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[Kerean] This summer was really, really fun!

We traveled outside of California as a family of four for the very first time. This meant an exciting milestone for Kira. Her very first plane ride. She was a CHAMP! Not a single meltdown the entire time from Los Angeles to Buffalo and then by car to Rochester, New York! Our happy, playful baby is truly just that.

Just like her big sister, Kira loves traveling, and Maia certainly loved having Kira along. I can’t wait for all the future trips we get to take together.

In New York, we got to see cousins we hadn’t seen since I was pregnant with Maia. Kira got to swim in a lake for the first time. Maia was a flower girl in a wedding for the first time and we got to reconnect with friends—mostly my MBA friends from Penn State.

I will make a series of posts to capture our time traveling to and being in New York followed by other fun things we did this summer, which includes Matthew and me celebrating 8 years of marriage with a road trip to Monterey, CA via Highway 1.

Kira looking out the window of the airplane

Kira Looking Out the Window Of the Airplane

Maia and Dad Walking Through the Airport

Maia and Dad Walking Through the Airport

Cousin Laura Meets Kira

Cousin Laura Meets Kira

Met up with Cousins - Cousin Sam Walks up and Steals a Kiss.

Cousin Sam Walks up and Steals a Maia Kiss

Swimming in Keuka Lake - One of the Finger Lakes

Swimming in Keuka Lake – One of the Finger Lakes

Fun with Daddy in Keuka Lake

Fun with Daddy in Keuka Lake

At the cousin's cabin on the lake after a swim

At the Cousins’ Cabin on the Lake After a Swim

Maia and Kaya Reunited after Three Years

Maia and Kaya Reunited after Three Years

Meet up with MBA Friends

Meet up with MBA Friends – Sinem & Son Kaya

The whole MBA gang with spouses and kids

The MBA Gang with Spouses and Kids. In Rochester for Ekaterina’s Wedding.

Night Out with Ekaterina and Vanessa

Night Out with Ekaterina and Vanessa


Kira_02months[Matt] At the end of March, Kerean went back to work on a 4-10 schedule, which means she works Monday through Thursday, 10 hours per day (telecommuting on Mondays, which is nice because her commute is more than 30 miles each way). With Kerean once again very busy with work, I have become the primary caregiver Mondays through Thursdays. By working Fridays and Saturdays I am able to extend my 6-week family leave to cover the entire 10-week Spring quarter, so I do not have to teach. This “Daddy Day Care” has been a great arrangement because (a) Kira didn’t have to start regular day care at the tender age of two months and (b) I get a chance to bond with her at a very early age and learn what’s it’s like to care for an infant — a chance I never had with Maia and will never have again (no, we’re not planning to have any more children).

Kira_03months This schedule is punishing, though, and we only get one day per week (normally Sunday) together as a family. We’re so busy that time is rushing past us. The first month has already gone, and here are two photos to bookend it. At 2 months old, Kira was already smiling, cooing, and looking around. She weighed 14 lbs, 6 oz at her 2-month checkup. She also received the full slew of vaccinations—the afternoon after that appointment was my most challenging experience with her yet, she cried for 45 minutes straight, fell asleep, and then whimpered in her slumber as I held her for 2 more hours.

Now, at 3 months, she has gotten very good at holding up her head and is already trying to sit up. She is a great sleeper—she often takes 2-3 hour “marathon naps” that leave me with time to get other things done, like this blog post! Kira and I enjoy long walks in the morning, usually 3 to 5 miles, and she’ll either have a marathon nap then or be awake for part of the time and looking around. We haven’t weighed her recently, but she is eating very well and certainly growing! Take a look back at Kira’s 1 month photos to appreciate the difference.

During this past month, Kira got to meet and hang out with quite a few visiting relatives: Aunt Lydia, Uncle Romaine, Gram, Aunt Abby, Uncle Scott and Cousin Henry! Like I said, a busy time!

[Kerean] Fun fact: Kira didn’t have an official one-month birthday! She was born January 29 and since there were only 28 days in February, we celebrated her first month in early March.

I am committing to photograph her in our blue chair all the way up to her 12th month. I had attempted this with Maia though it appears I am missing her 12th month picture on the blog: https://babypovich.wordpress.com/photography/

Happy first month to our beautiful Kira who is already seducing us with her cooing and smiles.



[Kerean] Kira at home at 13 days old.


Kira at 13 Days Old


Kira at 13 Days Old.


Little Sister PJs Maia Picked Out.

Little Sister PJs Big Sister Maia Picked Out.


Kira at 13 Days Old.



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