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Yeah, we took Mason to a Bon Iver concert..

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Last Sunday Elaine, Mason, and I went to see Bon Iver {it’s a band} at the Santa Barbara Bowl.  To be honest I didn’t know if it was going to work. Mason’s usual bed time was the exact same time as when the show was supposed to start. Mason can get a little fussy around his bed time, I was a little nervous how the night would go. So along with our belongings, I packed up my anxiety and in a quiet voice I said to myself “Lets make the best of this and have fun”.

I’ve been to a lot of concerts and at times, I’ll admit, I have looked quizzically at other audience members as they lug around their young child. I’d think- how much fun would it be to be at a show with a little kid strapped to you chest? The kids probably cry a lot, lord knows you can’t have a beer, and I bet your back kills after holding an extra 20 lbs for three plus hours.

Now after two concerts (Mat Kearney earlier in the month) I have a much better understanding because now I am that parent. Truth be told it is a lot of fun to take Mason to concerts! Not only did Elaine and I have a blast, but while he was awake Mason had a lot of fun watching the bands, listening to the music {don’t worry, we bought him ear plugs to muffle the sound. There is even proof in the photo above}, and people watching. Mason quickly made some friends with two older woman sitting next to us without much effort. They thought it was great that it was his second time hearing Bon Iver live but first time seeing them live. The first time was two weeks before he was born down in LA. (Remember the dancing stomach video from a previous post? Click HERE Yep, same band)

The women were great neighbors and at one point they helped us get his pacifier from the ground and offered to ‘sanitize’ it in their glass of chardonnay. Even though we declined their offer, the woman thought that Mason was “a hoot” and a “handsome young man”. To be fair Mason did have one loud ‘I’m almost asleep!’ cry during a quiet violin solo that quickly drew our and our neighbors attention. We quickly muffled it with his pacifier and that was his last cry before he fell asleep in our carrier until it was almost time to go home.

Bon Iver was a great show and it was a great night to be out on the town. The three of us have a many more concerts in our future so I’m glad that we are off to a good start. Next on our list is Norah Jones also at the SB Bowl. It was supposed to be a surprise early first anniversary gift for Elaine. Unfortunately I forgot it was a secret and let it slip out a couple weeks ago. Regardless it will be another good one. Love ya Elaine and Happy (s0on) Anniversary!


Feeding Fun & Misc

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One of the great joys of a six month old is that every day new things are happening. It’s hard to keep up with the new developments but he is sitting up for long periods of time, regularly eating our homemade baby food, occasionally clapping with excitement (no noise but his hands touch), and maybe I’m projecting but it looks like he is starting to wave. From one day to the next Mason’s skills are refining themselves and it is exciting to watch.

I’ve includes some photos of recent eating.  On the left is peas and the right is zucchini. He is a great eater, even though the photos show food all over his mouth. In my opinion it would be a boring eating photo if it wasn’t a mess. Mason’s eating schedule is rice cereal in the morning and vegetables in the afternoon and evening. We haven’t found a food that he hates yet, but it is easy to say that avocado is his favorite. It’s funny because I don’t think I knew what an avocado was until I was 21. Oh California influences!

I’m making carrots next so he’ll get another taste and color soon!

Here are a few more photos from this last week…

The last photo is in honor of our friend Juliana, who recently began an adventure of moving to Washington DC. Her blog can be found by clicking here. I’ll miss your friendship, jogs around town, and your glowing personality. You are going to do great, travel safely and look forward to seeing you in August!

A Day In The Life Of A Six-Month Old

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A couple weeks ago I was brainstorming ideas for new blog posts. One of my ideas was to take a photo of Mason waking up and then snap another shot every hour afterwards. Similar to following him around and getting snapshots of his day. It would show everywhere that he went and photograph a about 13 moments of his day, no matter his mood or what he was doing. My hope was that each shot would be real life no matter what- there would be no posing, planning, or staging- it would be a day in the life of six month old Mason.

And here starts Mason’s day of April 7th, 2012 …

{I thought that this post may need some theme music and decided to link in this video. It is intended as back ground music and to help the photos tell a story… there are a lot of photos. Enjoy}

A Day In The Life- performed by Grant Green

Mason woke up at 830am with a smile, some coos, and by the time I was in his room he already grabbed his book and sheep. After this photo and changing his diaper I set my alarm clock for every hour until 8:30pm.






After some breakfast Elaine, Mason, & Ruby had some floor time. He is getting pretty good at sitting up and loves to bounce up and down while he is held. At 9:30am Mason was getting some kisses from his best friend.

All of those kisses made Mason pretty tired and he was down for his morning nap and fast asleep when 10:30am rolled around. Elaine and I used his nap to do some apartment therapy and finished cleaning out our living room.

It is now 11:30am and the day was picking up. After he woke up Mason got a new diaper and a change of clothes and was hanging out with his mom on the couch after nursing.

This is one point in the day where a photo every hour took a turn for the worse. Mason was almost asleep in his crib when the 12:30pm alarm went off. I quietly tip toed into his room to not disturb him and his eyes snapped awake! Surprised to see me, he started flailing his arms and legs in excitement. Here is a photo that captures some of that tired joy. Yes he stayed awake for a few minutes but thankfully went right back sleep.
Proof of his sleeping was still evident at 1:30pm. This was lunch time for Elaine and I and a break from cleaning, laundry, and organizing.


After the nap we scooped him up and went off in the car to go for a hike in Montecito. Mason doesn’t really mind his car seat and I think he likes road trips. Today was no different and he sat pretty quietly in the back along with his companion owl. Funny thing is that we got out of the house so fast that we forgot his diaper bag, water, and snacks that we had packed. Oops
Its now 3:30pm and Mason must have gotten a little bored during the hike and fell asleep while I carried him in the Ergo. However, Elaine and I had a blast but quickly realized how out of shape we were when we were going up Cold Springs trail. We did reach a few great look-out spots and celebrated by splitting a messy orange overlooking the ocean and Carpinteria.
Back home and lovin it at 4:30pm. Here we are practicing sitting up and reading an exciting book about peek-a-boo animals. You might notice that this is Mason’s third outfit of the day (pj’s, morning, and now afternoon outfits).

It is 5:30pm and our alarm clock went off as we were walking to our car to go meet friends for dinner. We left a little early to see if he would fall asleep during the car ride… nope.

I don’t remember if I’d just finished eating but I know that I was quieting Mason when the alarm went off at 6:30pm. Elaine took this photo in the TAP Thai Restaurant and she was hoping to get his upset face. Instead you got a sleepy look and a spot of eczema on his cheek. Dinner was good, food was tasty, and it was fun to see Sara, Dana, and Brent (missed seeing you Aubrey).
For a guy who’s bed time is usually around 7pm, Mason was living it up at 7:30! We had just pulled into our parking spot when the next alarm went off. Mason was happy to have his photo taken, excited to get out of his seat, and ecstatic to get ready for bed.
At 8:30pm Mason was so out of it that he didn’t notice that I turned on his light to take this photo.  Elaine also took a nap shortly after 830 and she spent the rest of the evening catching up with her friend Mary while I watched a movie. We were both asleep by 11pm. What a day!
Thanks for taking a tour of Mason’s life. Even from a glimpse of 13 photos, you can see that it is filled with naps, smiles, developing new skills, and traveling. Both Elaine and I were happy that we didn’t have to document anything too embarrassing and it also will be fun to compare this post to future days. Who knows maybe there will be more A Day In The Life posts…
Love, Mark

Half Birthday!

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Ben Harper: Beautiful Boy- originally written and preformed by John Lennon

Half a Year = Six Months = 26 Weeks = 182 Days = 262,974 Minutes = 15,778,463 Seconds

The last six months of our lives have flown by as quick a hummingbird beats its little wings. It’s a little scarey to think how much has changed in six months and just how fast it has gone. It seems like yesterday that Elaine woke me up with “Um, I started have contractions last night” and we were making plans for the un-plannable future. Now we have a little boy to tuck into bed every night, we wake up to the sounds of “hoos” and smiles, and he has armpits that like to be tickled until he giggles  uncontrollably with a high pitched laugh.

Hours turn quickly to days and days melt into months without effort. My hope is to live in these moments and soak them in because they go so quickly. It is hard to appreciate being woken up 2-3 times a night by a crying baby, but even the tough phases are pretty incredible and they will have an ending point just like the fun phases. Years from now I hope that I can relive these days with a clarity. I’ll cherish the tired cuddles, the big toothy smiles I can get on command, and long walk that explore our town. It won’t be too much longer until this moment passes and these routine activities are gone and new funner and challenging things replace them.

Looking back at some of our older blog posts from October and November it is hard to comprehend how those days feel like they were simultaneously moments and years ago. I had such a mixed bag of emotions that I had to share the photos with Elaine and Juliana and we shared a  quick walk down memory lane. We’ve taken thousands since but these were some our the first photos of our baby. It is crazy to think back to those days and even crazier to think of what is next… crawling, more solid foods, talking, walking, first day of school, driving, and moving out. Aghhh

I know that the clock hasn’t sped up, but it feels like life moving by quicker.

Happy 1/2 Birthday Mason! May you be happy, may your dreams come true
Love, your Mom & Dad