I’ve been excited to share for awhile now Levi’s 2nd birthday party we had the day before his birthday. Still hasn’t hit me we have a TWO year old in the house now! Some days I’m like, ‘yup … terrible two’s is in full swing’ but then again, I feel like its more like terrible one + a half.
Something I actually really enjoy is planning & putting together little birthday parties. Pinterest parties some call them. I honestly just LOVE planning them and it has nothing to do with ‘what people think’. In fact, most of my family could care less if the table scheme looks cute & they usually mess it up before I can take photos of it, wondering whats the big deal. My family is also notorious for complaining about my sister’s & I throwing big parties for every birthday so I decided I wasn’t going to be THAT person who threw a big birthday bash every year [although I really do want to be THAT person].
The Sunday before Levi’s birthday we just had immediate family over to celebrate the little man and I tried to not do too much but of course had to do a few things! My biggest concern was to make the following day [his actual birthday] FUN + different for Levi [check out how we made it special here]. Over here, we celebrate birthdays for a week atleasssttt. Mine is usually a month celebration. I love birthdays. I was super bummed that I ordered this adorable “2” sparkler candle & it didn’t arrive until the day after his birthday but it worked out because we still had some family member’s coming over to visit and celebrate so we used it then. I know he isn’t going to remember this but I’m pretty sure he felt pretty darn special that week, more than normal of course!
So hopefully this helps any mama’s out there who are considering throwing a small birthday party for their little one and gives you some ideas how to do a it on a smaller scale but yet feed that party planning part of you. I am really proud of myself for making Levi’s cake this year! As most of you know, this is NOT my thing but I think I’m a better baker than cooker … I did a two layer vanilla cake with the whipped frosting and ended up using the same little tree’s I got for his first birthday party & threw them on there! Simple + cute!
His new thing is to wave goodbye to everything.
I of course got the garland idea from good ole pinterest! Super easy to make, a little time consuming but arts + craft time is almost therapeutic for me, and mama needed some therapeutic time for sure! Just some white twine, scrapbook paper, yarn needle, scissors, hot glue and some feathers. I also had my cousin make him a shirt that had ‘TWO’ sown onto it but you can’t see it in any of the photos darn it. I just bought a long sleeve shirt from old navy for $3, and felt sheets from hobby lobby for a couple cents and she was nice enough to quick hand sew them on there for me. He’ll definitely be wearing it year long!
Something that has been on my Levi’s wish list for quite a while is a tee pee! I am so so so in love with this one from house in habit! [links are at bottom of post] I had been on the hunt for the perfect one & screamed in excitement when I found this one! My older sister has the land of nod striped one which I always loved but I knew I wanted one that looked a bit more like an authentic native american indian teepee seeing that his room is somewhat cowboy/indian themed. I did read that it was 6ft tall which I loved but I guess I never really thought or cared about how wide it was because I knew I had to have it, even if it barely fits in our little house right now. We plan to move soon so I don’t regret getting it for him, but until then its going to just take up a lot of room in our small house. I’m going to try to move it from our living room into his room soon and replace the rocking chair [TEARS] but I honestly think he’ll play with it more in our living room. And you can see who has taken up residency in there. I seriously can’t find her sometimes and like, oh yeah, she’s in the teepee. Pretty sure she thinks it’s her new glorified dog house. But both Levi + Zoey are loving the new ‘teep’ as levi calls it. I love that he can just walk right in without ducking down at all right now, its so cute. We’ve already read lots of books in there. Yes, I can fit in there. Barely, but I fit.
The look you get when you try to open his presents …. which also happens to be Isla’s expertise. Oh and dad thought it would be a GREAT idea to go buy a nerf gun that shoots bullets at like 782 mph … smart Matt. Thank you. It has taken residency above the fridge along with a bunch of other toys.
Everyone snuggled up on the couch after the party and watched one of Levi’s current faves, Minions. Who was laying on the floor to the right of Isla zoned out. He had so much fun having all his cousins over to play! Even though his little cousin Elena couldn’t hang … still hanging onto her balloon though. #deathgrip
We’ve had our little Clare in our lives for almost seven months now! But I still wanted to do a six month post because I feel like they need to be six months for a little bit before you can update on what they’re like at six months! Does that make sense? I cannot believe we have had her in our lives for over half a year. I swear she was born last month but then again, she just fits in our little family so well, it feels like she’s been here all along. Having two babies back to back, I honestly can’t really remember what it was like just having Levi before I got pregnant with Clare. Its already a blur, scary.
Little miss Clare is such a happy baby, smells delicious, blows bubbles + makes fart noises allllll the time, and likes to keep an eye on her brother. It’s also official she is a Mullett with a mullet. I’ve been told I need to possibly trim it up a bit but I just can’t bring myself to do it yet. So we love rocking the bonnet during this ‘bad hair phase’.
I love doing little updates on the blog with all her stats, so here it is!
Age: 6 months + 28 days [she will be seven months on the seventh]
Stats: 18lbs + 27 inches tall
Nicknames: Clare bear is my favorite, we should probably change her middle name to that. Levi calls her sissy, so we do too. Little miss, peanut, shmoopsie poopsies.
Clothes: Obviously every brand is different but our main clothes are gap, old navy, carters, and target. She is in 6-12 for gap but old navy runs a touch smaller and shrinks more so she is in 12-18 in some old navy outfits! I even bought a shirt that is a 18-24 and pretty sure once I wash it, it will fit now. Its always so stressful when trying to figure out what size, especially if you’re shopping for the future. I’ve learned to just try my darndest to not shop for the future because you just never know and I would hate to waste money and they end up not even fitting into it! Of course sometimes its just avoidable when its super cute and on sale ;). Leggings I buy big! Because they really can be scrunched up and then they will last so much longer! She is wearing 12-18 in most leggings and have been for awhile! I haven’t hit up carters in awhile due to gap taking all my money, but hope to soon! They really have stepped up their game and I love getting staple pieces from there like solid leggings.
Milestones: Sits up on her own, might tip over here and there but for the most part she does great! Rolls over, laughs, super smiley, and she even claps now if you say yaaayyyy, its like the best thing ever. I didn’t want to get too excited about it and jinx myself but I think I’m going to anyway … I think we’re on night 7 or 8 of sleeping through the night!!! [DANCE PARTY!] We have had a night here and there where she didn’t, or she’ll wake up and fuss but if I just put her paci back in her mouth she goes back to sleep. I’m still sleep deprived but hopefully will get caught up soon and my brain will come back. Fingers crossed. Talking a LOT is also a talent of Clare’s. May have gotten that from her mama. She says DADADADA & as you guys know, she makes fart noises all day long. She literally grabs EVERYTHING, which is so fun when trying to get anything done, send emails, and/or eat. Also puts everything and anything in her mouth, also super excited about that.
Feeding: I know there are so many opinions out there on breastfeeding and to be honest, I was always one of them. I’m obviously learning more + more as time goes on with being a parent, never say never. And another common and also VERY true saying, every child is different. I could possibly even do a full post on this but long story short, Levi was an amazing breastfeeder. Never had a problem ever, exclusively BF until he was 9 months and then I got pregnant with Clare. Otherwise I planned to go until one year. My initial goal with Levi though was 6 months and I was so proud of myself when I surpassed that. So now with Clare, I expected everything to be similar, I had heard the saying that every child is different but I didn’t really think that would pertain to breastfeeding. Wrong. She never was a good breastfeeder, always upset after every feeding and never acting content. There are so many things that are different this time around, health wise for me & just our lifestyle in general [having a toddler to take care, as well as going back to work way earlier this time]. I definitely will go more in depth into this whole story some other time on the blog but we made it to the 6 month marker + slowly weened Clare [started supplementing] and she is fully on formula now & doing great! I do have a few frozen bags of breastmilk I give her from time to time when I feel like a sickness is going around but she is so so happy on formula, I’m saving those last few bags until we really need them. She’s just a lazy baby and loves those baba’s. I knew I had to do what was best for her and not what was best for me and when her weight hadn’t gone up as much as they would have liked the last two appointments, it just reassured me what I was already thinking in the back of my mind, it was time. So even though I’m disappointed I didn’t make it as long as I did with Levi, I still think 6 months is great and a huge accomplishment! So I’m proud of myself! Also helps me feel better that I’m feeding her what I think to be the best/cleanest formula out there from the honest company. Love all their products! If any of you would like me to do a post on what products we use + love, let me know and I’d love to share our experience with these products!
Favorite Things: Loves to just watch Levi + Zoey. Being held, baths, grabbing anything & everything she can reach. Talking, clapping, being on the move, getting her tummy tickled, and her MAMA [I always said I wanted atleast one of my babies to be obsessed with me like Levi always was with Matt, that comment backfired on me. If I’m in sight, she better be in my arms or you’ll hear about it!]
Least Favorite Things: Getting dressed + naps during the day! So atleast they’re two things that we don’t have to do often [that was a sarcastic remark if you didn’t catch that]
Signature Moves: Blowing bubbles & making fart noises, talking, saying DADADA, chewing on her gums [teething moments that make her look like a 90 year old lipless woman], and grabbing anything and everything she can get her hands on. She does this swimming motion with her hands when she wants something which is so weird because my sister Tara did that as a baby I am told and all her children did too. She’ll also kick and squirm until she can get to whatever it is she has her eyes on! Chewing on everything & she does this new little shy head turn when someone new talks to her. Cutest. Thing. Ever. I have mixed feelings about this because I hate clutter in my house, but I think we’re about done with the mama roo [which we borrowed from a friend], swing, and bouncy seat. Which speaking of, she kicks her legs super hard and manages to rock that thing like crazy and if she isn’t buckled in [don’t worry I now realize we’re too that point and I do], she can get almost out of the bouncy seat.
Morning snuggles with brother …
I’m clearly obsessed with this little girl but I just have to say, growing up a tomboy, I knew I always would have liked one of each sex if that is what God wanted to bless me with but in the back of my mind I just felt like I was a ‘boys mom’ and I would have all boys. I hoped to have a girl, but I didn’t think I ever would and I was okay with that! But NOW that I have a little girl, eeerrrmagersh … I stink’n LOVE having a girl. I love having one of each. I’m excited to see the different special bond I’ll have with each of them.
Hope everyone had a happy Thursday + week! I can’t believe its the weekend tomorrow. I seriously have so much stuff to share on here, I had hoped to post everyday this week but then I was brought back to reality & I just can’t do that with two small babies. If anyone has any tips on working from home with babies I’m all ears! I swear my only time to get things done is when everyone is sleeping & I should be! Still enjoying the NOW though + if you haven’t watched & cried over this video about it being ‘just a phase’ … watch it! We all need this little reminder on how fast they grow up from time to time! You have to have a vimeo account but it is worth quick making one just to watch this video! XO, Leah
Hello Monday! Our to do list is long but we’re excited for the week over here … but still dreaming about this weekend. We spent it up north at our cabin in northern Michigan and although it didn’t snow as much as we would have liked, Levi still had a great weekend. If this little guy gets to be outside at all in a day, he’s one happy camper. Our trip up there, which is a three hour drive didn’t go as good as we would have liked so we stopped for an hour and had some dinner to give the kids a break. Normally Levi is amazing at long trips but I think when Clare started to cry, and we had forgotten the iPad for a movie … he just joined sister with some screaming. It was super relaxing.
Once we got there it was all snowmobiling, sledding, and for sissy … blowing bubbles & being held 24-7. This is what Matthew has been looking forward to since before we talked about having children, someday taking them snowmobiling. So I’m not sure who was happier, him or Levi. And can we just talk about how Levi is such a little stud muffin in his snowmobile outfit. I think he feels like a badass in it too …
This photo just cracks me up. Clare seriously is blowing bubbles/making fart noises all day, ‘eery day!
Hope this Monday hasn’t been too bad for you all! I know this is a shocker but I plan to blog everyday this week! I just have so much to share between Levi’s actual birthday party, sessions I’ve shot recently [there are so many to share on here!], and a little update on Clare bear. Stay tuned!