Saturday, April 4, 2015

Bake Day 2014

Jeff's family has an annual tradition around Christmas, called Bake Day. A glorious day full of baking and eating scrumptious, terrible for you, who's really counting how many you've had, I'm sure the calories don't really count, treats. We have not been able to go for a few years, so we made sure to make it this year for Aiden's first one! We got to see lots of cousins, including the Fezler Family from Colorado! His family also combined it with their annual Brockett Family Christmas. Aiden got a bunch of great gifts from the family! Thanks, everyone! We actually forgot our camera *gasp*, so here's a slideshow from Aunt Lainie...enjoy!

First Solids

Hooray! Aiden finally gets to test out solid foods! We started out with the traditional rice cereal. He wasn't quite sure what to think about it at first, but quickly caught on that this big boy stuff was pretty cool!

Aiden's 1st solids from Mackenzie Dake on Vimeo.

Saturday, March 21, 2015


We had a FULL house for Aiden's first Thanksgiving! We had Grandma and Papa Mike, Great Aunt Susie and Uncle Tom, and the Mitas Family Fab 5! Everywhere you turned, there were people. Crowded and crazy at times, but worth every moment! We loved having everyone here to share in this special holiday. We hung out, did arts and crafts, played games, enjoyed the beautiful weather, and of course, played with Aiden!

And with all these people around to help out, I hardly had to cook! Bonus!!! Bobby (and Betty) made these delicious pies...yummmmmm!!!

And of course we had to put Aiden in the turkey costume! Following in his cousins footsteps! Thanks, Stephens Family for the hand-me-down!


6 Months

Guess who is 6 months old?!

He has mastered rolling onto his tummy (but not onto his back), sits pretty well unsupported, is starting to enjoy reading books, has a giggle and smile that melt our hearts, and he makes every day a little bit brighter!

Here are his 6 months stats:

Weight: 19 pounds, 11 ounces (82nd percentile)
Height: 29 inches (99th percentile)
Head circumference: 17.17 inches (51st percentile)

His doctor said everything looks great and gave us the green light for starting solids. He also said to get ready, because he is primed for crawling! He is growing like a weed and is already wearing size 4 diapers...slow down, Bubba!

Aiden also thinks he can stand, and loves to "stand" on our laps and bounce around. Here is his current version of dancing while...

Aiden Dancing (6 months) from Mackenzie Dake on Vimeo.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Aiden's First Halloween

For Aiden's first Halloween, my mom took him took him to visit us at our offices. Jeff's work was dressed up like Harry Potter. Aiden wasn't too sure about what to think of Daddy's costume.

My office, having recently switched over to electronic medical records, were dressed up as computer nerds. He came and had fun playing with us during our potluck lunch.

Aiden's second costume was a cute little monkey suit, complete with stuffed banana! He didn't mind being all bundled up because of course the first rain of the year would land on Halloween! And boy, did it rain! It was time for bed around when all the kids were braving the storm, and fortunately he didn't wake up to the doorbell ringing over and over again.

And Grandma and Papa Mike came to visit for his first Halloween, and Daddy's birthday!

5 Months

My, oh my how time flies! Aiden is already 5 months old!

He is still obsessed with his feet, rolls over onto his tummy only in the middle of the night in his crib, is working on sitting up unsupported, and giggles and smiles up a storm!

We took Aiden on his first (ours too) trip to the Cambria Scarecrow Festival. The local businesses build "scarecrows" (more like giant manequin/models/paper mache people) that are all over the town. We met up with family friends (The Jones Family) who were out in CA to meet up with their kids. It was a fun get-away, with great weather, and a first for all of us!

We took Aiden and my parents to another Cal Poly soccer game. This time, the women's team was playing UCSB. And naturally we won! Go Mustangs!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

October Happenings is January, and I'm finally posting about things that happened in October. What can I say? I'm a busy working mom! So here's a little trip down memory lane...

We took Aiden to his first Cal Poly Men's Soccer game vs. CSUN. He slept through most of it, but he got his first taste of the Experts Exchange luxury box. Here's to hopefully many more games together as a family!

Our growing boy is now starting to wear 9 month clothing. And he's not even 5 months old yet. Yikes!

And it just wouldn't be October without a trip to the pumpkin patch at the Avila Valley Barn no less! Of course it was crowded (it always is in October), but he was quite the hit with all the college sorority girls who seemed to have gathered there. He wasn't too sure about sitting in the big pile of pumpkins, but we found one more his size and a cute wooden chair and then he was content with trying to eat the pumpkin. And since he hasn't mastered sitting up quite yet, it was quite the ordeal to take a picture of him without him falling over!

Aiden has also started to master rolling from his back to his tummy. Of course he only seems to do this in the crib during the night, which wakes him up and results in him crying. Which results in me waking up...rinse and repeat several times throughout the night. I would love if he could either get used to it or just do it during the daytime while he's playing. *sigh*

We took Aiden on his first major road trip to go to his first wedding. My friend and roommate from grad school, Katy, was getting married in Tahoe. As nervous as we were to go on that long of a trip with an almost-5-month old baby, I really wanted to go and have a reunion with my other grad school friends. We decided to split up the drive into 3-hour chunks to hopefully make things a little less painful. Friday night we drove to San Ramon and spent the night in a hotel. As mentioned above, Aiden loves to roll over in the middle of the night and wake himself up...a long night for mama! We drove the rest of the way on Saturday morning and then went to the wedding at The Sugar Bowl Ski Resort. The wedding was beautiful with perfect weather, and it was great getting to catch up with my friends. Congrats to Katy and Andrew...Go Team Norton!


After spending the night in Truckee, we spent the day exploring Tahoe. I had never been there before, and it had been a while since Jeff had visited the area. It was gorgeous weather, especially for mid-October!

Then we piled into the car and drove down to Walnut Creek on Sunday and spent the night at my friend Ashley's house. Her son Camden is exactly 1 week older than Aiden, and it was the first time we had seen each other since becoming mommies. It was so fun watching the two boys interact with each other. They weren't quite sure what to think, and didn't seem to know if the other one was real or not. Thanks for housing us, Janis family!

Things we learned from the trip...
-Aiden does well in the car for about 1-2 hours, then screams for the remaining 1-2 hours.
-Aiden's favorite book and distraction is reading "Is Your Mama a Llama?" over and over and over again.
-Investing in noise-cancelling headphones was the best money we have spent on him so far. He would not have survived the reception without them!
-We stink at making sure we take family pictures...didn't get a good one from the wedding! Darn it!
-Jeff and I are undecided whether it is worse to sit in the back next to the screaming baby or to be driving and not be able to do anything about it.
-Tahoe is really far away, especially when traveling with a baby.

And I will leave you with this gem of Aiden laughing. Nothing better than the sound of a baby's laughter!

Aiden laughing from Mackenzie Dake on Vimeo.