Monday, March 28, 2016

A Bunny Birthday Bash

Hippity hippity hop!!! Somebunny special just turned one and we threw her a birthday bash yesterday, Easter Sunday! :) What could be a more fitting theme than Easter bunnies, right? For a day, #LiaLoopsy became #LiaBunny. :)

The setup inside Amistosa Clubhouse, Tierra Nueva.
I chose this pastel color palette because of the 'sweetness' of it. :)
Sweet like my little baby. :)

A pink bunny, colorful eggs (these are real!), and our little bunny's framed photo as table centerpiece :)
Plush carrots and a ceramic bunny on the left;
Lia's birthday shoes, eggs (again!), and a lovely birdcage. :)
Lia's baby gallery! :)
I love the polaroid-style printouts of her month-on-month pictures!
Other stuff on display: her very first headband, beanie, mittens, and crochet sandals,
her 3D ultrasound photo, musical worm toy, and favorite books. :)
Her dress by Baby Fashionistas. :) This has a bunny tail at the back!
Because it's a party for bunnies, we gave all the little ones bunny ears to wear! :)

Bunny treats for everyone! :)
This pretty dessert spread was c/o Felicity Patisserie. :)

A closer look at the cake. See those cute little flowers?
And the bunny! It's super adorable! :)
Oreo bunnies and bunny butts on cupcakes! :) They're as yummy as they look!
Bunny and egg cookies and bunny tails which are actually coconut balls! :)
Carrot cookies and bunny ear cuppies! :)
(Left) We prepared a coloring activity for the kids so they won't get bored before the program started;
(Right) The party giveaway: LiaBunny Pillow! :)
That's Chayno, our super galing host and magician! :)
We highly recommend him! He's great with both kids and adults.
The birthday girl! :)
Our little family :)

And that's it, our Lia's bunny birthday bash! Now this mommy here can already take a break from all the planning, whew! :)  Special thanks to our suppliers who were all a breeze to work with:

  • Queensland Catering - food and styling. Yes, they do event styling, too! :) Snaps for Kat Penaflor who handled our party.  She did a great job! :)
  • Little Big Stories Studio - photo coverage. A huge thanks to JB Delgado for accommodating us at the last minute!  I love the shots and the fact that we got the photos on the same day! :)
  • Chayno - party host and magician. Two thumbs (and big toes) up! :) Getting him to take care of everything in the program was one of our best decisions.  I didn't have to prepare for anything except for the game prizes. Sulit na sulit! :)
  • Amistosa Clubhouse - Great choice! :) The place is accessible to both commuters and those who have cars. It also has a comfortable holding area for the birthday celebrator and family. Rosy, our contact person, was also nice. :)
  • Felicity Patisserie - cake and pastries. Ruchell's dessert spread was very pretty and yummy, too! :)
  • Pixmoto Photobooth - Thank you, Joann Chua! :) It was a pleasure working with her team. No headache at all, the two guys were really nice. :)
  • Pillow Me - The bunny pillows are so cute! The materials used are of high quality. Thank you! Highly recommended! :)
  • Baby Fashionistas - baby's dress. Their office is very far from where we live, so it wasn't easy meeting up with them, but the output was worth it! Many guests remarked how cute Lia's dress was. :)


Lia Turns One

Today, 28th of March, our little munchkin turns ONE! :)

Our existence has become more meaningful since you arrived one year ago.
From that moment, you've been our infinite fountain of bliss,
and taking good care of you has been our life's mission. 

Everyday, your dad and I thank the Lord for blessing us with a beautiful bundle of joy. 
The wonderful journey of rearing you has just begun, 
and we will always be by your side no matter what. 

Happy first birthday, our little darling Lia! 
Daddy and mommy love you so much.

Monday, March 21, 2016

A Letter to My Almost 1 Lia

Dear Baby,

Today is exactly one week before you turn one year old, and I can't help but get emotional. *tears* I can still vividly remember those nights when your dad and I would ask God for a baby, someone to complete our family, our happiness.  You came, and our hearts had never been fuller. 

Do you recall when you were still inside mommy's tummy, how famished you made me? My stomach felt like a bottomless pit, with never-ending hunger.  Or that day when we listened to your heartbeat and you made pasikat? :) You were very active then, making sure we'd know that you were strong and healthy and happy, just like what we were always hoping for.

I wonder if you felt what I felt when we thought we lost you, those two times that mommy experienced bleeding. Your dad and I were so afraid, I wonder if your heard my cries.  If you did, I hope it didn't make you scared, baby. Thank you for hanging in there, for being so strong for mommy and daddy.

You surprised us at 22 weeks my love, when you revealed you're a girl! :) I always thought you're a boy because of my huge appetite.  I wonder if you knew since the beginning that you're going to be a little doll, just like mommy's secret wish.  I can imagine how much you're giggling inside my tummy when we finally learned your gender. At that very moment, I knew I'd name you Riella Noelle.

It was March 28, 2015, when you finally came into this world.  You were very small, with your eyes, nose, and lips all puffy from labor. Everything is still very clear in my mind's eye: the overflowing joy in my heart... the songs of praises for God in my head.  I knew then that everything I went through was worth it. Your dad, me, and you.  Our little family's complete.

Then came a whirlwind that was one year.  Things happened fast and easy, now my little baby is becoming a toddler. *tears* It was just like yesterday when your only place of comfort was my arms, you wouldn't sleep soundly on the cot or on the bed, you only liked sleeping on mommy's chest. Now, day by day, you are slowly outgrowing it. Very soon, you'll be able to walk on your own, form words to express yourself, and explore the things around you. Very soon, you'll expand your world outside mommy and daddy, and I guess then, I will have to manage separation anxiety.  Not yours my darling.  Mine.

We love you, Lia.  The world of mom and dad revolves around you, how we can keep you happy and healthy and safe.  You're only about to enter your toddler years, but we know for sure that you'll go far someday, you will go places.  But we hope that no matter how big your own world will get, at the end of the day, you know that mommy and daddy are just here, waiting for you to come back to the place where you can always find comfort... in our arms.


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