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February 26, 2009

happy 3rd birthday carmen

Filed under: carmen — Jana @ 12:06 am

I thought that in honor of Carmen’s birthday I would do a little flashback post of her life thus far.

Here she is still in utero.


She was born February 26, 2006 after 31 hours of labor. It was  undoubtedly the hardest thing I’ve ever done, and I would do it a million times again for her. She was definitely worth it.  She has been paying me back in cuteness and love ever since.

She was 9lbs 4oz… and here is proof.  Look how huge.


She was my perfect little baby.


She came out with lots of dark hair, and a nice tan.  Unfortunately both were gone within a few weeks.  But they came back eventually.


This is a really unexciting video lee took  of me getting her ready for bed  when she was a tiny baby (and yes I use the term tiny loosely) but it is so cute to remember how little they once were, since I have a tendency to forget.

Here she is at about 3 months.


This is about 5 months.


This is around 9 months.


Her first birthday.  I love the difference in our expressions in this shot.  She wasn’t too stoked to be one that day.


This is her at about 17 months.  I love her chubby cuteness.


And here is her second birthday.


She is such an awesome little girl. She has gotten so big so fast.  She is really tall for her age, and I think because of that I feel like she is even older than she is.  She loves everything princess right now.  She love to wear dresses and twirl around. Quite frequently when I ask her to do something such as “Get down” Her response to it is “Say get down, princess”.  She doesn’t really like toys much, she would much rather get into house hold objects rather than her own toy box.  She loves to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and her favorite movie right now is “the dinosaur show”  Which is The Land Before Time.  Up until now she loved chicken nuggets, but lately when I get them for her she wont eat them, so she now likes to eat “Hamaburgers”.  I will be really sad when she stops saying it like that.   She did awesome with potty training this past year.  I was the one having second thoughts about it, but when I finally committed to it, all I had to do was leave her in panties, and she knew she had to go in the toilet.  I wonder how much sooner I could have not been buying so many diapers, if I would have just trusted her.  She is very strong willed, which her daddy is very proud of.  It does drive mommy a little nuts sometimes. But she knows what she wants, and she fights for it.  It will probably serve her well later in life.

I hear very frequently that people think she will be a heart breaker when she gets to dating age.  I agree, I think she is the most beautiful girl in the world.  I may be a little biased, being that I am her mom, but I really think she is so cute.

Happy birthday Carmen, I couldn’t be happier that you were born!



  1. Happy Birthday Carmen! We miss you and can’t believe how fast you are growing up! You are such a sweet little girl and are so much fun to be around. We can’t wait to see you soon. Lots of Love.
    Bethany, Morgan and Claire

    Comment by Bethany — February 26, 2009 @ 12:27 am

  2. She is so fun to watch in sacrament meeting. I see her up and running around and I know that is exactly what I am in for with Sariah. She is certainly strong willed and I think that gives her a great little personality. She is a complete doll. Happy Birthday to Carmen.

    Comment by Cristina Moore — February 26, 2009 @ 6:41 am

  3. We can’t believe our little Carmie is already 3 years old. You are such a little cutie patootie and we love you soooo much. Hope you are having lots of fun with your new baby brother, Mose. You are going to be such a good BIG sister and such a good helper to your Mommy and Daddy. We can’t wait to see you again soon. Have a really FUN birthday. We love you so much.
    Love, Uncle Lawrence, Aunt Gwen, Lindsey, Connor, Oakley, Gracie, Gunnar & Cooper

    Comment by Gwenny — February 26, 2009 @ 11:26 am

  4. What a little cutie! Happy Birthday Carmen. That’s funny that you had Moseley 3 years and a day within Carmen. I am scheduled to have my baby-nugget within 3 years and 3 days of Tristan. There are so many women doing that lately. It’s like it’s the only fertile time of the year! :)

    Comment by Misty — February 26, 2009 @ 12:35 pm

  5. Happy Birthday Carmen! That is crazy that it is so close to Moseley’s birthday. Hope you are doing great, Jana. Thanks for the message about Moseley. Can’t wait to see pictures.

    Comment by Reese — February 26, 2009 @ 1:29 pm

  6. Happy Birthday to Carmen!!! Glad she gets her own day to celebrate it! Time flies doesn’t it!?

    Comment by Krystal — February 26, 2009 @ 1:31 pm

  7. hey jana tell Carmen happy birthday for me….how have you been ….love you guys

    Comment by azia — February 26, 2009 @ 6:25 pm

  8. Wow three years old. I think she looks closer to 4. She is so tall. LUCKY girl. Happy Bday Carmen.

    Comment by Shannon — February 26, 2009 @ 9:09 pm

  9. Ok so Happy Birthday to Carmen but get this! I typed in to google something like, Graco carseat cover sewing pattern and do you know the first listing that came up?! Your etsy listing. Can you believe that? I was very shocked and thought it was so funny that you and I are totally on the same page. Anyway, did you ever find a pattern? Let me know whenever you get a chance. No rush. I kow that you are just a little busy right now :)

    Comment by Kat Clark — February 27, 2009 @ 2:38 pm

  10. Happy birthday Carmen!! Maybe her and Moseley can have a big birthday bash together next year!

    Comment by Jeanette — February 27, 2009 @ 2:46 pm

  11. I loved the flashback. Thanks for posting so we can share in your lives. Give Carmen a hug from us. We are exited to see Mosely.
    Love, the Jeppson

    Comment by Mignon — February 27, 2009 @ 4:36 pm

  12. I love the picture from her first birthday. Both your faces are priceless. I can’t believe she’s already 3. (…and potty trained. Guess it’s about time for me to get on that with Miles.) It feels like just yesterday that Miles was still belly bound and Carmen was being blessed. Time flies! and she gets cuter by the day!

    Any chance of you guys blessing Mose on March 22nd? Just thought I’d throw it out there. Greg has a break from school that week. NO pressure. We’d love to come if we can though.

    Comment by melinda — February 28, 2009 @ 9:17 pm

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    Comment by Mike — March 1, 2009 @ 12:07 am

  14. carmie cracks me up. she’s a pistol and is going to keep you and thurm dog young. great chronology documenting her 1st three years. thank goodness for blogs and the ablility to stay in touch. luv…pops

    Comment by pops — March 6, 2009 @ 9:02 pm

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