california dreamin’.

by Janetha on April 28, 2017

in family time,travel

I am pretty sure every time I post about a cali trip, I title the post, “california dreamin’”. it’s fine, guys. also, did you notice how I haven’t posted a real life blog post in months and months? it’s also fine. I am so flipping busy these days! as I am sure you guys are.. and most of you who once read this little corner on the internet have vamoosed. that’s fine. I am still here, ready to ramble!

we recently headed to the sunny land of california, and it was probably the very best california trip of my life. which says a lot, because I go there quite often. I have a sister and a brother who live there, so there are many lovable people that need to be visited. the past couple of times I went, I was pregnant with stellz.. and so it was less than fabulous (because being pregnant is not my favorite thing in the world.. although I do love babies.. I am glad I never have to be pregnant again.)

anyway, the flight to california was great. it was stella’s second trip and fox’s.. oh.. maybe fifth or sixth? he’s been on airplanes quite a bit. everyone behaved and was happy and pleasant.

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we started our trip out in san diego, staying with my sister and her fam for a few days. the first item of business was mexican food, because san diegoians (?) do it best. I got a california burrito which, much to my surprise, was legit as big as my forearm.

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it was sunday, late afternoon, by the time we settled in.. so there wasn’t much time to do anything before bedtime. we walked over to the community park and played for a bit.

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it was so fun to be there with my nieces, who I hadn’t seen in ten freaking months! they finally got to meet stella and also experienced the awesomeness that is fox as a 2.5 year old. he had changed a whole bunch since we were last there. he loves his cousins.

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ollie was also pretty excited for our visit.

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on monday we headed to la jolla. high fives for that adventure.

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it was fun walking along the trails, seeing the sea lions, and basking in the sun. the tide pools weren’t around (high tide, I guess?) but we had fun checking everything else out!

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my niece just turned 16, so she has her first job. it happens to be at one of fox’s favorite places: chick fil a. he loves “chi chi naw” (chicken nuggets) and was super excited when we went to see her at work and eat chi chi naw for dinner!

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after that adventure, we hit up the pool.. it was a little too chilly for me, but the kids enjoyed it.

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stella cuddled up with aunt ree! everyone loves aunt ree.

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on tuesday we headed to carlsbad for some famous tacos at the taco shop. I had heard allllll about these awesome tacos, and was so excited to finally try them. they lived up to the hype! I had a fish taco and a taco al pastor. also, chips and guac, because.. yes. so good.

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fox enjoyed his keeseedeeya (quesadilla).

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after lunch, we hit up moonlight beach. it was a little chilly, but still nice to sink our toes into the sand. this was stella’s first time at the beach (and first time in a swimsuit!) although there was no swimming in that cold ocean, haha.

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we walked to handel’s ice cream for a treat.. another spot I had heard oh so much about and was dying to try. guys. IT WAS SO GOOD. the horchata ice cream was out of this world. I also loved the graham central station. I could have eaten like 7 ice cream cones. gah I can’t wait to go back.

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on wednesday we met my sis in law, nephew and niece in oceanside for breakfast at the buckaneer.

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it was a cute little shack right on the beach, with the most delicious breakfast sandwich. pretty sure I fail at food photos these days.. but trust me, it was good.

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there was a park right there as well, so we played for a bit before heading to the pier.

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oceanside pier was super fun with fox. he loved seeing all the fishermen, the birds (especially the pelican) and he even found his name!

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the entire time, he kept saying “I need a fishin’ pole mom!” we couldn’t find a toy fishing pole, but he got this little plastic shark chomper thing and just hung it over the edge, pretending it was a fishing pole. gotta love the kid’s imagination!

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we headed to san clemente to stay with my brother and his fam for the rest of the trip. stella was delighted to see a bunch of new to her toys.

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the very first item of biz in the SC was to hit up banzai bowls. basically the best pitaya bowls on the planet. I have this thing where I only like to eat at new places when I am on vacation.. but I make an exception for banzai bowl. we ate there almost every day in san clemente, haha! I miss it so much. I even bought a shirt from them so I can dream about their pitaya bowl when I wear it.

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that afternoon we watched my nephew kill it at his skate lessons. fox enjoyed sliding down one of the ramps and trying to skateboard.

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it happened to be my niece’s birthday, so we headed to san O for a bonfire and some burritos. turns out it was flipping COLD and WINDY, so we tried to stay warm and tough it out long enough for presents and cookies.

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thursday morning I did the unthinkable.. I exercised! at 6:05 in the morning. at orange theory fitness. ugh. haha.. I don’t work out anymore, guys. but linds goes five days a week (wowza) and I wanted to try it. and guess what? I didn’t die. I also really enjoyed it. and I am thinking about joining. there is an orange theory literally 3 minutes and 45 seconds from my house (I timed it after I got back in town) and I could totally see myself enjoying that type of workout regularly. but I also want to wait until stella is sleeping a little better at night, because sleep is a necessity haha. I would have to go at 5 AM to make it work.. so.. yeah. not just yet.

we came home after our workout and hung out around the house. it was so fun to have fox hang with his little cousin who is closest in age to him, just a year older. they had many important conversations at the kids’ table over pancakes and paint brushes.

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it was a beautiful day, so we headed to the park for some playtime.

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can I just move to california? so pretty!

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during naptime, marshall and I snuck away and shopped at the outlets. we got a few things at the nike store and the vans store. then we headed home, hung out until everyone woke up from naps or got home from school, and then did some shopping on del mar. lots of fun shopping that day.

that night the grown ups were heading to dinner, so we got the kids in their PJs.. how cute are these matching getups??

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the kids had a pizza party and then I put stella to sleep before we took off.

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we went to the cellar, which was aaaaaa-mazing! this cheese pairing platter was what dreams are made of.

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I also had the most delicious steak salad.

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oh, man.. still dreaming of this meal. it was nice to have some (kid free) time to catch up with my brother and linds.

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friday was another beach day! we went to dana point to a little bay called baby beach. it was nice because it was shallow, no waves, super soft sand, and way toddler-friendly. fox and nora had a BLAST.

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stella had a pretty good time, too. she touched her toes in the ocean for her first time!

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love this little fam of mine!

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on the way home, we grabbed burgers at riders club. mmmm.. hit the spot. I love a good burger.

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then it was naptime for the little kids (and marshall) so we left them all sleeping and headed to get some gourmet dipped ice cream bars.

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so yummy. especially the strawberry shortcake one!

since easter was right around the corner, we colored some eggs! good thing we did it outside, because it was a messy operation.

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the rest of the evening was spent riding scooters, jumping on the tramp, and hanging out.

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saturday was our last day, and we had to head to the airport around noon. but we were able to cram a few last things in. of course we headed to banzai bowl one last time, then headed to my nephew’s baseball game. after that we made a quick run to the pool for a little swimming.

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so fun to be with cousins!

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and just like that, it was back to the airport to head home. we have a couple of great little travelers, tell ya what.

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it was SO fun in california! I feel like we packed a ton in and it was just the best to see our family that we miss so much. luckily we are having a big family vacation in june, so it won’t be too much longer until we are reunited again!

Qs for old time’s sake~

1. where did you go on your last vacation?

2. have you tried orange theory fitness?

xo. janetha g.

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seven months old.

by Janetha on April 22, 2017

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dear stella,

you are seven months old. that’s way to close to your first birthday, if you ask me! you are growing like a weed. a chubby, adorable weed. and we can’t stop you.

you had your six-month checkup a little late, on april 5th, so we were able to check out your stats. you were 15 lbs 10 oz, which is the 44th percentile for weight. you were 26" tall, which is the 34th percentile. your head went down on the charts a bit, it was 16.5" and that’s the 34th percentile. i am thinking your head isn’t going to shoot off the charts like your brother’s did. we will see.

dr. ronda wants you to head to an opthalmologist because your right eye is a little droopy. it’s nothing to be worried about for now, but we are being proactive and getting you checked out. you will have that appointment in may.

you had your shots and, of course, they didn’t really phase you. you cried for a split second, but then you were back to your happy, rosy-cheeked self. i think your legs may have been a little achy in the couple of days that followed, but overall you didn’t seem bothered.

i know i say it every month, but i have to say it again.. you are such a dream baby. you are happy basically 98% of the time. you rarely cry, and if you do, it’s not for more than a minute or two. i am constantly baffled by how happy you are. it’s great. you have theeee cutest smile, with these giant cheeks that just puff up every time you grin your contagious, gummy grin. it’s impossible not to smile back at you. you’re the happiest. you have the most expressive features. your smile is one thing, but your raised left eyebrow is another. everyone comments on that eyebrow…it’s got a mind of its own!

now that you have mastered sitting up, it’s all you really want to do. you don’t love laying on your back for too long. you absolutely loathe being on your belly. when it comes to tummy time, you protest and bury your face in the floor. you refuse to roll onto your back anymore. you just lay there and holler until we set you back upright. stinker.

you are sooo dang wiggly. if i am holding you and sitting down, you like to arch your back until i let you stand up on my lap. if i am holding you standing up, you fold in half like a rag doll. you are always kicking your legs and swinging your arms. you definitely don’t want to stay still. you love hanging out in your exersaucer and bouncing away!

you have started taking baths regularly every night, unless for some reason it’s super late when we get home and you need to go straight to bed. usually you and fox will have a bath at the same time, but you are still in your baby tub. one day you guys will be able to be in the big tub together! you love playing with bath toys, putting them in your mouth, and splashing water all over the bathroom floor. you don’t like getting water poured on your head. sorry, girl.. it’s part of life.

you have been eating so many foods! you love everything you try. no teeth yet, but you seem to be able to do just fine without them. you have been eating lots of bananas lately, it seems to be your favorite thing so far. you also have lots of mixed baby food from jars and pouches. you love to suck down the pouches faster than you can blink! you are perfectly happy hanging in the kitchen, sitting up at the bar in your highchair. as long as you have a cracker or something to keep your mouth occupied, you will sit there while we cook, eat, color, clean or whatever else happens to be going on in the kitchen. penny and randy are pretty happy you are getting more food, because a lot of it ends up on the floor. you are getting better at gripping food and moving it from your hand to your mouth, but there is still quite a bit of practice to be had in that department.

aside from food, there is a lot of other stuff going into your mouth. like, basically everything. your hands, your feet, toys, paper, books, the remote, your binky… anything you can reach, goes right into your mouth. we need to be careful now to make sure nothing tiny is within arms reach of you!

stella, your giggle. can we just talk about how cute and funny it is? you are always laughing and screeching this cute, melodic giggle. you will laugh at most people who chat with you.. but when fox talks to you? you CRACK UP. seriously, nobody can get you going quite like he can. he loves to dance and sing for you, and you are mesmerized by his every move. he also likes to give you "tickles" and gobble up your hands and feet. seeing you two interact is the best thing in the whole wide world.

you are quite the little chatter bug, as well. much to my pleasure, your favorite thing to say is "mamamamama" and i like to think you know you’re saying mama, haha. you also say "dadadada" and "rararara" and lots of other funny, chatty noises. you aren’t super loud about it, but you do have lots to say. you do a funny thing when you get excited, where you start breathing in and out super fast and loud. you crinkle up your nose and just huff and puff with excitement.

your sleep habits have been regressing a little. not sure what’s going on there.. but it’s not as great as it used to be. you have been waking up an average of three times a night, and sometimes as many as five times. while it’s not ideal, i actually don’t mind too much. i think it’s because 1. your brother was much worse at sleeping, and we all survived and 2. i know it won’t last forever.. and you will be big before i know it. so nursing you and cuddling you in the night isn’t the worst thing in the world! you are still in your dockatot in our bed, and you have been sleeping in the zipadeezip suit. i think that may have a little to do with the frequent wake ups, because your startle reflex is waking you up and you aren’t swaddled tight anymore. i am not sure you will ever sleep in your own room…..

naps are going well. you sleep in your swaddle sleep sack for those, and are still napping in the rock n play both at home and at work. you average two naps a day these days. usually at least one of those is a lengthy one. but now you can go much longer between that second nap and bedtime, and don’t want much to do with a third doze-around unless we are driving in the car.

you are still nursing quite a bit and your dad gives you bottles on monday and tuesday. the nice thing is you are drinking less from the bottles now that you are eating more food.. so when i don’t pump quite as much at work, it’s not a big deal. there is usually something left over in the fridge for the next time you need a bottle, so that’s good. your nursing sessions are always quick and efficient. you prefer the right side to the left, and you usually can’t be bothered to nurse for too long because you have other business to attend to! you are a busy little bee.

so.. this has been one eventful month!

things started out with postponing our california trip because your great grandpa passed away. you were able to spend lots of time with you dad’s side of the family, and everyone just wanted to gobble you up.

we also had to postpone your 6 month photo shoot with jordynn because it was so super rainy that day. we ended up doing them another day, and it was deceivingly cold. you were wondering what in the world we were trying to do to you.. posing and wanting you to smile with such a nip in the air. i was worried the shots wouldn’t turn out.. but between you being so dang happy despite the conditions and jord being a photography wizard.. they turned out sooo dang cute! you are one photogenic baby.

we headed to california for a week on april 9th. this was your second trip, so the airplane experience wasn’t totally new. you were such a sweetheart and slept for most of the flights. everyone on the plane was commenting on how sweet and cute you are. that kind of happens everywhere we go. you’re a charmer.

california was the best! you played on the beach, you dipped your toes in the ocean, you ate some sand, you played with your cousins, you swung in swings at different parks, you took lots of naps in random places, you played at the swimming pool (but didn’t get in), and you were basically the best little traveler around. it was so much fun.

easter was the day after we got home, and you dressed to the nines. you got your first easter basket filled with toys, books, and snacks. you loved shoving the plastic easter eggs in your mouth, but didn’t really know what else was going on. you were just happy to be a part of the celebration!

every day is a fun adventure with you, whether we have something going on or we are just hanging out at work or at home. you make everything better. you are just a ray of sunshine and make my heart so dang happy. i feel lucky to be able to see you and cuddle you and squeeze you every day of my life. i am not sure how i ever lived without you!

stella bella boo, i love you so, so much.

love, your momma

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six months old.

March 22, 2017
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dear stella, six. months. old. half a year. whizzed right by in the blink of an eye. it really feels like we were bringing you home yesterday, and here you are.. trying to be all grown up and stuff. let me tell you about this past month of your life. first things first, you are […]

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five months old.

February 22, 2017
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dear stella, the fact that you are five months old already is kind of freaking me out. i swear it was just last month that we brought you home from the hospital. and now you are this giant (but still tiny) baby that is learning and growing and doing new things each and every day. […]

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two and a half years old.

February 21, 2017
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dear fox, two and a half. i have to say, life has never been more fun than it is right now. the amount you have learned and grown in the past six month seriously blows my mind. you are basically a 70 year old man in a tiny human’s body. i honestly don’t think i […]

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i’ve still got it.

February 3, 2017
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hey! wild friday night over here.. I just reconciled all my bank accounts and credit cards for the month of january, and now I am having some mother’s milk tea (supports lactation and it’s delicious.) I have been on a ROLL this week with making dinners. I made three new meals! all of them used […]

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four months old.

January 22, 2017
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dear stella, stop growing! this past month has zoomed on by, and you are getting too, too big. it’s just one growth spurt after the next with you. it seems to be going faster than it did with your brother. maybe that’s because we know what to expect.. but I don’t like it one bit. […]

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life, lately.

January 14, 2017
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hey! so, it’s a new year. I hope everyone had an awesome holiday season! things over here have been great. super, duper busy.. but awesome and fun. I cannot even believe that it’s been almost four months since I had my baby. it legit feels like yesterday! I am sure that is partially because the […]

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