Category Archives: Family

Balloons 2016

This year, the whole family went to the Great Reno Balloon Races for dawn patrol and the mass assertion. I am actually pretty excited for next year because I think Hugo will be more interested. Hugo wasn’t the biggest fan of waking up at 4:30 am. He started out perfectly chipper and sweet but by 7:30, he was in need of a nap which he got when we decided to head home right then. img_2543 img_2416

Dawn Patrol was absolutely beautiful. The weather was nice, not a lick of wind!

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It really is such a fun event!

Seasons Changing

Dearest friends and family,

Wow, time flies. I wonder how many times I have said that on this blog. Really though, time is going fast. I sometimes forget all that has changed in our world as I wiz through days of work and kids. I have two kids, okay, I have two babies but I HAVE TWO! And sometimes I still can’t believe that. Cora Eloise was born on May 20th and is just a doll. img_4975

img_0912 img_0739 img_0576We are enjoying getting to know this little girl who is not too different as an infant from her brother. They do have some differences but both overall are very good and mellow babies. I am lucky, and am grateful for it every day, believe me.

I was home for the summer with her. Our Au Pair Valeska was here too so having here to help out was life-saving. I was able to focus on Cora while Hugo was cared for with one on one attention all day with her.  Round two also had some similarities to Hugo. I was ultimately unable to breastfeed again. This time, my milk was in, but she was not that willing to work hard for it once she had a bottle. My anatomy doesn’t help either–I guess I don’t have completely normal nipples. Sigh… So I have two formula fed babies, so what? I get more sleep than nursing moms and her other caregivers are able to feed her exactly the same way I do so I guess those are the silver linings. Cora did get over a month of pumped breast milk, so that is something I guess. If she gets better grades than Hugo, we will say that is why.

So how was summer? Cora, Hugo and I took a few trips up to San Harbor this summer which was wonderful. We spent lots of time with Katie, Whitney and the cousins, which was also great! We took our first family vacation to San Diego and Long Beach for Shelby and Brady’s wedding. The trip went great. Air B&B is where it’s at, along with the luggage rack we got. We felt like the Griswolds! Kris and I also had big dreams for getting our pool revamped, decks re-painted/stained and populated with patio furniture. Unfortunately non of that happened, but there is always next year (as we said last year). Nonetheless, we are still chipping away at actually feeling settled into this house we have lived in for over two years now. We still have a room that is not utilized except to hold random stuff. Once dad finishes our office furniture wedding gift, it will be a wonderful office. I focused on making the family room/play area kid proofed so that watching both kids would be easier and I feel good about the progress. We still need a few more things, but they are mostly aesthetic. The room includes a strange wet bar that I want to transform into a real ‘wine bar’ and have been collecting ideas piece by piece. Right now, it isn’t much. I have christmas gift ideas now!

Which reminds me. I have to say how excited I am to go into this holiday season not pregnant! I know I need to focus on losing some weight, but I am also looking forward to being able to indulge in holiday libations. I am making it sound like I really had to suffer when  in reality, it wasn’t that bad, but I am excited. I couldn’t be more anxious for fall. I am just a bit too fat for my clothes and really want long sleeve weather. I am sick of being HOT all the time. Maybe by next summer, some of this weight will be gone and I’ll enjoy summer weather and clothes more. And of course, I am excited for soups, hot tea, boots, scarves, pumpkin everything, and changing fall colors. Today is Sep 10, and it is really hot. I am ready for days to hot go over 80 and have some really good cool downs at night.

I have a few goals now that a new normal has begun with us both working with two kids at home. One is to blog more because if I don’t, I am going to forget these days. I am sad to admit that I don’t have a baby book for Cora, and the one for Hugo stopped at 6 months. I’ve got to do something! Until next time….

Jillian

Kent Family Updates

I cannot believe that it has been so long since my last post. I guess on another hand, I can. Time is flying! In 5 days, Hugo is going to be 9 months old, which means he has basically been out as long as he was inside my tummy cooking. Within that time, I have become pregnant again. What?! Yep, another one on the way, due right around the time he turns one, which is, yes….soon!

We have been adjusting to life as parents. We don’t feel alone. Quite the opposite actually. Between Hugo’s birth and the next baby’s, 6 babies have been born to close friends or family members giving both kids a thriving future network of besties. Kris and I now enjoy spending time with people who are going through this stuff, we commiserate, share stories and advice and in general offer support. We don’t feel alone in this journey and that is a good feeling.

In September, another adventure began. Valeska arrived to our home from Colombia to live with us and to care for Hugo while we are at work. She has been a great addition to the family, not just here at home, but our extended family as well. She adores Hugo and takes great care of him. We have enjoyed being part of her exploration of the customs and way of life in the US. She is curious, excited, still a little nervous to branch out at times, and has a great sense of humor. She has been grateful for all she has experience thus far, and I was very happy to make her feel comfortable and at ‘home’ for the holidays.

Hugo is growing like a weed. Gone are the days of him sleeping and laying all the time. He is down to two short naps but sleeps all night. He likes to be with his family playing with toys and exploring whatever he can get his hands on. Ever since I went back to work, it has been difficult to keep up with his milestones and recording them. I have a baby book and calendar that I am terrified will be half empty. You’d think that with a live in nanny that we would have more time for things, but to the contrary, she is off work once we get home. Time is still short and free time is even less so, but we continue to adjust and will be in a constant state of change for the next few years, I’d predict. Two babies one year apart will make for some exciting and challenging times.

Here are some updates from the last few months, the order isn’t chronological. You can tell the older pics based on how much hair he has. Suddenly, he was not a bald little baby anymore. Almost overnight I’d say.

Here he is at Christmas time, mostly he liked the gift boxes and wrapping paper.

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Here he is after a bath, getting him dressed anymore is quite an act because he loves to turn to his tummy and move all around so sometimes he just hangs in his diaper until the excitement of the bath wares off. Aren’t baths supposed to make you more relaxed? IMG_0099

Here he is at cousin Adaline’s baptism. They are going to be good pals!IMG_3342

Here we are at Halloween. We couldn’t pull together a fully coordinated halloween costume so we had waldo and charlie brown! IMG_3396

Happy guy after the holidays. This pic was when I remembered that we had just had 3 days of wonderful memories with family for the holidays and I had very little photos to show for it. IMG_4044

Anyhow, that is us for now. I am taking advantage of a napping baby and a husband working late to get some blogging done. Hoping to do it more!