Collier’s 2nd Birthday Invites

My little boy Collier is turning 2 next week!  Since he was 4 months old, he has loved to jump.  He'd jump on your lap, on the floor and in his jumper toy.  When he's upset, we tell him to jump it out.  And when he's excited, well he jumps then too!  So it only felt fitting that we have a jump party for his second birthday!  I wanted to do an interactive invitation, with an image of Collier jumping around.  It took 2 prototypes until I was able  to get something to work, but here's what I came up with!


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If you want to see a video of it in action, you can find me on Instagram (@collectedblog). And contact me if you'd like to work together on a project: bri@collectedblog.com!


Collier 11 Months

This was a big month for Collier (or maybe more for us)! Adam and I went on a vacation for a full 7 days sans kids. After much internal debate, I finally decided to wean Collier. Now remember, this is the baby who hadn't taken a bottle his whole life. Once we found the right bottles (Tommee Tippees), it was smooth sailing. I'll admit, I was pretty sad and seriously considered not going (am I crazy?) because giving up nursing earlier than I was planning was hard. But we have both adjusted and all is well!

This month Collier has started really figuring the world out. He figured out that fake cries get him attention. He figured out how to bully his sister back. He figured out how to sign for "more" and "all done", even though he still just likes to scream at me. 🙂 He is still taking to solid naps during the day and sleeping through the night! This makes for a happy mama. We're so happy we have this cutie around!

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Collier 10 Months

I just looked back and apparently I missed months 8 & 9 and I'm feeling a little sad about it. Looking at Collier's 7 month pictures compared to these 10 months has shown me how much he has grown since then!

So much has happened with Collier in the last few months. He has 4 teeth! Which is a miracle because Rilo didn't even get her first tooth until she was 14 months! He also started walking at 9.5 months. He is SO fast now! He claps, says "mama" and "dada" and tries hard to say "Rilo", signs for more, does "so big", gives kisses and plays peek a boo.

My favorite thing to watch has been the developing relationship between Rilo and Collier. As he gets older, they have been playing more and more. Rilo hides and Collier finds her and attacks her. A recent favorite has been a game of tag. Rilo runs all around the house and Collier chases after her. Of course, it's not always smooth sailing...Rilo still gets mad when he "ruins her train tracks" or gets in her way. But overall they are becoming best friends and it makes my whole world.

Collier loves all food. I still haven't found a food he won't eat. And if you are eating in front of him and aren't sharing, he'll yell at the top of his lungs until you oblige him.

He is so sweet. He shares lots of loves and snuggles along with some slobbery kisses. He definitely loves his mama. And I sure love him.



This week I'm feeling extra thankful for my little family! For my husband who works hard for us, but plays hard too. He always makes time to play on the floor, wrestle on the bed or read books to the kids. And for my two healthy, happy babies...I couldn't be more thankful for all the time we spend together!
I'm especially thankful for the many mornings we spent at the beach in September. We hope some day we can spend many MORE mornings there!


Collier 7 Months

I took these pictures back in September, back when Collier actually was 7 months! I need to catch up quickly before I fall even further behind!
Collier started crawling at 7 months, on my birthday as a matter of fact. Just a crawl here and there at first. His sleeping at 7 months, well, it's almost worse than when he was a newborn (every 2 hours). He is still our happiest little boy. He literally lights up anytime anyone looks his way.
He spent his seventh month in California, soaking up the sun and eating copious amounts of sand (I do not look forward to those sandy diapers). And near the end of his seventh month, he made his way back to his home (his REAL home, as Rilo calls it).


Happy Halloween

When I asked Rilo what she wanted to be back in September, she said "a party". At first I giggled and then the more I thought about it, the more I loved it! Even though the idea had been formed a month and a half ago, I still waited until yesterday to make the costumes. Whoops!!
Rilo was the cake, Collier was the ice cream, I was the present and Adam (who ended up having a bunch of meetings, therefore couldn't fully dress up) was the decorations. Rilo tried to eat all her candy as we went, when I wasn't looking. She ate so much! I think the Great Pumpkin might come tonight and replace the candy with something special though!

And on a separate note, a former client and online friend of mine just found out her sweet little girl R, has a large brain tumor. R is just a few months younger than Rilo (2) and it breaks my heart thinking about all that my friend and the rest of her family are going through. She has 3 other little girls back at home, including a baby who is the same age as Collier. Any thoughts and prayers in their direction would be appreciated. And if you feel inclined to donate to help them, you can do so here.


Happy Day

We spent Tuesday at Disneyland, for a little pre-birthday celebration.  Rilo was in heaven meeting all her "friends".  She gave all the characters the biggest hugs...it was pretty heartwarming.  Today we went out to breakfast, then Rilo took a 3 hour nap (and I didn't even work...I caught up on SYTYCD), played with my kids, put Collier to bed without a fight, and then ate cake with friends.  All in all a great day!



Collier 6 Months



No, no, no. I would love to pretend that my sweet little newborn is NOT a half year old. Holy cow, is the second time around much faster. I know, with all that we have going on in the next few months, that 1 is going to come way too soon!


At 6 months, Collier is still the happiest kid on the block. I just love how he is all smiles. He is big and chunky and I want to eat up his fat little thighs.


We are about to embark on the food journey. He has sampled a few things the last couple of weeks, but now it's time for him to really give it a try. We'll do baby led weaning, like we did with Rilo, and will probably start with avocado or some other soft veggie.


Collier's sleeping, well, let's not talk about it. He has become a terrible sleeper. Even at nap time, he has gotten much much worse. He just has to be near me to sleep well and likes to nurse A LOT through the night. I just moved his bed away from ours so that I can try to help him sleep on his own. The no binky/lovey situation I think complicates things even more!


As far as milestones, he is getting around all over the place. Leave him in one spot while you're getting ready, and find him on the other side of the room, halfway under the bed. He mostly just rolls and pushes himself on his back to get around. Thanks to my family, Collier now goes up onto his hands and knees. I can only hope that's as far as he gets for a few months. I am in NO rush this time around. Just sit and smile and all will be well!


Collier has made me become a different mama and while it's been tough, I've enjoyed growing as a mother. He is much less independent than Rilo was (and still is). He will cry the moment I walk away and looks for me when I'm gone. They say that boys just love their mamas and I'm finding that to be true. Oh how I love how excited he gets when our eyes meet. There is nothing sweeter.


As he naps next to me right now, I can't help but feel truly grateful. I have always wanted to be a mom, and here I am, with two littles to love. It's not always easy, but it is always worth it. Love you Collier Bud.