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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New Year

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.

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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?

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I am so excited for the New Year and cannot wait to see what is in store for my family!

CHEERS!