10 Months Old

Lily turned 10 months old on June 17th. I know, I’m 10 days behind on this post, but I still wanted to write about my little sweetie. I still can’t believe she is 10 months old. I feel like I just got used to saying she was 9 months old and now I have to say 10.

She has been learning so much so fast. In the past month, she has learned how to crawl even faster, climb up the stairs, pull up to stand on anything and loves to climb on top of things so she can be “tall.”

caught ya!

caught ya again! she pulled out 14 tissues in about 2 seconds

She also says momma and dah. It’s so cute! She calls Brett Dah, A-dah, and Dee and her face just lights up into a huge grin when she sees Brett. It’s sweet how much she loves her Daddy.

She also started pointing with her pointer finger and it’s really quite adorable. What a tiny finger! Lily laughs so much more now. She is really a happy baby. She squeals and screams and sometimes even giggles. It just makes us go overboard trying to make her laugh everyday. Since she turned 9 months old, we got the go-ahead to give her any food we are eating (except for honey until she is 1 yr old). And now, Lily loves to feed herself, even if that means taking food out of her mouth to look at it, squish it, and then put it back in. She is really good at picking up food with her fingers and putting it in her mouth. Lily also learned how to drink out of a straw.

look at all the peas in her mouth!

She has 3 teeth that have broken through the gums and one more that will bust through any day now. She has the bottom two and now one on top. It’s right next to the top, middle ones that haven’t come through yet. She likes to stick out her tongue to feel them.


Lily learned how to stand up in her crib, which set her back on sleeping. She was too excited in her crib to sleep! I had to re-sleep train her so she would take naps again.

Her hair is getting longer and thicker. It’s starting to have some curl to it in the back. I love it so much.

Lily loves to read books. She has gotten really good at turning the pages. She holds her thumbs on the edge of the book and pulls it apart to open the pages. If I’m reading to her, she gets her little hand on the next page and turns it really quickly. She is also good at flipping the corner pages like she’s looking at a flip book. Lily weighs 20 pounds and fits into 12 month clothes perfectly. I started buying her 12-18 month clothes now. She is already starting to slim down from all the crawling and pulling up to standing that she is doing.

Since we’ve been packing for our big move, I sometimes needed a place to put Lily for just a few minutes while I threw something in a box or taped it up. Luckily, we had a huge bin that we called her “play bin.” She was cute and happy in there.

We visited my sister-in-law who has an adorable kitchen set for her kids to play in. I couldn’t resist posing Lily for a few shots.

My baby is growing up! I’m starting to tell myself that I can’t call her baby much longer because she is almost not a baby anymore! She’ll be one whole year in just 2 months! How did that happen? When she was a tiny baby, every day seemed so long and she seemed to stay tiny for a long time. Now, it seems like time is flying and she is growing up so quickly. I still like to go to check on her every time she is sleeping just so I can see her sweet baby face. I love that little girl!

New York, New York

Start spreading the news
I’m leaving today
I want to be a part of it, New York, New York
These vagabond shoes
Are longing to stray
And make a brand new start of it
New York, New York
I want to wake up in the city that never sleeps
To find I’m king of the hill, top of the heap
These little town blues
Are melting away
I’ll make a brand new start of it
In old New York
If I can make it there
I’ll make it anywhere
It’s up to you, New York, New York.

I want to wake up in the city that never sleeps
To find I’m king of the hill, top of the heap
These little town blues
Are melting away
I’ll make a brand new start of it
In old New York
If I can make it there
I’ll make it anywhere
It’s up to you, New York, New York.

-Frank Sinatra, New York, New York

It’s happening! We’re moving to New York City this summer! We leave on June 30th. We’re flying home to the Midwest to spend the summer with family and then we’re heading out to NYC in August. Brett has been accepted to NYU for their Interactive Telecommunications Program. In two years, I’ll be married to a man who has a Master’s! I’m so proud of him for getting into his top choice in schools and for even receiving a scholarship. We’re excited to be making the move across the country.

That being said, I am also nervous to be making the move across the country. We’ve lived in California for the last 4 years and we really feel like it is our home. We love it here. We love our family here. We love our friends here. We love the ward here. We love the weather here. And then I thought about what my life will be like in New York where the apartments are known to be tiny, there is not good weather, you have to walk everywhere and can’t buy more than one or two bags of groceries at the store and then haul it all home. Oh yeah, with a baby too. So I’m nervous to be making such a huge change in my life. But, as the packing continues, it’s really hitting me that we’re leaving. And the more I realize that, the more I realize the amazing opportunity given to us. We get to live in New York City! Despite all the things I’m nervous about, it will be an adventure. And once I adjust to the new life, I’m sure we will love it. So many people live in New York City with babies so why can’t I? And think of all the wonderful things about New York. There are so many “tourist” things to see like the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the Rockefeller Center, Ground Zero, broadway shows, Chinatown, Little Italy, subway rides, beautiful skyline, awesome food, great shopping, sports games, museums, etc. There is more than enough to keep us busy while we’re there. Soon, we’ll be calling the city that never sleeps our new home!


New York City, here we come!

Sister, Sister

My lovely sister came to visit me for a whole week! We had the best time working and playing together. Carmen helped me with Lily and I felt an almost forgotten feeling again: productivity! We got so much done each day! I was amazed at the progress we made in just one week.

Lily helping us pack (we're moving to NYC!)

going for a walk!

We even went swimming!

sleepy Lily after nap one day

We also went to Sol Food, a Puerto Rican restaurant in San Rafael. It is amazing and highly recommended!

at Sol Food



We drove through San Francisco on the way home.

oh my heart will miss this place!

I took Carmen out one night for “sister’s night” and we had a blast shopping and eating at Cheesecake Factory. Can’t wait for my next sister’s night!

looking cute for sister's night!


Is it any wonder we are sisters?

Love you, Carmen! Miss you so much!

Pajaro Dunes

Memorial Day Weekend, we went to Pajaro Dunes, one of our favorite places to go. We met Grandma and Grandpa Rosenlof there, along with the Giles. We stayed in a super nice condo on the beach.

We had the traditional spaghetti dinner that night. Lily loved it.

The next day, we went down to the beach. Lily couldn’t have been happier! She tried to eat half the beach.



We went to church the next day. Grandma read Lily a book before we left.

After church, it was back to the beach!

It was a gorgeous day!

We had the best time! Thank you G&GR for hosting!