Meet Autumn Makenzie.
Our middle daughter, Carley, has been asking for a Bitty Baby for 2 or 3 years now. I honestly did (and still do) think paying $60.00 for a baby doll is ridiculous!!! But I also realize that if you still want something that long afterward, you really do want it. So I decided at age 11, it's now or never on the Bitty Baby. She was able to buy a big lot of accessories that look unused on ebay for a third of the retail cost with her own money. We purchased the doll today as her birthday gift. It came with a free sleeper (that says $20, sheesh, lol). I don't know if that's all the time or is a special they are running right now. At the American Girl store today, she used some of her birthday money to buy a swaddling blanker for her doll. She is just tickled PINK (ha) and has had a great day.
This may sound a little absurd, but you all know by now that I really try to do a birthday theme that revolves around what my kids are currently into. Carley is all about babies. She loves them. She wants a dozen. I always tell her I hope they are all just like her. LOL Love that kid, but she definitely gives me a run for my money!!! :) Anyway, I decided that the theme would be Baby Shower Birthday Party. Unique, huh? I was worried that would seem just too freaky, but I was right on the money with knowing that my daughter would LOVE it. She thought it was the coolest thing. So when you look at the pics, just keep the theme in mind.
First off, this was my baby girl 11 years ago today at 3:03 pm, weighing in at 8 pounds, 8 ounces. She was the smallest of my four children. She also had the most hair.
And this is her today, at 11 years old! Hard to believe.
We got up this morning and had the breakfast of Carley's choice. She opened a card from my parents. She opened one from hubby's mom yesterday. She had to do a school subject that she didn't complete yesterday, and then we all got ready to go to the mall. An American Girl store was just opened this summer. Yay! I would still rather ebay for the items, but it did make for a great birthday experience. We had lunch at the mall, went to a few stores, and then we came home for cake, ice cream, and punch!
The girls LOVED the store. Our son, however, didn't want to even be photographed in the place. LOL It was funny because this other little boy that looked about his age was in the store, too, only he was literally laying in the floor rolling around in boredom! Not a fan, I guess.
Even though Dollar Tree was out of all coordinating decor and then Walmart didn't have baby shower items (what????), it all turned out pretty good. Carley says she thinks this is her best birthday yet! Mission accomplished. :)