Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Matthew's Sock Monkey First Birthday!

The inspiration for Matt's first birthday came from a very large sock monkey Todd got him as a present. He kept cuddling with it so it seemed like the perfect theme for our little monkey's 1st birthday!
I worked on the invite with a lady from Etsy ~ Jack & Jill printables
  She was great, so if you're looking to do personal invites I would highly recommend them.

 
I decided it would be fun to have a photo booth so people could take pics and post! It turned out really cute and we got some great shots.
 
 

I went a little overboard with balloons, but Matt loves balloons so why not! The radio flyer was a cute prop to the park decorations.
The party favors were in little red bags that I decorated with stickers that said "1" "Matt" and a mini paper clip with a monkey from World Market.
The candy bar and sweets were a hit! Everyone loved the treats, cake, and cupcakes.






The welcome table had a sign I had made on Etsy with all of his 1 year milestones and a book with pictures from his first year to sign. 
 







Who doesn't love a naked baby with cake on his face? :)


Thank you Nathalie Shami for taking such great photos! Check out her website - www.nathalieshami.com.

xoxo,


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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Rubber Duckie ~ Yellow and Grey Baby Shower

We hosted a baby shower for our good friends Melissa and Jeff! It was so much fun celebrating baby Cole! He was born at 27 weeks and is doing great in the Nicu. We love you baby Cole. 
I thought it would be fun to use yellow and grey because I love those colors! The invite from Paperless post had yellow ducks on it so I thought they was a cute theme. Yellow and grey turned out to have been their wedding colors so it was perfect. 




Happy Monday!
xo,
Melinda

Monday, May 25, 2015

Matthew William ~ 12 months {1 YEAR}

(photo credit goes to www.nathalieshami.com)


Time flies...this post is late and Matt's almost 13 months - eeek!

Weight/length: At Matt's 1 year appointment 3 weeks ago he was 27.5 pounds and 32 inches long. Such a big boy!

Sleep: Sleep is about the same with Matt...maybe we're just used to it haha. He sleeps about half of the night in his crib and half in our bed. We're still doing a morning nap and an afternoon nap and that's working well. He loves to cuddle and I'm just going to enjoy it while it lasts.
 
 
Health: Matt's been really healthy over the past few months! He got his 1 year vaccines and had no reaction.

Clothes: He's still wearing 2T, but he's been crawling all over the place so he's starting to thin out a little...it makes me sad because I love his baby fat. I've noticed that his pants are starting to get ruined in the knees... time to invent some "crawling pants" strong knee material.
 
 Baby Gear/Accessories: Matt got so many presents for his birthday and loves all of his new toys. He really likes his lego trucks, puzzles, books and musical instruments. Now that he's bigger the Bob stroller is awesome and we took it to CO this last weekend and it was great. A few accessories that are really helpful when traveling with a one year old ~ the Summer Diner Placemat, Summer infant bib, both of these are very easy to clean in a hotel sink.
We've just transitioned Matt to the Thinkbaby sippy cup and I don't think we're going back to bottles. It makes me a little sad because bottles seem "baby" and that means my baby is no longer a baby. The pacifier is next!

Development: Matt is crawling all over the place! He can pull himself up to his knees and just today he pulled himself up to standing on the stairs and coffee table. He's getting stronger on both of his legs when standing and his right leg is much stronger - you can't tell that it was broken a few months ago. He loves playing catch with his Daddy and Papa and clapping when he gets the ball. 
He's been saying "doggy" a lot and of course "daddy, daddy, daddy" :)
We've been playing the "where is your nose?..." game and he's starting to point at eyes, nose, and mouth.
 

Eating: He's eating everything and we've transitioned to cows milk in the sippy cup. Knock on wood there isn't anything SO FAR that Matt doesn't like. He's an awesome eater and loves his veggies, meats, carbs, and fruit.
 
  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 :)
 
 Adventures:  The past month has flown by and I still can't believe Matt is 1. We had a fun and very elaborate park birthday for the big 1 and then went to Colorado for one of my best friend from Aspen's wedding. Matt loved CO and it was fun to introduce him to all my old friends and my parents loved showing him off to their friends. Matt got to spend time with his Uncle Glenny and Auntie Sara, which was extra special. Matt and Todd treated me to a wonderful Mother's Day and unlike last year when I was back in the hospital, we went to a Matt's first Giants game and had a blast! Matt loved the clapping and couldn't stop smiling.

 
Postpartum/Mommy feeling: We created a gmail address for Matt and I decided that each year I would send him an email and when he's old enough to read them he can. 
 
Here's a little piece from my letter to Matt.
 
...your daddy and I are going to blink our eyes and you're going to be taller and bigger than us, going to college, driving a car, and being a good man like your daddy. I want you to stay my baby forever but that can't happen, so stay cuddly as long as you like and keep smiling and know that you bring happiness to everyone around you.
 
xoxo,
 
 
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Friday, April 24, 2015

Yummy Healthy Kiddie Muffins

I made some yummy muffins for Matt to have in the morning. He's really into feeding himself, so oatmeal isn't working these days. Such a big boy ;) I love them for breakfast too, so thought I would share!
 
RECIPE:
 - 1 cup oat flour or whole wheat flour
- 1 cup organic rolled oats
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon 
 
Mix dry ingredients and add wet ingredients
 
- 2 cups apple sauce
- 3 ripe bananas
1 tsp vanilla
 
Optional - 
Raisins, nuts, dried fruit 

Bake on 350 for 30 min and you have some delicious healthy muffins!
Happy Friday!
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Matthew William ~ 11 Months


Weight/length: We're not sure about weight. I'm excited for his 1 year appointment when we'll find out. He was 30 pounds with his cast, so he's probably close to 27 pounds and 30+ inches long.
 
Sleep: We've finally had a full nights sleep! I never thought it would happen, but shortly after Matt got out of his cast he slept from 8pm-5am in his crib! YAY :) He's taking naps in his crib and sleeping well without the cast. He gets a 8 oz bottle before bed and then has one around 6-7am when he wakes up. He's dropped all of his night feedings - finally :)
 
Health: Matt's been really healthy the last few weeks. 
 
 
 Clothes: 2T it is...yes, that's 2 years old and Matt is not 1 yet. He is a REALLY BIG BOY!
 
 Baby Gear/Accessories:  Matt's loving everything now that he's had 13 days out of his cast. He's such a happy boy and loving exploring all of his toys. He's been into taking things in and out of baskets. He has a little basket with books in it from target that he enjoys taking the books out of. We got Matt his first tooth brush, the Baby Banana Brush he loves it and we're trying to get him used to brushing after dinner. 
I got Matt a baby rashguard to keep the sun off his chest at the pool. Gap has some really cute swim gear for kids. 

Development: Matt had a set back with his cast and femur fracture, but it's amazing how quickly he's back to where he left off. Less than 2 weeks without the cast and he's back to rolling, sitting, and a little crawling... 2 days ago he crawled across my parents living room, but hasn't really done that many since. We know he can do it, but he's lets just say a little lazy or just content. Now that I know that his leg is okay and he's going to be crawling all over anytime soon, I'm not going to push it. Everyone tells me to enjoy this time before he's moving all over the place. 
 
Matt has been doing lots of clapping, waving bye bye {cutest thing EVER} he holds both hands up and just move his fingers up and down, says Momma, Daddy, and we heard a Papa this weekend. He loves holding Mac's leash in the stroller, using his sippy cup with water, kind of holds his bottle, loves finger foods, and has 8 teeth - 4 top and 4 bottom.  
 
 
Eating: Matt eats everything! There isn't anything that he doesn't like. He definitely has his favorites, turkey, avocado, cheese, broccoli, black beans, peas, bananas, hummus, and bread. It's fun now because when we go out to dinner we just give him stuff off our plate or order something off the kids menu.
 
 Crying: No cast = no crying! YAY!!
 
 Adventures:  The past 2 weeks have been so fun with Matt, his personality is coming through so much and he's such a goofy and loving little boy. We celebrated Matt's first Passover and Easter at home and had a big Passover Seder with family and friends. It was a really special time in our new home. Matt had such a fun time with his Nonnie, Papa, and Grandma...of course they spoil him. 
Matt had his first 2 nights away from from us and did great with his Nonnie and Papa. He slept through the night and was a really good boy!
 
 
Postpartum/Mommy feeling: It feels like yesterday that I was just starting maternity leave and racing to the hospital 3 weeks later. Matt may be a big boy in size, but he's still my baby boy. I'm sure they time will come a time when he won't fall asleep in my arms, want to cuddle all the time, and love kisses on his cheeks and head.  But, for now I'm not stopping, he's still my baby boy. 
It's been the most rewarding, fun, exciting, and challenging year of my life. Motherhood is no joke! Sleep deprivation, testing patience, controlling hormones...it's all real stuff, but in the end it's the most amazing experience EVER ~ I love my little Matthew William more than anything in the world. 
 
 

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