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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