Monthly Archives: September 2012

Trip to Long Beach for the wedding of the year!

In September we made another trip to Long Beach for the wedding of the year for our friends Brianne and Brian!  The drive to/from was a lot smoother than our first trip to Long Beach with Sirena, I think we (all three of us) finally got the hang of a long road trip with a baby.

Road trippin’

We had a play date with Sirena’s girlfriends Amelia and Sadie…


…spent lots of time with family and friends…

And then of course for the main event…Brianne & Brian’s wedding!  It was held at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach and it was such a gorgeous evening.  Sirena donned her party dress and shoes and won the hearts of at least a few people.  She was so good during the wedding and reception, she made us so proud!  Kevin had the honor of being Brian’s Best Man and he had a great time filling that role.

I didn’t get many photos of the bride and groom! Here are the two I captured, can’t wait to see the professional photos!

We have been waiting for their wedding day for what seems like forever and it was so great that our little family was able to be a part of their extremely special day!!

Sirena’s Monthly Photos: Three Months Old

Dear Sirena,

Well, you’re officially not a newborn anymore!  It truly is amazing to see so much growth in a tiny human being in such a short amount of time and it just keeps getting better every day.  Some highlights…

The little noises you make are so entertaining (mostly “mmm” and sighing sounds) and you’re beginning to learn to get our attention through methods other than crying (hallelujah!)  Although you’ve had incredible neck strength since birth, you are holding your head up so well now that you don’t need any support from us whatsoever.  And you’re beginning to learn to wrap your fingers around things to grab them–your favorite thing to do lately is to grab the muslin blankie that’s laying on you and pull it up over your head for what I am sure will become a fun game of peek-a-boo in the near future.

In addition to being a huge milestone, your three month “birthday” was bittersweet too because it also represented the end of summer and the end of my maternity leave.  I was feeling anxious the entire week leading up to my first day back at work and that morning I felt a sadness in the pit of my stomach that I had never felt before.  Fortunately I get to work from home three days a week so I won’t miss out on too much of your precious growth this year and for that I am truly grateful.

Every parent we talk to advises us to enjoy each and every moment with you at this age because it goes by so fast.  Every day I make sure to take some time to just study you and your little fingers and toes, your chubby cheeks and thighs, your beautiful eyes and hair just so I don’t ever forget how amazingly tiny you are right now.

Love you muchísimo,


The three month rundown


  • Foot massages: You are a lucky girl in that you get a foot massage every night during our bedtime routine–I lather up and put my hands up to your face so you can smell the lavender lotion and you always pause and get an excited look on your face like you know what’s coming.
  • Long walks: When we used to go on long walks you would immediately fall asleep on our chest in the Ergo carrier but nowadays you are so much more alert and wanting to check out your surroundings so you stay awake for almost the entire walk.  Very soon you’ll be big enough to have facing outwards in the carrier and I know you’re the kind of kid who won’t want to face inwards anymore once that day comes so I am enjoying the precious time you lay on my chest as much as possible.


  • Cameras: Every time I bust out the camera you immediately get a solemn look on your face and just stare at the silver & black machine in your face.  This makes for getting a good shot of your new smiles difficult but don’t worry, you’ve got one persistent mama!

Monthly Photos

See past monthly photo posts in her mini armchair here: One Month :: Two Months

The many facial expressions of Sirena