January 21, 2014

MN Tot Spots: Pout in Pink's 'Princess For a Day' Event!

So I found out about this new boutique and party center called "Pout in Pink" in Woodbury a couple months back and decided to follow them on Facebook. I'm so glad that I did because that's how I found out about their event called "Princess For a Day." It sounded EXACTLY up Noelle's alley. She absolutely LOVES princesses right now, especially the Disney princesses, and this party was going to have a special guest...Princess Belle from Beauty and the Beast (one of Noelle's favorites)! I was hesitant to bring her at first, wondering if she might be too young but nope- my worries were for nothing! Noelle had SO much fun. She was clearly the youngest one there, but definitely not the most shy! She was in love with everything. She LOVED Belle, she loved the tea party, loved getting dolled up, loved dancing with Belle, and loved watching all the older girls wearing familiar Disney princess dresses.

The event was so, so cute. They had the placed decorated with all Belle decorations - yellow and red roses, and all the little girls got a tiara and big chunky necklaces. 

The girls got a tea etiquette lesson from Belle. (Pinky's up!)

They also feasted on strawberries, cream puffs, strawberry wafers, cupcakes, cheese crackers, bunny crackers, etc. Their "tea" was pink lemonade. 

Noelle loved her little bell that she got. All the girls got a tiny bell with their names on it to ring whenever they needed a refill on tea!

Here is Noelle getting her hair done. She was such a good girl! She sat nice and still and let the girl do her hair and spray it down with glitter spray!

She was looking forward to this since the day before! I had told her that she could get her nails painted and she didn't forget! As soon as she saw other girls getting their nails done she gasped "My nails mama!" She picked out the glitter polish. :)

More pampering! Here she's getting some glitter on her cheeks and some pink blush and eyeshadow!

Checking herself out in the mirror after some lip gloss.

Here she is sitting with Belle. Of course, she was the first one up close and personal with Belle and she didn't hesitate to jump into her lap.

Noelle repeatedly told me "Belle loves me mama. She loves me."

Dancing on stage!

Here's Noelle dancing with Belle!

All the girls in their costumes were so cute.

Here the girls are working on their picture frames, with glitter, sequins, gems, and tiara stickers!

Other things they did during the two hour party: story time, a fashion show, and a dance lesson!

Noelle was more than ready to walk the catwalk!

She went again!

At the end of the party all the girls took a bow on stage. Adorable.

Noelle did NOT want to leave. She was the last princess there, lingering around. She ended up pulling Belle's hand around the shop showing her everything that she wanted. 

It was seriously so much fun for Noelle and I. I felt like it was the ultimate mommy/daughter date and I cannot wait for more!! They said that they are planning on holding more 'Princess for a Day' events with different princesses so that's exciting! I know Noelle would love an Ariel party as well as a Rapunzel party!!

January 13, 2014

Welcoming the Third Trimester

It's hard to believe that I'm already at 29 weeks pregnant. Give or take about 10 more weeks and baby #2 should be here! I have to say that this pregnancy has been a dream pregnancy, especially since we weren't dreaming of having another! I have to admit that I've been extremely lucky with this pregnancy physically - I have had no real complaints at all. Briefly I had really severe lower back pain (couldn't twist, couldn't lift, couldn't bend), but it went away after a few weeks. I have no new stretch marks (yet), no line on my belly (yet), no pains (yet), no heartburn (yet), no extreme fatigue (yet), etc. I haven't even gained half the weight that I had gained last time and I'm not waddling like I did last time.

At 20 weeks we had our sex revealing ultrasound, and at that appointment they had discovered an echogenic foci (aka a little hole on the baby's heart) which they had also found on Noelle's heart at the same time. They seem to occur a lot in Asian pregnancies and is nothing to worry about. It's not so much a hole, but a little dot on the baby's heart that usually resolves itself. Joey and I were much more concerned the first time, but this time we know it's common and aren't giving it another thought.

One thing that did happen this pregnancy that didn't last time was that I failed my gestational diabetes test! I had to return for the 3 hour glucose test, which you sit at the lab for 3 hours and get your blood drawn 4 times (once before the nasty drink, and then once ever hour for the next 3 hours). Joey and I were totally bummed out at first because I was almost certain that I had diabetes. It would have explained the one time I fainted at school, and other symptoms. Although we knew that all I would really have to do if this was the case, was to watch my diet, we were worried about it affecting the baby. They say chances are higher for the baby to be large and also develop diabetes as a child if the mother has it during the pregnancy. We were not happy. Luckily, after my 3 hour stay at the clinic, we got the test results back negative! No diabetes! We were SO happy.

At this time last pregnancy I was making my "birth plan." Laughable. This time my plan is: as soon as anything happens I'm going to the hospital asap and making sure that I get an epidural. The end. Last time I was watching video after video of natural births, reading hynobirthing books, and so forth. I haven't picked up one reading material at all. I haven't even checked on the status of this pregnancy for months. Crazy how different everything is this time compared to last! I haven't given any thought to going into labor either - except that I better not miss that window of time where I can get my pain drugs. LOL

Now that we are getting closer to the due date, I'm ecstatic, but also overwhelmed. I feel like I could have this baby tomorrow and I want to meet her NOW, but I also feel like the house is no where near ready for another addition, we have nothing organized and ready, we haven't registered for the hospital, I would have no idea what to grab for the hospital, etc. I only have 6 more weeks left at work and then (hopefully if baby doesn't come early) I will have 4 weeks to fully prepare. I'm not counting on those 4 weeks though since Noelle came 2 weeks early, so I'm trying to get things ready a little bit each day. Hopefully by the time I'm off work I can just do the finishing touches - like pack my bag, install the car seat(s), fill a diaper bag up again (so crazy - never thought I'd own a diaper bag again!), etc.

Here goes the last 10 weeks! Woo hoo!

January 7, 2014

Christmas...Take 3!

As everyone knows, we have a really large family, so on New Year's Day we still had one more Christmas to celebrate! We celebrated at Grandpa Joe's and Shel's with pancakes, bacon, and more presents! The kids had a blast, and Noelle got her beloved Ariel doll (aka "Memaid") - which she now sleeps with, bathes with, dresses up with, and plays with daily. 

Sprinkle pancakes!

Pajama time!

 "What is it mama..."



Her own Ariel jewelery!

 Rocking the tiara and the ring!

She LOVES her "memaid!"

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