PB&J Parenthood: 11 Months!

One month away from One year...
Happy 11 months my little love!

Thankful
November was a fun filled month packed with all the loviest events, adventures and memories. So incredibly thankful for another month of so much love. Let's start at the beginning!

Just Keep Swimming
November brought about a whole bunch of new adventures starting with Ben's first visit to a childhood favorite, the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, CA. Growing up, my parents would take me here and I'd always be so amazed by the incredible under water exhibits and fun. Our little family packed up for a weekend getaway and got to take Ben for his first visit to Monterey and to the aquarium! He loves the little adventure and making so many under the sea, ocean friends!

Love, Love, Love
Family is everything to me and it's something that both PB and I hope that Ben grows up to value and know: family always comes first! November held so many special family events starting with celebrating my grandmother's birthday, then my cousin's wedding aka Ben's 1st wedding guest experience!
I was part of the bridal party, so Ben got a LOT of daddy and me time while I was off doing my wedding party duties. This probably explains why Ben's dapper wedding guest outfit was unbuttoned 50% of the time, lol! But it was a beautiful evening at the most gorgeous venue, Nestldown in Los Gatos, CA. Ben loved getting to party the night away with my family!
When you leave it to daddy to dress you... #buttonfail
Holiday Magic
If an aquarium visit, great grandmother birthday and family wedding wasn't enough.... add in a dose of Disneyland magic to the busy month 11 mix. We took advantage PB's Thanksgiving week off and headed down to Disneyland to soak in all of the Disneyland holiday magic. There's really no feeling like being at the Disney parks when it's all decked out in it's Christmastime best!
We also lucked out by arriving to the parks on Mickey Mouse's 90th Birthday! We missed a majority of the morning festivities due to our drive down, but we were still able to soak in some celebratory fun with the day's special merchandise and getting to meet the birthday mouse himself!
We scored one of the Birthday Mickey sippers at Disneyland!
Ben got to experience his first Disney Christmas, complete with getting into festive style, catching "Snoap" or the soap snow that would fall down Main Street and just soaking in the holiday love. I can't tell you how much my heart soared during this trip. Disneyland during the holidays is my absolute favorite. So being able to finally share it with my little guy was beyond anything I could have ever asked for!

Turkey Day
As if there wasn't enough to celebrate or do this month, we also got to celebrate another "1st" holiday for our Ben, Thanksgiving! I can't tell you how amazing it is to watch Ben experience his "firsts" with the holidays. Since he's a little older, he's more aware of the day. Trust me, he didn't let those mashed potatoes and turkey go by unnoticed.

Oh Christmas Tree!
My family had a ton of traditions for the holidays while growing up. One of the traditions for us was to set up our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving with my sister, holiday music on blast, truly kicking off the holiday season surrounded by love. We got to continue that tradition this year by sharing it with Ben. He loved all the Christmas tree action, especially when my dad would put up the colorful lights.
We also got to take Ben to his first Christmas tree picking experience for our own tree at home. He loved getting to be surrounded by all the trees and holiday spirit!

One year on the horizon
So here we are, 11 months into parenthood. I can't believe that our little Ben is one month away from turning ONE. It's crazy I tell you, simply crazy! I look at him sometimes and think "has it really been a year?". His little face is completely different from when I first laid eyes on him, he's no longer this little squish, he's now like a little grown man. Ben is so curious about the world around him and is becoming so much more independent and fearless. This kid is going to be a daredevil!
It's a little bittersweet knowing the next PB&J parenthood update will be recapping one whole year. There's been so many happy memories, growth and milestones. So here's to looking forward to what a whole ONE year will look like next month! Until then, thank you, as always, for reading along!💜

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