Sunday, March 1, 2015

Adventures in Wine Country!

a few weeks ago, my siblings and i headed down to Napa, California for my little sister's big 30th birthday! it was the first time we took a siblings only trip and the first weekend i spent away from my little guy since he's been born.

it was so fun, exploring wine country with my siblings, eating yummy food (hello bouchon bakery!!!) and tasting delicious wines. we also managed to make it through the entire weekend without wanting to kill one another ;0) i think it's safe to say, iw ould definitely make our little sibling trip an annual thing, especially if it involves 75 degrees in the middle of winter ;0).


while we were down there, we started our trip with a walk through the town of napa and a stop at oxbow market. we tasted brandies at the napa distillery and made sure to stock up on plenty of cheese from the cheese monger as well as bread from model bakery.

for my sisters birthday dinner we headed up to st. helena, just north of napa and yountville and went to the mexican restaurant la condesa. so freaking good. we started out with a guacamole flight and then of course ordered the taco flights for dinner.

that sunday, my little brother and i woke up and headed into yountville so we could get to thomas keller's bouchon bakery. we made sure to grab breakfast, stock up on delicious treats and get yummy bread (to eat the cheese with!) as well as coffee before we headed out to the wineries. we hired a car and driver (so we wouldt drink and drive!) and headed out to go wine tasting. we went to Provenance Winery, Silverado Winery, Cosentino Winery and Domaine Chandon. all of the wineries were amazing! provenance and cosentina's wines were my favorite, but silverado definitely had the best view! we ended the day with dinner at richard reddingtons redd wood pizza, an artisan pizza place in yountville. again, so good!

everything about the trip was amazing. the only complaint we had was that it was too short!!! i'm pretty sure my sister had a pretty good 30th and i'm happy we all got to celebrate together.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Lincoln James: 7 Months

my little man is 7 months old today! time is flying by! lincoln is weighing in at 16 lbs 15 oz and is 27 inches long. he is starting to talk so much and i love hearing his little baby coos.

i'll be honest; this past month has been a doozy. ever since we started daycare, lincoln's little immune system has been beat up. he's been sick pretty much since january 1st with the exception of maybe 4 or 5 days and most recently has suffered from some mysterious virus that's given him a crazy high fever and has the doctors stumped.

we've spent the past few days in and out of the doctors, getting lab work done, chest x-rays and still no diagnosis. he's had to have his blood drawn twice and has had three rounds of anti-biotic shots. his white blood cell count is extremely high and a particular white blood cell, which is normally supposed to be around one or below has shot up to 15. the doctors are certain he's fighting some kind of infection, but whether or not it's viral or bacterial, they're not sure. they've ruled out strep, the flu, meningitis, pneumonia, kawasaki disease and mono. they're waiting to see if his blood cultures grown anything, and so far they haven't, but it could take up to a week to see any results, if it's bacterial at all. and after all this is over, we may or may not have a diagnosis. it's been frustrating to say the least.

after all the sickies that have descended on my little man, i made the really tough decision to leave work again. it was hard, seeing as i had just started, but while i'm able to stay home with him (i won't be able to forever), i think it's the best decision. i want to give him time to build up some immunity and get a little bigger before we have to send him back to daycare. so i'm back at home with my little man, and i know we're both pretty happy about it.

anyways, back to the fun stuff. little man has grown so much and is mastering so many new skills. he coos and talks, rolls from back to tummy and now tummy to back! and is able to hold himself up on all fours for short periods of time. he's tried lots of new foods and is a huge fan of scrambled eggs with kale as well as hummus! he's also starting to gum some small bits of food and i can't wait to continue to introduce new and yummy foods to him! he is such a curious little boy and loves being outdoors!

most recently, we went on one of our walks over to the local park and he went on the swings for the very first time. he loved it!! it was so cute to see his little smile and he swung back and forth. we also tried out the slides (on mama's lap of course) and watched the ducks swim in the pond.

every month brings so many new milestones and it's such a joy to watch him grow. his little personality is shining through and he definitely has a stubborn streak! i can't wait to see what the next month brings!

here are a few quick stats:

height: 27 inches

weight: 16.15 lbs (up about .5 lbs from last month - those sickies have affected his appetite)

hates: being away from his mama ;0)

loves: his exersaucer/bouncer, solids, and sitting up like the biggest guy!

head: little man has full head control and is sitting up all by himself!

eats: new eats this month include green beans, broccoli, eggs and kale, yogurt teething biscuits, and hummus

sleeps: we started sleep training little man. he's able to put himself to bed all by himself, but we're still not sleeping through the night. i haven't tried to force the nap training and cutting out nigh time feedings yet because he's been sick and hasn't been eating as much during the day. we'll start weaning him off his night feedings once he's back to eating enough during the day.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Mommy and Me Photo Shoot

little man and i wanted to surprise husband/daddy with some photos for valentine's day. we had the very talented jennifer debarros of Jennifer DeBarros Photography over to take valentine's day photos of little man as well as a little 6 month photo shoot.

here are some of my favorites! 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

happy love day from my little man!! 

All photos taken by the very talented Jennifer DeBarros Photography

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Lincoln James: 6 Months

How is my baby 6 months old already?! It feels like yesterday I was so over being pregnant and couldn't wait to meet my little guy, and now an entire half a year has gone by. I'm not ready for 6 months. This guy is weighing in at 16.4 lbs. He hasn't gained much this month because he spent pretty much all of January sick and at the doctor. We're hoping February brings a healthier month for our little man.

I am, however, loving my 6 month old little man. He is so engaging, has the best smile in the whole wide world and is 100% a mama's boy, and I am more than ok with that. (Ok, so maybe I wish he wasn't such a mama's boy when I'm trying to shower and he won't go to anyone else, but you know what I mean ;0p)

 This month, like all other months has been the best and the hardest month yet. My little guy is officially in daycare, and I won't lie, it breaks my mama heart each and every day that I have to drop him off. I know he's in good hands. I know it's what is best for our family right now, but I die a little each day that I don't get to spend with him and it hurts knowing that someone else is getting to see so many of his "firsts" before I do. But, until we win the lottery (ha!) it's what we have to do right now.

Little man is officially sitting up all on his own and can feed himself his own bottle. He's also tried plenty of different fruits and veggies and is getting three small "solid" meals a day in addition to his formula. So far he's tried: carrots, butternut squash, avocado, peas, sweet potatoes, yams, apples, pears and bananas. In the coming weeks we're planning on introducing him to some green beans, mangoes, plums, peaches and nectarines. Husband can't wait till we can start feeding him proteins...(it must be a guy thing!)

We're still not loving tummy time but each month he gets better and better, and I'm beginning to think my little guy is going to walk before he ever tries to crawl. His absolute favorite toy in the whole world is the jumper/exersaucer (he LOVES to jump). He also LOVES sticking his hands in Porter's mouth, which grosses me out more than you know, but whatever makes the kid happy, right?

He's also been hit with a nasty cold this month that just won't go away (thanks a lot daycare) and he broke out in this awful awful rash that we still can't quite figure out. The doctor has us trying to switch up our laundry detergent and applying hydrocortisone for a limited time, but we'll see. The good news is that it doesn't seem to bother him at all, so hopefully it's more of a skin irritation than anything else.

I'm also pretty sure this little man of mine is teething hardcore and I wouldn't be surprised if we say a tooth or two pop through in the next month or so. I guess we'll just have to wait and see! It's made for some not so restful nights, but hopefully the whole teething process doesn't upset him too much.

All in all, Lincoln is such a happy little baby and I'm so lucky to be his mama. I can't wait to see what the next month brings! But I'm more than ok with time starting to slow way way down seeing as it's going by way to fast already.

Little man has his 6 month check up next week, but until we get the official numbers, here are a few quick stats:

height: we'll find out next week at his 6 month check up :)

weight: 16.4 lbs (up .4 lbs from last month!)

hates: being away from his mama ;0)

loves: his exersaucer/bouncer, solids, and sitting up like the biggest guy!

head: little man has full head control and is sitting up all by himself!

eats: loves carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, peas, apples, bananas, pears, and yams. he's not the biggest fan of avocado

sleeps: little man isn't sleeping well again. i'm not sure if it's because he misses me during the day while he's at daycare, or if it's because he's full on teething but he ends up in bed with me every night. i am one tired mama.