Since before Sirena was born we were planning on making a trip down south when she was one month old so that she could meet family and close friends and so that we could have a nice little vacation while we were both off of work. We were playing it by ear up until the week before we left just in case it didn’t work out (either because I hadn’t recovered fully or if she wasn’t able to travel) and we were so happy that it worked out just as we had hoped!
Traveling with an infant was…different. Our car was packed to the brim with mostly stuff for Sirena and Lola barely fit in the backseat with her! Usually when we drive down to LB we can make it down in 6 hours but with having to stop to feed her or change her diaper it took us 8 hours total, which actually isn’t terrible but it was definitely a lot longer than we’re used to. Breastfeeding her in the backseat in parking lots was a different experience but luckily we made it work and the little girl didn’t starve. 🙂
We got to see the majority of our family in Southern California and some close friends but weren’t able to see everyone we had hoped to see but hopefully within the next couple of visits she’ll be able to meet everyone! Here are the highlights of our trip…
One person I was extremely excited to meet Sirena was my Aunt Tina and she just fell in love with her. 🙂
Meeting for the first time!
Second time seeing each other
Meeting her grand uncle Joey (and rockin’ the no-pants look)
Seeing her Uncle Derek again
With her Nani
Hanging out with Nani and Auntie Tina
The whole gang (minus Steve who was taking the photo!)
She also got to meet the rest of the Edmonds family…
With her big cousin Katelyn!
Auntie Judith was head over heels in love with the little lady
Aunt Sarah was so in love too!
Sirena got a double whammy when she met Uncle Thomas and her cousin Sophie
Kisses from Sophie
And Sirena experienced her first play date while in Long Beach with Kim’s daughter Amelia and Shani’s daughter Sadie…
Kevin and the Mommy group!
Sirena with her Auntie Kim
Dance party with Amelia!
Sirena meeting Sadie for the first time
Tummy time with Sadie (it’s amazing how much stronger Sadie is and only three months older than Sirena)
Meeting friends and exploring Mom & Dad’s hometown
Our close friends Brianne and Brian were so excited to meet Sirena…
Their first meeting!
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Playing tennis the morning of July 4th
Brianne, Brian and Brian’s sister Lisa just staring at the baby
Kevin and his floating baby (and Lola too!)
We had a little gathering in San Pedro so that some of my close family friends could come and meet our little munchkin…
Diane is like a second mom to me and it was so great having her meet Sirena!
Dave, Diane’s husband–he’s known my mom since she was 15 years old
Meeting Don and Rosemary
It was also a time to celebrate the birthdays of my mom, Don and Rosemary!
And lastly, it happened to be our six year wedding anniversary–it was hard to believe that six years prior we were in the same city getting married and we only dreamed of starting a family together. Now six years later we were able to celebrate with our little lady!
Sirena and Mama, mirror images of each other
Random photos from our trip…
My mom’s boyfriend Steve recently purchased a ’51 Chevy and he said that we could take it out for a spin which Kevin was beyond happy to take him up on!
Checking out his lovely backseat passenger 😉
It was SO hot and humid compared to the Bay Area and Sirena had a hard time adjusting (she even developed a small heat rash, poor thing) so she spent a lot of time lounging in nothing but a diaper!
Trying to adjust to all that darn sunshine!
With Mama at Brianne’s bridal shower
The four of us (with Lola) spent some time at a park in Pasadena on the way to dinner at Sarah’s house and here are some photos from our afternoon there…
Flying high with the help of Dad
Baby photo shoot
She’s such a little stinker
Kisses from Dad
Getting lots of love from Mama
Those feet love the feeling of grass
::Yawn:: Tired little baby
We also spent a lot of time just hanging out at Kevin’s parent’s house where we were staying while in town. Their backyard garden was a lot of fun to hang out in and Sirena enjoyed looking at the flowers and the vegetable garden so much…
Taking in the sights of the garden with Mama
Nothing like a nap in the great outdoors!
Saying bye to our family and friends this trip was by far the hardest in the three years we’ve lived in the Bay Area…things sure do change when a baby enters your life. We had a really great time even though it went by way too quickly and we didn’t get to see nearly enough people! Until next time…