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Luna’s First Wave

“When is she going to catch her first wave?” I’d been asked that question a few times and always answered “when it seems like the right time.”

I didn’t want to force it. The last thing I wanted was for her to wipeout, have a bad experience, and then develop a fear that would take years to overcome. I was happy with her being happy playing at the water’s edge or splashing her little feet in the shallowest water.

Then one bright sunny day I decided to try pulling her on a boogie board along the wet sand. I started slow and checked in with her often and saw that she was liking it!

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She even wiped out and rolled off into the sand once, but was willing to get back on. Then we started getting a little too brave and close to the water. A small wave came up and hit her on the side and dumped her off into the shallow water. I scooped her up immediately, but she had a face full of salty sand. It was up her nose, in her ears, and stuck in her eyelashes. She cried a bit but it seemed that she was more scared by my reaction. I was worried that the game was over, but she got back on the board.

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A few days later the waves were really small and the tide was perfect. Little tiny whitewash waves were breaking in knee deep water and rolling gently towards shore. There was a 9’6 on the beach so we grabbed it and waded out ’til we were about waist deep. One of our instructors was there to help out. She positioned the board and I sat down with my legs out in front of me and held the little girl in my lap. When the right wave came in, the instructor pushed us in and we rode towards shore.

luna mama kaseyluna wave bestThe first wave, she was dancing her little legs around and we rode all the way in. We ended up catching four waves like that and I was so happy! She wasn’t laughing like crazy, or crying in fear. She seemed to be very serious about it, watching and taking it all in.

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A little while later I decided to try it with a boogie board. I waited for a gentle little wave, plopped her down on the board and then laid down on top of her and we rode that one all the way in also. That, she didn’t seem to like as much. Maybe the water was too close to her face, maybe she didn’t like me on top of her, or maybe she was just like, “Mama, I don’t want to be a boogie boarder, I want to surf!”

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There is absolutely no rush, but I do hope she falls in love with surfing as I have so that in a few years we’ll be able to share waves together.

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Bringing Baby to the Office

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Living in Nicaragua has many benefits. Warm water, awesome weather, the ability to walk barefoot most of the day most days and wear the same clothing multiple days in a row without anyone batting an eye. It’s great for lightening the laundry load, toughening the feet, and deepening the smile lines.

It’s also great for spending a lot of time with baby. My sister, who lives in the Los Angeles area, has said that she often feels that she had a baby for someone else to hang out with. She works a ton and has to pay for a nanny to watch her daughter 5 days a week. I also work a lot but luckily I can bring my little girl to work.

I do employ a local friend who helps me with Luna while I surf. In the first few months that basically entailed holding her in the shade or rocking her in a hammock while she slept. Now that she’s nearly a year old, it means walking her on the beach.

During the Surf Yoga Retreats Luna comes along and plays at the water’s edge while I surf. I hold her while congratulating an Amiga on an awesome ride, or giving some advice on foot placement. I love being able to hang out with her all day long even while I work.

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Luna at the Beach 8.5 Months Old

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At 8.5 months old Luna is super mobile. She’s a really fast crawler and she’s not content just to hang out in my arms anymore. When we’re at the beach, she wants to be in the sand. This was the first time I really let her get down and sandy. She was so excited she was crawling in circles, exploring the feeling of sand between her fingers. Once she got tired of that she crawled over and asked to be helped up. These days she’s pretty steady on her feet. With just one hand held, she can walk and even run! To save my back, I often sit and let her walk circles around me. Eventually she pulls me towards the ocean. This afternoon we did several cycles – crawl, get sandy, walk to the ocean, rinse off in the warm water, walk back to shore, crawl, get sandy, repeat. So much fun. Continue reading Luna at the Beach 8.5 Months Old

Luna Meets Two Very Interesting Animals in Nicaragua

11352456_402201103317281_347520370_oLuna got a chance to meet two very interesting animals yesterday. The first was a BIG FAT mama pig who had just given birth to piglets 8 days ago. The piglets were super cute but napping further beyond the fence so we got up close and personal with big momma.

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The other very interesting animal was a monkey. It’s actually a bit sad since this monkey is a pet being kept at the beach on a short leash. We went over to check her out and couldn’t believe how friendly she is. She just wanted to be touched. We kept our distance at first since I wasn’t sure what she’d do, but she immediately reached out and wrapped her tail around Luna’s leg and then offered me her hand.

Our friend Nikki Poulos came over and gave her a monkey massage and then picked her up for a cuddle. The monkey leaned in and embraced her and then didn’t want to let go! The owner of the monkey wasn’t around but I’m eager to find out more about this monkey tomorrow, and bring her some fruit (she was being fed rice and beans). Cool experiences for Luna though.nikki monkey

Family Life in Costa Rica – Luna Suli at 7 Months Old

We’ve been having an amazing time in Costa Rica. Between the jungle and the beach, it’s a paradise for mom, dad and baby. We’re down here for 6 weeks running Surf Yoga Retreats for women, and on the first week a friend with an awesome camera was in attendance to capture these precious moments of the three of us together.

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Waterfall Afternoon

kim luna waterfallEvery afternoon he takes her to the waterfall. It’s a short walk. It’s a small waterfall. Just a trickle really, but there’s a cool little pool there. Waist deep on him. Just enough space for her. “kick kick kick”. “splash splash splash”.

She gasps at the chilly water. Every time. But if you put her in slowly, she starts smiling. She doesn’t mind the waterfall droplets on her face. Her little tongue twists and curls in delight – a new thing, this control of her tongue. Two tiny lower teeth show in her smile.

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Usually I’m surfing. Cheering Amigas into waves. Hoping for some sharp turns of my own. But today is particularly hot.

So while the girls stretch out in the shade of a sea-view yoga platform the three of us sneak off to the waterfall. I trail behind them a few steps clicking away at the shutter button. Capturing their time together. This precious moment, so fleeting. She’s nearly 7 months old already and growing so fast, Learning so much. It’s true what they say.

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The jungle is heavy around us. Toucans, scarlet macaws, green vine snakes, squirrel monkeys. Yesterday they watched the monkeys up close from the coolness of the pool. Last night we saw the long-tailed silhouettes in the trees above us. A family of more than a dozen complete with a baby-toting mother flying between coco fronds. We were sandy and salty looking up as the last light faded, this curious little naked creature in arms, and I.

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Now it’s daddy time. He points out shrimp in the pool, lifts a leaf, raises her above his head to get the giggles going. I balance on a rock looking through the lens at a scene I can hardly believe is my reality. Appreciating.

Hot air, green rustling leaves, pounding surf, falling water, and my two loves.

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Body Glove Surf Leggings

Living in Nicaragua I don’t worry too much about fashion. I wear the same thing every day. It definitely makes life easier that way. BUT, in running the Surf With Amigas retreats, I’m constantly exposed to ladies with super cute yoga and surf wear. Sometimes I feel like I need to upgrade my situation in order to fit in. Luckily, I picked up some new leggings by Body Glove. They’re made out of bathing suit material so they’re great for surf, yoga, or just hanging out in the tropics. They’re super cute and functional. I got tons of compliments on them right away! Here are some photos from a typical day at work/play!

All decked out in my sun protective gear. Leggings by Body Glove.
All decked out in my sun protective gear. Leggings by Body Glove.

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