These past couple of years I haven’t invested in many new clothes at all. Being pregnant the twice kind of puts a damper on the whole shopping experience. It’s difficult enough finding flattering maternity wear, but also just as difficult to find comfortable postpartum wear that doesn’t involve sweat pants. Like many other expectant mothers I’ve talked to, I was hesitant to spend money on maternity wear that I knew I would only wear for a few months of my life.
We visited Banff National Park in Canada a couple of summers ago and fell in love with the nature and landscape. Being avid skiers, we knew we had to make a trip back to experience their amazing ski terrain and to see the park in the wintertime.
North Tahoe is perfect for a summer family vacation and gives you the chance to experience the mountains throughout the region. The crowds are far less than during the winter and it’s great to get up high in the mountains when it’s warm out and the sun is shining. We’ve visited Tahoe plenty of times before, but this was our first vacation with the little ones in tow, so it was a special and new experience. We’ve outlined our itinerary, which was a little slower paced to accommodate nap time and feedings, but also offered just the right amount of fresh air and picturesque views that we crave.
After months of only milk, solid foods are definitely a game changer. One more thing for busy moms and dads to worry about! Per our pediatrician’s recommendation, we slowly introduced baby Nora to a new food every couple of days to make sure she had no allergic reaction. We started with sweet potatoes, avocado, broccoli and then introduced fruits, dairy and nuts. I would go to the store, buy the organic fruits and veggies, chop them, steam them, and then puree. Although it is exciting to introduce your baby to new foods, it is a lot more work than just nursing or bottle feeding.
After a few months postpartum, I was starting to get antsy to travel again. With no upcoming tips planned (a rarity for me), an amazing airline deal to Maui appeared! On a whim my mom and I booked my baby’s first airline trip! Even more amazing, babies under two fly free (on your lap) on all airlines. I knew traveling with a baby would be a big adjustment and challenging, but it was certainly worth it. She loved seeing new sights and swimming for the first time. New experiences for the baby and a travel adventure for me!
Three months ago, my husband and I welcomed a tiny bundle of joy into our lives. This tiny human would change our lives forever! As first time parents, we got tons of wanted and unwanted advice from others and were bombarded with information on which baby products we needed and which were useless. Now that some time has passed, we get the common question, “What is the hardest thing about being a parent so far?”. For me, especially in the early weeks, it’s simply never getting a full nights sleep.
Sedona has been on my list of places to go for some time. So when planning our last trip before the baby comes (a.k.a. babymoon) we decided to go for it. Most people plan babymoons in relaxing, tropical locations. I, on the other hand, can never sit still for too long. Spending all day on the beach didn’t sound adventurous enough for me. Even though we weren’t able to do the more challenging hikes, Sedona and Page offer shorter excursions with beautiful views.
Can you believe October is already here? Harvest season means pumpkin patches, corn mazes and all around fun! To get in to the harvest spirit we’ve rounded up a list of great Bay Area pumpkin patches, apple farms and more by region. Know of any more that we must add to our list? Feel free to comment below and we will check it out.