It’s summer. I’m on maternity leave. All roads (or, well, flights) led to the Bay Area. It was time for William to go on his first flights and his first trip to Grandma and Grandpa’s. The girls – and us – were in for the fun, too. The kids and I flew up a day before Dan to maximize our time with family. People think that flying with three small children is hard, but I promise you that the car ride to the airport and then to Dan’s parents’ house was much harder (William, like his sisters as infants, is a terrible, terrible car screamer).
Mama’s First Flight Alone with THREE Kids
Our trip involved a lot of free play for the girls. Grandma and Grandpa have the best toys, of course. They explored the back yard, we went for walks, we went to local playgrounds, and we visited with neighbors and friends. We also embarked on a few outings, as shown below.
Dan and I even went on a date night (fondue and drinks) after the kids went to bed one evening!
Just the Two of Us
We were glad that we got to spend some quality time with family and the kids had a blast with their grandparents.
Grandma and Grandpa and Kids
Our goodbyes at the airport included some tears, especially from Vivian. Unknown to us at the time, though, Dan and Lillian would be spending another week in the Bay Area later in July while Dan worked and Lillian was cared for by Grandma and Grandpa during her annual daycare closure. It’s nice that Grandpa and Grandpa (and Uncle Alex) are only a six-hour drive or one-hour flight away!
Posted in Baby, Drinking, Eating, Sightseeing, Travel
Tagged Alameda County Fair, Bay Area, Children's Fairyland, Concannon Vineyard, Livermore, OAK, Robert Livermore Aquatic Center, Simply Fondue, SNA, Wente Vineyards
Our sweet and feisty Lilly Belle turned two this month! It’s hard to believe that two years ago she was a tiny (well, she still is tiny) NICU surgery baby. She’s come so far! She is very headstrong, but very loving. She is talking very well and she can out eat Vivian at nearly every meal. She loves beans, pizza (of course), fruit, quesadillas, cereal, and nearly everything else. She’ll even eat salad! And, she’s a great sleeper – 12 hours at night and 2-3 hour naps! Who knew two years ago when we were in the thick of feeding and sleeping issues that we’d come out the other side like this?! Lillian especially loves Vivian and seeing the two of them play together and pretend together makes us smile all the time. We are SO glad that these girls have each other.
It was a lot of fun celebrating our little girl and we did so with balloons, presents, a big chocolate cake, dinner out, and breakfast with Mickey and his friends. We didn’t throw a big party for her, but she didn’t miss it. She was so happy with everything else and loved telling people that she’s two, along with singing “Happy Birthday” to herself.
Lillian is TWO!
Birthday Balloons and Presents
New Easel from Mama & Daddy
BIG Chocolate Cake (with LOTS of Sprinkles)
It’s My Birthday!
Family Photo with Mickey Mouse
Hugs for Mickey
Big Smiles for Minnie
Too Busy Eating to Hug Daisy
Blowing Out Her Birthday Cupcake Candle
Lillian is a ton of fun right now and I know from experience now that the fun is going to increase in the next year. Happy Birthday, Lillian! We love you more with each passing day!
Posted in Baby, Eating, Holidays
Tagged Add a Pinch, balloons, birthday, chocolate cake, Daisy Duck, Disney's PCH Grill, Disneyland, easel, Lillian, Mickey & Friends, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews, Surf’s Up! Breakfast with Mickey and Friends
We welcomed our first son, William Daniel, into the world on Friday, April 13, 2018, at 9:45 am. He weighed 8 lbs. 9 oz. and was 20.5″ long. He is named in memory of Dan’s maternal grandfather and in honor of Dan. His birth was my easiest, by far, and my recovery, also, has been my easiest, by far. And…best of all, he has, so far, been our easiest baby! (We were due for an easier one – ha!). William is one month old now and we have settled into a new life of craziness with three kids. Someone is pretty much always screaming or crying, but most of the time it’s not us parents!
William’s addition makes us a family of five. We are tired, we are stressed, and we are a little overwhelmed, but most of all, we are happy:-)
Our Three Kiddos
This blanket and cap were handmade by Dan’s paternal grandmother.
This blanket was handmade by Dan’s maternal grandmother.
A Pea in a Pod
Our Family (Sans Snoopy)
Mama + Baby
Daddy + Baby
In early March, a few weeks before I was due to give birth to our third child and first son, Dan flew on his first solo trip with both girls. The three of them spent the weekend in Livermore visiting Dan’s parents. Dan did a similar trip with Vivian before I gave birth to Lillian. The weekend allowed them great bonding time with Dan’s parents and allowed me quiet time at home. We really should do this more than once every two years!
Dan’s mom wrote a great blog post about their time together and since I wasn’t personally there, I think it’s best to read about their fun times straight from the source!
Tomorrow morning, on April 13, I will be 40 weeks and 4 days pregnant and I will have my third c-section to deliver our first son. I’ve been on maternity leave for a month (thank you California!) and have spent the past four weeks preparing for our newest’s arrival, relaxing (a little!), and spending time with the girls. For posterity, here are a few of the fun things that we’ve done before adding a fifth to our family:
Sand Play at Pretend City
Shopping at Pretend City’s Trader Joe’s
Water Play at Pretend City
Crafts at Pretend City
Diego and Frida at the Bowers Museum
Exploring the Bowers Kidseum
Irvine Spectrum Rides
Riding the Ferris Wheel at the Irvine Spectrum
Riding the Ferris Wheel at the Irvine Spectrum
Riding the Train at the Irvine Spectrum
Aliso Viejo Children’s Concert
Butterfly Face Painting at the Children’s Concert
Dancing at the Children’s Concert
First Time Putt-Putting!
Teacup Ride at Boomers!
Carousel Ride at Boomers!
We also went to birthday parties at the park (bounce houses!) and indoor playards, story time at the library, family night at Chick-fil-A, and out for frozen yogurt. Tomorrow, it all changes – again! The rest of the summer will be full of fun activities, too, but we’ll have a baby in tow. Here we go!
Posted in Arts, Baby, Sightseeing
Tagged Aliso Viejo Children's Concert, Boomers!, Bowers Museum, carousel, Chick-fil-A, face painting, Ferris wheel, Foothill Ranch Library, frozen yogurt, Golden Spoon, Grand Park, Irvine Spectrum Center, Kidseum, library, Playland Cafe, Pretend City, putt-putt golf, storytime