October 4, 2014

Caleb at Months 7 to 10

I am well-aware that I am really bad at keeping up with this blog now that I'm a mama. I honestly don't know how parents juggle their professional and social lives plus spend time with their spouse and kids plus continue hobbies of any kind but I have mad respect for those peeps. Me no can. Me too tired. 

So, here's a quick round-up of Baby Shoe's past couple of monthly pics. He'll be eleven months on Tuesday and I just can't believe how time is flying!


Happy 7 Months to The Squiggler!!
This month our little superhero:

  • can sit all by himself
  • says the ah's: bababa, dadada, mamama
  • likes to blow spit bubbles
  • takes out his paci and offers it to daddy
  • will wriggle and roll and reach out for mommy if she enters the room (♥ !)
  • had his first cold, ear infection, and the dreaded HFM (at the same time! sad face!)
  • started his mission for world peace
We are so lucky to belong to you! ♥




Happy 8 months, Caleb!
This month you:

  • learned how to army crawl
  • stood with a little help from Daddy
  • started giving the sweetest open-mouthed kisses
  • and met all your Hawaii ohana! ♥
We love how much of your loving (and mischievous) personality is coming through now--you are so fun! Love you babycakes!




Happy 9 months to our little guy! 

This month, Caleb:

  • has mastered sitting and crawling
  • pulls himself to standing
  • sticks his tongue out like his daddy while concentrating
  • devoured his first three containers of Puffs
  • sleeps through the night (10 hours, finally!)
  • and says "Mamamamama" for Mama!
He weighs about 17.5 lbs, measures 27 inches long, and still has ZERO teeth!
He is def a handful not that he's crawling and climbing, but we wouldn't have it any other way! Love you, CK! ♥




Happy 10 months, Caleb!
  • Crawls, pulls to stand, and cruises along the couch like a champ!
  • Eats more "grown-up" food (and self-feeds too!)
  • Can sign for "milk" but still working on other signs...at least he's got the important one down!
  • Loves to pull out every book/diaper/whatever from the shelf/box/bag and scatter everything on the floor around him
  • Enjoys laughing at other babies on YouTube, but his fave vid is himself laughing hysterically
  • Dislikes laying still for a diaper change so that we're having to learn to put a diaper on a crawling baby--is this normal?
He is growing and changing and becoming his own little man more everday! ♥ Our greatest adventure :)




Some other random pics:


Us on Father's Day. That onesie--I obviously had to get it. So good.


At Auntie Kim's wedding! The little squiggly boy is sorta hard to hang on to sometimes, lol. 


Ah, so many feels when I look at this picture. In a word: JOY. I love my two boys and this is a really awesome, special, precious time in my life that I wish I could just pause and hold on to for as long as possible. 


Tee hee, such a ham.

Tomorrow we run our first 5k as a family so we better go to bed. Thank you as always for reading :) I hope y'all have a restful, happy weekend.

August 23, 2014

Family Portraits in Hawaii!


Hey guys! It's been awhile! My one month off in July just came and went! We spent about 2.5 weeks of it in Hawaii with my family and I have to say it was the most perfect vacation I have ever had. It was the best balance of friends, family, hubby, baby, daytime activities, nighttime activities, play, and relaxation that I could ever imagine. Truly, with spending quality time with all my loved ones to having everyone meet the baby, and gorging myself on all the food I've missed, it was just an amazing time.

Don't ask how I handled leaving. Let's just say I was sad for... well I guess I'm still sad and homesick.

Anyway, while we were home (because Hawaii will always be home to me), we were lucky again to have Mister John Hook take some pics, this time just the three of us. He even brought his own surfboard so we could use it as a prop! We met up on this beautiful afternoon at Waimea Beach on Oahu's North Shore and had the best time! Thanks again, John!

[Here's a link to the other pics John took for us back in December 2012]
















We are so happy that our little guy loves the water and beach bumming as much as we do! He really is our little water baby! I hope y'all are enjoying your weekend! Thanks for reading!


May 27, 2014

The Wonderful Surprises that Motherhood Brings

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Let me start off by saying this: Mommyhood is amazing. It has been by far the most special, important, and FUN thing that has ever happened to me. I look at this little boy and am still in awe of the love, wonder, and beauty he has brought to our lives.


But that's not to say that it's all unicorn giggles and rainbow kisses. On the contrary, motherhood has had some hilariously messy, cranky, frustrating, painful, and disgusting moments! Let's talk about them, shall we? Just for kicks.


1. Date nights. Okay, this is how is starts: "My parents said they could watch the baby this Saturday."
"No way. Really?"
"Yeah, wanna go to dinner and grab a drink?"
"No way. Really?"
The excitement mounts. Get dressed up? Hold hands that aren't sticky from spit-up? Have grown-up conversation? Eat food that didn't come out of a slow cooker? Disclaimer: there's nothing wrong with that, but after weeks of it, it gets a little tired. Have a cocktail at a bar with my handsome husband? YEEESSSSSSS.
Then this happens: "How much is that cheese platter?!" "How do you think the baby is doing?" "This glass of wine is making me sleepy." "It's only 8 o'clock? I'm exhausted!" "How do you think the baby is doing?" "Do you really want to see that movie now?" "It's only 8:30? I'm exhausted!" "How do you think the baby is doing?"
And then we're home by 9 pm and asleep by 10 pm. So much for our wild date night. We still love them though :)

2. Indecision. Babies come with a LOT of decision-making. Should we feed him now? Do you think he needs more milk? Is he too hot? Too cold? Should we go to the grocery store together or one of us stay home? Should we comfort him when he wakes up crying or let him soothe himself for a little while? Should we change his diaper in the car or in the public restroom? Do you think he needs to be swaddled? Rocked? Should we take his clip-on high chair or just hold him? etc. etc. etc... There are questions ALL DAY LONG. They NEVER STOP. Brett and I drive each other crazy with questions and can never make up our minds! There are days when one of us will just say, "I refuse to make another decision. You get the right-of-way on all accounts," or something to that effect. Choices are freaking exhausting.

The best is when I ask him a "should we" question, don't like his answer, and do the opposite. Brett loves that ;)

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3. Pee. Olivia Wilde recently tweeted that "Having an infant son alerts me to the fact that every man, at one point, has peed on his own face." 'Nough said.

I don't have a Twitter account and only know this from reading something on the web, but since then, I read her tweets once in awhile and if YOU have Twitter, follow Olivia Wilde. She is hilarious.

4. Poop. It will get on you. You may even be surprised while changing a diaper and have it explode all over your arm. It will come up the back of the diaper and stain baby's clothes. When your baby starts mushy food, his/her poop will change accordingly (Brett has used the term "semi-solid"). Sometimes there will be four poopy diapers in one day. Sometimes you won't have a poopy diaper for three days and then three gigantic poops in a row. Sometimes you'll get a weird rock-hard poop. Sometimes you will swear to the Almighty that your baby had a ghost poop that you heard and then disappeared miraculously. Sometimes your baby will poop in the tub. And then in his towel while waiting for you to clean the tub. And then in the second towel you put him in.

There will be poop. You'll be obsessed with that poop. There will be times you'll be praying for poop.

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5. Shopping. Suddenly shopping for baby items and baby clothes is more fun than shopping for yourself! Zulily, Baby Gap, and Amazon are now the best sites on the planet! ...But I'm still guilty of overindulging on myself as well. Just that now my taste in clothes is waaaay more modest and conservative-ish (however, let's face it, I'll never be a Stepford wife).

6. Netflix. We promised we wouldn't let Caleb watch TV before the age of two. We even had our cable cut off and only subscribe to Netflix. Well, you should see our recommendations on Netflix now! Curious George, Sesame Street, Turbo, Dragon Tales, you get the gist. It's good background noise, you know? And we started to feel guilty watching our shows around him, so started watching more kid-friendly stuff. I don't know about you, though, but I can watch Emperor's New Groove a thousand times.

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7. Travel. Or going anywhere. Running errands. It's hard. Prepare to bring a LOT of stuff with you and plan your day around feedings and diapers. We're about to go to Hawaii in a month which means 16 hours of travel EACH WAY. So fun.

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8. Sleep. It was a luxury before baby with our already-crazy schedule and now it's a memory. Baby slept ONCE for ten hours straight and ONCE for twelve hours straight and at the time we were high-fiving each other like, "YEAH! Victory is ours! Our baby is the most sleepiest baby that ever was!" Flash forward to the next night and we're back to getting up every 4-6 hours. Now baby's first teeth are coming up AND he has his first cold/cough so welcome back to 3-4 hour cycles! One day we'll get sleep again. 

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9. Your spouse. Your romantic, cuddly, sweet husband. In my case, he's still all of those things, but who has time for romance and cuddles? LOL. Just kids. Sort of. I lucked out by snagging a super-tidy, super-helpful, super-responsible guy who also happens to be smart, funny, and exciting. HOWEVER. At 4 am after waking up every 2 hours, you will still snap at each other and have cranky, ugly remarks to regret in the morning. The important thing to remember is (a) say you're sorry, (b) try really hard not to let it happen again, (c) keep a sense of humor, and (d) he's your partner and you're a team. You'll get through those sleepless nights together.

It helps a lot that he gets up with me each time to change the diaper and get me water or whatever else I need as I nurse. Thanks, teammate! :)

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10. Your body, especially your boobs. It/they're not yours anymore. It/They look kinda funny. It was all worth it.

11. Now that we're talking boobs, let's talk breastfeeding. It's effing hard. Back when I was pregnant, I heard a lot about breastfeeding. It's okay to stop if you can't/don't like it/hurt/for whatever other reason (which are all true). This friend had mastitis. That friend didn't produce enough milk. This friend found it too painful. That friend didn't feel comfortable pumping at work. Yes, I understood that other people had difficulty breastfeeding. But me? I was going to own it. Breastfeeding will be a piece of cake!

Nope. Breastfeeding is hard. My milk took forever to come in. There was blood and crackedness and crying. Showers were excruciating. My boobs leaked. They were swollen. I also got mastitis. Now I'm not sure if I can keep up with baby's needs and our milk bank is depleted. I have to ask each preceptor during my nine months of eight rotations for a private room to attend to my maternal duties (this is awkward for me). I have nursed in public countless times which still feels odd. But I wouldn't change any of it for the world. If you decide to breastfeed, it IS hard, but there's a lot of help and support out there. And it IS okay for you to stop, for whatever reason.

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12. The great paradox of wanting me-time. I want to be alone. What is baby doing right now? Gosh, baby sure is a lot of work, I really wanted to do some yoga. Gosh, I miss my baby. This baby is so fussy and really needs a nap. Baby looks so peaceful napping but I wish he would wake up so we could play!

I know I know. I'm a little cuckoo.

13. There is no right answer. You'll hear a lot of advice and read about parenting tactics all over the interweb and in books. And while the 5 S's did work for us, every baby is different! Some "sworn remedies" for issues like sleeping through the night haven't worked for us. It's okay. We're all learning.

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14. Baby love. Oh my, the way your heart swells each time you look at your baby and think, "My God, I'm responsible for this tiny human," it really feels like your heart could burst. You and your sig oth have brought another life into the world and holy shit if that is not just the most amazing and daunting and thrilling experience you will ever have. Every time he lays his head on your shoulder, or cocks his head and smiles at you, or laughs at your funny faces, or reaches out for you, there is so much joy that your heart breaks a little knowing you have never been happier or more fulfilled than in that moment. This is everything to me, and I'm so grateful.

Thanks for reading, and feel free to message/comment me with your own surprises and stories!

Aloha! ♥


Half-a-Year Old!


Caleb is 6 months old! Okay, he's almost 7 months, but let's pretend I'm posting this 20 days ago. 

Six months ago we made a wish and he came true! Happy Half-a-Year to our bundle of JOY!  
This month, Caleb Kalani:
- Tried rice cereal. It was meh.
- Tried bananas. Hated it the first time, loves it now.
- Started day care. Hated it the first day, is starting to grow on him.
- Can almost-crawl (swims in place) and almost-sit (slowly tips over and doesn't try to stop himself).
- Can hang up on Grammy while FaceTiming. Kids these days, I tell ya.


I get a kick out of time traveling, so let's take a walk down memory lane, shall we?


Our little wild thing is 5 months old! Caleb loves splashing and making waves during his baths, scratches every surface he can get his hands on, can put his feet in his mouth, and loves to spend the first few moments of the day with mommy and daddy in their bed. He weighs 15.6 lbs and measures 26 inches long! He definitely has rambunctious, playful, little boy energy and we love trying to keep up! 


Caleb is 4 months old! This month, he discovered his toes and likes to hold onto them in happy baby pose (future yogi!), he can sit up in his Bumbo, loves his blue Comotomo teether, likes to smile and flirt with waitresses (like father like son?) but does NOT like flights from Seattle to Atlanta. Everyday our happy baby surprises us with something new and (usually) hilarious and we are loving every moment! 

And for completeness's sake, here are pics from his first three months. I can't believe how fast time is flying!




My first Mother's Day was absolutely beautiful, thanks to my sweet family and friends. It also fell in the same week as my 33rd birthday, so it was a celebration-filled week for us. And an expensive one for the Husband ;)


I got my fave breakfast in bed (pancakes and sausage, what, don't judge me) with the cutest two boys to cuddle with. Then we took a nap together (the family that naps together stays together!), and played in the yard since it was such a nice day. 


I am so grateful for these two goobers.


This past weekend we went to Gma and Gpa's beach house and had a pretty awesome time! Baby got his first cold though so we didn't get to play as much as we wanted. He's now (hopefully) getting better and we have all summer to hang out at the pool and beach! Can't wait!


Anyway, I have kicked off the start of my P4 year and my first rotation is in its last week! It has been an amazing experience and I can't wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for me! 

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful week!



February 8, 2014

Our Favorite Baby Products: Can't Live Without Them!


The other day, the UPS guy asked me, "How's our little buddy?" as he delivered an umbrella stroller to our doorstep. 

"Huh?" 

"The baby, doing okay?" 

And THAT'S when I realized that we may have an online shopping problem. Well, I mean, I knew I already had one myself, but now both Brett and I have one for the baby. We order a lot of baby stuff online, probably because it's too much of a giant endeavor to go to the store with him (plus, Amazon is SO convenient!).

Here's some of our most favoritest baby things. We seriously NEED them, and you might too!
1. Medela On the Go Advanced Breastpump with Tote $250: If you're planning to breastfeed, you need this. Not only for when you go back to work, but for those nights baby is sleeping longer than you expected and you HAVE to express NOW. It comes in handy.

2. Bamboozies Washable Nursing Pads 6/$40: Those sitcoms where the new mom hears a baby cry and suddenly the front of her shirt is soaked? Totally happens in real life. Plus, when you nurse on one side, the other side automagically starts flowing too. Trust me on this one: you need these. They are super soft and hide the perma-NHO.
3. Nursing bras $18 for set of two: These and the following tank tops are just super convenient. There are a lot of items in my wardrobe that I just can't wear while I'm breastfeeding (sad face) so these are a little silver lining. They're pretty, super affordable, and make my life a little easier.
4. Nursing tanks $25 for set of 2
5. My Brest Friend Nursing Pillow $30: Although everyone uses the Boppy, I found this one to be cheaper and better-rated. It's AWESOME. Saves my back and Caleb loves it. It's wide and firm and provides support for a lot of different nursing positions. I love it.
6. Bibs, lots of bibs $5 for two: Who knew we would need to invest in bibs? Our wonderful nannies, Grandma and Grandpa Shoe (and Brett) use them when they bottle feed the baby during the day, which can get messy. This is an item that Brett added to the list, because he thought they were unnecessary but is now a bib believer.
7. Plain white cloth diapers (a.k.a. "burpees) 5/$15: After we came home from the hospital and settled in with my mom and sister at home we all realized, "Oh, shoot, we don't have any burp cloths!" So Momma and Sister went to Target and got us a crap ton of these babies. They are the best. Thanks Mom and Sister! Babies are messy. These are good for all messes.
8. Summer Infant SwaddleMe sleep wraps 3/$24: After baby is born, these amazing nurses will zip into your room, show you how to breastfeed like a champ, soothe your baby to sleep, and swaddle them into perfect little baby burritos all in about 30 seconds. THIS IS NOT WHAT WILL HAPPEN AT HOME. You think you know how to swaddle, and then can't help but laugh when your own "baby burrito" is made into a tostada by a wriggling tiny human as soon as you're finished. These SwaddleMes are dummy-proof with velcro and Caleb sleeps for 6 hours in them! They are one of our favorite baby products!
9. NUK pacifiers 4/$10: We got a TON of pacifiers from friends and family and wondered what we would do with all of them... donate them maybe? NOPE! We use every single one of them. Lately we've been trying the Soothie brand, and sometimes they are the only ones that Babyshoe will take.
10. Pacifier clip $5: Caleb does this hilarious *POP* move and his pacifier goes flying across the room. He will do it at the most unexpected (and sometimes inopportune) times, so this little clippy thing that attaches to him comes in handy, especially when we're out.
11. The Sleep Sheep sound machine $30: There are a lot of white noise machines out there and this one may not be "the best" but it's the cutest! Caleb loves the sound of water to soothe him to sleep almost every night. It shuts off automatically after a certain period of time, and he's always asleep by then.
12. Baby Video Monitor with Night Vision $200: We put baby to sleep at around 6:30 every night. In the beginning, I would go to sleep with him, since he was getting up about every 3 hours and it was the only way I could feel human the next day. Now that he's sleeping 6 hours a time, we can hook up this wonderful device and enjoy a few episodes of Dexter before going to bed. We love the night vision, sleep function, and being able to talk to each other from both sides.
13. BOB Revolution Stroller $318: It's light-ish and super mobile and Mommy gets to jog in the park. What more could we want? Oh, it's a little bulky in the trunk of our car, but we still love it. I don't know anyone who doesn't like their BOB.
14. Ergobaby Carrier $115: Sometimes Caleb just will not be rocked to sleep, but as soon as he's put in here, he dozes off. It's also convenient for trips to Trader Joes and Costco, plus it doesn't hurt that the company is based in Hawaii! There are a lot of baby carriers out there (baby wearing is best!) and after doing a bunch of research (and talking to mommy friends) we went with this one and the Moby wrap--which I didn't mention til now because Brett refuses to wear it. I like it though, so check that one out too.
15. Onesies 2/$13: These are from H&M but obvi you can get them from wherever. I didn't realize just how many onesies we would need/want. A good day is when Caleb wears the same thing all day; there are usually two or three outfit changes due to pee, poop, and spit-up. We also like the selection at Carters, Old Navy, and Gap Baby.
16. Outfits $18 for the set: Sometimes you just want the baby to look like a person and not like a cartoon. That's when these outfits come in handy. The above-mentioned stores are our go-to's.

That's it! Please feel free to comment or message me with your own must-haves! 

Thanks for reading and have a fab day!


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