It seems so big!
Last Saturday we had a party for her at Monkey Joe's. It's one of those bouncy house places.
That place is awesome!
Eden's party was double special this year because she has friends and stuff now! So she got to have HER friends at her party... not just ours! :) Little gymnastics buddies and play date friends. She was absolutely the sweetest and the cutest back in December when I gave her her birthday invitations to pass out to her fellow gymnasts at class. She was so proud.
I went with a princess theme. Duh! She's all about it these days!
And a princess party calls for... A BARBIE CAKE!
She was a work of art, I tell ya!
I always, always wanted a Barbie birthday cake and never ever got one when I was little! I obviously had a very deprived childhood. So I am living vicariously through my three year old! I was downright giddy when I picked up that beautiful creation the morning of the party. I actually drove an hour out of my way that day to get her. (I kept calling the cake "her". It drove Dustin crazy! "It's not a 'her'! It's a damn cake!") But if I was gonna get a Barbie cake, I was gonna do it right and get it from a place famous for them! Trust me when I tell you, the picture doesn't do her justice. She was covered in edible glitter and was so pretty and sparkly! Okay, I'll calm down about the cake now.
But Eden loved her too! Absolutely LOVED HER! I didn't let Eden see her until the party was already in full swing. I wanted her to be surprised. But once her party room was set up, I brought her in to see. She fell in love. She just sat and stared, and then it took me forever to convince her to go back out and play. My mom had to promise her that she would stay in the room and watch over the cake while Eden played. And then Eden got up on the table and kissed her before she left.
This is what Ila did during the party:
A few weeks ago, Eden, Ila and I went to lunch with my friend, Ashley. While there, Ashley asked Eden what she wanted for her birthday. Eden said, "a fish". That really surprised me! We had talked about her birthday numerous times, and she had never said anything before this lunch about wanting a fish. It cracked me up!
"Really? You want a fish for your birthday?", I asked her.
"Uh-huh. And water!" (I love how she made sure to specify that she needed water for her fish!)
Ashley said, "What are you going to name your fish?"
And Eden immediately said, "Kitty Cat".
After that day, Eden brought up the fish many times to all of us, so I was really hoping Ashley was gonna come through for us. Sure enough, Ashley showed up to Monkey Joe's last Saturday with a fish, a fish bowl, pink rocks and Hello Kitty decorations for Eden. Talk about a happy little girl! Kitty Cat is all set up in Eden's room, and Eden thinks feeding him is just the most exciting thing ever!
I , however, am so stressed about this little fish! I told Dustin that we HAVE to keep it alive!
He said, "Well, it's a fish. It's probably gonna die."
"DUSTIN! Do you remember what happened when Nemo got captured or when Mufasa died? And those were CARTOONS! This is her PET! We have to do everything we can to keep it alive as long as possible!"
I have been reading articles like "How to Clean Your Fish Bowl Without Stressing Your Fish" and "How to Help Your Betta Thrive". Kitty Cat has been added to our nightly prayers, and God had better help me out here!
The night before Eden's actual birthday, I couldn't sleep. I got all emotional laying in bed that night remembering laying there three years earlier with Eden in my tummy. I tossed and turned all night. I was wide awake at 4:15 and felt that I needed to wake Dustin up to reminisce.
"Dustin! Wake up! It's 4:15! Do you remember what we were doing three years ago at this time?"
"You were taking forever to get ready to leave for the hospital! I was all ready to go. You were making me so mad but I was trying really hard not to yell at you!"
Eden woke up on Sunday to her room filled with balloons. I was finally sleeping, but she ran into our room and woke me up. "Mommy! There's balloons in my room!"
you can see Kitty Cat on her dresser
She had presents waiting for her when we came downstairs. Three presents for three years.
our house is a zoo
Dustin made waffles and bacon, and we sang to her for the second time that weekend.
Eden and I were upstairs in her room after breakfast, and Dustin yelled up to me that it was 10:01. He came and joined us, and I attempted to say things like "This is probably when they were handing Eden to me and I held her for the first time" and "Okay, now this is probably when they told me she had to go to the nursery and I handed her to you to take her there", but every time I tried, I got all emotional and started crying.
Around noon, we left for Matagorda. Eden had requested a day of fishing for her birthday. Dustin was SO proud and happy!
This is what Ila did on Eden's birthday:
We went out for seafood that evening and then came back to the house for another cake and more candles and singing.
After she ate her cake, Eden did her scratch-offs. Haha!
Dustin got a bunch of scratch-offs for Christmas, and he and Eden sat at the kitchen counter one night scratching them off together. Eden loved it, and I had told my mom about it. So my mom put some scratch-offs in her birthday card. She won $15. A girl's gotta gamble!
Eden was very excited that we stayed the night in Matagorda. She kept calling it a "sleepover". She said it was "just like Minnie" as there is a Mickey Mouse episode where Minnie hosts a sleepover. She actually couldn't wait to go to bed! I was going to let her stay up as late as she wanted on her birthday, but as soon as she finished her scratch-offs, she ran to the bedroom and announced that "I'm ready for my sleepover!" Dustin and I tucked her in together, and I had to remind him again what we were doing at that time three years earlier. "By this time, everybody had left! It was just the three of us in the hospital room. Eden was laying on my chest, and we were watching TV. Modern Family was on."
It's amazing how you can remember every single detail of those birth days.
I loved our weekend.
On Wednesday, Eden had her three year check-up. Thanks to Doc McStuffins, Eden thinks going to the doctor and getting check-ups are just the funnest thing ever! She tells the doctor what to do. When the doctor walked in the room, Eden pointed to her stethoscope and said, "Listen to my heartbeat." Eden weighed 29 lbs. and is 35 1/2 in. tall. This makes her tiny. The doctor sat there showing me charts and explaining to me how Eden was very small for her age. I was like "um, yeah I know." The other kids in her gymnastics class TOWER over her. This is a picture of her at the doctor's office on Wednesday:
The blue jeans that she's wearing are a size 18-24 months. I really don't need a doctor showing me charts to tell me how small my daughter is when I dressed her in size 18-24 months pants that morning.
I love how tiny she is.
Okay, so a few days before Eden's birthday, I did one of those birthday interviews with her. Here goes:
What is your name? Eden Everly Hargrave
How old will you be on your birthday? Eden Everly Hargrave going to be three.
What is your favorite thing to do? take a bath
What is your favorite color? blue
What is your favorite food? peanut butter sandwich
Who is your favorite person to play with? Mommy (AWWWWW!)
What makes you laugh? my play-doh
Who is your best friend? Mickey
Where do you like to go? to my birthday party
What is your favorite book? Jonah and Big Fish
What is something you're good at doing? running (she ran around in circles) and hopping (she started hopping up in down)
Now I'm going to fill in my thoughts on her and her favorite things at three:
She is so loving and sweet. She has never once showed an ounce of jealousy toward Ila and goes over to Ila multiple times throughout the day to kiss her. She kisses me all day too. She'll stop playing to come and give me a hug and tell me that she loves me. In gymnastics, the thing she gets in trouble for is not keeping her hands to herself. When the kids are waiting in line to do something, Eden will lean over to hug whoever is next to her.
She loves to help me do things around the house. Like, she gets mad if I'm making the bed or sweeping without her. She'll cry out, "But I want to help you!" And she'll stand on the bed, and I'll hand her the pillows and she'll put them where they go. Or she'll run and grab her little broom to come help me sweep. (Which is really her just messing up the pile that I've already swept up!) She also likes to help me fold towels and match all the socks.
She is crazy good at puzzles. This evening, she put together a 36 piece puzzle all by herself.
She loves dressing up in her princess dresses and shoes and crowns, but even when I put a regular dress on her, she tells me that she's a princess and starts twirling in circles. She also has me clip yarn into her hair and then tells me she has long hair like Rapunzel.
She's starting to really get into her baby dolls. She feeds them, burps them, sings to them, pushes them around in strollers, and wraps them up in blankets to go "night-night". What a good little mama!
Her FAVORITE toy right now though is definitely the trampoline!
We got a Ranger for Christmas, and Eden and Dustin love to go riding around together. It's their bonding time.
I've said it before, but she is just such a perfect combination of little girlie girl, playing with her dolls and dressing up like a princess and having me put her pretend makeup on her, and tomboy, shooting guns and going fishing with Daddy.
She claims her best friend is Mickey, but it's absolutely her cousin, Rylen. They adore each other.
She is not picky. AT ALL. She loves to eat. There are verrrryyy few things that she doesn't like. It's not hard at all to get her to eat healthy stuff. She loves broccoli and will willingly eat it for a snack! A peanut butter sandwich is for sure her favorite food though. She would eat them for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks if I let her.
Gymnastics day is definitely a favorite around here. She loves doing gymnastics, she loves her instructor and she loves getting so see all her friends.
She's just a wonderful, happy-go-lucky, easy-going, loving kid!
A few days before she turned three, I took her to the Tot Spot at The Children's Museum one last time. Once they turn three, they're not allowed in. She played her little heart out, and when we finally walked out, I was so dang sad. We've gone there so many times over the past three years, and I've had so much fun watching her play there. She's gone from the little baby that I had to guard from the big bad two year olds to the big bad two year old that I had to remind to watch out for the babies. It was really emotional to leave knowing that she'll never go back.
Eden's last time just so happened to be Ila's first time though!
you're up kid!
As emotional as I may get because she's three, I'm also so happy and thankful that she's three. Dustin is always reminding me that they're SUPPOSED to grow up, that her making it to three is such a blessing. He's right, of course. She's healthy and smart and beautiful, and thank you God for letting her make it to three! I am very excited about this year - I have so many things planned for her!