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George’s Second Month

Posted by: Maggie

George turned two months old last week and I realize that I haven’t really posted since he turned one month old. There is so much going on right now with the little ones at home and Josh back at work, and me back from maternity leave that I haven’t had any time to spare for this blog. Sorry friends! I’m going to try to be better about blogging this summer, especially since I’ll be blogging all of our Summer Bucket List adventures. I already have a few posts ready to go and a bunch more planned.

Anyways back to George’s second month. The last month has been fairly eventful and entirely exhausting. On the day he turned one month old we took George on his first real outing (aside from GoGo’s house, or the doctor’s office). We went to get some delicious frozen yogurt as a reward for Eleanor getting enough stickers on her sticker chart (I’ll be post about that soon).

I also had my first trips out of the house without baby. I met with my intern Tessa at Starbucks a few times and FINALLY went to have my hair done to get rid of these horrible roots (thanks Stacy)!

AND I started working out again! I’ve lost 5 lbs so far and as of now I’m another five pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight (but 35 from my goal weight)! I’m working hard though. I just joined an intense cardio class that meets three times a week for the next six weeks. The plan is to lose enough to get into a bikini by the end of the summer. We’ll see…

We also had our first big family outing, a trip to the Bug Fair at the Natural History Museum. George was very cooperative, sleeping in his stroller the entire time we were there.

Meanwhile Eleanor, got to check out some bugs and get a butterfly painted on her face.

And George has even been enjoying Family Movie Night with us.

Although Eleanor has been very good with her brother, she’s been feeling a little bit neglected since Josh went back to work. She just went back to school this week, so the last four weeks she’s been home with me and George all day. Since I’ve been trying to get work done while taking care of George I just haven’t had enough time to play. So I’ve been trying to include her in taking care of George, working on craft projects together, and doing other little things around the house. In the photos below, we’re checking out the solar eclipse with a foil viewer we made, and Eleanor is helping me prepare basil for pesto.

As I mentioned, Josh went back to work after four weeks at home. The lucky bastard. I was left at home all day with the two little monsters (Josh is gone from 6am until 6 or 7pm).  The first two weeks were ROUGH! It is ridiculously hard work taking care of a newborn and a preschooler. They are both demanding in different ways. There is never a moment when I am not waking someone up, putting someone to sleep, changing a diaper, getting someone dressed, cooking a meal, nursing a baby, cleaning up a mess, doing a load of laundry, calming a crying baby or preschooler, or entertaining someone. Not a moment of quiet. Not a moment to myself. I’m lucky if I get to shower twice a week. But it is obviously worth it for all the little moments of love in my day.

The best part of the last month has been the appearance of smiles and the start of baby conversation. First he started to have longer and longer periods of wakefulness, where he would be wide-eyed, taking in the world around him. Then when he was five weeks old he smiled at me! It was amazing. Eleanor gave her first smiles and laughs to Josh, so I was sooo excited to get George’s first smile, and for a few days I was the only one getting smiles! Shortly after, he started talking…all. the. time. He’s going to be a little chatter box just like Eleanor. He is constantly “aahhh”ing, “oooh”ing, and “ehhh”ing at us, with lots of sighs, coos, and gurgles. His favorite thing to say is, “Ahgoo?” It’s always a question. And he carries on just like he’s having a conversation with you. He talks and pauses for a response, and then responds back to you. He’s always smiling as he talks and he gives these super flirty little sideways smiles with an eyebrow raised. It’s the most charming thing ever. This baby has serious charisma!

It took forever to get his smile on camera and I still haven’t caught his flirty smile yet!  First, I caught this blurry one on my cell phone.

But as soon as I put my DSLR up to my face my attempts ended up with photos like this:

And this:

Finally, with a little help from Daddy, I caught these:

See those super adorable dimples on each cheek?! I love him so freaking much!

Spiders and Pumpkins

Posted by: Maggie

I love any kind of celebration, especially holidays. So I always start celebrating as early as possible. This year, we started our Autumn and Halloween celebrating on the very first day of October with a trip to the Spider Pavilion at the Natural History Museum.

I was less nervous going in than I was last year. As I mentioned in last year’s post, I have a real insect phobia, I get nervous, my heart starts to race, and my palms sweat when I look at a picture of an insect. I was okay last year, so I wasn’t worried about being able to handle being in a greenhouse with spiders loose everywhere this year. And I did just fine. I mean, I was a little nervous, but not really scared.

The next day we headed over to our local pumpkin patch, Lombardi Ranch, to pick out our pumpkins.

It was about 100 degrees out so we didn’t stay long. We just grabbed a quick pony ride, picked out our pumpkins and that was it. But don’t worry we got some more pumpkin patch fun in another time. I’ll post that trip next week!

A Little Cranky Update!

Posted by: Maggie

Hi Friends!

I meant to write you some fun posts yesterday and today, but I’m not perfect alright! I’m busy entertaining house guests, being a lawyer with a court hearing this week, while also being a photographer booking new clients and planning shoots for next week! So get off my back internet! I hear you complaining, and I’m telling you to knock it off!

So, anyways, instead of actually writing what I was planning for yesterday and today I thought I’d just give you a little update on what we’re up to this summer!

  • I’ve just completed an AMAZING Online Boudoir Photography Workshop from my favorite photographer in the whole world Christa Meola!
  • Eleanor has been enjoying her preschool summer program, which features weekly visitors including the Bubble Man, a Reptile Handler, and the Library Fairy, and a water play day once a week! I wish I was in a preschool summer program!
  • My best friend Andrew turned 30, so I took him out for Mexican food, and his wife Amy bought him an awesome new tattoo, can’t wait to see it in person and for Amy to blog about it!
  • Josh’s best friend Brian came to stays with us for sort of a week. He arrived last Tuesday and left this Tuesday night, but left us for the weekend to be in a friend’s wedding in San Francisco. So, we didn’t have nearly enough Brian time. Although his stories about Texas and teaching college kids are pretty amazing so we forgive him.
  • While Brian was here we took him to see the new Dinosaur exhibit at the Natural History Museum, had drinks with Andrew, went to visit UCLA, had dinner in Westwood with an old friend from high school plus Diddy Riese Cookies, and had a day at the beach, followed by dinner party with my friend and frequent cranky commenter Megan! It was a pretty full, although far too short, visit. There will be posts to come about various portions of the visit.
  • Josh and I will be celebrating our 7th wedding anniversary this weekend with a night at the Farmer’s Daughter in West Hollywood. Can’t wait! A night without a child! We are going to watch so much tv!
  • Eleanor will be at home with Uncle Elliott. She’s pretty excited about that.
  • I’ve got a Boudoir Party shoot with three lovely ladies next week! I am beyond excited!
  • AND I’ve got a wedding and a baby shower coming up this month.

So, you know, pretty busy over here. How bout you guys? Having a fun summer?

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