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Nolan started attending daycare on a part time basis 3 months ago when he was just getting used to walking. He did horribly the first month. Screamed hysterically every time we dropped him off and cried every time we picked him up. He didn’t eat much, threw a lot of tantrums and was getting sick. I was so torn in the 3rd week that I wanted to take him out for good. I felt as if I was putting him thru unneeded torture having to spend time with strangers, but I knew I had to be strong because it would be better in the long run for his social skills and for his dad’s sanity. It also drove us nuts at home because he ended up becoming EXTRA clingy and SUPER whiny. We couldn’t leave a room without him flipping out that we were leaving him for good and he always wanted to be held.

Here’s Nolan on his 1st day at daycare (July 8th). He has no clue that we’re about to leave him there for hours but he does have a suspicion of it–look at those eyes!
nolan first day at daycare
A view of his classroom with some of his fellow classmates. I love the tiny human chairs and tables they have for ’em which is also where they have their meals and snacks.
nolan first day at daycare
Then, one miracle day in his 4th or 5th week he didn’t scream hysterically, just whined a bit when I handed him off to his caretaker. When we pick him up he just walks straight up to us now w/o a whine or cry. Even better, just a few days ago he didn’t even sound a peep when I handed him off. They were outside playing so he just watched me leave with a blank look on his face.  Typically I’d need to bolt out of there in a hurry to shorten the cries but this time I turned around to wave bye to him quite a few times and all he did was watch me disappear into the distance. Nowadays he’s improved a lot–eating very well, having tons of fun when they sing, read stories and blow bubbles in the play yard. I’m just so happy that he’s enjoying himself now while daddy can get some errands and chores done around the house. We try to sneak up on him during pick-up time so we can get a glimpse of how he interacts in class and with the other kids. I think Nolan will be ready to go full time once baby #2 arrives in February since I am pretty doubtful that I’d be able to handle 2 kids at home by myself.

Rob went to pick him up early one day and got a snap of him napping on his mat. He usually does not sleep with a blanket at home but they have the a/c cranked up pretty high in the classroom.
baby boy napping at daycare
Since Nolan’s in a school environment, they of course had picture day! Gosh, he’s only a year old and he already gets his very first school picture?!? We used to first get these in kindergarten as an initiation of sorts but I guess it’s never too early to get those professional school photos done. And if you’re wondering, yes, we got suckered into forking out $80 to buy copies of these. I mean they’re his 1st ever school pictures, we couldn’t resist!!

Here’s the one I like most out of the 3 taken–not a complete smile but good enough.
nolan 15 month old baby boy school picture daycare picture
The epic sad, cry baby school picture every kid has to have.
nolan 15 month old baby boy first school picture daycare picture
In my opinion he’s advanced a lot for 4 months. I don’t have another kid as a benchmark but it’s just so amazing to see how much he’s learning day to day, week to week, month to month. His first 4 molars have recently grown in and we’ve had a hell of a few weeks with lots of whining/crying late at night. He ends up sleeping in our bed to help soothe the pain.

Words he can say:
-ball
-bubble
-daddy
-sit
-fish
-hi (more like “eye”)
-hat
-doggy

Things he can “sign”:
-milk
-baby
-socks
-shoes
-hat
-more
-fish
-dog
-rain
-day
-gangnam style
-bus
-boat

Things he can do on command:
-close the door
-downward dog
-clap
-hug
-high five
-wave “bye”
-massage (yes, he actually gives me 2-3 good massage grips before stopping)

Favorite things:
-eating grapes
-playing with bubbles
-stacking his stars
-reading books (aloud)
-Dancing to Psy’s “Gangnam Style” & “Gentleman”
-throwing stuff down the stairs
-talking on the phone
-mommy over daddy

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We made a quick getaway to hot and humid Palm Springs for my birthday. We even ventured out pretty far to Salvation Mountain in Niland, CA. It’s literally in the middle of freakin nowhere. It’s such a unique site and might be worth a quick visit if you have the time to venture out that far. I thoroughly enjoyed my quality time out there with Noly and Rob (while pregnant with baby #2). Photos to be uploaded at a later date.

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We kicked off labor day weekend with a quick outing to the beach with my sisters, nieces and nephew.  I must confess: before I had Nolan I never made any concerted effort to spend quality time with my family. “Free time” was always about what kind of work I can get done and what I can do with Rob, but now, today, I’m saying this line with a lot more conviction than ever before: “having a kid TOTALLY changes your perspective and priorities in life.” I don’t compromise my “free time” anymore because that free time translates to more family time. I crave family time more than ever and accept far less photography gigs and make less appearances to events. I really want to make sure I don’t miss out on the little time I have left of Nolan being so innocent and so little because before you know it, he’ll be off on his own discovering life without me by his side. As whiny and needy as he is now, I know it will all come to pass and I may even come to miss it someday.

In the last few years I’ve been quite horrible at bringing along the DSLR to family/personal events. Nowadays it matters that Nolan gets his memories captured in the best way possible so I try not to be as lazy and bust out the talents/skills that God has given me to capture those very moments for him with the awesome equipment that I am so blessed to have. I must say, the images do turn out A LOT better than what my camera phone can take any day. This was a very short time spent at the beach but it warms my heart that I was able to capture these moments for my family to look back on.

Kortney with Lorelai…they are like totally BFF’s.
huntington beach family beach day lspace swim
Yes, kind of an L*Space fringe freak but they recently had their warehouse sale. I couldn’t help but load up the gals in my life with the best.
huntington beach family beach day lspace swim
As you can see, Nolan was a bit scared of the sand and icy cold Pacific waters.
huntington beach family beach day
We got a few moments of smiles out of him.
huntington beach family beach day
huntington beach family beach day lspace swim
My favorite Angels fans…really despise that cold water.
huntington beach family beach day angels fans
Having some fun in the sand. They buried Charlotte and Elise together.
huntington beach family beach day
Like I said, a bit L*Space fringe crazy with 2 of my sisters and 5 nieces. Me with my 13 week pregnancy bump.
huntington beach family beach day lspace swim fringe bikini
Just the nieces.
huntington beach family beach day lspace swim fringe bikini
Chasing birds.
huntington beach family beach day
Chloe and Benji play so well together–warms my heart to see them like this.
huntington beach family beach day
Elise and the wide open Pacific.
huntington beach family beach day
huntington beach family beach day

Rob has been upping his own efforts at documenting our lives as well with the GoPro. Here’s his video from our day at the beach.

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For as long as we can remember Nolan has always had a fascination with wheels. It can be the wheels of his stroller, wagon, push toy or shopping cart–he’s always staring at the mechanics of it. A few times while at the store he’d insist on getting out of the cart to play with the wheels and help us push it so we thought getting him a shopping cart of his own would be an excellent idea. And we were right! He enjoyed his 1st experience at the store pushing around his very own cart. He didn’t add anything to the cart on his own but pushed it around like he knew what he was doing, watched the mechanics of the wheels as he always does, check out products once in a while and was pretty good at knowing NOT to run into people or displays. I actually had to monitor him the entire time while his dad did the real shopping. Check out my little shopper below.
kid shopping cart
toddler shopping cart melissa & doug
This video cracks me up b/c he actually stops to look at product as if he’s deciding if he wants to buy or not–like he even knows what he’s doing.

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For this year’s Independence Day celebration we cruised Huntington Beach and attended a wedding. Nolan got to beach cruise for the first time and loved riding in his kangaroo seat to people watch. He stared after kids in strollers, people on bikes and even caught a bird flying thru the air. Catch the GOPRO video footage from his bike ride below.

huntington beach 4th of july 2014

You can see me riding behind them in some parts of the video.

Our little family at my cousin’s wedding.
family photo at a wedding serious selfie

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