16 Months Old!

Claire's reaction when she entered her first ever candy store. No joke! It quite possibly might have been the best moment of her life. She dances in place, lifted her arms, and laughed uncontrollably and it was the most adorable thing IN THE WORLD!

Claire’s reaction when she entered her first ever candy store. No joke! It quite possibly might have been the best moment of her life. She danced in place, lifted her arms, and laughed uncontrollably and it was the most adorable thing IN THE WORLD! For the record, she has never eaten candy before so we can only guess that the excitement was from all the colors in the store and the lollipops hanging from the ceiling.

I know, I know. We are way overdue for an update on Claire. She turned 16 months old on September 8th and you’ve heard nothing from us. I’ll take all the blame for that as I’ve been going through serious computer issues lately. You see, because Claire is so adorable and utterly delicious, I can’t help but take millions of photos of her. Apparently, I took too many photos and now my laptop is completely out of space and I’ve been trying to figure out how to fix the issue. I can barely run a program on my laptop because it’s beyond full. No need to provide any helpful hints though, I have a helpful, patient, and incredibly smart husband that’s been helping me through this tough time. :)

Anyway! Onward to an update on our little lady. Here’s the lowdown on 16-month-old Claire:

  • Weight: She’s definitely over 20 pounds now. Woo woo! Growing so much every day, it’s crazy!
  • Loves:
    • To talk!! More on that in the “Talents” section.
    • The “Let It Go” and “Love is an Open Door” songs from Frozen. I’ll ask her if she wants to hear her favorite song and she’ll say “gooo” for Let It Go. And then, once it’s on, she’ll proceed to dance around, twirl, raise up her arms, and pitter patter her feet quickly. She’s sooo cute!!
    • Her Papa (my dad). When we tell her that she’s going to see him, she laughs uncontrollably and does a little dance around the house. She loves him soooo much, it’s the sweetest relationship I’ve ever seen. Once he arrives, she runs around giggling from delight and then runs up to him and asks to be picked up.
    • She is obsessed with yogurt and every type of beans. She gets pumped when she’s about to eat either of them!
    • Her Daddy!! She has been such a Daddy’s girl lately and it’s so sweet.
    • To drink water!
    • The book “Madeline”. She loves to have Daddy read it to her before she goes to bed at night. Sometimes 4 or 5 times. Her favorite page is the book with the robber on it.
    • To dance!! I am so happy about this, since I’m a dancer, and love to see her get excited for some songs.
    • Her The North Face jacket from Nana. She still loves to wear it regardless of the temperature. We really need to find a larger size in that jacket because it’s almost too small.
    • To help clean, dust, sweep, or organize. She’s becoming more helpful and we can really tell she understands us when we ask her to do things. For instance, I’ll ask her to put her dirty clothes away and she’ll bring them to her room and put them in her laundry basket. Or I’ll ask her to put her shoes away and she’ll bring them to her closet. It’s so cool!!
    • To help put her shoes on.
    • The pool!!! So many giggles are heard when the pool is mentioned or when she gets to go in the pool.
    • To go in the garage, grab a bone for Zoe, and bring it into the house to give to her. We might need to hide the bones though because Zoe is looking a little more “robust” lately. Probably from the extra gifts from Claire. ;)

Candy Store September 6 Park September 5

  • Hates:
    • When I put my hair up in a bun. For some reason, she does not like it at all and yells at me.
    • Still hates diaper changes.
  • Talents:
    • She has become quite the talker over the last month. She’s getting really good at modeling what we’re saying or at least the sounds. Some of her favorite words: cookie, please, thank you (dank ooo, as she says it. Although sometimes she says it perfectly), up, down, go, doggy, all done, hi, bye bye, Papa, Daddy, mama, and bubbles.
    • Giving Eskimo kisses. I taught her that the other day and she loves to do it!
    • Blowing kisses. The cutest!!

September 6

  • Sleeping:
    • It’s hit or miss but lately she’s been waking up once in the middle of the night. We’re not sure if it’s always for the same reason – is it because she started at daycare recently? Maybe she’s hungry? Maybe she needs a diaper change? Each time, something different calms her down so we take each night on a case-by-case basis.
    • She’s been waking up, generally, around 5:30am each morning. I really miss the days when she would “sleep in” until 7am.

September 18

  • Other Random Facts:
    • She’s still nursing! Once in the morning and once before she goes to sleep. No signs of losing interest.
    • She started daycare on September 1. Up until then, we had a nanny at home with her. The first couple of weeks were rough because I had to go on a business trip the first few days and then she was teething too. But, I’m happy to report that this week has been going sooo well and she’s been coming home so happy! Her development has really spiked too over the past few weeks. I cried a lot when I knew we needed to start her at daycare because I wasn’t ready for her to grow up but I’m really happy that we started her now. It’s been such a blessing.
    • She’s been refusing drinking milk recently – my pumped milk or cow’s milk – from either a bottle or a sippy cup. That said, the last couple of days she’s done better with drinking some at daycare so maybe we’re in the clear!
    • She has sooo many teeth now. I think we’re at 16 now? It’s crazy!
    • She’s super opinionated, determined, and looks like such a little businesswoman. You can tell that she is always on a mission to get something done and she won’t stop until she accomplishes it.
    • She’s a really picky eater but when we serve meals, she’s eating whatever we’re eating.
Claire's Auntie Megan started a new tradition of sending a postcard when she visits a new place. Her first postcard arrived from Canada and Claire was so excited!!

Claire’s Auntie Megan started a new tradition of sending a postcard when she visits a new place. Her first postcard arrived from Canada and Claire was so excited!!

And that’s our little wild woman! She has sooo much energy all the time, has been giggling so much lately, and is such a joy to be around. That’s not to say she isn’t exhausting too. I feel like I’m always 50% on my way to passing out at any moment in time.

For the record, she has more than 1 shirt – she just happens to be wearing the same one in almost all these photos. :)

15 Months Old!


Wow, I can’t believe it’s been a month since our last post! Claire definitely keeps us busy and so entertained so it’s hard not to collapse at the end of the day from pure exhaustion. Thankfully, we’re loving every minute of it, even the moments that test our patience. ;)

Here’s a rundown of our spunky little 15-month-old:

  • Weight: She was 19.4 pounds when she went to the doctor a couple weeks ago and we think she hit a growth spurt. So maybe 20 pounds now? We will have her 15 month check-up this week so we’ll find out then!
  • Loves:
    • To pretend talk on the phone. Pretty much my favorite new thing that she does! I’ll pretend to talk on the phone and hand it to her and she grabs it and walks off and pretends to have a conversation. If only we knew what she was saying!
    • To play with her tea set. It has a tea pot and two tea cups and she’ll pretend to pour some invisible tea into a cup and drink it. Toooo cute! She also likes playing pretend more in general – she’ll take a bowl and a spoon and pretend to eat from it even if it’s empty.
    • To give kisses and hugs.
    • To walk/run everywhere!! Sometimes she goes too fast for her little feet and falls but she handles falls really well. She just jumps back up and is on her way. When she gets going really fast, she swings her arms forward and backward really enthusiastically. It’s too cute!!
    • To be as independent as possible. She doesn’t like being in the stroller too long because she likes to walk around on her own.
    • To fake cry when she doesn’t get what she wants. I’ve caught her practicing her “cry” face in the mirror a few times. Such a little actress! Good thing she’s adorable. ;)
    • To walk and hold hands. Only for short periods of time because holding hands prevents her from fully exploring.
    • To store her toys or random items in our wine rack. We bought it right before she was born but now it’s completely empty. Not because we drank all the wine but because she’ll pull bottles out and put toys in there. Apparently, it’s her own storage system! It’s pretty hilarious to see when she stashes in there.
    • To dance to the Winnie the Pooh song and to the “Let It Go” song from Frozen.
    • YOGURT!!! She gets so pumped when we’re about to feed it to her.
    • Nana and Daddy’s homemade spaghetti sauces. They both made different ones but she inhaled both! We’ve never seen her eat something as quickly as she did those.
    • Straws. She loves to drink from them and play with them.
    • To walk on her tippy toes. It looks like she’s wearing invisible heels! It’s not like she’s walking on her toes and bouncing around like some people do, it literally looks like she’s pretending to wear heels. Maybe because she sees me wear heels sometimes when I go to work?
    • To play peek-a-boo. She was playing it with us today on our way to the gym. She covers her face and we’ll say “Where’s Claire?” and she’ll lower her hands and say “Peeka!”. I can’t handle how cute she is!!
    • To flip through books.
    • To play with hoses. She likes to pretend to water the plants or the grass (it’s not ever on when she’s playing with it) and sometimes even makes a “shhhh” noise when holding up the hose.
    • To wear her The North Face jacket that Nana got her. Even if it’s not cold at all, she’ll find it and bring it to me to put it on her.
    • To swim in the pool. We have a little floaty for her but she also loves to swim around with us holding her. She gets SO excited when we ask her if she wants to go in the pool.
    • To be outside and play in the dirt. She likes to grab handfuls of dirt and put it in Zoe’s dog bowl.

August 7 Daddy and me August 7 Mommy and me

  • Hates:
    • The Nose Frida. She hates it but unfortunately, it’s so effective that we have to use it when she has a stuffy nose.
    • When things are taken away from her or just generally when she doesn’t get what she wants. She’s started growling at us when she gets mad.
  • Talents:
    • She’s sort of saying some words now. When she’s done eating, or really tired, or done doing something she waves her hands and says “ahh duh” for “all done”. Tonight, when giving her a bath it totally sounded like she said “I lub ooo” when I said I love you to her. When she’s really excited about a toy or something that she’s doing, we swear she says “this is great!”. We may be imagining these but other people have confirmed that it sounds like words!
    • She gives high fives!
    • CJ taught her how to blow a kiss during dinnertime tonight, my heart melted!
    • When she wants milk, she points to my chest and says “mah, mah”
    • When she wants something, she’ll point to it and says “mamamama” really quickly.
    • She can point to her nose, eyes, ears, hair, and BELLY BUTTON (her favorite) if we ask her to.
  • Sleeping:
    • Other than when she was sick last month, she’s been sleeping pretty well. She goes to sleep around 8 and wakes up around 6 every day. Of course, there are exceptions but generally, that’s her schedule. She’s also doing the occasional 1 nap a day but sometimes she’s just too tired to wait long enough to only have one nap.
Wearing her The North Face jacket from Nana and playing with her cupcake purse

Wearing her The North Face jacket from Nana and playing with her cupcake purse

  • Other Random Facts:
    • She seriously is the happiest little girl! We may be exhausted at the end of every day but thankfully it’s because we’re chasing around a happy little toddler that’s giggling and enjoying exploring everywhere.
    • She had another cold in the last month. Poor girl had a constant runny nose for about a week and she didn’t sleep so well during that time because she was coughing so much. Luckily, it seems to have gone away.
    • She is constantly on a mission. She seems like a little businessperson. So serious and determined. I asked my mom what I was like when I was her age and she said exactly the same as Claire. Like mother, like daughter. :)
    • She pretty much eats everything we eat except half of it always ends up on the floor or in her high chair.
    • I’m still nursing although the frequency has gone down to about 2-3 times a day. I’m not producing as much milk so we’re trying to get her used to cow’s milk. We’re trying the method of mixing it in with breastmilk first, which we’ve been successful with the past week (although not before that). It has to be warmed up, she’s not OK with cold yet. If we try to feed her cow’s milk on it’s own, we have to call it “leche” (Spanish for milk) for her to actually swallow it. Otherwise, she takes a sip, makes a sour face like “This is NOT milk” and lets it slowly drip out of her mouth.
    • She’s still rocking a pretty adorable mullet. I think, if anyone can pull it off, it’s her. Some people have asked if we’re going to trim it in the back, to make it less of a mullet, and of course not! She doesn’t have much hair so why would we cut it off? Psh. :)
Claire and her adorable mullet in all of it's glory. To top it off, she had dirt smudged on her face from filling up Zoe's dog bowl with dirt. She's a happy girl. :)

Dirt smudged on her face, hair gently blowing in the wind, playing outside…She’s a happy girl. :)

And that’s how Claire has been lately. We love her so much and can’t believe how much of a little person she’s become! We can’t wait to see what she will be like in another month.

14 Months Old!

14 Months

Where has our little baby gone?!?! Every day passes by and we are seeing less of our baby girl and more of our little toddler. I guess I said that last month too but it’s becoming more true! This is such a fun age though it’s definitely bittersweet. We miss the days when she was tiny and snuggly but love her playfulness, her spunk, and her sense of humor.

Here’s a rundown of our 14 month old Claire:

  • Weight: Maybe around 20 pounds? I really wish we bought one of those baby scales! She seems a lot taller this month.
  • Loves:
    • Running around everywhere!! Sometimes she tries to go faster than her feet will allow.
    • Taking Zoe for walks around the house.
    • To give hugs. When she doesn’t want to be put down, she’ll hold tight onto our neck. She also will grab around our neck and hang there if she wants to be picked up.
    • To say “dada”. It’s her favorite word.
    • Her Papa (my dad). Without fail, her face lights up every time he enters the room.
    • To flip the pages of a book that we’re reading to her.
    • To clean. Whenever she sees me with the broom, she takes it and starts “sweeping” all over the house. I can’t handle the cuteness! Also, if she sees stuff on the floor, she will try to put it away. The other day, some of our mail blew onto the floor and she grabbed all of it and placed it on one of the kitchen chairs. Another example of cleaning, she had so much fun feeding Zoe and Izzy (my parent’s dog and Zoe’s littermate) in the cabin. She would fill up a bowl of food and carry it over to them for them to eat and then repeat. A couple times, she knocked the bowl over and she stopped to pick up every kernel and put it back in the bowl. It was amazing!
    • To pet the dogs.
    • To feed herself with a spoon. It’s a bit messy but she gets so proud of herself!
    • Her Camelbak water bottle. I have one that she loves to take and drink from all the time so we bought one for her. Well, first we tried to buy a sippy cup that looked like a Camelbak but that wasn’t good enough for her. She wanted the real deal. :)
    • To sleep with her blue teddy bear (pictured in the first photo of this post) and her Winnie the Pooh bear. When she wakes up, she stands at the side of the crib holding her blue bear. It’s sooo sweet.
    • To wave.
    • To give kisses.
    • To dance to “Hot Dog” (a Mickey Mouse Playhouse song) and the “Winnie the Pooh” song. She also enjoys dancing to certain country songs!
    • Remote controls! We got her a toy one but, again, she prefers the real deal.
    • To share. Her toys, her food, pretty much anything.
  • Hates:
    • Diaper changes, with a passion.
    • When things are taken away from her; she’s mastered the meltdown.
  • Talents:
    • She shakes her head “no” when she doesn’t want something. It’s SO great to get feedback from her on what she wants.
    • She is very talented at fake crying when she’s trying to get her way. Maybe she’ll be an actress!? When we call her out on it, most of the time she stops and moves on with her day. Good thing she’s extremely adorable when she does it.
    • She understands us when we ask her to do something – for instance, asking her to put something away or get her teddy bear or give Zoe a hug.
    • A few times, we think we’ve heard her say words and phrases like, “I want that”, “No”, and “Yes”. We’re always so surprised when she does it!
  • Sleeping:
    • 4 of the last 7 days have had only one nap. She kind of goes back and forth to needing one long nap and two not-as-long naps (but definitely not short). We’ll see how that pans out over the next few weeks.
    • As far as sleeping through the night, she’s doing better. There are some outliers where she doesn’t sleep well but that’s become the exception, thankfully!

4th of July

  • Other Random Facts:
    • She has a little bit of a mullet going on. Not intentionally… her hair just seems to be very keen on growing in the back but not so into filling in on the top or sides.
    • I’m still breastfeeding. When I’m about to nurse her and she’s really excited for it, she does this sort of laugh/cry. It’s so cute, I wish I could videotape it. My initial goal was to breastfeed until she was 12 months old but she still really seems to enjoy it and I love the bonding time so we’re playing it by ear. I don’t have a plan on when I will stop at this point.
    • She got her molars in over the last month or so. It’s so weird to see them in the back of her mouth because they’re so huge! She now has 12 teeth!
    • When she’s done eating, she likes to throw all remaining food on the ground (presumably, for Zoe to eat, since she always lays under her high chair).

She is sooo much fun and is fully of energy! We’re dead tired at the end of every day and have no idea how she has so much energy for such a little person. Then again, she does get to nap in the middle of the day. ;)

4th of July

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July! We celebrated at our family cabin and had so much fun.

4th of July 2015

It’s hard planning activities around Claire’s nap schedule but we were able to go to the 4th of July parade in the morning and then we went to the neighborhood lake after her nap. We originally planned on going to a 4th of July celebration at a winery that we love (CJ and I celebrated there two years ago and absolutely loved it!) but it started at 4:30pm and we figured we wouldn’t be able to stay there long before we had to head home to put Claire to bed. We’re hoping next year will be better.

Claire watching the parade.

Claire watching the parade.

Sand Fun

It was Claire’s first time encountering sand which was fun! She did not like sitting, walking or really touching it but she loved raking the sand and scooping it into the bucket with the beach toys. She was sooo happy the whole time with those toys. She also loved when we dipped her toes in the water but did not want to walk around in it because, like I said, she doesn’t like touching sand. She likes to stay as neat as possible… unless beans are involved. Then she’s as messy as can be. :)

What We Didn’t Know We Needed

I’m a big fan of lists… really, for anything in life. But especially for holidays, birthdays, and general gift ideas. I also don’t enjoy when people deviate from the list because I put a lot of thought into it and those are things I truly want. With that being said, some people have surprised us with the best gifts that I never would have known I needed/wanted but they turn out to be my favorites.

Some highlights over the last few years: a family friend painted the most breathtaking portrait of CJ and I as a wedding gift, that same friend’s husband sewed the most beautiful quilt for Claire for her 1st birthday and my sister sewed a beautiful quilt for her baby shower gift that we use every single day, my sister made a shadow box of keepsakes from my wedding as a gift, my uncle gave CJ and I my grandparents’ silverware set as a wedding gift (I cried), and I’m sure there are more I’m forgetting to list. As you can see, I’m sentimental and these are all near and dear to my heart.

This next gift is much less sentimental but SO practical that I felt we needed to do a post on it. As a baby shower gift, CJ’s brother and wife sent us a booster seat as a gift and told us it was the most useful thing they have. We remember thinking to ourselves, what are we going to do with this thing??!? (Rookies)

Anyway, fast forward months later when we were trying to lug our high chair back and forth to my parents’ house for dinners and when Claire kept trying to climb out of every single restaurant high chair, we knew we needed to try something different.


We decided to finally try the booster seat and all I can say is… What a lifesaver!!! Claire can’t climb out (and only attempts to when she’s done eating), we have a clean surface for her to eat on (versus at a restaurant where she will pick up and flip over plates if we put on in front of her), and it’s lightweight and convenient to travel with. We are so grateful they deviated from our baby registry to give us something they knew we needed, even if we had no idea!


Look at her blue eyes! So gorgeous

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First Birthday Photos

To say I’m obsessed with these photos would be an understatement. A million thank yous to our photographer, Shawnee, for capturing these moments.

Part of me wants to plaster them over every wall in our house, or make a book out of them, or… I don’t even know, the possibilities are endless!!

Below are some of my favorites. I LOVE LOVE LOVE all of them.

We are so in love with our beautiful little girl and these photos definitely show that!

First Swim

Last weekend, we took Claire over to my parent’s house for her first time swimming in a pool. It was the perfect summer day. We played music on the stereo, BBQed steak and corn on the cob, and floated around in the pool while catching up on some laundry. If we could make this an every weekend occurrence, we would be happy campers.


Anyway, Claire loved the pool! We bought a floating tube for her that had a sun shade so she wouldn’t get burnt. Right when we put her in it, she started kicking around and it was so fun to see her enjoying the pool. We weren’t sure because we have about a 50% success rate with baths lately. She either completely hates them or is slightly OK with them. But the pool? No problem. We probably swam for a half hour or 45 minutes and she was perfectly content the whole time.



Yay summer!


June 13 Oregon

Last weekend, we flew up to Oregon to celebrate my nephew’s graduation from high school.

This was the fourth plane trip for Claire (Vermont at 8 weeks old, New York at 6 months old, Orange County at almost 8 months old, and now Oregon at 13 months). She’s flown more than some people I know but it’s interesting how every trip has been so different because of her age. The first two trips she slept the whole time. This last trip, she didn’t sleep at all. She climbed back and forth on CJ and I. She read through the safety pamphlet (very responsible of her!). She tried to escape to the aisle to run around. And she watched some Winnie the Pooh on the iPad. On one of our flights, a mom, her 2 year old son, and her newborn baby walked past us (I should clarify the newborn baby did not walk past us, he was wrapped up in a Moby Wrap on his mommy :)) and CJ and I looked at each other thinking “How is that woman flying on her own with two little ones?!?!”. Anyway, she deserved a medal (like my sister does for doing the same thing back in the day!). It reminded me how much easier it was to fly when Claire was a newborn because she slept the whole time. The only difficulty was in lugging around (what felt like) 52 bags.

On one of our morning walks by the water

On one of our morning walks by the water

Anyway, back to the Oregon trip, we honestly didn’t want to leave. We considered extending our trip because we had so much fun but, alas, life was calling and we had to get back to it. We stayed at a hotel in Portland along the river and spent each morning walking along the water and enjoying the breathtakingly beautiful weather. We stopped at a coffee shop along the path that, one morning, gave us a free latte (which was amazing!). We saw a group of people gathering to ride kayaks down the river. Claire must have thought she was in heaven with the amount of dogs she saw on our walk. I got choked up at one point because the feeling of being back in Portland was so overwhelming for me (I grew up outside of Portland, for those of you who don’t know). We had random conversations with people in stores and it reminded us how friendly people are outside of California. Then, we went to my sister’s house which was filled with an auntie, uncle, and four cousins to Claire who played with her and showered her with so much love. It was such a wonderful display of the importance of family.


My sister and I were clearly having a moment when this photo was taken. Unfortunately, Claire had already gone to sleep for the night when we took this photo.

If there’s one thing I could change, it’s that I wish we lived closer. I wish we could hop in the car and see each other in 10 minutes. Luckily, it’s a short plane ride away and we’re not across the country. But even that plane ride seems like too much.

Until next time, Oregon. You will always feel like home to me.


13 Months Old!


I am sooo late on this post but we have been quite busy over the past few weeks! I went on my first business trip away from Claire the week before Claire turned 13 months old and we flew to Oregon for my nephew’s high school graduation celebration last weekend. More on that later but I should say that we definitely didn’t want to leave Oregon! We had so much fun.

Reading a book and sitting with her new teddy bear from Chicago that I got her

Reading a book and sitting with her new teddy bear from Chicago that I got her

This month Claire has really seemed to change and really seems like a toddler now! She no longer feels like a baby to us which is so sad but exciting at the same time. We are loving this age and she keeps us laughing all the time.


Our little goober

Here’s a rundown of 13 month old Claire:

  • Weight: No idea! But she is wearing 12M clothes. Well, it depends on the brand because in some brands she’s 6-12 months.
  • Loves:
    • To sit on our laps and read books. She’ll walk over to us and sit right in our laps and it is so adorable!
    • To walk EVERYWHERE and to explore everywhere.
    • Flipping through books on her own.
    • To rearrange bookshelves (so really… to take everything off bookshelves ;) )
    • Sharing her food.
    • To eat any foods that Mommy and Daddy are eating.
    • To give hugs and kisses.
    • BEANS! She is the bean queen. She also loves cheese, peas, corn, and yogurt.
    • To wear her black flats or her moccasins from Nana and Papa. She used to always take her shoes off but she’s done pretty well with those two.
    • Mickey Mouse Playhouse!! I really would rather not have Claire watch much TV at all but on occasion, we let her watch that in the morning and she goes bananas for it. She bounces up and down and looks so incredibly excited. She’s quite a big fan of Mickey Mouse.
    • To make raspberry noises with her mouth, over and over.
    • To lay on Zoe (and she loves Zoe in general). Zoe has become her shadow recently and it’s so cute to see Claire running everywhere and Zoe calmly following behind her.
    • All dogs. If we’re carrying her and she sees a dog, she starts waving her arms and kicking her legs from excitement. We’re pretty sure she brightens up every dog owner’s day when she does that because it’s way too cute.
    • Belly buttons. She thinks they are hilarious!
    • To spontaneously laugh out loud. Sometimes it’s for a reason and sometimes it seems to come out of nowhere. It’s too cute!
  • Hates:
    • Not a fan of cow’s milk. I wouldn’t say hate but she really is not at all interested in drinking it. I’m still breastfeeding her so it’s not an issue.


  • Talents:
    • Clapping!
    • Dancing! She bounces up and down, quickly shuffles her feet, and shakes her head to music that she loves.
    • Probably doesn’t qualify as a talent but… she’s getting more hair! It’s sort of looking like a mullet right now because it’s so long in the back  compared to the top but it’s definitely coming in!
  • Sleeping:
    • It varies. I went on my first business trip from Tuesday through Friday two weeks ago and, prior to that, she was waking up once in the night for a feeding. Because I wasn’t there to feed her while I was gone, CJ was able to train her to fall back asleep on her own. Since I’ve returned (KNOCK ON WOOD!!!!!), she’s pretty much slept through the night.


  • Other Random Facts:
    • She’s become really independent over the last month. We used to dread dropping her off at the gym to work out. One time recently, we dropped her off and were cautiously exiting the play area and said bye to her. She looked up, waved “bye bye”, and continued on playing. Apparently us leaving is no longer a big deal. I’m so happy that she’s gained her independence but it is a little sad at the same time.
    • She had her first ponytail on May 29. She looked so cute!!!
    • She has 10 teeth now. It looks like a molar came in the back and another tooth on the other side.
    • She has so much personality! She’s very opinionated, determined, energetic, active, and independent. She’s also very talkative and will definitely give you a piece of her mind.

We went wine tasting with friends in Napa! It is much harder to do with a little runner.

And that’s our little 13 month old! I’m so excited to see how she changes over the next month. I always wonder how I’m ever able to come up with content on her but it doesn’t seem to be a problem. ;)

Mama Support

Bear with me while I vent a bit…

I read a lot of blogs in my free time and 98% of them are “mom blogs”. It’s so interesting to read about how each mom approaches each stage of motherhood, how they handle different situations, and I love gathering tips and tricks from them. They’re always so political about how they talk about their approaches, mindful of the fact that each mom is different so, of course, they’re going to handle things differently. I appreciate that. I’ve never been bothered by the fact that we (the collective “we” of moms everywhere) will choose to do things differently. I actually think that’s inevitable – every parent is different, every baby is different, and to go even further… every situation is different. Some things may work today that won’t work tomorrow. There’s no harm in trying different approaches.

Anyway, those same blogs sometimes talk about being judged for their approach and I never experienced it myself until a few days ago. I joined a mom’s group when Claire was first born and loved sharing with and hearing stories from them. They were always so supportive. It was a beautiful community of moms sharing in this adventure of motherhood and admitting to the fact that we’re all human. We’re not perfect. We’re all learning. It’s OK to not know the answer. But a few days ago, I talked to a new mom (who wasn’t part of the group) that was not that way. With every comment that I made about how I approached things, she judged. She made snide comments about how that wasn’t how she handled it. Her baby never did that. She never had that problem. It made me sick to my stomach. How can another woman be so condescending? I’m pretty sure her baby isn’t perfect, nor is anyone’s.

I came home and vented to CJ about it and he lovingly told me that I should just ignore people like that. I’m going to try to ignore those comments going forward because I can’t prevent people from saying that stuff to me. But I’d much rather just ask that all moms support each other. Don’t judge each other for handling things differently. Admit you’re not perfect. There’s nothing wrong with being human. I know I’m willing to support other mamas out there and not judge them.

Okay, that’s it. I’ll get off my pedestal now. :)