Yes, I’ve been MIA

Mila moved into a toddler bed and Teegan is mobile!

I know I’ve been MIA from here…. and I miss it. And I also really miss sewing — it just hasn’t happened.  It’s hard to find balance when you are working full time.  When I’m finally home with my family I don’t want to take any time away from the littles. And since we only have two bedrooms, Teegan takes his afternoon nap in our bedroom, which also happens to be where my sewing stuff is.  And at night, after bedtime, well, let’s just say….. it’s usually my bedtime too.

It’s been about 9 months since I broke my leg and things are healing. It only bothers me once and awhile, and not enough to warrant much attention. I’m looking forward to figuring out how to add running back into my schedule (ha!).

I’m off all of the immunosuppressants for lupus and am only taking plaquenil (which I will take lifelong because it’s proven to protect the kidneys, I call it “Vitamin P”).  And I don’t have any active lupus symptoms at this time- no cystitis, pericarditis, oral ulcers….. YAY!

AND my blood sugars finally returned to normal, which is so awesome. I was (self-admittedly) overly worried about it which was making me stressed out.

Mila hasn’t been eating well and has been complaining about tummy aches, so we are working with the doctors to try and figure out what is going on. And Teegan is delayed in some milestones, but he was born three weeks early, so I’m trying to not get too stressed out yet. But, I wouldn’t mind a few prayers for the littles and for me to stay strong.

So, that’s whats been going on around here. Hopefully I won’t continue to be such a stranger.

xo, Erica



Five Months

This is my last month at home with Mila. I took a 6 month leave of absence from my job to stay home with her. Every single day is so precious and I am getting very sad that this time is coming to an end.  My first month back, I am fortunate to only be working half days, which should help with the transition. In February life will be back to complete craziness. I’m so thankful my closest friend in LA works down the hall from me and is navigating the working mom thing as well. It will be nice to have someone who really understands close by.


This past month has been wonderful. Mila is really developing a personality and it’s just a delight to be with her. She smiles and laughs and SQUEALS!! She doesn’t roll over yet, but is getting really close. She is also getting really close to sitting up on her own. And just the past few days she started showing interest in food. She continues to LOVE walks in the baby bjorn, so that is still one of our favorite activities.

– Erica

Four Months

Every month I say the same thing: “I can’t believe she’s — months already!” But seriously, four months already? On one hand it kind of feels like she’s been with us forever, and on the other hand, it’s like it’s been the blink of an eye. And every single day it gets better and better.


She smiles and laughs. She takes swimming lessons (ha!). She almost rolls over and will be sitting soon. She got to meet my sister and her family this past month which allowed her to be the cutest little sightseer.

I am so in love with this little peanut. We’re working on naps, and once we get those down I’m going to move my sewing machine to the kitchen so I can sew when she sleeps.


Two Months

Is it possible that another month has gone by? Time is flying. I’m so glad I took a leave of absence from work to have an extended maternity leave. Thankfully, I won’t be going back until the end of December. She is getting more adorable by the day.

Here are some of her milestones during this month:
– Met grandma and grandpa Ross
– Had her first large “pooplosion” while out in public
– Will occasionally go to sleep “drowsy but awake”
– Starting to smile, although she is a bit guarded with them
– Has laughed twice in her sleep, but not yet while awake
– Not a huge fan of “tummy time”
– Loves walks in the baby bjorn
– LOVES her swing
– Starting to coo
– Drooling
– Her eyes are still blue
– Still gets up 2-3 times per night to eat
– Has had two trips to the beach: Venice and Crystal Cove, a true California baby!


I’m starting to feel a bit more human, but still pretty tired. Maybe in the next month we can get her nighttime awakenings down to one…

– Erica

Out and About

I don’t want this post to make it look like I have it all together as a new mom, because that certainly isn’t the case. I’m as “green” as they come.

But, in the past 6 weeks we have made it out of the house on a few occasions and I’ve becoming a pro at nursing “out and about”. Thank goodness I made my nursing cover!

SMTD| Nursing (1)

At the Pasadena Farmer’s Market

SMTD| Nursing (2)

At The Getty

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Venice Beach

– Erica



One Month

I can’t believe how quickly one month has gone by! This post is already a little late as she is 5 1/2 weeks old already!

Here are some of her milestones in this first month:

– Lost her umbilical stump at one week
– Makes the cutest grunting noises when she is hungry (my little piglet)
– Has had her fingernails cut 4+ times
– Can hold her head up
– Turns her head to look at mommy, but doesn’t follow yet
– Had outings to the Pasadena Farmer’s Market and The Getty


I’m still totally in love.