Without a doubt one of the highlights of our trip was taking Johannes to one of the biggest aquariums in Europe…the L’Oceanographic. 

L’Oceanographic is part of a large complex called the City of Arts and Sciences, an entertainment based cultural and architectural complex, designed by the Spanish architects Santiago Calatrava and Felix Candela.  The complex is fascinating and inspiring.  You feel as though you are walking into the future as you stroll along the white mosaic walkways and glance at the futuristic buildings. 

We decided to walk from one end of the complex to where the aquarium was, and took some photos along the way.   The architecture was beautiful and it set up the whole day for us at the aquarium.

{City of Arts and Sciences}

It was the perfect outing and baby J LOVED the fishes.  I’m not sure if its because we watch Nemo with him, or because the big fish were moving all around him…but he was fascinated and just smiled and giggled at everything.  It was lovely to see.

We will have to take him to the zoo soon and have him see the big lions!

{watching the belugas intently}

{beautiful belugas}

{daddy and baby J at L’Oceanographic}

Mr. Social Butterfly

I am still quite  a few picture posts behind on all our trip photos, so today and tomorrow I’m dedicating it to finally bringing you all up to speed on our travels.

Baby J was quite the star during our trip.  Everyone wanted to hold him, and he was passed around like a hot potato for almost the entire time we were there.  And he LOVED every minute of it!

Whether we were enjoying a leisurely afternoon snack at one of the many outdoor patios, or being snuggled in our living room, baby J was Mr. social butterfly.  Since coming home he has had to re-adjust to a more moderate amount of snuggles…but I think he’s done quite well.

{snuggles with aunty M}

{kisses from daddy}

{smooches from uncle Faust}

{baby J carried around by Miss T}

{not a baby photo….but rather a photo of our patio snacks}

Wonder Girls

{Photography by Carly Taylor Photography}

I am still feeling rather nostalgic today so the beautiful family photography of Carly from Carly Taylor Photography is the perfect photography post!  There is something so elegant and lovely about black and white photography, especially when it is combined with an editorial photography twist.  Carly does such a beautiful job capturing the special little subtleties of family and the perfect mom-child bond.  I am simply smitten with this session!  Lovely!!

{Photography by Carly Taylor Photography}

Proud to be a Mom

I had quite a busy past weekend, a wedding, baby J’s baptism, bestie visiting, workouts and on-going work calls that kept me up late into the night.  Needless to say I am feeling rather exhausted on this Monday morning and very nostalgic for some reason.  I keep reflecting on the past five and a half months, on all that has happened and how quick the time flies. 

Sometimes I wish I could slow time down.  As if I just cannot get in enough hugs in a day, or tell baby J “I love him” often enough. 

I am reflecting on how much my life has changed and how different of a person I am. 

I have never been happier.  Giving birth to Johannes was my greatest success and biggest accomplishment.  I am so proud to be a mom, it is amazing, and mine and my husband’s relationship has never been better.

I remember how much closer we got during my labour and first few days of baby J’s life.  We keep growing and thriving as a family and that makes me happy.

Today is a good day…and I’m excited to make the most of it {even during nap times}.

{J’s birthday}

{J and I at 2 days old}


{1 week old}

{first time at the beach}


{baby J at bed time}

Roasted Pear & Banana Puree

Last week I came across a really amazing website, the type of website I’ve been looking for since I found out I was pregnant, but somehow never came across!  Weelicious!  The website dedicated to healthy and delicious meals for babies, toddlers and the whole family, for me comes at a time when I need it most.  Since I am just now starting to introduce Johannes to solids, and since I am insanely obsessed with only feeding him fresh, organic foods that I make myself, Weelicious is just what I’ve been looking for.

Catherine McCord started Weelicious as a way to help busy moms {like herself} create fast, healthy, fresh recipes for the “wee-ones” and get them involved in the kitchen.  I instantly fell inlove with Weelicious, and like Catherine I also feel like it is so important to cook with your children, to let them experiment with foods and make them feel involved.  I do this with baby J every time I make him his meals {provided that he is awake for it}.  Normally I have him sit in his highchair, on the other side of the breakfast bar and give him whole fruits or veggies {only if they are big enought to not be easily swallowed} while explaining what it is that I’m doing and why.  At 5 and a half months Johannes is fascinated by everything, and he can spend a good 30 minutes just checking and rechecking his carrot…I love it!

I contacted Catherine last week, and she was so incredibly nice and allowed me to try one of her recipes and post it on here.  Which brings me to this delicious baby food recipe:  Roasted Pear and Banana Puree{Catherine’s recipe below}

Roast Pear & Banana Puree (Makes 6 Servings)

2 Bananas, cut into 1 inch pieces

2 Pears, peeled and cut into wedges (I used Bartlett pears)

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Place the bananas and pears on a parchment paper or Silpat lined baking sheet.

3. Roast for 25 minutes.
4. Puree until smooth.


5. Cool and serve.

I made the puree myself  and it was a HUGE hit with baby J {and secretly, Michael too…he also loved it}. 

Thank you Catherine, for allowing me to share your delicious baby food recipe!