Thursday, December 31, 2015

Thursday 12/31/15 – Week 23: Happy New Year!

Thank god we made it to the airport on time for our flight!

We left at the crack of dawn (actually before the crack of dawn) and dropped off our rental car.  
Evan stayed asleep until we got onto the rental car shuttle bus that took us to our terminal.

Somehow I managed to pick the worst seat on the bus.  Evan and I ended up right next to the wheelchair contraption that was inside a large cage and not entirely bolted in.  So we had the lovely sound of clanging metal next to us!

Clearly he wasn’t going to sleep through that.

We got out of the shuttle and it was time to get rid of some bags. 

There was a young guy on the shuttle with a backpack and one carry-on size suitcase.
Oh to be young, single and traveling.
I glared at him in my mind but hadn’t had coffee yet, so this glare was probably written all over my face.
Enjoy it, my friend, enjoy it!

We wheeled our suitcases to check in and thank god we had gotten to the airport extra early.  
Because it took over 30 minutes just to get our tickets!
Was there a line?
They had us listed as having two babies instead of one.
Yes, Frankie is our baby, too but not according to the airlines.

I kept trying to distract Evan and hoped he would fall back asleep.
No such luck.

We made it to the airport lounge and had an hour to kill.
The lounge was almost empty and it was beautiful!
We had so much fun stretching out and having breakfast while surrounded by our millions of bags.

The calm before the storm

Then it was time to board the plane.  
I had been given a window seat, but I asked the aisle seat passenger if he would switch with me.

Essentially I phrased it as, “You can stay in your aisle seat, but I will be getting up quite often because of this adorable baby.  So prepare to unbuckle that seatbelt a dozen times… or just switch with me (big smile).”

There were a few other kids on the flight.  This always makes me feel better because I know that if Evan freaks out at some point, one of these other kids will during the flight so we won’t be the only ones.

Evan was so good and even fell asleep for a little bit.
Of course he fell asleep right when the food service was coming through.  
So Jules fed me an egg salad sandwich because I had no hands.  
Luckily Evan didn’t notice when some egg salad fell on his head!

He woke up and it was time to change his diaper.
In the tiny airplane bathroom.
And I could tell he had pooped.
Oh lord this could be bad.

I laid him down and unzipped his pajamas and…
Nothing got on the pajamas!

Trust me, this is a HUGE accomplishment that needs to be CELEBRATED.  Especially when you’re in an airplane bathroom!

Now that he was all clean, we sat back down and he started crying.  He was holding his mouth and was in pain.  We gave him some Tylenol and hoped it would act fast to give him some relief from the teething.  I can’t imagine how much that hurts to feel your teeth coming through.  Ugh. Poor angel.

He was able to sleep a little more and we took a cat nap, too.

All of the ridiculous announcements some flight attendants make now drive me absolutely insane.
They think it’s their time to shine on the airplane mic. 

Well guess what?

Sit down and stop making pointless announcements about all the kinds of food and drinks you have and what the weather will be because you are waking up my boy!

There was a nice mom in front of us who was traveling with teenage boys.  She was saying how good Evan was and when he got fussy she completely understood. 
“There’s nothing you can do!” she said.
Whew, no side eye from this lady.  She is a mom and she gets it!

Finally, we landed in LA. 
So happy to be home and ready to ring in the new year!
(While watching the EAST COAST FEED of Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin because let's face it... we're EXHAUSTED.)

 Cheers to our boy.
This year is for you.

Friday 1/1/16 – We took a lovely walk today.

I didn’t even know he was sticking out his tongue until we got home and I looked at this photo!  
He’s just too much.

I can’t believe it’s 2016.
I moved to LA in 2007 and somehow I’ve been here almost 9 years.  
I’m married to an amazing woman and we have an amazing baby boy.  Everything is so different and incredible all at once.

This year, Evan will celebrate his 1st birthday and we will hopefully move into a house!  
Plus I know a million other things will happen and we’re looking forward to it all.

When the only thing that calms your baby down while you’re in Philadelphia is a singing Rudolph stuffed animal, you thank your moms for giving it to you for the plane ride!

Those thighs!  I can't...

Teething Evan by the fire

Sunday 1/3/16 – Today, I feel like my boy is back!
I think the teething is getting easier.
He’s not fussy today and I have missed him so much!

He LOVES this teething banana

Business in the front...

Party in the back!

Monday 1/4/16 – Evan tried crawling today!
Granted, he didn’t get anywhere, but he was in position!

He laid here and made little grunting noises and kind of wiggled back and forth. 

Lord help me because when he figures out how to crawl, he will be so fast and I’ll spend my days chasing after this angel!

Tuesday 1/5/16 – The second bottom tooth is definitely coming through.

He seems to still be doing well with the pain, so that’s good.

Evan and I went to the mall today and met up with another mom and her daughter from our class.  It was pouring rain on the way there!

I’m always so shocked when it rains in LA.  Like it never has before.
Julia will say, “It’s supposed to rain tomorrow.”
My response is, “WHAT?????!!!!”

Evan loves the rain.  He spent the whole car ride looking out the sunroof and watching the rain fall.  He was amazed.  It was so adorable.

We first went to lunch and this photo tells you everything you need to know.
Baby + lunch + wine = happy mommy.

Killing it!

After lunch, I found an adorable pair of shorts for Evan to wear in Mexico.
Somehow that trip is only two days away!

Once we were finished shopping, we figured it was time for a snack and possibly another glass of wine.  I mean, I had nothing to do for the rest of the day so we might as well make the most of this mall excursion!

We were in Pottery Barn and asked an employee if there was a lunch area in the Bloomingdale’s here.
She said yes.
“And do they serve… alcohol??” I needed to know.

Then out of nowhere, this random woman turned to us and said, “Yes, they have a wine bar!”
It was like the MOM CODE!

Two women + two strollers + two babies at a mall means… THEY MUST BE IN NEED OF WINE!

We had so much fun.  Somehow we spent over 5 hours at the mall.

And I swear it went by so fast and felt like we were there for 5 minutes.  
It was the time warp valley mall!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Thursday 12/24/15 – Week 22: Merry Christmas!

Evan’s first Christmas Eve!

Today we got to visit with family and right around dinner time, Evan was laying on a blanket and tried something new.  He was on his back and started scooting his feet and was crawling backwards!

This boy wants to move!

And when he does, we are certainly in trouble!

Angel boy fell asleep waiting for Santa

Friday 12/25/15 – Evan’s first Christmas!

On Christmas morning, we got up and walked our doggie and headed out to spend the day with the ones we love.

Evan has now been to so many new places in a few short days and he has met so many new people.  

People who have been waiting to meet him his whole life.
It’s so special being here.

We made sure to tell everyone to wash their hands before holding him, because we are those insane first time parents!

Everyone was happy to oblige to get some time with the main attraction.
Or should I say MANE attraction.

Dapper Evan's Christmas pout

Evan was so good all day.  
As long as we kept him fed and his diaper changed and gave him naps when he needed them, he was happy as a clam.  I’m so proud of him for being in so many new environments with so many new people and just going with the flow!

And let me tell you, having your first baby + going home to visit family + baby’s first Christmas = EVERYONE LOSES THEIR MIND.

Evan got so many presents it was unbelievable!

He is so lucky to have so many people who love him and would do anything for him.  
He’s our special boy and I think he made everyone’s Christmas.

He even started unwrapping gifts with Mama! Genius boy!

It was a special day for Jules and me too because this time last year I remember dreaming about Christmas with our boy.  

I also remember that on Christmas last year, I was spotting a little.  It happened out of the blue and I started bleeding a tiny bit.  I was so terrified that I was going to lose this baby.  
On Christmas no less.  I rested as much as I could and said some prayers.

And here we are.
All together as a family with our angel boy.

Saturday 12/26/15 – We had plans to go to my dad's house today so we started the morning with our new routine.

Making bottles for the day.

Step One: Measure out the formula needed to equal six bottles.

Step Two: Pour it into these little travel containers by Munchkin and put them in the diaper bag.

Step Three: Fill up 1-2 bottles with filtered water and fill up the rest when we get to our family's house.

It certainly felt like we were cutting drugs for an upcoming sale.
Just wait till the FORMULA COCAINE hits the streets!

Once we got to my dad's house, I took Evan upstairs to feed him.

Then it dawned on me.
I was feeding my son in my old room where I slept growing up.

I couldn’t believe it.  
I have a baby now.

The last time I saw some of my family members, I wasn’t even pregnant.  This is what happens when everyone is so far away.  It just feels surreal seeing everyone now for Christmas and having them meet Evan.

It’s like I found him and now have a baby. 
It’s a fantasy dream land.  It’s what I’ve always wanted.

Sunday 12/27/15 – Evan has a tooth!
For the past few days, he’s been acting like he is teething and wanting to put everything in his mouth.  That is a sign of teething but it’s also a sign of having a 5 month old.  Everything goes into the mouth.

So I started playing a game with Evan and would put my finger in his mouth and ask him where my teeth are.  The first teeth to come in are usually the two bottom center ones.

I had been doing this every day and would then say, “Oh, not today!” when I didn’t feel anything.

Well today we were at our friend’s house watching some football and catching up and I played the game.

“Evan, where are my teeth?!”
I put my finger in his mouth.
“Oh, not tod-----------OH MY GOD THERE’S A TOOTH!"
And then I started crying.  I couldn’t believe it!

The average age for teeth to come in is about 6 months.  Well there’s our boy, ahead of the pack!

He’s growing up too fast!  I love him so much and now we know why he’s been crying off and on sometimes at night.  It’s because he was in pain.

Tonight he ended up crying again so we gave him Tylenol before bed.  We are going to get some natural remedy teething drops tomorrow morning.

I can’t believe my boy is getting so big.

Monday 12/28/15 - We spent the day downtown with my brother.  It was so nice being in downtown Philadelphia seeing all of the holiday sites and just catching up.  We took Evan to the Christmas village and later for some Philadelphia cuisine - cheesesteaks and hoagies of course!

Two dudes in the City of Brotherly Love!

When we go back east and Evan is a little older, I want to take him all around town and show him the history of the city.  It will be so fun to explore everything through his eyes.

Wednesday 12/30/15 – For the past couple days, Evan has been uncomfortable.  We know it’s from the teeth coming through. 

Apparently the worst part is when they are breaking through the gums (makes sense) and once the tooth pops out a little, it doesn’t hurt as much.

Also, the more teeth he gets, the more he will get used to the pain.  This sounds so awful but thank god he won’t be this miserable every time there is a tooth. 
Cause teeth come in for 2 years!

So we are sticking with the Tylenol and teething drops and are trying to soothe him as much as possible.  We have this great toy that can go in the freezer so it’s nice and cold.  He likes that.
And it goes in the dishwasher to clean it.  Moms like that!

We’ve already been in Philadelphia for a week.  Time has flown by.

Sometimes when it’s the night before you leave and you're trying to pack and organize and forget how late it is and you're suddenly starving, dinner looks like this.


Time to fly back home tomorrow. 
And you better believe we learned our lesson and won’t miss this flight!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Thursday 12/17/15 – Week 21: Evan Takes Flight

"Who me?!"

Friday 12/18/15 – Evan has been waking up randomly during the night.
Around 2:30am or 3:30am he will wake up and half cry for about 20 minutes and then fall back asleep.  We haven’t gone in because he stops within 20 minutes, but I wonder what’s suddenly going on.


Most babies start closer to 6 months, but two babies in my Mommy and Me class got teeth at 4 months!  

So you never know…

"Look what I found!"

Just when you think you have this figured out, BOOM something changes!
Welcome to parenthood!

Two tough guys going for a walk

Baby blues!

Monday 12/21/15 – We are headed to Philadelphia for Christmas to spend time with family and friends.

Evan with his new train!

Evanzilla destroying the train!

Packing begins today.
Kill me now.

Trying to figure out how much formula to bring is like solving a math problem.  This is probably the one time I wish I was still breastfeeding.

If he usually has X number of ounces in one day, we need Y number of 2oz. pre-made bottles and Z number of nipples for Xa number of feedings per day.

And if the wind is blowing at 55mph and we're traveling east in the afternoon, HOW MANY BOTTLES AND NIPPLES DO WE NEED?!

We overestimated to be safe and ended up with this:



We are trying to ship as much to the east coast as possible.  We are sending a box of diapers and some formula ahead of time.  We just have to figure out how much formula he will need for our two travel days so we can bring the ready-made liquid bottles.  Then we have to figure out where to put it all...

Thank goodness I'm cute!!!

Wednesday 12/23/15 – Happy 5 months to our boy!

Whose idea was it to travel with a 5 month old AND a dog?!!

We realized that our love Frankie who goes under the seat on the airplane COUNTS AS A CARRY ON BAG!

"Don't blame me!"

So for our first trip with a baby, we are already down a bag.
Oh dear God.

(Not pictured: our suitcases and other carry on items!)

Last night we went over the plan and sequence of events.  We made sure to allow enough extra time to get out of the house.

That is…

Julia went and put everything in the car while I took care of Evan.  
Finally we were ready to leave.

We were running late.

Thankfully there was no traffic, but we got to the parking garage at the time we should have been checking our luggage.


There was no chance we were going to make this flight. 

We have a MILLION bags, need to valet our car, get on a shuttle, check a few of the suitcases and RACE to the gate.

Not. Gonna. Happen.

Julia called the airline.

There was a flight a few hours later.
Two seats left.
And that was the last flight that had room on it.

But getting on it was gonna cost us.
A whole lotta $$$$$.

For the price we paid, we could have flown first class!!!
Sadly, first class was unavailable.

So we had to bite the bullet, learn from this mistake (big time) and move on.

Luckily we had some extra time to spare because we got to the terminal and proceeded to wait in the wrong line!

"Hey moms, I think we might be in the wrong line..."

We ended up in the line where dozens of other people were trying to change their flights.  Wait time in that line was about 2 hours!  Thank god we had called the airline because we wouldn’t have made it out today.

We got in the correct line and checked our bags.  

Well, some of them.

Then we were told that American Airlines was really booked in their normal Terminal 4 so they are also using Terminal 6.

So we got to walk back outside and take a nice stroll down two whole terminals!
Carrying a baby and a dog and tons of luggage!

Thankfully we all were accepted into Global Entry and were eligible for TSA pre check.  That means no taking off your shoes and basically no line at security.  YAY!

We got through security super fast and then it was time to find the lounge.  
Mommy needed a drink.

We found our way to the Alaska Board Room and took over the entire business center area.

The "I can't believe we missed our flight" face

Evan didn't seem to mind.

Then mommies got these.

I'll let you figure out whose was whose.

And we all started feeling better.

We let Frankie out of his carrier so he could stretch out.  But we had to hide him a little because technically he has to stay inside his carrier in the lounges.  We thought that was BS so we made our own rules.

After some breakfast and drinks, it was time to go to the gate.  

I was wearing Evan in the baby carrier and we gate checked the car seat and stroller along with a carry on we didn’t need access to during the flight.

Just before we boarded, we gave Frankie half a Benadryl and put him back in his carrier. 
Night night little doggie!

On the flight, we sat next to a very nice guy (thank God) and he tolerated us with our baby and dog!  Frankie was so good the whole flight.  We had flown with him once before and he never made a sound.

Whenever Evan got fussy, we just fed him.  His nap schedule was all over the place so we tried to get him to sleep a little bit.

Of course he would start to fall asleep and then the pilot and flight attendants would get on the loud speaker and make their damn announcements and he would wake up.

“We are cruising at (whatever) altitude folks and looks like…”

Halfway through the flight I started sweating.  
Oh God what’s wrong with me?
Am I getting sick?
I look over and Jules is sweating.

It’s hot as hell on this plane!  We tell the flight attendant and they turn the AC on because they were hot, too!  Good lord. This plane was ancient.  No TV and no AC!

I ended up changing Evan’s diaper twice on the plane.  No poop, yay!

The changing table was a lot easier to use than I thought it would be.  He also loved it because he could lay down and stretch out.  Poor guy was in a car seat or being held all day long and just wanted to lay down for crying out loud!

During parts of the flight, there was some turbulence.  Ok, sometimes there was a lot of turbulence.
Everyone said to wear Evan and walk up and down the aisle when he gets fussy.

Well I can’t do that when the damn fasten seatbelt sign is on and we’re going through Midwestern storms up here!!!

So he cried.
Nothing we could do.
We tried to distract him with every toy we brought.
Sometimes it worked.  Sometimes it didn’t.

I just kept reminding myself that this will be 5 hours out of everyone’s life.  As annoying as it might be, once we land, no one will remember us or our crying baby!

We finally did land… although much later than originally planned because we were on this later flight.

We got to our rental car and it started raining.

Thank god for my family who met us at our hotel at 1:00am with a crib and box of diapers and helped us get Evan to bed.

Time to take a deep breath and remember that Christmas is around the corner and we are all together as a family.

Holidays are so stressful.  You have to take a step back and breathe and remember what’s really important.  We made this trek across the country to see our family so everyone could meet Evan.

His first Christmas.
Our angel boy.