Mila’s Second Birthday

It has been over a week and I still cannot believe that my little one has turned TWO. In celebration of her second birthday, we chose a theme based on her favorite movie, Moana. It was an absolute blast putting it all together and seeing it unfold. Even though I went a wee bit overboard with the planning and had a few sleepless nights, it was all worth it for her and the memory.

She has always been a bit shy in a room filled with lots of people, but she did a great job coming out of her shell and dancing to her favorite music. I know that while others may be completely bored watching a toddler run around, I could not take my eyes off of her. I was completely mesmerized by how many people came together to celebrate my daughter. It was an absolutely heart warming experience.

I decided on an even bigger balloon arch this year and in total needed around 200 BALLOONS. I strongly recommend getting an air pump to tackle this project or just do what I did and have several friends blow them up. WARNING: LIPS MAY TURN BLUE AFTER BLOWING UP NEARLY 50 BLUE BALLOONS.

I have to say, while I enjoyed every aspect of this party, I absolutely loved the baking that we did. I obviously did not do it all alone, I would have failed miserably if it were not for my mother. I did however come up with several of the ideas so I like to give myself some (very minor) credit.

It was a very different experience with the “cake smash” this year. I set the cake down for Mila to go to town, but she immediately began to fuss. It was eventually discovered that she was demanding a fork. I am raising such a lady.

It has been an absolute treat watching her personality come to life. I have heard numerous times that “the terrible twos” are a year to remember and while she has already begun the tantrums, I cannot explain how gracefully she goes through them. I mean, even I threw a minor tantrum last week when I accidentally shrunk my favorite shirt and there was NOTHING graceful about that. I am so excited to see what the next year has in store for my little one.

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FIRST BIRTHDAY

As many already know, last weekend was MILA’S FIRST BIRTHDAY. Can you believe it? Mila has turned ONE! It went flawlessly and she was the star of the show. I read all about how these parties should be fairly intimate, but Mila has proven time and time again to flourish in a fairly large social setting. I WONDER WHERE SHE GETS IT. Many of our family and friends gathered to celebrate the amazing baby that has been a part of our lives now for a WHOLE YEAR.

It’s always been a hobby of mine to plan events. I’m pretty sure I got it from my mom. I had big shoes to fill because my mom was a legend with my friends at throwing parties. It was such an amazing time to have everyone together.

I got most of the decorations from Amazon since everything is so cheap and with Amazon Prime, it is two-day FREE shipping. I don’t even have to leave the house and I can just put everything in a virtual shopping cart until I have made up my very indecisive mind.

We had a lovely spread of food for everyone to enjoy and then had Mila “eat” her FIRST cake. She loved being the center of attention but did get a bit overwhelmed with 20+ people cheering at her. She had her mommy and daddy by her side and SMASHED that cake.

Because I wanted to do a photoshoot of her smashing a cake, on a separate day we did another cake smash and it went amazing. She again LOVED eating cake.

I purchased Mila’s dress off of an adorable website called Lenny Lemons. It was absolutely what I envisioned for her special day. I got her crown off of Etsy from Love Crush Crowns. It too was just what I wanted for our little Mila Anne King.

It was indeed an amazing weekend and we are so blessed to have such a beautiful daughter.

11 Months

Just like that, Mila is 11 MONTHS going on 12 MONTHS. Seriously, I don’t know how repetitive I can be about how rapidly these months have passed. She’s nearly a YEAR OLD. It’s such a mixed emotion for myself because I don’t want the time to pass so quickly, but I have been loving every second of watching her grow and develop into the beautiful daughter she is.

If you’re going to commit to the monthly photos, realize that they only continue to get harder. She’s NOT a fan of laying down anymore, but who can blame her. She’s on the move and just wants to continuously be engaged with the environment around her.

Mila’s very first word was “MAMA” and shortly after she said “DADA”. It doesn’t seem to mean anything to her quite yet but was very exciting to hear her say them for us.

I did an at home photo shoot for these pictures and will be doing more moving forward. Someone’s FIRST BIRTHDAY is just around the corner so I am getting excited with lots of ideas. I looked into the seamless paper but found the fadeless bulletin board paper to be much less expensive for a huge roll of it.

Check back shortly as I will have some fairly exciting news to share!

8 Months


It comes quicker and quicker each and every month. Mila has turned 8 MONTHS this past weekend! I cannot believe how quickly she is developing each and every day. She is becoming more and more coordinated with her hands and likes to exchange toys back and forth to each hand. She is finally showing a huge interest in her toys, or just objects that become toys, like mama’s phone or daddy’s PS4 controller. 


She is not quite crawling yet, but she is definitely getting ready to by getting into the stance and then lunges forward. I cannot imagine what it is going to be like once she does start crawling, but I’m excited to continue to see her attempts and cannot wait for her victory!

Hope everyone is having an amazing week!

7 Months

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Let me say something every mother says constantly throughout their child’s life, I cannot believe how quickly the time is flying by. It’s also the most unsolicited comment you will receive from EVERYONE. EVERYWHERE.

In the past month, Mila has grown even stronger at sitting up and is able to push herself up into the crawl stance. I am so excited for her to start moving, but I have also been told I will be quickly taking that statement back. She talks constantly, no idea where she got it, and we are in DROOL CITY. Mila is showing her fun personality more and more each day.

I originally found inspiration for these monthly photo ideas from Pinterest and then put my own spin on them with new themes every month. I try to be fairly frugle while putting them together and lucked up this time around by finding both a bundle of greens and flowers for under $10.

I am so excited to be celebrating her first Christmas and begin our new family traditions. While I was growing up, it was by far my favorite part of Christmas. I have enjoyed picking out a few new and old traditions to start with Mila. I have so far decided to get her a new ornament every year, something that my parents did for me, and I am also getting our family matching sets of pajamas every year to wear during the Christmas Season.