I think this might be the last year of the really cute and creative costumes :( After Adelaide had already picked out this ghost costume and it had already been made (luckily), she started talking about wanting to dress up like a butterfly for trick-or-treating, and Elsa may have been mentioned too... Not knocking butterflies or anything, but for me there's just no way that can compare to a ghost. Especially this ghost! Plus, Adelaide runs around the house in one of her three Elsa dresses 75% of the time anyway, so how special would that be for Halloween? Her brain just does not think like mine... <sigh> I did manage to strike a deal with her that had something to do with me finding her a dress up butterfly costume for play... so the ghost has won out for the trick-or-treating gig! Win-win!

So, if you're on the search for a super easy, cheap and crazy cute costume, I may just have the one for you! I did a video with an overview on how to put this together, as well as a few photos to go with it just to clarify (though I'm pretty sure they're unnecessary, because it really is super easy and basic). But if you have any questions, feel free to ask and I'll do my very best to answer!

Check out my DIY Ghost Costume Video for a full overview of how I made the costume, and below are a few photos of the supplies needed, and close-ups of how to make the knots. Happy Halloween!






If you haven't already seen it, I did a First Trimester Recap video on my YouTube channel. It's fascinating. Okay maybe that's a little bit of a lie. Honestly, you should probably go in prepared-- it is really long and possibly boring. But hey, I did manage to cut it down to like 19 minutes from 28 minutes. What can I say? I like a babbling on and on to an empty room. Camera or no camera. Come to think of it, that's probably why I enjoy doing these videos so much... It's actually totally natural for me to sit around talking to no one. Like, no joke... dead serious. Just ask Jordan, I'm pretty sure he's caught me a couple of times over the years. #embarassing 

So anyway, to go with the video I thought I would share comparison photos as well. I have a bit more belly going on this time around at 16 weeks. I've always heard that you start showing earlier with subsequent pregnancies, so I assume that's what's going on. I also started out about 10 pounds heavier this time around <grimace face>....

If you're interested in hearing more about this pregnancy or other comparisons, check out the video! Oh, and there's also a clip from the gender reveal in there too! 



We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day for Adelaide's birthday party. The weather was cooperating, the shopping was done, the cupcakes were baked, the cake pops were on their way to completion and a full pan of rice crispie treats were just begging to be sliced and served up. Yep, it was going to be a fantastic Halloween birthday over here today. That is, until Adelaide puked. What the hell kind of luck is that?! Poor kid spent her birthday party day laid up on the couch watching TV with a revolving wardrobe and blanket. Puking sucks. Watching your kid puking is the worst :(

We I decided to reschedule her party (Jordan was telling me to just forget it, it's not the first time something like this has happened and it won't be the last. Men. <Insert eye roll here>). I'll admit that there is a tiny bit of a selfish element in my desperate desire to reschedule. I mean this was the party of my dreams. A Halloween party. I tried to schedule Adelaide's birth around the ability to throw her a Halloween birthday party every year. (I found out my math was a teeny bit off when I was given a September 26th due date. Before you get pregnant you don't realize you have to count those 2 weeks before you're actually pregnant when determining the due date <insert angry face here>). But more importantly, I wanted this party for her. She has been so looking forward to having her friends and cousins over. I want to see her as everyone sings Happy Birthday to her. She needs to blow out her candles! So anyway, reschedule I did. She'll only have to wait a few extra days, although we'll be short a few friends unfortunately. I think as long as there are fresh cupcakes, it'll work out okay in the end. 

And in the meantime, here are a few bunch of birthday photos I snapped of her a couple of days ago, before this stomach bug got the best of her. Hopefully she'll be back to her smiling self tomorrow. Happy not-birthday party day sweet girl. We'll try again in a couple of days, xoxo.



Was that too many? I'm not a decision-maker. I'm just not.



Oh man, where do I even start? It's Adelaide's birthday! Three years old! Everyone keeps saying how fast it's going by and on one hand I guess I see that, but on the other it seems just about right. She's growing up into this amazing little girl who I just love more and more every single day, so I'm not really mourning each day or year's passing quite as much as I'm looking forward to watching it continue (though I think it's going to get harder and harder each year). She's just got this amazing personality, such a little ham! She's always wandering around in a different outfit than I saw her in last... Elsa dress, swimsuit, other Elsa dress, seven skirts... twirling around and making up songs. One of the most common lines I hear in her original pieces, "You can do..... anyyyyyyythinnnng!" She's so smart, curious and outgoing, such a good friend to any girl she can get to pay her any mind :) And finally, she's even getting a bit of a sweet streak, telling me I'm pretty or that she loves me or putting her arm around me or holding my hand sporadically. She melts my heart. While there have been times when I have struggled with this mom thing, trying to sort out exactly what my life is supposed to look like now, I've never once doubted just how much I love this girl. Those first few hell months ;) were a small price to pay for the energetic, imaginative, sweet, gregarious little girl we get to call ours. You are my favorite girl in the whole world Adelaide and I am so, so lucky to be your Mommy! I can't wait to say yes to every single "Do you want to play with me?" and "Can I watch a cartoon?" today :) I love you <---------------------------------------------> this much x1,000,000. Happy 3rd Birthday Adelaide Louise!


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