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.
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.
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!
It is happening all too fast, and I cannot believe Mila is 10 MONTHS OLD. It has been a month full of change for Mila and at a very rapid pace. Speaking of rapid pace, she is on the move! It happened just after 9 Months, but she went from scooching, to an army crawl, to full fledged crawling. She’s everywhere all at once! I was warned about this stage and how big of a change it would be, but I have enjoyed watching her little mind wander from one end of the apartment to the other.
Aside from crawling, which was her biggest milestone this month, she now has two teeth in on the bottom. It has been lots of teething and drooling, but Mila has been so strong through all the fevers and the discomfort.
One of the biggest challenges was very obviously teething, but for me, sleep training was the hardest part. Eventually, there is a time when you go from tending your baby’s every need to allowing them to lean on themselves a bit. Connor and I got into a difficult position where she was reliant on us to help her back to sleep which was becoming as frequent as every hour.
Connor and I attempted several different “no tears” methods, but none seemed to be helping. It was hard for us and I never intended to have to follow through on it, but we ended up trying a little more “aggressive” form of sleep training that involved a few more tears than I would have liked. LUCKILY, it was only a handful of days and now she is back to sleeping through the night nearly 10-12 hours.
My biggest suggestion through this all is NEVER underestimating the power of a schedule and practicing them in the early months. I also know that what has worked for my friends, did not necessarily work for us because every situation is different.
Side note, these photos are becoming increasingly difficult.
Another SUPER LATE post, but Connor and I have been in the process of moving so it definitely took the back burner.
Recently Mila turned 9 MONTHS and I just cannot believe it. She is already 30 INCHES which puts her in the 99th percentile for height. She weighs 16 pounds which put her in the 25th percentile for weight. I am so happy to see she is finally gaining weight because most of her life she has been in the 13th percentile or lower. She’s going to be tall and skinny, so no surprises there!
She is becoming more and more mobile each and every day and definitely has a good army crawl down. I swear you put her down and in two seconds she is in a different part of the room. It’s typically whatever part the dogs are in because she just absolutely loves her dogs.
I am so excited to continue to see her develop up to her FIRST BIRTHDAY because they seem to develop mobility very quickly in these last couple months.
It has been far TOO LONG, but I felt that it was definitely necessary to post about Mila’s FIRST PLAYDATE with Elsa. Look at these two, they are TOO CUTE.
I haven’t had a lot of opportunities to socialize Mila with other little ones, so I was very excited to have her first playdate. Elsa is just about three months older than Mila, so she was much more mobile, but I can tell you that it only has encouraged Mila to get moving.
It’s definitely getting more difficult to get Mila to sit still for a picture, so imagine trying to get two little wigglers to sit still for a picture, especially when both did not sleep for their normal nap lengths.