Aug 292016



Over the weekend some of the cousins got together for a mini family reunion down on my aunt’s farm. It was sort of weird to do it without the entire family but I’m glad this generation is trying to keep the tradition going even though life is busy for everyone these days! Michael, Logan and I drove down Saturday mid-day. Some people were camping, some people were sleeping inside. Thankfully we got a bedroom! We are just not ready to attempt camping with a baby yet.


So we got the best of both worlds–sort of camping without having to sleep outside!

Logan did great on the drive down…until we were 20 minutes away and then he started screaming. Yikes. We arrived as everyone was heading down to the river. I changed Logan and fed him and then he was good to go. The three of us sat outside with my cousin Kristin, who unfortunately broke her leg recently so she wasn’t swimming.


We had intentions to go down to the river and never actually made it down there. Bummer. But we were busy with the baby anyways.

If you follow me on Instagram you can see the video of Logan seeing cows for the first time! They were a huge hit. ๐Ÿ™‚ It is so cool seeing things through Logan’s eyes. It’s like you get to experience things in a brand new way with the baby.



We sat in the shade and enjoyed a nice, cold beer while we caught up on things. Then everyone got back from the river. No scavenger hunt this year, but there was a game of bocce ball:


And then it was time to eat. Dinner was a potluck. Grilled cheeseburgers and a bunch of different kinds of salads and fruit. It was delicious!


My cousin’s fiance made this amazing tortellini pasta salad that I want to make. It was so good I had two servings. Seriously worth the calories.

It was a very chill, low-key weekend. Different than the usually reunion that has 100+ people and tons of food and stuff to do. It was kinda nice just relaxing in the shade.


Evening came and we gathered around the fire pit, another favorite tradition. Logan was in his crib and I checked on him every 10 minutes or so. Eventually he woke up and was really fussy (I think it was too hot) so I brought him down by the fire and the cool night air made him more comfortable. First campfire!


I fed him and he finally fell asleep and I went back down to the fire for a little bit before heading to bed.

Sunday morning Logan woke us up bright and early (of course) and no one else was awake yet. Michael went for a run and Logan and I cuddled in bed.



Michael got back from his run and said people were starting to wake up so I got up. I needed some coffee ASAP. I brought along this coffee to check out:


It sounded really interesting to me. It was just ok. It was a little on the weird side and I’m not sure why–maybe because it was dairy free? I don’t know. BUT I wanted an iced coffee and this satisfied that craving! Breakfast:


We hung out for a little bit then it was time to clean up, pack up, and head out. Maybe next year we can try real camping with the baby.

Aug 242016

First, I wanted to share something for local Portland parents. At my baby shower my aunt got me this awesome gift! A hand/foot print done by her friend who runs a little business calledย Hands On Keepsake Company. I took Logan on our last day of my maternity leave when he was 10 weeks old and got his foot and hand print done.


I recently picked it up and I am so happy with it! It’s hanging in his nursery and it’s just so cute and it turned out really great. I’m thinking I will do it again for his 1st birthday just to have something to compare.

Second, my little bug turned 5 months!


In the last few weeks he’s decided he wants to be ON THE MOVE at all times. He rarely stays in the same spot we put him now. I put him down on his back and he immediately rolls and flips onto his belly like a little gymnast. He’s not crawling–yet–but he’s trying really hard to do it! He gets his legs pumping and he kind of scoots and rolls and pulls. It’s so funny to watch. This photo shows just how much he is moving (he was put down on his back in the middle of his gym mat):


My mom saw this photo and said he looks just like me when I was that age. I guess we have the same exact expression on our face. ๐Ÿ™‚


The 4 month sleep regression hit us pretty hard. We were spoiled with him sleeping through the night for almost 2 months. He must be growing at a crazy pace because he’s waking up a few times a night now to eat. (Mama is exhausted!)

This week he also decided that he wants to roll over onto his belly in the pack n’ play when he should be sleeping (which makes me really nervous–even though the doctor said it’s ok he sleeps on his tummy once he can roll over like this–it still freaks me out and I move him back to his back).

Overall he’s a pretty happy, energetic, good-natured baby. It’s been a joy so far watching him grow and learn new things–sometimes new things daily!



My little gymnast is discovering new things! He does downward dog. He does cobra. He uses the rings on his toys in his little gym to pull himself up as he flips over. And this week he got a whole lot better at his motor skills. He discovered that his little monkey attached to the carseat vibrates if you pull it. He was having a grand old time pulling it and it was so cool to see how focused he was on the task.


In other news, he starts daycare part time in September. I have to admit, I’m having a really, really hard time with it. It’s going to be so emotional and stressful for me dropping him off to be with someone else. We’ve been so lucky to have been able to work out a schedule with our jobs so that either me or Michael is home with him every day during the week. I know it’s made a huge difference for all of us and we both got a chance to bond with Logan. Seeing Michael be such an amazing dad and take care of Logan when I go into the office has been really awesome to see. And going into the office a few times a week gives me a break (sometimes much needed break!). But I’d be lying if I said this was going to be an easy transition.

I know daycare will be a good thing — at some point. It will socialize Logan and get him exposed to other babies/kids and germs and get him ready for school eventually…but when they are teeny babies it just doesn’t make sense to me. ๐Ÿ™ But it has to be done. I’m grateful that I have a situation where it will only be part time daycare for the rest of this year. That’s something, and it’s given me a little relief knowing that I’ll be home with him two days a week at least.



I know it’s going to be hard for me. I’m trying not to think about it too much at the moment. I just don’t want to miss out on all of his firsts because he’s in daycare.

Finally, on a happy note, I put him in the middle of his blanket, walked away for a few minutes, and when I came back I saw this:


I would be surprised if he wasn’t crawling soon!