Our First Trip with Baby

I’m so sorry for my absence this past month! As baby Gio gets bigger, he requires more play time with mommy and less sleep during the day…which I’m not complaining about 😉

He’s been sleeping through the night for over a month now. In the beginning, I was doing a late evening feed around 9 or 9:30pm, and then he would sleep until 7:30am or 8! Recently he’s been wanting his last feed earlier around 7:30pm or 8, in which case he’ll wake up earlier around 6 or 6:30am. We’re not on any sort of set schedule, but depending when his last feed is, he’s pretty consistent in sleeping 8-10 hours after that.

We transitioned him to his own room when he turned 3 months. We had my in-laws in town the beginning of March, so I figured it would be the opportune time to do it. Kendrick and I slept in his room on an air mattress (he was in the bassinet), and after they left, we put him in his crib and he slept through! His room is caddy corner to ours and we share a vent, so I knew I would hear him if he woke up.

In other news, this past weekend was our first family getaway!

Kendrick and I have been going up to Lake Tahoe every winter for the past 3 years. Now that baby Gio is here, we were even more excited to share our love for this place with him. It has become a special place for us because it was one of the few places Kendrick hadn’t been to in California before I moved here. We went for the first time a month before our wedding, and have been back almost a dozen times since.

A friend asked me what it was like packing for him, and I told her it was more fun than packing for myself! Naturally I overpacked for him, and under packed for myself, classic mom move! We decided to forgo bringing his bassinet (mainly just to save space), and let him sleep in the bed with us. The only other item I brought besides his stroller was this Fisher Price seat, which was foldable!

What I packed for Gio: (3 night trip)

  • 5 long-sleeve pajamas
  • 4 long-sleeve onesies
  • 3 pairs of pants
  • 2 short sleeve onesies
  • 3 pairs of socks
  • 1 hat
  • 3 bibs
  • 2 Aden and Anais swaddle blankets
  • 3 burp cloths
  • 1 lightweight thermal blanket
  • 2 fleece blankets
  • 1 fleece bear suit( didn’t use because it was so warm!)
  • 1 washcloth
  • Baby shampoo
  • Bath squirt bottle (instead of bringing his bathtub we just brought a squirt bottle to rinse him off in the sink)
  • 1 fleece hooded jacket
  • 40 diapers
  • 1 package of wipes
  • Baby Einstein music box
  • 2 rattles
  • Infantino teething rings
  • 2 changing table liners
  • Diaper bag
  • Skip-Hop Changing station
  • 1 bottle
  • Pump
  • Breast milk storage bags
  • 2 pacifiers
  • Gas relief drops
  • Baby tylenol
  • nasal aspirator

..I think that’s it!

He was super fussy our last night there and kept crying which is unusual for him (the last time we saw him that upset was after his shots), so we decided to give him a little Tylenol assuming that the altitude may have been bothering his ears.

Other than that last night, Gio was a perfect angel! We hit the slopes on Friday, and even though it was St. Patty’s Day, I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t crowded. Diamond Peak has an interchangeable parent pass ($74 all day) which was so convenient for us! Kendrick and I both got a chance to ski twice.

We rented a house in Incline Village (north Lake Tahoe), which gave us plenty of space to spread out. My sister came with us and was a HUGE help – she sat in the back of the car with Gio on the way up and entertained him (thanks sis!). We only had to stop once on the way up to feed him, and opted for a Starbucks. When I went to change him in the restroom I couldn’t believe they didn’t have a changing table! The sinks were too close together to change him on the counter, so thank goodness for my Skip-Hop station, because we had to change him on the floor! So not ideal.

A life-saver on the trip was my UnderCover baby breast cover! Initially I tried the Bebe au Lait cover after Gio was born, but didn’t like how bulky it was and that it didn’t have full coverage around my sides. I decided to return it and instead bought this cover online. Another mom I follow on Instagram recommended it and I’m so glad she did! It’s lightweight, has 360 degree coverage, and also doubles as a scarf, carseat cover and shopping cart cover. I feel way more comfortable nursing now in public, which is good because we have more trips ahead 🙂

Here are some photos from our weekend!

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Happy baby during our long car ride
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We made it just in time for sunset at Kings Beach

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Incline Beach
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Happy St. Patty’s Day from Tahoe!

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Skiing is exhausting 😉
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We stopped by The Ritz at Northstar for some s’mores

Practicing tummy time

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Burnt Cedar Beach

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Momma bear and her cub 🙂

Until next time…<3

Thoughts on the Beach + Santa Barbara

“Anyone who doesn’t like the beach, doesn’t have a soul.” -my sister, Alishia

We got to spend this past weekend in beautiful Santa Barbara, California. My husband and sister had surprised me with the trip for my birthday back in December. We’ve only stopped in SB on the way back from LA, so it was such a treat to spend an entire weekend there. I almost forgot that it’s still winter, since I was wearing shorts and a bathing suit…in February!

We rented an AirBnb in Summerland, up in the hills with a view of the ocean. It was the perfect location; 10 minutes from SB and about a 5-minute drive to Montecito. We left the Bay area around 10 am, and made a pit-stop in San Luis Obispo for lunch. A few of my friends attended CalPoly, and every single one of them recommended eating at the Firestone Grill. Let me tell you…it did not disappoint.

Btw…driving down the 101, it was SO green!! It’s amazing what rain can do…as Luke Bryan says, “Rain is a GOOD THING!” : )

I’m still salivating remembering this Tri-Tip sandwich…what makes a great sandwich is the bun; if you’ve got a good bun..you’re in business 😉

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Our AirBnb was the cutest! There was a room for Kendrick and I, and a pull-out bed in the living room for my sister.

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The Summerland beach park was a quick walk down the hill, so we went to watch the sunset.

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Even if you don’t like swimming, or hate sandy feet, there’s something therapeutic about listening to the waves crash on the shore. As we watched the sun melt into the water, I couldn’t help but think about all the things that the sun brings light to…we would never get to see the beautiful blue ocean against the blue sky if we didn’t have the sun; or experience the show of colors it gives us every night when it sets.

I don’t know about you, but when I’m at the beach all my worries seem to suddenly disappear. It’s like my mind is cleared of all “to-do lists”, stress, obligations, and sense of time. There’s a sense of innate faith…that there’s something beyond this world; something bigger than we can imagine.

I grew up going to the beach every summer because my family owned a house on Long Beach Island (New Jersey). Some of the best memories I have of my childhood were made at the beach. Living on the east coast, we didn’t have the luxury to enjoy the beach year-round; so when summer came along, you can bet that we soaked up as many days as we could outside. Kendrick grew up going to the beach every summer too; there was an island off the coast of Salvador (Brazil) that he would go to with his family. The beach is like therapy for him; and he was happy as a clam all weekend 🙂

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One of my favorite sights was the Santa Barbara County Courthouse! Highly recommend stopping here to anyone who visits!

 

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View from the Observation Tower

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Our favorite beach was Butterfly Beach, across from the Biltmore Four Seasons.

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The best sunsets are beach sunsets, am I right??

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It was so rejuvenating to feel a sense of renewal from our short weekend away. I love experiencing new places, but also am incredibly lucky that I can come home to a job that I love so much. Whenever we travel, one of the things I look forward to is coming home and sleeping in my own bed.

Sometimes all the soul needs is a little beach therapy…but in the end, there’s no place like home.

xo

Have you been to Santa Barbara? If you have, I’d love to hear your favorite spots/places to dine in the comments below!

 

Valentine’s Weekend – Part 2. Hiking Mt. Tamalpais

I couldn’t fit everything into one post…so, I had to do a second!

On Sunday morning, (Valentine’s Day) we woke up and checked the weather…and the forecast was sunny, clear skies in San Francisco! I’ve been wanting to hike Mt. Tamalpais for a while now, and this seemed like the perfect day!

We stopped for coffee at Starbucks (if I had my way, it would have been Dunkin’ Donuts..any other DD lovers out there?!), and made our way up to Marin.

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No matter how many times we go over this bridge…it never gets old!

Mt. Tamalpais – Dipsea Trail

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I loved this trail because most of it was along the coastline. Especially on our way back, we had the view of the ocean the whole time!

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This hike was absolutely gorgeous- the pictures don’t do it justice!

After our 2 1/2 hour hike, we were ready for some grub! We had passed through Mill Valley on the way, and Kendrick had spotted a unique burger joint (Super Duper Burgers); so we decided to check it out.

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Mmmm…I could go for another one of these right about now.

We got back into Menlo just in time to play some paddle-ball…and watch the sun set behind us.

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day and got to share the day with someone you love. Let’s continue to show love, give love, receive love, and cherish love 365 days of the year

xo