Friday, October 24, 2014

Six Months

Weight - 20 lbs 11oz  (+ 11 lbs l oz from his lowest).  - Funny enough, he must have gained the exact weight of his diaper, clothes, and helmet in the last month, since this was the weight he rang up at at 5 months when he went in for his cold. Probably about a pound of growth in the last month, and 2 in the last two months. 90th %ile.

Height - 28.5 in. Last month was 26 (+ 6 in from lowest;) 95th %ile <---jumped up 5 %iles this month!

Head circumference - Same as last month - 17.25 in (+ 2.75 in from birth 60th %ile). Probably stayed the same due to change in head shape. 

Still wearing 12 month clothes, finally have packed away all the 9 month outfits, as they are just too short now.


Every month, Evan seems to get more fun. He is getting so much more interactive, and is really starting to understand what's going on around him. One of his favorite games is patty cake, and he'll hold his arms straight out in front of him so that you can clap them when you start singing. He definitely knows his mommy and daddy, and gives us wonderful smiles when he sees us. When he's very excited, he flaps his arms at his sides like a little bird and cooes. Blowing raspberries is another favorite, and he blows them when he's happy and when he's sad. It's made his crying much cuter, as he'll take breaks between wailing to blow raspberries ("WAHHHHH...*phhhhhh*....WAHHHH - and repeat :) ).

We've been going to Gymboree classes this past month, which Evan really enjoys. He especially likes laying on an inflatable tube for tummy time, being pulled through a rainbow tunnel, going on the ramp and staring up at the rainbow parachute as it floats overhead.

Plus, it's fun to have his friends there with him! Not sure it we'll continue after this month, since the price jumps substantially, but it's very fun for now.

The past couple of weeks, Evan has been very into getting up onto his knees and rocking back and forth. He hasn't really figured out how to move forward, but he will raise up his little bottom and push on his toes and can make a little forward progress.


 Our one happy class - thanks Christine!

As much as I hate to say it, swimming has yet to get better. We had one magical week when Christine was visiting, where Evan had a fantastic time at swim, but otherwise it's been a bit of a struggle. Poor cranky baby just isn't a fan of being in the water, unless he's held close and bounced up and down. He tolerates going under water and occasionally tolerates floating, but generally just wants to be done. Funnily enough, he loves the shower at the end of class, so at least we have that. Just one month left of lessons, and I'm looking forward to being finished for a while.

Our silly sometimes tummy sleeper

Sleep has also been a bit of a mess this month. He's started rolling a lot more, but sometimes gets stuck on his tummy and can't relax his arms, which makes for a very unhappy baby. On good nights, he's up twice a night. Bad nights like a couple nights ago he was up every 45 minutes. On the plus side, naps in general have gotten longer because baby boy is so tired, and he goes down for bed without so much as a peep, but we've got to figure out our nights. Mama and Daddy are tired.

Important Events:

This was a big month for visitors! It started with Christine coming to visit for my birthday, which was a blast. Evan had such a good time and can't wait to see her again :). 

Ed's Mom Sabine came for just under a week towards the beginning of the month, which was fantastic. It had been a few months since she'd seen him, and was impressed by how much he'd grown. And, a few days after she left, my parents arrived for the weekend for another wonderful visit! They, too, were duly impressed :).

Evan went to the zoo three times in the past month, thanks to our membership, where we discovered that he's not a huge fan of the stroller, but had a newfound love for the ergo, thank goodness.

We also went down to Tucson to celebrate Uncle Tom's birthday. 

In a related note, Evan also had his first experience in a corvette (and we got our first lesson to be wary when leaving Evan alone with Uncle Tom :) )

 And, finally (whew..a lot this month!), Evan got his first taste of food. We let him lick an apple slice, and he was in love!

Every time we tried to take it away, he cried. We predict he'll be very into food once we get going on it. Expect more on this next month :)


Our biggest success is that Evan has made fantastic progress with his physical therapy. His muscles are much more relaxed now, and he's no longer favoring reaching with his right hand. He just moves around so much better. He now only needs to go to therapy once a month, which is huge. We also only have 3 weeks left in this helmet until he outgrows it. He still may need another one, but there's also a chance we'll be done!

Another success is that he is finally growing in his head of hair. We loved his bald head, but we so love his little peach fuzz.

Evan also went on a full hike without complaint! While my parents were here, we hiked for an hour and a half. It was lovely. 

Mommy Successes:

My biggest success this month (well really, the last two months) has been making a shift to healthier living. I've been fairly committed to our paleo eating, have started running again via the Couch to 5k program, and attending Stroller Strides - a workout group with little ones in tow. Thanks to all that effort, I've been able to lose 16 pounds and am now just a few away from my pre-pregnancy weight (yes, I gained a lot more than that during pregnancy, but mostly due to swelling - a huge amount of weight fell off the first 2 weeks, and since that required no effort, I'm not really counting that with my weight loss). It's so lovely to fit into my clothes again, and to feel a bit more like the old me. I am also even more in love with paleo eating - what's not to love about eating as much as you want whenever you want and still losing weight? My new favorite obsession are zoodles - noodles made from zucchini. They are the most amazing thing ever, thanks to my new kitchen noodle maker appliance, and I'm wanting to eat "pasta" all the time now. Fitness wise, I'm up to running 2 miles straight, and have my sights set on some 5ks this next month!

Daddy Successes:

Ed's success this month was letting go a little bit when we did our hiking. He is usually the one that carries Evan (I'm not the most sure footed on the trails), but he let me carry him so that he could fit in a trail run. We drove separately, so he could get in some miles in advance, but then ran into us twice on the trail for some brief hiking. It was really nice for him to balance him time with family time!

Best Moments:

Visiting with loved ones definitely topped the list this month, but I also think just having all the sweet cuddles. Evan really holds on now when you hold him, and I am just so thankful for every moment he's in my arms. And, just seeing how much he's growing and learning every day. I am amazed by him constantly, even though I know that it's normal baby stuff. But, that's the way it's supposed to be :)

Monday, October 6, 2014

California Adventures: Tidepool Morning, Beach Lunch, and UCSC Afternoon

On the last morning, before my parents left, we all took one last walk together down on the beach to explore the tidepools.

It was a beautiful, overcast morning. 

Evan got a nice nap while we took in the gentle surf.

Such a sweet little boy.

After the walk, my parents took off, and Evan and I stopped for a quick lunch on the beach. 

It was a gorgeous afternoon, and reminded me why I love the California coast so much.

Evan was lulled to sleep by the crashing waves.

On the walk back, we couldn't help but appreciate our picturesque rental.

After our little adventure, we headed up to UCSC to visit with Jerome, Ed's faculty advisor from grad school and the man who officiated over our wedding. 

After our visit, we headed over to the graduate housing, where Ed and I first met. 

I'd forgotten how beautiful it was. My room was that top window,  and Ed's was the floor below.

It was so surreal to be back here with our little boy.

I couldn't tell you how many times I went up and down these stairs between our apartments. And that first time I went down those stairs, after Ed and I had talked so long on our phones that my battery died, and I realized I could just go and see him to finish our conversation in person. 

And this doorway, where I met Ed for the very first time. Where we chatted about running and I gave him my phone number, and floated back up to my floor. 

This is where our family began. 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Celebrating 29!

(Warning...super long post! Lots of pictures :) )

What could be a better way to celebrate beginning the last year of my 20s, than with these two. 

Ed had to be in Tucson for work my birthday weekend, so Evan and I decided to tag along for an expenses mostly paid birthday celebration. Ed was busy for most of the Saturday, so Evan and I got to head out and explore together. 

I had some big plans about going on a long walk around downtown Tucson, but the heat (plus parking) got the best of me and changed our plan to starting with the Tucson Art Museum. 

Before going inside, we walked around the courtyard, taking in some of the outdoor sculptures.

The museum was lots of fun, and Evan was fantastic and fell asleep not long after we started, letting me enjoy the art without needing to worry about him. It was pretty small, especially since I've really only gone to museums in big cities, like London or San Francisco, but I enjoyed what I saw. 

Once I'd finished looking through the museum, Evan woke up, so we headed to the car for a diaper change and a feeding before the next part of our day. 

Evan was in a very happy and silly mood - an increasingly common occurrence lately that makes my heart smile. 

Once we were all taken care off, he went back in the stroller as we headed to the western art section of the museum, that was in a different building.

This section was probably my favorite - I think that being in the southwest, Western Art is definitely in its element. 

Evan was wide awake for this exhibit and seemed to enjoy what he could see. 

As we left the museum, I couldn't resist snapping a "mommy and me" picture.

When we got to the museum, I spotted a beautiful building across the street, and even though it was over 100 degrees at that point, we decided to go check it out. 

It ended up being the Pima County courthouse, and was beautiful. 

Lots of gorgeous architectural details. 

By this point, I was getting quite hungry. I'd planned to eat at the Museum Cafe, but a quick peek at the menu showed that that wasn't the right choice - too many breakfast options and not much for lunch. So, I pulled up yelp on my phone and looked for a place walking distance away, as Evan had just fallen asleep. El Charro popped up, so off we went. 

When we arrived, I realized that I'd been there before, with my brother-in-law Tom and his wife, Irma. After a few minutes, we were sat, and I enjoyed a thoroughly indulgent lunch, very much off the paleo diet :). 

Evan stayed asleep while I got to enjoy beer battered fish tacos, chips and fresh salsa, Kiltlifter (a local beer I love), and a good book. Even better, Evan slept through almost the entire lunch so it was very relaxing. I also made sure to order myself a slice of tres leches cake to enjoy back at the hotel later. After eating no sugar for 5 weeks, I was so excited to enjoy a treat!

As soon as we headed back to the car, Ed called to let us know he was back at the hotel, so we hurried home to meet him.

Evan loved all the extra space in our room, perfect for some tummy time.

Evan has started getting very interested in the camera, which is pretty fun. 

Of course, once he realized he was being photographed, he had to show off a little. 

And of course, give us a big smile. 

He is really on the move lately!

Sometimes, we still like to hold our little boy like a "baby" even though he's so squirmy, he doesn't tolerate it too often (unless he's eating) :). 

Thus began my afternoon and evening of total relaxation! Ed took over Evan care while I headed to the pool, swam some laps, and chatted with my mom while enjoying sitting in the shade. Then, I came back in (once Ed had gotten Evan down for his nap) and took a thoroughly luxurious bath, complete with wine and cake. 

Before we knew it, it was time to head to dinner. Little Boy was a bit behind schedule, so Ed sent me ahead to the restaurant, while he took care of one last feeding and hopefully settled him enough that he would fall asleep while we enjoyed a romantic dinner for two at the Lodge restaurant. 

I had a blissful 30 minutes with a glass of wine and my book at the restaurant, before my boys arrived. 

Evan was very much not asleep, but was the perfect baby. And about 15 minutes after arriving, he conked out, and stayed that way for the entire 2 1/2 hour meal. 

It was so nice to get this little break from being a "mom" while we enjoyed yummy food and plenty of wine (the kitchen was incredibly behind, so we got some complimentary drinks). 

I even got a special birthday dessert!

Even better than enjoying my mom free time was the realization during the night, when Ed was feeding Evan and not me, how much I love being a mom and missed taking care of Evan. I don't think I'd ever gone that long without holding him in my arms and I missed him! I actually ended up getting him up at 5 to feed him and cuddle my little boy. I loved a break, but I love being a mom more, and am happy to wait to have another baby free night for a long while. 

The next morning, Ed took Evan on an adventure in Sabino Canyon while I got to enjoy a room to myself and some extra sleep. 

Evan got to go on his first run, a lofty 7.6 miler with "fun" obstacles like stream crossings, thanks to all the rains they'd been having. 

Ed promised he was very careful :)

Ed enjoyed doing a little mini photoshoot with Evan at the turnaround.

Someone was getting a little sleepy...

And decided he was totally over pictures. 

A couple hours later, they returned to a very relaxed and happy mama and we all went out to breakfast for bagels, another fun non paleo treat. 

So, so lucky.

Love these two!

After breakfast, we decided to brave the heat and head to the Sonoran Desert Museum, more like a combination botanical garden and zoo. 

It was a gorgeous day, if a little warm. 

It's amazing how much the desert landscape has grown on me since moving here. I still prefer grassy open hills and oak trees, but I now very much see the beauty of the Sonoran. 

One of the first places we headed was the hummingbird exhibit, which let us get up close to some beautiful birds. 

Outside, there were lots of blooming plants with lots of butterflies and bees. 

There was a nice paved pathway, perfect for the stroller.

We stopped for a lunch break, and Ed headed off for some solo exploration while Evan had his own bite to eat. 

Afterwards, we got to check out some more exciting animals. 

Our favorite was the river otter. It seemed to love Evan, especially his feet, and kept trying to play with them through the glass. So cute!!

Unfortunately, about this point, Evan decided he was done with the stroller, so Ed took over. His helmet makes his little head so big, so I lent him my hat, which fit perfectly :). 

Evan certainly knows how to work his daddy. 

Of course, in Ed's arms, Evan could see a whole lot better.

Ed wouldn't let him get too close to the rattlesnake, though.  "I don't trust the glass" he said...

We took a brief detour out to this beautiful viewing platform. 

This exhibit was the creepiest. With the regular lights, it looked like an empty box. But, with the blacklight? Scorpions. Uck.

After a long day and a long weekend, we were finally ready to head home. To remember the little friend Evan made, we got him his own little otter to bring home.

What a fantastic way to celebrate turning 29. I am so excited for this next year with my wonderful family.