Tuesday, September 2, 2014


Firstly, this has nothing to do with this post but I just thought I would share that Kenso has discovered "selfies". I felt like this post needed some preemptive cheer so here you go......

Ok, lets get down to the nitty gritty....

I've been talking about how we're moving (but we weren't sure where) for months. Well, we finally have our destination. My husband has been transferred to San Jose, Ca. At first we were all like "YEAH" but then the reality of moving to the most expensive rental market in the nation (silicon valley) set in hard.....really hard.....like living in a studio apartment with a toddler and a baby on the way hard. It will be a miracle if I make it through the house hunting process without a desperate crying breakdown or two. I'm still in the denial process and trying to wrap my brain around the fact that the average price for a two bedroom apartment is $3000 (Yes! three thousand freaking US dollars) I'll keep you posted.

Hey!?! What the heck happened to the 52 week project? I'm a commitment failure I guess. With all the stress of moving out of our condo and in with our parents and searching craigslist eleventybillion times a day for somewhere to live, I totally threw the portrait series (and pretty much the entire blog) on the back burner. Besides, it's been almost 100 degrees here (I hate summer) for the last several months, so we have been stuck inside where the air conditioning blows 24/7 and there are only so many pictures I can take in one living room, you know.

How bout some baby news! I'm 20 weeks along already. I know, I can't believe it either. I've got my big ultrasound this coming monday and I'm excited to see how she's grown since that little rinky-dink prelim ultrasound I had in my doctors office 10 weeks ago. She's dancing around in my belly right now as I type. I see a tutu in her future for sure. I'll post some ultrasound pictures next week assuming I can pull myself out of the craigslist vortex.

That's all for now. Thanks for stopping by!!

xoxo Alia

Thursday, August 14, 2014


I haven't blogged in almost three weeks (totally lame of me, I know). I've also completely missed 2 weeks worth of the 52 week series (also pretty lame of me, I know). The last few weeks have been a BLUR! We moved in with my in-laws so we could save up for a few months before getting our own place. If you've been following along, you know that my husband's new job is going to place us somewhere (probably the bay area or southern california) and because we don't yet know where or what the cost of living will be, we thought it would be smart to have some money set aside. Our move was hectic. One of our cats ran away and still hasn't turned up. I tried to contribute as much as I could but being pregnant means I can't lift anything too heavy. Half of our stuff is currently taking up space in my parents living room and the other half is in boxes under a tarp in my in-laws back yard. Fortunately we were able to put some of our furniture in the living room so it still kinda feels like home. We've been here for a week and a half and I can safely say we're semi-settled in.

Kenso hasn't completely fine tuned his spacial awareness and adjusted to his new surroundings which landed us in the ER last week with a massive bump on the head. The first thing he did when we sat down in the triage chair was throw his only pacifier on the floor. If we were at target, I probably would have just observed the 3 second rule, but the ER......there's no amount of sanitizing that could save us and since I didn't have a back up passy, the rest of out visit went to shit. He managed to chew his hospital ID band completely off and then tried to eat it to the point it was unreadable. Thankfully he was okay and in need of no actual treatment other than hugs and kisses.

Did I mention that in the midst of this whole whirlwind, I (I mean Kenso) finally broke my iphone4 bad enough to justify an upgrade? Yes, I've been a little MIA over on instagram as well and now you know why. 

I finally broke down and went shopping for maternity clothes and it wasn't as horrible as I remember from my last pregnancy. Speaking of my last pregnancy......why do none of my old maternity clothes fit?!? I weigh the same as I did then. What's up with that?!? I'm about 17 weeks and here's my current view. I'm happy to announce that I've finally crossed that early pregnancy threshold between looking like I've over indulged on too many donuts and I now look obviously pregnant. Yay!

Like I said, we're all somewhat adjusted. I guess as adjusted as we can be or we want to be since we're gonna hitch up our wagon and move again sometime in october. One thing I'm sure of is that I don't miss our old sage green and banana yellow condo or the suburbs at all. We're on an adventure. I'll keep you posted!

Friday, July 25, 2014


"A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2014"

We spent the entire day in our pjs snuggling, playing, napping and watching cartoons on my phone.

Thursday, July 24, 2014


For the last year and a half I've been referring him as "the little guy" and every time I write it, I just think it sounds silly. I don't know how I can ever expect anyone to relate to an unnamed child. To me, his name is synonymous with his personality and every time I refer to him anonymously I feel like I'm leaving out a major part of who he is, almost like a picture with the head cropped out. When I first started blogging about our family, I wanted to preserve as much of our anonymity as possible. After all, the internet is full of weirdos and I didn't want to reveal too much. I read so many beautiful blogs about beautiful families and I've realized that the blogs I love most are the one's that I relate to most. The one's with the most honest and personal content. The reason why is because I feel like I know them. I've been reading since before some of their children were born. I remember waiting in great anticipation for the arrival of little one's and feeling so included as they introduced their babies to the world. I've enjoyed every picture they've shared and appreciated dearly being able to watch their families (especially their children) grow.

It's hard to find a balance between sharing your story with the world and not compromising the safety and security of the one's you hold so dear to your heart. On one side of the coin, I want to promote a positive yet honest account of parenting and family life. On the other, I still want to preserve as much of our privacy as possible. I don't share everything and I never will, but I want to make the most of what I do share with you. I want to give you the whole picture of what I do choose to share, not a picture that's so vague, blurry and poorly cropped that it's destined for the cutting room floor.

With that said, there are going to be some changes. I'll be writing more about what's to come very soon, however, the first change is going to be made today......

I would like to introduce Kenso (aka the little guy). He's named for his great grandfather, a man I am sad I never got to meet. His name is of Japanese origin and has many meanings, but to me it means love.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


found a new playground // seeing his baby sister for the first time on the ultrasound // splashpad heaven // standing on his horse so he could see out the window // mall playplace // shopping for a double stroller // toddler aftermath // sunday cartoons on mom's iphone // favorite fountain // coffee table dance party // trying to catch bubbles // he sorts toy pieces by color

Saturday, July 19, 2014


When I found out two months ago that we were having another baby, I was beyond excited. Over the last several weeks, however, the memories of almost five long months of sleepless nights have made me cringe in fear. Our son woke up every two hours on the nose, twenty four hours a day without fail for months. My husband and I were zombies. I was suffering from nausea and dizzy spells due to the sleep deprivation. It was rough.

Along the way we learned some tricks. First off, he was a tiny escape artist and would bust out of his swaddle blanket within minutes. I was never really good at swaddling anyway so I gave up on it altogether until someone suggested I get a pre-sewn swaddle blanket with a velcro closure. I ran out and bought several SwaddleMe blankets and holy cow, was that a good idea. Our son jumped from waking every two hours to every four and after three months of him waking so often, this was the relief we all needed.

Second, we never had a cradle/co-sleeper or anything like that. We plopped our tiny newborn in his full size crib every night and I'm sure this contributed to his constant waking. I've read so many articles, studies, etc... since then that newborns "generally" like to sleep in smaller spaces. It makes sense. After all they've spent the last nine months all cozied up in their mothers womb, right? How could they possibly feel all safe and secure in the open space of a huge crib. This is a mistake we wont be repeating.

I've spent some time on the old interweb lately trying to figure out what type of newborn sleep solution is right for us and although I'm not committed to anything as of yet, I'm leaning strongly toward a hanging and/or baby responsive cradle. Here are a few I've got my eye on.....

The womb like design of this baby hammock by Amby promotes increased airflow and visibility. It helps sooth common conditions such as colic, gas, cramping and reflux. It also responds to your baby's kicking with a gentle rocking and swaying motion. If you were wondering what I meant by "baby responsive cradle", this is it.

This cradle may take a more traditional design than the others here, but it still fits what we're looking for. It's gentle springy movement makes it easy for babies to rock themselves to sleep. The mesh sides promote airflow and make it easy to see your baby without having to lift your head. It's compact and easy to move around or even travel with and it's just the right height to place beside your bed.

This hanging cradle can be suspended from your ceiling or from their tripod stand (sold separately) and swings gently in all directions helping to not only sooth your baby, but also promote a sense of orientation. You can read more about it's concept here.

The "Beautiful Dreamer" Hammock by Arm's Reach Promotes Airflow and baby led movement and even features an adjustable back to help sooth colic and aid in digestion. It's cozy design and movement is meant to continue the feeling of being in the womb.

Have you ever used or considered using a baby hammock or hanging cradle? Do you own one of these? If so, I would love to hear about it. Please let me know what think or if you have any suggestions in the comments section.

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