6 Months!

How have 183 days passed since we welcomed our sweet baby into this world?

Seriously, someone please explain that to me.


One hundred and eighty three. Days!!!!!!! Unreal. Well, technically 204 days  (183 is exactly 6 months) because this blog post is totally late (slacker mama here!). Let’s face it, he is basically now closer to seven months than six. (Now I’m sobbing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)


I can’t even begin to explain how fast these first six months with our precious Jason Leo have flown by.

I am unwilling to accept the fact that my little baby won’t be a little baby forever. ;))) Boy, am I going to miss these sweet baby moments when they are long gone. I just want to bottle up every adorable baby sound Jason makes, his gummy grins, those pudgy thighs, his super soft baby skin, and that contagious belly laugh that I love so very much. Even his snotty nose (since starting daycare it’s like we have a perma-cold/cough around here). Jason is just the best.


^^So this is what it’s like trying to get a photo of Jase + Oliver. It looks mostly like this — me wrangling both of them and trying to get them to simultaneously sit still. Basically trying to work a miracle. Lol. Thanks to my sister Kristi for helping us snap a few photos!^^


^^Always on the move. And ALWAYS trying to grab stuff.^^

Anyhow, at SIX MONTHS our adorable little bunny…

…Officially started crawling (after a month of bear-crawl-style-standing and trying oh so hard to get the coordination down to really get moving) and is now a super speedy crawling machine (even fast enough to dump Oliver’s water dish over if we aren’t on our game.)

…Is making more and more adorable baby sounds every day. I’m pretty certain his first words are right around the corner! (Spoiler Alert!!! The teachers at daycare told me he said “mama” three times last week – which is technically past the 6-month mark, so I’ll save the “official” post for seven months if we start hearing Jason say it too! And let’s not lie, I have definitely “practiced” “MA-MA” with Jase WAY more than “DA-DA”.)

…Wants to touch and feel E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G!!! If he can get his hands on it, he will. Period.

…Has tried a bunch of different baby purees, but I’d say his top favs at six months are pears and bananas! Fruit in general has been a huge hit!

…Loves jumping as hard as he can in the exersaucer…which is not necessarily meant to be a jumper, but Jason apparently didn’t get the memo.

…Is still a SUPER fan of bath time and thinks it’s hilarious to kick and splash in his cutie whale bath.

…Is mesmerized by Oliver and tracks him in and out of a room whenever possible (and given the chance, Jason also LOVES sneaking in a pet or two when Oliver is nearby.)

…Wants to stand SOOOOO bad. I think we are going to have a walker by 9 months, whether we like it or not!

…And TEETH!!!!!!!!! OMG, we went from just the bottom two (that came in at 3.5 months) to now a third toofer (the top right of his two front teeth!).

Happy SIX months sweet baby. xoxo.

from LAHOWIND http://lahowind.com/2016/11/04/6-months/


Happy Halloweenie!

From our adorable S-U-P-E-R B-A-B-Y!!!!!!!!!!!!


I’m so thankful for my sister Susan who convinced me to dress Jase up in this cutie hand-me-down superman costume she gave us so that our first Halloween would be well-documented. And now, just a day later, I know that I am going to L-O-V-E looking back on these photos years down the road.


Although Jase is not quite ready to enjoy the sugary highs of Halloween, he still managed to partake in other fall festivities throughout the month including his first trip to the pumpkin patch (and second trip! bc this crazy mama wasn’t thrilled with our first attempt at photos), a Halloween costume parade at school where Jase wore his skeleton jammies, and fun trick-or-treating festivities at our friend’s house the night of Halloween.


Oh, and we of course attempted a “sibling” photo with Oliver too, but in typical photographer-kid fashion ^^both^^ of my babies refused to look at the camera. These were the best I could manage. Lol.

…October, you were such a great month! See ya next year. xoxo.

from LAHOWIND http://lahowind.com/2016/11/01/happy-halloweenie/

Science & Sailing Come Together in Belize for a Dolphin Research Project

Originally printed in SAIL Magazine, August 2016 It had been months, but the email I was waiting for finally came in. “I think it’s going to work out … Will confirm Monday,” was all it said, but I jumped to my feet. Hello Ocean, our research foundation, was about to launch Expedition Underway, its very first research-under-sail expedition. Thanks to …

from Sailing, Simplicity, and the Pursuit of Happiness http://sailingsimplicity.com/science-sailing-come-together-in-belize-for-a-dolphin-research-project/

5 Months!

FIVE. MONTHS. OLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Last week, we woke up and had a five month old in the house. Unreal.


This past month was a total blur.

I went back to work full-time. Jase started school during the day. And we spent every moment in between soaking up as many snuggles as possible. He is seriously the best little bunny we could have ever dreamt of.

Jereme says it all the time, but Jason is really coming into his little personality. He’s such an easy going, adorable little lovebug. So full of smiles, laughter, and cute expressions. I can’t get enough.

This last month was full of LOTS of new things for us all…here are our updates:

…At our 4-month checkup, Jase weighed 18lbs. and was in the 86th percentile for both height and weight. No shocker there.

…We tried our very first foods!!! Oatmeal cereal was a total bust. Next up, we gave homemade baby food a go and whipped up sweet potatoes in our baby brezza. Sweet potaters were a HUGE hit! We have since fed Jase sweet potatoes a handful of times and he really seems to love them. We gave green beans a whirl last week. Those are definitely a no-go for Jase. Lol. He was like “nope. not happening.” I think we may have a few sweet potato + you-name-the-veggie combo purees in our future. ;)))

…We also started school/daycare this month. Jase is the youngest babe in his infant class of six at The Village School and has adjusted pretty darn well after his first few weeks (although, let’s be real, his naps are the pits while at school and he comes home SUPER exhausted most days).

…We also got our very first cold. Yuck. Probably a result of ^^that^^.

…Jase still has only the two teeth. Although we really thought he was cutting two more on the bottom (I’m sure they will bust through any day now).

…Jase, you are a smiling + laughing machine. (All the ladies at school love that you smile all day long and rarely, if ever, cry.)

…We’ve been to the beach twice this month, and are starting to make that our little weekend tradition. Jason and I really love getting out there early (while we still have it all to our selves) and lounging on the sand for an hour or two.

…We clearly need to invest in a jumparoo because Jase treats our (more stationary) exersaucer likes it’s his personal trampoline. It is the most hilarious thing ever.

…And, you little baby, want to crawl SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO darn bad. You are so so close…getting up on your knees and rocking that tushy back and forth. I know we are going to have our hands full once you are legit mobile. ;)))

We managed a little impromptu photo shoot this morning at the beach. Here are a few favorites…


“Putting out the vibes…” ;)))


from LAHOWIND http://lahowind.com/2016/09/18/5-months/

Giving The Old Girl A Little Dry Time

Another summer sailing season is winding down in Maine, although September is absolutely spectacular sailing up here, and the anchorages are empty, so you can easily find a spot in some of those popular spots like Buckle and Pulpit Harbor. But for Norseman 447 Rocinante, she’s found a spot ashore. It’s time to give her bottom a little Vitamin D. It’s been …

from Sailing, Simplicity, and the Pursuit of Happiness http://sailingsimplicity.com/giving-the-old-girl-a-little-dry-time/

New Flares Again?

Our summer season sailing season is winding down. The past 15 months of living, sailing, working, swimming, hosting, teaching, reefing, and beating into some big waves have been great, but it’s time to give our old girl a rest, some TLC, and a few upgrades. It’s also time for some of the more mundane re-occurring tasks… EPRIB registration renewal, Vessel Documentation renewal, and checking …

from Sailing, Simplicity, and the Pursuit of Happiness http://sailingsimplicity.com/new-flares-again/

4 Months!

I say it every month, but seriously how is our little bunny already FOUR MONTHS OLD?????????


^^I know, Jason. You’re like “what the what????” I feel the same way little baby. It’s CRAZY.

But in all seriousness, this little love bug. He is so sweet. Always happy. He is the very best part of every day for me. He is just the best.

Somehow, I only managed to bust out the “big camera” one time last month for a little photo sesh with him. Sad, but true. Here are a few favorites on the beautiful afghan my Grandma knitted years ago for future babies she knew I (and my sisters) would have. She made several baby afghans for my sisters and I while we were all still in college. Unfortunately, she passed away my junior year at U.F. and my mom kept these for each of us until we each had our babies. I love that my Grandma had the forethought and took the time to do something so very special for each of us (she made at least 7 of these that I know of), and I know she is watching over us (alongside my Grandad) and loving seeing Jason enjoy the afghan she made! She would have especially LOVED Jason’s red hair! :)))


Here are the updates on this little guy’s last month…

…starting with the most unexpected…he cut TWO teeth. At just over 3 months, the first started coming through, quickly followed by tooth #2. (Which was insane because he is SO young and doesn’t know how to chew on a teething toy or anything yet! Plain old distraction (from what I’m sure is painful teething) has really been our only remedy.)

…has definitely mastered rolling over. I am bawling my eyes out just thinking about how soon he will be crawling.

…has become super aware and super grabby. Jason looks around when he hears an interesting or loud noise wanting to see exactly what’s going on (and always needs to scope out Oliver’s location when he hears him bark). He also wants to get his hands on EVERYTHING (hair, limbs, toys, you name it).

…is constantly babbling his adorable baby sounds. They are THE BEST.

…lights up when daddy comes home from work. He loves seeing daddy and gets super duper smiley when Jereme walks in the house.

…started using the exersaucer and (I think) he loves it! It’s like watching a really drunk person try to do anything coordinated, but he is definitely getting the hang of it.

…is still rocking naptime with a solid morning and afternoon nap. He’s also moving towards longer nighttime stretches of sleep getting a combined 11 to 12 hours on the regular and only waking for one feeding.

…and is still a rockstar dining partner when Jer and I go out to eat. We’ve never had a single issue and I’d love to keep it that way, but I know we’re already on borrowed time for some kind of public meltdown.

This past month flew by SO insanely fast! I’m excited to see what the next few months bring for us. Here are a few photos from last month…

Jason’s first trip to the beach (Sanibel Island)
All the Shaidle cousins!
Impromptu photos on the big camera one day after daddy got home from work.
Last weekend with all his cousins on the Young side!


from LAHOWIND http://lahowind.com/2016/08/18/4-months/