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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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!

Happy Baby, Happy Mama


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.

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!