Cousin Cate’s Visit

We were lucky to have Cousin Cate from Idaho stay with us for a day while Uncle Jarom was here on business. While the guys were at work, Cate joined our circus for the day and I got to put my feet up… between play doh, markers, dolls, and play kitchen, she entertained the twins for hours!


Piggy back rides.


Helping with our gear at the park.


After work, we met up with Jarom and Cate at the Grand Californian at Disneyland where they were staying for some water slide adventures.



Hours of entertainment:

Being goofy at Goofy’s Kitchen.



The girls haven’t let the Chip and Dale from Uncle Jarom out of their sight since. IMG_4583

The twins keep asking when Cousin Cate will be visiting again… come back soon!

Lots of love,


Victoria Beach Castle

One adventure on our summer bucket list was to make it down to Victoria Beach in Laguna where I’d heard there was a pretty castle turret.

We packed light and had quite the adventure braving the end of summer tourist traffic in Laguna Beach (a reminder of why we don’t go there too often during the summer), eating dinner at La Serena, me pumping in the car, and finally catching a trolley (the girls were thrilled!) to a little neighborhood by the beach. From there, we walked through a tunnel and then a neighborhood of kabillion dollar beach houses, and finally, down a narrow stone staircase until we kicked off our flip flops and dug our toes into the sand.

Since it’s not a main beach and a bit of a trek to get there, it wasn’t too crowded for summer and the castle was so picturesque against the ocean. I almost felt like we were on the coast of France.




We didn’t lug our beach gear, so the girls explored and played in the sand.


The beach had the coolest little wading pool.


The lack of swim suits didn’t stop Samantha and Amelia from jumping in.


I would have loved this beach even more had there been bathrooms and showers, but I guess that’s what makes it more remote and keeps down the crowds.




After taking a catnap in the Ergo for most of our journey, Meredith awoke happily to the beautiful ocean scene.



Beach baby!


After taking our fill of the serene castle beach, everyone was overtired, and waiting over 30 minutes for the next trolley did not help matters. When we finally decided just to start walking, of course, a trolley pulled up a few minutes later, but we couldn’t get back in time. The girls were hysterical that we couldn’t ride the trolley back, and since they were already exhausted, Jake carried both of them a half mile back to our car. To the lucky people riding on the trolley, we must have looked piteous, trekking with two screaming three year olds and a tired baby along the side of PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) in the sunset.

Lots of love,


Meredith 6 Months

I wish I could freeze this past month in time. Just when I think she can’t get any happier, chubbier, and more adorable, she ups her game! Happy half birthday to our little monkey!

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Amelia, Samantha and Meredith’s 6 Month Comparison:

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Meredith definitely has similarities to the twins (especially Samantha), but is taking on her own “Meredith” look too.


At her 6 month appointment, Dr. Young announced Meredith was officially literally off the growth chart. She weighed in at 19 pounds and 28.5 inches tall. She barely fit on the baby scale!

“Clearly, you are starving her,” remarked Dr. Young.

And just because I love graphs:

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Go, Meredith!


Meredith can still fit in a few 9-12 month outfits, but mostly wears 12-18 month clothes. Unfortunately, the clothes I kept in that size from the twins are all winter clothes, so lucky Meredith got to splurge on some brand new clothes for the summer!


Meredith usually wakes around 6:30- 7:00 a.m. and takes two 1.5 hour naps and one short cat nap a day before going down for the night around 7-7:30 p.m. Unlike her sisters at this age, Meredith is a star sleeper most days.


Those cheeks really seem to weigh her down. She gets a workout just keeping her head up!


It was drool city for Meredith all month, but still no teeth! She loves chewing on her teether toys, though.

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New activities for Meredith this month included blowing raspberries, grasping more toys (and hair!) and pulling them toward her with ease, bouncing around in the exersaucer, grabbing her feet, giggling hysterically at the twins, swinging, swimming, trying solids and turning to her side more. She can sit up for a few seconds before falling over, so we usually prop her up with pillows.

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The twins seemed to be more advanced with their gross motor skills, as they were both rolling over all the time and sitting up without help by six months. Meredith definitely gets carried around a lot more than the twins were and is constantly being toted around in the stroller, carseat, Ergo, high chair and wherever the twins go. With her sisters, we were home playing on blankets and mats more, so I have to wonder if that has contributed to her being behind the twins in her gross motor skills, or if it’s just her unique timetable. Meredith seems more advanced by far on the fine motor and cognitive skills. I find all the comparisons between siblings so interesting!


Meredith can flip from her tummy to her back, but is usually content to hang out, so she doesn’t try too often.

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She’s usually so content with a toy on her back too, that I think she figures in reference to rolling, “Why bother?”


Meredith enjoys talking to herself and all the pretty butterflies from her crib. SO different from the twins who were usually screaming to get out of their cage the minute they woke up and were never entertained by toys or with each other.



Meredith loves to stick out her tongue and play peekaboo.


Meredith and her favorite sea creature mat.


A recap of Meredith’s sixth month:

Her first road trip to Utah (permanently traumatized from being in the car for 12 hours!)


It was all worth it once we arrive and Meredith enjoyed 24/7 cuddles from Grammy, Grandpa, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

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First Fourth of July!


First official tea party.


The star baby.



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She celebrated Cousin Noah’s 2nd birthday.


Many beach days!


First time swinging at the park (true love).


Meredith couldn’t wait to fit into the Future Harvard Freshman outfit our friend, Marisa, gave the twins when they were babies. And just in case she messes it up, I have an extra.


The twins constantly asked to hold/squeeze/hug/kiss/feed/play/read to Meredith.



The twins dressed up Meredith in the koala outfit Aunt Sarah brought back from her trip to Australia. Not cool, guys!


Baby playdate with Maple!


Meredith didn’t miss out on any of the outdoor action in her portable high chair.


Jake was playing Meredith’s favorite game, airplane, when he got more than he bargained for. IMG_4337

First solids the week of her sixth month birthday. Not a good birthday present, apparently.


A new cherished activity (on the twins’ part). Meredith acts mostly terrified when they get anywhere near her with a spoon.


I think I’ll just put my feet up.


Flashback to Samantha and Amelia hanging out together at six months:

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We love you, Meredith!

Lots of love,



Meredith’s Adventures in Solids

Meredith reached a milestone I have been putting off as long as possible– solids! Back when I was a newbie and naive, I couldn’t wait to start the twins on solids. I actually had a special baby meal plan and baby food maker back then (and used recipes– ha!) whereas now I just dig out whatever fruits and veggies we have on hand/are eating that day, steam them and throw them in the blender. Many of the new foods the twins tried had their own dedicated blog posts (too much time on my hands back then?)

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Samantha and Amelia trying solids: click here. 

Little did I know back then how much of a mess and extra work starting solids would be, hence my lack of enthusiasm when it was time to start Meredith the week of her 6 month birthday. She had been eyeing each bite we put into our mouths with envy for months, but when it was finally go-time, she wasn’t too excited about her bland brown rice cereal and oatmeal starters!

Veggies and fruits have been met with much more gusto. The scoreboard so far:

Brown rice: meh
Oatmeal: meh
Bananas: Yum!
Squash: Yum!
Sweet Potatoes: Yum!
Green Beans: Yum!
Corn: Yum!
Prunes: Yum!
Apples: Yum!
Watermelon: Yum!
Cantaloupe: Yum!
Pears: Yum!
Avocado: Ew!

Then many faces of Meredith eating:

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Mealtime is the twins’ favorite part of the day now. They beg to feed Meredith, much to her chagrin!

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Life is good!



More please!




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Loving those green beans.


Meredith enjoys grabbing the spoon and attempting to feed herself (SO messy) and especially loves cold watermelon or cantaloupe put in her silicone self-feeder to soothe those sore gums.



So far, the only food she’s really detested is avocado (a tragedy!) We will keep working on it.

The twins eating avocado: click here. 

Our adventures in solids to be continued…

Lots of love,