For Labor Day we decided to go to a Dodgers game and go to Laguna Beach for the holiday weekend. We started our weekend by getting up bright and early and heading to LA. Charlotte was the BEST baby on the car ride to LA she stayed asleep the whole trip. We booked both our hotels through Hotels.com our first hotel we stayed at was The Hilton Pasadena. We have stayed at this Hilton before and we enjoy the cleanliness and the location. It’s close to Dodger stadium and that’s all we really need, nothing crazy fancy. It was Charlotte’s first time in a hotel, and we all slept like babies that night after the game. This was also Charlotte’s first MLB game. She loves to watch baseball with her daddy at home, but I’m glad we got to take her to her first game. She was so well behaved, and even took a short nap while we enjoyed the game. Unfortunately the Dodgers lost to the Padres. Before the game we went to a restaurant called Islands Restaurant we have one of these in Las Vegas and have never been to it (big mistake). I had the best burger ever its called the Nalu Nalu Burger. It has roasted garlic aioli, which I just tried for the first time not too long ago and love, the burger also has sautéed onions and mixed peppers on it. Seriously the best burger I’ve ever had. So yummy. I’ve also been trying different beer’s our recently and have been enjoying IPA’s more. Never thought I would like a little hop in my beers but they’re different and yummy.
We booked a hotel on the beach in Laguna called Capri Laguna Inn on the Beach, since it was a holiday weekend it was very expensive, and not thinking about it I booked a queen size room instead of a king (Big Mistake). I mean we didn’t spend much time in our room anyways but I wish we would of gotten a balcony with a sliding glass door and a couch, or even an ocean view room. From just exploring Laguna if I ever stayed there again I’d stay at the Surf and Sand Hotel, much bigger and the amenities were way nicer. Eric had a headache and we had to go over there, because our hotel didn’t have a gift shop. Our first morning in Laguna we just strolled a mile down to the main shopping area, we had lunch at this cute little restaurant called Laguna Beach Brewery & Grille the service was really good, and they had plenty of seating indoors and outdoors, and had high chairs for kids. Even though Charlie fell asleep after a little milk and slept in her stroller, there were other children in the restaurant in high chairs. I ordered the Taco Culiacan, they were delicious and Eric ordered the Carnitas, which were also very yummy. After that we strolled around and went to this little kids boutique called Little Bohemian they had Bla Bla Kids Shop dolls and I just had to get one for Charlotte. We actually let her pick between the mermaid and the froggy princess and she picked the frog. She loves it. It’s so cute! That night we decided to get pizza for dinner from Gina’s Pizza and just relax. The next morning Eric picked us up some coffee and croissants from Koffee Klatch. We then got ready for the beach, our hotel has chairs and umbrella’s right there on the beach with a service guy it was so nice. Charlotte put her feet in the sand and loves it, it was so cute. She enjoyed some mama milk and then took a nice long nap right there next to the ocean. It was so peaceful and nice, Eric fell asleep too. After that we decided to change and get some lunch at Sapphire Laguna ok I know said that the other hamburger place I had was delicious, but this hamburger was also one of the best ones I’ve ever had, and they had garlic fries!! I ordered the Kobe Beef Havarti Cheeseburger and Eric got the Fish and Chips. We then stopped at this cute little gelato place right there next to Sapphire’s it was so good too. We headed back to the hotel and decided to go swimming in the pool. We did that for a little bit and then Eric went and grabbed us sandwiches and we sat up on the balcony of the hotel and ate with ocean breeze and sunset. It was beautiful and simple. I loved it.
I decided that night that with how bad traffic is always coming home from California to Nevada that I wanted to get up early and leave at 4am. We did just that, and didn’t hit any traffic on the way home either, it was so nice. Charlotte did amazing again. We even stopped at the Fashion Outlet’s in Primm, NV and enjoyed some shopping before coming all the way into Las Vegas.
Overall our second family trip ever was amazing and fun. I can’t wait to see where we go next!!
This little babe is 4 whole months old! Oh my goodness does time fly. This past month we went to Laguna Beach and loved every minute of it. Getting out of this Las Vegas heat for 4 days was amazing! Charlotte also went to her first MLB game the Dodgers vs Padres, at Dodger stadium. She did so well, stayed awake for most of the game, took a little nap and then woke up. One thing we have learned about Charlotte is that she hates to ride in the dark in the car. We’re not sure if she’s scared of the dark or not. She is growing so fast though, gaining about a pound or half a pound a week. All from mama’s milk which makes me very very happy. We go to the doctors next week and we’ll ask him his opinion on baby food and getting her ears pierced. I know most people say to wait till 6 months, but every time she see’s us eating she always trying to grab at our food and eat it too! We’ll see what the doctor says though. Also this past month Charlie has let us know that unless she’s going to sleep she doesn’t want to be on her back, she wants to be sitting up in her bumbo or on her tummy looking around. She can almost sit up on her own without toppling over. She also has learned to grab her toes, and it’s about the cutest thing ever. The first time we heard her laugh was at out dogs playing, now we try to get them to play on the daily to get her laugh. She just loves her doggies so much, she’s starting to try to pet them. It’s adorable. Charlie loves to read and chew on her touchy feely books from Usborne. Highly recumbent them!!
I just can’t wait to see what this next month brings. We love this little girl so much!
Oh man!!! I cannot believe this gorgeous little girl is three months old!! She is such a little spitfire. She’s starting to talk so much more, she voices her opinion on just about everything. She’s starting to notice more of her surroundings around her, including things like our cell phone and the tv. She still loves her fans though. Charlotte loves when we read her books, she is always so tranced by the photos on the pages. Eric reads to her everyday most of the time before bed. She has started to roll from her back to her tummy, even though she hates tummy time. Charlie is obsessed with grabbing stuff and clinging on to it, especially hair! Her hand/eye coordination is really well, if she wants something she will grab it. She doesn’t really like her pacifier anymore unless she is falling asleep, she will use her fingers during the day to self soothe. Most nights she sleeps from 9pm to 4:30-5am. then will nurse and go back to sleep until 8 or 9am and then will nurse again and sometimes sleep until noon. She loves to smile at everyone. She’s trying to learn how to laugh, but hasn’t gotten her giggle down just yet. She is ticklish on her feet and on her ribs, it’s funny to watch her squirm. She is starting to hate photos, thanks to me. Hence the no smiling in any of her photos above.
This month she will be taking another road trip to Laguna Beach, California for Labor Day, and she will be going to her first MLB game the Dodgers vs Padres. She will also be getting her ears pierced and hopefully with cooler weather soon will get to start playing outside more. We cannot wait for cooler weather and picnics at the park. Bring on all her first holidays, fall and winter. We’re over summer and being trapped inside.
We love Charlie so much, and love watching her grow. Everyday she is learning new things and we love teaching her along the way.
Charlotte is a whopping 8 weeks old!!! Where has the time gone!! She’s totally a different baby now. Charlotte’s starting to giggle, and can hold her head up about 80% of the time. She still really hates tummy time but we’re working on upping her on the minutes per day. Her doctor is so impressed with how well she is growing and how strong her neck is. Which as a parent it’s all about the little triumphs and wins. She’s such a happy little girl. Charlotte is sleeping through the night since about week 5!!! I think it’s all thanks to our tight schedule and our Dock-A-Tot. I will be doing a review about this product next weekish. Keep an eye out for it!
For our first vacation with Charlotte we decided to go stay with my parents in there rental house in Coronado, CA. They rented a house in the Cays and it was gorgeous! The neighborhood was so peaceful, I went on a walk with Charlotte, my mom, and her dog Shadow everyday we were there. I even got to sneak away and go to the MLB Celebrity Softball game with Eric, my dad, and my brother one night. We also rented a boat and went around the bay. We saw a few sea lions, they were so cool just chilling around. Eric and my brother got in the water, I did not since Charlotte was asleep on me and I was carrying her in my new WildBird sling. This was my first time wearing it out of the house. I’ll do a full review on it in a couple months once I wear her more in it and get it broken in.
The vacation overall was a blast for only 4 days. Charlotte did great on both car rides, and I think she really loved the fresh ocean air and Coronado’s chill beach way of life, I at least know I did.
We decided to get professional newborn photos done just a few weeks before giving birth to Charlotte I wasn’t sure if i wanted studio photos or lifestyle photos. I ended up going with studio photos, because I know when we have our next one I want to do the same thing. Lifestyle photos are really special to me but I think I’ll use a lifestyle photographer when we do her 3, 6, and 12 month photos.
Photography by: Tiffany’s Stuido