First off, Happy Father’s Day to all you Fathers, Grandfathers, and Father Figures! We celebrated our first Father’s Day by waking up extra early and surprising Dad with donuts and gifts, then we headed to his favorite little sandwich shop for lunch. Nothing to exciting but it’s exactly what he wanted to do! From the moment my husband found out about Avery he pretty much began his journey to becoming the Dad he is today. They have a truly special bond… it’s fascinating to watch. When I see them together I am absolutely sure they are meant to be Father & Son. He is a perfect role model for him and I can’t wait to see when they do next. His excitement and commitment to being Avery’s Dad is unparalleled.
On Wednesday I woke up with the baby, did our usual routine, headed to yoga, then errands… Running errands with a baby is always difficult but when you return home and there are beautiful flowers waiting for you, your day suddenly seems worth the extra 30 minutes it took to get out the door. I believe everyone should receive surprise flowers at some point in their life. You can’t help but smile! Happy weekend!
We have already taken Avery to the pool a handful of times but it never stops being fun so we just keep going. We only take him in for maybe 15 minutes every time but he seems to enjoy it more and more and this last time he actually started splashing the water. It was a pretty exciting Sunday! Other than that he likes to sit and watch the palm fronds blow in the wind. And as for me I just enjoy my time outside. Once you have a baby you sometimes forget to take some time for yourself and every once in a while you have a moment of “ahh” this is amazing!
Today is Friday and National Donut Day! I don’t know if it gets much better than that. I hope you all are treating yourself to as many donuts as your belly can hold and topping it off with a happy weekend!
Avery is officially 4 month old! It seems like the days are flying by but going so slow at the same time… I love how his little personality is developing everyday. He loves to laugh, play pick-a-boo, blow spit bubbles, and smile at himself in the mirror. He has also started rolling over front to back and back to front which means diaper changes are more challenging than ever and he has a tooth that has already broken through. Teething hasn’t been to bad but he certainly has his days/moments when it seems like it bothers him but for the most part he is one happy boy!
He just had his 4 month checkup and shots and his growth is right on point which is always reassuring as a new Mom. We also just adjusted his Stokki crib from the bassinet size to the full crib size witch was bitter sweet but exciting. Since he no longer is swaddled during sleep he tends to sleep on his side which I feel is kind of unusual for a baby but maybe not… I was feeling nervous about his sleep positions but the doctor said it’s fine. If there is one thing I have learned in these 4 months it’s that every baby is different and sometimes you just have to let your little one do what works for them… even if other Mom are there to judge you.
When we lived in California before, we lived in the Santa Monica area. This time we are located in the Burbank area which means we are in “The Valley”. This means summer is a whole new ball game. It gets about 10 degrees hotter or colder in the valley meaning when it’s hot, it’s really hot! I experienced this for the first time this past weekend when there was a heat wave. It was like summer was here and it made me want to start planning all kinds of fun activities. Luckily we have a fabulous pool and central air… otherwise I doubt we would make it though summer in the valley. Im very much looking forward to pool days, popsicles, BBQ’s, and movie marathons these coming months. Now that Avery is here I want to make sure he gets to do as many fun things as possible, I know he is still to little to know what’s going on but that doesn’t mean we can’t start our family traditions!
Our apartment building is set up kinda like a courtyard so our door and balcony face the pool area. Almost every morning there are a couple of ducks hanging around the pool and at first I thought nothing of it but then a couple days later I realized they were just changing up their scenery. They come back occasionally and every time I see them I think “oh the ducks are on vacation again!” Hoping you guys change up your scenery this weekend! And every weekend really.
The morning of January 30th I woke up to what I thought was just a braxton hicks contraction… I figured I’d just get up and take a shower to get the day started. While I was showering I noticed the cramp type pains kept coming. After I finished getting ready I woke my husband up and told him “I think I’m in early labor” so, we used our handy labor app to start timing the contractions. By about 8:30 am we realized I was in active labor… I had either slept through or skipped early labor. Things progressed and 14 hours later I had a healthy baby boy in my arms. Labor was undoubtably one of the toughest things I have ever done. There were certainly times I thought “I can’t do this” but somehow you pull your last bit of strength from your toes to push. Once that baby is on your chest you realize you are way stronger than you ever thought and you did something amazing! It’s one of the most exhilarating experiences ever. Baby boy had some serious gas issues and my milk did not get the memo about coming in on time but once we got that cleared up things were just like I imagined. Sleepless nights, amazing naps, less showers than I would like, and SO. MANY. DIAPER. CHANGES!
Say hello to Avery. Born January 30th at 11:09 pm, weighing 8.5 pounds and 21.5 inches long.
Avery pretty much came out alert and curious. Even though he is only 3 months old, he seems to think he can do everything… hold his head by himself, try to hold his own bottle, and no matter how many times I try to do tummy time with him he promptly rolls over. I feel like I am seeing the world for the first time with him. He has brought us so much happiness I can’t believe we lived without him. It is honestly the best thing in the world doing everything with a baby. Don’t get me wrong… we have had our challenging days (those first 5 were like no other) and sometimes you are just counting down the hours until Dad gets off work so you can have some time to fold the laundry without any interruptions but I wouldn’t change it for anything! I was totally meant to be his Mom.
So yesterday was my first Mother’s day. To be honest I still don’t feel like a “Mom”. Every time the doctor or anyone for that matter refers to me as Mom or Momma I kind of have to stop and think… then I realize they are referring to me and after the awkward pause that it took me to process the fact that the doctor saying “How’s Momma doing today?” is directed toward me passes I finally respond. Anyway, on to Mother’s day. I got to sleep in just a little bit and woke up to flowers and a picture frame then we went to breakfast where I indulged in a waffle and from there it was off to the Descanso Gardens. All in all it was a perfect first Mother’s day. I feel so lucky I get to be a Mom. It is honestly one of the most fun things ever and I love doing everything with my boys so yesterday was pretty amazing! Hope all you Moms had a great day too!!
Well… just as I had intended to get back to blogging things got crazy and my creative outlet got pushed down to the bottom of my incredibly long to-do list. It has been another whirlwind the past few months. Last time I updated I was about to give birth any day- I am incredibly happy to report I have given birth, had an international move, unpacked an entire apartment, and somehow made time to enjoy a few celebrations in between! Life is just outrageous sometimes so heres the scope. Being the wife of an extremely talented animator I encouraged him to apply for one of the famous animation studios when they were hiring back in December. Fast forward to the end of February, he gets a call from this company asking to do a skype interview and then a couple days later they were sending over an offer. It all happened so quickly we barely had time to process what was really going on, add a newborn to the mix (born at the end of January – that story coming next!) and it was all just totally insane. We somehow managed to find an apartment, plan an international move, get our newborn a passport, and squeeze in a few doctors appointments in two short weeks! Then it was off to California with our six week old baby and cat. Needless to say things were stressful and exciting and just all around nuts! But I am happy to report things have since settled down and I’m ready to get this blog updated with all the amazing things happening!