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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!
Mark

Ever So Slowly

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It’s a strange weather morning here.  Calm and still most of the time… and then every hour and a half or so there will be a few minutes of gusty wind.  Where Ruby will jump up to be closer to me and you can hear potted plants falling around the neighborhood and doors slamming shut by themselves and wind chimes tinkling and the clouds will race in billows to get to the other side of the sky.  And then it will all be still again, and Ruby will go back to being mostly concerned about her morning nap.

So here we are… 3 days and counting till the due date… but the due date is starting to feel irrelevant because I very much doubt this baby will want to come out by Monday.  What a comfy little life he must have in there, huh.  Although he has dropped significantly! Check out the belly now…

Belly 29 weeksSeriously protruding.  It looks like I’ve grown a ton, but it’s really just the dropping that makes it look so much rounder.  So each time I go into the doctor… they say things are progressing… but not to the point where labor seems imminent yet.

By the way, this photo was taken during our trip down to LA on Monday, our 29 week mark… which was such a fun day/night and felt almost like a mini babymoon.  Another little last hurrah.

Observatory Picnic

We had breakfast in Santa Barbara at Jeannine’s before driving down to LA, courtesy of a gift certificate from some fantastic friends 🙂  The Getty was a bust, since we didn’t realize they were closed on Mondays… but we ended up at the Griffith Observatory, which has some pretty great views of Hollywood, famous sign and everything.  A little strolling, a little picnicking on the Observatory steps, a little napping back at the hotel room, some Thai food dinner, and then a REALLY AMAZING Bon Iver concert.

Even the baby enjoyed the concert, and made it known by dancing in my belly pretty much non-stop for about three hours!  He’d kick real powerful during the more upbeat songs, and sort of slowly swirl and groove during the slowly songs.  And he had a pretty consistent rhythm on the downbeat going on.  Maybe he’ll be a drummer?

I don’t know if it comes across as well in this video… but, man, does he have some powerful movements now.  My belly gets warped into all kinds of shapes depending on where he decides to hang out.  And you can see how dramatically he rolls and shifts, just from looking! It still trips me out sometimes just to sit still and watch my belly move.

So we’ll continue to wait, and keep you updated if anything new and exciting happens! Or maybe even if anything silly and little happens.

Here is a little gallery of more LA photos, if you’d like a hipstamatic tour: