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.
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!
I have to be honest, it has been a rough couple of days and nights. I have had no idea why my anxiety was up and roaring, but I can’t imagine I was the most pleasant human to be around. SORRY CONNOR. Mila has been battling a cold with a pretty nasty fever. I became extremely aware when she started feeling better today that it was the sole reason for my restlessness.
She was such a trooper getting over her cold, but she did have some rough nights of sleep. While I have been capable of getting through these nights before, it really tested my patience more than normal. It was hard for me when she woke EVERY HOUR not to feel as if all our progress was crashing. I can be quite the drama queen when I do not have the amount of sleep I need. I am finally in a better place where I can say with confidence, it is only temporary, I will sleep longer soon.
Here’s to hoping that Mila will continue to be the happy and healthy baby she is so that mama can do the same.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I hope everyone enjoyed the HOLIDAY SEASON! It was an amazing experience going through with my little one, and also being able to share it with everyone I love. I know Mila’s favorite part was playing with all the wrapping paper and paying little to no attention to the toys wrapped up inside.
While 2016 was filled with many lows and many highs, it will always be the year that I met my daughter and became a mother. It’s challenging going through your young adult life and trying to find purpose for yourself, but I found mine when I became a mother.
I know that no matter what I attempt, whether I succeed or fail, I will always be her mother. It may not be the most glamourous roll at times, but the person I have had to become for her and to be a parent, I have complete certainty in. I mean, who would not be proud to be this cutie’s mother?
I am so excited for the New Year and cannot wait to see what is in store for my family!