so thankful


for days full of smiles and giggles, resounding from a healthy baby boy.  for a husband who works tirelessly to give his family a beautiful life.  for unconditional love and generosity from our parents and in-laws.  for food in our bellies, a roof over our heads, and clothes on our backs. for puppies who don’t mind being on the back burner lately… or maybe they do : /.   for friends, new and old, who are “kid people” or at least pretend to be ha ha ha!  for having the means to give back.

i’m so, so thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Dietrichs!

Halloween 2015 :: A Week Later…


Halloween weekend was full of fun!  First we had our Fawns party with the Moms of South Tampa group, where we all met at Corona Park with our babies dressed up in their super cute costumes.   The big kids did some trick-or-treating in the park and decorated cookies while the little kids played on the jungle jim and swings.  It was a bit hot (pushing 90 degrees) so Bennett didn’t last long in his costume, but from the pictures you can see he had a great time!











Halloween night was another hot one, so again, Bennett didn’t last long in the T-Rex costume :( but we had the grandparents around and headed over to the block party on our street which had a nice turnout!  Everyone brought a appetizer and donated $5 for beer and wine, and we got to mix and mingle with our neighbors and their kiddos!  I think B had more fun at the MOST event because of the playground, but next year he will be so into Halloween, I just KNOW it!  Ha ha ha!











Oh, and Husband & I went to some adult Halloween parties too!  Here’s a pic of us in our all of our silliness:


Hope everyone had a great Halloween!

Bennett Wesley :: Six Months Old









Happy Half Birthday, Lil Man!

Six whole months with this precious human!  How did Husband & I get so freaking lucky?!?  Bennett is fully crawling across the floor, sitting up on his own, and pulling himself up onto his knees.  A little over a week ago I walked into his room after he was done with his nap and caught him peeking over the edge of his crib.  Tonight, his crib has been lowered to the lowest level for fear he will climb/ fall over head first to the ground.

He is still breastfeeding, mixed in with some pureed foods (mostly bananas because they are his favorite) and the oatmeal cereal.  He still refuses to take a bottle but he likes to pretend to drink from one every now and then.  He is starting to get upset whenever people are eating foods that he is not allowed to have.  He gets all whiney and starts acting out which makes it super hard to enjoy a meal these days… I hope this phase doesn’t last long but I have a feeling it will hang around for a while.  At least until he gets teeth, right?!? We are still waiting for the first tooth to pop through his little gums.  The drool is seriously like a faucet.

Bennet still loves bath time. He loves to kick and splash the water everywhere.  Super cute!  His favorite song right now is “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”.  Anytime he is fussy or upset, all I have to do is start singing that song and he gets this big grin on his face. He loves it!  He is starting to become more and more aware of the dogs.  Sasha is always hanging around him, she lets him grab her ears and lips and tail, it doesn’t seem to bother her at all. Layla, on the other hand, is a little standoffish, which concerns me a little.  We keep a very close eye on all dogs around him, and do not allow him to play alone with the dogs around.  Overall, they are doing pretty good with him, they may feel a little neglected, but we still treat them like our other babies. :)

Tomorrow we have our six month check up (and shots) with the doctor.  Hopefully he doesn’t get too upset because this is the first shots appointment I’m going to solo.  He hasn’t been too upset at the previous appointments, so I’m hoping it’s the same scenario this time.  Wish me luck!

Hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween!  We had all sorts of festivities this past weekend which I will post pics of all that stuff sometime this week (hopefully ;)).  The time change is kicking my butt!  It seriously feels like it’s midnight right now and it’s only 8:45… what is wrong with me?? Oh yea, I’m a mom.  Ha ha ha!

Anyway, happy six months to my baby boy!  in six more months I will be a sobbing mess looking back at the year.  I’m trying to hold on to these precious baby moments for as long as possible because I know they will be gone in a blink.

I love you so much my sweet boy.  You are mine and daddy’s whole world.

A Bennett Milestone :: Crawling!

Well, y’all, my lil man is officially on the move.  He has been doing a few small crawling motions for probably a little more than a week now, but he is really getting the hang of it, and can move across a room with ease now… especially with a tiny bit of encouragement ;).  Enjoy this short video of his new trick!

And some precious pictures (of course) because I’m his mommy and I’m so proud!






^^ yeahhhhh!!!! ^^

Bennett Wesley :: Five Months Old







My heart is going to {literally} burst just looking at these pictures!!  This sweet boy of mine, this little wiggle monster, this ticklish, smiley flirt!  I can’t…

At our last 4 month check up, which actually took place a week after he turned 4 months due to us being out of town, we found out this stud was 28 inches long (100th percentile) and weighed 16 pounds.  Now, it’s been 3 weeks since that appointment, but that’s the latest update on his stats.  The Dr. couldn’t believe how long he was, she remeasured after the medical assistant measured him.  She confirmed what we all knew, he’s a healthy growing boy!  She informed me that he was ready for some cereal and pureed foods which MADE MY WHOLE WORLD!!  I left there on cloud nine!  We are still figuring out the quantities that this boy wants or needs, but not having that constant tether of breastfeeding has been a breath of fresh air.  I still pump for milk to put in his cereal, and he still feeds with me quite often, but it’s not nearly what it was… thank you, Jesus!  I’ll take it!

Bennett and I have joined a mommy/baby group where we meet up once or twice a week with a bunch of other moms and their babies for play dates.  So far, Bennett absolutely loves it!  He is so observant of what the other babies are doing.  He likes to show off his latest tricks (right now he’s rocking back and fourth on his hands and knees- almost crawling) and he loves to smile and play with all the toys.  And while the babies are all doing their own “thang”, the mommies get to talk about anything and everything that has been going on in our lives.  Most of us are new moms which makes it nice because we are going through very similar things.  The group is perfectly proportioned with babies that are only about 2-3 months older and younger than Bennett.  I actually look forward to this outing every week!

My boy is definitely starting the teething process.  The drool is never ending.  No teeth have cut through just yet, but it’s going to happen soon.  He is so interested in food.  Any time Husband & I are eating, B will stop whatever it is he is doing and stare at us.  Poor guy, he needs some teeth so he can try all the yummy food!  Ha ha ha!  Soon enough… for now he can eat his peas {hates them} and bananas {loves them}.

I’m really excited for B’s first Halloween later this month!  He’s going to have soooo much fun!  Can’t wait to share all the cute pics of him in his costumes!

I guess that’s it for this post… Bennett, you bring so much sunshine to our lives.  We love you beyond measure.

xx Mommy & Daddy