3 Months

What can I say? Without sounding like a complete asshole, I have the best baby.

STATS-

Weight- not sure, maybe 12 lbs.?

Length-don’t know but she is getting too long for her rock N play and the bouncer.

Eats- 4 oz every 3 hours during the day.

Sleeps- Like a boss, in her own room.

Okay, she isn’t in the crib at night yet but that’s my own issue. I wanted to transition her out of the swaddle the same time I put her to down at night in the crib. But the awesome Zipadee-zip sold out faster than I expected, thanks to Shark Tank…even though Shane told me so.

Now, she is sleeping, still swaddled in her rock N play at night but napping unswaddled in her crib during the day. She goes to bed around 6:30-7:00 and has been sleeping until 4:00. I can get her back to sleep by 5:isn and then she wakes again about 7:30. Now if I could just get Kaili to sleep until 7:30 we would have a perfect world.

She is just so happy. She goes right down to sleep, she isn’t relying on a pacifier…yet, she is fine in her carseat and stroller and she only cries when she is hungry or tired. She can hang outside in her bouncer while I hot tub it with the sister and she is chill. She is just a content child.

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The second hand clothes thing is working out brilliantly. Averi is fitting into all of Kaili’s 3-6 months clothes at 3 months where as Kaili was fitting into them at 6 months. Which means all the holiday clothes will be able to be used right on schedule. It’s almost like we planned it this way.

Each day with two kids gets easier and easier. I hope I can say the same at next month.

Vietnamese Lemon Grass Beef and Noodle Salad

Craving- (Noun) A powerful desire for something.

These days I rarely have the motivation to make an elaborate meal and by elaborate, I mean something with more than 3 steps and takes longer than 15 minutes. That is until I saw this recipe and I needed to have it in my mouth that day!{that’s what she said.}

After a quick trip to the store, where I found everything I needed except the chili’s {so I settled for a Serrano} I started to prep what was going to be the best football lunch evah!

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The recipe is straight forward and I didn’t veer off course. However, the recipe claims to only take 1 hour but it took  longer. There is a bit of prep work and add on 15 minutes to fry the shallots {don’t skip this!} It’s worth it, I promise!

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Cold noodles, hot meat, fresh herbs, crunchy shallots, spicy siracha, you guys, it was delicious. “Haha <– she said hot meat!”

 

Every Breath Counts

I’m sure I will be repeating myself when I say how lucky we were to have our babies at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital. When I moved down to San Diego I didn’t know how close we were to the hospital, the same hospital where I was born at. We are only 2 miles away. I also didn’t know how important having a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) would be for our babies. Thankfully, Sharp Mary Birch has a level 3 NICU and if they didn’t, we would have lost Kaili and maybe even Averi. I mean, can you imagine?

I also told you how a few weeks back Dr. Anup Katheria invited me to a Sharp Hospital event, featuring Averi, the baby face of the Life Start Bed. The research Dr. Katheria is doing has the potential to impact the way babies are delivered all over the world, it is truly remarkable and life changing work to save the most fragile of all – babies….and it started right here with Averi at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital.

The Hospital board is hoping to raise $50,000 by November 17th which is National Prematurity day. This is not a plea for your money but a request to take a look and maybe share the Every Breath Counts webpage with friends and family who might want to make a donation. “An anonymous donor who also believes in the cause has agreed to match donations dollar for dollar up to $50,000!”

Here is the link for the Every Breath Counts page  featuring my baby girl. She benefited greatly from the Life Start bed and just think how many other premature babies will too.

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Dinosaur Roar!

Last week I got to meet Jenny Mollen. “Who?” is what you are thinking…right? She is an actress, author and married to an “American Pie” actor. I have followed her on social media for awhile because she is hilarious and when her book came out I read it in 2 days. So when I saw that she was going to be in San Diego for a book signing I was eager to go. My girlfriend and I went down to meet her and listen to her chat about the book. I had never done anything like that before and although I didn’t need my iPad signed or even feel the need to have a picture with her, it was fun and i would do it again!
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Averi is turning 3 months in a few days. It’s been a LONG 3 months. Her favorite thing to do is visit our newest winery.
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Kaili is eagerly awaiting Halloween. She has been adamant that she wants to be a Dinosaur.
ROAR!
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Shake Rattle and Roll

There are some things that I will never be…a pro-lifer, a racist, a lesbian or a vegetarian. Sometimes I worry that these gluten free-vegan kids are going to turn into rebellious teenage cannibals. Do you worry about that? I read a study that said 73% of children are getting caffeine in form of soda, what the hell? I have a hard time giving my kid chocolate milk, actually she has never had it. Our Pediatrician said he preferred chocolate milk over juice, maybe that is why the percentage is so high. What happened to regular milk and water? Also Gatorade isn’t for kids, just saying.

Kaili has been waking before the sun and it’s time to put a stop to it. The husband says I am inconsistent with her in the mornings while he is gone (which is true), while he is consistent with her while he is home. ( which is mostly true) However, he isn’t up with the baby during the night, so I call that a wash. I had to throw the next door neighbors dog under the bus as a consequence. Kaili LOVES our neighbor and the dog and she has recently become really good at helping make the dogs dinner..which can I just say eats better than the guests at an Embassy Suites. Kaili also likes to give the dog treats after he shakes, rattles and rolls for her. But now, unless she can stay in her room until a decent time which is indicated by her light up alarm clock, she can not feed the dog. Harsh, I know, but seriously you guys, 5:00 am is not a decent time to wake up.

Here are some cute pictures of Kaili, notice you can’t see her face.
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That is because this is what it looks like after waking up at 5:00 a.m. AKA dark outside.
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Hobnobbing

Last week I got a call from Dr. Katheria. He is the Neonatologist that delayed Averi’s cord clamping while on his new warmer bed during her delivery. He invited me to a Sharp Hospital event up in Rancho Santa Fe. The event was to help promote his bed and Averi’s news clip was going to be featured so I thought, why not? It was a really nice time, hobnobbing with doctors and very wealthy housewives.

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Have you guys made this recipe yet? I have talked about it many times over the years, it’s foolproof! You can use this recipe for the spice mixture and it keeps for a long time in an air tight container. The dish takes no time to prep, cook and eat.

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Do I have a 3 year old or an 80 year old?

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Averi is the best baby. I don’t remember Kaili being so easy…I hope I didn’t just jinx myself.

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Save the Baby

The other morning something very scary happened. Every night after Averi’s early morning meal I move her and the Rock n Play next to the side of my bed, this way if she fusses I am right there. This one morning Shane had gotten up with Kaili and I fell back to sleep. I was having a horrific dream about Kaili, she was drowning in a pool and as  I was pulling her out, I suddenly woke up to moaning. LUCKILY I quickly turned to Averi and saw that one of my pillows had managed to fall on top of her. You guys, she was being smothered by my pillow. I pulled it off of her, swept her hot and sweaty body up in my arms and realized how close to tragedy that was. I am so thankful I woke up to her moaning, and didn’t ignore it, so very thankful.

I have never been for co-sleeping, but even if you have baby next to your bed,  just know that these freak situations can happen. I don’t know how I would have lived with myself if something had happened to her. It still scares me to think about it…shiver.

On a happier note, Averi has been napping in her crib, {SUCCESS} and I am hoping to get her out of our room and the swaddle soon.

Many faces of Averi

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Getaway

I am realizing that adding a second kid has taken time away from my blogging, so I apologize that posts are further apart but rest assured I will catch up.

Monday, the girls and I drove up to Ventura to stay the week with Shane. He gave up his handy (ahem cheaper) hotel for the week and moved us into the Embassy Suites Mandalay beach resort. It’s right on the beach in Oxnard. With a big pool and a couple of hot tubs, we were sure to be entertained. Our room had a perfect ocean view and with a big patio that I sat out on every day.

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The drive was great, Averi slept and Kaili was a perfect angel but by the end of the first day I was second guessing the trip. I was exhausted and I had a baby to tend to. Averi woke up at 3:am that next morning and didn’t go back to sleep until minutes before Shane had to leave for work. Kaili popped up not a moment later so the four of us rolled down to breakfast at an ungodly time and I wanted to cry in my coffee. But 7 cups of caffeine later and a swim in the pool, I felt much better. Averi was being a perfect baby, napping when I needed her to { AKA at the pool} and Kaili was so much fun to be with.

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I started to fall into a rhythm and was able to fully enjoy myself. Kaili and I went swimming every morning after breakfast while Averi napped in the stroller. We hit the beach after lunch and then the pool again for Averi’s afternoon nap.

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When Shane got back we would head out to dinner. Sadly we didn’t have much luck in the choices we made, the food was nothing special and the service subpar. Fed up with our meals I put a little more research into our last dinner.  I came across a restaurant in the Ventura harbor that had sparkling reviews, and it didn’t disappoint.

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We splurged on a nice bottle of wine for our anniversary and enjoyed it over looking the harbor.

For our drive home we put Kaili’s carseat in Shane’s car so we could both take advantage of the carpool lane. We started south on PCH stopping in Santa Monica for a twirl on the Ferris Wheel and lunch.

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Next year we will do it all over again and I can’t wait.

8 Years

Yesterday was my 8 year wedding anniversary. I spent most of the day wiping butts, not my husbands of course. He is up at work so we didn’t get to spend that actual day together, but after 8 years and two kids later that’s the least of our worries.

Kids have made our marriage stronger, well at least I think so. It has taught me what is really important in my marriage and what I need in a partner for life.

In some of my bleakest times I can always count on him to get me to laugh. It may not be appropriate but it will be funny. He knows all of my shortcomings and what I am self conscious about but he can talk me off of the ledge and out of the downward spiral I might be sliding towards.

One of the most important things he has taught me is to stand up for myself and speak my mind. I may not do it all the time, or I may do it at the wrong time, but I know he is in my corner whenever I need him. He has the courage to tell me when I am being overly emotional or dramatic but most of the time he does it ever so kindly.

We talk through most every decision that is made regarding our lives. We have the sense of adventure to keep each other going, oh we have plans my friends.  Although a lot of them will have to wait until the kids get older.

He is working is tail off to make all our dreams come true and I am raising our daughters, doing my best not to screw them up too much. He is a much better father than I could have imagined having in a husband. I am surprised by how easily he picked it up and actually find myself jealous that it came so natural to him.

Together we make a good team and 8 years ago I made a really good decision marrying him.

Happy Anniversary Love.

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Averi, 2 Months

Three and a half years later and I feel like a first time mom but this time I am less of a worry wart. Every few nights when I am standing in the dark rocking rocking Averi, I wonder how I did this the first time around and WHY do some women keep on having babies?

         This is why.

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Averi Ciera, she is a darn good baby, rarely cries and just wants to be loved on, so who am I to complain? Nights are getting better. We have just started getting into a routine and she is starting to give me 6 hour sleep stretches at night, it’s great. But getting her to sleep takes a hot minute and it’s stressfulwhich I completely forgot about from the first time around…Conveniently.

She  takes two to three naps a day. I would love to say she naps at the same time and the same place each day but that won’t happen. Kaili’s school and daily activities just won’t allow that luxury. I find myself walking a thin line between following a routine and playing it by ear. Basically I am struggling to find a rhythm. I should say that when Shane is home, things are much easier. Having another pair of hands to help with the bottles and the dishes and the cooking and the feeding just makes life a little easier. Major props to all the single parents out there!

Here is stone cold face Averi. She is giving smiles, I am just not quick enough to capture a really good one on film.

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