Thursday, April 16, 2009

My 26th Birthday!

She is now ready to hang out with Daddy while I go get my hair done

All clean!

She was so relaxed!

Look at that belly!

I had such a wonderful 26th birthday! The day started out with my hubby waking me up to breakfast in bed (cinnamon rolls) while he sang to me "Happy Birthday"! I got to blow out a candle while I said a prayer! Gabe totally surprised me by decorating our house with streamers and balloons! That was so cute and thoughtful!
I spent the remainder of the morning trying to get ready for a busy day. I have learned that my getting ready process happens in stages. I took my shower while Avery slept in the swing. She got antsy after being in her swing for awhile, so I tried putting her in her bouncer while I continued to get ready. Well...that worked for a bit, but she really just wanted to be held. So we had some cuddle time! I was happy with that, she is such a sweet cuddler.
I have also learned that as a mom it should be considered an art to get both of us ready, get her fed, and also get to the place we need to be, ON TIME! But we managed to pull it off! We went to Becky's baby shower over lunch at Famous Dave's. After our first baby shower experience (Avery was a bit fussy), I was a little nervous about taking her to another one. But she did great! She slept on and off throughout the entire lunch and gave me the opportunity to hang out with women from work and enjoy the celebration of Becky's baby girl, due in May.
After lunch, we hung out at home for a couple of hours and Avery blessed me with a lovely present...a blow out! Now, Gabe and I actually get very excited when she has blowouts! So as crazy as it sounds, I was actually very happy that she had one. This one required a bath though, so I bathed her for the first time on my own! She loved it, she was chillin as if she were in a hot tub. It brought such joy to my heart to see her enjoy her bath so much! It's amazing how my life has changed...I get so happy and excited about Avery's blowouts. I'm definitely a mom now, and it confirms the fact that she's a healthy baby! I posted pictures ( sparing you of the one I took of the actual blow out) of the process. Look at her huge belly in the bath photos!
Daddy came home just after her blowout and bath time. He watched Avery while I went to get my hair done. It was way overdue, so it was so nice to do that on my birthday! I went to a new stylist, which always creates some nervousness, but I was so happy with how she did! I think it was the first time that I didn't have to hurry home and re-style my hair. I usually leave the salon feeling like a lion!
My 26th was capped off with delicious sushi (Ai Sushi) and a vanilla ice cream cone from McDonald's. It was such a wonderful day! I'm so thankful for my family who made it special for me! And thank you to all the friends and family who called and emailed me, I love you all!
I have now entered into the 2nd half of my twenties...that's a little scary, but I couldn't be more happy and thankful with where I am in life! I have the most amazing husband and a beautiful daughter! The Lord has blessed me!!


Stacia and Jeremy said...

Happy belated birthday Ash!! I am glad that you had such a wonderful bday. Your little family is so adorable! I am glad you are so happy with being a mom!

Audra and Roger said...

Ashley, you are such an adorable mommy, I just love reading your stories and seeing your loving heart. You truly are blessed - and a blessing in the lives of all your loved ones. Happy belated birthday!!!

Steph Shaw Johnson said...

What a wonderful birthday Moshie! I love reading about what you're learning about being a mom - you are so great! So glad you and Gabe got to enjoy time together with baby Avery on your BDay!

Here's to blowouts!