We decided to squeeze in one last trip before Jessica enters her no fly window. We had originally dreamed of Turkey, then got a bit more realistic and settled on London, then got even more realistic and chose Mexico … and then finally booked a trip to Southern California based on several constraints. That said, we had a great time and managed to pack the trip full of visits with family and friends as well as lots of little toddler focused excursions.
While in LA we went to Santa Monica Pier and the Third St Promenade. We also saw 2 sets of friends, each with a baby named Cooper :) And last but not least, we celebrated Malina’s Great Grandmothers 84th birthday! On the drive down to San Diego we stopped over for a nap in Laguna and visited our newly transplanted friend Megan, who is due 2 weeks after Jessica. What a beautiful spot!
In San Diego we went to the huge Balboa Park and met up with Chuck’s sister in law, Kari. We also took Malina to the amazing San Diego Zoo, we got there at 9am when they opened and were ushered out the gates as they closed at 5pm. Malina didn’t take a nap and we didn’t ride a single tram. Mom and Dad were SO TIRED by the end of the day. We checked out the La Jolla Sea Caves and Malina loved the sea-lions, she even mimicked their bark. We also visited with good friend Sarah along with her new baby Lila in Del Mar. It was a fun filled and busy trip! In addition to the photos, we’ve uploaded a few videos from the trip (scroll down).
We went down to Los Angeles for the weekend to spend a few days with Great Grandma Florence. We went to parks and the beach, we swam and played, we got together with friends and enjoyed the warm weather.
Now that Malina is walking, she wants to walk everywhere. She knows the words “walk” and “down” so anytime I pick her up, that is what I hear. She also loves stairs. She can go up very well but doesn’t understand how gravity works on the way down. GG lives in a 3 story townhouse, and (obviously) doesn’t have gates … so we were constantly sprinting after Malina.
During the last month, Malina experienced her first Hanukkah, first Christmas and first New Year’s. She didn’t quite grasp the concept of unwrapping presents, but she thoroughly enjoyed eating all the pretty bows and playing with her wonderful new gifts!
Malina also had lots of fun visiting with Great Grandma Barbara, Great Grandpa Bob and Cousin Rachel in Livermore on Christmas Day and visiting Great Grandma Florence in Los Angeles over New Year’s weekend. While in LA, Malina toured the Santa Monica Pier and experienced her first carousel ride! She also enjoyed a few days of company from Grandma Robin, Grandpa Ken and Aunt Emily and a visit from our newly engaged friends, Brian and Megan.
It is truly hard to believe that Malina is half a year old!! She is growing up so quickly! She weighs over 16 pounds and is 26 inches long. She can sit on her own and loves to play with her toys. She has a beautiful smile and soft little laugh. She definitely recognizes (and loves) Mom and Dad, and she seems to be a very social baby and is interested in meeting everyone!
As usual, we had a busy month. Jessica’s mom’s group had a family get together so all the husbands were finally able to meet. We also dressed Malina up for Halloween as a pumpkin and attended a few different events.
Towards the end of the month we introduced Malina to solid foods. We started with brown rice cereal and she was not very interested. Then we moved on to oatmeal cereal, and most recently we introduced butternut squash. We’ve spent hours preparing and trying to get her to “eat” but she seems to prefer the boob.
We took a trip down to LA and spent a few days with Malina’s Great Grandma Florence. While there we enjoyed the warm weather and introduced her to additional family members.