Happy Spring!

We had a busy weekend celebrating two holidays! Here are a few pictures from Passover and Easter.


Ready to see the Easter Bunny


Jonas LOVED the Easter bunny. He hugged him and talked to him and pet his fur. When we took him off of the bunny’s lap, he cried for 10 minutes, “See Easter Bunny!”

Passover Seder table

Passover Seder table


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Making dinner as Jonas eats his matzo, or as he calls it, “big cracker”

My friend Shona came over to do Passover Seder with us.



Getting into the Easter spirit by sticking a pretend carrot in the XBox.

Getting into the Easter spirit by sticking a pretend carrot in the XBox.




Bubby’s Visit and Our Road Trip!

Bubby visited from March 2-13 and she, Jonas, and I went on a road trip to visit Pop and Nana in Fairfield.

The first day we drove to Fresno. The trip started out a little stressfully. We set off with what I thought was enough gas. Turns out there is a long stretch with nowhere to get gas, mostly uphill. My car went quickly from saying I had 45 miles worth to 41 to 36 to under 30. We pulled over at the Pyramid Lake rest stop because I didn’t want to get stuck on the side of the road. Thankfully we have AAA and they came in 20 minutes with a couple gallons to get us to the nearest gas station! The hotel in Fresno was ok but not in the best neighborhood. Some little kids were running around the hallways and rattled the doorknob and at one point I thought I heard someone knock on the door. I said, “Who’s knocking?” and then Jonas yelled “Who’s knocking?!” for 15 minutes until he fell asleep.


The next morning at breakfast. He didn’t actually eat much of that giant plate of food!


We drove to Fairfield the next day and hung out with Pop and Nana– it was Jonas’s first time meeting them! It was so cool to have four generations together. Jonas especially liked playing with their dog, Dudley.

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That night, we stayed at a hotel, a Fairfield Inn and Suites, that was SO nice, especially compared to the night before. The beds were so comfortable and we slept so well since we were so tired. They even had soy milk at breakfast!



I think this is Bubby giving Jonas a “Don’t push that straw into your soy milk” warning look. He takes her seriously!

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We were supposed to stay in Fresno again, but we decided to try to find another Fairfield Inn and Suites since we liked it so much. We changed our reservation to one in Tulare, which actually ended up being closer to the middle of the drive, so it was perfect! On the drive there, we stopped at a restaurant for lunch. They had a cute waterfall fountain in front so we posed for some pictures.

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I had a plate of appetizers. It was all fried and delicious! It filled me up so much, I wasn’t even hungry for dinner.


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We stopped in Pasadena the next day to have some food with Sadie and then drove the rest of the way home. Jonas got sick of being in the car sometimes and would cry to “see Mommy” and we came up with some fun ways to entertain him. My favorite was singing Old McDonald. For each animal, Bubby would pull out a finger puppet and have it dance for Jonas.

Here are a few more pictures from Bubby’s visit.




I love the way Jonas and Bubby are looking at each other here.

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Jonas loves Bubby! He kept saying “See Bubby!” whenever she was in another room and they had so much fun together. <3

Puppy Love

I was planning to take ten pictures to share on February 10th but ended up only taking these:

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Jonas loves to pretend to put on deodorant just like Mommy and Daddy so I give him an empty deodorant bottle. He even asked to unzip his pajamas so he could reach his armpits!

Since I didn’t take many photos on the 10th, here are some other recent ones of what we’ve been up to lately. Jonas has been fascinated by the dog lately and it is so cute. 20150206_205816 pup1

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The other day, he went with me to visit a doula client and her new baby. We got him to give a kiss in her direction, but he was a little uncertain.


Later, Jared asked if Jonas liked the baby. Jonas said, “No,” and then patted his chest enthusiastically, saying, “Baby!”

I think doing some yoga helped him relax, though, haha.


Christmas 2014

Christmas was so fun this year. It was great to see Jonas get excited about his presents and spending time with everyone. On Christmas Eve, Jared read The Night Before Christmas, a tradition from his side of the family.

On Christmas morning, we went downstairs and opened our stockings. Jonas liked the glasses and books that Santa picked out for him.


We waited until Aunt Sadie and her boyfriend arrived around 8am to open our other gifts. Aunt Sadie and Jonas got each other the same book!

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Santa brought Jonas a steering wheel to play with in the car and a Mighty Ducks jersey. Jared and I got him a wooden coffee maker and a book. Bubby sent a bead lacing kit, a baby doll, a skunk puppet, some flying whirligig things (she got them at her 60th birthday party and decided to send them and they are probably Jonas’s favorite gift, other than the giant box below), a flashlight, and other fun goodies. Great Grandma got him wooden vegetables and a wooden stir fry set.


After a late breakfast of tofu scramble, Jonas fell asleep and even stayed asleep when I handed him to Sadie while we got ready to go to Aunt Shannon, Uncle Chris, Kayla, and Brooklyn’s house.


Aunt Sadie headed to Las Vegas for a wedding and we went to Shannon’s.


Hanging out with Vincent the kitty

I love the way the light looks in the picture below, and I love how cute my kiddo is!


Jonas played twister with Papa and his cousins.


We had a delicious dinner and then opened even more gifts!


He got a tool bench and pajamas from Grandma and Papa and a Little People Musical Preschool from Aunt Shannon and family!

It was a long, but great day! I think Jonas felt the same way. I love that his little feet are propped up on his cousin here. Even though he was tired, he had a hard time sleeping that night, I think from all the excitement! I never imagined that Christmas could be as fun as it was as a kid, but seeing my own kid enjoy Christmas is so awesome!



101 in 1001 Check In

I started with 101 in 1001 on January 1, so it’s been almost a year. This year, I completed 40 of my goals and made progress on a few more! Here’s what we did:

1. go to Baby Bookworm at the library
2. Apple picking at Oak Glen
3. visit Lindsey
4. purge closet
5. blog at least once a month for Jonas’s first year (7/12)
6. meditate for 30 minutes a day for 30 days
7. go to a punk show
8. remodel play room into something we’ll use
9. baby proof
10. get doula business cards
11. finish doula website
12. ask Grandma to tell me a story I’ve wanted to hear
13. finish sending birth announcements
14. plan 1st bday party for Jonas with slideshow
15. donate unused baby stuff
16. watch Dollhouse
17. frame wedding invitation
18. make jalapeno poppers
19. take Jonas to a show/concert
20. do baby signs with Jonas
21. 2015 calendar with 2014 pictures
22. set up college fund for Jonas
23. invest some of our savings
24. move dinners away from the tv and to the table
25. pick a new fruit or vegetable and make something with it
26. take Jonas to the beach
27. tech free Tuesdays actually: Facebook Free Fridays
28. set up emergency kit
29. get a nice camera (on my phone)
30. take Jonas to Chino Youth Museum
31. bake a pie from scratch
32. add money to kiva account and lend
33. let Jonas try a lemon (record it)
34. SD card of Jonas’s first Christmas for Grandma
35. finger paint with Jonas
36. use old bath products and cosmetics or throw away
37. Make 5 cookbook recipes
38. go to Fontana farmer’s market
39. set up organization system for business expense tracking
40. build up 100 oz breast milk stash

Ten on Ten December 2014

I haven’t written since last month! We’ve been pretty busy. Anyway, here are ten pictures from our day!


Jonas likes to take things out of the fridge, ask me what they are, repeat it, and then ask, “Eat?” I had to tell him, “No, we can’t eat chocolate syrup for breakfast.”


He actually colored a little bit today but still was more interested in trying to dump the crayons out.


A walk to the park a few blocks away.


We stayed there for a while. The playground is small but there is tons of grass to explore.


All that playing made Jonas sleepy. I got to start this comic book. The protagonist is a 16-year-old Muslim girl and it is good so far!


After nap time, it was time for a Target trip for some Christmas gifts.

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I’ve been listening to the MU330 Winter Wonderland album every year since high school. Today was the first time I listened to it this year and it made me feel like it is actually almost Christmas!


I am pretty proud of our dinner tonight! Spicy lemon (vegan) shrimp and asparagus over rice.


Just saying hi while Mommy and Daddy relax on the couch.

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Ten on…Eleven?

I took 10 pictures yesterday to use for 10 on 10 but then I was too tired to post them. So here’s yesterday in pictures! Some of them are a little blurry because of the low lighting.

Instead of coloring, I'll dump all the crayons out and relax next to them!

Instead of coloring, I’ll dump all the crayons out and relax next to them!

Dumped Mommy's jewelry box on the floor to play with "BEABS!"

Dumped Mommy’s jewelry box on the floor to play with “BEABS!”


Nap time/ Mommy reading time



I had a couple of hours of work in the afternoon so Jonas hung out with Gram and Papa. He liked holding the phone up to his ear while Papa carried him around.



Hand me down books from the cousins!


Jonas likes holding the tongs. He thinks we are saying “tongue” and sticks his out.

Tacos for dinner

Tacos for dinner


Happy that Daddy is home

Happy that Daddy is home


Just hanging out in Daddy's hat

Just hanging out in Daddy’s hat


Saying goodnight

Saying goodnight


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10 Ways Having a Baby is Like Traveling to Another Country

1. There can be a language barrier 
Like the time in Japan when I used my phrase book to order what I thought was an avocado roll, but actually was a big pile of salmon with a piece of avocado on top (vegan, here!). Or the time my baby said “Up” and then got upset when I said, “You’re already up” because what he really meant was “Down.”

2. The language barrier won’t matter.
Smiles work just fine.


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3. You will rely on the kindness of strangers
In Dresden, Germany, an older man asked me “Ist deine füße kaputt?” (“Is your foot broken?”) and then brought me band aids from a first aid tent when I showed him my awful blisters.

This guy held Jonas when he was antsy on the airplane.

4. You will eat things you never expected.
Like sacred water from a well in India that you know will probably give you diarrhea. Or half a freeze dried mango that your baby spit out.

5. You’ll get good at carrying almost anything you might need around in one bag


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6. You will get your sleep where you can get it

On the way home from Israel 2011

On the way home from Israel 2011

7. You’ll know what it’s like to feel alone in a room full of people



Like standing in the Paris train station when no one will stop to help you figure out how to get to a hostel. Or sitting in your living room, on two hours of sleep, when everyone else is sitting at the kitchen table eating but you can’t because you’re the only one who can feed the hungry baby who eats for 20 minutes every half an hour!

8. You’ll make friends simply because you’re doing the same thing
It’s easier to talk to someone when you’re both carrying a backpack or a baby!


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9. You’ll understand cultural references more

You’ll notice references to places you’ve traveled in books and TV. And you’ll get books, TV shows, movies, everything in a different way when you have a baby. You’ll understand the parents’ perspectives in a way you didn’t before.

10. Even when things are imperfect, they’re perfect


In Germany, when I went out, unknowingly, on “Father’s Day,” which is actually more like “Men’s Day.” Men walk around pulling coolers of beer and singing songs about being men. There were no other women to be found.

Almost get stuck at a train station in Munich and have to talk your way onto the train? Baby poop all over the fancy outfit you put him in in the parking lot outside your friend’s wedding reception? It’s all just part of the perfect story!


The backup outfit was cute, too

Fall So Far

We’ve been so busy, I haven’t been posting! Here’s a look at our fall so far, mostly in pictures.



Jonas and I went apple picking with my sister-in-law and niece. These two just did this! No posing! How adorable are they?!

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Jonas and I went to Massachusetts to visit my best friend and her new baby, James! We did so much fun stuff while we were there.


Playing at the Acton Children’s Museum


At the playground near Lindsey and James’ house

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Jonas loved this baby goat and he was so good about petting it gently! There were other goat kids in the same area but he just followed this one around.

I got to have a girls’ night with Lindsey and one of our other best friends, Elizabeth. It was so great to spend time with them! Jonas and Lindsey’s baby, James hung out with Lindsey’s husband Brian, his two sisters, and the husband of one of his sisters. I knew he was in good hands since Brian is studying to be a teacher, one of his sisters is a nanny, and the other works with special needs students, but I was still nervous leaving him with people he didn’t know very well, even for a few hours! He had fun playing with Brian’s 3-year-old nephew, but they said he did cry for “Mama!” at one point :( To help with the Mommy guilt, I’m telling myself the refreshment I got from some “me” time with my two best friends who I rarely see helped me be a better Mommy to him!


We’ve been checking out lots of children’s museums! A couple weeks ago, we went with some friends and their kids to the one in La Habra and last week, we went to the Chino Youth Museum.


Yesterday, Jared, Jonas, and I went to the beach with Jared’s Aunt Lisa and Uncle Gene. Jonas had been to the boardwalk before, but this was his first time playing in the sand and putting his feet in the ocean!

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He loved running around and exploring.

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Happy First Birthday, Sweet Baby!

Jonas is 1!

On the 13th we had a party for him with immediate family, a couple close friends, and some families from our play group. Jonas loves kitties and puppies, so that was the theme. He has been super into TRASH lately, and if I’d known that earlier, maybe we would have picked Oscar the Grouch, but this was still really fun!



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Jonas had a lot of fun, and really got into the party mood, running around with the other kids and chasing balloons.


Helping Papa, Daddy, and Tio Henry with the food.


Checking out the ice with his buddy Ronan


He tried some cake but wasn’t too impressed.

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Bubby and Grandpa came in for the festivities. It was so nice to spend time with them!

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Since his party, Jonas has been enjoying playing with his new stuff!


A garden cart from Mommy and Daddy since he loves flowers. I’m so happy he loves it!



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Today is his actual birthday. I have been putting this Happy Birthday diaper on him for months, but I was so happy to use it on his real birthday!


Jared had the day off from work today, so we went to the mall and rode the carousel. Jonas liked it at first, but by the end of the ride, he was squirming and wanted me to hold him.


I am so happy being this amazing baby’s Mommy! I love watching him grow and learn and turn into his own little person!

Happy first birthday, Jonas! I love you so much!