Bennett Wesley :: 1 Year Old

DSC06118Last night, as Husband & I were going through the motions of our evening bedtime routine, I was overcome with emotions.  Husband was sitting with Bennett after his bath, reading him every book in his nursery.  I was putting clothes away and straightening up his room since we are having people over.  As I was walking out, Husband told me to say goodnight to Bennett because he was going to put him to bed.  I turned around in that moment and all I wanted was for my baby to stay awake a little longer with me as I finished getting things ready for his very first birthday party EVER.  I wanted to hold on to the moment of him not quite being a whole year old yet.  Bennett came down stairs for one last snack before bed and about an hour later he was so tired, I knew it was time.  As I carried him into his nursery with his face snuggled in my neck, I felt the urge to rock him in the rocking chair for a little while.  As we rocked I tried to memorize the way his twenty pound body feels in my arms and how sweet his hair smells right after a warm bath, and how soft his baby skin still is.  I laid him down in his crib for the last time as an eleven month old, and today he is a one year old.

It’s funny that this happened because just a few hours earlier, we were at a party at a friend’s house and some of the ladies were asking me if I was feeling sad about my baby turning one, and how I felt about leaving him for the first time last week to go on our anniversary trip, and my response was “I’m fine; I was fine.”.  At that moment, I was fine. On Thursday night, Husband & I were reminiscing about how a year ago on NFL draft night, we were sitting on the couch in the living room.  The Buc’s had the number one draft pick, I was timing my contractions, and Husband basically told me that we were not leaving for the hospital until the Buc’s made their pick.  I will forever remember that draft and always think about the next morning being the morning that changed my life forever. The day my baby was born.

May 1, 2015.  Such a wonderful date to be born on.  5-1-15.

I don’t know how to express my love in words for this precious blessing any more than I have over the past year on this blog.  As I read back on his monthly entries, I feel so repetitive with my words, to the point where I can barely read them without wondering why people even follow this thing.  But you know what I remind myself?… I remind myself that the description I have of him in my heart and mind will never change.  There are only so many synonyms for the word amazing.  He is and always will be my greatest accomplishment, and I’m so happy he will always know how his presence brings so much meaning to my life.

Bennett Wesley Dietrich,

You are, literally, my heart walking around outside of my body.  I cannot imagine my world without you in it.  You bring more joy to my life than I could ever wish for and it has only been one year (and 9 full months in the womb if we are being technical) since we first met.  I hope you always keep your never ending curiosity for anything and everything around you.  I hope you stay strong willed and never conform to the norm.  I hope you travel the world and love trying new foods just as much as you have in the last year!!  I hope your life is filled with unlimited happiness.  But most of all, I hope you remember that this mama of yours, loves you beyond your comprehension.

I love you, my son.  Happy 1st Birthday!

xo Mommy


Bennett Wesley :: 11 Months Old

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Nope.  This is not an April Fools joke.  Although, I wish it was… Y’all, in one month, my baby will be turning one year old.  How?  Why?  Stop it.

This little man has taken his first unassisted steps (up to 7 at a time, if I’m keeping up with details), he cuddles his stuffed animals (never really loved them before), his favorite food right now is oranges, wearing 18 month old clothing for the length (tall boy!), he has mastered throwing lots of balls out of his ball pit, enjoys drinking from a straw, and loves being called a “big boy”.

The only show he will watch is Sesame Street, of which he only really enjoys one episode titled “The Wedding Planner” and, really, he only likes it for the “Two Little Rocks” song… if you are familiar with this episode you will know exactly what I’m talking about.  So we have it DVR’d for those moments of melt down ;) ha ha ha!

His hair is getting so long!  And has a little bit of a curl to it in the back, which I find super cute!  No, I’m not going to cut it any time soon…

Next time we have our monthly baby photo shoot it will be for the BIG day!  Happy 11th month my little man!


Bennett Wesley :: 10 Months Old

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It’s been a long day for the Dietrich household, so I’m going to keep this short and sweet.

This baby boy is officially 10 months old today.  I’m slightly freaking out inside.  I’m starting to look at birthday party themes and I’m getting all kinds of emotional thinking about my baby getting older.  He is so full of life, my little adventurer, crawling or walking with a push walker anywhere and everywhere!  He is obsessed with books and reading.  Husband must read about 10 books to him every night- he loves it!  He eats everything, talks & hums constantly, always wants to be out and about around town ;)… he really enjoys his music classes and play groups- so many new friends!

He’s still a fussy mess, not easy by any means, but when this boy breaks out into a fit of giggles from bouncing on pillows, or daddy making a funny face at him, it’s the most precious sound… it makes all the challenges of being a new mom float away.

Bennett, I hope to keep the memories of you gripping onto me like a baby koala and nuzzling your little face into my neck, close to my heart forever.  I want to remember how desperately you crawl across the floor to reach my legs to pull yourself up and hold your arms out to be held.  I know these moments will not last long, and I’m savoring them for as long as you will let me.  I love you, my baby.


Bennett Wesley :: 9 Months Old

Today as we were leaving our 9 month appointment the doctor says, “Bye Bennett!  See you after your first birthday!”

Ummmm… excuse me?!?  First birthday?? That’s like… light years away, right?!?  I guess not {insert head thrown back, crying emoji face here}.  I don’t even want to think about that.

This nine month old baby of mine is seriously a handful.  I knew he would be the day he was born, but every day is a new adventure with him.  He is full of emotions, loves trying any and all foods, loves opening and closing every drawer and cabinet in the house {we recently baby proofed}, and tries to climb on/ off everything.  This boy does not sit still. Ever.  He is always curious about what is around the corner, behind the door, down the stairs, up the stairs, in his room, in Husband & my room, our bathroom, etc… He loves tormenting the dogs, chasing after them in his walker, it’s probably one of the funniest things to watch.  Sasha likes the chase but Layla steers clear.

Bennett got sick for the first time 2 weeks ago.  It was not fun.  Poor little dude was miserable, I’m so glad it’s finally gone.  I’m actually quite shocked he didn’t get sick sooner.  I keep him active in a lot of social baby outings such as music class, Gymboree, and playdates, so I guess I should count myself lucky since it just recently happened.  I’m definitely not looking forward to the next cold… they really linger :(

Other than that, Husband & I are having so much fun taking this sweet boy for bike rides around the hood, going to the parks to swing on all the swings and slide down all the slides, shopping for cute little boy clothes ;)… He still LOVES bath time & “Brown Bear Brown Bear”.  At his appointment this morning, he weighed in at almost twenty pounds and was over 31 inches long.  Doc says he is very healthy and so happy!  This boy is the very best thing to ever happen to Husband & I!  I still cannot believe he is ours!  He amazes me every single day! We love you so much, Bennett!



Bennett Wesley :: 8 Months Old

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My baby’s getting big, y’all.  And he’s becoming less needy.  That little baby phase is long gone… sad.

He’s pulling himself up with ease onto anything and everything he can.  He crawls faster than I speed walk.  He’s always chatting with anyone who will listen (including the dogs and toys).  This boy can eat!  He is excited to try it all!  Poor thing still only has his two lower front teeth so he still can’t eat much, but anything soft and can be broken up into little pieces or fed with a spoon he is eager to get in his mouth.

His favorite activity these days would be bath time.  He has not had to use the baby holder thingy in the tub in a while so he is free to roam around, put his hands under the faucet as it fills the tub with water, play with all his water toys and books, and get bubble mohawks and beards from daddy.  He always has a big smile on his face when he’s in the tub.

My boy loves to be tossed into a big pile of pillows and blankets where he then pounces and laughs real loud.  It’s the cutest thing ever.  He is starting to tolerate being in the car a little bit better.  For a while this was a big challenge for Husband & I.  Neither one of us wanted to drive with him in the car!  Ha ha ha… He would get so upset!  Thank God that phase is over.

This boy is loooooong.  He is wearing 12 month clothes and I don’t mean the 9-12 month size… I mean the 12-18 month size.  Not that they fit in the waist, but for length, it’s the only size that works.  I’m predicting he’s going to be tall and skinny just like Husband & I were as kids… But please look at that pot belly in the pictures toward the top- I live for that belly!!

Every single day is a new adventure with Bennett.  He is just absorbing so much and developing skills so fast, I’m so proud of my little man!

Bennett, Mommy loves you so, so much!!  And Daddy loves you so much too!


Bennett Wesley :: 7 Months Old

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My pride and joy!!! This sweet baby melts my heart with that smile!  And those teeth… oh my word!!  #HolyCuteness!!

Well, today my boy is 7 months old.  We just got back from celebrating his first Thanksgiving in Houston with my side of the family.  It was a really nice trip.  Bennett went to his first parade, met some of his new cousins, saw his great grandma, and tried refried beans {I hope he liked them because Mama eats Mexican food at least once a week}.

This boy is getting so long and lean!  He loves to eat… all day long… He has mastered the spoon {well, taking food with a spoon, not using it by himself} and sippy cup.  Yep… skipped bottles and went straight for sippy cups.  We are still breastfeeding.  It’s still his favorite.  He is wearing 12 month clothes for the length.  Size 3 diapers. Hates wearing shoes.  Crawls all over, and is starting to pull himself up on things.

One thing that surprises me is how much he is starting to enjoy our story time.  This boy really likes books right now.  He gets this look on his face like he is reading along right with me and is completely entranced with the story.  His favorite book at the moment is “Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See” but today I read him “The Night Before Christmas” and he adored it!  What’s funny is, with Brown Bear, Husband & I will read the entire book and as soon as we say “the end” he starts crying hysterically until we start reading it again.  So we will {literally} read it 100+ times!  Ha ha ha!  I have a cute video of him doing this, might have to upload it to our youtube page…

Anyway, we are super pumped for Christmas later this month.  The tree is already up and the decor is in the works.  It’s going to be so special having this little guy around.  He completes my world.

I love you so much, Bennett Wesley.

xx Mommy