Sadie’s 1st Birthday PARTY {the details}

Originally, I wasn’t going to throw a 1st birthday party at all for Sadie.  And then I decided to have a very small gathering with cake and maybe a few balloons.  But THEN, the event planner in me turned on, and I knew in my heart that I wasn’t capable of throwing just a casual gathering.  {It’s just not in my DNA –  it has to be all or nothing!}

So with that, came Sadie’s PURPLE 1st birthday party.

the invites:

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the decor: {– thanks to Etsy, my new favorite party decorating go-to site — and Catering Works for the beautiful purple flowers –}

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the favors:

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All of Sadie’s baby friends at the party were boys, so I found these adorable purple ties to give as favors!

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the food/drinks:

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family and friends {and of course, the birthday girl!}:

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And last but not least, the cake smash:

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Happy 1st Birthday my sweet Sadie Jane – I hope you enjoyed your 1st of many more birthday parties planned by your mommy!

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{you can view a slideshow with photos & video from the party by clicking here}

Happy Birthday Sadie

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Dear Sadie,

One year ago, shortly after 4:20am, I heard your sweet cry for the first time.

Right then and there my life changed.

One year ago, I spent the night staring at your precious face.
One year ago, we became a family of three.

Without a doubt, this past year has been the best year of my life.

Because of you, I am a mom.
Because of you, I know the deepest meaning of love.
Because of you, I strive to be the best I can be.
Because of you, I feel complete.

It’s amazing to see how much you have grown over the past year.

You went from an ittty bitty squishy 7 pound baby to an {almost} walking and talking 1 year old.
You went from sleeping away the day snuggled in your swing, to climbing on me like I’m a jungle gym.
You went from barely noticing objects on your play-mat, to waving bye bye and giving high fives.
You went from baby babbling to saying “da” (for dog) whenever you see Zoe or Lilly.
You went from rolling – to sitting up – to crawling – to standing – to just about walking.
And in the blink of an eye, you went from being a newborn – to an infant – and now to a toddler.

You are such a happy girl – with a {gap toothed} smile that is so lovable.

And that laugh of yours… It’s contagious.

But my absolute favorite are Sadie hugs. I can’t get enough of them!

I made this video for you to look back on one day and enjoy watching moments {week.by.week} from your first year of life as much as we’ve enjoyed spending them with you!

If the video doesn’t show up, you can view it by clicking here.

Happy 1st birthday, my sweet Sadie Jane!

Love,
Mommy

Milestones for Sadie Jane {the first 10 months}

This week Sadie hit a big milestone…she started crawling! And the sappy mom that I am, started to get emotional as I thought back to all of the milestones that Sadie hit over the past {almost} 10 months. So as she approaches her 1 year birthday, I wanted to take a moment — to pause time — and look back at Sadie’s milestone moments. These milestones aren’t all “textbook” milestone markers, but they were certainly big moments for us!

Sadie’s Milestones (the first 10 months) from stacy black becher on Vimeo.

If the slideshow doesn’t play, you can view it by clicking here.

June 4, 2013 {almost 2 months}
milestone moment: Sadie started following us with her eyes

June 23, 2013 {2 1/2 months}
milestone moment: Sadie started cooing and giggling

June 30, 2013 {almost 3 months}
milestone moment: Sadie can hold herself up while on her tummy

July 1, 2013 {almost 3 months}
milestone moment: Sadie grabs onto things and holds items

July 11, 2013 {3 months}
milestone moment: Sadie sleeps through the night

August 20, 2013 {4 1/2 months}
milestone moment: Sadie ate her first solid food – homemade applesauce

October 13, 2013 {6 months}
milestone moment: Sadie can sit up on her own

October 16, 2013 {6 months}
milestone moment: Sadie got her first two teeth

October 30, 2013 {6 1/2 months}
milestone moment: Sadie drank water out of a cup on her own

November 4, 2013 {almost 7 months}
milestone moment: Sadie said her first words “Ma-Ma” (it’s faint, but it counts!)

November 18, 2013 {7 months}
milestone moment: Sadie rolled over on her own…and rolled..and rolled..

December 2, 2013 {almost 8 months}
milestone moment: Sadie responds to “clap your hands”

December 25, 2013 {8 1/2 months}
milestone moment: Sadie says “Buh-bye!”

January 14, 2014 {9 months}
milestone moment: Sadie pulls herself up from stomach to sitting position (and is very excited about it afterwards!)

January 21, 2014 {9 1/2 months}
milestone moment: Sadie can drink from a straw (and loves it!)

And the best milestone yet…

January 24, 2014 {9 1/2 months}
Sadie started crawling….looks like it’s time to child proof!

Our little munchkin is already trying so SO so hard to pull herself up from the sitting position to the standing position. She grabs onto whatever she can put her hands on and tries so very hard…sometimes it’s painful to watch just how hard she’s trying! But my guess is, the next milestone moment will be pulling herself up from sitting to standing…and it’s just around the corner!

life lately {9 months}

Life lately with our Sadie Jane..

We {ALL} celebrated our 1st Christmas with our good friends Scott & Cam at their beach house.

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Sadie said the cutest “buh-bye!” ever..

Sadie says BUH-BYE! from stacy black becher on Vimeo.

If the video doesn’t play, click here.

We had a quite night home to celebrate new year’s eve with our little mush tush. None of us made it until midnight!

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And then the best part of 2014 so far, we went on a vacation to Punta Cana! Despite the 12 hours travel time to/from the resort, it was an amazing trip and I’m so happy we brought Sadie with us!

Enjoy this video slideshow from our vacation:

punta cana january 2014 from stacy black becher on Vimeo.

If the video does not play, click here.

Big milestone this past week, Sadie sat up from the lying down position ON HER OWN. Watch this video of her pulling herself up, and then getting really excited about it afterwards!!

Sadie sits up from lying down position from stacy black becher on Vimeo.

If the video does not play, click here.

She now loves to sit up by herself in her crib…

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…so much so that she fell asleep while sitting up!

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The big 1 year is just around the corner, I can’t wait to see what the next 3 months bring!

G-Y-M-B-O and GYMBO is his name-o

One of the best things that I recently started to do is bring Sadie to Gymboree class once a week. She’s in the youngest age group, but she’s a few months older than the other babies in her class. Once she can crawl we’ll move on up to the next age bracket where they move around a little more. But for now, Gymboree class is filled with music, bubbles, parachutes, and most important — Sadie’s smile!

Enjoy the video below complied from a few short videos that I snapped today throughout the class.

Sadie Gymboree from stacy black on Vimeo.

*** FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO RECEIVE MY BLOG VIA EMAIL — videos do not show up in the email format. But you can easily view the video by clicking here.

{almost} 8 months old

My dear {almost} 8 months old sadie,

I’m a little behind on this post, but here’s what’s been going on in your life Sadie Jane —

I decided months ago that I wanted to dress you up as a toy poodle for halloween. I found the perfect costume for you to become our 3rd poodle… and you rocked it!

This month you started Gymboree class on Tuesday afternoons. You love it, especially when the bubbles come out…

You welcomed twin baby boy cousins {from afar}…


Mazel Tov to your Aunt Carly and Uncle Sean!

You understand “clap your hands” and you be a clappin’!

Sadie claps her hands! from stacy black on Vimeo.

If the above video does not play, you can view it by clicking this link: http://vimeo.com/80954095

You celebrated your first Thanksgiving..

AND your first Channukah!

It’s hard to believe this was one year ago. {click here}

You also battled your first cold this month…and you managed to pass it on to me. I guess I should get used to that happening from now on 🙂

I can’t believe you will be 8 months old TOMORROW! It just gets better everyday…!

ma-ma {{my heart melts}}

I found out that I was going to be a mom on August 12, 2012.
I became a mom on April 12, 2013.
And then today Sadie said the words every mother can’t wait to hear, “ma-ma”.
And Craig just so happened to catch her saying it on video 🙂

Sadie says MA-MA from stacy black on Vimeo.

If the above video doesn’t play, you can view it by clicking this link: http://vimeo.com/78589346

I use to be so annoyed with those women who would say, “just wait, you have no idea what true love is until you have a child.” I thought, yeah right. Well guess what? I deserve a smack in the face for doubting them, and for ever believing that any love could compare to a mother’s love. Love is not unconditional until your heart is walking outside of your body. Love is not complete until you see your own smile and eyes on the face of someone else’s {even if she does look like her daddy!}. And on a day like today {and almost everyday} when it hurts knowing all of this NOW but not being able to tell my own mom that I love her, it makes the pain a little less hearing my daughter say the words MA-MA.
My.
Heart.
Melts.

{almost} 7 months old

my sweet Sadie baby, you are almost 7 months old.

You have 2 bottom teeth popping through your gums, and most certainly causing you a lot of pain!

You are sitting up on your own.

You’re interacting with your toys and passing objects from hand-to-hand.

You roll and roll and roll.

— if the video above doesn’t play, you can view it by clicking this link: http://vimeo.com/78220386

We’ve lowered your crib because you were grabbing at your mobile.

You look like an angel when you’re sleeping.

This month you’ve been loving your walker (video below is in SLOW MO {and super funny!} courtesy of Aunt Cam)..

— if the video above doesn’t play, you can view it by clicking this link: http://vimeo.com/78220629

You love to jump, jump, jump, in your jolly jumper.

— if the video above doesn’t play, you can view it by clicking this link: http://vimeo.com/78220800

You’ve excelled from playing the piano with your feet to your hands!

You are wearing 12 month size clothes — all of your little “newborn” clothes are {sadly} stored away.

You blow spit bubbles.

You love yogurt – blueberry, vanilla, and banana are your favorite flavors.

You {attempt to} drink water from a cup.

— if the video above doesn’t play, you can view it by clicking this link: http://vimeo.com/78211308

You’re weighing in at 19.4 pounds and you’re 28 inches long.

You still love your bath-time {“you hear the water running, you see the bubbles bubbling”….as daddy sings the bath song!} and now you play with toys in the bath.

This month you took your first flight {ever} to NJ and visited with your Grandma Leslie, Poppy Steve, Uncle Jason, Aunt Amy, and cousin Tyler.



You are my {almost} 7 month old sunshine Sadie Jane, my only sunshine!

her laugh warms my heart

Sadie Laughing from stacy black on Vimeo.

if the video isn’t showing up, you can view it by clicking this link: https://vimeo.com/77357606

the first year without my mom

On August 11, 2012 my mom died. On August 12, 2012 I found out that I was pregnant. The very first day of my life without having my mom, was also the very first day of my life that I learned I was going to be a mom. My body knew to stay calm and did not meltdown in complete sadness; there was a growing life inside me to care for now.

If you’ve been following this blog, then you know about the emotional struggle I dealt with throughout my pregnancy; what I called my emotional ying and yang. Many of my posts reflected on my feelings of loss for my mom during what was a very exciting time in my life. Thoughts of my mom interwind into my pregnancy journey every step of the way; which in some sense helped me feel closer to her – knowing that she must have gone through some of the same experiences when she was pregnant as I was then going through.

And then the day was finally here when Sadie was born. And the flood of emotions of not having my mom around came pouring in. I’ve spent the last 4 months {of the first year without my mom} experiencing milestones in my daughter’s life — her first smile, first giggle, first everything — all worthy of a phone call to my mom to share the news; a call that I will never be able to make.

I don’t think it’s fully hit me that Sadie will never meet her Grandma Jane. She will never know the woman who raised me, the one that I turned to for hugs, the single most influential person in shaping who I am today. All of the fun things that Sadie would have gotten to experience with her …..it hurts knowing that they will never have that time together.

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I hugged my mom goodbye for the last time. 365 days without my mom; the same mom that I couldn’t bear to be away from for 2 weeks when I went to summer camp. Only now my calendar doesn’t have a smiley face on the date when I get to see her again.

The first year without my mom has come and gone, but the feeling of loss will never end. She will forever exist in my heart and in my mind; I will carry her with me forever.

celebrating my mom’s life (UPDATED VERSION) from stacy black on Vimeo.

If the video above doesn’t play, you can go to it by clicking this link: https://vimeo.com/46993925

splish splash {it’s time for the big girl tub}

It seems like just yesterday Sadie was [not-so-much] enjoying her first bath……and now 3 months later she has officially splish splashed her way through her newborn tub, and loved every minute of it.

Enjoy this slideshow of Sadie’s favorite time of the day… BATH TIME!!

…And now onto the big girl tub!

Baby Bump Week-By-Week slideshow

The idea behind the weekly baby bump photos was ultimately to create a slideshow that captured my baby bump growing each week until finally our daughter was born!
Craig worked on this video over that last 9 months, and it brings tears to my eyes watching it now that I can hold my little girl in my arms who was growing inside the bump – very surreal!

Enjoy the video….

Baby B Bump from stacy black on Vimeo.

If the embedded video does not appear above, you can access the video by clicking here.

Stay tuned for more posts and pictures of our life with Sadie Jane!