Saturday, October 30, 2010

My two loves

Here is Lucy entertaining Leon. I normally use my Flip camcorder but this time all I could grab fast enough was my Iphone. Excuse the fuzzy picture quality. I'm so grateful I caught this ever so precious moment that I will play every time I need a dose of happiness.
Make sure your volume is on to hear the cutest baby giggles.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Dinner tonight:
Alton Brown's baked mac 'n cheese



I followed the recipe exactly as Alton wrote except for adding a dash of nutmeg. The result was a rich, delicious and comforting meal. Here is a link to the recipe.

Leon having a great time in the exersaucer we borrowed from my cousin- Risa. Between the jumperoo, the large play mat in the living room and the new exersaucer this baby boy is getting plenty of entertainment.


Lucy just recently began sleeping with half her body under our bed. This is a picture I took while laying in bed. She has the cutest nub for a tail and the most petite 'lil paws. Oh miss Lucy- I'll never understand some of your quirks but I love you just the same.

sitting! from Anna Cherubini on Vimeo.

Leon had just began sitting on his own. He wobbles and eventually drifts to his side but he does not seem to mind it. He has a very proud look on his face and I can tell he knows he just acquired a brand new skill.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

beep beep

He is growing way too fast! I have to constantly remind myself to pause and take every moment in. We visited my cousin- Risa today who has twin boys- Noah and Josiah. Their house is full of every toy, walkers, jumpers you name it. For the first time today Leon appreciated sitting on the walker. He looked so adorable while he moved in very tiny steps. His face says it all. "Look at me! I'm walking!"

Monday, October 25, 2010

bath pics

Why are bath photos of this baby the cutest ever?!
It will be a sad day when he does not fit in his tummy tub anymore. We just love this tub so much.

Leon at 6 months and 22 days old

Saturday, October 23, 2010

weekend in Seattle

Some of my favorite photos from our weekend in Seattle.... our first ever out of town trip as a family of three.

Leon loves playing with his pops. When they are together all you can hear is baby yelping and laughing.

Our friends Phil and Monica brought us to see the Salish Lodge. It was about a 30 minute drive from Belltown- where we stayed. Just behind us is a magnificent waterfall. It was an amazing sight to see!

Leon is so sturdy now that he's almost 7 months old.
It's so much fun to bounce him around and he loves it!
We stayed at Hotel Max in downtown.

Our lovely friend Monica kept Leon smiling during the car ride
from the airport

nothing melts my heart more than watching Leon and Chris bond.
this was at LAX while we were waiting to board.

Early morning stroll w/ Leon. It was lovely despite the drizzle. We kept each other warm by bundling real well and snuggling close with the help of the Ergo carrier

I had to have a photo of Leon completely passed out during take off and he stayed asleep for over an hour. At first I was anxious about him possibly being fussy during the flight but thanks to breast feeding everything went so well.

Click here to see more photos from our trip.

It doesn't feel like a whole year has passed since the day Chris and I got married. I'm sure it has a lot to do with the fact that we accomplished major milestones all within one year. We moved into the home of our dreams and then shortly after was pleasantly surprised that a baby is on the way. We got hitched and then what seems like only moments later Leon arrived. Sometimes I wonder what it would have been like if everything was planned- but then again we were never the type of people who went according to the plan. For as long as I can recall our lives have always been lived according to what we feel in our hearts is right.

So here we are a year later- happy and so enamored by our 'lil boy.

I feel so blessed to be with someone like Chris. Happy anniversary bubba!

Thursday, October 21, 2010


I couldn't help it, I took a picture of myself again. Chris teases me all the time. To me it's like checking yourself out in the mirror except better. Instead of using a mirror I just snap a picture of myself. I don't normally post pics I take except this one- mainly because my husband said I look like a teenager. I like!

Still gloomy and drizzly in LA. It's supposed to be sunny this weekend but we're traveling towards the rain by going to Seattle. It will be great though. I love visiting places I've never been before.

miss you muttley

On our way to Emily & Todd's house to drop off Miss Lucy. Just look at how relaxed she is! She loves car rides. When the weather is right (which is most of the time in Los Angeles- except the last three days) I open the car window real wide so she can get a whiff of everything. The wind usually pushes up all her beard covering both her eyes but she doesn't mind it at all. Her nose is what's busy not her eyes. I love her... every bit of her furry self.

I'm going to miss you my dear Lucy. As soon as we return from Seattle I'll be coming to pick you up.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

meals to go

We are off to Seattle, WA. this weekend!
Chris and I are so excited. It's a big deal for us because this is our first out-of-town trip as a family of three. Initially we thought it would be a great dry run for the major travel to NC for Thanksgiving. Then we realized that Sunday is our 1 year wedding anniversary and so a fun weekend getaway is definitely fitting.
Along with the excitement of course, comes my anxiety about traveling with baby food. Ever since I began giving Leon solids I've always made home made purees. From time to time I would offer him some Earth's Best jarred food that he actually loves. It's interesting how he refused my home made pureed green peas but the Earth's Best green peas and brown rice he loved instantly. You can never tell what will be a hit so the key is to just keep on trying different flavors.
I've been reading up on what to do so I could still incorporate Leon's frozen home made food cubes to ready made baby food. I found this article to be very helpful.
I got this super adorable mini cooler from Target. I'm so amazed at how attractive looking it is compared to the typical coolers out there. It has two pockets on the front that could hold baby spoons, a small fork to mash fresh food on the spot and some moist wipes. It can also hold a lot of food inside.

... and here are the store bought baby food I'm going to try and offer Leon. Hopefully he will like it.

cute booty

Lucy does not care much for Leon. I can't blame her really. It used to be that Lucy was the center of my world. I treated her like a real baby. Not the four legged kind but the kind that got strolled around the mall in her very own pink stroller. Yes I did. I was once that lady pushing around a dog stroller. I love Lucy dearly and I still do but things definitely changed when Leon arrived. For one if Lucy is barking for a treat at the same time Leon is crying- my instinct is to soothe Leon first and then while he is in my arms we rush to the fridge to grab a carrot for Lucy.

Recently I've caught Lucy make major progress (picture as proof). It's quite hard to believe it has taken almost 7 months for my sweet princess Lucy to get used to the fact that the baby we brought home is not going to disappear.

Monday, October 18, 2010

boo colds

I would think it's very typical for one to not realize just how demanding and at time just flat out difficult it is to be a parent up until someone actually becomes one. There is this intense love that is front and center then around it are everyday challenges.

Helping my 'lil man deal with his very first runny nose is one of those day to day challenges. It's really rough to perform on 100% mode when I'm running on maybe 2-3 hours of sleep. Chris most likely got less because his sleep is so easily disrupted by any 'lil sound.

I feel for my dear baby. If I could negotiate and carry his illness for him I bet I would. Reality is we have to get past this virus while keeping him as comfortable as possible. How? I'm still figuring it out as I type. More li

quids for baby, nursing, keep the humidifier on and avoid exposing him to sudden change in temperatures. Any other suggestions?

I've been using these boogie wipes with saline and it seems to be helping

Sunday, October 17, 2010

rainy sunday

We braved the weather on Sunday and headed out to have lunch. Leon wore a cute rocker outfit from Tita Leah. (Thank you cuz!)

Leon sporting the cutest knitted cap from The Gap.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

those eyes

I could not ask for a cuter walking companion. Every afternoon I am surrounded by cuteness during our walks around the neighborhood with Lucy and Leon.

I'm not sure how I'll resist holding back to whatever this 'lil boy will want. Just look at those eyes! He's got the perfect "pretty please?" look that will melt anyones heart to saying yes.

Our weekend in pictures.....

attended John and Cynthia's wedding on Saturday

Tita Faye and Leon

Tita Leah and Leon

Aidan and Leon

cousin Minnie and her hubby Onie hosted a bbq at their home for us... Thank you!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Woombie free!

We finally got rid of the Woombie! Weaning from it took 4 solid days of crying and fussiness. Leon put up a good fight. I can't believe just how dependent he was on the swaddle. I'm so relieved the battle is over and perfect timing for our travels. Next week we're off to Seattle!

Friday, October 8, 2010


Being that my immediate family is back in the Philippines- it's no mystery that I miss my family so much. I miss my mama and my 'lil sister Vanessa- whom I'll always refer to as little even though truth is she is 29 years old and is herself a mom.

Today I got a rare treat! Cousins from San Francisco and New York are in town. Leon and I had a great time spending a few hours with them today.

After we got our family fix we headed down to Leon's pediatrician for his third set of vaccines. I drag my feet to the pediatrician whenever it's vaccine day. I just dread witnessing my sweet boy take those needles. He handled it better than the previous times and I'm oh so proud of him. He still screamed and cried but this time I can tell that he was well aware of my presence. He looked at me and somehow he knew I'm there to make it all better. He pushed himself against me while I held him so close in my arms.

Good news is we don't have to come in for vaccines until 3 months from today. Yipee!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

bye woombie!

The Woombie served us real well. I remember during the first weeks of having Leon home the Woombie swaddle instantly calmed him down and made him feel safe. He loves his swaddle so much that if it were up to him I bet he will be in a swaddle 'til college. The main problem is he is getting way too big for it and is growing stronger everyday. There are mornings when my first peek at him in the crib shows a completely turned baby. It worries me so much because he may be able to turn unto his tummy and with his arms bound in the swaddle- he won't be able to turn himself back over. It's just time, I know it. We enjoyed the woombie benefits for a good 6 months and now it's time to wean him off it.

Today is the second day of weaning and boy it's been really rough. Picture above is after I pulled him out of his crib because I could no longer listen to him cry. He cried for about 45 minutes. Each minute was a pinch at my heart. My sweet friend Amy has been such good support. Her sweet baby girl- Matilda was a Woombie dependent as well but is now completely swaddle free. I remain hopeful the end of the struggle will be very soon.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Hyland's Kit

I immediately became a fan of Hyland's homeopathic remedies after their teething quick dissolving tablets worked wonders with Leon. At the time I did not realize that Leon was extremely irritable, wakeful and super fussy because there was not one- but two of his bottom teeth emerging at the same time. I don't remember teething pain but I imagine that if there are two coming out then it would be double the pain. I put a couple of these tiny teething tabs just under Leon's tongue and even before he closed his mouth- the tabs would already be dissolving. He definitely got relief and was able to sleep better.

I ordered this Hyland's kit that contains homeopathic remedy for almost every baby ailment.

Saturday, October 2, 2010


No doubt definitely happy times....
My heart is so joyful watching my two boys have so much fun

Friday, October 1, 2010


There it is! The two bottom teeth that drove us crazy for almost 2 months. They have finally made an appearance. I'll get a better picture at some point.
The extreme crankiness, super short naps and sleepless nights were not fun but for now we get a bit of relief. Until the next batch.


My first ever attempt at baking currant scones....

.... and it is pretty good. Not fantastic though. I'll be making a lot more of these for sure until I know I've made a delicious batch.