Tuesday, July 24, 2012

3 months?

How did I let this blog get away from me for 3 months?  Do you think I can catch you up, or should I just start with the most current news?!  Maybe I will try and get you all up to date!  At the very least, I should have Given's monthly pictures that I can post!

For the time being, I will leave you with a few instagrams as teasers!
We were in Texas!

Given not only crawls now, he stands too!  Thanks for working with him, Grandpa!
Oh wait, he dances too!  Check it out here.

Given now has 4 teeth and feeds himself (for the most part)!

We missed 3 days of school/daycare because someone wasn't feeling well.

Omar and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Sunny in San Francisco

Yes, we are alive, and although I'm super late in posting, I have been taking pictures!  For Given's 8 month birthday San Francisco decided to give us our first beach weather weekend! Going to the beach with an 8 month old wasn't nearly as fun as going sans children.  I thought it would be easier since Given isn't crawling yet, but I forgot to factor in that he puts everything into his mouth!!!!!!  I think our next beach trip will be several months from now!

And just because...Given's new favorite activity - taking every single toy out of his basket.  We haven't gotten to the stage of him putting everything back though!

Given's milestone in April was getting his 2nd tooth!!  The 2nd tooth came in much easier than the 1st - thank goodness.  He isn't crawling yet, but he's getting there.  Also, during April Given started saying Dada (first) and Mama.  We aren't quite sure if it's babble or if he is addressing us!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Some bunny loves you!

We had a great Easter weekend!  Saturday Omar and I had our first night away from Given while he stayed with Aunt Brooke and Uncle Randy in Napa.  Omar and I were able to sneak off around noon.  We enjoyed cocktails in the sun and lunch at Rutherford Grill, visited two wineries in Yountville (Cliff Lede and Girard), checked into our B&B in St. Helena, stuffed ourselves with steak, grits, asparagus, mac and cheese, and cheddar biscuits at Farmstead (delicious), decided to see the late showing of Hunger Games, and slept in!  Sunday we arrived back to B&R's just in time for the Easter Bunny!  I think you can actually see the Easter Bunny in the third picture...or is that Gypsy?  After the Easter Bunny we had a nice relaxing lunch and afternoon hanging with the Hesters!

Aunt Summer, Uncle Jake, and cousin Gray are headed to San Francisco as I write this!  Hopefully I'll have some fun pictures to share of their visit.

7 month update

I'm late on posting birthday pictures again, but these were taken on Given's 7 month birthday (right after bath time)!

Given's big milestones in March were sitting up on his own and his first tooth!  Given is a really easy baby.  He rarely cries and he loves to sleep.  Ummmm, cutting his first tooth was HARD.  He ran a really high fever and just cried and cried and cried and cried.  Poor little thing (and poor momma and daddy).  He was so uncomfortable.  Also, for the first time since probably he was a month old, he woke up every 2 hours in the night and just wanted to be rocked.  Lets all keep our fingers crossed that the next teeth aren't quite as bad!

Given also loves his soft toys!  And now that I feel comfortable that he is not going to suffocate himself with any of them, we have quite the line up for bedtime - Monsieur Rat (who came all the way from Paris), a giraffe softie (thanks, Kim!), and his lion pacifier (who gets more swung and thrown around than sucked on)!

Oh, don't let these pictures fool you, this was the day after the cutting of the tooth incident.  He was having a happy 10 minutes and I was able to sneak these pictures in.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Just a swingin'

Why can't every weekend be like this weekend - sunny and 70 degrees?  We had such beautiful weather, and we took full advantage!  We spent the majority of Saturday and Sunday outside - running, eating, napping, and SWINGING.  We finally had the perfect weather to take Given to the playground, and he loved the swings!  Want to see him in action?  Click here!

Also a highlight of the weekend, getting to wear his Aggie cap for the first time!  Given would like to give a big shout out to Uncle Jake and Uncle Joey who thought he was "doomed" to be a Longhorn!

6 months old

Given is now 6 months old, weighs in at 16 lbs 13 ozs, and is 27 inches long!  Still a string bean!  I actually took these the day of, but am a little late posting them!

If you can't tell, Given's new favorite thing is chewing on his feet!

Besides his feet, Given is now "chewing" on sweet potatoes, peas, carrots, avocado, and pears from his highchair!  Thank you for the highchair, Nana and Jeddi.  Contrary to the last post, he actually has gotten a hang of eating solids and quite enjoys it!  See for yourself.
Last but not least...he is rolling over like a champ.  As soon as he is on the ground, he is on his stomach!  I guess crawling is up next!

Oh, one more milestone - he is starting to sit up on his own!  This has been a busy month!

Do you think he has changed much?  See months one through five here.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Introducing Solids!

Yesterday Given had his first solids.  I think these pictures tell the story!  If not, watch this!  We will keep working on the cereal!  

Given also had a lime for the first time last week.  Check out our video here!

My birthday weekend...

...was awesome.  What did we do in Big Sur?  We ate, drank, hung out with the babe, and enjoyed some beautiful scenery!  

Friday night:  Cake and Wine!

Saturday:  Goodbye, San Francisco - Hello, Carmel / Given sleeps almost the whole way there - when he wakes up I transfer to the backseat and feed him as we approach our first destination - Baja Cantina (for a little Mexican food and margaritas)! / wine tasting at Bernardus / off on Highway 1 to our vacation rental in Big Sur / quite possible the best/fanciest meal at Ventana (children aren't really loved here, but we took Given anyway.  He slept in his carseat and didn't bother a soul!)

Sunday:  Breakfast / Pfeiffer Beach where it was so windy and quite chilly.  At this point Given wasn't feeling so great, so it wasn't the relaxing picnic on the beach trip; however, we got him out there for about 45 minutes and got our photo opportunities! / Instead of picnicking on the beach we headed back to our vacation rental and let Given nap while we enjoyed some bubbles and the beautiful view! / Once Given woke up it was time for some coffee at Big Sur Bakery AND then the whole purpose of the trip - Nepenthe.  Nepenthe did not let us down.  We were able to get a seat outside, under a heat lamp, and along the railing where we were able to view the ocean and the mountains.  Unfortunately the whales had already migrated two weeks earlier, so no whale spotting.  This restaurant has some of the most beautiful views.  We got there around 3:30 and stayed to see the sun set.  Thankfully we had wonderful waitresses that didn't mind us loitering (with a baby) over a cheese plate and a bottle of wine and then eventually dinner!  If you are ever in the area, you must go there!!!! / Afterwards we headed back to the rental and watched the Grammy's.  

Monday:  We had planned on hitting up the Monterey Aquarium on our way home, but Given still was a bit under the weather so we decided to head straight home and get ready for our week with Nana and Jeddi!  

Overall, it was a wonderful birthday weekend - maybe the best ever! A big thanks goes out to everyone for all the warm birthday wishes, birthday cards, and gifts!  I am one luck 31 year-old!

29th birthday pictures here!  I guess I just skipped the big 3-0!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


We are back from Tahoe!  I only got this one picture with my iPhone since I really couldn't carry my camera while skiing!  Omar had a great time back on his board, I really enjoyed skiing again, but was quite rusty, and Given had a blast with aunt B & uncle R in the Tahoe Village!!  A big thanks to Justin (the lone skier pictured above) and Ryan for hosting us at their cabin!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

This is how we roll...

This is how we rolled through Napa this Saturday!

We heard there was going to be great weather in Napa, so Omar wanted to spend his re-do birthday with the Hesters.  We headed up to Napa after lunch then took a bike ride to the Oxbow Market for a little vino!  The bike Omar is riding is mine and Omar's birthday gift from B&R!  Pretty sweet, right?  Given loved riding with his Daddy.  He was mesmerized by the wheels and the ground moving under him!!  After our bike ride we watched Midnight in Paris over Chinese take-out and a million loads of laundry.  Great movie, yummy food, and laundry without going to the laundromat - a great night!

Again, please don't call CPS if you don't think this looks safe!!!  We are researching baby bike seats.

Other cool bike posts here!


Saturday, January 28, 2012

How did this happen?

My little baby turned 5 months old.

Let's see, what has been going on around here?  Given is now rolling over and we are working on sitting up on his own!  He still loves bath time.  He goes down around 6:30 pm and sleeps for a solid 12 hours.  He takes four 8 oz bottles of day.  At first he drank really, really slowly, but now he is gotten a bit quicker.  He is doing great at Claudette's Daycare and has four good friends.  One little girl is just a few weeks older than him.  Claudette caught them holding hands the other day!  He is going to be quite the ladies' man.

I can't believe solids and a sippy cup start in just a few weeks!  Looks like we will need to be hitting up Babies 'r Us for a highchair soon.

He is growing so fast!!!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Birthday Weekend

This last weekend was Omar's birthday weekend - unfortunately on his big day he was sick!  He thinks it was food poisoning.  Yuck!  We had a great day on Saturday though and he gets to make up for his sick day this weekend!

On Saturday we had lunch at Balboa Cafe where they gave us a chocolate fudge sundae in honor of Omar turning another year older!  After naps we packed up Given in the baby Bjorn and continued celebrating with appetizers and cocktails on the Typsy Pig's back porch with our neighbors and the Hesters!!!  The Typsy Pig is a restaurant/bar, but we totally rocked the baby in the bar portion!  As usual, he was the perfect baby.

A few pictures from our Funday Saturday!

On Sunday Given and I went to Trader Joe's so that Omar could take a nap and try to feel better.  I guess the nap worked a little, because he was able to partake in a little birthday cake!  Oh, and we can't forget that Sunday was Gypsy's birthday as well!  He turned 6 years old!

See Omar's 29th birthday here.  Apparently I was too overcome with morning sickness to post last year. 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Leg Warmers

Just for fun!  

Thanks Aunt B & Uncle R for the Baby Legs!  Given is totally rocking them.
(Bodysuit from H&M)


Two's a Company

I love that Given can finally sit in his Bumbo properly!  Now he keeps me company in the kitchen while I unload the dishwasher, cook, etc.!  
Please do not call CPS on me - ignore the knife set sitting right behind him!!


Saturday, January 21, 2012

We Survived

We survived Omar's business trip, but boy are we glad he's home!  The day he returned, Given was all his!  This was a win win for both us!  

A few pictures of their day together!

  Skyping with Jeddi, Nanna, Great Grandma, and Great Grandpa

Cat in the Hat (in French)

We love looking in the mirror!  (Like my shirt from H&M?! Pants from H&M as well!)

Bath time!  Check out those wet eyelashes.

Night Night!