12.08.2015

Stow Lake

We went there.

And now it's almost like you did, too.

The truth is, I still have some work to do to get my body back into shape. I'm trying to focus on getting more fit instead of losing weight so I want to find ways to make it enjoyable. Since the kid loves being outdoors, I thought it'd be fun to explore a new (to us) area of Golden Gate Park. When we first headed out, I wasn't exactly sure where we'd end up but once I saw a sign pointing to Stow Lake, I had a feeling it'd be the perfect place for a walk.

And I was right.

Multicolored leaves still dotted the trees and, after a few days of much needed rain, the sun was out shining again.

stow lake golden gate park

My little walking buddy.
stow lake golden gate park

We started off at the boat house then walked all the way around the lake. The whole time, I kept thinking how much I'd like to go back and shoot a session there. About halfway around, I decided to sit down and take a little break so Rico could stretch his legs and look around. As soon as we sat down on the bench, about ten little ducks came over to check us out. They were clearly used to people feeding them or leaving crumbs whenever they sat there. Unfortunately for them, we didn't have any food with us, but they still hung out nearby until we got up to leave.

stow lake golden gate park
stow lake golden gate park
stow lake golden gate park
stow lake golden gate park

On the drive over, I thought Rico would fall asleep once we started walking. Instead, he was mesmerized the whole time. He really does love being outside and he really loved watching the ducks. If the look on his face isn't motivation enough to get outside more, I don't know what is.

And maybe next time, we'll bring some snacks for the ducks, too.

xo

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12.02.2015

Five Months

five month old baby milestones


Loves

Giving high fives (sometimes), being outdoors, hanging upside down (future gymnast? circus performer?), watching the piggies

Hates

Naps. It's a never-ending battle.

five month old baby photos

Hey, remember that time I took the whole month of November off from blogging? Oops. Totally didn't intend to do that but, I have to say, it was really nice to step away for a while and take a little break. I'm slowly finding my balance in this whole "work from home" thing. It has been quite a challenge but I'm grateful I at least have the option. It's tons of fun watching this little guy grow up. Sometimes I feel like I can actually see the wheels turning in his mind as he figures things out and learns new skills. This month, he started responding to his name, giving high fives, and fake coughing for attention. You can totally tell it's fake, too.  It's just this faint little ah-ha ah-ha ah-ha. Like almost a fake laugh but not quite. And then he looks at you and smiles immediately after.

He also found his feet and loves trying to get those toes in his mouth. What is it with babies and eating their feet? Occasionally, when prompted by dad, he even holds his bottle. Not for me, though. No, for me he lazily scratches his head and rubs his belly while guzzling down his bottles in bliss.

five month old baby photos

He actually likes getting his diaper changed but he really loves looking at "the cute baby" in the mirror afterward. He turns on the charm and sometimes plays bashful when meeting new people. He's a little nature baby who loves being outdoors. Sometimes he just sits and stares at the tree outside our window. Recently I took him for a walk in Golden Gate Park. We took a bottle break and sat on a bench near a pond. While he was staring up at the trees, a gust of wind shook one a bit forcefully and as soon as he saw it, Rico started laughing. It was so sweet to see him amused by something so simple as wind blowing through a tree.

five month old baby photos

Even though he smiles easily, you still have to work for the laughs. Unless you're a guinea pig. Guinea pigs get all the laughs, smiles, and fascinated stares. I've actually been quite impressed by how comfortable the piggies are with him, too. Gia checks him out every now and then and lets him pet her, but any sudden movements or squeals and she goes running. Juno, on the other hand, has been surprisingly calm with him. She sits patiently while he reaches out to pet her with his chubby baby fingers, and sometimes even gives them a loving lick.

On the day he turned five months, he went on his first plane ride. I was worried about how he'd do but he was a champ. He laughed during takeoff and slept through landing. He was his usual smiley self and totally charmed everyone around us.

five month old baby photos



So far, he seems to be quite the goofy little guy who loves being where the action is. We still struggle daily with the nap thing, partly because he just wants to party all day. But despite the nap time cry-fests, life with him gets more fun with each passing day and I'm actually finding parts of this whole parenting thing that I enjoy. He's a sweet, silly, drool-y little baby and we wouldn't have him any other way.

xo

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11.04.2015

Sneak Peek | Kendra & Dan

I'm working on finishing up Kendra & Dan's engagement session today and just had to share a glimpse with you. Would you believe this little nook was just steps away from one of the busiest areas in the city? I love all the hidden gems San Francisco has to offer!

san francisco engagement photography


xo

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11.02.2015

A Day in Pacifica | Baby's First Trip to the Beach

The Husband and I both had the weekend off (I've had weddings five of the last six weekends!) so we decided to take advantage and spend some quality family time together. We didn't want to go too far else waste our Saturday in the car, so we decided on an afternoon in Pacifica. Just a short 20-minute drive from our apartment, we found delicious Mexican food at a family-owned and -operated restaurant right off Highway 1, an awesome little cafe built in an old train car, and a beautifully dramatic California beach to sit beside while sipping our coffee. On the way home, we stopped at a roadside barbecue joint allegedly owned by Hell's Angels to grab a to-go plate of ribs and pulled pork for dinner. Of course, I didn't take any photos of the actual food because, you know, get in mah belly, but trust me it was delicious. I'm already planning to hit up the barbecue joint again for some brisket since they were out when we made our Saturday stop!

p town cafe pacifica ca



We weren't originally planning to dress Rico up for Halloween since we wouldn't be doing any trick-or-treating this year, but my FIL gave him the cutest little Superman outfit and I just couldn't resist making him Clark Kent/Superbaby. The costume actually turned out to be quite practical - the two layers of his Clark Kent outfit kept him cozy during the chilly morning and by the time it warmed up in the afternoon, he was able to "transform" into Superbaby!

baby clark kent superbaby costume



This was technically Rico's first trip to the beach but he was far more interested in his fingers than the ocean.  Way to be a typical four-month old, kid.  Lucky for him we live on the coast so even though it was his first beach visit, it certainly won't be his last.

rockaway beach pacifica ca
rockaway beach pacifica ca



We attempted a family selfie, "attempted" being the operative word there. Apparently, his ginormous sun hat is also part of the family.

rockaway beach pacifica ca



All in all, it was a lovely day and a super easy trip from San Francisco.  If you're ever in the area, here are the places we visited:

Guerrero's Taqueria
P-Town Cafe
Rockaway Beach
Gorilla Barbecue

How was your Halloween weekend?

xo

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10.29.2015

Four Months

four month baby pictures


Loves

Blowing raspberries, getting kisses on the cheek, watching the piggies, going on adventures, practicing "standing" while holding onto Mom or Dad's hands

Hates

Naps (still!) and that's about it. There's not too much this kid doesn't enjoy.

fall baby photos


Did you happen to catch that height/weight stat up there? This kid is in the 99th percentile for height right now! I mean, we knew he was big for his age but, holy moly! His size 6-months clothes that he just started wearing a few weeks ago are already getting too small. I'm so grateful for all the hand-me-downs and gifted outfits we received because if we had to buy him all new stuff each time he grew out of a size, we'd probably go broke before his first birthday!

He rolled over for the first time a few weeks ago but didn't really do it again until right at the four month mark. That day, he rolled from back to tummy three times - twice while playing on his play mat and once while goofing off in his crib in an effort to avoid an afternoon nap. He hasn't quite mastered the tummy-to-back roll yet, though, so once he realized he'd rolled and couldn't get back over, he wasn't too happy about it. He tolerates tummy time in small doses but gets annoyed if he has to do it for too long so it might be a while before he learns to roll the other way.

He also noticed the piggies, and I mean really saw them, for the first time this month! They've been aware of him since we came home from the hospital and they often approach to sniff him out while playing outside the cage, but he never really seemed to notice them. He'd look at them the way babies look at anything, but it didn't seem to register that they were actual living critters until recently. I usually take him with me to their cage when it's time to feed them and I always tell him their names and what we're giving them to eat. A few weeks ago, as we approached the cage to give them their dinner, both little piggies came bursting out of their igloos as soon as they heard the food bag. When Rico saw them run out, he started squealing and flapping his arms and legs!  He got super excited and couldn't stop shrieking. He happily stayed by the cage and watched them until they finished their dinner!

baby with guinea pigs



He also likes to practice "standing" while holding our hands. It's one of his favorite things right now. He loves looking around and taking in all the sights the world has to offer and standing is another way for him to do just that. The laughter started this month, too. You have to really work for it, though. He doesn't give out laughs for just anything but he does do this fake laughing thing where he smiles and says, "Ha ha. Ha ha. Ha ha." Just like that. Ha ha. It's like he knows something's funny and she should laugh, but he's not will to commit to more than a little chuckle yet.

fall baby photos



I know I say this with every update but I seriously cannot believe how quickly the last few months have flown by. Watching him grow and change so much in such a short period of time makes it feel like I'm literally watching time pass. But still, I wouldn't want to slow it down at all. There's so much to show and teach him, so much to do together as a family, and I'm excited that he's now starting to really take in the world around him. He's eager to experience it all and we're eager to show it to him.

xo

Month One
Month Two
Month Three

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10.26.2015

Sneak Peek | Jamie & Drew

I know I've been teasing you with a lot of sneak peeks lately but don't worry, the full sessions are coming up soon!  And you definitely want to see Jamie & Drew's full wedding, especially if you like beautiful dresses, autumn sunlight, romantic flowers, magical redwood forests, and lovely people in love.

mill valley wedding photography


xo

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10.20.2015

Sneak Peek | Lillian & Ryan

Standing in the center of a redwood grove, surrounded by friends and family, a light breeze rustled the leaves as they pledge forever to each other.  It was the perfect fall wedding.

deer park villa wedding
deer park villa wedding


xo

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10.13.2015

Sneak Peek | Shannon & Jim

In the words of the kids these days, I can't even...

art deco wedding inspiration


xo

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10.12.2015

Three Months

three month baby photos

Loves

Blowing spit bubbles and raspberries, going on adventures and anything social, diaper changes, sitting upright and taking in the scene

three month baby photos

Hates

The snot sucker (it's his arch-nemesis right now), long car rides, not being in the action, daytime naps (still!)

three month baby photos

Well, he's gone bald in the last month.  On the flip side, he's much better about holding his head up and loves looking around to soak in the scene.  He gets cuter and more social everyday and it's been fun to see all the new things he's learning to do.  He rolled over once so far, from back to front, and he likes to scoot around his blanket like a little inch worm during tummy time.  So far, he's not that interested in rolling over from tummy to back but he does seem like he wants to crawl and move around.  He also loves chatting and having babble conversations.  I have no idea what he's actually trying to say but he definitely responds when we talk to him or ask questions.  It's pretty cute!  Our conversations usually go something like this:

Me: "Good morning!  Did you sleep well last night?"
Him: "Ah-goo! Uh-wah, cccccccccccc, ooh ooh ooh!"
Me: "Really?  And did you have good dreams?"
Him: "Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh!" *blows raspberry*

Fascinating stuff, there.  We're also getting a lot more comfortable with running errands together and going on "adventures" but I'm still working on figuring out the best way to do our grocery shopping.  If any of you awesome moms have suggestions, I'm all ears!

And speaking of ears, his are pretty darn adorable the way they flip out and flop around, don't you think? :)

xo

PS - The Husband and I decided that since I share so many photos of him, we'd at least keep his name off the internet.  But I've quickly realized he's going to outgrown the Baby T nickname pretty soon so, from now on, I'm going to start using his fun little nickname when referring to him in posts - Rico!

Like, Rico Suave.

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10.09.2015

Friday Five | The Fall Edition

Happy Friday, folks!  We are firmly into October now and even though it's been in the 80s around here lately, I'm finding little signs of fall everywhere.  Here are just a few things I'm loving right now about the changing seasons.

1 | Fall Fashion


cardigans for fall


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Along with tan ankle boots, I find myself craving oversized cardigans and pretty printed ponchos this fall.  These are just a few of my current favorites.  It's a little out of my seasonal budget to buy all three so I'm trying to narrow it down to the one I like most.  Tough decision.  Which would you pick?

2 | Fall Food


recipes for fall

1  |  2  |  3  |  4 

We all know I love a nice, hot pumpkin spice latte but I'm not into pumpkin everything.  I found everything from pumpkin coffee to pumpkin tortilla chips at Trader Joe's this week and that's taking it just a little too far for me.  But you know what I do love?  Apples.  Pears.  Pomegranates.  Squash, especially acorn squash roasted with butter and brown sugar and butternut squash soup.  And chili.  And hearty beef and veggie stew.  So many good things in season right now, why let pumpkin steal the spotlight?

3 | Fall TV


Football is the obvious fall TV favorite here for me but there are a lot of good shows returning this month and some new ones I'm digging, too.  I'm putting together a post of all my fall TV favorites because one good thing about feeding a baby every 3 hours is that it gives you a lot of time to catch up on the entertainment.

4 | The Holidays



I know I mentioned this before but I'm really excited for the holidays this year, mainly because it'll be Baby T's first ... everything!  He has been wearing his pumpkin pj's this week and they're basically the cutest thing every.  That little pumpkin hat is just the tip of the iceberg this holiday season!

5 | Shorter Days, Longer Nights


Okay, most people wouldn't put this on the "things they're excited about" list but it's definitely on there for me.  After being a rockstar sleeper and clocking in 8-9 hours a night, Baby T started having trouble staying asleep and began waking up every couple of hours for about two weeks so we dropped his last nap of the day and moved his bedtime up about two hours.  That made a huge difference and now he's sleeping about 11 hours straight, with one brief feeding at 11pm, every night.  That means The Husband and I have our evenings back!  We have dinner together and cuddle up on the couch to catch up on our favorite shows or just chat about our days.  We even got to watch an actual movie (Unbroken) last Saturday night!  Don't get me wrong, we love that baby like none other, but we love each other, too, and are thrilled we're getting to spend a little more time just the two of us.

What about you?  What are you excited about this fall?

xo

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10.07.2015

They Grow Up So Fast

three month infant photo


He grew out of the 0-3 month size right when he reached two months.  While the kid is definitely not lacking in the clothes department, he only had a few things in the 3-6 month size.  I took advantage of a sale at Old Navy and ordered a couple of 3-6 month items.  I waited and waited for the delivery and finally decided to check the tracking info.  Turns out, the package had been "delivered" four days before.  Based on the time listed on the tracking info, it was delivered while we were out running a few errands.  Now, our postman has a bad habit of leaving packages on the sidewalk in front of our apartment.  Sometimes he rings the doorbell and is just driving away by the time I get to the door.  At least then I can grab the package and bring it inside.  But sometimes I'm not home, and he still leaves the package.  I've arrived home from grocery shopping to find a package sitting in front of the garage door, just begging to be picked up by someone, anyone.  But I've also come home to find packages ripped open with their contents missing.  I've asked him not to leave anything outside our gate, to please ring the doorbell or leave a noticed and I'll gladly come pick it up from the post office, but still, he leaves them.

I mean it's not like we live in an urban neighborhood on a street that gets a lot of daytime foot traffic.  Oh, wait ...

I contacted Old Navy and explained what happened.  They generously offered to reship the items using UPS instead of the US postal service if I still wanted them.  Well, of course I still wanted them!  My kid needs pants!  Finally, about three weeks after I originally placed the order, a little package arrived at our door.  I was so excited I ripped right into it and pulled out the cutest little pair of gray sweat pants.

And wouldn't you know, they were too small.  The kid is already wearing the next size up.

xo

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10.05.2015

Sneak Peek | Petra & Branden

The beach was the most crowded I'd ever seen it, but these two only had eyes for each other.

baker beach wedding photos


xo

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10.02.2015

Currently | Vol. 3

beach in puerto vallarta mexico


Watching Project Runway.  Anyone else?  I thought I had my favorites for top three but I'm starting to change my mind after the last few challenges!

Reading Amy Poehler's Yes Please.  I feel like we could be best friends, that Amy and me.

Listening to nothing.  The kid finally fell asleep and all is quiet.  The clickity-clack of my keyboard is all that fills the silence and it's glorious.

Eating Flaming Hot Cheetos.  Let's be honest, we all knew that wasn't just a pregnancy craving.

Drinking ice cold chocolate milk.  Such a simple indulgence but oh man, it makes me happy.

Craving fall weather.  We got a little glimpse of it earlier in the week (and even had a day of rain!) and I'm definitely ready for more.

Wishing there were more hours in the day.  I've started up with shoots again, which I am so excited about, but I was just starting to feel like I had some sort of a routine down and now I have a new element in the mix - work.  We're figuring it out but it definitely leaves me feeling like I wish I could clone myself sometimes.

Dreaming of the beach and our trip to Puerto Vallarta last year.  It was so peaceful and relaxing spending the days lounging on the beach with a never-ending supply of pina coladas.

Loving that we're now officially entering the holiday season, at least in my book, and it all starts in October with Halloween.  It's no secret how much I love fall and I'm especially excited this year because it means a lot of fun firsts for Baby T.

Happy Weekend!
xo

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9.30.2015

Mad for Plaid

Apparently plaid is the cool kid on campus this fall.  You'd think I'd hate plaid after it being required daily wear in my Catholic school days but, honestly, I kinda dig it.  Today's plaid has come a long way from the jumpers* of my youth and I've always been a little bit taken by the preppy-chicness of it.  I'm more than happy to break out some of my old plaid staples, and maybe add a few new timeless pieces, now that the days are getting a little shorter and the nights a little cooler.

plaid fall styles



1 | Okay, so this leather jacket is a total splurge item -no way would I ever spend that much on a jacket- but the blend of sweet & preppy plaid with sexy chic leather is perfection.

2 | This pea coat is a much more affordable option for a trendy seasonal touch of plaid.  It looks pretty cozy, too.

3 | Some sleek rain boots make a lovely subtle option for those of you that actually get rain where you live.

4 | Oh, this shirt.  I love everything about it - the drape, the colors in the pattern, the casual button-down top.  Love, love, love.

5 | This scarf feels like the kind of simple timeless accessory that will outlast the trend.

6 | A plaid umbrella?  Gorgeous.  For those of you that get rain.  Us California folks can just admire your water-drenched photos on Instagram I guess.

7 | Even water bottles are getting in on the plaid action (plaid-tion?).

8 | It doesn't get much preppier than a plaid pointy-toe flat.

9 & 10 | A bit of plaid for baby, too.  Plus, how cute are these bear paw mittens?  Such a fun way to add some plaid for the little one.

What about you - are you feeling the plaid, too?

xo

*It was either a plaid jumper with white button-down or ... wait for it ... red culottes with a sailor-style top and tie.  You can see why I chose the plaid jumper almost everyday.  Laundry day was the worst.

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9.28.2015

Sneak Peek | Courtney & Joel

It's a nice day for a gold wedding.

san francisco wedding photography


xo

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9.11.2015

Remembering

I had another post in mind for today but it didn't feel right to simply share what's Currently happening, or indulge in some beautiful Friday Flowers.  Today is about remembering.  Remembering where you were on that Tuesday fourteen years ago.  Remembering those who lost their lives that tragic morning.  Remembering those left behind to pick up the pieces.  And remembering to say I Love You to the special people in your life because you never know when they'll be taken away.  Today, we will always remember.

brooklyn bridge new york



* * * * * * * * * *

I had class late that morning so I didn't set my alarm.  As I'm slowly waking up, I hear a faint tapping at my bedroom door.  Grace opens it just a crack.

"Hey, Steph.  Are you up yet?"

"Not really."

She said classes were canceled for the day.  Hers ended early and everyone was sent home.

"Why?"

"Yeah, there was some big plane crash in New York."

What?  What was she talking about?  We lived in Chicago.  Why would she be sent home because of a plane crash in New York?

She pointed to a photo I had up on my wall.  It was a postcard showing the silhouette of a man playing a saxophone with the New York City skyline in the background.  I bought it from a little touristy shop in Times Square the first time I went to New York.  The first time I fell in love with that beautiful, vibrant city.

"A plane crashed into those towers.  They're not there anymore."

She went into the living room and turned on the TV.  It took a while before I realized the weight of what she said.  After a few minutes of listening to the news chatter spilling over from the next room, I finally got up.

"Come here, Steph.  You need to come see this."

We sat there on our futon in our mismatched apartment.  The kind of apartment befitting three college sophomores.  Our cat, George, stared outside the window.  We stared at the TV.  Confused, mesmerized, scared, uncertain.  Who did we know in New York?  What about D.C.?  Her family was on the East Coast - could any of them have been in New York that day?

After a few hours of endless news, I couldn't take it anymore.  I had to get outside.  I went for a walk around the neighborhood.  We lived near a very busy intersection - the kind with constant traffic, not just rush hour traffic.  But not that day.  On that day only a few empty buses passed by every now and then.  No cars at the stop light.  No people on the sidewalks.

I wandered a bit more.  Some cheap-o hair salon was open.  Super-Cuts.  Or maybe it was Rio's.  The Blockbuster down the street was open, too.  I got a hair cut.  Why not?  The day was already strange enough.  Four inches less hair and some new bangs later, I stopped at the Blockbuster and rented Clerks.  Nikki was home by the time I got back so we watched it together, then slowly made our way through our own DVD collection, checking the news in between movies but too overwhelmed to really watch closely.  It was almost an average Tuesday.  Almost.  Now it's a Tuesday I will never forget.

xo

*This story was originally shared on September 11, 2012.

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9.09.2015

Two Months

infant portraits

I can't believe it's already September!  And I can't believe I have a two-month (almost three-month) old baby now!  It was a rough start but a lot of Baby T's personality is starting to come through, which makes the days spent with him a lot more entertaining and enjoyable.  He loves talking and smiling, and figuring out how to do weird things like blow raspberries and click his tongue.  It's fascinating to watch as he stares at my mouth and practices the tongue movements he sees me doing.  He's also developing some mad grabbing skillz and figured out how to use his hands to nudge his pacifier back in his mouth when it slips out.  And the sleeping is coming along quite nicely since he's now doing 5-6 hours at a time at night.  It's like there's finally a light at the end of the tunnel.

Loves

Sitting up (supported) to look around the room, solo playtime on his jungle mat, watching mommy make dinner in the evenings, bath time, getting his diaper changed

Hates

Daytime naps (still), bedtime (this is when he really turns on the charm to avoid going to sleep - lots of smiles and coos around 9pm!), shirts pulled over his head

baby portraits
baby portraits

Chatting with daddy during photo time (also a great shot of his random bald patches)
baby portraits
baby portraits
baby portraits
baby portraits

Check out his One Month update here.

xo

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8.28.2015

Currently | Vol. 2

pink peonies


Watching Project Runway.  Literally, as I type this.  It's one of the few reality competition shows I actually watch, along with Top Chef.

Reading Drums of Autumn, the fourth book in the Outlander series.  I like this one better than the last two but the first is still the best in the series.

Listening to the baby monitor while Baby T sleeps.  He got some shots today so he's been a little fussy, but he's finally sleeping peacefully.  Let's hope it lasts!

Eating or, rather, not eating breakfast these days.  My mornings are usually pretty busy with feeding everyone else (baby & piggies) that I tend to forget to feed myself.  Or I remember but it's already 11am and almost time for lunch so I might as well just wait and eat at lunchtime.  I really need to get back to my healthy breakfast routine!

Drinking lots of coffee.  Coffee, coffee, coffee.  It's the one thing I do manage to consume before 11am everyday.

Writing lots of thank you cards for baby gifts.  I'm still behind but they are getting out, slowly but surely.

Craving Nutella and some time alone.  Nutella I can get pretty easily but alone time is a whole other story.

Wishing there were more hours in the day.

Planning to exercise more regularly.  I've been walking since I got the doc's approval to be active again but I think I'm ready to up my game.  Any tips for setting a workout routine with an infant?

Loving that The Husband and I get a grown-up day this weekend.  We're going to see my sister-in-law in one of her final performances of Beach Blanket Babylon and my MIL is babysitting!  Score!

Wondering what you have planned for the weekend.  Anything fun?

xo

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8.26.2015

Food for Thought

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Did you know this month was National Breastfeeding Month?  I've seen articles here and there about it on Facebook and on the blogs I follow but I've mostly tried to avoid them.  We struggled with breastfeeding from Day 1 and, after many consultations and attempts to Tim Gunn it and just "make it work" we've switched to exclusively formula feeding Baby T (more on that struggle later).  So when I see yet another article about breastfeeding I tend to avoid it because, guilt.

But you know what?  I refuse to feel guilty any longer.

Feeding your baby is an intimate act.  This tiny, vulnerable, adorable little human is completely dependent on you for nourishment.  In that moment, their life is literally sustained by you.  The two of you embrace each other, often heart-to-heart, always in each other's personal sacred bubble, as you spend minutes, hours even, in steady eye contact, gazing at each other and studying the details of one another's face.  It doesn't matter how the feeding is done.  It's a beautiful act no matter what.  An act of love.  That physical closeness is shared by both bottle- and breast-feeders alike.  And the beauty of the bottle is that baby can share that love and closeness with others - dad, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends - all have an opportunity to bond with baby through the act of feeding.  And as long as baby is getting nourishment why should it matter what form that nourishment takes?  If your baby is loved, safe, happy, and healthy, I'd say you're doing a pretty good job either way!  So no matter how you choose to feed your baby or how you might feel about that choice, take comfort knowing that each time you fill their little tummy with food you're also filling their little heart with love.

xo

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8.21.2015

Currently | Vol. 1

Sometimes I feel like I have so many things I want to tell you and sometimes I feel like I got nothing, nada.  And, occasionally, I feel like both at the same time.  I've seen these Currently posts elsewhere and thought it seemed like a fun way to tell you everything and nothing all at once!  Happy Friday :)

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Watching Playing House.  Baby T sometimes has days where he refuses to nap unless he's somehow attached to me (holding him, carrying him in the wrap, etc.).  I take advantage of the I-won't-sleep-unless-I'm-laying-on-you moments to catch up on the ol' telly.  I discovered Playing House during one such moment and proceeded to binge watch the whole first season during his nap times.  It's pretty hilarious.  I feel like women comedians are really knocking it out of the park these days.

Reading Landline by Rainbow Rowell.  I still try to squeeze in some reading time before bed.  It's one of the few parts of my pre-baby daily life that remains the same.

Listening to Jack Johnson radio on Pandora, which seems to be about 50% reggae.  On a related note, I've learned Baby T is a Bob Marley fan.

Eating tomato & blue cheese salad, with cucumber & basil.  Summer on a plate and I want it for every meal.  Except maybe breakfast.  That could be weird.

Drinking water nonstop.  It's been unseasonably warm here in SF and our apartment really heats up during the day so I've been drinking water like it's my job.

Wearing lots of maxi dresses and yoga pants.  My pre-pregnancy stuff is still too small and my maternity clothes (especially jeans) are too big.  Plus, it's hard to shop when I don't feel comfortable in my current body and I have no concept of what size I am.  Any other new moms struggle with this??

Writing blog posts by hand with a pen & paper at 4am because, insomnia.

Feeling tired, excited, bored, overwhelmed, stressed, insecure, in love... Basically, all the feels.

Wishing I could shed the baby weight as easily as I packed it on.

Planning to start shooting again in just a few weeks.  I have my first wedding of the fall/winter season in mid-September!

Loving Baby T's little voice that's starting to emerge.  He's been coo'ing for a couple of weeks now but lately I've noticed him really staring at my mouth when I talk to him and he started vocalizing a lot more - mostly "ah-goo" and "ell-oh" - I'm trying to get him to say "hello."  It's pretty cute to hear his high-pitched baby voice as he discovers how to use his mouth to make new sounds.

Happy Weekend!
xo


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8.18.2015

Tomato Pickin'

Warm summer Saturdays beg for road trips.  So, last weekend while my sister and nephew were in town visiting, we loaded up the car seats & strollers and headed to Sonoma for the day.  One of my MIL's neighbors let us go tomato pickin' in their amazing backyard.  The tomatoes were ripe and juicy and begging to be picked so we filled our little box to the brim with as many as we could fit.  Orange, red, yellow - all ready to come home with us.  I used a lot of them to make roasted tomato & garlic soup but we reserved quite a few for my newest favorite salad - tomato, cucumber, basil, & blue cheese.  Mmm.... I could eat it all day everyday.  On Sunday, I mixed it with some corn, bacon, and a big bed of lettuce for a yummy late summer dinner.  I highly recommend grabbing some tomatoes (fresh off the vine if you can!) and whipping that salad together asap.  You won't regret it.

(The view from the neighbor's backyard...)
sonoma california

sonoma california
fresh cherry tomatoes
freshly picked tomatoes
freshly picked tomatoes
tomato cucumber blue cheese salad
summer salad with tomatoes cucumbers basil blue cheese


xo

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