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39 weeks


{I love him so much}




With the Mavericks going on here in Santa Cruz, the waves lately in Rio Del Mar have been pretty rip-roaring. We’ve been leaving our bedroom sliding door open at night just slightly so we can listen to the crashing of the waves as we fall asleep. I woke up the other morning thinking the waves were crashing up against our house they sounded that close! We took a little stroll to the beach Sunday night, and what a gorgeous night. We’ve been talking a lot about the kind of parents we want to be, and we really can’t wait. It’s scary as h*ll, but we’re in it together. 1 week to go now! In the meantime you can find me at our beach house, anxiously awaiting for something to happen  . . . agh!

Baby J, Friends, San Juan Bautista

Woodland Creatures Baby Shower Picnic

My work ladies threw me the most darling woodland creatures baby shower last week. It was the perfect send off into maternity leave! We all walked over to the Mission in our little town of San Juan Bautista and I was pleasantly surprised with woodland creatures, a picnic lunch, gifts and some mood music. It was a beautiful day and fun way to spend my last afternoon. I love the girls I work with so much. Thank you all for showering me!




{the little owl and woodland party favors were adorable — thanks Mom and Heather!}
{it was a warm one in SJB!}



{what does the fox say?!}


{mini pumpkin pies, fruit shish kabobs and carrot cake cup cakes?! These girls must know me ;)}


{what a great picnic!!}
{baby camo, too cute}
{so excited about my Honest Co. box of goodies and Chewbeads!}


{these two are a “hoot”!}


{all my ladies!}
Baby J, beach house

Woodland Creatures – baby boy’s nursery {part I}

The nursery is slowly coming together.  Here’s a look at the color scheme and decor I’m going for. But as I’m going through all my goodies, I realize now that the gold I was going for is being substituted for more of an orange or grey, ha. I’ve been shopping like a maniac on Etsy lately, and can’t wait to post more pictures as things deliver and I can actually hang all my finds in the nursery. Why is Esty so flippin’ amazing?! I’ve spent way too much. As can be expected with the first baby, right? More pictures to come of the nursery, once it all comes together.

Baby J, Pregnancy

Wide awake

My body tends to wake up between 3:30 and 4:00a these days. It’s my new, natural alarm clock. Myself. I wake up, my mind starts spinning. I go downstairs, eat some cereal, drink some OJ. Turn on Downton Abbey, {blog} . . . pay bills, do laundry, run through my to-do list in my head, rub belly balm on my belly. When I’m this wide awake, I like doing these little things around the house before I get ready for the day and head into work {until I hit a wall at 2pm}. Perhaps my body is preparing me for the late nights and early mornings to come. The midnight feedings, the morning diaper changes. The change that is only weeks away now. Well, anywho, good morning to you!

{Mens’ pajama pants are so much comfier, btw}
Baby J, Giving Joy, Pregnancy, San Francisco

Baby moon in San Francisco

We decided last minute to take a baby moon! We had considered Mendocino, Cambria, San Luis Obispo, Big Sur or Tahoe, but I really didn’t want to sit in the car for longer than 2 hours with my big belly, so we decided to go up to the city for a night. We haven’t been to San Francisco together since we’ve moved here; we’ve always gone at different times with other people, so we thought we’d go back to where it all started {we honeymooned to San Francisco those 6 years ago}. Looking back, we literally ATE our way through the different parts of the city that we hadn’t experienced yet together. So, this blog post is dedicated to all the great restaurants we ate at — in which we all highly recommend! Starting with Nopa, just north of the Panhandle.

Nopa came highly recommended to us, and was also #1 on the San Francisco Eater 38. When I went online to book a reservation, they weren’t accepting reservations until the first weekend in February. But that didn’t stop us; we showed up right at open, ordered some refreshing cocktails and ate brunch at the bar.  Table or not, it was amazing. We’re still talking about how good the food was. I highly recommend the custard french toast or the soft egg scramble plate. Lots of ‘foodies’ here for sure.

After brunch we took a stroll through Alamo Square since it was so close {until I got a cramp, hahaha}, and jumped back in the car to avoid the light rain.

That night we planned dinner at Capannina in the Marina/Presidio district, also another recommendation. The restaurant was packed {which is always a good sign}. Service was incredible; they even hailed us a cab after dinner. All the tables are close to each other, making it extra romantic {and a little tight}. They also give you an entire loaf of bread just about. Rob ordered the squid ink and scallops, and clam linguine and I the tortellini. Very italian; just what I wanted!

Before we taxied back to the hotel, we stopped to Ghirardelli Square by the wharf to share a Mint Bliss sundae. It was heaven in a bowl. Also picked up some chocolate-covered blueberries to enjoy at home.

Our foodie tour ended in Laurel Heights at Ella’s for brunch on Sunday. It was a bustling morning of families and friends talking over coffee and sticky buns. I ordered the freshly squeezed blood orange juice, and meyer lemon hazelnut risotto pancakes and Rob the fried egg breakfast sandwich. Good breakfast food always makes for a better day if you ask me. If we lived in the city, I think we’d be here every weekend. Loved the atmosphere and brunch menu!

And I mustn’t forget the surprise gift basket Rob had waiting for me in our room upon our arrival, packed full of local, San Francisco treats. Not sure if you’ve heard of The Gifted Basket before, but they did an awesome job with our snack basket. Rob called before our arrival and asked that they put together a bunch of salty and sweet snacks for our “baby moon”. It was so fun going through all the items they included in our basket. Almond biscotti, chili lime tequila tortilla, cranberry carmel popcorn . . . and so much more! I’m not good with surprises at all, so of course I started crying and couldn’t stop {plus my preggo hormones are on overdrive lately}. It was so thoughtful of Rob to get us snacks for the room, and not just m&ms, but snacks from around San Francisco{!}. Perhaps my creativity is rubbing off on him ;)

Overall, it was a tie between Nopa and Ella’s for me. I’m pretty sure our baby boy weighs close to 10lbs now, after this baby moon. We literally ate the entire time. It’s certainly what we love to do! Good thing we did a lot of walking and sleeping to burn it all off, ha. Did you take a baby moon? What did you do?