4th of July & First Race

I’m catching up on our summer adventures, so don’t mind me posting about 4th of July on the last week of July. Better late than never – right?

We had a low key 4th of July this year. Our city actually celebrates the 4th on the 3rd with a big fireworks show and carnival games for the kids but since it was hotter than all hell this week, we decided to forgo the fireworks (and the fact that they don’t start until dusk which is way past a little someone’s bedtime) but we did sign up for our little city’s 4k race and kid dash. Now when I said ‘we’ I meant the hubs signed up for the 4k.

BabyBird knows that Daddy runs in races and we always meet him at the finish line which is usually different than the starting line. But since our suburban city is pretty small, the start and finish line was at the same place which made it really easy for us to cheer for Daddy. Except when it came time for Daddy to start the run, BabyBird got all upset and sad that he had ran away. Oh dear. We walked over to our car to get breakfast and apply a good coat of sunscreen and by the time we made it back, the announcers were cheering on the finishers. Yikes, in the time it took us to walk to the car and back, Daddy finished a 4k.

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Fueling up while Daddy ran the 4k.

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Munching away on the snacks.

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Uh… what? Crossing those legs, seriously? (and don’t mind that random guy in the background)

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First running bib. This one kills me.

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There are just so many funny things going on in this picture. First off, I have no idea who these other kids are but hopefully they don’t mind being in this picture. I love #449’s expression on his face and the smirk on #833. BabyBird was one of the youngest to run the 40 yard dash and he did so well. I was kinda afraid he would get distracted, but once the other kids started running he ran right towards me with all of his might.

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That kid in the #449 bib still cracks me up. And check out that side eye from #827 in the green shirt.

BabyBird was so proud to be standing in line and waiting for his group to run. The organizers were great (they must have been coaches or something because they totally spoke kid language and were great at getting all of the kids to listen and follow directions, most of the runners were grade school aged)

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A proud little guy showing his ribbon to an even more proud Daddy.

Afterwards, was the 1/4 mile race around the path that leads to 3 playgrounds. BabyBird and Daddy ran the course together and he ran the entire way too. Most of the kids were a lot older and they sprinted the way and a few got distracted half way and made pit stops at the playground – ha!

We went home for showers, lunch & naps. Afterwards we headed out to one of our favorite hikes along the Boulder Creek.

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And ended the day at our local ice cream shop, Sweet Cow.

This was also when Mommy forgets to say “kid sized” scoop of ice cream and he lucked out and got a full scoop. Oops?

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Babymoon in San Francisco

In early June, we ventured out to San Francisco together for a vacation sans toddler for an extended weekend. The hubs was already there for the annual Apple Developers Conference.

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Our cozy, comfy and cute hotel room. Or in other words – small hotel room but it was absolutely charming and right on Union Square which made it super convenient getting around town.

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After dinner stroll along the pier.

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FaceTime with my little buddy back home who I missed very much, but he was having a blast with his grandparents.

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A ferry tour ride to the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.

 

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Don’t let the smile fool you, it was freezing that day at the Golden Gate Bridge. But it was cool to see the clouds & fog.

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Bump and I in front of Chinatown.

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Japanese Tea Garden inside the Golden Gate Park

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It was a great trip, but we are also equally excited to come home and greet our little guy and wrap him up in our arms. We got home late Monday night, like 11pm, and upon coming inside and catching up with grandparents, the little guy woke up and I won’t forget the look on his face. He was absolutely shocked to see us and was soo happy and excited to see and touch mommy’s face, it about melted my heart. Then in true fashion, he asked to go back to bed – ha! Poor guy was tuckered out and was ready to sleep more. The next morning he was so excited to wake up and see us and he didn’t let me out of his sight for the rest of the week.

Eating Our Way Through San Francisco

Back in June, the hubs and I took a mini-vacation sans kiddo to San Francisco. He was already there for a week for the annual Apple Developer Conference and I joined him for an extended weekend trip. BabyBird stayed home and got to play and hang wear out his grandparents who were gracious enough to babysit the little stinker for 4 days and 3 nights. This was also the first time I have ever left him. In his little 2 year & 4 months of life, I have never left him for one night. This trip was good for both of us – and especially a good trial run before his little sister is born this October. So his first experience of mommy not being there at night does not always result in me bringing home a new baby.

The hubs and I were both looking forward to this trip and some time together – and lets not kid ourselves, we were also excited to hang out just the two of us and eat all the foods. In restaurants. Peacefully. Slowly. Here is our food diary of our trip and all the yummy grub we ate while in San Fran.

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2am noodle meal at this fabulous Vietnamese place on Union Square

 

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Pho Noodle Soup

 

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Calamari with Peppers

 

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Grilled Salmon & Shrimp

 

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Amazing seafood restaurant right by the bay

 

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Pancakes

 

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Seafood Omelet

 

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Dim Sum

 

Mission Style Tacos & Burrito

Mission Style Tacos & Burrito

 

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Ghirardelli Ice Cream Sundae

 

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Fried Ravioli’s

 

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Deep Pan Pizza

 

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Bi-Rite Ice Cream Sundae

 

Breastfeeding Essentials

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With 11 weeks left until my due date ::eeks!:: I am going to do a few posts on newborn essentials and some of the things I couldn’t have lived without the first time around. And I hope with sharing these, some first time moms will find helpful as well.

Kelly Mom.com : One of the best websites for breastfeeding mamas. This is my go to place for any concerns from low supply, to what I can take when I have a cold, and how to store breastmilk safely.

Playtex Drop-In Bottles & Liners : These bottles were a life saver. Now you do have to invest in buying new liners for the bottles (though we did wash and re-use some of the liners too) but it was also easy to just throw away a used liner and not have to worry about washing another bottle. With the liners, you can squeeze the air out and you have essentially a semi-vaccum sealed bag with no air bubbles and these worked great for us. Playtex also sells pump parts that fit the bottles and liners perfectly and they attached right onto my Medela pump which made pumping and storing easy.

The Nursing Mother’s Companion : This book is filled with great information and a great resource for any nursing related questions and concerns.

Lansinoh Milk Storage Bags : These were perfect to store extra breastmilk to freeze. Lay then flat in your freezer and I just kept them in tubs labeled with the date. Lansinoh also makes a lot of other great products like nursing pads that I also liked too.

Medela Hospital Grade Pump : The mother of all pumps. I rented this for about 4 months to help with my supply and this pump was amazing. The hospital provided me with my own tubes and cups to use and this pump sure did it’s job. After I returned the pump, I purchased the Medela Pump in Style to use when I returned back to work. The retail version worked great too and I never had a problem with mine, but you can’t beat the power of the hospital grade one. Local places like Walgreens or nursing boutiques also have these available to rent.

Things not pictured that I also couldn’t live without: Apno (All Purpose Nipple Ointment) – I got a tube of this while at the hospital and it was the saving grace for those first few weeks when my nipples were soo tender and sore.