Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Gold Brunch Bridal Shower

Who doesn't love a gold bridal shower with lots of balloons, photos, and pretty flowers! We celebrated the soon to be Mrs. Keane on a lovely September day with a mid-day brunch and lots of mimosas.
Gold decorative banner from Target
 <-----Sign at front door, welcoming guests.

  Handmade menu and a printed card for guests to write their wishes and advice. Thank you, WitsnGiggles on Etsy for the printable card.

Place Card letters are from Paper Source and individually put on each card.

 Little gold dots for the Bubbly Bar and table from Etsy, SunnyLuLuDesign

Printed Instagram square photos and hung them to the helium balloons - floating pictures!

 Sign for the mantel from Etsy shop, PaperBearPrint
Congratulations Buckley!
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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Matthew William ~ 16-17 Months

Weight/length: Definitely over 30 pounds and maybe close to 34 inches? We'll have to wait and see at Matt's 18 month doc appointment.
Sleep: We've moved to one mid-day nap, which is working most of the time. Some days Matt's tired pretty early, but I have to keep him up until at least 11:30, so he'll make it through the evening. Who would have thought napping would be so complicated? I'm starting to notice Matt's sleep patterns are more like Todd's than mine. I'm a really good napper, night sleeper, and can just sleep and wake up happy. It takes Matt a long time to wake up from his naps and he's not a good night sleeper and he struggles with going down - this all sounds like Todd's sleeping issues! The apple doesn't fall far from the tree :)
Health: Matt's been healthy besides a few colds here and there.

Clothes: 2t - now that he's walking I'm sure he's going to thin out a little and his clothes will fit for longer. With the walking shoes are a thing -- Matt's a size 6 W!
 Baby Gear/Accessories: Matt got a cute little bike from Nonnie and Papa! At this age he's really just into exploring and to be honest my car keys are as a good as a toy as anything you could buy. He loves his push car his Daddy got him and he likes to honk and pretend like he's driving!
Development: Matt is WALKING! We're so excited. It's more than just 2 steps and he's doing it all the time. He's going down backwards on the stairs and I can tell he has more confidence when climbing and playing on the equipment at the park. He's saying lots of words, but his favorite right now is "BALL" - lots of balls! He loves throwing baseballs, footballs, hitting with his baseball bat. YES - Matt is all BOY! 
Eating: Matt's gotten a little more picky with his eating, he loves turkey, cheese, bread, bananas, eggs...he likes pretty plain things. I'm constantly working on the veggies...he's picky when it comes to them. I still give him the organic veggies packs so he's getting enough veggies.
  Crying: I should change this header to whining. We've definitely entered toddler world. Take something away and he is not happy, leave the park and he is not happy, make any change and he is NOT happy - HELP! haha
Adventures: We went to Atlanta a few months ago and it was fun spending time with family and Matt loved playing with his cousins.
  We spent some time in Santa Cruz for Labor Day weekend and Matt got to play with his Uncle Glenny and Aunt Sara :) Nonnie and Papa loved having Matt for an overnight while Mommy and Daddy went to Billy Joel in SF. 
Mommy and Matt went down to LA and got to spend time with Matt's 91 year old Great Grandma, Betty. It was so special spending time with her and fun for Matt to play with his Uncle Glenny, second cousin, Reese, and great uncles and aunts! 
Matt took his first "many steps" on the beach at Stinson Beach three weekends ago.

Mommy feelings:  
I can't believe Matt is going to be 1 1/2 - time flies! Toddlers are a whole different game and we've definitely entered "toddler time" - it's very different. Both Todd and I are learning a lot about Matt's personality and how to deal with tantrums and attitude. Every day is a little bit of a challenge in a good way. Matt challenges me as a mother and we're both testing each other and some days we test each other a LITTLE TOO much. I feel so lucky to to be there watching Matt discover the world. Sometimes, I just need to take a step back and be patient with his discoveries. He wants to imitate everything that I'm doing and I should be happy that he's so interested in the world around him, right? Patience is the key to a toddler and as my other Mommy friends say, just wait it gets worse....eeekkk!
 At the end of the day I'm obsessed with Matt's cuddles, when he says "Momma" and the giggles, he's the sweetest little boy and I'm so lucky.
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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Matthew William ~ 14-15 Months

Weight/length: Matt had his 15 month appointment today he's in the 99 percentile - 33 inches long and 29.5 pounds. BIG BOY!
Sleep: Sleep is overrated we've decided...Matt isn't a good night sleeper. He still loves his morning nap although it has gotten a little later. He usually takes a morning and afternoon nap, but I can tell it's only a little while until it merges into one nap.
Health: Matt's been super healthy and even though I had a bad cold earlier this summer he stayed healthy!

Clothes: 2t - he's thinned out a little from being so active so some of the 2t stuff is a little big. It's hard to try things on toddlers, but I find myself buying things and then returning all the time. 
 Baby Gear/Accessories: With a sunny summer and being on vacation in Hawaii it's important to protect Matt from the sun. I really like the GAP UV protection swim shirt, Babyganics sunscreen, baby BigTruck Brand hat - mesh on top so it keeps his head cool, and of course all of the adorable swim trunks
We got a trailer for the bike and he's loving that - we decided on the Schwinn Trailblazer - it rides nicely and Matt loves it. He even fell asleep in it :)

We're loving using the backpack in Hawaii - we got the Osprey Poco and so far Matt's liked it. It's too heavy for me to carry, but Todd says it's comfy.

Development: Matt is almost walking...he's pulling himself up and walking along the couch and coffee table. He's standing and his balance is getting much better. Over the past week he has been able to stand longer without holding on to anything. I would give it 3-4 weeks until he'll take his first step with no help! I'm so excited to see this, especially after the femur fracture it feels good to know he's okay!
Matt's vocabulary has increased just in the last few weeks. He's saying ball, boat, hot, baseball (kind of ;), duck, and he's really into books and loves his favorite one First 100 Words - board book.
Eating: He's eating everything, his favorites are avocado {hasn't changed}, turkey, chicken, cheese, bread, and bananas. He's gotten a little more particular with veggies - he likes broccoli with pesto. I still give him the organic veggie packs about once a day just so he's getting more veggies. When we're traveling the packs are great and easy for the beach.
  Crying: Now it's just a cry when I take something away that he wants. Example... Matt held on to a spatula for most of the day and when it was finally time to give it up he screamed - yes, a spatula :)
He's had a few little tantrums as expected with a toddler...I'm sure there will be many more!
 Adventures:  The biggest adventure of the past two months has been Hawaii! Hawaii is one of my favorite places, so it was fun to share it with Matt. We like to stay in the northern part of Kauai in Hanalei. There have been lots of firsts ~ beaches, sand, ocean, boogie boards, smoothies, hula and Hawaiian music {he love dancing to the music}, and a big time change. Matt has been a great traveler and putting up without a morning nap, different bed time and routine. It's definitely different traveling with a toddler and we try to compromise with his schedule and "our" schedule.
We had an awesome 4th of July in Lake County with Grandma, Janice and friends! Matt got to ride the wave runner for the first time with Todd and go out on a boat. It's fun to see Todd sharing adventures with Matt that he experienced as a child. 
Postpartum/Mommy feeling: When you travel you definitely realize how different life is with a baby. It's awesome in a "different" way and don't get me wrong it's a ton of fun, especially at this age when Matt has so much personality and keeps us laughing and on our toes. When I say different I mean...luggage - STUFF! You just need a lot of it. Naps - they need them to be happy, pushing on without a nap is no fun - if you want to have fun they need them. Dinner time - yes, we enter a restaurant at 5:30 pm. - length of dinner = FAST. You don't sit around and have cocktails, appetizers, etc... eat, drink, and head out! 
  Beach - it takes preparation - sunscreen, hat, snacks (sand sensitive) raisins are bad, bananas are the best, and be prepared for LOTS of SAND EVERYWHERE!  If you've missed a nap that sandy pacifier is your best friend - in Matt's case it's a sandy Wubbanub. 
But, with all of these things I can't complain. Matt is such a good baby and it's so fun traveling with him and watching him discover new smells, tastes, and sites. I'm lucky to have such a helpful husband and a baby who is a great traveler. I can't wait for our next adventure as a family.

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