounds she makes then looks around like who just made those sounds. Gracie has actually been easier since the baby. It's like she has decided that now that there is a baby she needs to be a big helper! Not that she doesn't occasionally want me to hold her like a baby or has requested we bathe with her now...that was fun to explain to her why I can bathe the baby but not her! :)
Things have been great especially since the weather is better! Will there be a third....still not quite sure on that one! :) Here are Some newborn pictures I had taken!
Taylor was born on May 12, 2010 at 3:23 p.m. She was 7 lbs. 13 oz. and 20.5 inches long. I went in on Tuesday night at 11:00 p.m. They started me on the "pit". I am not proud, so I requested drugs so that I could sleep through labor. It was like hanging on to a merry go round! I was able to get through that a lot easier than contractions though! :) They broke my water at around 11:00 a.m. and then I had her at 3:23 p.m. I pushed for about 40 min. which was a "breeze"(not easy...I will never figure out how to really push :)haha) compared to 3 hours with Gracie! I also went with the epidural, but this time it only numbed my right side! It was kind of nice being able to feel the contractions a little bit so I knew when to push. The right side was SO HEAVY though! I was sure that if my right leg fell off the bed it would take me with it! The hospital also brought it's "A" game for food this time! I don't want to touch meat after having a baby... I was so excited when there was fruit...or maybe because I hadn't eaten for almost 24 hours! Poor Spence got to sleep on the most awful chairs! The doctor said I could stay another night, and I thought Spence's back won't last another night! :) I am sure everyone wants to know how Gracie is doing! She is adjusting really well considering she is used to our world revolving around her! I think she just gets cabin fever. We are used to doing something all of the time...and right now I am a little sore for activities! She loves to hold her and wishes she would be awake more often! Even though Spence wanted a boy he was one proud dad when she was born! He also loves to hold her! You forget what it is like to snuggle a newborn! She is a pretty good sleeper at night as well. I can get 4-6 hours out of her! I will take it! Well here are some pics of our new baby girl!
We decided to take our spring break in Las Vegas! Not your ideal "kid" destination, but fun! I pretty sure that Gracie picked up a few moves from the casino girls... Gracie did awesome on the drive! We stayed at Mandalay Bay and it was fabulous! We also went to Lion King! Gracie loved it! Here are some pics!