Thursday, January 28, 2016

Thursday 1/28/16 – Week 27: Evan Eats!

"Hiiiii!"

In Mommy & Me Class today, the topic was BOOKS!

And thank god because I needed some new ideas of things to read to Evan.  
An Amazon purchase is coming up!

I went out to lunch with the moms after class and it is always so nice to be out with all of these babies.  Especially with the other moms.  You know that if all hell breaks loose and your baby cries its head off or needs a new change of clothes, these ladies have your back.

Saturday 1/30/16 – Today is the day.


Evan EATS!

For his first food ever, I wanted him to have something that I made. 
And organic.  Of course!

I asked another mom about her sweet potato recipe and it sounded pretty easy.  Especially for this non-chef mommy.

I roasted the sweet potato in the oven for almost an hour so it was nice and soft.  We chose sweet potato for his first food because it seemed like a good choice that was soft and sweet.

Knowing that Evan LOVES his bottles, I figured he would also love to eat food.  I mean this kid just loves being fed and I assumed this would be no different.

Oh, how wrong I was.


He. Hated. It.
Like, really hated it.

“Here is an organic sweet potato that mommy roasted for an hour for you.”
Oh, he wanted no part of it.

The fact that we ended up with that amazing photo montage made it worth it.  He is pretty hilarious!  
When he doesn’t like something, he clearly lets you know!

I know this can take time.  I just really expected him to love food!
We will keep trying!

Sunday 1/31/16 – Finally, the moment we’ve been waiting for.

Evan's HAIRCUT?????????????

NOOOOO!!!!!!

Our condo is for sale!

We had our first open house today!  It was pretty exciting and we are hoping we get offers soon so we don’t have to have too many open houses.  Because an open house means we have to clean the entire place and put a lot of things away so it looks like someone lives here, but not really!

And the best part is, we then have to LEAVE with Evan and our dog Frankie and go somewhere for 3+ hours!

Oh, and today it decides to RAIN.
Come on, Southern California!  Come on!

We made the most of it, which I’m trying to teach Evan.  
“It’s adventure time!”

We drove around and visited some open houses of some places we had seen online.  Because of the rain, that meant one parent stayed in the car with Evan and Frankie and the other one ran inside the house to see if it’s worth it to have the other parent go inside!
Whew!

We didn’t find any that we loved, but this killed some time and allowed us to explore new neighborhoods.

For lunch, we would have eaten outside somewhere because of Frankie but it was now raining!  So Julia ran inside and picked up sandwiches and we all ate in the car.  

Evan did great!  He stayed in his car seat while we ate and he played with his toys and listened to the rain.  This kid is a trooper!

As we drove toward the final house we wanted to see, we heard thunder.
"Oh, I love thunder----"

Wait…. That was EVAN!
Oh boy!
Time for a down and dirty diaper change in the back of the car under a tree to help shield us from the rain!
We all survived!

Despite the rain, our open house went well and we had a good turn out.  Fingers crossed!

After his bath, we put Evan to bed and he had trouble staying asleep.  He was tossing and turning and I’m afraid he’s getting a cold.

He is also in a developmental surge because he is moving in the crib while he sleeps and it looks like he is wanting to crawl!  He is laying on his belly with his hands tucked under and his butt in the air and then he sways back and forth like he wants to move.

He started doing that too when I burp him after his bottle.  He is in an upright position and he moves up and down and it looks like he’s humping me!

Hahahaha it’s hilarious.  This boy can’t be held down!  He wants to move all the time!


"Hi moms!"

"I love my...."

"...fishy!"

Monday 2/1/16 – Already one day after the open house and the private showings have begun.

Now we are getting these requests where people want to view our condo and not wait for another open house.  So that means we are constantly cleaning and putting Evan’s toys away and then bringing them back out.

Oh, and then we are constantly vacating!  We all went and hung out downstairs in the gym today.
At one point Evan opened his mouth and leaned back and I could see his top tooth coming in!  Oh my god this boy is getting more teeth already!

And I think he’s definitely getting a cold.  He sounds congested and at times it sounds like he is wheezing a little.  I’m going to call the doctor in the morning.

Today in the spirit of trying to get this boy to eat some solid food, we tried avocado.
And he seemed to like it!
That’s my California babe!

Tuesday 2/2/16 – When Evan woke up this morning, he was definitely wheezing.  Otherwise, he seemed perfectly fine but I could hear little wheezes when he exhaled.  I called the doctor and we have an appointment at 1:15pm.

But before that, we have to all be out of the house at 11:00am because there is another open house today!  Oh my lord.
Thank god Julia could take Frankie to work for a few hours.

Evan and I walked around the mall to kill time before the doctor.  He fell asleep in his car seat and we went up and down the hallways.

I was hoping to grab something to eat, but news flash, the Beverly Center doesn’t have a food court anymore!  WTF! 
And sadder still, this Bloomingdales doesn’t have a wine bar inside!
What is a mommy to do?!

The doctor was great and so sweet with Evan.  They listened to his chest and confirmed that he’s wheezing.  Glad I brought him in.

They gave him two nebulizer treatments with steroids to help open his lungs.  My poor angel. 
Luckily, I knew what nebulizer treatments were because my best friend growing up had asthma so she had to do them from time to time. 

He had a little mask on with a small container that had the medicine.  The long tube went to the machine turned that liquid medicine into a vapor so he could breathe it in.


With the mask on, he looked like a baby Darth Vader.  My baby.  He was so brave.  The machine was really loud and the nurse said it scares a lot of babies.  Evan wasn’t phased by it.  I was so proud of him.

He didn’t like the mask being tied around the back of his neck, but I tried to make a game out of it so he would tolerate it as long as possible.  The second treatment was easier and I just held the mask up to his face and he breathed it in.  I feel like no matter what we throw at this kid he takes it in stride.  He’s amazing.

We got a prescription for a take home inhaler.  My angel boy.  His information had never been entered into the pharmacy before!  His first presciption.  I love him so much.  Luckily he seems perfectly normal besides the slight wheezing.  No fever and still tons of energy.  It just breaks my heart to see him sick.

Wednesday 2/3/16 – Evan is definitely getting better.  We did the inhaler three times today and he likes the inhaler mask!  I show it to him and he gets all excited and wants to hold it to his face.  Ok, here you go! Puff, puff!

He tried kissing me again tonight during his upright time after the last bottle.  I love that open mouth on my cheek.  He reaches out and brings me in and plants one on me!  So adorable.

And there was more of the upright crawling/humping again tonight!  He wants to move 24/7!

Nice kitty!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Thursday 1/21/16 – Week 26: Six Months Old!

"I can't believe I'm half a year old!"

Friday 1/22/16 – This morning the nanny came over and I did something unbelievable.
I went to the gym!


It felt really good to finally work out.  Evan is almost six months old (tomorrow!) and I haven’t started exercising yet.  I’ve been able to for a while now, but it’s been hard to find the time and motivation.

Running on the treadmill was really tough.  I definitely felt different from when I worked out before I was pregnant.  I know I weigh a little more than I did back then and I could feel it.

But that feeling gave me inspiration.  It was time to work out and get healthy.  Not just to lose weight, but to get back in shape and be healthy for my family.

After feeling good at the gym, I went grocery shopping.
If you know me, you know I hate grocery shopping.
But somebody’s gotta do it!


And getting a smoothie to accompany me down the aisles certainly helps!

Saturday 1/23/16 – Evan is 6 months old today!


He’s such a big boy.  
Such a good, sweet baby boy.
I really can’t believe six months have gone by.

Tonight he didn’t get a second nap, but right now he’s sleeping well for the babysitter.
That’s right, I said BABYSITTER…!!!

Julia and I went out to dinner and then we saw the new Star Wars movie.
Somehow in my childhood, I missed Star Wars.  I never saw it.
I know, it’s shocking!

Well, let me tell you that I’m so overcome by this movie.
It was incredible.
Julia told me that what I’m feeling now is what she felt after seeing the first Star Wars.  
And that’s when I got it.  I understand the obsession!

I’ll hold off on my Star Wars / Star Trek jokes for a little while!
I can’t wait to show Evan this movie. 
I know he will love it.

Sunday 1/24/16 - We went to a friend's house for dinner and Evan got to try sitting in a mini highchair!

At first, he wasn't so sure.

"What in the..."

Then he had a blast!


I think someone will be ready to eat food soon!

Monday 1/25/16 – Evan had his six month check up today.
He weighs 20 pounds, 8 ounces, and he’s 28” long!
He's in the 90-something percentile for height and weight.
Unreal!
We are going to start with solid food this weekend!

He had to get shots and he was so good. 
Poor angel cried at the end when he got the last one (which had tetanus in it and I know that one hurt).  I gave him a bottle right away and he stopped crying. 
He also got a flu shot today.

He slept real long on the car ride home. 
I laid him in his crib and he fell back asleep!
He's so amazing. I'm so proud to be his mom.

Tuesday 1/26/16 – Somehow, Evan is now wearing 12 month pajamas!
How did this happen?!
My little boy!
He just turned six months old!
But the footie pajamas that were 9 month size were too snug because he’s so tall.
This is going to be a tall boy!

"Hello, little bear!"

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Thursday 1/14/16 – Week 25: “Gyeah!”


Evan and I had another great Mommy & Me class today.  We went to lunch afterwards and he fell asleep on the walk there.

He slept all through lunch and I think that’s because he woke up at 4:00am today!
I gave him a bottle this morning at 4:45am and he fell back asleep from 5:30-7:30am.

Evan woke up at the end of lunch and was a happy boy.
Mommy had some wine and great food, so I was a happy girl!

I went home to walk the dog and then joined one of the moms for a hike in her neighborhood.  We wore the babies in our baby carriers and all was well until a car stopped us and said they saw a coyote up ahead!
Yikes!
Sometimes I forget where we live and don’t realize these dangers are out there!

Back home, Julia still hasn’t been able to kick this cold/virus, so she went to the doctor.  It was then confirmed that she has bronchitis for real and she started antibiotics.  So happy she went to the doctor.  She just wasn’t getting better, so it was time for some drugs! 
I’m looking forward to having my girl back!

Evan was a rockstar today.  I think he will hopefully sleep well tonight.  He had a fun filled day with some new experiences and usually that helps tire him out.

 Happy (and hopefully sleepy) bath boy!

These long locks are ready for bed!

Evan, I am so proud to be your mommy. 
I'm so thankful that the universe chose me for you. I'm so lucky and forever grateful.

Friday 1/15/16 – Well so much for Evan sleeping well tonight!
3:20am – he woke up crying.

At first I thought the noise was my muscles screaming out in pain from the crazy hike I did yesterday through the Hollywood hills.
It definitely was my muscles… and it was Evan.

I watched him on the monitor and he kept grabbing his mouth.
He also seemed to have a different type of cry.

Was he teething?!
So soon?!!!

I waited almost 20 minutes and then went in and gave him some teething drops.  Then I gave him a bottle with only two ounces to get him to fall back asleep.

After a little bit, he did fall asleep.  I laid him down and he cried, but I knew the medicine would start working soon.

He kept grabbing his mouth.  It just breaks my heart because there’s only so much I can do for him.
My poor little angel.

This afternoon the nanny came to watch Evan for a few hours.
He loved playing with his new fish toy from his Uncle John!



While he was playing, I went and got my nails done!  I haven’t done that since before I was pregnant!

I ran a few errands and went back home.  It felt really nice to miss him.  I walked in the front door and he was so happy to see me! 



Saturday 1/16/16 – Evan loves the letter G!
Everything he tries to say starts with G.
There is a lot of “Gyeah!”

"Gyeah, I'm a rockstar!"

Wednesday 1/20/16 – This morning Evan woke up at 4:30am.
I went in and gave him the teething drops and two more ounces of formula.

Poor angel kept holding his mouth and he had tons of drool on his crib sheet.
And then there were the tears.
So many tears.

After I gave him the medicine and the bottle, he fell asleep in my arms.  I feel such a sense of accomplishment when I can make him feel better.

I looked down at his angel face while I was rocking him to sleep.  I remembered those early mornings when I was breastfeeding and he was hungry and I couldn’t satisfy him.

Now I can. My boy. I love you so much.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Thursday 1/7/16 – Week 24: Que Pasa, Evan?!

Coolest cat I know

Tonight is the night.

We are going to MEXICO!
Evan’s first international trip!

It is going to be a whirlwind because we are leaving on a red eye tonight and coming back on Sunday. 
But we are so happy we can go because two of our greatest friends are getting married.  It will be a special weekend for sure.

And thank god we have traveled before!
Like a week ago!
So it is all fresh in our minds and this time we won’t be traveling with our dog.  Just Mommy, Mama and Evan, so this should be a piece of cake!


The packing begins...


And since we are being extra extra careful, we are bringing all pre-made formula for the entire weekend.  We don't want to have to bring powder and rely on bottled water, so figuring this out was another math problem.

How many ounces per day means how many bottles plus how many nipples...

A minor wrench has been thrown into our trip.

Julia is sick.
Like bronchitis sick.
She’s no longer contagious, but just to be safe she doesn’t want to touch Evan.

Which means I’ve entered single mom territory… and it is ROUGH.

Evan is a very good boy but to do everything by yourself is challenging.   Sometimes you just need a break.  I really don’t know how single parents do it.  They are truly amazing.

For this trip, we looked into a valet service near the airport that turned out to be a lifesaver.  We pulled up to the valet company, one of their employees got into our car, I drove us to the terminal, we got everything out and he took our car back to their lot.  Best part will be when we land back in LA, they will come pick us up in our own car!  No shuttles and no taxis!

We thought a red eye would be the best use of our time, so we have all day Friday in Mexico.

We got to the airport early to enjoy the lounge.

Evan enjoyed looking at his passport.


And eating it.


Suddenly this red eye decision starting to dawn on me… this might have been a mistake.

We didn’t start boarding until after 10:30pm.
Evan is usually asleep at 7:00pm.

He fell asleep on the way to the airport but once we had to go through security, he was wide awake.
He was still awake at boarding time.

We splurged and got business class for the ride there.  We hoped having some extra room would be best for us and might let us get a little sleep along with Evan.

I was already nervous that Evan’s night time sleep was interrupted.

“Please let him sleep through the flight,” I thought.

Well, he did.
Until he didn’t.

We fed him during take off and then they dimmed the lights.
He fell asleep!
VICTORY!

Well, not so fast.

Halfway through the flight, he woke up screaming.  I already felt bad because he couldn’t stretch out like he normally does in his crib while he sleeps.  I really really hate messing with his sleep!

Especially after I learned that babies actually GROW in their sleep!

I know it was just one trip, but it is so important for him to get good sleep, especially at night.

I took him to the bathroom to see if he needed a diaper change.
Nope, he was fine.
But he was still crying.

This is when the mistake dawned on me.

A red eye flight is fine when you are traveling with adults.

If you end up getting only a little bit of sleep, who cares?! You’re an adult! Just drink some extra coffee the next day!

But when you take a red eye with a baby who doesn’t sleep LIKE A BABY the entire flight, the baby is awake AND SO ARE YOU!

So no one gets sleep!

This was a TERRIBLE IDEA!!!!

So we gave him some more food and he finally fell back asleep again.

He stayed asleep this time for the rest of the flight and was even asleep when we landed.  I very gently carried him out of the plane and onto the ramp where we waited for our car seat and stroller to be unloaded.

They finally came out and I VERY GENTLY laid him in the car seat.
He moved around a little but STAYED ASLEEP!
Huge win for mommies!

And thank god he stayed asleep because we now had to wait in the long line to get through customs and be officially allowed into Mexico!

We were in line for over 30 minutes and finally we got to the front.  Our passports were stamped (Evan’s first stamp!) and we went outside to find our shuttle bus.

It was about 7am and already the humidity was so high that I was sweating.

The shuttle ride to the hotel was just over an hour and Evan stayed asleep the entire time!

I was feeling better about his night time sleep.  He was making up for it by sleeping now.  And it worked out perfectly because if he had been awake and crying during the customs line or on the shuttle, it would have been a nightmare!

Friday 1/8/16 – We arrived at the hotel and were escorted to our room.
It was awesome!

Somehow we ended up with a room that had an upstairs rooftop terrace with an ocean view!  We were so tired, but I had to explore.

It was gorgeous!


We set up Evan’s travel crib and tried to transfer him from the car seat to the crib while he was sleeping.

He had been in the car seat for a while now and we didn’t want him to nap in there too much longer.
We knew that if he woke up, this would be it and we could kiss our nap time goodbye.

Transfer…. Unsuccessful.

He woke up in the crib and it was then time to start our day.

We ordered some room service and I needed a drink!

While in Mexico at our all-inclusive resort, I enjoyed Bacardi and Cokes… and lots of coffee!

We hung out in the room for most of the day and Evan especially loved hanging out on the terrace.


Finally in the afternoon we ventured out to explore the resort.
Evan seemed to be having a good time.


Saturday 1/9/16 – Wedding time!

 “Yeah, my colla’s popped!”


Evan looked amazing in his wedding outfit, and his moms didn’t look too bad either!


The wedding was on the beach and it was gorgeous.  It warm, but there was an ocean breeze that cooled everyone down!

Models with their hair blowing in the wind!

Evan was a little fussy during the ceremony, and we realized it was his nap time.  We fed him a bottle and laid him in his stroller.

He passed out!
It was fabulous!

We got to eat dinner, chat with people and have some more Bacardis!
We couldn’t believe he was sleeping for so long. 

Then it dawned on me. 
The white noise that he falls asleep to at home is ocean waves!  
So this put him right to sleep.  How perfect!

When he had been asleep for over 3 hours, we knew we had to wake him up.  In general we don’t like him to sleep more than that because it could jeopardize his night time sleep.

We slowly woke him up and he was happy as a clam!

After a diaper change and another bottle, Evan was feeling good! 
It was time to dance!

And just like that, the perfect song came on.
“IT’S RAINING MEN!”

I picked up my little angel and led him to the dance floor.  I started dancing with Evan and naturally the crowd parted and everyone was smiling at him and clapping.


And he LOVED IT!

He started looking up at the lights and smiling and watching everyone clap and dance around him.  I sang to him and held his hand and we danced and danced.

HALLELUJAH indeed!

It was such a magical moment.


Since this was a short trip, we tried to keep Evan on the same sleep schedule.  The nice thing was that when it was time for bed at 7pm PST, it was 10pm EST!

So we had a great time partying and dancing the night away at the wedding before it was time for bed.

Around 10pm, we did our bedtime routine and laid Evan down to sleep.  Complete with the ocean waves app on our phones.

At this point, Julia had just started feeling better, thank God!

We fell asleep and I mentally prepared for the long day ahead as we venture back to the airport and eventually find our way home.

Suddenly, I woke up to Evan crying.

What time is it?

Did I over sleep?

Is it the morning?

NO.

You can imagine my face when I realized it was 12:30am.

Oh god.

The walls in this hotel were pretty thin and I knew the family next door (via an ADJOINING DOOR) had kids (because they cried all morning yesterday).

I knew if I didn’t pick Evan up and soothe him back to sleep, he would wake up the other kids and then none of us would get any sleep!

I picked him up and rocked him and got him to fall back asleep.

FOR TEN MINUTES.

He woke up crying again.

Our general cry it out method wasn’t going to work here.

This went on for HOURS.

I turned to Jules at one point and remembered……..
SHE HAD TAKEN NYQUIL!
AHHHH!

I was on my own again.
It was going to be a long night.

Sunday 1/10/16 – Finally it was the morning and Miss Nyquil was feeling better and less drugged.

I think I got a total of 3 hours of sleep last night.
We ordered room service and started getting ready to leave.
It was another hot day.

We got on our airport shuttle and Evan fell asleep.
YES!

He slept the whole way to the airport and only woke up when we had to go through security.

The flight went well and since it was Evan’s 4th one, I figured we were kind of getting the hang of this.  We had a travel pillow that I laid on my lap and Evan rested his head on that.  We entertained him with every toy we brought and he even took a nap at one point.

I could have done without the poopy diaper change in the middle of turbulence, but all in all it was a good flight.

Landing in LA and being able to have our own car come to the curb to pick us up was like heaven!

We got home and could even put Evan to bed at his normal time.

This was quite a weekend.  A whirlwind international trip for sure.

But we are so glad we were able to be at our friends’ wedding.  It meant so much to them and they mean so much to us.

50+ hours for an international travel trip with a baby + your wife being sick doesn’t equate to the best odds.  But we did it.  And we are so glad we did.

Tuesday 1/12/16 – Today was NANNY DAY!
The woman whom we had interviewed and was recommended to me by another mom in my Mommy & Me Class was starting with us today.  She will be here for 10 hours a week to give me a chance to get other things done like go to the grocery store, schedule doctor’s appointments, stay sane, etc.

She is very sweet with Evan and immediately commented again on how big he is.
“He looks like he’s one year old!”

Oh boy!
I know he’s big, but let’s not get carried awa-----
Then she picked him up and he was almost half her size!  It was hilarious!

I showed her a ton of things and then it was time for him to eat.
She gave him his bottle and then changed his diaper.

And it hit me.
Only Julia and I have done that!  No one else!
Of course Evan didn’t mind at all.  As long as he’s fed, he’s happy.  He doesn’t care who is giving him the food!

I know this will be a good thing for me and also help Evan to get used to someone else and ease any possible separation anxiety in the future.

But he’s my little boy! 


Ok, I realized, this was going to be tough.

I had to run an errand and knew if I left them here to play, everything would be fine.
After all, I was going to CVS right down the street.  I would be back within half an hour.

I took a deep breath.
A very deep breath.
And I left.

I’m not used to driving in the car without my boy.  It’s so strange looking in the mirror and not seeing his car seat.
I got what I needed and came home.

I quietly walked through the hallway and approached our door.
I anticipated that cute scene from a movie where the mom is listening outside the door and hears the nanny and baby playing inside.  Baby laughing and all.

Except, I didn’t hear anything.
Nothing.
It was quiet.

IRRATIONAL MIND: OH MY GOD SHE HAS STOLEN MY BABY!!!!!!!!


RATIONAL MIND: They are probably just in the next room and that’s why I can’t hear them.


IRRATIONAL MIND: I KNEW THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN! I CAN’T BELIEVE I LEFT! SHE TOOK MY EVAN!!!!


RATIONAL MIND: Everything is perfectly fine.

I opened the door and they weren’t in the living room.

I walked toward the nursery… and then I heard them.
I opened the door and she was reading a book to Evan, in Spanish!
WHEW!

All was well!