Mar 27, 2015

Luca Byrd at 23 months

You are now 23 months old, just a month from being TWO. You bring so much joy to me on a daily basis and I love you more and more all the time. As your mama I am really treasuring this time with you before your baby brother comes into our lives.

Life with you lately is like this: you wake up around 7:30/8 and I either bring you in our bed or snuggle with you in the "big chair" in your room. You ask for "neukum" and get a little sad that the milk is gone, saying "mo-woe" or "that one," wanting to switch sides. I sing songs and tell you we're going to have a good day, then I hear your belly rumble and we make our way downstairs for breakfast, usually milk and "woffles" or eggs and oatmeal. On slow mornings you want to be held or sit on the counter and watch me, but other times you like to run around and cover Stella with towels (she likes the attention). We always look at the weather, and you'll comment on if it's "bwight" or "waining," and often we spend time "aht-side" if it's nice after breakfast, or run errands or do storytime at the library if it's not.

At lunch, you usually want tacos, so we'll meet "Dado" for guacamole and chicken tacos, and after is naptime, which can be a battle if I've let you get too tired. You sleep with lots of stuffed animals, a flat pillow, an old blanket made by Big Mama (my great-grandmother), your favorite blanket, a bottle of water, and Baby Bob, a plastic doll you've grown attached to. I nurse you and sing songs first- you  request either "tinkle" (twinkle twinkle little star) or "Luca's song," and you especially like it when I sub in your friend's name for yours in the song.

Afternoons tend to be busy, and go by fast. You play in the house a lot during this time, or happily go along with whatever Ellis is doing. Dinner is still hit or miss - food isn't something you're into - but bathtime is a favorite, especially when you can convince someone to get in the water with you. Bedtime involves putting on lotion, brushing teeth, pjs, lots of tickling, reading books, then nursing and another request for "luca's song."

At times you seem so very independent, but I am still your homebase and I love that so much. Gigi and Papa kept you overnight for the first time this past month, and you were such a good girl. Ellis still delights you endlessly, and you've finally grown close with Dado...the tickle parties at night are something you love. You declared, "Luca do it" for the first time this week, trying to put your shoe on, and then a proud "I DID IT!" when you succeeded. As you grow separate, though, you are also becoming more cuddly, giving sweet hugs or laying your head on my shoulder when I hold you.

these are the things you enjoy....

swings and slides at the playground, moving chairs around the house- especially ones your size, eating at Taqueria del Sol, your friend Lena's new baby brother, reading books, counting "7, 8, 9," paw patrol, Gigi and Papa!, answering questions I ask (you're getting good at names), pushing the kid-sized shopping carts at Trader Joe's, blowing raspberries on my growing belly, jumping in water puddles, tickling people (especially Jim), talking about and identifying animals, and dancing before bathtime.

Mar 26, 2015

behind the scenes // Jim on the set of Penny Dreadful

Showtime recently released a behind-the-scenes video of the Penny Dreadful photo shoot, which Jim shot on location in Dublin last December. These glimpses into Jim's work world are fun to see- I love this side of him, focused and in his element. It's a little wild to see my husband rubbing elbows with Josh Hartnett and former Bond girl, Eva Green... but here you go.

p.s. here is the behind-the-scenes video of Jim's Homeland shoot from last May, if you missed it.

Mar 24, 2015

family trip to Santa Monica, CA ... September 2014

(playing catch-up...)

Jim, Luca and I spent a week in Santa Monica last September. We rented a house made of glass a block from the Pacific Ocean, rode our bikes to dinner every night (we found a babysitter and even had two dates!), hosted Jim's old friends from TX, rose early and drank coffee with earlybird surfers every morning, and watched the sun set from the rooftop deck every night. For Jim, the trip was part-work, part-pleasure (he shot Battle Creek for CBS); for me, it was such a dream. Looking back on 2014, it was my favorite week of the whole year.

traveling with a baby is always a little crazy but I never regret it. this picture was taken mid-flight to LAX. we read her favorite book, BOO! Puppy, over and over :)

 view from the rooptop deck. it's hard for me to believe people actually get to LIVE here!

and the view from the sidewalk in front of the house...ridiculous.


Luca stayed on EST, meaning she and I were awake super early every morning. luckily we found a surfer's coffee shop that opened early, featuring baby toys and strong coffee, that we visited every day.

playgrounds are everywhere in Santa Monica! it's a really kid-friendly place to be.

What a dream! I love this place. <3

Mar 23, 2015

Luca in Spring, 2015

Spring is here and my baby girl is almost two years old. She's changed so much these past few months, becoming more a little person and less my baby day by day, something she's fully aware of even though she insists she's my "baby guh-rl."

We've been spending as much time as possible outside lately, learning about the world around us by throwing rocks, chasing the cat, feeding the horse apples, and jumping in puddles. A favorite and frequent saying of hers is "hold you," meaning hold me. I usually indulge when she asks, soaking up this time of closeness with my girl while she's still my littlest baby. We are slowly nearing being fully weaned, which I'm so glad that I've allowed to happen in its own time (despite a lot of pushing from others). Jim and I are traveling to California next month and our goal is for that to be the end.

Luca sleeps with a bed full of friends: her Baby Bob, bunny bear, Marshall (from Paw Patrol), Kristin the bunny, her pig, and her favorite "towel" (i.e. blanket). So many words are hers these days, far too many to list here, with new ones everyday. I particularly love how she calls Jim "dado," and Stella "Stell-wawa."

I find myself resisting Luca losing her babyhood, but taking even more joy in the little person she's turning into...and also taking comfort in that she'll always be my girl.