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5 months with our happy girl

August was a hot month with an extra big electricity bill for all the A/C we’ve been blasting here in San Diego. Baby turned 5 months and we got an annual pass to the San Diego Zoo. It’s been a nice family activity to push Cadence around the zoo when the days cool down.

Cadence loves blowing raspberries, giggling and rolling over

Cadence is rolling like a pro now! She’s also doing great eating solids! She began with sweet potatoes, avocados, apples and carrots. So far, no allergies! We tried to give her pieces of avocado to eat herself (baby led weaning) but she had no idea what to do with it. So looks like we’ll keep spoon feeding her for now!

Daddy feeding Cadence avocados at 5 months

On August 11, Cadence went swimming again with her friend Hailey (who is 2 weeks younger than her). We met up our friends at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay pool. She did a great job in the water again. We’re planning to enroll her in swim lessons soon (or have a friend teach all the babies).

Swimming at the Hyatt Mission Bay Pool – Haha! Love her face.

I’m feeling the mom guilt as I’m trying to find that work-life balance. (What does that even mean?) Always reminding myself to be present because work can wait. I pause and soak her in. I take that moment to remember my baby: her smile, her smell, her little toes. I hold her a little longer, sing to her and watch as she drifts to sleep. She won’t be this small forever, but she will always be our baby.

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3 months and growing fast

I have to say, it’s cute that I ever thought I’d have time to keep up with a family blog. I’m soooo tired. Kudos to the moms that are able to find time to write, take beautiful photos and edit videos. But at this point, this blog will just be to help us remember Cadence’s milestones.

At three months now, Cadence is smiling, cooing and giggling. Her neck is fairly strong and she pushes herself up during tummy time. She looks as though she will roll over very soon! The issues she had with gas and colic seem to have gone away and now we are experiencing sunny days with Cadence. Besides her inability to have a normal poopy diaper (only blowouts), we love where she’s at right now!

Cadence at three months – starting to smile and coo

She is starting to use the Mama & Papa seat to sit at the table with us during meals. No solid food for her just yet though. She’s just drinking pumped milk every day and one bottle of formula at night. I question how long my pumping journey will go but telling myself to go one day at a time. Continue reading “3 months and growing fast”

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2 Month Baby Update

This post originally began as Cadence’s one month update but time flew by and I wasn’t able to finish the post in time. Now Cadence is two months! And just like that I’m back to work. I was only able to take 8 weeks for maternity leave! Wah! Here’s the little babe:

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The first night we took Cadence home, she slept great! We have her in a cosleeper next to our bed. We were supposed to wake her up every 3 hours to feed but generally, she would wake up on her own for feedings. After the first night, sleep was a little rough for the coming weeks. At around 7 weeks, Cadence started sleeping longer, waking up only once around 1am – 2am to feed. Because my milk didn’t come in until day 5 or so, we were already having to feed her formula and she was taking a bottle from the very beginning. So Danny and I would take turns with the night feedings. I so appreciate him for helping with these especially after hearing that other dads didn’t have to when mothers were exclusively breastfeeding. Also, Danny only took one week off in the beginning and immediately went back to work so I knew he was often exhausted in the middle of the night too. Continue reading “2 Month Baby Update”

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Cadence’s Birth Story – March 8, 2018

 

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March 7, 2018 – So labor begins…

On March 7, 2018, there was a gas leak in San Diego that led to gridlock traffic around town when my husband (Danny) and I got off work. That day I started to feel back-to-back contractions and we sat in that traffic hoping it wasn’t time to go to the hospital yet.

When we got home, early labor began around 8pm with mild contractions at 10 minutes apart. By 10pm, I called Kaiser Labor & Delivery to let them know the contractions were getting closer and closer. I tried to sleep but the pain was becoming stronger and more frequent; I laid on the ground, wrapped myself around the pregnancy ball, etc. At 4am, contractions were every 4 minutes and I started bleeding (bloody show). It was time to go! I took a quick shower and my husband packed up. He dropped me off at the entrance of the hospital as I waddled in. Quickly, a staff member got a wheelchair and brought me to triage. I was 5cm dilated!
The nurse was impressed that I had waited at home so long. Since I was already in active labor, I decided to get the epidural then. By 5am, we were waiting in the delivery room and contractions were intense! It wasn’t until 7am that the anesthesiologist came to our room, leaving me with two hours of intense contractions and lots of time to reflect on how my mom gave birth to my siblings and me naturally. How did she do it? Respect.
I had a hard time slouching my back down and relaxing (in between contractions) so he could get the epidural needle in. I kept flinching every time he’d touch my back… to the point where he yelled at me about the seriousness of holding still. I was nervous I was going to botch this, my ticket out of pain island. But eventually, he did it and the epidural kicked in. I could see contractions come and go on the monitor, but no pain. It was magical.
Since I had a normal pregnancy, we were asked if we were OK with a midwife delivering the baby. Yep! So they sent in Karen who checked my dilation again at 9am. 8 cm dilated!

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What is in the Babylist Hello Baby Box?

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I just received my #HelloBabyBox from Babylist so thought I’d put together an update post specifically on what is in this box. First, to receive the box, sign up for a baby registry! What we loved about Babylist was that you can add items from any website. The registry allowed us to find the best prices and items to pull them into one comprehensive list.

The welcome box came in the mail about a month after we signed up. Here’s a glimpe of what’s inside:

  1. Babylist cards to let friends/family know you are registered on their site
  2. Sample of Pampers diapers
  3. Samples of Cetaphil (Baby diaper cream, moisturizing oil, wash & shampoo and lotion)
  4. Sample of Fridababy Windi The Gaspasser and the Fridababy Boogie Wiper
  5. “Cutest Baby Ever” sticker from StickyBellies.com
  6. Kiinde Twist Direct-Pumo Breast Milk Collection
  7. Lansinoh Latch-On Tips and Sample Lanolin Nipple Cream
  8. $50 Babysitting Gift Card from Urbansitter
  9. Sample of Boobease Organic Nipple Balm
  10. Coupon to Tiny Tags Personalized Mommy Jewelry
  11. $25 Gift Card to TeaCollection.com
  12. Stickers and art prints from Lucy Darling

I love that there are several items for mom in this box (not just baby products). Squeee!!! 😄

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Our Mastursery: Baby’s Nursery in Master Bedroom

8 weeks until our due date and the nesting instinct is kicking in! Wanted to write a blog post about our “mastursery” which is a term used for a nursery in the master bedroom.

Since Danny and I currently live in San Diego with his family, we don’t have an extra nursery room for Baby Cadence. But we are fortunate to have the master bedroom which gives us plenty to work with. We just have to get creative with the shared space!

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You can see our room boasts a mix of colors thrown together because we were given a lot of hand-me-down furniture and toys (thank you, we’ll take it all!). Also wanted to show a real representation of how the room looks compared to some other photos where the room looks bare/minimalistic with all colors coordinated perfectly. Not sure how first time parents are able to achieve that perfect Pinterest look on a budget. For us, we are working with what we got! We also still have up our wedding photos which are interspersed with the baby decor. Continue reading “Our Mastursery: Baby’s Nursery in Master Bedroom”

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Babymoon + First Family Vacation to Catalina Island

At 31 weeks pregnant, my husband suggested one last ‘hoorah’ before the baby’s arrival. With our friends and their adorable four-month old baby, we planned a short two-day, one-night trip to Catalina Island for a babymoon slash first family vacation. It was mid-January so the weather was about 70 degrees by day and a chilly, windy 50 degrees at night. For context, no one was laying out on the beach.

First things first, you may be familiar with “Santa Catalina Island,” but the City of Avalon is where you are going! It is the only incorporated city on the island and considered the southernmost city in Los Angeles County (with a population of less than 4,000). Here are some things we did and tips for new parents and pregnant women:

1) Take the Catalina Express to the Island

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There are a few ferry options to get to Catalina Island. We chose to drive up from San Diego to the Downtown Long Beach port. 

  • A round-trip (RT) adult fare is $73.50 (or $36.75 one-way).
  • Children ages 2-11 are $58 RT and there’s a cost even for infants (under age 2) of $5 RT.
  • The ferries leave about every 4 hours beginning at 6AM and the last boat at 5:45PM. The ride is a little over one hour (60 minutes).

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TIP: Don’t wait last minute to buy your ticket. Book online! Since there wasn’t a discount to purchase the RT ticket, we waited to buy our one-way tickets back from Avalon to Long Beach, but the ferry time we were hoping for SOLD OUT! We couldn’t get on the 3:50PM ferry and took the 7:30PM instead, arrived back at Long Beach around 8:45PM before driving two hours back to San Diego. The schedule was a bit rough for the baby!
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