Palm Springs.

May 18, 2012

Earlier this week we went to Palm Springs with Joan, Dale & Isaac. Rented out a super-nice mid-century modern home. Ate lots of yummy food. Shopped. Went on dates. Played games. Went swimming. Watched the kiddies play together — kind of. It was so nice… relaxing, fun & a nice getaway from the daily grind. So fun to hang out with family & to get a little peek at what our future family vacations will be like. Definitely missed Mark, Julie & Athan though! Some photos of our few days together:

So good. Can’t wait to do it again!

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Special Talents

Still lots of climbing, standing, cruising, getting down. Much better at getting down from places now. And we saw him do a real crawl a handful of times, though he still defaults to his belly crawl when he actually wants to move it, move it. I’ve decided that I don’t care if he ever does a real crawl, since he is so content & efficient moving around on his belly. As long as he’s happy, I’m happy. :)

Sleeping on his back & side. Ollie has always been a tummy sleeper and never really had many sleep disruptions due to rolling since he learned how to roll from back to tummy first. However he did go through a short stint where he forgot how to roll that way & would get stuck on his back and cry. Lately though, I think he is feeling really comfortable in his own skin & with his greater sense of mobility–he has actually been sleeping on his back a lot. I think it is so cute cause I can see his sleeping face on the monitor!

Eating more real food. He’s getting more adept at chewing bigger pieces and swallowing. So cute how he wants to eat everything we’re eating.

Sleeping

Naps have been pretty good, but he has been taking for-e-ver to fall asleep at night. Like, one hour plus. I’ve tried different things like a later bedtime, less napping, waking him up from his afternoon nap earlier, lots & lots of exercise… all to no avail. I am trying to tell myself that it’s just cause he is going through so much developmentally (and he really is), but it kind of still drives me nutso.

Eating

Ollie has been eating like a little monster the last couple weeks. I decreased his milk intake and started offering solids before milk for lunch and dinner. Vast improvements. I think he could possibly move to all table foods at this point, but the thought of preparing soft, chewable, mushy foods for him for every meal is a bit daunting. We are sticking to chunky purees, with some of our own food thrown in here & there.

Likes

His burpie. I’ve given him a burpcloth to play with in his crib ever since he was only a few months old, but up until this past month, he completely ignored it. This month he has really taken a liking to it and holds it, chews it, crawls around his crib with it. It is so cute.

Toy cars. We just came back from Palm Springs with Joan, Dale & Isaac. Just in in those short few days, he developed an intense love for Isaac’s toy cars. He likes to grab one in each hand and crawl around, rolling the wheels back & forth on the ground. It was so weird for me to see him playing with little cars–makes him seem like such a little boy and not like a baby. Ikey was sweet enough to give Ollie one of his precious cars to take home. :)

When Daddy rubs his beard on his belly. We do this a lot when we’re changing him into his PJs, and he cracks up like crazy! It is super sweet, cause Steven remembers being tickled by his dad’s stubble when he was a little boy, and now he gets to make the same memories for his own little boy.

Resting his head on the dining table (picture above). He does this thing where he tilts his head while looking at you, down, down, until he’s just resting on the table. He does it over & over and wants you to do it with him. It is so cute.

Dislikes

Meh-meh. :(

Independent playtime. I haven’t been very good about giving him consistent independent playtime everyday, which has resulted in a very unhappy, clingy baby when I do give him IP. I slowly built up to about half an hour by last week and he was doing well most days, but I’m pretty sure we’re back at square one since coming back from vacation. :/

Inspired by Rosie’s post, I thought I’d post a little collection of some of our current fave products & also a few things on our wishlist (or rather, my wishlist, for both of us taha).

For Ollie:
1. Kicky Pants Pajamas:  These were a splurge for PJs, but I bought them because he always gets lots of wear out of PJs & also because the weather has been so weird in CA lately. One week it’s hot and in the 80s; the next week it’s raining in the 60s. These are made out of bamboo viscose, which is super soft, stretchy, and has the same benefits of cashmere–keeps you cooler in warm weather and warmer in cool weather.
2. Aden+Anais Snap Bibs:  I always grab for these bibs cause they’re soft, give great coverage, and conveniently snap to the side instead of the back.
3. Lifefactory Glass Bottles: Since I weaned, we’ve been using these glass baby bottles. They’re durable, hold the full 8oz, and come in pretty colorful silicone protective sleeves. I love choosing which color to use!
4. Elephant Scandeez Shoes: These shoes are super cute & soft–perfect now for walking around outside with assistance. :)
5. Baby Deedee Sleep Nest:  Love this sleepsack for nighttime and colder days. It feels like a down sleeping bag for babies & I always feel good putting him in such a cozy sack for the night.

For me:
1. Red Nail Polish:  I’ve worn red nail polish on my toes for about a year now & still can’t get myself to switch to a different color. This is a cheapie one for $4 from Sephora. Great price, but it always scratches off when I go to the pool. Must find a better quality one for the summer!
2. Mini Latte Bowls:  These are my favorite little bowls, gifted to me from Sharon. They’re the perfect size for a light snack of yogurt + granola, or two scoops of my favorite Trader Joe’s ice cream.
3.  One Piece Swimsuit: Since I had the baby, there’s no going back to bikinis. :/ So I bought two new suits for the summer–this striped piece & this polka dot one. I actually think I’ll be getting a lot of wear out of them this summer since Ollie seems to love the pool!
4. Baggu Bags: These are my favorite reusable bags–perfect for taking packages to the post office, picking up groceries, going to the farmers market, and even carrying extra clothes/equipment for Ollie when we nap him away from home. It really makes grocery shopping so much easier when I can fit everything into this one bag.
5.  Kate Spade iPhone Case: Gifted from the hubby, this is my favorite iPhone case ever! I still haven’t gotten sick of it & haven’t found any other case I like more than this one. Plus, it protects one of my absolute necessities in life. ;)

For Ollie:
1. Dohar Blanket:  I don’t know why, but I am on a never-ending quest for the perfect blankie for Ollie. I think at this point, he won’t ever have a favorite blankie, but I’m still determined to find it. This one is super soft & has three layers — It felt perfect for the upcoming hotter months.
2. Animal Storage Bins: Now that I’ve weaned and Ollie is more mobile, we want to rearrange his nursery a little bit… get rid of the futon I used to nurse on & put in a little shelving unit for his books with bins for toys. These animal storage bins would fit the bill!
3. Bobo Choses Bicycle Leggings: I know, I’m a sucker for cute leggings.
4. Ikea Wagon: This wagon/walker would be perfect for the summer as Ollie learns how to walk. It’s cute, cheap & not an eyesore like many of the other walkers out there!
5. Cloud Pillow: I could probably make this myself, but it is so cute! I actually love everything in her Etsy shop & wish I had a thousand dollars to buy them all.

For me:
1. New Bedding: It’s been three years now since we got married & I’m itching for new bedding. I love this set from DwellStudio & this one from West Elm.
2. New Purse: After carrying around a diaper backpack for the past year, I’m wanting a new purse just for myself for when I go out without the baby.
3. Fog Linen Trays: I’ve been eyeing these Fog Linen trays for forever. Would love to trade out our weathered, wooden tray for these fresh, striped ones. Perfect for drinking bedtime tea while watching Mad Men. :)
4. Whimsy & Spice Cookies: I love love love these cookies & wish they were available locally. My sweet tooth has gone a little rampant since I first began expecting Ollie and hasn’t subsided since!
5. Catbird NYC Ring: I don’t know why, but I’m so drawn to rings. I don’t really wear any other jewelry, but am always looking for more rings. Love this simple gold band with the lone diamond–really beautiful.

Special Talents

Climbing everything. Pulling himself up to his knees. Pulling himself to standing (on occasion). Still not real crawling, but very efficient belly crawling. Walking with assistance. Very minimal cruising. Baby is mobile & loving every bit of it. :)

Rolling from back to tummy (re-learned). For a short while there, Ollie forgot how to roll from back to tummy. How does one unlearn this? Beats me. He would lie helplessly on his back, whine a little, then give up & just start clapping his hands. Thankfully he has re-learned how to roll. Hip hip hooray!

Signing “all done.” At least, we think? He knows how to sign “all done,” but we’re not sure if he understands what it means. Sometimes he signs “all done” after he’s only eaten one bite, but most of the time, he really does seem to sign it when he’s not interested in eating anymore. Amazing how they pick things up so quickly!

Sleeping

Some disruptions due to teething and developmental changes, but overall pretty much the same. This past Sunday he completely refused to nap at church–I pushed him in the stroller for one hour, until it felt like my arms were going to fall off. Baby was so overtired, he screamed & cried all the way home. It was his first true one nap day. We survived, but he’s definitely not ready yet haha.

Eating

Ollie finally got his eighth tooth, which has resulted in very poor eating. It doesn’t bother me as much as it used to, but I still wish he would eat more. He is also showing a strong interest for table foods, but still gags a lot when I give him things & also takes forever to chew & swallow. Practice, practice, practicing. Yesterday he ate a ton of banana, which he has never liked, so I was surprised. Today I’m off to buy some more bananas for my little monkey. :)

Likes

Playing with doors. He plays with them all day long, back & forth, back & forth. Eventually shuts himself into a room & pounds on the door for me to open it again.

Following me around like a puppy. If I sit on the ground, he will inevitably find me & start climbing me. It is terribly adorable & endearing–I love this age!

Walking with assistance. He loves walking! Whenever he is sad or grumpy, I take him by the hands & start walking… immediate smiles & giggles ensue.  The best is when we strip off all his clothes & help him walk to the bathroom for his bath. Love seeing his chunky monkey roly poly body taking itty bitty steps! So cute!

Milk. Baby loves his milk. He cries every time the bottle runs out. Or whenever he sees a bottle. Even if it’s only been an hour after he ate.

Dislikes

Eating. But we’ve already talked about that. I was talking with some girlfriends about what our least favorite thing about taking care of our kids is, and hands down, my least favorite is feeding him food. Every mealtime is a battle. :/

Getting disciplined. I’m not sure if this will change as he gets older, but Ollie seems to be pretty sensitive & responsive to discipline. He learned “no” pretty quickly & is really pretty good about not doing the things we tell him not to do. I’m really thankful for his tender heart & hope that continues into toddlerhood.