It is hard to believe that Logan is halfway to his first birthday! Where has the time gone?!? Logan is a very easy baby, so I feel that we’ve truly taken the time to just enjoy his presence and have a lot of fun with him. He is always so happy (unless he is hungry) and just a joy to be around. He has the best gummy grin and just loves to be around people.
The major event this month was Thanksgiving. We hosted at our house this year, and even broke out our fancy china! We had Jessica’s parents, grandma, sister, and sister’s boyfriend over as well as the Marinova Family (friends of our from Bulgaria). It was a great evening full great food and fun :) Emily and Rob stayed the night and in the morning Rob played this guitar for us, and even gave Malina a chance to play it herself – lucky girl!!
During the past month we’ve had lots of firsts:
> first major holiday (Thanksgiving)
> first flight (Utah – and he slept the entire way)
> first time in freezing weather/snow (looking at Xmas lights in Salt Lake City in 16-degree weather)
> first night sleeping without a swaddle (and he did great)
> first “bad sweater” party (at the Peterson’s)
> first solid food (butternut squash)
Malina is really becoming a little girl. Her favorite color is orange and she knows what she wants, which includes picking out her own clothes (usually orange) and choosing what to eat at mealtime. She is really enjoying preschool; she has made her own friends and become very interested in art projects (glue, specifically). Her vocabulary continues to grow and amaze us. She speaks in full sentences and can really convey her feelings, recall events from the past and talk about things in the future that she is looking forward to. She also has a great sense of direction. We will be walking around our neighborhood and she knows what is what and will recall the last time she was there and what she did. Amazing :)
View photos of Logan’s sixth month
We flew to Salt Lake City to spend a long weekend with old friends. The main event was Kathryn’s baby shower, but it was also an opportunity to meet all the new babies that have been born in the past several months (Kaia, Briella and Logan).
It was Logan’s first flight and he did incredibly well … he slept the entire flight (both ways). Malina had her own seat; we used a CARES Harness (for additional safety), and she did very well with it. Our outbound flight was delayed, so the pilot let her spend several minutes in the cockpit pressing buttons!!
Kathryn and Eric have a beautiful (and large) home, so all of our families were able to stay in one place. It felt like a big slumber party. It was nice for all of the moms to commiserate in the middle of the night as we were all feeding/shushing our non-sleeping babies.
As far as activities went, we threw a baby shower for future Baby Boy Dahlin, we had a professional photographer photo-shoot, we threw a surprise baby shower for Baby Briella, the entire crew ate dinner out (during which Logan “blew out” of his diaper) and we walked around Temple Square to check out the Christmas lights in 16-degree weather!
It was such a great weekend, but a total whirlwind. I hope we can do it again every year :)
View photos of our quick trip to Utah
Month 12 was a great month for our family! We used up Chuck’s final week of paternity leave by taking a little family vacation to Park City, Utah. We took advantage of off-season rates and great spring skiing weather. While there, Malina graduated from her dolphin crawl to a more traditional crawl. She felt snow for the first time and rode a gondola to 11,000 feet of elevation! We also went to Sundance (thanks Kath), checked out Olympic Park, and hiked in the Mirror Lake wilderness area. Malina had some sleep issues along the way, but otherwise, quite a fun trip.
Once back in San Francisco, Malina got very comfortable pulling up on everything and at each opportunity would open a drawer or cabinet and empty it in a matter of seconds. We have tried to teach her that putting everything back in is fun too, but she doesn’t seem to agree.
Malina’s vocabulary has shot up this month. She now says about 8 words, most of which start with “b”. She is clearly more focused on vocab than walking because she hasn’t shown much interest yet. We are enjoying the calm before the storm :)
We decided to have an informal party for Malina’s first birthday. Jessica’s family happened to be on the West Coast for a wedding the previous weekend, so they stuck around for the festivities. We had Great Grandma Florence, Grandma Robin and Grandpa Ken here for a few days. Now that Auntie Em lives in the Bay Area again, she was at the celebration along with many of Malina’s baby friends and a few of ours as well. We asked friends to bring non-perishable items instead of gifts (thanks for the idea Abby), so Malina made her first charitable donation to the San Francisco Food Bank!
We can’t believe our little baby is ONE!! Time truly flies.
View photos of Malina’s twelfth month.