December 26, 2012

The Haircut from Hell

Today I decided to book Miles an appointment to get his hair cut. A few months ago he had his first trim and it went really well- no tears, no problems- so I figured he'd do just as great the second time. 

I. Was. Very. Wrong.

My grandma and sisters came along and I was pretty excited as we walked into the children's salon. The stylist directed us to a cute little car chair, with cartoons playing in front of him and a little toy to play with. I think he was distracted for about two seconds and then started reaching for me. It was around then I started to get worried. The stylist showed Miles the clippers and he touched them and then I touched him, to show him that it was okay. It didn't matter- she turned them on and he freaked. There was no reasoning, there was no consoling, there was no distracting (we tried anyway and failed miserably). He started angry crying as she turned the trimmers on and got to work. The angry cry turned into the traumatic cry and he was clutching my sweatshirt sobbing, "Maaaaamaaaaa..." It was terrible, and I started wondering if maybe half a haircut wouldn't look so bad. By then, he was screaming so horribly that people walking by the salon stopped to look in through the windows. I looked over to see my grandma wipe away tears, and my sisters were wide-eyed. The stylist remained cool and collected (thank goodness, seeing as she was the one with the scissors) and finally I got him out of the little chair and held him so close. I thought I had scarred him for life! But as soon as he was out of the chair he stopped crying, smiled, and started playing with the toys in the reception area. Afterward, we went and got him a smoothie (he sure loves his smoothies) as a treat. And all was right in the world. 

Now, he looks more like a toddler and less like a baby. It's really hitting me that his birthday is on Saturday, that my baby is turning one. But even though he's growing up way faster then I'm prepared for, I love that he still needs his mama when he's sad and that I can make him happy again.

December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

I had the best time today celebrating Miles's first Christmas with Parker and our families. He woke up at five in the morning (his usual and definitely not my favorite wake-up time) and instead of my normal routine of groggily throwing my covers off to the side and stumbling out of bed totally not feeling like P-Diddy, I lept out of bed and pretty much skipped over to pick up my smiling baby from his crib. Parker was a little less enthusiastic, but we soon got him out of bed and to the tree to open presents. Miles wasn't too sure what to do with the wrapping paper, but was pretty much a pro by the end of the day. 
Here are some photos of our holiday weekend:

On Sunday my family went to visit some of my family near LA, and my brother rode with us in my car. Miles fell asleep, but when he woke up he was giving his uncle some major stink-eye!

On Sunday night, my sisters spent the night and woke up with Miles to give Parker and I the gift of sleep! They love Miles so much and he loves them right back. As a thank-you, Santa dropped off the gift of Clinique for my two favorite sisters.

On Christmas Eve, my siblings and I enjoyed some eggnog-flavored Starbucks. I think this was the only photo Ernie didn't protest.
Here is Miles in his Christmas pajamas, at the dreadful hour of five a.m.

My Christmas angel, fast asleep on his way to Grandma's

I hope you all had as wonderful a Christmas as we did! 
Have a great week!

December 21, 2012

Choos Day

One day, about two weeks ago, I was able to cross off an item from my fashion Bucket List (am I the only girl who has one?). I am a shoe lover all the way, so it's no surprise to find many pairs the list. While those who know me are more than aware of my love for shoes, I'm sure a complete stranger would know if they happened to see me frolicking around the shoe department at Nordstroms. If I need to go shopping for shirts, I find shoes. Every. Time. I don't know how it happens.

Since Miles arrived, I've been sticking to the basics: my favorite Minnetonkas and the occasional wedge. But when I came across these beautiful heels, I knew they needed to get in my closet ASAP. My husband got them for me for my birthday (one of the many reasons why he's the best husband ever) and when they arrived I just stared at the box for a minute, savoring the moment. They fit perfectly and make me as tall as I could hope for without feeling like I would fall flat on my face with any misstep. And, of course, every girl needs a perfect black pair of heels!

What's on your fashion Bucket List? I've always secretly wanted a pair of those blue Manolo Blahnik heels from the first SATC movie but for now I'm trying to stick to the classics. I've got my eye on a Burberry scarf next!

Have a great weekend!

December 16, 2012

Oy Vey.

You guys. So much has happened since I last blogged. It's been crazy. The semester ended (thank goodness- this was the main reason I haven't been writing much of anything for the last month), my whole family got really, really sick, I became the proud owner of my first pair of Jimmy Choos- they will have their own post- and we celebrated Miles's first Hanukkah.

My sweet boy's birthday is in less than two weeks! A year ago today was my due date with Miles and I just can't believe how quickly this year has gone. I am so excited for Miles to become a toddler but also painfully aware of how quickly he's on his way out of the baby stage, so I've been soaking up all the cuddles I can get. I absolutely love how now he's at an age where he shows affection and will give me kisses and hugs- it turns me into one big sap. In fact, if anyone mentions his birthday or how he's going to be one year old or how it's his first holiday season I just start getting emotional and have to get a grip by making myself think of Hillary Clinton in a pantsuit and that usually sobers me right up. It's sort of embarrassing but I just love that kid so much.

I'll be posting more often now that I don't have loads of homework- tomorrow I'm going to write about the Choos! 

I hope you all had a great weekend.

November 27, 2012

I've Got a Fever...

Baby Fever, that is. Last Friday, I got a taste of what life would be like with two babies under age two. I had Miles, of course, and little baby Zachary- only two months old and the son of a dear friend. It seems like many of my friends are currently pregnant with their second, third, and even fourth babies; while I've been fairly certain that I have no desire to get pregnant, I was interested to see how the day would unfold. I was also a little nervous as to how Miles would react.

Let's be clear: little Zachary was perfectly calm and sweet. My normally calm and sweet Miles was practically throwing himself down in a "rit of fage", as Parker likes to say. This carried on pretty much all day, with only a pause for a brief morning nap. I would've been completely and totally overwhelmed if not for visits with family throughout the day. My sisters kept Miles distracted and occupied while I rocked Zachary and fed him his afternoon bottles. After baby Z left, Miles crawled to me immediately and gave me many slobbery kisses with his arms around my neck. My sweet boy was back!

So that settles it: I'm not ready! Who knows if I'll ever be ready. I know that for me personally, more than one baby would not be a good fit for our family right now and it would mean giving up certain things that I'm not willing to give up. Like my sanity (again, I am not criticizing mamas of more than one child. I am in awe of you!). Maybe later this will change.

At the end of the day, it was good to get some clarity on my baby fever and realize, as my friend Morgan said recently when I asked her if she had The Fever: "Yes, but I'm not going to do anything about it!"

November 25, 2012

Hmm. I Mean, Om.

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Remember a month when I wrote about taking a much-needed blog break? I returned to writing with good intentions but once again started noticing bigger and bigger gaps in between posts. I told myself it was in the name of relaxation, but even I can't convince myself that "relaxation" means watching an episode of Real Housewives of ______ instead of something like yoga or at least changing into my workout clothes and thinking about doing yoga (getting off the couch is the hardest part)

 It's not that I don't have things to write about, though! I want to tell you all about when I had two babies under two for a day (my baby fever has broken), how I'm getting ready for Miles's first holiday season (I'm thinking a nice Nativity scene with a big Star of David in the background), his upcoming first birthday, and how excited yet freakin' scared I am to have a workout session coming up with Heidi Klum's personal trainer.

Stay tuned!

(PS, You can always follow along through Instagram for my daily happenings! I'm @joiedev.)

November 15, 2012

Me Want Food!

Virtual high-five if you got the 30 Rock reference, but this is actually how I would describe Miles as of late since he is really discovering food. We've stuck with baby-led weaning and I have to say that Miles has done so well with it. Here's the rundown of his culinary journey:

  • He didn't try any solids until six months
  • No traditional "baby food" (purees, homemade or otherwise)
  • Started off with large pieces of food that he would mostly gum to a paste (shudder): toast, apples, chicken, cucumber, carrots, etc. This was mostly to help him get acquainted with the taste and texture of various foods.
  • Continued giving Miles these foods, but as he became more proficient he taught himself to take bites and learn to swallow. This was the hard part (for the adults) as he would often gag- not choke; there is a difference- bring the piece back up, chew some more, and then successfully swallow the bite. Now he's a pro!
It'so interesting to see which foods he likes and dislikes. Most mornings he will have a blueberry waffle and some fruit-flavored Greek yogurt (both from Trader Joe's) for breakfast. Lunch is a variety but includes veggies or fruit. Sometimes I try to give him chicken, but he's usually unimpressed so I don't force the issue. Snack time is usually Trader Joe's pear sauce (like apple sauce but with pears) and crackers or we share a piece of a baguette with some cheese. And for dinner (or whenever we eat out) he'll have whatever I'm having! This was how we discovered that he really likes certain soups, cucumbers, beans, and potstickers- on the other hand, he's not a fan of rice and refuses to touch a pickle (like mama, like son). Super easy and fun.

Let me know if you have any questions about baby-led weaning! I highly recommend it and would be happy to help you with any questions.

November 12, 2012

Simple Gifts (Seven Weeks 'Til Christmas)

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For this week's Simple Gifts, I wanted to put together the perfect list of items for the mama-to-be. I found pregnancy to be a great time to focus on taking extra good care of my body, mind, and spirit while preparing for our baby. Enjoy this lineup of some of my favorite items to pamper the expectant mama in your life: 

1. The Pregnancy Project, for the fitness-loving mama

3. Mommy IQ: The Complete Guide to Pregnancy, to answer all her questions

4. Micro-macarons, to satisfy her pregnancy cravings

6. Give Luxe: The Boyfriend Sweater by Hatch, the (cashmere) gift that keeps on giving through pregnancy and beyond

Let me know what you think of this week's list and don't forget to take a look at last week's must-haves for the foodie

Happy Monday!

November 11, 2012

Our Week (In a Nutshell)

This past week we've been reveling in the fall weather that has (finally) arrived. Other happenings: meeting friends for lunch and pumpkin scones from Starbucks, getting Miles his new car seat, and turning the car seat box into an awesome fort. Here are some of our photos from this week:

Morning: play with Mama, avoid getting nails trimmed by being cute (notice the nail clippers lurking in the background?)
Afternoon: go to lunch with friends and share a pumpkin scone together

Evening: go over to Grandma and Grandpa's house and play with Aunt Jessi
He sure loves his breakfasts!
We enjoyed some fresh-baked danishes to kick off my birthday week. They were so good!
Miles loves playing in his new fort!
We spent our Sunday afternoon at Parker's parents' house- Miles loves them so much! 

I hope you all had a great weekend!
Follow me on Instagram (@joiedev) for more photos throughout the week!

November 6, 2012

What I Wore Wednesday

Welcome to What I Wore Wednesday, Election Day Edition. I found this amazing dress on Poshmark sometime in the summer and thought immediately that I would wear it on this day since it's a version of our red, white, and blue but in more muted tones. In my head, I imagined I would need to wear a jacket with it but since today was over ninety degrees (g-r-o-s-s) that wasn't even an issue! Here are the details:

Dress: Anthropologie
Wedges: BCBGeneration

As always, I'm linking up for WIWW with The Pleated Poppy

November 5, 2012

Simple Gifts (Eight Weeks 'til Christmas)

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I'm starting a new Monday series, "Simple Gifts", which is basically my affordable (with the exception of the "Give Luxe" item at the end of each list), extended version of Oprah's Favorite Things where I don't give anything away (the similarities are endless). Personally, some of the best moments of the holidays are finding presents that I know my friends and family will enjoy and hopefully this will make shopping a little less stressful, even if you are a last-minute shopper.

This week's list is for the foodies we all know and love. Always expanding their palates, these gourmands will try just about anything and love the best, purest ingredients they can get their hands on. Delight their senses this holiday season with the following:

1. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, for the DIYer

2. Fennel and Black Pepper Bacon Spread, for the lover of all things bacon

4. Fleur D'Oranger (Orange Blossom Water), for the passionate baker
Orange Blossom Water

5. On Food and Cooking, for the one who wants to know how the magic happens

6. Give Luxe: Fresh White Alba Truffles from Italy, for the foodie that has everything

Last minute gift ideas:
Subscription to Bon Appetit
Gift card to Gilt Taste

Stay tuned for next week's Simple Gifts, and let me know what you think of this week's list!
Happy Monday!

November 4, 2012

Our Week (In a Nutshell)

The highlight of this week was by far Miles's first Halloween. I felt sort of distracted thinking of family and friends on the East Coast during the storm, but I'm very thankful they all came out the other side alive and well, if a little scraped up. Here are some pictures of  our Halloween:

 Have a great week!

October 29, 2012

A Casual Vacancy

Props to J.K. Rowling for that amazing title which I am shamelessly repurposing for this post. Be warned that this post has nothing to do with her new book, but rather the state of my blog these last two weeks. I just decided to take some time away, without any warning (sorry, blog friends). I don't know if any of you have ever experienced the feeling I had a couple weeks ago- a feeling of being just a little too concerned with something that isn't as high a priority as, say, your family or taking time to just rest. Instead of really savoring life's sweet moments, I was perched- phone in hand- to get the right picture at the right moment. Life happens so quickly and I want to be paying attention. Today, the three of us went to the library and Miles and I went to the children's section while Parker went to pay his fines (I swear someday he's going to have a plaque or some sort of small monument built in his honor for the amount of money he's paid to the library!). I took a few photos, put my phone away, and a minute later Miles slowly got up and stood on his own. I'm so, so glad I didn't miss that.

Life is such a constant balance of give and take, and after this refreshing time-out I'm less afraid to just step back and find my equilibrium. 

Here are some photos from while I was away- you can tell from Miles's outfits how the temperature was fluctuating on any given day. Such fickle weather!

The loves of my life.

He loves riding in the cart!
Safe and sound (asleep) in his dad's arms.

Ten months old!

Someone loves the library!
Date night at the Far Western!
PS Follow me on Instagram @ joiedev and see the photos that don't make it onto the blog!
Happy Monday!