14 months later, I have added an alternate to my tried and true Kate Spade diaper bag. No doubt, that bag was/is absolutely perfect and served us well over the past year. But sometimes a backpack style is preferable, like yesterday when I lugged a carseat, wedding gift, baby and diaper bag 5 blocks to our rental zipcar. (I decided a stroller would be too much so I packed it all on my body like a mule.)
So last week when we were in Capitola on my birthday, I saw this Quicksilver backpack and heard a ding ding ding! over my head. It was perfect. Neutral colors, striped, and doesn’t scream “put diapers in me!” Not that the Kate Spade doesnt get out there still, but it’s nice to have a cute alternative.
Posted in Toddler
Tagged baby, Shopping
Here’s some serious excitement for your otherwise drab Monday evening…
Tilly gets so crazy over certain things, it’s pretty funny. Here’s a video of her rection to me pulling some yogurt out of the fridge. She seriously LOVES the yogurt! She has a similar reaction to our Frida Kahlo refrigerator magnet. Once they’re pulled out, it’s like beatle mania. I can’t wait for Christmas morning surprises, if they’re anything like this!
Posted in Infant, video
I finally took Tilly’s ten-month pictures today, two weeks late but better than never. So many changes have happened in the past month, it’s hard to keep up with it all. These days she’s pulling herself up on her knees constantly and occasionally taking the daring move to go all the way up to her feet. She’s had a few bad tumbles but she stays pretty strong.
One of the biggest changes is that this week Tilly decided to eliminate her morning nap and just take one long afternoon nap. It took about five days for me to realize what she had done, now that I’m on her new schedule things are working out pretty well.
I’m starting to plan Tilly’s first birthday party which will be in Golden Gate Park the Saturday before her birthday. I think we’re only inviting four kids, but it will be a ton of fun anyways. Someone asked me today if it was hard to believe that Tilly’s almost one year old… yes and no! Those first few months were so long, but I suppose things have started to speed up. Getting to know Tilly over the past 10 1/2 months reminds me of a sculptor carving away way at a piece of stone and slowly revealing the beautiful statue within. Getting to know her is so much fun!
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how happy I actually am at this point in my life. If you had told the 16-year-old me what my life would be like at 28 years old I would be pretty stoked. Similarly, I think that when I look back on my life this is definitely going to be one of the golden periods. I am so grateful for the kindness this world has bestowed on me and my family, and am working hard to keep paying it forward.
I love Tilly’s pensive look in this picture. I think she looks so mature, don’t you?
Posted in Infant
Having a baby and a dog with no backyard is one of my biggest challenges living in the city. I mean, the guy has to pee… A lot. And although I take him for a quick potty break during Tilly’s naps, we usually have to go for a longer walk in the afternoons.
The stroller was ruled out from the start. Our beagle is a slave to his nose and like all scent hounds, Tank isn’t the most obedient. I need to be agile when we’re out and a stroller is just to prohibitive.
So I’ve been pretty comfortable using our Baby Bjorn, and Tilly loves to face outward and melt the hearts of everyone she sees. But now that she’s a whopping 19 lbs 4 ozs, it’s kind of a strain on my shoulders.
Yesterday I picked up an inexpensive cotton sling from Target and after using it today, I’m sold! It’s just a ring of fabric with a few special adjustments to make it more comfy for the baby. Most of her weight was on my hip, but her back was supported by the fabric. It was so easy to slide on too! So simple and smart…two of my favorite qualities!
I’ve been working pretty hard these past few months prepping for our California Arbor Week Tour with the TreeCircus. 14 events in 11 days – wham bam! I didn’t attend all of the celebrations, but Tilly and I hit two of them up last week. Let’s just say I was thrilled she didn’t squeal during the welcoming speeches. She’s really into that lately and I don’t know how to make it STOP!
Here we are at the Arbor Week kickoff at the State Capitol. It was a pretty important day in Tilly’s life, if you ask me.
We also went to the Palo Alto Arbor Day, hosted by Canopy. Tilly was pretty freaked out of Professor Arbor E. Tum… little did she know, it was her Uncle Ryan inside!
Our recent 9 month check up was great, and apparently I’ve gotten better at cleaning Tilly’s belly button because the doctor didn’t mention it this time. She’s 90th percentile for head, 75th percentile for height and 60th percentile for weight. Looks like she’s headed towards a double major in rocket science and modeling. I’m okay with that.
Posted in Fun Fun, Infant
Tagged baby, trees
I can’t believe it came so soon, but yes – Tilly got her first haircut last week at 8 1/2 months. It was pretty long and scraggly in the back so we decided to just clean up around the edges. True to form, Josh and I decided we could handle this one on our own and were not about to fork over any cash. So, yes! Tilly got her first haircut by her DAD. I did the distracting, which is equally as important.
I knew she needed a trim when her bed head looked like this:
So here are a few action shots:
And the final masterpiece!
(In case you can’t tell, Tilly has learned how to clap her hands, and it is oh so cute.) What do you think of the final ‘do? I’m not sure about it, kind of sad to be honest, but I knew it had to be done. She looks darling of course, but it’s a little too polished. I guess I’m a sucker for bed head.
So Tilly was cleaned up just in time for our trip down south to see my nephew be baptized. Did I say nephew? I meant to say Godson!! He’s such a cutie pie.
Posted in DIY, Infant
Let me just start out saying that every night, as I fall asleep, I get excited about the coffee I’m going to drink the next morning. Life is moving fast and coffee just makes it that much more enjoyable.
Tilly just gets cuter every day, I really don’t understand it. She’s 8 months now and rolling clear across the room to get where she wants to go. Earlier today I was working from the living room while she played on the floor, and within moments, she seemed to have vanished. I found her in the hallway, of course.
A few months ago we finally conquered the night and Tilly started sleeping for 12 hours straight. That has kind of fallen apart, though… First she started waking up at 4:30 and now it’s more like 3:30. I give her a bottle and she sleeps in until 7 or so… I’ve been telling myself it’s not that bad, but I think we need to break out the sleep training again! It worked within a few nights last time, but those nights are HARD.
We have had lots and lots of company lately! A few weeks ago my Aunt Rose and Uncle Al came, and last weekend our friends Chris and Heidi stayed with us for a few nights. It’s always nice to go out with guests – We took Rose and Al to Alembic for the best cocktails in SF and we went to Starbelly with Chris and Heidi…. three words: Bacon Jalapeno Spaghetti. (Also I have to say that having volunteer babysitters is one of God’s greatest blessings. Kate & Ryan, you are angels.) Having guests stay over is always a shift from our normal routine, but then again we have extra sets of hands to help so it all balances out. :)
In a few days our friends Matt, Emily & their 10 month old baby girl Sydney are coming to stay for 3 nights. I am trying to baby proof as much as I can, but I guess I’ll also just have to edit as I go. Syd is quite the mover and shaker – I can tell she is going to be a good (aka bad) influence on Miss Tilly! Maybe she’ll teach her how to crawl.
Any plans for valentines day tomorrow? Or as we call it, Valen-mimes? Josh works late, so we celebrated yesterday. Josh wore a bow tie and I wore a bridesmaid dress, and we watched the grammys from the couch. Even though Josh fights me on watching awards shows, he suggested that we watch it! Swoon.
(Color study above by Cheryl…)
Yesterday a friend offered to babysit for a few hours so I took advantage and went shopping solo on haight street. I got a few vintage tops but my best purchase by far was a poem by a guy set up on the sidewalk with a typewriter. His sign said “pick a subject and a price then get a poem” so for $5 I had him write a poem for Tilly. I told him the subject was Little Surfer Girl since that’s my favorite song to sing to her and he whipped up the sweetest few lines of prose! After reading it, right on the sidewalk among the hustle and bustle, I shed a single tear. It really moved me!
The poet’s name is Lynn Gentry and his website is right here.
We gave Tilly her first solid food on Thanksgiving, and as you’ll see, she wasn’t very impressed with lentils. Since then she’s gotten much better and even opens her mouth when the spoon comes close! She much prefers sweet potatoes to lentils, come to find out. (don’t we all?) We’ll get a superfood in her system one way or another!