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All of the animals have gathered to say… It’s the King of the jungles big day!
With Grayson’s 2nd birthday quickly approaching, I thought I’d better share with you all his 1st birthday! It was 3 months before his birthday that I had already planned the theme, ordered a lot of things, & started crafting! (I’m really not that creative, I have a hard time drawing stick people LOL) But I got on Pinterest & just wanted to make as much as I could so it would be even more special! It was Jungle themed! Roar! I got almost all of the decorations from Open A Party It’s an Canadian online party store. They had an insane amount of jungle themed things and I possibly did go a little crazy! (I so wish I had pictures of all the jungle balloons, blow up animals, customized treat bags & of course, our amazing friends & family!)
Since their 1st birthdays are so special, we knew we had to have two parties. Remember I’m from 5 hours away, so we couldn’t ask all his relatives to travel that distance. So here I was, planning two birthdays, two totally different locations, & hauling all these party supplies everywhere I went! The first party was in Parry Sound for all my my friends & family. There was family members that finally got to meet Grayson for the first time! With just over 35 guests, tons of laughs, & not near as many pictures as I should have taken! So many decoration pieces I loved and didn’t get pictures of! Everything was just so busy, I got more at the 2nd party but still again, not enough! Haha here is how it all turned out! (If you want to see all the cute names for the food I made, you’ll have to keep reading to the second part of this post at party number two!)
Cake & Cookies by The Mad Batter
Now party number two! This one was a tad larger, & by larger I mean over 60 people LOL Hubby’s family is massive & yeah, no other excuses haha So for this one, everything I did the same. Used all the same decorations, same invitations, & the same food & snacks. I did take more pictures, but again, not as many of all the decor that I wished I took! That is one thing I’m going to remember for his 2nd birthday. Take TONS of pictures of everything set up! I love looking back on events like these. I love being able to see pictures of the hard work I put in & guests that came to celebrate Mr’s special day with us. So, here are the photos I got of birthday party number two! Enjoy!
Cake, Cookies & Cupcakes by Patisserie La Toque
Invitations by Vista Print
Well thats it everyone! Hope you enjoyed looking back at Mr’s big day! His 2nd birthday is almost here & I can’t wait to share that next with you all!
Lots of Love ♥
Mexico you were good to us! I’ll be honest, for the entire year leading up to this trip, I was a bag of emotions. Stressed, anxious, worried, & panicking about traveling with Mr. Would I forget something important? Would the plane be a nightmare? Would Sleeping in the same room cause problems? Some people were telling me everything would be fine as he is an extremely happy, go with the flow type of baby. (Thank you for being just like your daddy) Then I had some making me panic, telling me traveling with a baby, all rules have to be out the window! You do what you have to do to make it through the trip!
This might seem like an easy way to have a great week, but for me, this was very hard. I have rules, I don’t like breaking them. There are things I refuse to give in and just let happen. So here’s a break down of things I did, wouldn’t do, and would change for next time!
The Plane – We brought snacks on snacks on snacks! This was a huge life saver! I got tons of snacks, a couple favourites mixed with a bunch of new ones to keep him occupied! Then to bring in the toys. I was looking for small, light, & new of course! I didn’t want to bring toys that he already plays with on the regular. Chances are they wouldn’t keep him busy as long. I got these but didn’t buy the 3 pack. I picked out individual ones of his favourite vehicles!
Now, where I got worried was almost everyone I’ve talked to about traveling, said that an iPad/tablet was the key to making it super easy. Well, in our household, Mr is not aloud to touch iPads, tablets, or phones. So I thought long and hard about changing this for the trip. End result, I just couldn’t do it! That would mean when we got home, I would have to explain to a 1.5 year old, that he cant touch those anymore. Which I feel was going to be impossible. So I found an alternative that I got him that teaches numbers, letters, & shapes. I just couldn’t cave on something hubby & I feel so strongly about.
For what I would change, (even though I will take advantage of not having to pay for a plane ticket until he’s 2) him having his own seat would have been the icing on the cake! So when he is over 2 it will be wonderful having his own space! Because shocker, he only wanted to sit on mama!
Resort – Alright people! The resort we stayed at was kind enough to upgrade our room! Which was perfect! (larger room, massive jacuzzi, double sinks & bigger bathroom) We got to put his playpen around the corner of a wall so he wouldn’t be able to see us for bedtime. This would have been wonderful if he actually slept in it! Haha So another thing we have never done, is co-slept. I don’t care if you do, thats your own personal choice. It was just never our choice. From the first day we came home from the hospital, Mr has slept in his crib, in his room. & he’s been a pretty great sleeper for the most part! Well the last weekend trip we went on before Mexico, he refused to sleep in his play pen. I don’t understand what happened or how he went from being completely fine in his play pen when traveling, to screaming bloody murder when you try and put him in it. But this was something I was willing to adjust for the week so we all could sleep. Half of the time we were there, he passed out on me nursing, and I put him in his play pen. The other half of the time, he slept with us. Night 1 of co-sleeping HELL. I did not sleep, I had no room, was half off the king size bed. But of course hubby & Mr had tons and tons of room! Haha The other nights I figured everything out and I got much better sleep! For next time, I would want Mr to have his own room. It would just be much easier to let him cry it out in a separate room thats his & maybe he would feel more comfortable in? Im not sure but we need to figure something out for next time! (There will be more on our new co-sleeping adventure in my next blog post! Because yes, there are still some problems happening!)
All in all, it was an amazing trip! Resort was so perfect for kids, weather was perfect, and of course, the wedding the 3 of us were in was also perfect! I hope my experience helps anyone reading who’s traveling with a little one! Also if you have any other suggestions that could help us for our next trip, drop them in the comments!
P.S. I brought my dslr with me but never used it. So pictures aren’t the clearest!
Lots of Love ♥