Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Adventures in PB&J Parenthood: 5 Months!

Hello month 5!!!
We have made it to five magical months with our little rainbow, Benjamin! Where has the time gone? It literally feels like yesterday that we were handed our tiny newborn and we embarked on this journey of new parenthood.
Our little Benjamin has had quite the busy month! On his end, he's been growing like crazy! He amazes us each day with how much he's learning and developing. He loves to show off his baby strongman skills by sitting up on his own. He still can be a little "weeble wobble" but he's getting to sit up independence any day now! One of Ben's new found favorite activities is standing! With assistance from mama or dada, he loves to pretend like he's a big boy and stand up big and tall!

A very sweet Mother's Day
Besides all the accomplishments Ben has been achieving on the developmental front, month five has also brought so many new happy memories. The month of May has truly been filled with some of the sweetest memories together as a family. The first and sweetest memories made were for my very first Mother's Day. The past few years have been a literal rollercoaster in regards to Mother's Day. The past two years have seen us begin our family journey, encounter our losses, and have left us feeling bittersweet in regards to the day. This year though was completely different. This year I got to celebrate being a mama to my Ben!
It was a beautiful day filled with endless love and happy memories. A home cooked Mother's Day brunch, a gathering of family and just being able to celebrate the day surrounded by all those that I love. It was truly the sweetest day!

Road Trip!
Month five also brought us new adventures. We embarked on Ben's very first road trip away from home and trekked down to SoCal to visit my sister in Los Angeles and have a mini getaway. Ben did great and loved every minute of his first vacation away from home. We spent quality time with my sister's family, indulged in all the yummy eats and even visited the coolest museum, the Petersen Auto Museum aka PB's Disneyland! Ben loved getting strolled around the amazing cars and PB loved getting to geek out and share his car enthusiasm with his son.

Magical Memories
The most highly anticipated adventure? DISNEYLAND! We finally took Ben to my happiest place on Earth. I'll divulge more about all the magic and fun on a later post, but here's little tease of some of the memories made at Disney:

Thank you for reading along! Stay tuned for a full recap of Ben's 1st Disneyland visit. Here's to another happy month filled with smiles, new milestones and lots of love! 💜

Friday, May 11, 2018

May 11, 2018

May 11, a day of hope, love & remembrance

May 11. A date that is ordinary to most people, but holds a world of meaning to our PB&J family.

May 11, 2017
Let's start at the beginning. If you've been following along on this blog or our story in general, you may already know why this date means so much to us. May 11th was the original due date for our pregnancy before Ben. May 11th was our angel son's due date. It' a day that marked the end of a painful chapter in our PB&J adventure book. Our angel's due date was the last milestone we had on the calendar as a reminder of what could have and should have been.

Last year we decided to take a trip to my happy place, Disneyland to help ease the sadness that the day represented. We filled the day with so much love, hope & hearts.

You can catch up on last year's May 11th post HERE.

May 11, 2018
Flash forward a year and here we are today, our family complete all thanks to our rainbow miracle, Baby Ben. Never did we think we'd be blessed with a baby a year later, but here we are, parents to a beautiful baby boy. In many ways we thank our angel son for our little Ben. We truly feel that our angel son was looking down on us and our family. The timing of Ben, finding out we were pregnant with him the same week as our angel son's due date, Ben's own due date within the same week as our angel son's passing.... It just felt like a beautiful twist of fate.

Not a day goes by where we aren't grateful for where our journey has taken us. A piece of our PB&J hearts will forever be with our angel son. Our angel son taught us that no matter how dark the world could get, that hope & hearts will always prevail. So here's to today and for sending our love to our angel above.


Friday, May 4, 2018

May the Fourth Be With You

May 4th, 2018 aka May the Fourth Be With You!!!


A little Star Wars goodness from our little family to yours! So happy to celebrate this year's fun with our little Storm "Pooper"/BB(aby)-8 and our Datsy-Poe. ✨




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