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"Most things are good, and they are the strongest things; but there are evil things too, and you are not doing a child a favor by trying to shield him from reality. The important thing is to teach a child that good can always triumph over evil." - Walt Disney
Parenting has just about dissolved the selfishness of my youth, and gave me a different perspective on life and true happiness.
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Aubrey’s 3rd birthday. In the morning, we went to Lake Elizabeth with auntie momo and baby Haley, then we picked up nana and our cousin Alyssa to fly at iFLY! After that, at Aubrey’s request, we had some Taco Bell. We played outside for a bit, then met all out family at Dickey’s for dinner. Then back to our house for cupcakes and some presents. Bobby brought home that floral arrangement and gave them to me for giving birth 3 years ago. What a thoughtful man I snagged.
Check out my Mom Life tank at the park above ^^ new favorite too.
This little girl is 3 years old today. So much of me wants to freeze her right as she is. To not grow a single say older. But I know i’d be depriving the world of the amazing person she’ll grow up to be. I love you so much Aubrey Babykins Valentine, you’ve taught me so much about life and I’m forever thankful I’m your mom.
Ok. This may come as a shock to some of you, but Aubrey has stopped nursing a few days shy of her 3rd birthday. Extended breastfeeding was never something I was passionate about while pregnant. I knew I wanted to breastfeed for the first year, but didn’t have any plans to continue after that. A lot of extended breastfeeding moms will tell you, “it was just right for us”. And it was. It was totally right for us and natural.
Despite protests from my family and friends (that’s so weird! She’s way too big! Gross), I did what I thought (and think) was best for us both. I never found it ‘weird’ or ‘gross’. Women’s breasts are intended to feed their children. It’s science. I’m not gonna lie, I was somewhat embarrassed to be nursing her still. I let the words and opinions of others cloud my brain and get me down. It sucked. I don’t regret nursing her for as long as I have; it’s made us so close and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.
I’m happy to get this off my chest. I don’t like seeing women shamed for their choice to breastfeed past 1 year. Not really anyone’s business what you do with your body but your own. I just know there might be others out there like me who felt shamed into keeping quiet. I’m here for you=)
But let me just tell you. Weaning. Damn. No thanks. I’ve been in bed all day, I feel like my body is in shutdown mode. I’ve got cabbage stocked in the fridge and I smell like St. Patricks day. Extended breastfeeding FTW?
Yesterday was Aubrey’s 3rd birthday party at Nana’s house. We did a Wreck it Ralph theme per her request. The day was awesome, tons of great food to be shared among the best company. The morning of was stressful just getting everything organized and set-up. After the party I felt like I could breakdown in tears; I’m just so thankful for everyone in our lives and for everything they do for us. Here are some photos!
I made the framed “I’m gonna wreck it” pictures, along with the sequined initials, various cutouts, and the tissue paper garland.
I didn’t know which aspect of Wreck it Ralph I enjoyed better, the Fix it Felix game or Sugar Rush. So I just threw them both together. One of my favorite things on the dessert table were the blue lollipops with her face on them.
Aside from the obvious perfection that is Aubrey, can we just take a second to appreciate the building behind her? It’s an exact replica of the Nicelanders building from Fix it Felix that my amazingly talented MIL made. Each of the silver windows are tissue paper that house little prizes for the kids! Anything from candy to bouncy balls to sidewalk chalk, the kids loved it!
I tried my best with her cake.
…and the strawberries. Whatever though, can’t really go wrong with chocolate and strawberries.
Aubrey’s face during Happy Birthday.
Aubrey is probably the slowest present unwrapper child ever. She completely stopped opening up presents after she saw her new Hello Kitty Fedora. 1 per group, sorry Vern!=]
My favorite present: Simpson’s figurine of Britney Spears.
Anyway, another party in the books. We might take Aubrey to her first baseball game on her actual birthday next week. Thanks for viewing her party<3
Aubrey was checking out a baby photo of herself at Disneyland the other day.
"Mommy, I want to be baby Aubrey again"
"You’re a big girl now Aubs, and you’re only going to get bigger"
*both start tearing up*
"But I don’t want to be big girl! I want to be baby Aubrey!"
Gahhh, she’ll be 3 next week. Wreck it Ralph party this Saturday.