Thursday, March 17, 2016

Thursday 3/17/16 – Week 34: Holy Sweet Potatoes

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

This morning I went into Evan’s room to change his diaper and give him a bottle.
I was about to pick him up when I noticed his pajamas.
They were a different color from the waist down.
Hmm, did they change color in the wash?
What happened here---?

And then I smelled it.

I peeled the pajamas off him and there was poop everywhere.  Not just in the diaper.  And not just on his thighs.
It was all the way up to his stomach!  Good lord!

I finally understood why people say, “Just put them in the bath!”
Oh yes, I got it.
There was no other option. 

I used as many baby wipes as I could and then it was bath time!
Looks like the sweet potatoes I made the night before had the effect of prunes!

Trust me, those pajamas ended up in the trash, but at least baby boy got all nice and clean!

My clean foxy boy

Friday 3/18/16 – We are in escrow!  We got an offer on our condo and after a brief counter, we accepted!

Stay tuned for more details as they come… but hopefully this is the beginning of us getting into our dream house in a great neighborhood for Evan!

Outside play date at a friend's house

Evan discovers grass

Later at dinner time, Evan became a vampire!

Tuesday 3/22/16 – Evan and I met some friends at the zoo today.
We stopped at the giraffes and I took him out of the stroller. 

He started reaching for the giraffes!
He loved them!
It was the sweetest thing.

What wasn’t the sweetest thing was watching two giraffes almost make more little baby giraffes!
Of course Evan didn’t realize what was happening but I was relieved when the big, tall giraffe walked away from his lady giraffe.

Wednesday 3/23/16 – I can’t believe my angel is 8 months old today!

"I love my mommies!"

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Thursday 3/10/16 – Week 33: Lights Out

Evan, comin' at ya!

Just as Evan and I get out of the elevator after our walk with Frankie, the power goes out! 
In the whole building and neighborhood!
Thank god this didn’t happen while we were IN THE DAMN ELEVATOR!!!!

I like a challenge.
Well, here it was: Get Angel to sleep with no power.

I had just enough light to give Evan a bath.
Of course, I couldn’t use our bottle machine because there was no power!  Thank god we had pre-made formula for him!

I was about to give him his bottle and realized there was now no white noise machine for him to fall asleep to.
Ok, ok…. I got this.

I have a white noise app on my phone!
I selected OCEAN and pressed play.

Angel boy didn’t realize anything was different and he fell asleep in my arms.
I laid him in his crib and left the room, with my phone on his side table still playing ocean noises.
I closed the door.  
Then realized the monitor doesn’t work because the camera has no electricity!

So no baby monitor…
Ok, ok…people didn’t have baby monitors back in the dark ages!  I will be fine and so will he!
Well that lasted all of two minutes because I love checking in on him whenever I want.

At this moment, people from our building started congregating in the courtyard.
Which is right outside Evan’s window!
Are we moving yet?!

“Oh my god, the power is out!” I heard them all say.
“Yeah, no shit!  Try having a baby and dealing with no power!  Oh, and shut the f&%$ up because he’s trying to sleep!”

I wanted to see how he was so I snuck into his dark room and sat behind the chair holding my phone that was still playing ocean noises.

Can the lights please come on so I can eat dinner?!
After about an hour, the lights did come back on, thank god, and order was restored!

Saturday 3/12/16 – I put Evan to bed tonight and looked at him asleep in his crib.
I started crying. 

Tomorrow is my birthday.
For my birthday for years and years, all I’ve ever wanted was a baby.
Last year, I remember being pregnant and thinking that for my next birthday we will have an 8 month old!

And now he’s here.
Our boy.  Our sweet angel.

I did it.
I birthed him and made it through breast feeding challenges and he's healthy and happy and so sweet. And I love him so much. More than words.

I can’t believe he made my dreams come true.

"Who is that handsome guy?"

"Come give me a kiss!"

Sunday 3/13/16 – Happy Birthday to me!

Birthday kisses from Evan!

My how birthdays have changed.
We went to the zoo today!
And of course it was the perfect day and I wouldn’t have changed a thing.
I love my baby boy and my wife and my family.

Monday 3/14/16 – That damn sign language class has paid off!
Evan started to sign for MILK!

Right before bed, he always wants that last bottle so much.  Now he opens and closes his hand and makes little noises like he is telling us what he wants!
So adorable.

Let me just say that now since he is eating more, his diapers are no joke.  Puree poop diapers.  WOW.  Can’t we go back to the formula ones?!

Evan had his 8 month appointment today.

He is 22 pounds, 12 ounces and 29” long!  
He is still in the 95th percentile for height and weight.  Evan is going to be a tall boy!

He was smiling at all of the nurses and the doctor and while we waited in the room to be seen, he tore up all the paper on the table!  He loved the crinkle noise and had so much fun!

Tonight we put him to sleep in his crib and a few hours later, he woke up crying.  Real tears, real hard crying.
We recently read that at this age in their development, babies can have nightmares.  
How cruel is that?!

We think that’s what happened tonight.  
After about a minute, he fell right back asleep.  Poor little angel. 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Thursday 3/3/16 – Week 32: Baby Kisses

Rocket boy!

Friday 3/4/16 – Somehow Evan loves to eat now!
He likes bananas and peas when he hated them a few days ago.  I’m still feeding him once a day but will start doing it twice a day pretty soon. 

It’s challenging to try and figure out this new routine.  It was so easy when he just drank milk!  I got that routine down baby!

Now it’s food plus milk and then you tell me we are going out for the afternoon so I have to bring my whole kitchen and pantry with us?!!!!!!

My little angel taught himself how to drink through a straw today!  God it’s the cutest thing watching him do it.

Evan and Mommy photo shoot!

Monday 3/7/16 – Daylight savings time prep begins!
I’m going to start putting him to bed 10 minutes earlier every night in preparation for this weekend when we spring ahead an hour.  That way when it’s Saturday night at 6:00pm and he’s going to sleep, it will actually be 7:00pm and he’ll be right on track!
At least that is what I’m hoping…

"We'll see, Mommy!"

"I am the master of this household!"

Before his afternoon nap he was so sleepy and lovey dovey and he just kept kissing me!  Baby kisses are big open mouth kisses that he plants right on my cheek.
I started to kiss his neck and really get in there and he would smile and giggle and kiss me back on the cheek.  It was so, so cute.  I love him so much.

Tonight during the bath, Julia and I had to tell him NO really sternly for the first time ever.  He kept trying to rocket launch himself out of his tub!

His tub is at an angle so he is semi-upright and he kept kicking his legs at the bottom to launch himself up.  We told him NO and he looked at us with so much confusion.  “What do you mean by this word NO?”

Yeah, we will be using a new big boy tub tomorrow.

Tuesday 3/8/16 – I had my follow-up obgyn appointment today.  Somehow I decided to make this appointment on a non-nanny day.  I asked them on the phone if I could bring my son with me and they said, “Of course!  People do it all the time!”

Ok, let’s go show my doctor my little boy who he helped take care of for 9+ months.

Well, this quickly turned out to be a big mistake.

We had a private house showing scheduled right before we had to leave for the doctor.  So during Evan’s nap, I cleaned and straightened up and hid all of Evan’s things so the only evidence of a baby living here was his crib.

A whole 15 minutes before the people were supposed to arrive, Frankie wouldn’t stop barking. 

Someone walks down the hallway, he barks.
Someone walks up the stairwell, he barks.
A leaf falls off a tree three miles away, he barks.

Then my phone rings and… he barks A LOT.
The people supposed to see our condo cancel!  Just before they are set to arrive!

UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!  I cleaned this house for nothing!

It was time to leave for the doctor, so I gave Evan his bottle.  He didn’t want to drink it.  It was time for him to eat, but he wasn’t feeling it.

Once the baby takes their first sip, the formula bottles are only good for ONE HOUR.  We joke that they will explode after 60 minutes.

I set my timer and brought the bottle with us.

Then we hit traffic.  Lots of traffic.
We somehow weren’t going to be late, but that damn bottle would expire before we got to the doctor. 

I pulled over to offer some to Evan.

He still didn’t want it.  He kept playing with it and biting the nipple and I was so happy I wasn’t breastfeeding anymore!

BOOM the bottle expired.

We got to the doctor and there was NO PARKING.

We had to park in OVERFLOW parking and race to the other building where my appointment was. 

Ok, this was clearly a mistake to schedule this appointment and bring Evan with me, but I was doing ok so far. 

I figured I would be home in time for his next bottle and afternoon nap.


My doctor was always on time for us.  
Until today.
We waited over an hour in the waiting room!

I bounced Evan and walked around and showed him all the paintings on the wall and when I’d exhausted all my tricks, he started getting restless.

Finally we get checked into the room and now Evan is PISSED.

It’s time for a diaper change AND a bottle and thank god I have an emergency bottle of formula in my purse.  I change his diaper quickly and the doctor comes in. 

Halfway through my exam, Evan is STARVING. 

I feed him the bottle and the doctor gives us a minute.
Can we please get this appointment over with already?!!!

A full belly = a happy baby.

After finding out I had a little more weight to lose until I hit my magical pre-pregnancy weight (which is so f*&%ing stupid that we moms all aspire to hit that miraculous number after our bodies MADE A HUMAN), I realized I hadn’t eaten lunch and it was now well after 3pm.

Evan fell asleep in the car and naturally I found myself at the most logical place.

That was the best burger and fries I’d had in a very long time.  

I had to pull over to really appreciate it.  God it was delicious!

Wednesday 3/9/16 – Tonight was my second night of working out after I put Evan to sleep.  I started doing some 25 minute exercise videos and they are kicking my ass!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Thursday 2/25/16 – Week 31: Evan Claps

We had our second Gymboree class today and there were more people there.  
A few moms asked me how old Evan was and then couldn’t believe he was so big!  
And everyone was shocked by how much hair he has!

He’s the youngest in the class (which is for 6-10 month olds) and almost all other babies can crawl.  I know once he learns that, it will be even more fun for him to move along the ramps and slides.  

They change their entire room set up every 2 weeks with new slides, ramps and mats.  That way no one gets bored!

But let’s be real, I’m in no hurry for Evan to crawl.  Especially with us hopefully moving soon.  Let’s just baby proof the next place, not this one!

I know some parents really obsess over these milestones, but I’m taking (at least) this one in stride.  

Then he did this...

Take your time, Evan!

Tonight we tried peas for dinner.  We were unsuccessful…

Sunday 2/28/16 – The three of us went out to lunch today and there were two women at the table next to us who fell in love with Evan.

They asked his name and said "Evan Charles" sounds so royal!
You know it!

And just like that, he POSED!

This boy is hilarious!

When he's hanging out on his tummy time mat, Evan now is interested in the animals on the actual mat!

He really couldn't care less before, but now he's becoming more interested in so many different things.  Especially detailed things, like this mat and buttons and zippers.

Wednesday 3/2/16 – Today was a huge day…
We were all hanging out in Evan's room and Julia and I started clapping. 
He looked at me and saw me clapping.

Then he looked at my hands... 
and he put his hands together and CLAPPED!

Clap, Clap, Clap

Say CHEESE, clapping boy!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Thursday 2/18/16 – Week 30: Sign This!

My tiny dancer

Evan and I went to his first Gymboree class today.
I wanted to try out a new class and this one isn’t far from our house and has free valet parking… BONUS!
Plus, let’s be real, I had a gift certificate for free classes from the Ellen Mother's Day Show!

Despite their logo being a creepy clown…

…Evan had a great time!

He really liked the teacher who sang songs and played a tambourine.  The other parents were nice and there was even some unstructured play time where we could try out their ramps and slides and interact with the other babies.

It didn’t feel like a non-stop class for me, and I appreciated that!
Some of these baby classes are GO GO GO and by the end, I’m sweating and need a damn drink!

Evan slept in the car on the way home and I transferred him to his crib to continue his nap.
This worked well… until the fire alarm went off.
We gotta move STAT!

Friday 2/19/16 – Evan is still saying “Bababa” and sometimes he even throws in a “Mama”!
We took a sign language class today because I thought it would be good to learn a few basic signs so that Evan and I could communicate with each other.

We learned signs for:

And others, but these are the ones I might be able to remember and try to teach him!

The class was going well until the kid next to us (who was older and crawling all around) kept coming up to Evan and putting his fingers in Evan's mouth!

WTF is wrong with these kids... and by kids, I mean what's wrong with their PARENTS?!!

Evan has TEETH and he’s not afraid to use them!

"Say what?!"

"Let me at 'em!"

Sunday 2/21/16 – Tonight was mommies night out!
We went out to dinner and had a babysitter come over.  She put Evan to bed and it dawned on me... No one had done that before!

So after I wiped the tears from my eyes and ordered a drink, we had a great time!

The great thing about this age and our angel boy is that once he gets put to bed, he sleeps!  

Rockstar hair!

So the babysitter is really there just in case of an emergency.  Pretty nice gig!

Tuesday 2/23/16 – Somehow Evan is 7 months old today!

"I make polos look so good!"

This kid really is amazing.  Such a happy boy!

I do not like to cook.  There, I said it.
But I bought a cookbook for baby food and wanted to attempt to make some food for Evan.


I steamed and mashed some apples, bananas and peas and it was easier than I thought!
Another Mommy WIN!

Wednesday 2/24/16 – Speaking of food that I MADE, Evan had some apples today and he eventually liked them!

Apples and carrots for ol' blue eyes

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Thursday 2/11/16 – Week 29: Pears For The Win!

Philly LOVE!

It’s 5:00am and Evan is awake and crying.

He’s holding his mouth.
Poor angel has more teeth coming and they are painful.

I went in and gave him the teething drops and 4 ounces since it was close enough to his wake up time.  I tried to get him to fall back asleep.

I turned off the light and held him upright in my arms over my shoulder.  I hummed him a song and patted his back and touched his hair.

He fell asleep.

This was so worth getting up early for.  One day, he will be too big to do this.
I’m treasuring it now.

Friday 2/12/16 – We tried pears today…
And he liked them!

Pears for the win!
He’s been talking up a storm.  Everything is “BABABABA”.  It’s adorable!

We went out to a thai restaurant and Evan had a great time!
I can't wait to take him to all different types of restaurants so he can try new things.

Sunday 2/14/16 – Happy Valentine’s Day to my little angel boy!

In the morning when Julia goes in to give Evan his first bottle, I like to watch them on the monitor.

As soon as she opens the door she says, “Good morning!” and Evan starts kicking and making screeching noises because he’s so excited!

I love watching them.  He loves her so much.

Monday 2/15/16 – Lunch today was bananas and some raspberries.
It seemed good at first, but then he wasn’t really into either!

I will keep trying!  He’s not gonna get me down!

Tuesday 2/16/16 – Carrots were on the menu today.
Evan wasn’t feeling them…

"I will eat the spoon instead!"

But he was enjoying his Zoli cup!
He's taught himself how to suck through a straw!

Wednesday 2/17/16 – This afternoon, I brought Evan into our room and laid him on the bed.  His eyes got big and he looked around, so excited to be in a new place.

I moved my hand over the lamp and started making shadow puppets on the ceiling.
He was laughing and laughing!
Then I was laughing!

It was so much fun just hanging out with him. 
I was laying there thinking about how awesome he is.  My little angel boy and I making shadow puppets.  Laughing and laughing.
I love this kid!

We tried carrots again today and he seemed to like them!
For the first time, he didn’t gag while eating!
Mommy win!

I recommend all new moms go get their hair done!
It makes you feel AMAZING!!!!!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Thursday 2/4/16 – Week 28: No Mommy Sick Days

Little bunny says hi!

Ugh how did I get sick. 
Maybe I caught Evan’s cold?

I feel exhausted and can’t really breathe and am not feeling like the best mom here.
I don’t feel as present and I know this will happen periodically.  I just want to feel like myself again.  Mommy needs a time out to recharge!

Today was the last day of Mommy & Me class.  There are technically 3 more sessions, but I figured having done sessions 1 and 2, I was good.  I made a lot of great friends and we will all still stay in touch and have lunches together.

Plus I need to save my money for the nanny, who is definitely making my life easier!

And I want to take Evan to some classes that are more geared towards his development.  
So we will try a few of those soon.

Sunday 2/7/16 – I’m still sick.  This really sucks.  And moms don’t get days off!
Thank god it’s the weekend and Jules has been helping me out.  I’m hoping I feel better soon.

We saw some houses today and are hoping we soon have a buyer for our place. 

We have had a few people come back for second showings, so we are crossing our fingers for an offer (or two or three)!!!

Monday 2/8/16 – We had more showings today and I think one of them was a second showing where someone came back.
Let’s get into escrow baby!

I tried a new approach for Evan’s hatred of food.

When I first heard of people giving their kids rice cereal, I didn’t think it made much sense.  It’s mainly carbs and not exactly a vegetable or fruit.

Well, then it dawned on me.
He first needs to learn how to swallow something other than milk!
Then we can worry about what he is actually ingesting!

The rice cereal went ok and I even got brave and tried some avocado.

As you can see, that didn't go so well!

I also saw... his top tooth is IN!

I couldn’t believe it!
My angel is getting so many teeth!

Tuesday 2/9/16 – Through my Mommy & Me class, I found out about a service that installs, cleans and checks your car seat for you.

We had been taking the car seat in and out of the car so many times from all of our travels and I didn’t feel the base was as secure as it could be.

Somehow, it was 100 degrees today.  Nothing like a February heat wave.
Hello, global warming!
Best part was we had another private showing today so I had to leave and bring Frankie with us!
(Note the sarcasm... I love getting kicked out of my house on the daily.)

The woman checked the car seat and was able to get it even tighter than I had it.  Now angel is all safe and I’m not touching that thing again!

For lunch, Evan tried bananas today. 
At first, I thought there was a breakthrough, and then he clearly hated them.
Mommy will keep trying.

Evan has been finding his tongue!  He’s so cute when he sticks it out and touches it and must be thinking, “Wow, what’s this!”

Speaking of his mouth, he also realized that he can GRIND HIS TEETH.
Omg I just got chills typing that.

My tactic is not to react so he doesn’t think it’s a game and continues doing it.
But man does it send shivers down my spine!

Wednesday 2/10/16 – Tried a different brand of baby cereal/oatmeal today and Evan seemed to like it!

He is learning to swallow food from a spoon!

One small step for Mom… one giant leap for mankind!