Monthly Archives: December 2017

9 months!

Two weeks ago, Diego turned 9 months old…and I’m finally taking a moment to upload these photos :)

The biggest change this month is definitely his movement. He’s much more confident in his crawling and he is constantly exploring. He continues to lift himself to standing when he’s holding on to coffee tables and sofas, and seems to enjoy the thrill of standing up and carefully sitting back down.

He’s eating a bit more food food, and I’ve become more comfortable giving him small bites of what we’re eating at dinner to try. Still not eating a ton of solid food, but trying a bit more here and there.

I feel kind of silly updating on his 9 months when we’re halfway to 10 months (and getting closer and closer to a year…) but I mostly just wanted to make sure I had a little note to remember this time.


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Festival of the Home

Merry Christmas! We’re on our way to the airport to fly to Irvine. I just listened to the Queen’s Christmas broadcast and her words about home and 2017 resonated with me:

“We think of our homes as places of warmth, familiarity and love; of shared stories and memories, which is perhaps why at this time of year so many return to where they grew up. There is a timeless simplicity to the pull of home.”

The three of us have enjoyed these cozy days together, anticipating Christmas. I completely neglected to take photos of our Christmas Eve-of the movies we watched, the delicious dinner with David’s family, Diego dressed in a little Santa outfit. The only photo I took of our family on Christmas Eve is the one above.

But this one photo is exactly how I want to remember this season. These two, together, making wherever we are feel like home. Feeling so grateful.

Merry Christmas and a peaceful holiday to all :)

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Hello, Holiday Break!

Sitting here on the couch, Diego is (finally!) asleep, and listening to the soothing churn of the dishwasher. What is it about the sound of a dishwasher running at night? It always brings a feeling like, ok, the day is done, time to tuck in.

Anyway, speaking of tucking in, trying not to think about the terrible world news, and instead, think about gratitude for the holiday season. I’m on winter break (!!!!!) and SO SO SO excited for a week+ to hang out with David and Diego.

Like last year, it’s been a pretty quiet one for us, holiday hoopla-wise, but here’s a few festive moments:

A few weeks ago, I met up with Molly in East Sacramento for a Holiday Home tour.   It’s a Christmas fundraiser for a local school, and families volunteer their homes as models for holiday decorations. The homes are stunning and the decorations (like this sleigh on a lawn) are clever and classy. Plus, it was a gorgeous afternoon!

Eric came over and took photos for our Christmas card. Realizing it is incredibly difficult to get three people to smile and open their eyes, at the same time. I’m grateful Eric captured these moments :)

We decorated our tree..

And lit the menorah.

One of my favorite holiday traditions is Heather’s holiday cookie party. Unfortunately, I missed it this year. Saturday was unbelievably windy, and after seeing several bunches of tumbleweed fly across the freeway, I got nervous, turned around, and drove home. It’s so frustrating living so far away from friends! 

Anyway, with the open afternoon, we decided to take Diego to meet Santa.

Classic Diego: composed yet skeptical.

I’ve always wanted to go to a holiday tea and today it happened! Molly’s mom was kind enough to watch Diego and Rose at her house (thank you, Mrs. Hirsch!!) and Molly, Adri and I went to lunch at the Camellia Tea Room in Benicia. It was a treat to spend the afternoon catching up with the two of them, and to really relax knowing Diego was happily playing with Rose.

Speaking of a happy Diego, OMG. Yesterday was the last day of Daycare before break. I walked in to pick up Diego and he was scooting around the living room, in this darling antler headpiece! Linda has a holiday party for the kids and Diego looked please as punch. It was pretty adorable.

Ok, the dishwasher is done. Time for bed!

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It’s Friday night, David and I just stamped and sealed our Christmas cards, and I’m starting to get sleeeeepyy. It’s been a LONG week of rotten sleep + colds for Diego (which means equally rotten sleep + colds for us). So, I’m very grateful for the weekend! Here’s what we’ve been up to the last few weeks: 

The leaves are almost all gone. This is from a few weeks ago, picking Diego up from daycare. 

The Attigas hosted a BBQ in Golden Gate Park. Yasser made incredible ribs and wings and it was a delight to see everyone. I screenshoted this photo from Molly’s stories-those little baby feet!

Silvia got Diego this jacket and I can’t get over how cute he is in it.

Doug Jones is Alabama’s Senator! The thought of the…other candidate…being in office was deeply distressing. Thankfully, Indivisible Alabama had a postcard writing campaign. Even though I only got involved the week before, just having that teensy bit of involvement helped me not feel sooo helpless. And Tuesday night was AWESOME!

Also, ha, I made bread! It’s almost embarrassing to post this, but I’m hoping by writing, I’ll keep it up. It was so easy-and I’m not a baker-and delicious.

Diego’s BFF from Daycare, James, came over for dinner (with his awesome parents). Diego was giggly with excitement. He’s always so serious and he LIT up with joy hanging out with his buddy. It was heart melting.

Ok, time for sleep. Speaking of, the only plus side of Diego’s cold is he is more cuddly. Very, very grateful for these Diego snuggles.

Happy weekend :)

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Redding weekend!

Last last Friday, I loaded up the car, picked up David at the train station, and we hit the road for Redding. Katie and Dave were in town with their sweet babies and Katie’s mom was kind enough to host all of us for a cozy weekend up north.

The weekend was particularly special as it was the first time Katie met Diego, and the first time I met Jack. It was equally thrilling to see Parker as a toddler. He’s running, chatting and bursting with a curious personality. I loved watching him check everything out, and Diego and Parker’s interactions were so sweet.

Running to see the ducks in the park:

And trying to coax Tucker (actually the grownups to let Tucker) come play:

I love traveling with friends with babies because a) it’s nice to have time to just laugh and chat about the amazing bonkersness of being new parents, and b) there’s certain consistent elements of baby-friend travel that are equally hilarious and sweet. They include:

1) The constant whirring of sound machines emanating from the bedrooms. Someone is always napping, trying to nap, or (in our case) failing to nap, and the shhhhsssshhhhsshhhhh white noise machine soundtrack is always on loop.

2) Baby monitors are the new cell phones. We forgot ours this time, but on previous trips, trying to decipher whose kid is crying on what monitor, can prove to be a quite a challenge. Also funny, looking around at everyone, “relaxing” after the babies are asleep, with a drink in one hand, and a video monitor in the other. Reminds me, I need to buy a travel monitor for upcomkng trips.

3) No story/thought/conversation is ever complete, rarely is everyone in the same room together (see above re napping), and you just soak up the snippets of stories you can get, in-between feeding, napping, and changing your kid for the zillionth time. (Pretty sure Diego had four outfit changes on Saturday).

4) Not having to do anything or go anywhere because all of your favorite people are in one place. This is THE BEST. Just being able to be cozy together, not worrying about the logistics of a get-together, just spending the whole day together, laughing, 

5) Seeing your babies together. Ok, actually this is the best. Looking at these little people, rolling on the floor, slapping Tupperware lids and blocks together, getting to know each other and thinking, are you kidding me? Wasn’t it just yesterday that we were anxious law students, drinking Blueberry Dog beer in Fed Hill, and now my kid is balancing himself on your child’s high chair? When did all that happen? And how awesome is this?

It was all so special. Saturday night, Katie’s parents made an incredible Thanksgiving dinner. I’m still thinking about the cornbread stuffing. Kim and Charlie were also in town, and we all got to meet and admire adorable Isla. A baby photo shoot was clearly necessary. Just one take, and no coordination for this magic! (HA!):

After dinner, we all gathered around the fire pit and roasted s’mores. Ok, so add this to the list of an ideal weekend: having all your favorite people in one place + a warm fire pit. Also, Diego is such a wiggly little guy, he rarely sleeps on me anymore. So imagine my delight, enjoying a glass of my favorite wine, with wonderful friends, and a sleeping baby on my chest. Wonderful :)

Grateful for these friendships and the beauty of seeing the next generation together!

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