My darling Ella, you’re 1yr old today! This day has come far quicker than I could have imagined. Mommy’s been a mess the last couple of days and I’ve been appreciating your awareness of this by giving me more cuddles and kisses than usual.
Even though I have only had you in my arms for a year, I truly feel like I’ve had you with me for all of my life. When the doctor helped place you in my arms on the morning of November 10th 2015 a wave of emotion came over me and I broke into tears. We had a little trouble during my pregnancy with you and when you were in my arms I felt that you were finally safe.
The first months you spent a lot of time on my chest, it’s the only way you would nap during the day so mommy took up watching a variety of TV series on Netflix and got used to putting her feet up.
You were a little unsure of the world at first but I’ve seen you grow and become more and more confident in your surroundings. You absolutely adore your big brother, Owen and he was one of the first people who could make you smile and the very first person you gave a huge belly laugh to.
You were a little unsure of your Dad at first but the last couple of months leading up to your birthday you are the first to greet him in the morning with lots of love and hugs and the first person to reach for him when he gets home from work.
I like to call you “my girl”, “cheeks”, “my little cuddle bug” and Grandma Toth likes to call you “dumpling” and “blueberry eyes” you really are fond of your Grandmother, you always have been.
There is not one particular thing about you that I love, there’s a very long list of things. I have all the patience in the world for you, you have me completely wrapped around your finger and in my eyes you can do no wrong. I promise to always love you, say “no” when I need to, and be there for you for the rest of my life.
Happiest 1st Birthday to my daughter! Mommy loves you. Xox
Ella’s 1st Birthday dress, onesie and handmade headpiece is from Love Little Lush Boutique
This past weekend we had a special getaway to the Oban Inn and it was just what the doctor ordered. 🙂 The Oban Inn is so relaxing, comforting, you feel like you’re at home… but a really clean home with people who cater to you! 🙂 I remember laying on the bed as soon as we got in to the hotel room and I looked at Rick and said “Can we just lay in bed all night?” and we did. We grabbed a appetizer in the dining area, threw on the fireplace and watched a movie …it was kind of perfect.
Waking up in the morning after sleeping until 9am for the first time in who knows how long was just another bonus to our day. We rolled out of bed and went down to to dining room for a continental breakfast of different pastries, granola, fruit, yogurt, different types of deli meats, bagels and more. I took my time and just enjoyed the peacefulness of it all. Breakfast at our house is usually a mess of Rick trying to get out the door, the kids playing, I’m trying to make lunches with the baby hanging off of me and racing out the door to get Owen off to school.
Once we finished breakfast we went to the Oban Inn’s house spa OSpa for our couples massage. They were very accommodating to that fact that I was pregnant and it was so incredibly relaxing!!! Knowing myself I could have stayed in the spa all day getting my nails done and a facial… anything to keep me there 😉 BUT this was our little getaway and we ventured out to the main strip which was only a block away from where we were staying and that was just as fun.
Between Ricks beer tastings and me playing in the leaves we went in to many of the shops and stopped for lunch. Theres so much to see and do in Niagara on the Lake even if you can’t partake in the wine and beer flights, there is the theatre on the main street, food tastings, guided tours and so much more.
While we were at the Oban Inn I was taking videos over my Instagram Stories and it was amazing to see how many of my friends had been to the Oban Inn. All of their comments were “I love that place” “The Oban Inn is amazing!” “I went there when I was pregnant too. So relaxing!” Clearly this is a place we need to come back to more often.
It was a special weekend away and although we missed our little ones I think they were having just as much fun at home with grandma. Rick and I try to take time away even if its for a weekend to reconnect and recenter and this was the perfect place to do that.
Thank you to the Oban Inn for hosting us this weekend, your hospitality was second to none!