Thursday, June 18, 2015

Coco's Flamingo Pool Party 1st Birthday

Colette had her 1st Birthday party this past weekend at our neighborhood pool. I turned to Etsy and had this awesome invite created.

Address goes in the middle box.
I had to order another custom cake from Eileen the cake lady. This is the smash cake.
The ombre upside down ruffle cake. The top layer was vanilla with lemon butter cream filling. The bottom was chocolate with cookies and cream filling. The flamingo toppers came off ebay.
Auntie Shelly purchased this gorgeous bow for Coco bean. Someone wasn't a fan for very long though.
Swimsuit is a mudpie via amazon. She had an adorable matching dress but we just never changed her into it.

Hadley was our bow wearer for the rest of the party.
 She even wore an adorable flamingo dress over her swim suit.
We set up a pop-up tent and fans to keep flys and not melt the cake. David of course was the mastermind behind the setup. It worked so good though, because it was a scorcher out. Max has a flamingo bathing suit on, but not sure I took a pic of him close up.

Dancing time.
We brought the blow up pool thinking she would be happy splashing in there so we could grill the food and socialize, but in true 1st birthday diva behavior she just kept climbing out.
Gigi and Coco in their matching flamingo outfits.
It worked out great to grill the food right by our party location. Adam and Christie just had their baby so David had to take the grilling duties on (normally Adam is our griller).
We kept decor simple with mostly pink table cloths and a few bigger flamingo findings.
I got these great flamingo drink holders from oriental trading. They are very cool until you try to put them in the water like you think they should be used for... Tipped right over. We tried numerous types of beverages.
Most exciting of all was our cousin Heather returned from a year in China teaching abroad! She literally got off a plane or 2 from traveling 30 hours, grabbed a shower? and came to the party! We were so glad she did. We missed her!
2 day old baby Owen even made his first public appearance!
Had to demonstrate our beverage holders.
 Family cake photo. You can kind of see Max's trunks here.

Singing Happy Birthday and Max helping to blow out the candle.
She says ok can I dig in now... Check out her hand sampling the goods.
Home girl likes to eat some cake. She just takes her time in doing it. We could have left her for a few hours and she would have been happy.

A few of the happy guests watching Colette. 
I broke a piece of actual cake off to give to her and she enjoyed that as well. Auntie Gina sneaking a pic with the birthday girl.
We are so thankful for everyone that came to the party. I was too busy wrangling a crazy 1 year old to take any more photos of guests, but all of David's family came to celebrate, plus a few neighbor friends and family. We can never do anything small, it's just not how we roll. We are so lucky to be so close to everyone! 
Still waiting on her official 1 year pics to do an official post, but she went to the doctor this week and she is healthy as can be. Love you Coco bean! Pin It

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Colette is 11 Months Old!

Wow Long time no post. Colette is 11 months old... actually almost a year so let's all take a moment to cry and then come back to look at these pretty pics of our gal.
We will start with action shots from the past month or so. Colette had her first pool experience the middle of May at Grandma and Grandpas neighborhood pool. They have a great walk-in kid area with water features.
Water table fun!

She loves going to Auntie Shelly's house to play now that she's right around the corner!
I came over after work one day and I had a princess, super hero and a baby just going with the flow over there.
Wants to be like Dad and big brother with her hat.
Fluffy hair!
I put her in the pack and play while I showered and she was being silly. She loves putting things in buckets and taking them out.
She also is like a magnet to Max's chair. Every time we go upstairs she speed crawls directly to his chair to play.
She does this cute whistle, straw drinking motion with her lips now a days. It's very cute. She also loves to dance. Anytime music plays she bops around.
More pool time! 
Max is still a very sweet big brother to Colette.
She was not into her photo shoot this day. Just wanted to play with Max's tool bench.
New Developments- She is great at waving. She can blow kisses and give nice big open mouth kisses. Some of this stuff should be more between 11-12 months, but we will still count it.

She has 6 teeth now. 4 on top and 2 on the bottom. She is scaling the furniture and holding onto everything. She isn't quite interested in walking on her own, but you can catch her a few times take a step or 2 to get to you.

Love these 2!
Eating- She loves any food you put in front of her lately. All real food just in cut up pieces. She becomes such an angry bird if you don't feed her. She is signing water and more pretty well these days. She is still nursing morning and night and getting 1 breast milk bottle during the day. Mom has been offering a formula bottle for one of her feedings, but it's hit or miss if she wants it. I just started trying a little bit of coconut milk last week and she loves it. Counting down the days of no more pumping at work.
Sleeping- She has been going to bed around 8ish lately. Trying to stretch her out with new summer hours. If we are out busy she is good, but at home she is just ready for bed. I feed her and then I try to sing to her and she just flails her head back like put me in the crib and give me my paci. Then she doesn't make a peep and will just soothe herself to sleep. Such a good girl. I am also not going in at all to her at night. She sometimes whines or makes a little bit of noise, but by the time my monitor switches back from Max's room she has usually stopped and I don't need to go in! Thank you Colette... finally! I do put 2 pacis in the crib at all times (one at each end). She naps twice a day around 10am and 2pm for about 1.5 hours each go around.
She did not want anything to do with sitting posed pictures this time. She was like "I'm out."
My assistant aka Gigi was having a rough go trying to get her to sit.
"Let me go! I want to stand up and play with my toys!"
So Max decided to sit for me... well he might have been bribed by a cookie.
Finally got a few! Sweet girl.She's getting so much hair I love it.
Pretty girl
And that is all I could get... I'll take it. Now you can start ripping your bow out.

Birthday party prep is underway for Miss Colette's 1st birthday party!
I can't believe she is almost 1! She is so much fun with such a big personality. She is wearing size 12 months, but quickly moving on to 18 months here soon. Size 3 Honest Diapers. Pin It
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