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:



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:


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


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


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 {} 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!


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!