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Pictures From June And July

5 Oct

June 2015

David’s older cousins on my side

My niece Robin in my dad’s car

Playing at my grandpa’s house

Robin-chat at the Zoo

After the other cousins went back home

Petting zoo

We stayed longer so David could have more one-on-one time with his yiayia.

Travel breakfast

Travel dinner

Relaxing at home

The rash he had the next morning!

Basement for tornado watch

Basement for tornado watch

Tornado weather

13-week belly. Showing early

July 2015

Neighbor dog

Cop by birth. Half-cop, quarter doctor


Horrifying New Developments

21 Oct

The G.I. crawl – Did you know that the Army hires babies to teach this technique to new recruits?

I don’t know why, but October has been a month for milestones. David was getting pretty good at rolling around, but once he realized he could roll toward things he wanted, it was as if a switch were flipped in his little brain. Here are some of my notes:

Oct. 7: Started sitting himself up

Oct. 10: Bottom incisors came in

Oct. 14: Started G.I. crawling toward objects (and I got laid off. Now I can watch my crawler full-time…)

Oct. 20: Real crawling

And on Oct. 24 he will be eight months old(!!!). He hasn’t started taking things with him but it will be cute when that happens. I loved when Dominic started carrying books and toys in his mouth. Here are some pictures:




Here he’s bundled up to go to the mailbox and walk around the neighborhood. This is fall bundling. Winter bundling will be less comical.


Fat lips


Thin lips



He is very huggable, if you were wondering. And he loves kisses!




He can do 55 push-ups in one minute.



His head is not shaped like that. That is his hair!





Trying to look angelic


His hair is hard to see but he is really getting a lot more of it lately.


Time to move the basket of cat toys. Also time to put a baby gate at the top of the basement stairs.


He almost never gets diaper changes in the living room but if we put the changing pad and wipes away, he won’t be a newborn anymore.


The End.

Baby’s First Gig

16 Sep

Recently David modeled a line of baby clothing designed and hand-made by my talented cousin Trish in San Diego. She was getting ready to launch her boy merchandise in her Etsy shop when we were visiting a couple weeks ago, and asked if she could have a photo session with Davy. I agreed, hoping that we could catch him in just the right mood at the optimal time of day, but you know how babies are…pretty unpredictable sometimes.

That is just me trying to create a little suspense. David loved the camera and the attention and posed like a professional through several outfit changes. He had previously acted bashful around Tricia and Aunt Carol but there was no hint of that during the shoot. I actually think he was showing off for them. I can’t believe how the pictures turned out! Here are a few of my favorites:

Denim clip-on bow tie for baby by OhSweetHome Designs on Etsy

Navy dot reversible bandana bib by OhSweetHome Designs on Etsy

Bandanas are so much better than bibs! And perfect for a teething baby who drools everywhere.

Mint clip-on bow tie by OhSweetHome Designs on Etsy

Mint clip-on bowtie by OhSweetHome Designs on Etsy

Denim reversible bandana bib by OhSweetHome Designs on Etsy

Who is this guy?

Denim reversible bandana bib by OhSweetHome Designs on Etsy

Tribal reversible bandana bib by OhSweetHome Designs on Etsy

Robin egg reversible bandana bib by OhSweetHome Designs on Etsy

Robin egg reversible bandana bib by OhSweetHome Designs on Etsy

The customizable bowties, (reversible!) bandanas, and bloomers you are seeing are available for purchase here. She has a ton of cute fabric options. His guayabera shirt is a hand-me-down from Dominic, originally from Old Navy.

Whatever the camera brought out in this boy he must have gotten from his dad’s side. I was pretty astonished. And it’s so nice to have so many great pictures of him at six months! I’m hoping next time we’re in town Trish will need someone to model her Christmas line. ;)

August California Trip

10 Sep

David and I flew to California on August 23rd to visit my family. My parents had not seen him since he was two months old and it was making me sad so when I heard my older sister was planning a trip to San Diego I booked us an overlapping one. Then my little sister followed suit. (The Dominic effect.) Josh joined us for the second half of our visit before flying home with us.


Logging some tummy time the morning after our late-night arrival.


This is the musician we hired to follow us around playing beautiful melodies on the guitar. Well worth it.



Getting ready for a walk with Yiayia. Not sure what this face is all about.


So glad I brought the real camera this time! My cell phone could not do this.



Yiayia is the reason for the season.


My dad makes beautiful salads! Here you can see homegrown tomatoes, avocado, radishes, olives and feta.


David had his first taste of water on the plane and immediately was a fanatic. Which was perfect since it was quite hot in CA!


Playing with a crocheted washcloth in my parents’ kitchen sink


Hanging out with his cousin Tricia and testing the capacity of the drool-catching bandana she made


Out to lunch with his grandparents and great-grandparents. He noticed the camera and started doing crazy eyes, which was fine because the lighting was bad anyway. I do wish I had taken pictures with Grandpa once we got outside though.


Cell phone shot :/


Don’t you dare drop your water again…




The dining room was looking photogenic.


Uncle Rob entertaining a jet-lagged baby


Noticing the camera :)


Dave with Rob & Alex


This is Waldo, who was rescued from the streets of Little Italy and given Kitten Milk Replacer.


Meeting Uncle Marcos for the first time


Deciding he likes Uncle Marcos


Deciding he likes Baby Dave


Where’s Waldo?


I like these people.


Tired boy


Little Christy. I thought this might be interesting in a few decades because of the media.


Uncle Steve and Marcos checking out the 1940s Toast-o-lator. Toast is “walked” past the heating elements on an escalator-like mechanism and then dropped out on the other side onto a waiting plate. AKA “the aristocrat of toasters,” this baby is “shiny, clever and dangerous.”


A colorful kitchen picture. Dad was making scrambled eggs for everyone.


Christy self-soothing


Dave had his first cereal on this trip. Pictured is his second cereal. Don’t tell me rice cereal has no nutritional value; when there is breast milk in it, it is a superfood. :)


I love this chair.


This is why I love this chair.


The British Airways jet flew over my parents’ house every evening and was eagerly anticipated. It is a beast.


I like pictures that show the neighborhood because they are interesting to look at later. Aw, look at Ty’s house all restored. Aw, look at Mom and Aunt Nancy checking out that yellow car.


David: “Oh, there’s that plastic heart I love.”


Robin: “The plastic heart is mine.” David, admiringly: “Okay!” Younger cousin syndrome.


“I don’t like your captions, Aunt Emmy.”


We made this cake for our Labor Day party to celebrate all the summer birthdays in our family.


Some of us ate a lot of date bars on that trip. Or matrimonial squares, if you want.


This selfie happened while Josh was in charge of the camera at the party.


The Daves sizing each other up. Big Dave said Little Dave is worthy of the name.


Dave being impolite to his second cousin Garrett, who was kind enough to want to hold him.


Meanwhile, Christy.


Mom cutting birthday cake. This lady knows how to entertain.


A passel of Evangelous


If you would have just smiled normally, I would have gone away!


Come on!


“Mother, she is patting my leg so fast I can’t see her hand.”


The big kids. I think Dominic was being told to play catch parallel to the street instead of perpendicularly. Aw, look at the old house. Aw, look how close Aunt Sue parked to Mo.


Meanwhile, David.


Meanwhile, Robin. I love this picture, I think because of Mom’s expression.




Our genial host



I wanted so badly to get an awesome picture of these two babies standing together. Josh took a lot but it never really worked out.

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Oh, well. :)


Josh looking like his mom and Davy looking like Davy

Here come beach pictures!


Oh, Christy!


Pale boys keep to the shade.


Burying Dominic’s legs


Robin inspects the waves.


I don’t know if Dave liked the ocean.


I could see how it could kind of freak a person out at first.


He seemed interested.



Once in a while there’s a big, unexpected wave and you grab for your kid.


If I hadn’t been in such a hurry to get my pale baby out of the sun, I would have stayed longer and helped Dominic build something out of sand.


Christy and the volleyball she borrowed from a nearby family



Worn out!


Whether he realizes it or not, he’s the young fun uncle.


Hug from Bobbie


A brief appearance by Christina


An hour or two at the beach will do this to you. ;)



I’m glad I finally got to see the USS Midway Museum. The Midway was the largest ship in the world for ten years and the first warship too big for the Panama Canal. It was decommissioned in 1992 after 47 years of service and now it is sitting in the San Diego Harbor and you can walk all over it and touch everything.



Welcome aboard, Dominic


Walking among the airplanes and helicopters stored inside the ship.


Watching a video about the engine that won the war


What a cute test pilot.


This plane has wings that fold for more compact storage. Pretty cool!


Upstairs on the flight deck


Flight deck of the USS Midway, with some familiar people



The only reminder that you are on a ship and not solid ground


David is looking a little weary by now. This is the inside of a helicopter.


The Coronado Bridge



I liked reading these call signs from Desert Storm.


We found a bench on deck for Dave.




Lunch after at Seaport Village.

Josh, my mom and I took David and Robin to Scripps Birch Aquarium in La Jolla one day while Stephanie was working.


Pretty incredible view


After we meandered through the dark room full of tanks, I think the babies were both ready for naps. Dave had just whacked my mom in the face when this one was taken. (I have proof)


Robin did not smile in any of them. It’s not her way…


Just the ladies

Well, that was about a hundred photos. If you’ve made it this far you must really like us.

It was a great trip. David got to know my parents and vice versa, and I’m so glad my brothers and sisters could be there at the same time with their kids! Just wish it could happen every day.

Easter 2014 and California

3 May

Davy and I spent Easter in San Diego this year, leaving his poor dad home with the cats. Here are a bunch of pictures from the month of April, most of which are from our 4/19 – 4/29 trip.

David sleeping on his side

After-breakfast cat nap at home

I have been so wimpy about trimming his nails that he went through a major mitten phase. I am happy to report that we have moved past it together, however.

boxing gloves



Helping me pack the day before we left for CA

I was also very wimpy about dealing with his cradle cap for a while, because my first attempt (coconut oil) left his poor scalp red and irritated. So the cradle cap was allowed to get really bad after that! We have since sucked it up and dealt with that too. :)

blue pjs 1

We spent the morning of the 19th getting lots of quality time with Joshua.

blue pjs 2

Josh is just a prop sometimes.

blue pjs 3

We love Dada. The spray bottle is for Ida.

blue pjs 4

A slight resemblance, I think.

gfk to msp

The 45-minute flight to Minnesota went really well. He fell asleep before takeoff and slept until landing.

msp to san

The 3.5-hour flight to San Diego was a little rockier at first, but he eventually fell asleep like this, and slept a long, long time!

We arrived late at night and the next morning was Easter. We went to church with my parents and Robert, and then we went to lunch at the 19th Hole and walked home. It was his first walk outside!

easter outfit

Ready for a nice Easter nap (just like his grandpa)

easter nap

I have been informed that I hold my baby too much. <3

The weather was pretty amazing, at least to us. David got to go outside every day, sometimes barefoot! I loved being able to sit on the porch. I hope you California residents don’t ever take that for granted.

outside barefoot

Insisting on standing

chilling with mama

These were my favorite pajamas of Baby Dominic’s. They are a tight squeeze for Davy already.

Aunt Steph and Cousin Robin arrived after a couple days and met Dave for the first time. Steffi and I realized we don’t really know how to handle (without awkwardness) each other’s babies, because they are in such different stages. Robin is an awesome kid. I was so glad she was pleased to let me hold her or hang out with her whenever I wanted. I hope Davy will be as chill and happy and chubby at 9 months.

robin in chair

Happiest baby award


Cheek shot

I can’t believe I forgot my real camera. The bad pictures are from my cell phone, and the clearer ones are stolen from Betsy. I tried not to take too many of hers.

mom robin porch

They look like their dads! Mini.

When Betsy arrived with Dominic and Christina, we walked in a small parade to the playground Dominic loves. David borrowed his cousin’s car seat and stroller, which is much easier for him to sleep in. So easy in fact that he slept through the whole outing. Aunt Sue was basking in all the babies.

4/24 park

Mom is so cute

Christie is so interested in babies. David didn’t mind being called Rah-rah (Robin) and she brought him toys and rocked his chair.

Christie rocking baby

On the Friday following Easter Sunday, we had the extended family over for dinner. The day started with baby baths in the kitchen sink.

bath David

He looks like his mom sometimes.

bath Robin


em stef deck

A bunch of chubs. And Steffi :)

em rob couch

Could the Robs be more precious?

em rob couch 2

She likes watches.


The only picture we got of the Daves. They liked each other though.

em rob self

I call this one “Niece and aunt in pajamas”

em rob self 2

“Variation on a theme”

shelter island

Sunday morning we walked around Shelter Island with Aunt Carol. It was overcast but it’s always nice to see the ocean.

david bay

David borrowed Christie’s pink blanket.

pismo beach 1986

It reminded me of when I borrowed my cousin’s pink sweatshirt at Pismo Beach.

meanwhile in ND

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, as Ms. Carbone would say. Keeping the pack ‘n’ play warm.

nap on me

More holding my baby too much <3

boy cousins

Before heading back to TX Dominic agreed to try holding David. “Sometimes babies are too heavy.” Try carrying him around in your belly, Dominic.


David with his grandpa

Dad had the foresight to insist on a family picture before Betsy departed. Sorry, Christie, I think you are yawning. The low quality of this image is my fault!

family photo 2014

Missing the spouses :(

sunshine baby

Enjoying a little more nature before returning to the tundra. We were really missing Josh by the end so we weren’t too sad to go.

I needlessly dreaded the 3.5-hour flight back to Minnesota. David was a little angel! And how could I have known the person next to me would be a no-show, so we weren’t crammed between two strangers. I was able to nurse him with relative privacy, and he slept peacefully the rest of the time. Too bad our house doesn’t sound like an airplane during naps.

SAN airport

At first we were like


But then we were all

Our flight out of Minnesota was delayed, as usual. David got a little fussy while we waited at the gate, but I would much rather deal with fussiness there than on a plane.

MSP delayed 2

This is how we deal with fussiness.

My swaddled baby was a huge hit among the other passengers. One guy said his girlfriend would think it was the cutest thing she had ever seen, so I let him take a picture. I never said I was immune to flattery.

MSP delayed 1

I dread the day a swaddle won’t work on him anymore.

The nap lasted almost until we landed in North Dakota.


Here he is on the flight back.

Josh was waiting for us just past security, such a welcome sight. I don’t have pictures of the reunion. My phone was probably too dead for the camera to work. Story of my life.

a boy and his cat

Reunited with Tom

a boy and his other cat

And Ida

The next day was Josh’s twenty-eighth birthday. When I texted him asking if he would prefer a cake or cookies, he said both. So he got both, although it took me two days to “frost” the cake. I made one round layer and twelve cupcakes, and poked holes in all of it to fill with vanilla pudding before topping with Cool Whip. I’m glad I tried it with the cupcakes because they were really good! Unfortunately they weren’t ready for him to take to work on Friday, so we’re spending the weekend trying to eat everything ourselves before it gets stale or mushy or both.

poke holes in cupcake

fill cupcake with pudding

top cupcake with cool whip

On May 1 David had his two-month pediatric appointment. At nine weeks old, he weighed 14 lb 10 oz (putting him in the 95th percentile). His head is 80th percentile and his length is supposedly 58th, but I’m sure that is wrong because he seems about three feet long.

2 month pediatric

It can’t be easy to measure a wriggling baby.

He had three shots in his legs at the end of the appointment, and it is one of the few times I have heard him really cry. Once I had calmed him I had to put him in his car seat to go home, but I wish I could have held him longer. You know, because I hold him too much. But the poor guy!

after vaccines

This picture still breaks my little heart.

He fell asleep before we had reached the car, and took a nice long nap that afternoon. The next morning he had a fever, but as far as I know it didn’t surpass 100.7 and it was gone a few diaper changes later.

vaccine sleep

And now he is waking up so I’m stopping! Bye.

You’re Invited…To A Little Pity Party

24 Jan

This is the pre-trip, pre-move post, an attempt to clear my brain by writing out everything I’m thinking about. In four short days I’m going to San Diego again…which would be something to look forward to with unadulterated happiness if I didn’t have SO MUCH to get done before I can go. While I’m gone, Josh is going to rent a U-haul and move our furniture and most of our stuff to the new house, with the help of his coworkers. At first I felt bad that I was missing all the work, but I’ve since realized that the actual move is just a small part of moving. Josh assures me I would only be in the way, as I’m useless at heavy lifting. (Guys and their fancy “upper-body strength.”) So my part will be organizing and packing everything we own, which appeals to my more persnickety side but also scares my not-a-self-starter side a little bit.

It’s not that I can complain about going to California, especially when it’s been negative temperatures here for a long time. I won’t mind being somewhere I can “go get something from the car real quick” without layering on outerwear for ten minutes, getting to the car to realize the lock is frozen, and then peeling outerwear back off and hanging it back up when I get inside. Sue me, I’m too lazy for this Northern lifestyle! I’m not proud to admit I’m that girl who can’t ABIDE to be cold but can’t always be bothered to zip her jacket. If Josh had a penny for every time he’s heard me say “I’m cold” we would be living in a castle on our own private island by now, flying family and friends out to visit us in our fleet of jets.

I guess this post will be kind of a downer, mostly because I’m realizing how bittersweet it is to leave our first apartment for good, and that is setting the tone for my writing. Everything less than ideal about this place (no laundry in unit, no pets allowed, off-center light fixture in the dining room lol) is getting harder to remember and every nostalgic bone in my body is dreading this upcoming move. But I know there will be so many benefits! Let me list some of them for ya, and for my nostalgic bones.

1. No twenty-mile commute for Joshie in bad weather. Tons of gas money saved, too.
2. Josh can even go home for lunch.
3. Closer proximity to people I know and like. We’ll be living near several nice families!
4. Niiice carpet in the new house. And two staircases, to keep me and Ida in shape.

5. Free laundry in our home! In a few months the washer and dryer we need to buy will pay themselves off. Good riddance, coin-op!
6. Attached garage for poor little Acura. That’s a big one!
7. Lots of bathrooms and bedrooms for out-of-town guests. Hint, hint :)

So after I pack everything, and somehow wrap my distracted brain around separating out things for my trip, things Josh will need before the move, things Josh will need right away at the new house, etc., I leave on Monday for a six-day trip to San Diego! I kept thinking it was only three days, and I still think of it as sometime in the distant future. I don’t know why. It’s almost for a week, and it’s almost time to go! Am I looking forward to a break from relentless winter? Sure. But compared to seeing Dominic and Christina (and you older people) it doesn’t really register on my anticipation scale. I watched a video of my almost 3-month-old niece babbling right before I wrote this, so I am even antsier than usual to see her again. And I’m always more than ready to see the boy who will always be a tiny baby to me.



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