The Home Birth Slideshow of Sunday Quinn

A Week of Sundays What better way to wrap up A Week of Sundays than with the grand finale of her birth slideshow! :)

If you haven't already, feel free to read my birth story before you watch the slideshow.

Sunday Quinn's Birth Story, pt. 1 Sunday Quinn's Birth Story, pt. 2 

A year after Sunday was born, I have finally put the finishing touches on her slideshow. This is the first slideshow I've created using iMovie and it was easy and complicated at the same time! I am sure there were easier ways to do a lot of the things I did but I had to go about just doing it the only way I knew how! I am happy with how it turned out... even if some of the tight crops feel a little too intimate. :) I think it's a great illustration of the last 5 hours of our labor and delivery experience with Sunday.

Even though I was pretty detailed with my birth story and I shared some pretty rough pictures of myself along with it... it is still a little nerve wracking sharing this whole slideshow with you all. But... I'm taking a deep breath and hitting "publish." I hope it encourages just ONE person to stop and research their options for labor and delivery... because it really can be a wonderful and empowering experience for women!

If you missed them, check out the other posts from A Week of Sundays: Week of Sundays: Day 1 | Goose Beary Shop Giveaway! A Week of Sundays: Day 2 | Our Must Have Products for Baby’s First Year, pt. 1 A Week of Sundays: Day 3 | Our Must Have Products for Baby’s First Year, pt. 2 A Week of Sundays: Day 4 | Things My Daughter Has Taught Me A Week of Sundays: Day 5 | A year in pictures A Week of Sundays: Day 6 | Things about Sunday Quinn I am thankful for A Week of Sundays: Day 7 | Sunday’s Birthday Party

A Week of Sundays: Day 7 | Sunday's Birthday Party

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Trying to plan baby's first birthday party  is... confusing. I knew Sunday wasn't going to remember much, but I also didn't want to skip this milestone. It was something to be celebrated, for sure! After a lot of hemming and hawing, I finally decided to approach the celebration as a Thank You for all of those people who have helped us out this year: babysitters, nannies, family and friends who played significant roles in our lives as we adjusted to our new identity as a family of three.

I decided to have Sunday's party at The Farm Basket. I adore their little space upstairs and they make delicious food! I knew planning a party in the middle of my busiest season was going to be a challenge, so catering was definitely something I was hoping to take advantage of! I ordered up some delicious quiches, a cheese & cracker tray, and a fruit platter for a mid-morning brunch. I scheduled the party right between Sunday's nap times and it ended up working out perfectly.

My friend Joy helped me with the decorations and we started by picking out a handful of patterns. From the pretty fabrics, Joy created a banner for the party as well as some pom poms to hang above the food table. I took the fabric swatches to my friend Penny who made the awesome cupcakes and smash cake for us! She hand painted the designs from the fabric swatches onto the cupcake squares! All 36 of them! So incredible! (And don't even get me started on how DELICIOUS the cupcakes were!! She asked me my favorite cake/icing combination and I told her yellow cake / chocolate frosting. However, I didn't want dark colors on the cupcakes so I told her not to worry about satisfying my taste. :) BUT she ended up putting a chocolate filling inside the cupcakes... creating a way to satisfy both our taste buds AND my need for color matching. So, so awesome!)

I used some of the fabric from Joy to wrap around the glass candle holders (aka flower vases) I also had at Emily's baby shower. I filled the candle holders with flowers bought from Sam's Club the morning of the party - but the flowers were pretty pitiful. It was difficult finding bright and colorful flowers this time of year - all the harvest colors are out right now!

Anyway - center pieces were flowers and instagram pictures of Sunday. I hung a timeline of photos on a big mirror and set up a few big never-seen-before pictures of Sunday on the welcome table as well. (Hah - it was surprisingly difficult not to share those pictures with you all before the party! I'll be sharing them tomorrow... they are some of my absolute favorites of Sunday, ever!)

The party was relaxing and enjoyable. Everyone came, had brunch and visited for a while before we did the cake smash! And of course the Snapshot Studio was set up as a party activity as well. Overall, it was a lovely morning and I am really glad my preparations were low-key. Having the party catered was a HUGE weight off my shoulders and I will definitely do that again. Although in the future it'll probably be a pizza party for 10 kids, not a brunch for 40 people. :)

Okay, okay! Onto the photos!

The second-to-last picture is of my sister and her daughter, Shelby who both share a birthday with Sunday! All three born on November 20th...! They are some of my favorite people in the whole world so I think that's pretty awesome. :)

Happy Birthday Sunday!!! You are oh-so-loved by sooo many people!

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Don’t forget about the Goose Beary Shop Giveaway going on this week! hop over to check out the goods and submit your entry to win a cutie dolly!

Week of Sundays: Day 1 | Goose Beary Shop Giveaway! A Week of Sundays: Day 2 | Our Must Have Products for Baby’s First Year, pt. 1 A Week of Sundays: Day 3 | Our Must Have Products for Baby’s First Year, pt. 2 A Week of Sundays: Day 4 | Things My Daughter Has Taught Me A Week of Sundays: Day 5 | A year in pictures A Week of Sundays: Day 6 | Things about Sunday Quinn I am thankful for

A Week of Sundays: Day 6 | Things about Sunday Quinn I am thankful for

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Giggles.

Snuggles.

Love of animals.

Being a social butterfly.

Love of the outdoors.

Speed of development (it's perfect).

Love of the simple things.

That food makes her happy (uh oh).

Ten little fingers and ten little toes.

The sound of her laugh.

Perfect porcelain skin.

Adorable sleeping positions.

Our secret language.

Love of daddy, and grandma, and Aunt Christy.

Such a great traveler.

Love of books.

Bath time splashes.

Bedtime snuggles.

Lessons she has taught me.

The joy she brings to my heart.

Photos in this post by my friend Heather at Visions by Heather

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Don’t forget about the Goose Beary Shop Giveaway going on this week! hop over to check out the goods and submit your entry to win a cutie dolly!

Week of Sundays: Day 1 | Goose Beary Shop Giveaway! A Week of Sundays: Day 2 | Our Must Have Products for Baby’s First Year, pt. 1 A Week of Sundays: Day 3 | Our Must Have Products for Baby’s First Year, pt. 2 A Week of Sundays: Day 4 | Things My Daughter Has Taught Me A Week of Sundays: Day 5 | A year in pictures A Week of Sundays: Day 7 | Sunday’s Birthday Party

A Week of Sundays: Day 5 | A year in pictures

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Today is Sunday's birthday party! I printed all of the following pictures to display at the party today so of course I'm going to share them with you guys! Gosh, I just think she looks so big in her 12 month pictures. She's a real toddler now... it's just crazy. It feels like there is no more baby left in her! Okay, well, when she is not getting her way she can sure act like a baby! :) Tommy and I had a lot of fun picking out the pictures we think best portrayed her personality at the times they were taken. And okay, we got a little bit sad, too... thinking about how these days are behind us. But, we are having so much fun with her right now so we're not going to dwell on the past! :)

Nice to meet you, mommy & daddy!

I sleep all the time right now.

I finally smile back at mommy! I light up her whole world with my smile.

I am learning to roll from back to belly and it is frustrating sometimes, but I'll get the hang of it soon!

I am so happy after nap time!!

My bouncy seat is my favorite place in the house right now!

Look at me, learning what it's like to have opinions! I'm confusing mommy a little these days, but she'll get the hang of it soon!

I LOVE spending so much time in the pool with mommy and daddy!

Look at me standing in the crib! (Mommy set me up like that) But, I've finally learned to sit on my own and I am a lot more interested in my toys now!

Yeahh! I totally flirt with the camera now! And everyone else who comes in contact with me! (I also scoot everywhere!)

I'm pulling myself to standing now, and still such a little flirt!

I definitely know what I want now and that's mama. All the time. And my tongue sticks out of my mouth almost constantly, too. Good thing it's cute!

Yay! I am SUCH a big girl now! I sign "more" ALL the time, especially when mommy asks me if I want some milk! :)

Okay - we're off to the big girl party! I'll be sharing all the pictures in a few days, don't worry!

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Don’t forget about the Goose Beary Shop Giveaway going on this week! hop over to check out the goods and submit your entry to win a cutie dolly!

If you missed them, check out the other posts from A Week of Sundays:

Week of Sundays: Day 1 | Goose Beary Shop Giveaway! A Week of Sundays: Day 2 | Our Must Have Products for Baby’s First Year, pt. 1 A Week of Sundays: Day 3 | Our Must Have Products for Baby’s First Year, pt. 2 A Week of Sundays: Day 4 | Things My Daughter Has Taught Me A Week of Sundays: Day 5 | A year in pictures A Week of Sundays: Day 6 | Things about Sunday Quinn I am thankful for A Week of Sundays: Day 7 | Sunday’s Birthday Party