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1st Birthday Weekend Celebration June 11, 2013

Since our families don’t live close by, we decided to skip on the iconic ‘1st Birthday Party’ and celebrate just the three of us with a quiet weekend away instead. On Friday night, we headed to Rancho Mirage (oh, hey President Obama!) to stay at the Rancho Las Palmas hotel. The room was great, we kept the AC blasting to combat the 102* temps outside!



In typical Adele fashion, she settled into the big king bed nicely.


We traveled with our Pack N’ Play and set it up in the bathroom. She slept great, all night long, both nights we were there. We kind of missed her though and wished she was cuddling with us, but alas, baby needs her sleep.


After we were done exploring the room, we decided to brave the insane temperatures and venture out for a walk. We ate at a BBQ place across the street that was pretty fun. Adele dined on Jalapeño cornbread, sweet potatoes and parts of my hamburger.  I’m trying to remember if there was a vegetable in there somewhere…. [thinks for a second] oh yes, the corn in the cornbread. Does that count? Good times.

The next morning was a special day. Adele turned one. June 8th. When we heard her wake up, both Irving and I ran in to grab her and smother her with kisses and hugs. We sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to her twice. A special day indeed. We let her open up some presents! Her friend Sophie gave her the best gift ever. A book that lights up and sings. Mind blown.

And we wheeled out our gift from the closet…. check her out!

We got her the SmarTrike dream and she LOVES it! I mean, it has a cell phone, come on!
Cell phones are tasty!


Eventually, the trike converts (little by little) into a big wheel tricycle! I like quality toys that grow with the child. A+ so far (which is more than I can say about the piece-of-crap plastic shopping cart we tried to buy her at target… yea, that will be returned asap. You win some, you lose some).

Happy Birthday, Adele!

Part 2 of our trip coming soon!!



She’s ONE! June 8, 2013

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Twinsies Birthday Candles June 7, 2013

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On the Eve of Adele’s first Birthday, I wanted to share pictures of Irving and my first birthdays!

Misc Irving Baby Photos (46)
Misc Kelley Baby Photos (74)

We had twinsies birthday candles! Isn’t that cute? It was fate that we belonged together!
Misc Irving Baby Photos (58)

I think Adele looks like me a little bit in this picture!
Misc Kelley Baby Photos (248)


On Your First…

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Dear Adele, One year ago today, we got the news that you were on your way into the world. I was induced on June 7, 2012. It took twenty-one hours from entering the hospital until the moment you were born. Tomorrow at 9:49am, you will be turning one.

I honestly can not believe it has been a year. Those first few weeks seemed like a black hole we would never climb out of. On one particular day in the beginning, I remember a friend telling me everything gets better when the baby is 6-weeks. I remember doing the math and saying out loud: “That’s forty-two days away!” And I didn’t think I would make it.

It’s true what they say, the days are long but the years are short. Looking back, I realize we not only survived the first year, but we conquered it. And what an incredible year it has been.

We’re long past the witching hours, the endless rocking, the swaddling, breastfeeding, 4am wake ups, the spit ups, burping, playmats, bouncy seats, MamaRoo swings, white noise and purees. One year later, we’ve graduated to an almost-walking curious toddler who loves pasta, cheese, yogurt, bananas, vegetables, soup and more. She puts herself to sleep, only takes one short nap a day, and is starting to talk to us all day long. She has friends, opinions, preferences and a personality. She has a giggle and a smile that can light up a room. She went from a newborn to a person.

I am SAD my baby is growing up.
I am PROUD of what she’s already accomplished in 12 short months.
I am IMPRESSED at how much she’s capable of already.
I am TERRIFIED of what the toddler years will bring me.
I am EXCITED to learn right along side her.
I am  IN LOVE with this little girl and so thankful she is mine.

Adele, I hope you keep learning, exploring and pushing your boundaries. I hope you continue to seek out the things that make you happy (whether it be a favorite toy, or opening and closing the kitchen drawers over and over again.) I hope you know you can always rely on daddy and me for help and assistance, but I hope you develop the independence you desire to figure things out on your own.

I look forward to another fantastic year with you. A year that will bring you more travel, sesame street for the first time, play-doh, walking, running, trick-or-treating, swimming, tea parties, dress up and jungle gyms. A year of using a fork and spoon, coloring, talking in fragmented sentences, riding a tricycle and dancing.

Although I am sad I no longer have a newborn or an infant, I take solace in the wisdom of my friends who tell me ‘it only gets better and better’. Bring it on, year two! We are ready!

For posts on my Pregnancy, click here!
For posts on Adele month to month, click here!


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