Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Baby Beau: 10 Months

The photo above might just be my favorite ever.. until we have another one that steals my heart. I mentioned last month that I wanted to remember all the progress Beau made in the previous month, and I feel the same way about this month. Our baby boy is growing at leaps and bounds, and we're loving every minute. 

Ps. You might have noticed I took a little vacation from blogging.. Ben had off for a week and I needed to press the reset button in several areas.. but now I'm back! 

19.3 pounds 

28 inches

We're full fledged into size 12 month clothes. A few different brands of 6-12 are holding up but jammies in that size have about moved onto 12-18. This seems crazy to me!! It's been really fun for me to shop through all of the sweet Spring options for him, and to pick a few special items for Disney World next month. 

Towards the end of his last month, Beau started to be a little bit of a stinker with his naps. Still excellent nighttime sleep, but 45 minute naps were not going to cut it! He's finally gotten back in his routine and is napping better than ever. He's really busy into playing so I think that's why he's been so sleepy! 

Two naps, three baby food feedings.. and a whole lot of puffs in between!

We've been doing so well.. knock on wood! No colds this month.

Teething brings out the big old crocodile tears for our boy! His top teeth are for sure coming.. but who knows when! 

pouches with fruits and veggies are his new favorite 
eating some big boy foods!
pulling up and standing with mama and daddy 
practicing our walking holding hands 
being lifted up and down 
bouncing and jumping 
meeting your new cousin, Tom
Sophie Giraffe 

Those mean toothies coming in!!

You said your first word, mama, on Valentines Day! You also went on your first date that day, also with your mama. ;) You lost your spot as the littlest cousin in our family and met your new cousin Tom. You're pulling up so well and are so close to crawling. You've moved backwards in crawl position a few times, but we're still working on it. You're getting so very strong! You become stronger in your sitting up all the time.. you're leaning forward and stretching and then returning to upright so much. You started being interested in toys while on your tummy and reaching for them.. a big feat for you because you're so laid back and don't like a whole lot of toys! We have so much fun with you, Beau William! 

We've also started feeding Beau some finger foods. Finger foods with him is a whole different ball game than the average child. Because of Beau's thumb condition, pincher grip is near impossible for him.. however, his mama has been feeding him a few new things and it's been really fun! 

Another fun thing from this month is that Beau was asked to be a RING BEARER (!!!!) in August. Tiny little tux. I die!!!

Places You’ve Gone: 
  • to lots of high school basketball playoff games
  • to Texas Tulips 
  • on a Valentine's Day date with mama to Central Market 
  • lots of family breakfast dates 
  • to the hospital to meet your new cousin 

This sippy cup is the only one that has really worked for us so far! 

I'm really surprised that I haven't mentioned these bibs in a favorites round up before. I have a few other cheaper versions of the same thing and trust me, nothing compares to these wonderful bibs. They're soft around the neck, the velcro is easy to put on, they wash well, etc etc. 

This isn't a product per se, but Blogilates has become my new favorite thing for mama survival. These workouts are quick, don't have you counting away your time, and are easy to do with a baby nearby. Beau honestly loves when I do the workouts with him by my side, he thinks it's HILARIOUS. I have lots more thoughts about this for a separate post, but these workouts are perfect for me in this season of life. 

Beau loves these Happy Baby teething wafers.. I picked this version up because they were the only ones without banana in them (we have a suspected banana allergy!) and they've been awesome! 



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

What's in Beau's Easter Basket

The first personalized item that I ordered for Beau was the Easter basket pictured above. It sealed the deal that Beau would be his name. There was something so sweet about when I first opened the package from Pottery Barn Kids (basket available if you like it!) and felt the fuzzy little basket, anticipating the sweet memories that would be ahead with my boy. I didn't know what his face would look like, his eye color, his large amount of hair... those memories of anticipation are some of the sweetest ever.

Obviously, Beau doesn't need a ton. He'll be just a few weeks shy of one on his first Easter holiday. Even if he did understand, he still wouldn't need a ton.. this holiday is about the resurrection of our Savior, first and foremost.. but a few sweet pressies in a basket are fun and shadow the greater gift that we receive, life through Him!

What I discovered when putting this basket together is that for children of all ages, the Easter Basket is a great time to make some summer things that we'd probably need anyway into gifts. All the non rookie mamas are saying.. YES! Haha! :)

Swim Trunks- A must have for the upcoming summer, I see a new swimsuit as a tradition in the Strader Easter basket world! Beau will use his just a few days after Easter when we head to Florida
Board Book - A precious take on Psalm 23 by the author of the Jesus Storybook Bible.. I want to get this for every baby in my life!
The Donkey who Carried a King- This book is another one that I wish I could buy for every family that we love.. Holy Week from the perspective of a very important donkey!
Sandals - Another summertime must have.. although I can't say I won't pop these on Beau's feet before Easter in this Texas sunshine! I will just pop them right back on in the basket on Easter Sunday!
Swim Diapers- A practical fun little treat to stock the basket!
Bucket Hat- This sweet hat from The Beaufort Bonnet Company is one of the things I'm super excited about. Beau's bright blue eyes are really sensitive to the sun so I can already tell he's going to absolutely adore having this hat for the summertime!
An extra of his favorite sippy cup- I was going to get an extra sippy before our trip to Disney World just in case we loose one or something, so again.. PRACTICAL!
Mama devotional- While shopping for Beau, I saw that this devotional I've had my eye on for awhile was on sale.. I highly recommend adding this to your cart!
Sunnies c/o Babiators- As I mentioned above, this pair of sunglasses will be great for my blue eyed boy!

Mamas, am I missing anything sweet? I feel like First Easter is a precious time for an heirloom gift, but I've drawn a blank! Anything y'all remember getting in baskets as little ones that you loved? Let's be honest.. my love language is Cadbury mini eggs so I can't wait till Beau is a bit older and I can give "him" some for me... actually that's a great idea for this year!! :) 

I'm linking up with Talk About It Tuesday!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Life Lately

Hi! I'm back from a sweet little blogging break. Taking a few weeks for some quality time with my boys was so needed. Ben was off work all of last week so we soaked up a ton of time together.

A few weeks ago our home group had some family worship at the park.. we love spending time with our people and their babies.. Beau napped through the lesson. :) 

On Friday, March 3, we spent a fun 12 hours at the hospital waiting on our new NEPHEW! He's named after his two grandfathers and is as precious as can be. It was so fun waiting for my niece to come and tell us "Boy!" 

Have y'all ever noticed that the world seems to be divided into the people who love seafood and the people who won't touch it? Haha! Our home group is apparently almost split down the middle.. the seafood lovers head out to a hole in the wall with a two hour wait for the most amazing peel and eat shrimp by the pound. YUM. So incredibly delicious and such a fun experience! 

I made an Easter plate with Beau's handprints.. knowing that next year his little handprint will look different. I love our boy so much! This is my favorite handprint project yet!

My friend McKenna and I went to Dallas for the Smocked Auctions Sample Sale.. I'd say this one was my least successful of the three I've been to. I got just one outfit, but it's still a really sweet one! 

While our sweet nephew had a doctor's appointment I got to keep Megan and we gave her a Minnie Mouse pancake breakfast! So fun! 

Beau tried his hand at painting! Just squeeze a few lines of paint on a piece of paper.. pop it in a baggie.. secure to the floor. He loved it! And I love having it on the fridge even more!

It's okay for you to LAUGH OUT LOUD at this.. haha!! Our family had a party to celebrate my niece getting to be a big sister.. and she had been talking about it for weeks and weeks. It was just a fun dinner but it felt so sweet and special. Such a wonderful idea by my sister in law. My brother in law grilled steaks and we had cheesy potatoes, caesar salad, and pasta salad. Comfort food for celebration! I was asked to be in charge of the "big sister cake" and Megan specifically asked that it would say "Big Sister Megan" and have FIVE Minnie Mouses. I can't say I've found my cake decorating calling.. but I provided what was asked of me. This was such a fun grace not perfection moment.. watching her face light up at my wonky writing. She didn't care one bit. Homemade funfetti with cream cheese frosting.. YUM. 

You probably notice that I talk a lot about our home group. We laugh with these people, cry with these people, and are in steady pursuit of Christ together. Once a year we have a really fun fellowship event planned specifically so that everyone can come. The last two years we've done murder mysteries but this year we had a PROM! I know this may seem crazy to some people but we truly had a blast. These people are such a family and it was so fun. We all got dressed up, rode around in a limo for an hour jamming to 90s music, and then our friend Spencer DJed for us all night long. I seriously cannot tell y'all how fun this was! Literally half of the ladies of the group are pregnant right now so that was fun to celebrate too! Last year I was just a few weeks away from delivering Beau so this year it was nice to be able to embrace the theme without a bump. :) 

The next morning we helped our friends Josh and Rachel move into their new house. I also snapped this pic for their baby announcement! Baby Jones's gender will be a secret until August... I'm on pins and needles! 

We have a little boy who is SO CLOSE to crawling. He just gets up and rocks. Haha! Yesterday he got closer than before so I really think it will be any day now! 

We took a family trip to Northpark Mall in Dallas for a few errands.. and took advantage of some of the beautiful grounds for Beau to play and enjoy the sunshine!

I posted about this on Instagram.. but since Beau was born we've never closed his door for naps or bedtime. Even in our old house where all the rooms were so close, we never have. He'll sleep through anything because of it! So with that, I've always come in and out of his room during nap if I need to put clothes away or whatever. Last week I was sitting on the floor beside his crib working on some things and he lifted up the bumper to peek at me.. and the rest is history! I love seeing our boy's personality!

We had a fun family play day at Beau's Big Granny's house with all the cousins! Beau and Sunny are exactly four months apart.. it will be so fun to watch them grow up and be great friends! 

We tried on our Disney pajamas.. in one month we'll be there!!! 

I went with my friend Tiffany and her girls to see Beauty and the Beast. It was my favorite movie as a little girl and I loved the movie so much! 

St. Patrick's Day doesn't hold a lot of significance in our house, but we couldn't miss a chance to dress up our boy in a seasonal outfit!

I met up with two of my good friends from high school and Beau loved snuggles with Kristen. 

We took a family trip to Central Market for a few things and Beau was in SUCH a wonderful mood. We loved it and took advantage of a few photo ops! 

If you've been reading for awhile you know that I always do a Bachelor Bracket with my friends. We tried the new ABC bracket software and my friend Susannah and I tied for first. We aren't really loving Nick and Vanessa (I hate to say it but I don't think they'll make it through DWTS) so we decided to honor Corinne's Nanny's Cheese Pasta. :) 

What have y'all been up to?