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Third Trimester : {A Letter To My Unborn Daughter}

Dear Sweet Baby Girl #2,

Here we are in the third trimester. Where did the time go? Honestly baby girl, where did it go? I feel this pregnancy with you has gone so quickly, that I haven’t had much time to relish in these last few moments of carrying you under my heart. I just want time to stop, to keep you safe within my belly just a little bit longer…

So tonight, I am writing you this letter as a way to document our first nine months together. It’s my own way of freezing time with you. As if I am bottling it up in a time capsule, to keep forever.

I already know your a feisty little one. While I experienced small bouts of nauseous with your big sister, you have made your presents known from the very beginning. I could barely get off the couch for almost six weeks – living on Ritz Crackers and water. While I still cooked breakfast and lunches for your sister, Daddy has graciously taken over dinner. Maybe you knew how busy our lives would be and you wanted to make sure you didn’t get lost in the shuffle.

Trust me baby girl when I say that’s absolutely not possible. We have spent most days talking about you and preparing for your arrival. While things have started to come together, I must admit, I still feel completely unprepared. Honestly, its probably the hormones, but for some reason I feel I can’t make any decisions.

But here is what I do know:

  • I know that you will arrive even if we haven’t selected a name…
  • I know you will arrive even if your nursery isn’t finished…
  • I know you will arrive even if I can’t decide on an outfit for your newborn photos…
  • And I know that I already love you more than you will ever understand!

While I admit, many of these decisions are trivial, they are ones I enjoy contemplating. Although, it feels a little harder this time around. I think that’s because I want you to feel just as important and loved as your big sister.

I want your nursery to be a reflection of you, so you are given your own special touch. For you baby girl, I have chosen a grey and lavender color scheme with dragonflies. I wanted something that I felt could grow with you, making it the perfect choice. Finding the right decor is another story entirely…

It’s not just about getting everything ready for you, it’s also about you. I spend time dreaming you up in my mind. Will you be a blonde beauty like your big sister, a brunette like me, or will you get your fathers once bright red hair? Will you be a five pound peanut or chunky monkey? Will you be as wild and loud as I imagine? If so, should I choose a stronger name to match your spirit or a softer name for a delicate touch?

Since you no longer allow me to get much sleep at night, I have extra time to think about you and dream you up. Of course, nothing will be as good as finally getting to hold you in my arms!

Some last few details about this special time with you:

  • I have been able to eat meat this entire pregnancy (minus the nauseous phrase where every food imaginable sounded awful.)
  • Cheese has been a go to item! I often make myself a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch. Although I do crave cheese balls, mozzarella sticks, cheese fries, etc. (Luckily I have been good about only giving into those items a few times a month.)
  • Lately its all about chicken and your Dad couldn’t be happier! While I am a meat eater, beef has always been my go to. Chicken just wasn’t my thing, until now, that is! Now, I am all about chicken salads, wraps, and sandwiches.
  • The first time I felt you kick was in May. We were at the movie theater watching the Avengers: Age of Ultron.
  • I had the ultrasound tech check three times to make sure you were in fact a girl! I couldn’t believe God was blessing us with another beautiful princess!
  • You are an extremely active little girl, moving around all hours on the day and night! Kicking me harder than your sister ever did. Maybe that means you will be an amazing soccer player?! lol!
  • When we ask your big sister what we should name you, she thought her name would be the best choice! Although, now she has taken to calling you “carrot baby!” Hehehe!
  • Your big sister loves to rub my belly and bury her face in it to give you kisses!
  • Tonight she declared you will play tea party with her!

So sweet baby girl of mine, I am going to relish in these last few moments of carrying you under my heart. I am going to freeze this time and bottle it up, if only for a moment… Then I am going to wrap you in my arms and whisper, “I love you to the moon and back.” 

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You

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{Happy 3rd Birthday Princess}

We recently celebrated our daughters 3rd birthday. It’s no secret that I love planning her birthdays! In case you missed it, here is the previous post explaining how we celebrate birthdays in our family.

I know its sounds cliche, but I cannot believe she is three! It really is amazing how quickly the time goes. In the weeks leading up to her 3rd birthday I began noticing major changes in her little personality. Isn’t that always how it is? For months they seem the same – their little speech and movements seem so predictable. Then, almost sporadically, they begin to change right before your eyes!  These special moments are so fleeting…

It seems like only yesterday I was working on her birthday theme. As you know, I love creating a theme! I practically live on Pinterest for months, looking at decor I can attempt to make myself. Of course it never looks quite as glamorous as all that, but I love it nevertheless! I love creating cute themes on a budget and knowing I will get to reuse all the items again – even down to the special birthday outfits is a bonus!

I always knew her 3rd birthday would be a princess theme. So, last summer as we were cruising through the mall its no surprise that I had to stop when I spotted a pair of princess shoes! I bought the shoes two sizes too big in hopes they would fit for her birthday. These shoes were the beginning to narrowing down a broad theme, as they only featured the classic princesses. After perusing Pinterest, I chose a Snow White themed party. I loved the bold and vibrant color scheme.


I love a good Pinterest Birthday board! Oh the possibilities it presents! My personal favorite, the Poison Apple Bar! Using fruit is an inexpensive way to tie in the theme!


Of course being pregnant definitely made finding the motivation to create such beautiful decor somewhat challenging. It came down to the wire this year. I was busy cutting, hole punching, and hanging things up a mere hour before family was set to arrive! Honestly though, I am always thankful when no one arrives early, because I never seem to have everything ready until moments before the party is set to begin! Any other mamas like that?

Aside from my homemade decor, one of my favorite items were the Snow White Cookies! Seriously! How cute are these!? They were designed by my friend and fellow blogger, Michele of Vanilla Beans and Daydreams. You can also find her on Facebook.


My daughters sweet birthday outfit, which will be used again for princess #2, was created by Darling Amber’s Creations. She is one very talented Mama!


Headband from Simply Sweet – a little lady boutique.


One of the most important items on the checklist, Snow White herself! As I am sure most mothers can relate, here is where I made a mommy no, no! I opened my big mouth to my VERY un-forgetful toddler, mentioning that Snow White may make an appearance. No problem, right? Wrong!

We have several local princess companies in the area, so I thought there was nothing to worry about. Oh how wrong I was! I called the closest company in proximity to us six weeks in advance, only to learn two things. 1. My daughters birthday month is very popular and was already completely booked. 2. They were the only company who had Snow White. Ugh!

So there I was, scrambling to fix my mommy mishap! Luckily, I have some great mommy friends who directed me to an amazing high school drama student willing to lend her time and talent as Snow White! I have to say, it could not have gone any better! My daughter was thrilled and still talks about her tea party with Snow White! This was one amazing young lady, whom I am so grateful to for making my daughters day extra special! Thank you!


Needless to say, the party was a success! I can’t believe we have another birthday in the books! These sweet moments are so fleeting… As I packed up all the decorations and precious birthday attire, I realized in three short years I will be pulling it all out again for princess #2. I know this will come all too soon. So I am going to take a moment and relish in these last few months with my only baby girl.

{Happy 3rd Birthday Princess Snow White!}

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You

Photo Credit: Colette Brockman Photography
Photo Credit: Colette Brockman Photography