Archive for August, 2011

August 22, 2011

San Fran – Finally!

All the Girls!So although this is a month late and probably will not be as detailed due to the lack of memory I’m having these days…I thought I’d put what’s left on internet paper so I can remember our first family vacation 20 years from now! Warning…this is long!

We were super nervous about the flight, but as I said in LKs 10 month update….it was a breeze.  Security didn’t give us any problems and Lila (although full of energy) was great both there and back.  We really pushed her limits this trip by keeping her up a later and lots of activity and stimulation and she died awesome.  We tried to keep her on routine as much as possible and made sure she got the morning nap in before we headed out for the day 🙂 We called her a Cali baby – the cooler weather must have agreed with her! Traveling with her is definitely different and requires a bit more planning but it was fun to see her experience everything!

We arrived in San Fran (hello breath of fresh air and the MARVELOUS 70 degree temps) Thursday evening and met up with the Berger fam.  Chris’s sister cooked an awesome meal (one of many during our trip) and we let our suitcases explode all over our room 🙂 It was fantastic to sit outside and drink a glass of wine after such a long day! After a short night sleep (LK’s internal clock was not adjusted and she was bright and cheery at 4:30am) we headed into downtown to pick up our race packet and had a great lunch on the water. That afternoon we met a bunch of Chris’s sister’s friends in a local park.  It was a great get together – the people were extremely down to earth and it was awesome to see all the kids running around playing.  Definitely makes me want to meet some local moms so LK can have some buddies (and I can have some friends to drink wine with at the park!)

Saturday Chris and I borrowed a car and headed to see one of our “to-do’s”.  The Golden Gate Bridge and Saulsilito/Tiburon.  Absolutely breathtaking are the only words I can use to describe it! I strapped LK in the Beco and we walked along the water….Unfortunately this also resulted in LKs first sunburn.  Although very slight, I felt so guilty every time I looked at those pink nose and cheeks! We at lunch while we watched boats pile in….shopped in the little main street and really just enjoyed the day and sea breeze!  We got some great shots – once again proving that Chris and Lila are twins.  Love those two 🙂

Sunday was the big race day!!! It was tough for me but very much worth it. I really have to give Chris so much credit – he could have left me in the dust, but he stayed with me and kept me going when I wanted to quit! The run started in Golden Gate Park, through Haight-Asbury, down by fishermans wharf and ended at the Oakland Bay Bridge.  My knee started hurting about mile 5 but I pushed through….most of the time the scenery and crowd was distracting enough but about mile 11 I was DYING! I was worried about the uphill but what really got me was the downhill! Whew. The course (although beautiful) was long. Not just long as in 13.1 miles but long as in 13.65 mile.  That is .55 miles LONGER than a half marathon and although it may seem insignificant it was not at the time….but with a sprint at the end, Chris and I finished strong at 2 hours and 23 minutes. That’s well below our “just finish” goal and I’m super proud of us! After a few minutes of sitting on the pavement we quickly found a Starbucks, our ride home and met up with Lila, Caren and the girls for a celebratory brunch.  French Toast never tasted so good!

Monday we again stole a car from Caren and Eric and headed into downtown.  We had been to downtown on Friday (and Sunday for the race) but really wanted to walk around and mark a few things off our “to do” list:  Trolley, China-Town and Lombard Street (the most crooked street in America).    Turns out our sense of direction was a bit off which resulted in a pretty LONG walk, but it turned out to be just what we needed….Lila was in a great mood, the weather was awesome and we got to work out our sore muscles that were definitely feeling a bit tired after Sunday! We saw San Fran Hills on foot and it was so worth the pain! Although we were not willing to continue the pain and settled for a pic at the bottom of Lombard street!

After such a long day on Monday (we were wiped!) Tuesday was all about relaxing….we loaded up all the kids and headed to Half Moon Bay. Caren took us to a great beach and we hung out with a picnic lunch, nice breeze and the Pacific.  We even saw a few sea lions! Lila put her little toes in the Pacific Ocean for the first time… cute! It was the perfect ending to our trip!

We headed home on Wednesday.  It was so bittersweet….we had an awesome time and it was so nice to visit with Caren and Eric and see the girls and Lila play, but traveling does take a toll and we were ready to be back in our house (but not the heat!).

Well that’s our trip in a nutshell….San Fran was such an amazing city with MARVELOUS weather and the best people! We had a blast and will definitely have to go back to get the rest of city in and see our favorite West Coast Family 🙂

Until then Ill just look at these pics and dream of the day I can wear long sleeves again……

Hope everyone is having an awesome day…..Love – Christy

August 7, 2011

10 months

I’ll say it again – how is it possible she is 10 months already!

This month has been a busy one developmentally: LK learned to pull up, mastered crawling, learned to wave bye-bye, and now has a 2 word vocabulary: bye-bye and da-da (we practice mama everyday, but still no luck!) I know more words are in the works because the babbling and “singing” is at an all time high – I have a feeling she is going to be a talker – poor Chris!  She loves peek -a -boo and “The Itsy-Bitsy Spider” and I finally found her tickle spot (under her little neck) and 8 times out of 10 I can get a chuckle.

LK also has “discovered” the camera and is such a ham – anytime we pull out the camera she gives us the biggest cheesiest grin and immediately crawls towards the camera. It is so cute and has made taking obscene amounts of pictures even more fun 🙂

One not so fun thing is the separation anxiety that has hit us full force….Everyone says it peaks in between 9-12 months so I know its normal, but it doesn’t make it easy.  I feel bad for the grandparents!  They want so badly for her to ditch us when they are around but she clings like a little monkey clutching our shirts like we are throwing her off the cliff when we try to pass her off.  It really isn’t any better when we are at home alone – she whines and cries if we are out of her crawling distance.  I’m hopeful that this phase is on the downhill slope!

We had 2 photo sessions this month 😉

Food wise she is a growing girl! She is such a good eater and is still throwing back all her formula, purees and increasing the finger foods she is eating with each meal.  She is a carb lover – buttered toast and noodles are a favorite although she likes almost everything we have offered.  One area she has improved greatly in is her ability to pick up the finger foods….she is actually starting to get selective about what she picks up from her tray.  It used to be random fistfuls of food shoved into her little mouth (and the floor and chair) but she is getting so much better at using her index finger and thumb to select individual pieces.  I think seeing the older kids at daycare eating has peer pressured her into this improved skill 🙂

On the sleep front she is doing well – LK is typically in bed by 6:45pm and sleeps until 6-7am.  Naps are still pretty sporadic but on a good day we can get two 1 – 1.5 hour naps.  Daycare is more active and results in less sleep but I think that is pretty common so I try not to worry about it!

We headed out of the crazy heat and had our first family vacation at the end of the month.  LK did so well on the flight – she really didn’t seem to be bothered by the pressure changes and only “cried” as she was going to sleep (like 30 seconds). It was pretty exhausting for Chris and I because we were human jungle gyms as she climbed us and checked out our surrounding seat mates. Overall, I have to say she was a rock star. She saw alot of San Fran, played with her cousins and got her little toes in the Pacific Ocean.

Her first trip to the West Coast was a success! (I’ll post a recap of our trip and half later!)

She keeps getting more fun with each passing day – I think this age is one of my favorites.  She is so inquisitive and sweet and seriously just too dang cute!

Onto Month 11!! Much Love – Christy

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