A Few of Her Favorite Things

So who else has Julie Andrews’ voice in their head now?  “These are a few of my favorite thiiiiiiings…”  (for those of you raised in a house that didn’t want musicals, that is from “The Sound of Music”). Okay, enough blog karaoke.  I thought I’d do a little round-up of some of Eleanor’s favorite things, which–of course–are not special baby toys at all, but random items she has found around …continue…

We’re having a . . .

First off I have to thank Caroline at Coeur de La Photography.  We had an absolutely wonderful time taking these photos a few months ago. I would absolutely recommend her for your family photos, wedding photography, engagement photos . . . if you need a photo I would recommend.  She and her husband (can they be any cuter?) were so great with both Jackson (who was his typical almost 2 year …continue…

Eleanor – 11 Month Update

Well, I realize this would make more sense to do at her 1 year mark, which is only a couple (eeps!) weeks away, but oh well. I feel like writing about my baby girl.  Oh Eleanor, where to begin. Let’s start with sleep.  I blogged about sleep in the early days.  A lot.  As in here, here, here, here, here, and here.  Now, to be a little encouraging I typically only …continue…

And the award goes to…

We just got back from a long weekend trip to Disneyland for my niece’s 4th (!!! I can’t believe she’s already 4!) birthday.  I’ll post more about the actual trip later, but I wanted to check in with a quick note.  I discovered The.  Best.  Airport changing area today. Actually I will expand that to the best public restroom changing area that I have encountered in my 10.5 months of …continue…

Camping by Jackson (as told to mom)

In early August we went on an overnight camping trip.  It was in some ways easier than our previous trip when Jackson was 8 months.  And in other ways much harder.  Here’s how it went from Jackson’s perspective. Basically the moral of the story is that we all survived.  Like last year we hiked in about a mile or so to Long Lake near Soda Springs, CA.  Our campsite from …continue…

Baby Transport

(E on a borrowed car) Living in the city, I am mostly out with baby sans car.  Because of this, I declined on the baby bucket/infant car seat so our options when out and about are stroller and baby wearing/carrying.  Here is what we have found works best: For 0-6 weeks (ish): the Moby wrap.  I love the Moby for the coziness.  It allowed Eleanor to maintain her most comfortable …continue…

Eleanor’s Favorite Toys

Eleanor (9 months) is pretty easily entertained by any new object that she encounters, but often she quickly seems to tire of them.  I have compiled a list of items that seem to be her go-to favorites (at least for the last few months): 1) Käthe Kruz Rainbow Baby Grabbing Ring Doll This is actually a hand-me-down from Eleanor’s cousin, and it has proven to be a great toy for …continue…

Sweet Moments

It’s past 1am and I just got back into bed from Eleanor’s room. She started crying, and I went to tend to her. Now, we don’t ways rush to her rescue, but a busy schedule lately and a last minute trip home for Brandon (family emergency, everything is thankfully fine now) has left E a little out-of-sorts lately. Anyway, back to my story. I went in the nursery, picked her …continue…

Our Travels, Part II

Next up I’d like to tackle the airplane and how we dealt with that.  I’ll start out by saying our return flight was much more pleasant/successful than our trip out to Chicago. First off, on our way to Chicago we had to leave for the airport right during Eleanor’s morning nap which mean no morning nap.  We were mid-flight when her afternoon nap was supposed to begin.  This meant we …continue…

Our Travels, Part I

(yes those are my knees, yes I’m wearing pants/shorts, and she was actually a lot happier than she looks here) Alright, so I posted before we left that I was stressed out over what to bring/what not to bring, etc. for our first extended trip with Eleanor.  I’m here to report back on what we brought and how it worked out (despite Brandon’s best efforts at reminding me, I didn’t …continue…

Ikea is practical, Ikea is fun

I have to say, Ikea is pretty amazing.  I mean I usually come to despise any major furniture I buy there (except our couch which we just departed with and I’m still a little sad after 9 years together.)  But they do drive a good bargain.  Jackson is in this stage where he likes to go potty, but I don’t really feel like springing $25 for a plastic potty.  So …continue…

Travel with Baby

So, generally I’m not the worrying type when it comes to toting Eleanor around.  We go out and about all the time in all sorts of places no sweat.  Our approaching trip, however (which will be Eleanor’s first plane ride), does have me a little a little stressed, although it may not be for the reasons you might think.  Right now I’m not too worried about how she’ll do on …continue…