Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Baby H: Eleven Months of Mark

He...

[+] weighs about 21 and a half pounds. He is a big boy that's for sure and with his wild-side, sitting on the baby scale has turned into a "throw myself off the top of the dresser" game so his at-home weights aren't nearly as accurate anymore.

[+] took his first unassisted steps on August 15th and while they were quite wobbly and only a few in sequence it was such an amazing moment. Since then he's gotten so much better about standing still without holding anything and his Bambi-legs are getting much better at walking. He can get across a room, around furniture and even across different surfaces. He seems so proud of himself and boy are we proud too.

[+] finally has all four of his top teeth with the second middle tooth popping through this month. It's definitely behind all the others so his grin is still extra goofy but I'm happy it's out even the slightest bit. And goodness gracious, can I say how much worse those two front teeth were than all the rest!? Yikes!

[+] hasn't said any more words this month but is communicating in other ways which is fantastic. He chatters all the time and will "talk" back and forth with you. He's also started to finally pick up some signing and will sign "more", "milk" and "all done" most of the time. His signs aren't exactly correct at this point but he does a motion that's very close each time we ask so I'll take it.

[+] is starting to really do interactive play with us and it's so much fun. He will come and find you if you hide behind a chair or a corner and always has the biggest grin when he sees you. He giggles and crawls faster than I've ever seen if you tell him "I'm gonna get you!". He bangs to blocks together to make noise, booty dances to a good rhythm, and puts toys in your hand if you ask "can I have it?"

[+] nicknames: Marky, Love-B, Boo, Little Bear, My Mark

[+] likes: throwing toys down the cat-door, Ollie, shrimp, his new play room

[+] dislikes: not getting his way, changing his diaper, sitting still, the Bert & Ernie book

I...

[+] have come to accept that there will be plenty of things I'll "miss out on" in the months and years to come given my chosen career. But the bright side of realizing this is that it makes the moments I do get to witness that much sweeter. Like Mark's walking mentioned above. I had tears of joy the moment he took those steps, half because he was doing so well and half because I witnessed it with my own eyes.

[+] am finishing my first clinical rotation of my third year this week. I jumped right into things and started with GYN surgery and it's been quite the adventure. I am thrilled to be out of the classroom and actually into the "real world" but that also means I can't skip class because I want to and often times have to be at work early in the morning. I've had so much OR experience and seen so many transforming surgeries. I've gotten a bit of office experience to help me with the ever-developing patient interaction aspect of medicine. I'm so happy to be using what the last two years have taught me but it's hard leaving for long days, being on the road before my baby wakes up, etc etc. I'm thankful I've been home every night in time to play for a while and put him to bed and I'm working on counting my blessings where I can.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Thankful v18

Lately I've been thankful...
[+] for little updates around the house that have been long over-due

[+] for early party planning for a certain someone's big day
[+] for a little boy who LOVES to eat anything and everything

[+] for new connections and realizing you have so much in common 
[+] for glimpses at what life will look like with a boy and not a baby 

[+] for sunshine, blow up pools and hose water to fill the hot afternoons
[+] for adventures to places I went to as a kid

[+] for random early-releases and days completely off
[+] for cheap, crafty projects I hope to keep forever

[+] for photo updates of my little man when I'm away from home
[+] for belly-buddies turned baby-boy-buddies at the same softball field

[+] for not missing a single bedtime this week even if it meant a bit of road rage to get there
[+] for the OR and a chance to show off my suture skills among other things

I'm busier than ever and more thankful than ever too.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Vacation Time: San Francisco

Since neither J or I had ever been to northern CA we wanted to get out of Napa for a few days of our trip and I'm so glad we did. We spent two full days in San Francisco and one day in Sausalito.
On day one we were the typical tourists and hit lots of must-see places... The stroller got some serious miles under it's wheels wandering Pier 39 & Fishermans wharf with a lot of sprinkling rain and a quick trip into Baby Gap to buy the babe some pants on the coldest day of our whole trip. We met a good friend from college for lunch at Grott's and enjoyed the down time catching up while Mark took yet another nap in the Boba. We all shared a hot fudge sundae from Ghirardelli Square and got some wiggles out overlooking the bay. We ate tacos for dinner before stopping to view the Golden Gate Bridge and heading home.

The second day in San Fran we visited AT&T Park, wandered the streets of downtown and enjoyed lunch on a patio. We finished the day with some swimming at the pool at our hotel and it was so much fun to see Mark so happy in the water.

On the last full day we weren't really sure what we wanted to do. Frankly, were out of ideas. Then I remember some talk about Sausilito being a fun place to go and I'm so glad we did. It was the cutest little town basically built into the hillside overlooking the bay. The views of the city and bridges were fantastic and while it was quite crowded with tourists we had a great time. We had clam chowder in bread bowls at a waterfront restaurant, bought super yummy homemade taffy so we could get quarters for parking and found our Christmas ornament to continue our tradition of getting one on each vacation. We headed back to the condo after a great day, packed our bags to get ready for the morning and ended the trip rested, relaxed and with lots of new memories.
I am so thankful we were able to take this trip when we did. I needed some recharging and some quality time together. The memories we created together, the adventures we went on, the smiles and laughs with my favorite boys were absolutely perfect. 

Missed part one? Go here!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Vacation Time: Napa & Sonoma

After the stress of boards we knew we wanted to get out of town on our first family trip and we had such a good time I can't believe it. Thanks to my mom's time share we put in a few requests for a trade and ended up with a fabulous resort in Napa, CA.

We spent half our time in Napa and Sonoma (another post coming soon about the other half). Mark did so well on the plane so we obviously treated him to In N Out as soon as we got out of the city. Our resort had it's own vineyard which we made sure to include on our list of wine tasting locations. And made perfect use of the stroller cupholder for the red blend we bought to enjoy by the pool after.

We dined on a few home cooked meals thanks to a full kitchen in our condo but made sure to fill our bellies in town too. Burgers & beers by the water (or lack there of thanks to the drought), pancakes, eggs benny & breakfast burritos from local and chain places, double scoops of ice cream, and a massive pizza to share all made the list.
We did two full days of wine tastings (and only paid for one thanks to the owners meeting we sat in on the first day) and to be honest, I don't think we would have wanted to do any more than that without the babe anyways. After 8 total wineries we have a much better idea of what we like and what we don't. Two dessert wines (a white and a red) made the journey home with us and I can't wait to enjoy them some day in the future remembering our trip. We visited a winery in an Italian-inspired castle (and weren't too impressed after Ireland), a few more popular places, and one that specialized in pinot noir. We had a picnic lunch under shaded trees the first day, Mark napped in the Boba while I sipped cool white wine, drank lots of bottles (Mark and us!) and we wandered along rows and rows of grapes. 

Stay tuned for part two of our trip coming soon!
Wineries
Castello di Amorosa // Beringer // Sutter Home // V. Sattui
Jacuzzi Family // Artesa // Etude // Trinitas Cellar
Restaurants of note
Downtown Joes // Filippi's Pizza Grotto // Alexis Baking Company
Accommodations 
Vino Bello Resort

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Baby H: Ten Months of Mark

He...

[+] weighs 20#9oz according to our scale at home.

[+] is wearing 12 month sized clothes with a few 6-9mo thrown in (mostly t-shirts and shorts) and is in size 3 diapers during the day and size 4 overnight.

[+] has stood on just his feet without holding on a few times for only a few seconds at a time but seems so proud of himself when he does. He is all over the place all the time and it's actually quite hard to keep him contained if need be. He's always turning around in his highchair, he tries to stand in his stroller and usually won't let you hold him unless you're actively moving around and even then sometimes he tries to throw himself from your arms. He tasted freedom and won't go back.

[+] went on his first airplane ride and family vacation to Napa and did so, so well. I actually feel bad that we doubted him as much as we did. The flights weren't perfect and he had a few moments of terror while we were there but overall he was great.

[+] is no longer in his infant carrier carseat and I can't believe it! We knew we wanted to take the baby seat (and the stroller system) with us on our vacation so we didn't transition him until we got back but he seems so much happier in the bigger seat. We got a killer deal on a Graco My Ride 65 from Amazon on a random sale and then got a Graco Contender 65 as the second seat also from Amazon.

[+] said his first word on June 15th and momma lost! He's in dada, dada, dada mode! He really enunciates the word and moves his tongue in the silliest way. But now that the first words out of the way, I might just flip if his next word is Ollie! Ha!

[+] had his second lateral incisor pop through the gum on July 16th and then the left front tooth broke through the gum on July 25. We can tell they've really been bothering him lately so hopefully the end is in sight.

[+] got his first real cold this month and boy can I say how happy I am he's been so healthy till now. His nose has been a little fountain of snot and he screams bloody murder when it's super runny, we try to wipe it or use the nose frida to help him. I can't be sure if it's related but he also projectile vomited twice (once while out to lunch and once all over me) and I feel so horrible for him when that happens. He's also been refusing bottles and we're not sure what the cause of that is. Whether its from just feeling crummy and not being as hungry, because he's so congested and it's hard to breath or even because his gums are sore and sucking makes it worse we're still not quite back to normal with his feeds yet.

[+] went to the Denver Zoo for the first time and while he slept for about an hour right in the middle of the trip, still got to see lots of different things. He smiled at the zebras, giraffes and elephants and liked touching the glass on all the fish and reptile tanks.

[+] nicknames: Marky-Mark, Monk, Monkey,

[+] likes: turkey hot dogs, Ollie, swimming, pushing his cart

[+] dislikes: colds/booger removal, sun on his face in the car, diaper changes

I...

[+] have just started thinking about his first birthday party (holy crap where has my baby gone!?!). There isn't a "theme" because he doesn't "really like" any certain thing/character yet so we're going with a color-scheme of cherry red, bright blue and gray to celebrate our boy. Like all our invites recently (save the dates, wedding, gender reveal, baby shower) I have created his party invitation and as soon as I know a bit more about my schedule for around that time I'll be picking a date and time. I made a birthday banner to hopefully use for years to come while I had some free time last week. I'm hoping to make his smash cake and possibly coordinating cupcakes for the party. I'm envisioning snack foods/apps for guests with some sort of yummy cocktail. Now to just decide how big of a shin-dig we want this to be.

[+] have throughly been enjoying my time off from school with my boys. It's been so nice to read something for pleasure, put Mark down for his naps, binge watch Netflix, go on adventures in the middle of the day and just relax. There's nothing I have to do and no where I have to be and it's been fantastic. Granted I only have another week until the madness of rotations start but I'll be soaking up the last few days as much as possible. Oh and did I mention my first rotation is surgery? Nothing like jumping in head first.

[+] am getting myself a new gym membership today in hopes of making myself start going again. We previously had a 24 Hour membership and while J is going to continue to go there I'm switching to the rec center instead. It's cheaper but smaller but for me that's just fine.

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