Sunday, April 21, 2013

Emily's 2nd Birthday

So Friday the 19th was Emily's second birthday. I had been looking forward to this day for weeks. I was excited to have a whole day dedicated to my sweet girl. It was nice to reflect and think about the day she was born and how far we have come since then. After all the focus on the triplets it was nice to have a day all about Emily. To be honest there was no sadness for me on Friday. I woke up and was excited to celebrate! I thought about what she would be like at two years old and wondered what she spent her day doing on the other side. I felt her presence throughout the day as she was always on my mind. It almost felt like she was with me all day excited to celebrate with us :)

We didn't do a whole family thing since Justin and I only had the afternoon together and most of my family was in school or working. This is what we did with our afternoon.....

I made a cake! It was super yummy! I'm no professional but pretty sure if Emily were here, she'd like it all the same :)

(Justin wanted a picture with me holding it.... I was slightly worried it was going to slide off the cutting board)

We went and picked out a dress. We went to a few stores in search of the perfect one. I was having a hard time finding one that was just right. We finally settled on this one.

We drove to the hospital to drop off the wrapped dress. I forgot to get a picture of us in the birthing center holding the bag. Darn. Last year we just dropped off the dress with no card or anything. This year I wanted whoever got the dress to have a better understanding of why they were getting it. So I wrote a little note on the card, something to the effect of, "Congratulations on your new baby girl! Two years ago our baby girl was stillborn. We hope you enjoy this gift as we remember her today. Best of luck from the Jensens." Oh how I wish I could have been a fly on the wall and seen their reaction when they opened the present. I hope they like it and get good use out of the dress :)

After leaving the hospital we went for an early dinner at a new steakhouse in town before Justin headed into work. So yummy! I ended up taking half my plate home.

On our way home we stopped and picked up flowers and took them to the cemetery. This was probably the hardest part of the day for me. I picked out the most fun, most bright flowers I could find. After all, it was a happy day :) Justin asked if I wanted to sing happy birthday but I didn't think I could manage so he sang a wonderful solo of happy birthday :) It was lovely.

My babies birthdays are by far going to become my favorite days of the year. What a wonderful day we had remembering our little girl. I often found myself smiling throughout the day just thinking about her and how glad we are to have her in our family. How we look forward to the day that we will all be able to celebrate together!!! 

Happy Birthday Emily LaNae! :)


  1. I love your traditions surrounding her birthday. I know that if I would have received that dress, I would have had my daughter wear it proudly as I pondered life and loss and generousity.

    Happy Birthday, little one.

  2. That is just beautiful...wishing Emily a happy birthday!!!