Cake Smash Photoshoot

Okay, If I’m going to restart then where better than his cake smash. We did this at 11 months old since we don’t really celebrate his birthday anyways. I took all the pictures myself, and bought the decor from either the dollar store or party expert. I also made and decorated the cake myself, since Eesa is allergic to eggs and dairy (i.e. any cake that exists) which basically makes every vegan recipe my bff.

Here’s what the setup looked like:

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We took a few pictures of him with his shirt on, and then put him in his suspenders and brought out the cake. He was very weary at first, but the photo evidence provided will show that we all left quite happy.

This was so much fun, and I’m really happy with how everything turned out.

The Cost:ย 

The poufs and the ribbon were from the dollar store: $2.50

The balloons were helium from party expert: $5.00

The triangle banner was from Michaels on liquidation: $2.50

The “one” banner was from party expert: $6.00

The Cake stand from Dollarama: $4.00

Total Cost: $20 = happy mama!

 

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It’s Been A Long Time

The last time I wrote on here was August 24,2017. Pretty typical me ๐Ÿ˜‚ย But you know what, it was a lot of fun reading back and seeing moments in Eesa’s first year. He’s 21 months old now!

And what a year it’s been. I finished my first year of my master’s degree, got my first contract, and had an amazing time.ย Eesa has gotten so much bigger and is constantly going through so many changes, that I really wished I recorded more of. So here’s a little recap:

First Steps: July 11th, 2017

Went to Paris & Belgium: November 16-21st, 2017

Re-designed Eesa’s room: December ish 2017

Eesa spoke less than 10 words: 15 month checkup

Eesa spoke between 10-30 words: 18 month checkup

I stopped counting Eesa’s words: 20 months. He’s easily past the 200 mark at this point

There is so much more to speak about this year, but I don’t even know where to start from.

So for now, here’s one of my favourite pictures of Eesa from this year.

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Eesa’s First Haircut

Today we went for Eesa’s first haircut! The fact that I’m writing this on the same day is a first. I was actually quite nervous about getting his haircut. We shaved his head completely when he was a newborn, and then trimmed only the sides at about 4 months to help things grow evenly. At 5 months my husband wanted to “even” everything out and accidentally shaved it too low so we had to just shave the whole thing ๐Ÿ˜ญ I was not too happy about it, and decided that next time I would wait for it to be long enough for him to get a proper haircut.

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My little Baldy

So that is why we waited until now, and with Eid coming up we felt like it would be nice to get him a haircut ๐Ÿ™‚ I wanted to get him a bit of a fade. We decided to go to Minicoupe in Laval, and they were amazing! She talked and cheered him on the whole time, and was able to do exactly what I wanted. I will be going back there for all future haircuts until he is old enough to go to his daddy’s hairdresser.

Before

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During

After

We are very happy! He looks older and less like a baby – which I obviously have 39485 emotions about.

6 Month Update

I was so emotional as my son turned 6 months. I never expected to love him as much as I do, and be so happy and sad at the same time at how quickly these past 6 months have gone. He’s not considered a little baby anymore! Here’s how this past month has been.

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Height/Weight:ย Eesa was weighed at his 6 month appointment and he was 15.3lbs. Still on the smaller end of babies, but growing according to his own curve.Grow baby grow!

Daily:ย His day is pretty much the same as it was when he was 5 months old. He wakes up at 8:30-9:00 for a feeding, then talks himself to sleep. He naps until about 11:30-12:00pm then wakes up, drinks milk, eats some solids (we are doing baby-led weaning) and plays with his toys. Sometimes he does time in the jolly jumper too. He takes a nap, and goes in this cycles usually until bedtime.

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Bedtime:ย Not much new to say here haha. All I’m learning from these updates is that we are blessed with a very consistent baby. He did not go through any new sleep changes, which we are very very grateful for!

Eating:ย We started a whole new variety of foods with him! He eats pretty much what we eat or sometimes I make him his own food, but no more purees! And honestly it makes life so much easier and simpler. I love baby-led weaning and will do a post on it soon, as I could go on about it for days.

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Sizes:ย In sweaters he can fit into 6-9months, like the one shown above. He can also fit into Zara pants and sweaters that are 6-9months. Other than that he is still comfortably fitting in his 3-6month clothes still!

Milestones:ย 

Here are some of the things he’s learned recently:

  • Can sit up on his own for long periods of time
  • Can lift himself up onto his hands and knees
  • Can push forwards a little bit
  • Is developing his pincer grip
  • Can chew on foods

That’s all for now! I love him more and more each day and can’t wait for what’s to come! Looking forward to writing on here more often.

Montreal Auto Show

Every year at the Palais de Congres in Montreal they host an auto show. The last time I went to one was when I was a little girl with my daddy. My husband likes to go so this year we decided to go with Eesa. If you like cars or are interested in a weekend activity, it was a lot of fun! Here’s a few pics from the show:

My favourite cars are Audi’s, and here’s the one I want, and Eesa driving it ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are some of the fancy cars

and Eesa’s face when he saw how much they cost

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and here’s a photo of the two loves of my life โค (and no, I’m not referring to the car)

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and that’s it! I had fun, and would recommend it ๐Ÿ™‚

Newborn Photoshoot

When Eesa was 3 weeks old I did a at home photoshoot with him. I highly recommend taking newborn pictures of your little babe, the newborn phase goes by so quickly and is so precious! There were some pro’s and con’s to doing it myself that I’ll share on here, and then I’ll share the pictures I took ๐Ÿ™‚

Pro’s

  • You can do it at the time most convenient to your baby
  • You are in your own environment where your baby is comfortable
  • You can take as many breaks as you need without paying studio time
  • If it is not a good day you can just stop and try again another day
  • You can feed your baby during the photoshoot as needed

Con’s

  • You can’t be in the pictures
  • You may not have the proper materials/skill level
  • You’re biased towards your baby ergo you don’t have a subjective view
  • Your husband can coincidently be napping at the only time your baby is co-operating eliminating him from the photoshoot (okay maybe that’s just me)

The setup for the photoshoot was simple, I took his nursing pillow and draped a fluffy blue blanket that was given to me by a friend. I placed both these onto his glider and worked from there. Here are a few of the shots we got: