Family Photos

A few weeks ago and VERY last minute our local photographer offered a mini session and the timing was perfect with Daphne’s 2nd Birthday.   Daphne’s and my dress arrived the day before and I forgot shoes for my non-walking tiny footed girl so the grass hid her feet well.

The day of the pictures was very busy, the entire weekend was but especially the day of, we hosted Adelaide’s end of the year swim soccer party/Daphne’s 2nd Birthday at our house.  Daphne decided to party the night before, my way of describing her not sleeping, waking in the middle of the night and wanting to play/talk very loud for HOURS then sleep with us so we get just a sliver of an edge of our king size bed.  It was killer she was up from about 2-4am.

Despite her efforts the days events went on as scheduled and so did the family pictures which turned out pretty well knowing what we were dealing with.  Daphne did not want to cooperate and was over it by the time it came for her single shots, we may try again with just her.

Here are a couple of my favorites and I have to say, my girls are just dreamy!


xoxo desiree

2nd Birthday

I can’t help but starting off this post with..

This time last year I NEVER thought we would see this day.

The day before Daphne’s 1st Birthday we were in San Diego visiting one of the ‘IT’ doctors in Mito who delivered crushing and heartbreaking news to us.

As hard as it was I was determined to celebrate Daphne’s 1st Birthday, not knowing if she would live to see another one.

This year has been the hardest year of my life.  I have been through a lot in my 34 years, more than most and trust me that is not bragging I wish it was less but it has made me who I am now and has taught me many valuable lessons, the most important for our current life, is how to fight for what you believe in, speak the truth and the facts and the rest will fall in line.  A saying that I have been saying for years now in my job (a world of disbelieving men that I constantly have to battle with)  “Prove me wrong, it will only benefit you if I am wrong.”  My intuition and knowledge is usually spot on.

Back to the Birthday Girl.

Her day looked like this:

She woke, in bed with Rich and I angry because she missed her 1:30am feed so she took 6 ounces.

Got dressed in her Unicorn 🦄 outfit and headed to PT (I made her skirt)

Then breakfast in the car with me, a mini photo sesh waiting for her doctor’s appointment (the light was just beautiful, no filters here).

Can you see the 2 year old behavior 😂

Then at the doctors office hopefully we got the answer to all the sleepless nights….Sinus Infection.

Poor kid but hopefully the meds work and she gets back to her.  She has been running a low grade temp almost everyday, fussy, not eating well, NOT sleeping well at night and congested but not in her lungs for weeks so this is the next step.  It has been over 2 months since she was on an antibiotic and that is a pretty big deal!

Then Daphne went to her babysitter who greeted her singing Happy Birthday, she was all smiles.

In the afternoon she had a followup at her Neuro-Opthamologist, poor kid got dilated.

We rounded out the evening with dinner at IHOP and presents.  Her favorite is her Mini mouse 4 wheeler from Adelaide.

As I write this I remember we forgot to sing Happy Birthday, light her candles, eat cake and give her, her trampoline.  Tomorrow will be a little continuation and a picture in front of the Unicorn photo wall I made from Pinterest (forgot that too and it’s been up since last week 🤦🏼‍♀️)

A friend helped decorate this cake which she did great but it still was a Pinterest fail and moments after I put it back in the fridge it fell over!  I tried!

What it was supposed to look like:

What it looked like 🙃

She gets to start tomorrow morning off with bloodwork😢.

The life of a Mito baby 🙁

This sweet and spicy girl is loved more than she will ever know.  I spent most of the day crying yesterday and cried myself to sleep, not sure if it was over the thought of her turning 2, that she has lived to see 2, that she is getting closer to being identified as special needs/not ignorantly identified as a baby that is much younger than what she is or the thought of not having her one day (something that haunts me daily 😔), I am pretty sure it was all of the above.

I keep telling myself to live in the moment and take it all in.  I do, I really do but it’s time when I am rocking her and she stares up at me and just gives me that sweet little rotten look but also that look of being so pleased to hear me singing or humming that I just fall apart.  I will never regret one tear I shed over her or Adelaide but geesh I thought a year later things would be a little easier, a little less painful but it seems like just yesterday it all happened.

xoxo from one grateful but heartbroken mama

Daphne’s 1st Birthday

On Sunday May 22 we celebrated Daphne’s 1st Birthday with 60+ of our closest friends.

The weather was windy and chilly, not our typical So Cal weather and unfortunate since we were hosting it at our Association so the kids could swim, play and run around, they did not seem to mind the weather.

Hosting a party at a location that does not do any setup for you is a lot of work, especially when you have Pinterest pushing you to have the perfectly decorated and themed party.  So stressful but I think I WE did a great job!

There were over 25 balloons that were a twisted mess, red table cloths with black plates and green silverware to look like a ladybug with little blades of grass and the cutest little favor bags if I can say so myself.

We served Mexican Street Tacos, Tamales, Beans and Rice with all the stuff to make them yummy.

And then we had the Birthday Cake (thank you Costco) to eat and the Smash Cake that I made.  I was shocked that after Daphne clubbed the cake a couple times (yes I could not handle more than twice or the mess so I stopped her) people ate it.  Everyone loved it and I have to say it is the easiest cake to make and from one of my favorite cooks.

I actually do not like the rum version of the cake but Rich loves it.  For Daphne I just added 1/4 cup more of both oil and water to replace the rum and did not do the glaze.  It is the moistest cake I have ever had!

Daphne got so many presents and so many people wanted to hold her, I managed to let go a little but she is not a fan of being passed around and luckily makes that pretty clear so I don’t have to even ask for her back, her crying does it.  Sorry folks, I am stingy with my baby and she knows it!

I am sure I have rambled enough and all you want to see are the pictures.  It was a great day and we were so blessed that so many people decided to spend it with us and celebrate Daphne’s Day.  Here’s to many more Happy Birthdays!

The past 12 months…


Daphne cannot sit unassisted, I am just a MASTER at balancing her and snapping the pic super Fast!


The girl can squirm though…IMG_2351

We have done this shot from birth and thankfully she still tolerates it.IMG_2355IMG_2364IMG_2389IMG_2368IMG_2378