On January 20th, 2010 at 4:15 P.M, a 7 pound 2 ounce baby girl with a head full of jet black hair came into this world and made me a mom.

This past weekend we celebrated Nellie Rose’s third birthday (I’m just now getting around to making her birthday post. Fail.) On Saturday, we took her out for a celebratory treat – something she had been requesting for months. “A pink cupcake. A big one. With sprinkles.”

We didn’t disappoint the birthday girl.

 I took a few photos of her on her last day as a 2-year-old.


On her birthday, we told her to choose a place to eat breakfast.
She chose Waffle House.
Whatever, she’s a cheap date.

After breakfast, some fun at the mall playground, and a nap we headed downtown to the Children’s Discovery Museum to take advantage of my dad’s birthday gift to Nellie – a year-long family membership! She had fun “fishing”.


We were going to have her family party afterward but my mother-in-law was not feeling well, so we decided to reschedule. It’s a good thing that we did, because it turns out that Josh came down with some funk that lasted for three days. He is just now getting over it – and I am hoping that this icky feeling I have is not me beginning to have it.

Nellie’s 3rd birthday was spent with the two people who saw and held her first – her mama and daddy. It was low-key, but special. It was perfect.

At 3 years old, Nellie is stubborn. She is willful. She is smart, funny, and ridiculous. She is a whirlwind of activity. She has the uncanny ability to remember things that make my jaw drop. She loves the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Princesses (especially Merida), and kitties. She loves music. Her two favorite songs right now are “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons, and “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye. Her favorite TV show is He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (yes. Seriously.) and her favorite movie du jour is Aladdin.

At bedtime, she wants two stories read to her. Usually “Llama Llama Mad at Mama” and something else (the second one can usually be whatever). After her stories she wants to be rocked while we sing “Wagon Wheel”. She still snuggles with her Fox. She is potty trained, paci-free, and growing more independent every single day.

Nellie Rose, welcome to 3. I cannot wait to see what adventures it has in store for us.

I love you to the moon and back, more than all the stars in the sky, more than you will ever truly know.


Nellie’s 2nd Birthday

Stop the presses and hand me the award for Mother of the Year, please. My child turned 2 on January 20th, and I’m just now writing about it. In my defense, it was a very busy weekend and I do work full-time outside the home. I’m just a little busy.

Nellie’s birthday weekend was awesome. My dad and step-mom came down from Chicago to spend a long weekend with us. We all went to the local aquarium for Nellie’s first visit. She loved it so much, dad bought us a year-long family pass! I cannot wait to take her back. She loved the stingrays and the penguins the most.

We saw a lot of really neat stuff. Jellyfish, butterflies, and fish of all kinds.

I didn’t take any pictures of her actual party. But I did take some of the amazing cake I made her.

Clearly, I should quit my day job and become a cake decorator.


It was a really wonderful weekend. We were very sad to see dad and Sue go. We spent some really great time with them, and it was nice to connect with family under better circumstances than the last time I saw my dad (he came down when mom was in the hospital). We have a family pass to the aquarium now, and we cannot wait to take Nellie back. It’s hard to believe that our little Nellie is two years old, that it’s been that long since she came into our lives. I told Josh the other day how it’s hard to remember what it felt like before she was around.

Happy Birthday, my sweet, smart, funny, ridiculous, imaginative, beautiful little girl. We love you beyond what words can say, more than the moon & stars, forever and always. I can’t wait to see what Two holds in store.