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!
We here at Tiny Dapper Fox...aka the Cabrera Crew, just wanted to wish you all a happy holiday season! We hope you all have a joyful holiday with your family and friends and wish you all the happiness in the world in the new year!
All photos courtesy of Brandie Scales
I hope you all are having a great week and scored big on some sales this past weekend for Black Friday/Small Shop Saturday/Cyber Monday! I definitely made a good dent in my shopping but still have a ways to go. Today I wanted to share another gift guide with all of you! Today's edition is for us mama bears! So ladies, just go ahead and pass this right along to your baby daddies ;)
1. Ring Sling - WildBird $64.95 - $119.95
I'm obsessed with WildBirds right now. I've loved baby wearing from the beginning and wear Kai daily. I've got quite the collection now but am always on the hunt for more because I believe you can never wear your little bird too much! Tonight at 8 PM CST, they are having a blind grab bag sale where all slings will be 40%!
2. Bathtub Caddy Tray - Amazon $42.97
Self care is so important for everyone, but especially us mama bears. We tend to do a lot for others so it's really important that we take a little time out for ourselves once in awhile. I try to take a bath every Sunday night after I put Kai down, so this bathtub tray would be so perfect for my glass of wine and propping up the book I'm currently reading!
3. Face Masks - LUSH $14.95
Another self care item...face masks! I love the Mask of Magnaminty from LUSH for my acne prone skin. I use it twice a week and it always helps smooth out my skin. Plus it has a nice pepperminty smell...which is perfect for the holiday season!
4. Bath Bombs - LUSH $4.95 - $9.95
More bath goodness! Bath bombs are the perfect stocking stuffer or you can pair them with another favorite self care item like some lotion or a face mask. LUSH carry my favorite ones and I can't get over this Frozen one for the holiday season! Frozen is one of my favorite Disney movies so if I had to choose one right now this would be it. But my other tried and true favorites are Twilight, Avobath, and Sex Bomb.
5. Bean Boots - LLBean $135
I love my Bean Boots so much and I think they make the perfect gift for any woman. They aren't something I'm too keen on buying myself so when Caleb got them for me for Christmas a couple of years ago I was so grateful! They keep my feet so warm and dry during the snowy winters here in Chicago.
6. Yoga Pants - Beyond Yoga $110
With the upcoming new year and resolutions starting to form, working out is always at the top of everyone's list. So a brand new pair of pretty yoga pants would be the perfect gift to motivate any woman to get back to the gym after the holidays!
7. Spoon Set - Anthropologie $32
I love Anthro so much but it can be crazy expensive. I've had my eye on this spoon set for awhile now but can't bring myself to fork over the money for it every time I'm out shopping! If I got them for a gift though I'd be pretty over the moon excited about it...Aren't they just so pretty!? I love doing different tablescapes in our dining room and on our balcony and feel like these beauties would add a little fun to my spring and summer set ups.
8. Throw blanket - West Elm $39
Again, another random practical home item that I've been eyeing/really want but won't bring myself to buy. We really need a blanket refresh in our house but I always seem to think of something we need more when I'm out and about shopping. We're in the process of redoing our living room so one of these pretty blankets to add to our blanket ladder would be a nice finishing touch!
9. Coat - Ted Baker $575
A new coat is always an amazing thing to unwrap from your significant other, especially one as pretty as this Ted Baker one!
10. Bracelet - Alex and Ani $38
I always love adding to my stack of Alex and Ani bracelets. Kai especially loves when I wear them because they jingle and he likes to play with them! Little mom hack for you...it keeps them nice and occupied for awhile! I'm really loving this little mitten bracelet because I feel like it would help remind me of Kai's first holiday season!
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Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend filled with family and holiday joy. We spent the weekend decorating our house for Christmas and just enjoying our time with each other. The holiday season tends to always be a bit crazy so I'm trying my hardest to slow down for this one and enjoy every bit of it with Kai. Caleb and I also had our first date in in about 7 months, ha! We went to see the new Fantastic Beasts movie and oh my goodness it was so GOOD!
Kai turn 10 months old on Saturday! For some reason this month milestone feels very significant because he is finally in the double digits in terms of months and will never be in the single digits again. I can't believe how fast my little baby is growing. He is turning in to the most loving and kind little boy. While this last month has been a very tough with the loss of my dad, Kai is still our bright shining star.
Weight: 18 lbs
Height: 28 in
Thanksgiving dinner was a big hit! You LOVE turkey, stuffing, and gravy! You're eyes lit up so big, too when you tried yams. It was so special to share Thanksgiving dinner with you this year and I am just so thankful for you, Kai Bear. We've finally discovered a food you're not super fond of though...eggs. We've noticed a little pattern that you don't like bland foods because you've started protesting rice cereal and oatmeal now, too. If we spice these things up a bit though you're all for them! Our nursing game is still going strong and I'm still loving every single moment of it, too.
We had another adventure filled month, little one! Of course we celebrated Halloween this last month! We just celebrated at home though since our neighborhood does trick or treating on the Saturday before. We watched Halloween movies all day though in our costumes and had fajitas for dinner. We also took a little road trip out to Toledo for our cousin's bridal shower. You are a pro traveller now and did so well in the car. Grandma and Wrigley came with us for the trip and it was such a good time. We hung out with all of our family that lives in Toledo and of course went to Shorty's for dinner one night. You looked all the meat and cornbread! Dad took us and Grandma to the Shedd Aquarium a couple weeks ago, too! You loved watching all the fishies and really enjoyed the dolphin show. We went to dinner at Elephant & Castle afterwards where you tried some corn beef and loved that, too. Auntie Ashlyn came to visit us for Friendsgiving this year and we all went in to the city for the day where we got some yummy biscuits and gravy + went to the Christkindlmarket! Dad and I love to go every year and we were so excited to take you with us this time!
We of course celebrated Thanksgiving this past month, too! We hosted our annual Friendsigiving dinner with all off our friends and you got to have your first taste of Thanksgiving dinner! You even got to hang out with your other baby friend, Harper! A few days later we hosted our family for Thanksgiving where you had so much fun with your cousins, especially Jordyn! I've been so excited for you to be old enough to play together and you just adore her. It was so wonderful to have our whole family together for the holiday and experience it with you for the first time.
You can pull yourself up on to everything and anything with ease now, little mister! You still haven't quite figured out how to get back down though so you just hang out standing for awhile, But then you start to yell at us to help you down and it never ceases to make me laugh. You and Wrigley love to play together like true baby and pup now too. You throw his tennis ball for him and he brings it back to you!
This month was definitely a complicated one emotionally for us. Grandpa passed away and went home to Heaven a day after you turned 9 months old. You were the joy of his life for those 9 months though. He adored you beyond belief and would talk about you to everyone and anyone. He loved watching all the videos of you and holding you when he could before he got sick. He was the best grandpa and we miss him every single day. I know you are so young but I hope you know how much he loves you. He's watching down on you all the time and protecting you from Heaven. While I know you won't remember him, I hope you're heart will and you'll love him forever just like he loves you.
I fall in love with you more and more every day, Kai. You're my little best friend and I'm so blessed to be your mama. This stage of how much you need me still but you're able to verbalize it and reach for me melts my heart. Every month is my favorite month with you. I love you so, my little boy, I really really so very deeply do,
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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