Saturday, July 3, 2010
Emma Grace's 7th Birthday in Pictures...Finally!
We brought this sweet girl home from the hospital seven years ago today, after she spent 109 days in the NICU. She was born on March 16, 2003 and came home July 3, 2003. I've been meaning, and wanting, to put her birthday pictures up from this year, and I thought this would be an appropriate day to do so. To honor her life and the miracle that she is. Never mind that I'm about 3 1/2 months late...better late than never is my motto! (If you're new to my blog, you can read her story by clicking her picture on my left side bar)
She had her party the weekend before her birthday. It was pretty simple since she got new bedding for her birthday. Here she is sleeping in her "new" bed for the first time.
She invited her best friends from school, and of course Sidney, to her party. She requested very simple pink and green cupcakes since those were the colors of her new bedding. We played musical chairs and hot potato with individual bags of Skittles. Gib also blew up 50-something balloons, and we wrote the letters of the alphabet on them. I divided the girls into two teams and the first to spell "Emma Grace" with the balloons won.
The day of her actual birthday, March 16th, started with cinnamon rolls for breakfast.
I took cupcakes and Cheetos Cheese Puffs and read "Albert the Bear" to her class.
She had her BFF from school, Caroline, over to play that afternoon.
She requested steak, mashed potatoes and broccoli for her birthday dinner. But at the last minute she changed her vegetable to green beans. Since it was her birthday, I obliged and went back to the store to appease her. But only because it was her birthday!
Sad thing was, though, I guess she played too hard and wore herself out that day. When she sat down for dinner, she had such a bad headache that she couldn't eat. I gave her medicine and she got comfy on the sofa. She fell asleep shortly after and didn't even have dinner on her birthday. It broke my heart for her. She ended up sleeping all night, and I saved her plate for the next night. We didn't get to sing or anything. :( Luckily she had been sung to at school earlier in the day.
I had bought Peanut Butter M&M's to put a candle in for her to blow out on her birthday. We were cupcaked out! We did it the next night.
And so was her 7th birthday. She says she wants a slumber party next year. I'm not so sure about that!