My Daughter´s Third Birthday Party – Gabby´s Dollhouse Theme…

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It was our daughter´s third birthday last week and it was the first year she fully grasped what was happening so I decided to let her choose the theme of her birthday party and she went with Gabby´s Dollhouse. It is a tv show on Netflix with a girl living in a dollhouse with a bunch of different cats. Each of them has its own strenght like music, baking, crafts and so much more. I personally think it is a very cute kids show and was pleased she picked out this one.

The Cake Table

I went all crazy for this area and I loved it. Birthday decor should be over the top as well as all over the place. I made a huge balloon arch to throne over the cake table. I always start with the theme and colors first so I browsed through amazon and found the perfect Gabby´s Dollhouse themed balloons. To make the arch a lot fuller I ordered a bunch of unthemed balloons in the right colors as well as a huge purple 3 to incorporate into the arch. 

Since the color of our wall did not blend in very nicely with the other colors I got these silver fringe curtains to put behind the table and under the arch and it worked out really well. I definitely liked how it turned out and it added a lot of glitter and dramatic effect to the whole set-up.

The garland has been included in the set of balloons and I worked it into the wall decor. Now since the hanging decor has been finished I moved on to the table. The heart of the table would be the cake so I placed it in the center and onto a purple sequin table cloth and worked my way around. Aren´t sequins just the perfect addition to add sparkle. I love it and use my sequin pieces at every possible event. Gathered quite the collection over the years. 

We had a Gabby´s Dollhouse themed cake on her actual birthday. I did not get the same cake for the kids party cause the kids aren´t to fond of the fondant in my opinion. So my MIL made a super cute cat cake and I added some cupcakes into the mix. Overall this was the best decision and it worked out great. 

 

The Grown-Up Table 

I have kept the grown-up area pretty simple cause first of all I did not want to take away the focus from the main area and also the parents did not care as much as the little ones. I went with confetti in the matching colors and put it onto the tablecloth like a table runner. I wanted to sprinkle it between the dishes at first but this was a much better idea cause there was not one piece lying on the floor after everyone was gone. The centerpiece of the table has been a huge bouquet of purple tulips. Overall I like the space very much that way. I looked like it belonged to the party but wasn´t too overwhelming. 

The Kids Table + Goodie Bags

I made it as easy as possible for the kids table so I got everything made of plastic or paper and threw it all out after the party ended. The Gabby´s Dollhouse paper plated had been a huge hit. I added paper cups and plastic forks and called it a day. 

The gift bags got a little more attention (going to share a reel with the inside as well). I decided to go with actual bags from amazon and was very happy that I did not take boxes although the bag were a little smaller than I thought. Nevertheless I made it work and was very pleased with the outcome. 

Inside the Gift Bags

Pecils 

Play-Doh

Cookie Cutters

Coloring Pages

Smarties 

Pandi Ears

Paint Set

 

Of course the coloring pages had been all Gabby´s Dollhouse themed.

 

 

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Easter Basket Ideas for Toddler and Babies ( Age Three and 10 Months)…

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Easter Sunday is a week away and I finally finished our Easter basket. I had so much fun this year to put them together cause I somehow found so many cute things for the girls and now the basket are super full but also full of surprises.

Easter Basket Ideas for Girl´s Age 3

Easter Basket Ideas for Girl´s Age 10 Months

 

These are the baskets I got for the girl´s Easter gifts. I have had the names and a cute Easter bunny printed onto the bags at a local company.

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What´s in my hospital bag the second time around…

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hospital bag, second child, childhome, mommy bag, packing list, hospital essentials, second baby, packing

hospital bag, second child, childhome, mommy bag, packing list, hospital essentials, second baby, packing

hospital bag, second child, childhome, mommy bag, packing list, hospital essentials, second baby, packing

hospital bag, second child, childhome, mommy bag, packing list, hospital essentials, second baby, packing

hospital bag, second child, childhome, mommy bag, packing list, hospital essentials, second baby, packing

hospital bag, second child, childhome, mommy bag, packing list, hospital essentials, second baby, packing

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FYI: I prepared this blog post before our baby girl arrived so there would still be fresh content on the blog while I am taking a break from blogging. That’s why you’ll still see me pregnant or referencing my pregnancy in some upcoming blog posts!

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Delivering a baby the second time around also brings its ups and downs although you have been through it once. You know exactly what happens but therefore you know EXACTLY what happens so it won´t be as much of a surprise. 

I am definitely packing smarter and lighter the second time around (which doesn´t mean that I still overpack) cause I know what I needed and what not plus I now know what I haven´t packed and missed dearly. Other than that lots of things are on repeat but I got this neat weekender bag with leopard print and a matching diaper backpack.

What´s in my hospital bag the second time around…

For the baby 

– monogrammed hat and bow, mittens, little shoes for going home, several pacifier cause I don´t know now which one she will like, a cute toy for pictures and of course the most adorable bag for baby girl´s things

 

– aiden + anais gowns, pj´s, velcro swaddle, Love To Swaddle Sleepsack, white noise mashine

 

– burp clothes (which I am also planning on using as backdrop for pictures), monogrammed blanket, diaper bag for our way home

 

– going home outfit for warm and for cool days, several onesies, outfits for photos in the hospital

For mama

– definitely my own pillow and blanket

– hakaa silicone pump, little baby bottle to feed the milk from the other breast, portable fan, night light, extra long charging cable and other adapter, ear pods, Laptop

– make-up bag and train case with toiletries, snacks, medicine and everything I need to take a shower, my own big bath towel 

– huge water tumbler, hemorroid pillow, personal documents, little wallet with coins

– hospital gown, several nightgowns, nursing pj´s, robe for pictures, nursing bras, going home outfit, shower shoes

(I haven´t shared any pictures cause it is mostly the stuff I packed for my first delivery. You can view it here.)

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Helena´s Birth Story…

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Our little girl is now two and a half weeks old and I am finally sharing my birth story before I am forgetting all the little details. 

This time around I had an epdiural and to say I have lots of regrets not getting one the first time would be the understatement of the century. 

I had a very calm, positive and conscious birth experience with Helena. The midwife that was caring for us was amazing. I was so thankful for her every minute. And because of the epidural I could rest a little (really only a little because it went so fast) before pushing her out.

The birth only took 6 hours in total which was half the time with Emilia but she also decided that she wanted to come in the middle of the night. I guess all of our children are little night owls.

So let´s have a look at the timeline. I noticed that something wasn´t right at about 18:15. I felt a gush of water coming out but wasn´t sure if it was amniotic fluid. But very soon two to three other came out and I was calling the hospital asking them what was best to do because my water didn´t brake with Emilia unitl the very end of pushing. They told me to stay calm, take a shower, eat something and come in after that so that they could have a look at me. 

I packed up the rest of my things, gave my mom some instructions cause she came over to be with Emilia, did my hair and put on some fresh clothes and then we headed straight to the hospital (I had showered in the afternoon and we just had dinner when my water started breaking). On the way to the hospital my contractions started and all the memories of my first delivery and the fear of pain came back. I have lost so much amniotic fluid at home that I thought I must be empty but there was so much more coming out during the drive and after.

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We arrived at the hospital at 19:46 and got checked in shortly after. It was a stormy night but you know what they say, storms bring the babies and I guess that is true. I was put onto the CTG at 20:08 for about an hour and then I was checked by a doctor who looked how much I was dilated, made a Covid test, an ultrasound and all the paperwork. At time point my contractions got pretty consistent and strong and I was admitted to labour and delivery.

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I got settled in and changed into my hospital gown cause my dress was super wet plus I immediately told the nurse I wanted an epidural. The anesthetist came around 22:30 and it took another 3o minutes to set up everything and get the epdiural working. The process went by super quick and didn´t hurt much. I was super happy that it worked out cause my contractions were pretty painful and consistent at this point because I was dilating so quickly.

After that it was pretty chill. I layed down with my own pillow and my super soft blanket and was just happy that I could rest a little. I didn´t feel any contractions at this point only a little pressure down there. I was shaking and freezing from the epidural but the midwife said it was totally normal so I wasn´t too worried and just waited. 

At around 00:15 she came back and after a short look she said I was ready to push, we just had to wait for the doctor to help delivery the baby. 

I pushed about 5 times and she was out at 00:39 screaming immediately with a head full of dark hair I was wishing for. It was just perfect. She was checked and then given to me immediately for skin to skin and we got to enjoy her for the next two hours all by ourselves. She weighed 3460 gr and was 53 cm big (Emilia was 50 cm and 3260 gr when she was born) and looked so super tiny. She had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck twice but apparently this is very common and in most cases not dangerous. 

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I also got to see the placenta and the amniotic sac this time around and it was pretty cool to have a look at an organ that´s only purpose was to grow and nourish your baby for nine months.

After that I went to our room and my husband went home. Helena and I spent our first night together and it wasn´t too bad. Totally forgot how often newborns eat and need their diapers changed.

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birth story, hospital, real life, baby picsy, mommy and me, labor and delivery 

My birth experience has been totally different this time. It was like day and night but there aren´t two births that are alike even if you have multiple children. 

We were discharged from the hospital after two days and I have never been happy to get home. I missed my Emilia pretty bad and I also wanted my own shower and bed. 

   

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