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2.02.2016

Seven Months

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Loves

Almost all foods, being outside, seeing people/being social, swinging at the park, playing with the piggies, waving to cars

Hates

Naps (we're working on it), broccoli, not being included (aka not being the center of attention)

seven month old baby photos


You know how after a few days of pounding storms with dark looming clouds and crashing thunder, the skies finally part and the sun streams through making it feel like the most glorious day ever? That's exactly how month seven felt. Rico has been in the best of moods the last few weeks, smiling when he wakes up and eager to see what the day holds for him. He's happiest when he's the center of attention, whether it's being included in the conversation where he holds his own with babbles of "mamamamama bababababa, dadadada, gah gah gah" or it's introducing new toys or foods, he doesn't seem to mind having all eyes on him. And he totally plays it up, too. He turns on the charm when meeting new people, smiling bashfully and tilting his head ever so slightly, and warms up to new faces pretty easily. Six months ago I never thought I'd say this but he is quite a joy to be around now!

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The day he turned 7 months, he started sitting up completely unassisted! #goals

He is also loving solids. After consulting with our pediatrician, we decided to skip the purees and go the baby-led weaning route of introducing finger foods right from the beginning. I was nervous at first because it was all so new and foreign but, I now know without a doubt that it was absolutely the right decision for us. For the first few weeks, Rico was receptive to the foods we offered and gleefully picked them up, mushed them between his fingers and occasionally got a few bits in his mouth. There were some foods he ate fairly easily in the beginning (cucumber, steamed carrots, oatmeal, etc) but for the most part the food was ending up on the floor or all over his face/hands/clothes. But in the last week or two, he really figured out the whole chew and swallow thing! He has two little teeth now that help him scrape foods like avocado and orange off the peel and take actual bites of carrot, stewed beef, teething crackers, etc so a lot more is making it down his gullet. He has reached the point where he now gets annoyed or frustrated if we're eating and he's not included and he has tried so many foods I've lost track of the variety.

The ONE thing he refuses to eat is broccoli! I've offered it three different ways now with varying levels of seasoning and every single time he throws it off his tray without even really trying it. He just wants nothing to do with it. This totally blows my mind because broccoli is one of a few select vegetables that I LOVE and will eat pretty much any way it's prepared. Basically, I've never met a broccoli I didn't like but Rico can't stand even the site of it! I'm convinced he'll come around eventually if I just keep trying new ways of cooking it.

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His budding relationship with his piggy sisters is pretty adorable to watch, too. He is still fascinated by every move and sound they make. In fact, my sure-fire way to keep him happy in the evenings when he's at his fussiest is to bring them out to play and let him just hang out on the floor watching them run around. Gia is still a little cautious around him - his excited squeals and sudden movements can be a bit scary for her. But Juno seems to get that he's harmless and she's almost as curious about him as he is about her. Last weekend, they seemed to be playing a little game with each other where he would stick his hand out and she'd come over to lick his fingers, then he'd pull his hand away and she'd run off - not far though, and she was always keeping an eye on him. He'd stick his hand out again and, again, she'd come over to lick his fingers. They did this over and over for a few minutes, with Rico smiling at her the whole time, until Juno got distracted and ran off to play with Gia. It warmed my heart and confirmed for me that we made the right decision in adopting Juno when we did. I can't get over how sweet, patient, and affectionate she's been with him, especially for still being so young herself.

seven month old baby photos

His chubby little thighs are my favorite.

seven month old baby photos
seven month old baby photos


We're still not exactly sure what color his eyes are. Some days they look grayish-blue, other days they look green so for now, we're calling them hazel.

seven month old baby photos
seven month old baby photos

Yawning, drooling, looking everywhere but at me ... he's so over this whole photo shoot business.

seven month old baby photos


Each day gets more and more enjoyable for all of us with this little guy and we can't wait to see what the next few months bring. Before you know it, we're going to be planning his first birthday party!

xo


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1.29.2016

Oh Hi Friday

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Hello, weekend. I'm so happy to see you! Last weekend, The Husband was out of town for four days for a work conference and it was just me and little Rico holding down the fort. It was exhausting and basically required the whole week for me to recover! It also gave me a whole new appreciation for single parents like my mother who were holding down the fort on the daily all by themselves. This weekend, not only is The Husband sticking around but my MIL is also coming up to give us time off from parenting for a day-date! We haven't had time together just the two of us since our anniversary in September and we are both looking forward to it. When I set my personal and professional priorities for 2016, more "just the two of us" dates was high on my list and this is hopefully just the first of many this year. We're not doing anything super exciting - just a movie and lunch - but it's amazing how something that would otherwise make for a bland, typical weekend a year ago is now considered bold and adventurous!

And Sunday brings yet another adventure because I'm finally getting my hair cut - another thing that hasn't happened since September. I'm thinking about playing with color, too, and that has me super nervous. In a good way, but still nervous. I haven't colored my hair since my sophomore year of college! Should be fun ... I hope. Follow along on Instagram if you want to see the results. Assuming my hair doesn't all fall out from the shock of finally getting attention.

What do you have planned for the weekend?

xo

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1.27.2016

Just Say Yes

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A few years ago --8 to be exact-- I gave myself a little challenge. It was the summer after my first year of law school and my first summer living in California. I wanted to fully explore my new state, enjoy my new law school friends, and do things my introverted risk-averse self might otherwise be inclined to avoid. So I made it my summer of yes. In fact, my motto from June to September was "Just Say Yes" and it served me well. I had a camping adventure with friends, I tried lots of new restaurants, explored tons of majestic hiking trails, attended a few outdoor concerts, made random road trips just because, and probably the most significant yes - accepted an invitation to hang out and have dinner with a friend who eventually became my boyfriend, then my fiance, then my husband, then the father of my sweet little son. All because I decided to just say yes to whatever opportunities came along.

When you open yourself up to everything, anything becomes possible.

But recently, I've found myself saying no a lot. No to business ideas that scare me, no to outings that sound just too challenging with a baby, no to spending time on myself, no to anything that breaks from my normal, safe routine. And you know what I've learned from that? It takes a lot more energy to say no than to say yes. So times they are a-changin' for 2016. This year, I'm going to Just Say Yes.

Now, sometimes saying no is saying yes. Saying no to obligations that drain me in order to spend time doing those things that sustain me is a perfect example of that. I won't be cliff-diving anytime soon, either, because I'm not crazy and I do believe in prioritizing health and wellbeing. But! I am opening myself up to accept pretty much whatever the universe decides to throw at me this year. I welcome it. I embrace it. I'm saying yes to all of it. Even those things that scare the crap out of me. I'm no longer viewing them as obstacles but, rather, opportunities.

What's the difference between overcoming an obstacle and celebrating an opportunity?

Trick question because they're one and the same! I've come to realize that obstacles are nothing more than opportunities in disguise. Opportunities to grow, learn, explore, develop something new, and improve a weakness all masked as obstacles that seem to be blocking our paths when really they're just redirecting us to an alternate route. The only real difference between the two is perspective and approach.

So this year, I'm trying a new perspective and a different approach. I'm choosing the path of openness and positivity and saying yes to 2016. Yes to new adventures, new endeavors, new risks, and new challenges. Yes to time for myself and time with my family. Yes to new friends and new experiences with the old. Yes to new business ideas that make me uneasy but speak to my heart. Yes to accepting myself and letting go of negative thoughts. Yes to building a life full of love and joy and yes to celebrating the everyday.

If three months of saying yes can lead me to my awesome husband and sweet little family, just imagine what a full year of yes could do.

xo

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1.19.2016

American Jewish University Wedding | Sivan & Daniel

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So this is one of those weddings from the archives (it was featured last year in Modern Jewish Wedding magazine!) but I thought it'd be fun to take a look back at Sivan & Daniel's Southern California wedding. They recently celebrated the birth of their beautiful baby girl and knowing that these photos will be shared with her someday, and probably with her children even, gives me the warm fuzzies inside. Wedding photos truly are a family heirloom and are so worth the investment to create something you and your spouse will treasure for a lifetime. The Husband's great-aunt (who is celebrating her 90th birthday next week!) showed me photos from her wedding day not too long ago. She was reminiscing about the whole photo process and even though her wedding was over 65 years ago, she remembered it so clearly. It cost about $100 for twelve photos, she said, and they had to go to the photographer's studio for the formal portraits. (For those who are curious, that's the equivalent of about $1000 today!) But one of the most treasured photos in her album is a candid shot of the happy newlyweds leaving the church. The smiles on their faces and the twinkle in their eyes tell the full story right there in one sweet shot.

Those very same types of photos, the single frames that tell an entire story within their four corners, are exactly the images that Sivan & Daniel's beautiful baby girl will be smiling over in years to come. They're the photos she'll point to excitedly while flipping through Mom & Dad's wedding album and dreaming about her own wedding someday. She'll see the twinkle in their eyes, the smiles that light up their faces, and the happy tears shared by all, and she will know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the foundation her family is built upon is love. Pure, unconditional love.

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Isn't that dress stunning? Sivan had her dove gray wedding gown custom-made and it fit her like a glove. No doubt that will also be passed on as a treasured wedding day heirloom, too!

xo

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