Quiet Birthday at Home

June 18th was my 39th birthday. Dean kept asking what I wanted to do for my birthday. Umm, completely irrelevant. All that concerns me is keeping Franco from crying. I wasn’t thinking about our wedding anniversary or my birthday! This kid is my main concern.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed a quiet birthday at home. My friend Kitty who was born on the same day was so sweet and sent me a basket of goodies from Mrs. Fields. I was like, no way, I got a prezzie?! I couldn’t believe it. Then Dean came home from the office and spoiled me with hot chocolate and a red velvet cupcake from my favorite bakery, and Three Twins ice-cream and flowers from our neighborhood grocery. Yes, I am a sugar-holic.


Newborn Reality

cryingWhy is it that I read all these mommy blogs and very few (I can’t think of any) talk about how damned hard it is to parent a newborn. Yes, I’ve known about the sleepless nights. But what about when your newborn is already 6 weeks old and he’s crying his eyes out and he can’t be soothed no matter what the F* you do.

Diaper clean. Check. Baby fed. Check. Baby burped. Check. STILL CRYING, CRYING, CRYING. Check, Check, Check.

I was flabbergasted when friends told us that this is the perfect time to take the baby to a movie. They’ve either: 1) lost touch with reality, 2) forgotten their early parenting experience, or 3) given birth to mutants. We can barely leave the house; we’re so fearful the baby will start screaming his head off. One of the few things I’ve been able to enjoy is watching the World Cup games while rocking him nonstop. Even then, he’s still fussy and on the verge of wailing.

Dean posts all these great photos of the baby on Facebook. Franco cooing. Franco smiling. But let’s be real. Most of the time, Franco is crying!

We’ve done it all: rocked, sssshhhhh’d, swaddled, middle of the night car rides, vibrating rock n’ play. Oh and this kid is part feline. He hates taking a bath. Dip his toe in nice warm water and he will start screaming his head off. 6 weeks old and only a handful of baths. He reeks, I tell you.

Everyone is telling us it gets better. I’d like to know how soon!


Newborn Photos

Parenting is no joke! Prior to this, the most tired I have ever been was pulling all-nighters, investment banking-style during an M&A deal at work. I considered bringing my pillow into the office, but there wasn’t any time to put my head down! Well let me tell you, caring for a newborn is way worse. I’ve had a couple post-pregnancy meltdowns. Not pretty. Thankfully I have an understanding and generous husband. He certainly does his fair share.

The baby is already one month old! Hard to believe I haven’t had a continuous stretch of sleep for more than 3-and-a-half hours this whole time, but Franco is worth it. Wanted to share some professional photos we had taken when he was 2 weeks old. The SF-based photographer is Allison Busch.


Need a Good Movie Recommendation?

projectorAs new parents, we spend a lot of time at home with the baby. Dean and I are always debating what movies to watch next. We end up watching some real duds!

Here are really great movie recommendations that are also a little under the radar. Hopefully there are several you’ve never seen before and can watch next time you’re in a bind. Also, would love to hear your movie recs in the comments please. Help a new parent out!


All About Eve – If you haven’t seen this, make it your next movie. Great acting, excellent quotable dialogue. This is a favorite from our movie club.


Clerks – One of my favorite comedies of all time.

The Tao of Steve – Cracking up throughout the film.


Spellbound – My very favorite documentary about the national spelling bee. These kids are genius.

Fruitvale Station – More a docu-drama. Depicts the life of Oscar Grant. Oscar was unarmed and killed by a BART security agent on NYE.


Ain’t Them Bodies Saints – Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck give stunning performances. Modern day remake of Bonnie and Clyde.

Short Term 12 – SXSW audience award winner about a foster care center.

The Spectacular Now – Wonderful coming of age story.


13 Assassins – This is an action-packed Japanese thriller. Thumbs up from everyone in our movie club.

The Attack – Suspenseful film depicting the conflict between Israel and Palestine. I watched this a while ago, but I remember it made me realize that every side has their convictions—and for good reason. Painful and heartbreaking.

Heartbreaker (L’Arnacoeur) – One of my favorite romantic comedies. Stars Vanessa Paradis.


Two soccer recs as we gear up for the World Cup!

Damned United – Fast-paced, inspirational British soccer movie.

Rudo y Cursi – Another soccer film in Spanish about two brothers vying for soccer stardom and fame.


Deceived – Not sure why the ratings are so bad on Rotten Tomatoes. This is a fantastic thriller starring Goldie Hawn. The ending is unexpected.

Trance – A Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) film that we recently watched. Loved it. Had me guessing until the very end.

Baby Shower Weekend

I’ve been meaning to post about the wonderful baby showers that we had over Easter weekend.

On Saturday, we celebrated with 67 of our friends in our new home, complete with bouncy house rental for the kids. I was bummed not to have taken any pictures as we had friends present from all walks of life, including dear friends who came from Seattle and LA. Boo! Luckily, here are a few photos that people sent my way.

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On Easter Sunday, my parents hosted a joint Easter celebration and baby shower with 46 family members. I don’t have any pictures from that party, ugh!

Hanging out with 100+ people over one weekend was certainly exhausting. Dean and I crashed early on Easter Sunday, but had fun hanging out with so many friends and family members before our baby’s arrival.

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