Saturday, September 1, 2012

Two years ago today, our "Bigs Party"

Two years ago tonight, we were eagerly awaiting the arrival of our sweet Lilly Sofia. I had so many mixed emotions over what the coming days would hold. I sat in the rocking chair, in the empty nursery, and cried at the thought of finally getting to rock my newest little love. I cried at the thought of Bella's feelings being hurt when a new baby would take so much of my attention. I cried at the realization that my little boy would no longer be "the baby". I did a lot of crying. It was the hormones.

We spent that day celebrating our Big Sister and Big Brother. Grady and Bryan spent the morning doing guy stuff together (which means that I really have no idea what they did), and Bella and I went to get a pedicure.

Early on in my pregnancy, Bella decided that since she liked pink the best, that our new baby girl should like purple. So we choose purple as Lilly's special color.

That evening, we threw a "Bigs Party" for our bigs. For dinner they chose hamburgers and hotdogs, mac and cheese, tomatoes, grapes and brownies. We lit candles (because candles seem to make everything a little more special), tied balloons, and used our special celebrate plates.

There were presents too. Bella had asked to buy a purple tutu to give to Lilly when she met her in the hospital. She loved it, and just knew that Lilly would love it too. So for her special gift, I bought her a matching one, so they could celebrate together. Grady got plastic animals, pretend keys, and a ball.

We were so thankful that Bryan's mama was able to come celebrate with us, and then spend the night so that she could take care of the kids, and then take them to the hospital in the morning.

It was a beautiful day, full of celebrating the ones we have and the ones we love. But, oh what joy the next few days would hold. 
Blessed beyond measure, then and now.

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