This time of year is so special for our family. Last week we celebrated Kai's birthday and that will forever be one of my favorite days every year. Today though has been my favorite day for some time now. Seven years ago today we adopted Wrigley from the Nevada Animal Shelter in Iowa. It was the day we became a family, me, Caleb, and Wrigley. I will never forget that day. We were having a warm spell in Ames and Caleb and I decided to go out for a run on Jan 31st. We were just getting started when we saw someone who lived in our apartment complex with the cutest puppy! We had never seen a dog like her before and stopped to ask what kind of dog she was. The girl told us (Pomeranian mix) and mentioned how she has just adopted her a hour before. I casually asked her where from and how much the adoption fees were because C and I had been thinking about getting a dog for some time but didn't have the funds to pay a $300+ adoption fee like most shelters needed. She told us she paid $35. We were in shock. She told us they had the whole litter of puppies at the shelter as well as the mother. After our run we decided to contact the shelter and ask to see the puppies. They told us there was only 1 left plus the mother but that many people were already interested in the mother. We told them we would like to see the puppy they had left the following day. We impatiently waited all morning to go to that shelter and see this puppy. The second they brought him out and handed him to me he clung to me and I knew I was going to be his mama. C told them right away to get the papers ready, we were going to take him. I write this with tears in my eyes because he is the best thing that has ever happened to us. He has been here for all of it. The very best moments and the very worst. Graduating college, my grandparents passing away, moving to Chicago, getting engaged, getting married, buying our house, road tripping around the country, my pregnancy, welcoming Kai in to our family, my dad passing away, and so much more. All of it. He's been here to celebrate with us and be sad with us. He has seen me laugh harder than ever and has sat with me when I've cried harder than ever. He protects me and loves me more than I thought possible. And we love him beyond belief.
He is so loving to others, too. The way he has welcomed Kai in to our family is incredible. Everyone kept telling us how he's going to be so jealous and how he better get use to not getting as much attention and it always baffled me. How could the best dog in the world get jealous of his brother? Why would we give him less attention? If anything he gets more attention now. He has another human in his life that loves him more than anything. The bond that has grown between Kai and Wrigley is extraordinary and I love watching them play and snuggle all day every day. Wrigley would go to the end of the Earth the protect Kai and for that I've never loved him more.
This blog was named for him. I call him Tiny. He is the most dapper pup ever. He is my little fox. He inspires me every day to be my best self and I thrive on his love. I hope this space continues to honor him by showing the best side of our little family and inspires others just as he inspires me. We love you so much, Tiny. Thank you for an incredible 7 years.
We survived the polar vortex! It literally went from -15 degrees to 45 degrees in 4 days. Thankfully the 40 degree weather was here for the weekend so we were actually able to get outside for some adventures and fresh air! We had a great weekend and it was so nice to not be cooped up in the house. On Saturday, I went to my little cousin's baby shower and it was such a beautiful time! Her little girl is due in a couple of weeks and I'm just so excited for her! Yay for more babies! Yesterday we headed up to Milwaukee to have brunch (I think we found our new favorite brunch spot!) and walked around the Historic Third Ward. It was a much needed day of being out of the house. Oh! and we also started renovating our home office! We painted the walls on Friday and it already looks a thousand times better but there is so much more to come!
So as you all know, Kai turned 1 on Jan 24th aka 12 months. This will be our very last Little Kai Bear date and I just can't believe I have a 1 year old!
Weight: 20.4 lbs
Height: 28.5 in
Kai, you are such a great eater! You are so silly during meal times and always eat soooo much! I wonder how that belly can hold so much food sometimes, but it makes me so happy that you're a good eater. You've tried it all and you like most foods but there are some you aren't so sure about. You definitely don't like plain eggs so Dad has to spice them up with some chorizo, ha! You've transitioned to cow's milk but we've decided to keep nursing for your morning milk. We're both not ready to be done with our breastfeeding journey, so onwards we go! You really like butter and jam and one of your favorite things for breakfast now is croissants! Puffs are probably still your favorite food ever though, ha!
We celebrated your first Christmas in 2018! It was the most special day filled with love and family. Grandma and Papa Joe stayed here with us and we all enjoyed Christmas morning together opening presents and drinking eggnog. You had so many presents that we actually had to take a break so you could take a nap, ha! You must have been a real good boy last year because Santa brought you so many fun things! A few of your favorites are your remote control, legos, and bath toys! We wore our matching Christmas jammies all day long, played with your toys, and watched A Christmas Story. We had a yummy prime rib dinner to celebrate the day and you are definitely a fan of steak. Thanks Papa Joe for making the best Christmas dinner ever!
We went on some fun adventures last month, too! At the start of the year our cousin Chris got married, so we took a road trip out to Toledo for the wedding! It was a short and sweet visit for a beautiful day. We also went to the Garfield Park Conservatory and took your one year old photos! We had so much fun walking around the conservatory and looking at all the fun plants. It was also a great break from the cold winter we've been having. Other than that, we've just tased snuggled up at home playing and having lots of movie nights. But you don't mind one bit!
We've been trying to get outside every day to play in the snow. You're a little indifferent to it but you at least enjoy the fresh air. You're almost walking too! You scale the furniture with ease and walk so well with your little walker toys. You're getting more confident with walking while holding Mom and Dad's hands, too. You adore taking baths and play with all your bath toys that you got for Christmas. You splash around the water and instantly always find your Mickey toy in the water. It's of course your favorite! One of your top teeth came in too and you have the other one on the way now. You look so cute with your big front teeth! It makes your smile that much cuter.
You have brought more joy in to my life these past 12 months than I thought possible in an entire lifetime. I love you with all my heart and soul. I'm still amazed at the fact that I am your mama and you are mine forever and ever. Happy Birthday my handsome little boy! Here's to many many more!
One whole year. I’m not sure how, but we’re here. I’m so in love with this last year because of you. I’ve never loved someone so deeply in my whole life.
The moment you came out of me 365 days ago my whole world changed. They placed you on my chest and your cries were the greatest song I’ve ever heard. I was so scared of the journey ahead but you grabbed my finger and said “let’s go mama.”
I’ve sustained you for a whole year. That first month was so hard. I was so tired and didn’t know what I was doing. But then we were on the verge of giving up our breastfeeding journey and in your own way you told me no and that you wanted me. Only me. It was the biggest turning point in my motherhood journey. Even at 1 month old, you showed me how much you loved ME. From that point, nursing you began to be the biggest honor of my life.
One random morning you were swinging and we were singing Disney songs. I sang the words “when you meet the one you’ve been waiting for and he’s everything that you want and more. You look at him and you finally start to live for someone else” and I looked at you and you were smiling at me. My heart grew by the millions. Another turning point in motherhood for me. You became my best friend.
Your laugh is the greatest thing my ears have ever heard. Your smile is the greatest thing my eyes have ever seen. Your scent is the greatest thing my nose has ever smelled. Your love pats are the greatest thing to have touched me. Your love is the greatest thing my heart has ever felt.
You quite literally complete my life. I look at you a million times a day and can’t believe I have this life. I marvel and wonder how you are mine and I am yours.
I love you, Kai. Happy 1st Birthday my handsome darling boy. & cheers to many more snuggles and adventures ?
When we were out in Utah for our early Christmas with our family we had family photos done up in the mountains! They turned out so incredible and I will cherish them forever.
*Photos courtesy of Hanna Roberts Photography
Hey friends, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! We had a day of pure magic yesterday. We slept in a little bit...need to take advantage of that in these early years as much as possible, ha! But after Kai was all fed, we headed downstairs and the magic began. Kai was so excited to open his big bag from Santa and see all the goodies he brought. We opened our stockings and then had our delicious breakfast that Caleb makes for us every year...French toast casserole! I'll have to have him put the recipe up on here next year. We opened presents after breakfast and then just relaxed in our PJs all day long. Our Papa Joe and Grandma spent the whole day with us and we had an amazing Christmas dinner later in the day together to finish out the celebration. We deeply missed having my dad here, but it was a perfect as it could possibly be for it being Kai's first Christmas.
Kai Bear turned 11 months old on Christmas Eve, though! Where has the time gone?! I can't believe this is our last Little Kai Bear Date before he turns 1! This last month has been more fun that I can possibly have imagined and my love has grown for this little guy even more...if that's even possible.
Weight: 19.4 lbs
Height: 28 in
You are the most adventurous eater, little man! You've tried and loved so much in the last month. I think the highlights though are chorizo and eggs. It is your favorite breakfast that Dad makes for you. Of course you need some spice and flavor to like your eggs, huh? You wouldn't be our son if you didn't! You also tried salmon recently, too. You are kind of indifferent to it but you really don't like it if it has lemon on it. You're so good at feeding yourself now. You pick things up with your little fingers so well, and you just feed yourselves throughout meal times. It's quite amazing and I just love eating together as a family. We're still going strong with breastfeeding and mama's milk is still your preferred milk of choice. You no longer need your liquid feeding before bed anymore now, too. You drink milk 4 times a day now and are still having around 24 oz. I can feel the end coming next month, but I'm just trying to soak in these last few weeks we have of this incredible bond we have. It has been the biggest honor of my life to be able to feed and sustain you for this long, my little love.
We went on a BIG adventure this last month, bud! You took your first plane ride and we went to Salt Lake City, UT to meet your cousins! We celebrated Christmas early out there with your Auntie Em, Uncle Rad, and Mimi. You had so much fun playing with your cousins and exploring Salt Lake. We also took you to see Santa Clause a few weekends ago. You were so intrigued by him. I can tell you know he's the big guy and you need to behave so he'll bring you lots of goodies on Christmas morning! I think you asked him for more Mickeys this year ;). Our Papa Joe came to visit for Christmas, too and we got to spend a whole week with him! We took him to have ramen in the city and we went to the Museum of Science and Industry to see all the Christmas trees decorated from around the world.
I can't believe how much of a mover and explorer you are, little bear! You scale the furniture now and have figured out how to get yourself back down to the ground if you're standing up. You've practiced standing on your own a couple of times, too! You crawl over to me, stand up, and let go. You plop right down on to your booty after about half a second but you always have the biggest smile on your face when you do it. You are just so much fun! You laugh so much and are so loving. We had a play date with Avie last week and you had so much fun with her. You two crawled around and played with all your toys. Your favorite playmate of all time though is of course Wrigley. You've started throwing his tennis ball for him and you laugh every single time he runs after it. You guys are already best friends and it makes my heart beat so hard in my chest. I love you two so much!
You rarely sleep with me in the sling these days but when you do fall asleep in one, I relish it so much. You are very independent when it comes to sleep and go right to bed every night when we put you down in your crib. You prefer sleeping in your crib for your naps too but still enjoy your car seat naps, too, when we're out and about. Your new favorite thing we do with you now is bath time! We got rid of your infant tub and you take baths in the big tub. You try to swim around in the water! You play with your rubber duckies and splash all over the tub.
You are the light of my life, Kai. I thank God for you multiple times a day and truly just look at you in amazement. How I made such a beautiful, loving, intelligent, fun, little boy is beyond me. It was God's work. I love you so much, baby boy!
I’m Diana; curator & author of Tiny Dapper Fox. Here you’ll find posts on motherhood, home life, travel, & fashion/beauty as well as City Guides for places all around the world. Make yourself cozy and let’s be friends!
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