6 months old!

Okay...I waited another month and I'm clearly slacking on keeping the updates alive, but thus is life of a working mom, I guess. Here are Nico's 6 month photos, and month 7 coming up this weekend. In month 6, Nico:

Traveled to Wilmington, NC (where Lucas is from) to surprise his Nana. We had a travel day from hell (thanks to United mechanical issues), but even with 6 (!) hours of delays, he was a patient and sweet little traveler. What a trooper. He loved his first trip to Wilmington, where he got to spend time with Nana's pups, go to the beach 3 times with his Abuelo, and splash in Nana's pool. He's already excited about visiting again soon.

I went back to work right after that trip, and I immediately flew off to London for a team offsite. I was a nervous wreck about leaving Nico for a week, but he couldn't have cared less. Nico and Lucas had a boys week, where they swam, had drinks with the guys, and he continued his daycare routine like a champ.

In month 6, he continued to sleep 12 hours straight through the night and woke up giggly and happy every single day. He ended the month wanting to crawl so, so bad, but just turned in circles and scooted backwards. We love you so much, Nico.

Nico is actually 6 months old today (eep!) so more on that soon. But this month has been absolutely bananas, so I never got around to posting the 5 month photos. This bub turned five months old and had a huge month. Here's the summary of month 5:

We celebrated Lucas's birthday with trips to Malibu and then Santa Barbara. Nico was such a good little traveler - adaptable, patient, and sweet. He got to meet his Uncle Zick and Aunt Kerrin for the first time, and loves them both to pieces.

He learned how to roll from back to belly, discovered a love for his own feet, and fell even more in love with chewing on his own hands. He started daycare (!!!!) in preparation for my return to work, and absolutely loves his class and Teachers, Danni and Selah. He even made me a Mother's Day craft, which I love so much that it actually hurts my heart.

Nico started solid foods, and he definitely gets his love of avocados and bananas from me. He's not so sure about peas yet, but we're working on it. He now has solid food diapers, but to be honest, it's not as bad as I feared.

He's smilier, kickier, and happier than ever, and he still has his parents, grandparents, and aunts and uncles tightly wound around his sticky little fingers. We love you so much, Nico.

Weekend Trip: Malibu

Lucas just celebrated the big 3-0, so we had to do something big. Even though I'm not quite back to work yet (1 month left in my mat leave!), I had a work conference in Anaheim, so it was the perfect excuse to spend Lucas's birthday weekend in LA. The conference wrapped up on Thursday afternoon, so Nico and Lucas flew down to meet me in LA.
We had dinner reservations at Felix, which I've been dying to try, but their flight was delayed into LAX and it felt too late to have Nico out, so we flexed and picked up Sugarfish to go instead. Maybe we were just hungry, but it was some of the best sushi I've ever had, so alls well that ends well. We'll have to try Felix next time we're in LA - such is life with a baby, I guess. :)
Lucas loves to surf, so I planned a chill surf weekend for him. We stayed at The Surfrider Malibu, which is a new hotel I discovered through Instagram and design blogs. It's so cute that I assumed it wouldn't be baby or kid friendly (ha) but when I called to inquire about it, they told me they loved babies and would put a rollaway crib in our room. It made things super easy.
On Friday morning, Lucas had an early surf session (dawn patrol, as we like to call it) and then I took a pilates class at this studio (side note: it was the hardest pilates class of my life!). We had a well deserved brunch at Ollo and then we hit the beach. We brought along Nico's trusty beach tent and he napped and lounged for most of the afternoon.
Friday night we went to the hotel's rooftop bar / restaurant for appetizers and drinks, and we had the best mezcal cocktails. We snuck away to the room to get Nico ready for bed, and once we got him down successfully, we popped back up to the roof and had dinner. We checked in on him every 30 minutes or so, but he was a total champion sleeper.
On Saturday, we basically repeated everything we did on Friday. Lucas went surfing at 6:00 AM, I took a SoulCycle class, and then we spent the day on the beach with Nico. The waves were particularly good on Saturday, and Lucas still talks about how it was one of the best surfing days he's ever had. I'm glad the surf gods were looking out for him on his 30th.
On Sunday, Lucas went surfing again bright and early, and then we headed to Venice for brunch and shopping before our flight. We grabbed Blue Bottle (you can take us out of SF but we will still drink SF coffee), had brunch at Great White, and introduced Nico to the world of Abbott Kinney shopping. We went to the airport extra early and flew home.
We always toy with the idea of moving to LA because we love the beach and the weather so much. It seems like such a fun place to raise a family. We already booked our next trip to The Surfrider in August. It's seriously such a family-friendly and beautiful hotel. Can't wait!

4 months old!

I'm over a week late in posting this, but our little Nico turned 4 months old. We had a big month!

We left Nico for 3 nights to celebrate my birthday in Valle de Guadalupe, and he partied hard with my parents in SF. They wore him out with visits to Muir Woods, the botanical gardens, and local restaurants. I'm not sure who enjoyed the time more: me and Lucas, Nico, or my parents. Even though we're across the country, Nico is lucky to have such amazing grandparents who will drop everything to come see him.

The next weekend, we traveled to Atlanta for a visit, and Nico flew on an airplane for the first time. We took a picture of him with the pilots in the cockpit and they gave him some teeny wings (oh, my heart!). He didn't cry once on either leg of the trip, but he also didn't nap so he was overtired when we arrived. My Granny Bird loved meeting her first "great grand" and Nico also met my older bro and sis-in-law for the first time. It was just the best weekend.

We rounded out the month in Malibu celebrating Lucas's 30th birthday (more on that trip soon). That round of flying didn't go quite as smoothly, but luckily the flights were super short and the other passengers were (mostly) understanding.

Nico is becoming more and more alert. He loves playing with toys (this toy and this rattle are his current faves), reading books (Pete the Cat ftw), and singing songs ("The Wheels on the Bus" makes his entire face light up). He's still a great sleeper for the first part and he wakes up happy every morning and from every nap. When we poke our heads over his crib to say hi, he coos and laughs and kicks his feet up in the air. We love you, kid.

Day Trip: Bolinas, California

When the weekend weather approaches 70 degrees, we pack up our car and head up to Bolinas. It's a chill little beach town about an hour north of SF. Many folks day trip to Stinson Beach, but it's worth driving the 20 extra minutes to reach Bolinas, which is more low key and flies under the radar.

Nico wore his SPF suit for the first time, but we mostly kept him shaded under this tent. :) The waves are consistent but small in Bolinas, so this will probably be where Lucas teaches Nico to surf for the first time. Just the thought of it makes my heart swell.
We picked up Ike's sandwiches on the way out of SF. After eating lunch on the beach, the dudes spent hours surfing and we lounged in the sun with pups and babies.
We typically hit up Smiley's, a local dive bar, after beach days, but they don't allow pups or babes, so sadly those days are over for a while. We hopped across the street and hung out on the back patio at Coast Cafe, which was perfect for our little group. We didn't eat, but the fish & chips looked and smelled great.
We drove back to the city, and swung by Hook Fish Co. in the outer sunset for fish burritos and guacamole on the way home. Such a great day. See you soon, Bolinas.