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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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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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Thanksgiving vacation

We’re on our way home after an excellent week with family in Irvine. I’m not sure if it was seeing the ocean almost every day, all the extra help with Diego, or just the comfort of hanging out and relaxing with family, but I’m grateful to be returning to Stockton much more level-headed than when I left last Sunday.

We flew down Sunday morning, and Diego’s face says it all: Really, Mom? You think it’s a good idea to fly with a teething baby? Gooood luck…
Thankfully, he was actually great on the flight. The next few days though…Poor guy had four teeth trying to break through and all the congestion and sleeplessness that accompany that process.

After Mom and Abu picked us up from the airport, we drove to lunch in La Jolla at Sugar and Scribe (delicious!!) and enjoyed a bit of fresh air by the ocean.

On Monday, Abu, Diego and I checked out Sherman Gardens.

and relaxed for a bit at Crystal Cove.

The weather was unbelievable-actually, kind of scary unbelievable. It was so hot-hitting 90 degrees!-so I tried to get to the ocean each day to cool off and admire the view.  On Tuesday, Abu and I split a chocolate shake and lunch at Ruby’s Shake Shack. It still amazes me that for the price of a milkshake and burger, you can enjoy lunch with that spectacular view.

Diego was still pretty fussy, so I was especially grateful for Abu aka the Baby Nap Whisperer, as she helped calm him down and nap each day.

On Wednesday, my mom had the day off, so we all celebrated an early Thanksgiving with lunch at my favorite place: The Beachcomber.

David drove down on Wednesday night, and Thursday we all celebrated Thanksgiving! Hope to write about the day separately. 

On Friday, Janou and Max arrived post-honeymoon in Kauai. Max made us brunch and we all relaxed together before David and I left for our first mini-getaway since having a baby. Hope to write about that, too-it was a great quick trip to Laguna Beach. We enjoyed a low-key family day on Saturday before driving up super early this morning.

It was a wonderful week of family time, incredible food (thanks, Mom!!) and much needed rest. Halfway through the week, Diego’s teeth broke through and he was back to his sweet happy-camper self. It felt so nice to spend the week with so many eager hands ready to scoop up Diego, and play with him, allowing David and I some time to actually relax. It’s been an intense and tiring fall and so this week in Irvine was a VERY welcome respite from the day-to-day rush.

So thankful for my family and this special week together! 

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Season of gratitude 

Diego, my grandma, Abu, and I went to Crystal Cove this afternoon. We were sitting on a picnic bench, on the overlook, staring at the gorgeous blue water, when Diego reached out for Abu’s hand. 

He was fascinated by her watch, but seeing him grasp on to her hand, and sitting between the two of them, between the hands that represent four generations, while looking out at the ocean-it was pretty moving.

It’s Thanksgiving week, and I’m looking forward to reflecting. Very grateful for this precious moment, and these special people.

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November-first 1/2

Next week is Thanksgiving! Before it’s full-on holiday season, wanted to remember the quieter weekends during this first half of November.

We’ve been mostly hanging out at home, which is great since we’re all pretty tired by the time Friday rolls around. Still, I’m getting a little cabin-feverish and looking forward to going to SF on Saturday.

At the beginning of the month we went to a fundraiser for Puentes Farm at Bogg’s Tract. The tractor was just begging for a baby-photo shoot…

Diego greeted the chickens :)

Hanging out around the house..

​On Saturday, we packed a picnic and spent the afternoon at Oak Farm Vineyards. The winery has a stunning outdoor fireplace, and it warmed the whole patio on the crisp afternoon.

Diego is moving so much, I’m not sure how many more “hang out in the stroller while we sip wine” outings are in our future…but enjoying it for now!

Happy Wednesday!

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