Colette's Garden Party

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Saturday was Colette's first birthday, and we celebrated with a garden party with our closest friends and family.

There were flowers everywhere, our favorite brunch foods, cupcakes, and macarons. We ate, played and talked with our guests, and opened gifts. I put out chalk and bubbles for the older kids, and they of course pulled out all of Cullen's outside toys too, so I think everyone had a great time!

Colette showed very little interest in the actual cake. She was happy to eat the flowers off the top, but even after a taste of buttercream, she only ate a few tiny bites. She was happy to share with others though.

Colette's favorite thing about opening presents was the cards. Who would have thought? But she held onto one card while we opened all of the other gifts and kept the biggest smile on her face the whole time.

Happy Birthday sweet little Colette! We love you so much!!!

Colette: Eleven Months

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Colette's newest skills include pulling to standing, saying "mama", climbing, and clapping. She is growing and learning so much every day; I am afraid I'm going to miss something if I blink. And she has started dancing, which is one of my favorite things to see! Tiny baby dances are adorable, though I don't think her Daddy is too proud. Too much hip shaking for his little girl.

Her favorite things right now are bath time (so much splashing!), food, her brother and anything he is playing with, and being outside. You should hear the squeals just walking to the door elicits!

Right now, she is working on her third tooth, possibly her fourth. And she is putting those chompers to good use by eating everything in site. I haven't really found anything she won't eat. Cheese and pasta are still favorites. She eats meats, veggies, fruits, bread and pasta of course, and then anything remotely interesting that happens to be on the floor.

We thought Cullen was going to be our strong-willed child. Turns out we couldn't have been more wrong. Colette is already starting to show her stubbornness. For the past two weeks, she has refused to take a bottle when she is away from me. While I am at work, she will eat real food like a teenage boy, but refuses to drink anything. We have tried every type of sippy cup available, warm and cold milk, water, offering it before food and after. Nothing works. She just shakes her head and pushes it away. It turns out, she has decided that she only wants to nurse, she will hold out all day long until we both get home. At this point, the plan is to keep offering and hope she changes her mind soon. We are going to have our hands full with this little girl. I have already purchased a copy of The Strong-Willed Child.

For now, I'm off to spend some time with my almost-one-year-old. If I can catch her that is. 

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