For those of you who didn't know already, I turned 30 on the 17th. I always pictured my 30th birthday to be a big ordeal including a trip to Vegas with my sister and girlfriends. However, I spent the day the only way I want to now a days...with little miss Ava and Foster. Foster took me out to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants the week before, and I had a dinner outing with friends and family on the 18th, but on the 17th it was me, Ava, Foster, and a few burnt beignets.
I cooked an amazing Cajun dish suggested by one of my great friends from Louisiana, but when I made the homemade beignets, I accidentally burnt a few. Yes, I cooked. Foster offered, but I love to cook...but don't worry Foster washed the dishes for me:-)
People kept asking me what I wanted for my birthday, and for the first time in my life, I can honestly say "Nothing". I am the happiest I have ever been. I have a beautiful daughter that was a 5 week early birthday gift (remember, she was due on my 30th b-day:-).
Thanksgiving was amazing. Just a day filled with friends and family. I have decided I should NOT be making the turkey any more! If you remember THIS post from last year, well, the exact opposite happened this year. instead of the turkey cooking too fast,the turkey instructions said it would take 5 hours to cook, and it took almost 6.5 hours. We had almost given up, but I am glad we didn't, because it was one of the best turkeys I have eaten. I don't know if it was the EXTREMELY slow cooking, but it was sooooo moist and tender.
We had sooo much to be thankful for this year. Although Rosie is EXTREMELY missed, this holiday season is already starting out with a brighter outlook. Last year we were on the tail end of three devastating losses. Although we still miss Mama JJ, Mama Red, and Rosie more than anything, having Ava here and baby Cole on the way is making the holidays a lot easier to bear this year.
Ava got a SMALL taste of black Friday shopping. We headed out in the afternoon and caught a few really good deals on baby clothes and a few pairs of clothes for me. I am pre-pregnancy weight (with Ava, still have about 30 to lose from Rosie), but for some reason cannot figure out what I was wearing before I got pregnant with her. I know I didn't run around naked, but yet I can only remember 2 or 3 pairs of pants and a few shirts. They all fit, but I think my body has changed, because there are still a lot of clothes that don't fit that I swear did before I got pregnant with her. Oh well. I guess I will just have to focus on those areas now that I am starting to SLOWLY work out again. (I haven't gotten the OK from the doc yet b/c my appt is not until next week.)
Ava hung out in the Baby Bjorn while we were shopping. She absolutely LOVED it. She was so content to just look at the bottom of Foster's chin while we picked out a few Christmas gifts. I am so blessed, because she makes running errands easy. As long as I get everything done in a four hour time frame, she doesn't even need fed and is fine till we get home.
This Sunday is her Baptism and Meet the Baby Party. We are so excited! I will have tons of photos and a post about it, I promise!
Here are some photos from this past week:
|WOAH!! What is THAT!?!? lol|
|I am such a daddy's girl!|
|and my puppies LOVE me!|
|WOW! this is amazing!|
|all content in the Bjorn|
|ready for a walk with dad and the puppies|
|all ready for my first Ohio State vs. Michigan game!|
|hanging out on my play mat with my glowworm/sea horse:-)|