My dad, stepmom, and cousin came to visit a few weeks back, so I booked us appointments to get our tintype portraits taken in the Mission District at Photobooth. I’d been wanting to go there forever and thought it’d be a fun little afternoon activity for us all to do.
The process was pretty intensive, the photographer took a long time setting the camera up and angling our heads just right. The depth of field is really short, so I can see why our positioning was so important. She told us to think “mildly pleasant thoughts.” The actual picture only took 3 seconds or so, and then she went to the back and processed the aluminum plate with chemicals. Mine actually got messed up and had chemicals smeared across my face, so they redid it for free.
Tilly’s was the hardest, she did not want to sit still!! She moved too much on her first shot so they let us re-do it thank goodness. The second time around we held up an Elmo video on my phone and she sat perfectly still, haha. They gave us both images of Tilly and I can’t really decide which one is better – both strike straight to my heart! I think she looks like a dust-bowl child from the 30s, and Josh looks like a civil war general. I love the way his freckles popped. My dad looks like an old colonel and my step-mom and her neice look like native americans. Not sure what I look like – a librarian maybe? Isn’t it amazing!! And… they have a 200 year warranty. How about that!
My mom came to visit over the weekend and it was the best! She hasn’t been here in a while and it was so fun to show her around and get her feedback on my system up here. I felt like it was back to school night and I was proudly walking her from classroom to classroom, except that this time it was the grocery store, Tilly’s daycare, the library, the park. I’ve realized recently that moms (and dads too) are the original google. You can ask them how to do anything and they always have a good answer! I’m so happy she came to visit, she means the world to me and her encouragement keeps me going.
I did this watercolor painting for my mom for her birthday. (Based off of this photocollage of me & Tilly.) It’s an ode to motherhood and I just love the way it turned out.
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Wow – two trips to Oregon this summer… what a treat! This time Tilly & I went up to visit my Grandma, Aunt and Uncle on my mom’s side. They live near Ashland in a cute little town called Talent. My aunt is an equine osteopath and has 3 horses, 2 cats and a dog! Tilly was pretty scared of the horses at first but we didn’t give up and by the last day she was sitting on one with me! This trip was really relaxing and immersed in nature. We picked wild blackberries at the house, cooked ebelskivers, played in a horse trough filled with water, and ate lots and lots of delicious food. We went into Ashland one day and had lunch at the Standing Stone brewery, Josh would have loved it.
My favorite part of the trip was playing the piano with my Aunt Jannalee. She knows a 2-person song that my grandparents used to play together all the time, but she doesn’t know the name or anyone else that knows it. She said it’s imperative that it’s passed on to the next generation, so she taught it to me and we made a little video of it! It was so much fun, I hadn’t played the piano like that in years and years. I’m sure my Uncle Wayne’s ears were bleeding at the beginning, but bless his heart he encouraged us and even filmed a little. Here’s our best version – we fall apart by the end though, haha:
I don’t get to see this part of my family as often as I would like, so trips like this are extra special and worth every bit of hassle United Airlines loves to put me through! Here are some more pictures:
Tilly and I have had some quality family time the last two weekends, when we traveled to Lake Tahoe with my aunt Rose and then to Southern Oregon to visit my Grandma, Aunt Jannalee and Uncle Wayne. It was a bummer that Josh had to work and couldn’t join us, but I wanted to take advantage of these warm weekends before they’re gone for good. (Not like it’s warm here in SF, but that was even more incentive to get out!)
Here are some pictures from Lake Tahoe. We stayed at the Hyatt in Incline Village – it was our first time to Tahoe and it was everything Sunset Magazine always says it is. Traveling with Tilly this time had its highs and lows – she was pretty moody but I think it was from her teeth growing in. (Isn’t that the best excuse for everything?)
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…)
We decided this year to spend the week before Christmas visiting our family in Orange County, and to spend the actual holiday at home in San Francisco as a new little family. So that means… 5 Christmas Eves! 5 Christmas Mornings! It really was quite the brilliant plan.
Our families were so generous and sweet! Here’s a picture of Tilly on a new rocking horse. Doesn’t she look so old?
We got to spend lots of time with cousin Frankie, and the littles got in their first fist fight! Frank thew a punch, Tilly licked it, and in turn Frankie got bored and let out a huge yawn… (or scream, depending on your interpretation!)
With 4 Christmas Eves under our belt and currently working on our 5th, it kind feels like the holiday is over before it even started. Our Christmas Card “tree” is looking pretty good, eh?
Yesterday Tilly and I went to yoga and then picked up a (local, organic, obvs) duck from Bi-Rite! MmmMmmMmm. After that, we came home and walked to Cole Hardware (stroller, and dog in tow) to see if there were any trees left. As it turns out, we got the very last one, on sale for $10. Bam. As I pushed the stroller and Josh held Tank’s leash, we shared the duty of carrying a 5 foot tree 10 blocks. It was quite comical, but well worth it.
Today has been so lovely. I made 3 mini chocolate pecan pies this morning (not sure what I’ll do with the other 2 yet) and the Duck has been roasting since 2. I decorated the tree first thing, and Josh and Tilly went Christmas shopping this afternoon to get me a gift! Our stockings are hung (made with love by Josh’s mama) and I’ve been chatting with my fam down south all day. We are honestly relaxed and just soaking up this special day. Happy Birthday Baby Jesus!
This is the runner up for our christmas card photo. My sister crocheted that hat and I set the photoshoot up on our bed, with the lights taped to the wall! She is the cutest thing EVER.
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We always new 11/11/11 was going to be a good day, and it turns out it WAS! My sweet sweet sister and her husband welcomed a healthy baby boy into the world!! He was 5 weeks ahead of schedule but is thriving and ready to go home today! I’m over the moon with excitement for them and can’t wait to snuggle snuggle snuggle.
Frank Patrick Dominguez, 5lb 12oz, 19″ long
To catch you up, Molly’s been on bedrest for over a month, and still had over a month to go. Needless to say, she was miserable. I’m so stoked she got the best of both worlds… shorter pregnancy and perfectly healthy baby! Here’s her story:
We knew I was at risk for preterm labor, but this week I felt really great, so I thought for sure we’d make it til after Thanksgiving! Then, Thursday night my contractions started getting worse. They gave me a shot of terbutaline to stop the contractions and sent us home. We were definitely caught off gaurd at our regular appointment the next morning when they told us we would be going across the street to the hospital and getting a C-section in about an hour! (Despite our efforts to get him turned he was breech and I had gone into labor, so they needed to get him out asap)
It was the best thing that could have happened, because we couldn’t worry about the surgery… there was no time! And, with it being 11/11/11 JD mentioned to the anesthesiologist that we shoot for 1:11. He got super excited and threw the whole team into slight hysterics trying to make the time. It was pretty hilarious. Finally the Dr. said we could just tell everyone it was 1:11 cause we weren’t going to make it, but we thought 1:23 was just as nifty.
Its still unbelieveable how much has changed in just 1.5 days. He had a few issues at first (fluid in his lungs, and low blood sugar) but those have totally cleared up and he’s basically a healthy full term baby. So crazy.
I’m in lots of pain at the moment, but super happy, so it doesn’t even matter. We feel so blessed and blown away my the whole magical thing.
Yet another “Good one, God!” I happened to be at a zoo in palm springs while all this was happening. Ahhh Thanksgiving can’t come soon enough. Yay family! Yay love!
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Gosh, has it really been 2 weeks since my last post? Geeze Louise! Here’s what we’ve been up to:
- Last weekend we made the trek down to Orange to celebrate my sister’s baby shower!! I am so excited, our nuggets are going to be just 6 months apart. She’s having a boy and the cousins are going to be BEST FRIENDS FOREVER. Duh. My strong sister is looking bedrest straight in the eyes and is determined to have a healthy thriving baby in mid December! If you know my sister, you know that bedrest is just about the worst thing you could ever suggest. She’s staying positive & sparkly though and of course has the most supportive husband she could ever ask for. That baby is so loved, his parents are willing to drop everything in order for him to be happy. Lucky boy! Here they are pre-bed rest in Sequoia National Park.
- Tilly has been enjoying the baby bjorn so much more lately. She rides facing out now and loves to look at the world as we walk the dog every day. I’ve discovered that if you have a baby, it’s completely okay to dance and sing as you walk down the street. I mean come on, try as we might, we are the least freaky people in our neighborhood. Also… doesn’t her head look bigger than mine these days??
- Last week Tilly & I had a playdate with our friends Shari and Jade! They live about 20 miles south of us, Josh works with Jade’s papa Bryce. Jade is just 1 month older than Tilly and even though they still don’t acknowledge each other much, Shari and I had a great time connecting over new mama stuff. Oh and we traded some books that we’ve gotten tired of so far. I never knew babies would be into books at 4 months old but honestly, Tilly is entranced every time we read to her.
- Oh, AND… my friend lindsay miraculously acquired 8 box seats to this year’s Bridge School Benefit concert, so Saturday night Bryce & Shari babysat Tilly while I got to enjoy the show! It was like a dream come true. Josh was out of town for work, so he missed out big time. I wanted to get this awesome Shepard Fairey designed poster, but it was 50 bones and I couldn’t swing it.
- So Tilly is 4.5 months old now. She has only rolled over about 4 times, but she’s starting to enjoy tummy time more and more. She is starting to put more weight on her feet but still can’t totally stand. Our dr. said we can start solid foods at 5 months, so that should be a fun post to write! I’ll try to record it on my phone for your viewing pleasure. :)
- Our sleeping has vastly improved over the past month! Tilly goes to bed at 6pm every night, isn’t that heavenly? Then she wakes up for 6oz of food at midnight, then again at 6am or so, and then sleeps until 7:30 or 8. In order to cut out the 3am feeding, we started cutting her food portion back, and once we were at 1 or 2 oz, she just stopped waking up at that time naturally. We were prepared for her to give us more of a fight, but she did it on her own! Bless her.
This weekend was equally relaxing, inspiring, and just plain fun. Saturday was our friend Will’s “Best of Man” contest. He’s getting married next summer and decided to hold a contest for his groomsmen to see who was most fit to be his best man. Challenges included a Mission District scavenger hunt, a giant rock throwing contest, a “see who can find the ring in the bag of shredded tax returns” contest, drunken cake walk, karaoke, trivia, and more. Tilly and I walked to Dolores Park for the 3 challenges that were held there – as usual, it was like 10 degrees warmer there and the 5 mile round trip walk was actually enjoyable!
On Sunday, Josh suggested we watch Far And Away. We’d been putting it off for weeks, but I’m so glad we finally put our chores on hold and just sat down and enjoyed it. I actually had no idea it took place in America – I kind of teared up at the land race at the end. Our country was founded on such adventurous, passionate energy! Also, how hot is a young Tom Cruise? I know it sounds dumb, but I had no idea!
On Monday we got out of the city and headed north to Mill Valley. We like to pretend we live there, with all the high class hippies! Lunch was at the Mill Valley Beerworks (reconnaissance for the brew pub we will one day open), followed by a gorgeous drive & short hike to the top of Mt. Tamalpais. Talitha’s first summit! Josh carried her in the Baby Bjorn and it was really pretty easy. The hard part was not being able to see his feet as we were climbing over the rocks, but he made it work. We could see Sausalito, downtown, and Mt. Sutro Tower, not to mention the whole East Bay. I’m so happy we went!