DIY Cake Smash Photos

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14956373_10153974174718038_1096094237862848731_nToday is my daughter’s 1st birthday (excuse me while I cry)…which means, time to let her dig her way through her own tiny birthday cake!

I loved the idea of doing a smash cake photo shoot for her to get some really beautiful photos…but did not want to pay the price of a professional.

Luckily, I treated myself to a professional for my birthday so I could take some beautiful photos myself. However, I still did my research on how to set up some nice smash cake photos…and got LOTS of inspiration from Pinterest.

If you do plan on doing a smash cake shoot on your own…I would highly suggest having reinforcements. My mom and husband were there to help…especially when the baby tried to escape, frosting covered and all.

(Let your helper(s) know that they could get messy…my mom was COVERED in icing by the end)

  1. Picking a theme

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Baby Update: 11 months!

img_0216How is it my tiny human will be a year old in just one short month?! Please excuse me while I cry to myself for a moment…

Height and weight: Not sure about height as we wont get that measurement till her 12 month check up. However, the little chunk is weighing in at around 23 pounds!

Clothing: I am working on transitioning Aurora to move normal outfits, not just onesies. She is still a bit tiny for 12 month clothing…but quickly filling in those gaps.

We are also starting to work on shoe wearing…little miss does NOT like things on her feet.

Food: This little lady eats ALL THE FOOD! Kale? Strawberries? Cookies? Anything you eat she will want to eat too! So looking forward to her smash cake photos for her 1st birthday! They will be epic!
Noises and sounds:
Aurora is still very opinionated and enjoys hearing herself talk. No real words…but will try to copy sound you say or sing. It is pretty adorable!


Milestones: 
Aurora is beginning to pull herself up to her knees, then feet on things! Walking will happen soon I am sure! Her crawl is like a bear-type crawl…butt in the air and crawling on her feet instead of her knees.

Aurora also has one top tooth…with three more top teeth following! So much fun…bring on all the teeth!

Favorite
 things: Aurora loves her new piano toy…this little girl loves music! Aurora also loves doggies, her own and any others we see out and about! Aurora also loves playing with her friends and making new friends.



Dislikes:
 Leave it to my child to hate pumpkins and hay. And when I say hate…I should say loathe. Aurora had a complete melt down when I sat her in hay and was not happy sitting too close to any pumpkin.I suppose when something is as round and as big as you it can be kind of scary..?14681946_10153911907918038_8703866855890832268_o


Fun Things
: Aurora is now officially eating her own kids meals at restaurants. After eating a good portion of mummy and daddy’s food, we decided it was time. This little piggy can put down 4 chicken nuggets and a fruit cup…and STILL WANT MILK! Glad I don’t have to worry about her being too picky. 😉

Mummy and Daddy’s favorite moments: Mummy and Daddy have too many favourite moments this month to pick. We love seeing Aurora develop into a toddler, seeing her try new foods, and especially enjoy the moments she has where all she wants is to sit with us and cuddle.

Our little peanut is growing up so fast! I can’t believe in just one short month we will have a 1-year-old! Until then, we are just enjoying every day with Aurora’s bright, slightly cheeky, loving personality. ❤

A letter to pumping moms

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To all my moms who exclusively pump for their little ones,

I know, at first, you feel like a failure. You worry you will be missing that bond with your baby that other nursing mothers have. You blame yourself. I know I did.

I cried, not sure why my little one could not latch. Not sure what to do about feeding my sweet little baby. She depended on me for food, but trying to breastfeed left both of us feeling frustrated…and one of us hungry.

You worry if you are strong and patient enough to continue pumping. Formula would be easier and quicker.  Pumping is time-consuming and frustrating. It hurts, it’s boring, your milk supply is not consistent. It is so extremely hard.

Sitting in a chair, machine on and attached, pumping for 30 minutes….every 3 hours. “Power pumping” for a couple of hours in 15 minute increments in attempts to trick…

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Baby Update: 10 months old!

img_0099We have had quite an exciting month watching Aurora grow and learn! Time is speeding by and she is turning into such a sweet (sometimes sassy) little person.

Height and weight: Not sure about height as we wont get that measurement till her 12 month check up. However, the little chunk is weighing in at around 22 pounds!

Clothing: Aurora is quickly outgrowing 9 month clothing…9-12 months and some 12 month clothing fits. We fit 12 month shorts in the thigh area…the rest is a bit big. Shirts fit in the width, not the length.

Gotta love our chubby little cherub ❤

Sleeping: Aurora likes to fight bedtime, but thanks to Daddy, he found the secret to getting the peanut to sleep…music! He puts on some tunes (of all genres) and off she goes to sleep.

Food: What does this girl NOT eat? She literally loves EVERYTHING! We still have milk every 3-4 hours.

Aurora loves puffs, yogis, and anything mummy and daddy will let her try! She even is getting to eat with the older kids at daycare now for meals and snacks.

A new favourite (introduced by her Gami) is pineapple! Little girl loves her some pineapple!

Noises and sounds: Aurora now says, “mumumu” which obviously is her way of telling me how much she loves me. She also loves to babble and make noises all the time.

Milestones: WE HAVE A CRAWLER! Yes, that is right, as of last week, we have ourselves a little crawler. Let me tell you, that girl is FAST too!

The first thing Aurora crawled to? The dog’s stinky, slobbery toy rope. No need to crawl to your own toys…go get the smelly one the dog chews on. Gross. Oh well, it at least got her crawling!

Now, let all the mischief begin.

Favourite things: Aurora has recently figured out she likes to play “peek-a-boo” with Daddy. Aurora LOVES watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, TMNT, and Peppa Pig.

Aurora loves playing with her friends at daycare…even more now that she can follow them around!

Aurora likes to crawl and touch all the things…even when she is not suppose to. She also loves crawling on/petting Morrison, tickles, cuddles, and bath time.

Featured Image -- 2305Dislikes: Naps (crazy kid..), putting on clothes, not getting attention, and people not sharing their food.


Fun Things
: We had a mini photo shoot with Aurora in some of her cute Disney Baby outfits…she makes a pretty adorable little Snow White.

(You can check out more photos at this link: Disney Baby for life)

Mummy and Daddy’s favourite moments: Mummy LOVED seeing Aurora crawl for the first time, and seeing how much happier she is now that she can get herself around. Daddy also enjoyed seeing Aurora crawl…and he loves Fridays when Aurora stays home from daycare and stays with him!

Our little beauty is getting so big and learning new things daily! Can’t wait to see what the next month holds in store. 🙂

Disney baby for life

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This weekend, I decided to have a little mini shoot with Aurora in various outfits I bought from the Disney Baby collection. Needless to say, they are adorable and need to be shared with the World!

Obviously, the first outfit was none other than Minnie Mouse herself. My chunky monkey looks super cute in the little pink polka dot outfit, with matching ears and bow headband.

Since we live in Florida and it’s always a bazillion degrees out, we tried to keep Aurora out of the sunlight as much as possible. Not trying to match the Minnie outfit.

Aurora really enjoyed playing with the pretty pink tutu on this outfit…and I just LOVE her in those ears!!

Next up we had Belle, from Beauty and the Beast.

As we all know, Belle loves to read. So using books in this shot was important! (Were the books from the Twilight…

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Baby Update: 9 months old!

Another month down! Our little princess is 9 months old today! I can barely handle how fast she is growing. 😦

Height and weight: We had our 9 month check up the other day and Aurora is now 27 1/2 inches tall (which is crazy since she always has her legs bent, we never knew she was THAT tall!) and she weights a whopping 20lbs 11oz. Little chunk! She is still, consistently, in the 75% percentile across the board. ❤

Clothing: We have not moved to 9-12 month clothing yet, which is nice for Mummy and Daddy to have some clothes last a bit longer than usual). We are slowly wearing less onesies and more pants/shirt combos…with the occasional tutu. 😉

Sleeping: We started daycare last week, which means naps are rare. On a plus, that makes bedtime easier and less tossing and turning during the night. Tired baby equals for some deep sleeping.

Food: Aurora still drinks milk every 3 or so hours, we also sometimes suppliment the last bottle depending on if Mummy can keep up with the amount of milk Aurora likes to drink.

As always, this little chub LOVES all food. She is now at the age where she knows when we’re making and/or eating food and makes a fuss for us to share.

Noises and sounds: Lots of babbling these days. Sounds like “da”, “ba”, and “ya” are the fun ones. Giggling and screeching is also a normal noise that comes from Aurora regularly.

Milestones: Still no crawling, just lots of butt scooting and rolling. However, yesterday Aurora pulled herself up to her knees for the first time! I see trouble in our near future! 🙂

Favourite things: Aurora loves being held in the air, tickled, and pulling people’s faces and hair. She loves playing with her toys, anything to do with water, and eating anything we will share.

We also enjoy being a social butterfly and making friends and playing with them.

Dislikes:  Sleeping is a pretty big dislike. She fights us for a while on naps and bedtime now. Other than that she is a happy, loving little pumpkin.

Fun things!: Our little peanut’s personality is showing more and more. With all the rolling, she has become curious about things and gets into some mischief. When we tell her “no” she thinks it’s funny. Cheeky little trouble maker.

She has also realized that if she makes enough noise she can get the dog to join in the noise making. She also finds this funny, even if it drives Mummy and Daddy crazy (currently happening as I type this…).

Mummy and Daddy’s favourite moments: Daddy’s favourite moment was Aurora saying “dad dad” as her first word. Mummy loves how Aurora goes with an open mouth for kisses now! 

Both of us also enjoy how she is starting to dance and jump when music comes on! She loves music. 

Can’t believe Aurora is officially 9 months old! Our baby is growing so fast! Can’t wait to see what happens this month! ❤️

Baby Update: 8 months old!

IMG_0041Our sweet little pumpkin is 8 months old! I feel like just yesterday she was a tiny, wrinkly newborn. *sigh* I feel like I am being robbed of the baby stage. It is not nearly long enough.

Height and weight: Aurora is growing like a weed…at least weight wise. We have to wait till her 9 month check up for her height, but she is weighing in at around 21 pounds! (What a chunk!)

Clothing: Still rocking the 9 month sizes! She is out growing clothes faster than she can wear them! Good thing we have a baby friend to give clothes too…along with selling them to Stellie Bellies for store credit to buy more clothes!

Can we also appreciate that although Aurora is fitting 9 month clothing, she has the tiniest feet! Her feet are barely fitting in 3-6 month shoes. Not like she ever wears shoes, but still, her feet are sooooo small!

Sleeping: We have digressed to sleeping with Mummy and Daddy again. However, that will be explained when you see the milestone we hit the other week. 🙂

Food: Aurora is enjoying sharing all of Mummy and Daddy’s food. She will try anything!

She loves sitting in her high chair, eating her puffs and yogis (Happy Baby brand snacks) and drinking extremely diluted apple juice from her sippy cup!

Our little chubs also loves smoothies. Drinking from a straw is super easy for her, she is such a pro!

Milk is still her favorite and the majority of her diet. She has learned to hold her bottle by herself recently! Such a big girl!

Noises and sounds: Still very opinionated and talkative! She has begun to make the “da da” sound, which is super cute and makes Daddy’s heart melt some.

This month Aurora has also figured out how to squeal…and boy, does that girl have a set of lungs on her! 13600204_10153646268813038_567293734738658818_n

Milestones: Aurora cut her first teeth through the other day! (Hence sleeping in our bed again, poor little teething baby). We now have to watch our fingers when we feed her…that little razor tooth hurts!

Peanut is still not crawling (despite really trying to), but she did figure out she can roll to get to where she wants to go. She really enjoys rolling towards her toys and her fur brother.

Favourite things: Still loves eating, watching TMNT, and playing. She loves to play on the floor and roll towards the dog!

Also, Aurora loves swimming in the pool, bath time, and visiting the hair salon and getting selfies and love from all the stylists.

Dislikes: Pretty sure this child will NEVER be a fan of carseats. On a whole though, this girl does not have many dislikes, thankfully!

Fun things!: Aurora started daycare two weeks ago! She loves playing with the other kids! She goes to the daycare lady with no problem, thankfully!

Aurora also got to see her first dolphin the other day! While we were walking Morrison behind our apartment, on the water, there was a couple dolphins swimming near the wall. So, Morrison, Aurora and myself all went to the wall and watched the dolphins swim. Aurora was very observant of this new creature and seemed to enjoy the dolphin watching.

IMG_0026Mummy and Daddy’s favourite moments: Mummy’s favourite moment is probably see peanut having so much fun playing with her new friends at daycare. Also, Mummy will always remember when she figured out Aurora cut through her first tooth…feeding her some food and getting bit by that new tooth (and it definately hurt!)

Daddy loves how Aurora is starting to cuddle more! She will just lay her head on our chests and snuggle. It is so sweet and heart warming to feel so much love for and from this little girl in moments like that.

It amazes us daily how much she is turning into a little toddler. Out sweet baby is such a happy soul, and brings smiles to anyone she comes into contact with.

I am so glad I get to continue to watch her grow. Mummy and daddy grow more and more in love with her each day.

Baby Update: 7 months old! 

How is our little baby 7 months old! She is looking and acting less like an infant and more like a little person every day. She lights up a room with her smiles, she is such a special little peanut!
Height and weight : Not sure about height, but this chubby little cherub is weighing around 19 1/2 pounds! Glad we don’t have to worry about her eating habits, clearly she is well fed.
Clothing: The little chunky monkey is wearing 9 month clothing. We try to avoid leggings due to all those little rolls…we don’t want to cut off any circulation. 😉

Sleeping: We have had a bit of a set back with sleeping. Aurora has to fall asleep in our bed, then I am able to move her when we go to bed.
Food: WE LOVE FOOD! Anything we give her to try, she will eat. Baby food, real food, milk…she wants it all in her belly.
Noises and sounds: Aurora is still a very opinionated, chatty baby. She loves talking (very loud) to herself when she wakes up in the morning, which is adorably funny. No real words yet, but I have no doubt she will soon be talking our ears off.
Milestones: Still working hard to try and crawl. Those chubby legs just have not gotten the hang of it yet though.

Aurora is loving swimming in the pool with Mummy…the other day she even went under for the first time and had no problem! Mummy was very proud of her future little fish. 🙂


Favourite things: Aurora loves her TMNT stuffed Donnie which plays the TMNT theme song.She also loves petting doggies and getting them to lick her, loves playing on the floor with her toys, and is starting to really enjoy her Minnie Mouse interactive walker.

And, as all babies, Aurora is loving putting any and all things in her mouth, such as the monthly stickers for her photos.
Dislikes: Aurora honestly does not have many dislikes, she really loves everything and is an overall happy baby.
Fun things!: Aurora is starting daycare in the next couple weeks since Mummy is going back to work summer school! We are so excited for her to make new friends and learn new things.

Aurora has also learned the new trick of unhooking her diaper! Although funny, we can see this causing trouble in the future. 
Mummy and Daddy’s favourite moments: Mummy and Daddy both enjoyed seeing Aurora’s reaction to trying her first lemon…she loved it and wanted more. Getting Aurora to do her high pitched giggle is also a favourite. It is completely adorable and you can’t help but laugh and smile when you see the pure joy she is expressing.

Our sweet little baby is growing so quickly it makes me tear up a little bit. She has so much more growing to do in the next few months, but I can’t wait to see her personality bloom and continue to love her more and more each day.

Baby Update: 6 months old! 


Happy 1/2 a year to our little peanut! The last month has been full of fun with Aurora learning new things and growing so fast! 
Height and weight: Aurora is 25 3/4 inches tall! Which is an inch taller than the last time we got her measures! Most impressive is her little chunky self, weighing in at 18 pounds 5 ounces… Putting her in the 90%! Clearly, she is well fed 😉

Clothing: Aurora is fitting 6-9 month onesies. We have to be careful with leggings and rompers, those thick thighs and leg rolls need room to breathe. 

Sleeping: Baby is still sleeping 12-13 hours a night! Most of the time she sleeps in her crib, apart from the occasional rough night where she ends up with mummy and daddy. 

Food: We love baby food, apart from anything with tart fruits.

We also have tried (and loved) banana, avocado, grits, mashed potato, and peanut butter! 

This little butter ball loves food in general! 

Noises and sounds: No words yet, still just lots of cooing and laughing. 

Milestones: We officially sit all by ourselves! Sometimes a bit wobbly, but overall a good sitter. 

Aurora is still working in the crawling thing, but she can inch worm herself forward some using her face (hilarious). 

Favourite things: Aurora loves sitting up and playing with her toy keys or binky. 

We love when people sing us “Happy and you know it”, it’s the only thing that will magically stop baby from crying. 

Baby loves chewing on people’s (and her own) fingers, as well as noses and chins. 

Aurora makes funny faces, especially when concentrating really hard or investigating new things. 

We still love water, playing with daddy, getting doggy kisses from Morrison, and drinking lots of boob milk. 

Dislikes: Apples, not getting attention, and nap time. 

Fun things!: Aurora had her first airplane experience to go see her Uncle Stuart and cousins! She was a champ! 

Mummy and Daddy’s favourite moments: Mummy’s favourite moment was watching baby try grits from the Seahorse for the first time! That was mummy’s first food so seeing that peanut enjoy that food so much made mummy so incredibly happy! 

Daddy’s favourite thing is how happy she is always is to see him. She sure does love her daddy. ❤️

Our baby is growing up so fast, she is such a beautiful and happy little baby. We are so lucky! 

Baby Update: 5 months old!

Our sweet little peanut is 5 months old! This month she has truly let her personally shine through all her chubby cuteness!

Height & weight: This chubby cherub is weighing somewhere around the 16 pound mark! 

Clothing: Our little chubster is fitting 6 month clothing comfortably. However, due to baby’s thick thighs, mummy and daddy have to keep an eye on leggings being too tight. 😂

Sleeping: Aurora is still sleeping in her crib like a champ! Bedtime is around 8:30 pm and we are sleeping until almost 8 am most mornings.

Not a big napper, but sometimes Peanut enjoys a couple hour nap in the afternoons.

 Food: We introduced the little chub to rice cereal and baby food this month! Rice cereal is tasty and she likes it in her bottle of breast milk.

We LOVE baby food! Carrots, sweet potatoes and peas are our favourites! We are okay with bananas and apples…however, pears are a little tart. Aurora does not like prunes at ALL! (Can’t say I blame her…)

Although we are feeding her more and giving her more than just breast milk, this little peanut still eats every 3 hours. So much for rice cereal and baby food keeping her fuller longer.

Noises & sounds: Aurora’s new thing is making coughing noises. She has learned if she coughs or yells she can get mummy and daddy’s attention. Someone is beginning to show her little personality, it is quite funny.
Milestones: Our big milestone we hit this month was eating baby food! It has been so fun seeing her enjoy something new. Also, watching her faces when she tries new foods is extremely entertaining.

Favorite things: Aurora still loves her usual things. We are beginning to enjoy playing with rattles and our elephant teether toy.

We love playing and chewing on our hands… Or on other people’s fingers (I believe we have begun the teething stage of infancy).

We LOVE baby food and rice cereal in our milk. We also love to stare as mummy and daddy eat and make chewing movements with our tongue and mouth.

Another fun thing Aurora likes is to yell and cause a fuss so that Morrison (her fur brother pup) begins to howl. They take turns making noise and could keep it up for hours if we let them. They are the silliest of friends.

Least favorite things: Aurora does NOT like prunes. Also, we don’t like when mummy and daddy don’t give us the attention we think we deserve.

Other new things: Peanut attended her first baseball game this month! We went and cheered on one of mummy’s past students.

Mummy & Daddy’s favourite moment: Mummy’s favourite moment was probably watch the reactions when feeding Aurora new food. She is just the happiest of babies and she loves her food. That’s my girl 😉

Daddy’s favourite moment is how much he loves Aurora trying to communicate with us now. All her fake coughs and yelling to get our attention show how fast she is growing up.