A couple of months ago I gave birth to a big healthy baby boy (over 9 lbs). He is my second baby in two years and the recovery process was a lot slower than my first. I didn’t surf as long into my pregnancy the second time (30 weeks vs. 32 weeks) and I waited a bit longer to get back in the water after having my son than my daughter (7 weeks vs. 5). Those two weeks on either end may not seem like much, but they did to me.
When I finally got back in the water after 4 months off the board, I was slow, weak, and out of rhythm with the ocean. These clips were taken in my first two weeks back in the water.
Luckily my son is a very mellow baby who is happy to chill out on the beach while mama goes surfing. My daughter is 2 and loves the ocean and has started asking to catch waves with me. Here’s a snapshot of our surfing life from the past week.
It’s been a while since Luna has wanted to get on the board in the ocean. We didn’t want to force it, preferring to wait until she asked. The last few days she has been asking. Yesterday morning she surprised us by riding her first few waves solo. She was even paddling back to dad (with some pushes from mom) after each ride. We didn’t have a camera.
Today, armed with a GoPro we tried again. The waves were a little bit bigger and more consistent so she was a little more nervous, but she did get this one great ride and ended it with a big smile!
It’s been a while since Luna has wanted to get on the board in the ocean. We didn’t want to force it, preferring to wait until she asked. The last few days she has been asking. Yesterday morning she surprised us by riding her first few waves solo. She was even paddling back to dad (with some pushes from mom) after each ride. We didn’t have a camera. Continue reading Luna’s First Solo Waves
These shots of Luna on a bike, in the park, at the beach, in the rain, and looking at monkeys were taken right around her first birthday. So fun to look back.
Playing at the beach in front of our house in Costa Rica.
It’s September and I’ve finally got enough internet to upload this little video, so even though it’s only a couple of months old it feels like a flashback. Here are a few highlights from our life in Nicaragua with Luna as a 9 and 10 months old. She’s walking, surfing, and loving the water.
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.
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
Little Luna is growing up so fast. She’s now 4.5 months old and really getting into the beach lifestyle. She loves the ocean! Her skin is really fair, so I try to keep her covered up if we play at the beach midday. I found this super cute little full-body zip-up rashguard by SwimZip. It’s called “sassy surfer” which of course I find very appropriate. The hat is by IPlay.
During a retreat last month we had an Amiga who is an amazing photographer by the name of Abbey Moore. She shot these gorgeous photos of my girl and I playing at the beach. Check out her site via the link for more photos from our home in Nicaragua.
Continue reading Beach Baby Photos
When we planned to head back to Los Angeles for Christmas I was really excited to pull on a thick wetsuit and paddle out into the cold clear kelpy water. The beach is so hot in Nicaragua and I was looking forward to bundling up my little bundle and chilling along the Southern Californian coastline.
Continue reading Luna Goes to the Cove