Thursday, July 30, 2015

California: Part 1

So we did a little trip to California recently, to show off Jane and celebrate some important birthdays.

We spent the first half of the trip in Brentwood visiting Stephen's family.

Stephen's sister Michelle came as well with her kids.

With all our kids together, it makes a fun line up,

Avila, 6
Emma, 5
Mae, 4 (soon)
Alice, 3 (soon)
Walker, 2 (soon)
and Baby Jane

Our first day there, Jane was passed around like a football and didn't seem to mind.

She was so happy and content the whole trip because she was always being held!

Meeting Grandma (and the ceiling fan).

Meeting Papa while cousins Mae and Avila wait their turn.  The two of them fought over Jane quite frequently during the trip.

Even Walker wanted a turn.

Next day we went to the Lindsay Wildlife Museum.

Alice was excited about it, well, she was excited about everything because she was seriously loving playing with her cousins.

Back at the house, all the cousins reading Pete the Cat with Auntie Michelle.

The next day we went to the park.

A rare picture of Stephen and I without kids.

Later that day we played bocce ball.

I was surprised to find I wasn't terrible at it like I am all other sports.

The hard part was keeping the kids out of the way.  How do you explain that this strip of sand with a bunch of balls is not for them to play with!

Avila is such a little mom and couldn't get enough of Jane. 

We celebrated Stephen's dad's 75th birthday.

Alice got a little over excited and blew out all the candles herself.

We had to relight the candles so all the kids could blow them out.

 The next day was finally hot enough to go swimming.

Jane slept for like 2-3 hours just like this at the pool.

It was so fun to see Mae and Alice play together during this trip.  So much fun and so much screaming!

We attempted to get a picture of all the cousins but it's really hard to get 6 kids under 6 to stand still, look the same way, and smile.

These were the best we could do.

Then we headed to Napa...

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Blueberry Picking

There is a pick-your-own blueberry farm about 25 minutes from us.

Their blueberries are good and only $2 a pound.

So we got up bright and early and went blueberry picking (at 7am, gotta beat that heat)

Here is a picture from when we went last year:

And this year, isn't she getting so big!

Alice loves blueberries and I thought she would have fun picking but she picked like 10 berries then dumped out her bucket and just played with it.

Then she spent the rest of the time hanging onto my bucket eating blueberries as I put them in.

Thankfully I was faster at picking than she was at eating.

Jane was a big help and slept the whole time.

We ended up with 13 pounds of blueberries that I froze or turned into blueberry sauce/jam.

Jane's facial expressions when Alice is holding her always makes me laugh.

Especially in this picture.

PS You may have noticed that Stephen is now sporting a beard.  He had to miss 2 months of his National Guard drills so he took the opportunity to grow a beard.  I really like it.  I'll be sad when he has to shave it off next month.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

3 Months with Jane

I realized I haven't talked much about Jane, so here is a summary of what life with Jane has been like thus far.

From the first night, she has slept well.

Which as any mom can tell you, is a real blessing.

We go to bed around 9 (we co-sleep/bed share) and she sleeps a good 6-7 hours and then nurses about twice and then we get up at 7.  Sometimes she even sleeps in.  It's really nice.

The first two weeks were pretty easy, like most newborns, she just slept and ate a lot.

My parents came to visit when she was a week old.

Boppa cuddles.

Alice cooking with Nana.

My parents took Alice to the zoo while I relaxed at home with Jane.

Playing with Boppa.

Nana took over pre-nap and pre-bedtime story times.

We all went on an outing to Bluebonnet swamp.

After she was 2 weeks old she started getting rather fussy.  I wouldn't call it colicky, cause she didn't cry like she was in pain or was very hard to soothe.

She just would cry anytime she wasn't held.

She would only sleep about 15-20 minutes at a time if she wasn't held.

This went on for about 6 weeks.

Which means I went 6 weeks with a baby attached to me about 23 out of 24 hours a day.

It was a bit exhausting.

Stephen's mom came to visit for a week when Jane was about a month old and helped out a lot.

When Jane hit about 2 months old she started going longer and longer stretches of being put down without crying.

And now at 3 months she does pretty well hanging out in her bouncy chair, though I do still wear and hold her pretty often.

She also is finally taking longer naps.

This is in part due to her taking a pacifier.

She recently started sucking her thumb but she wasn't good at keeping it in her mouth and she kept poking herself in the eye.

So I tried giving her a pacifier (which she wanted nothing to do with about a month ago) and now she's in love.

I am not thrilled with having to deal with a pacifier but if it comforts her (when holding or feeding doesn't) and helps her sleep better, oh well.

She also has just started to get a tooth which the pacifier seems to help with.

Jane is not the most content or happy baby but we love her so much.

Her smiles are so cute and Stephen has gotten a few little laughs out of her.

I am excited to see what she will be like as she grows.