It's All About Coco

It's All About Coco
The Love Of Our Life

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Article in Parenting Magazine

At the end of the summer, we were approached by a writer from Parenting Magazine who lives in Scarsdale. She had seen our wedding announcement and article in She mentioned that she was writing an article on the "New Normal" and asked if we would be willing to be featured. We had a lot of fun with the process. Coco was a superstar for the photo shoot. It was getting pretty close to her naptime, but yet she was in a great mood. Apparently, Parenting has a subscription base of 2 million nationwide.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Halloween in WeHo

The whole family went to LA on October 22nd 1) so that Chris could attend an industry conference, 2) to scope out housing and schools for our UPCOMING MOVE!, and 3) to attend our first trimester screening for Coco's little sister! I guess we don't have that much going on these days. We were going to be there until November 1, so Victor made sure that Coco had ample choices for Halloween costumes. We actually carried out three different outfits, and Coco got to wear them all at various points during the day.

The first look of the day was the Cheerleader (**surprise, surprise** given Victor's history of Cheerleading during his UVA days). Much to Victor's chagrin, this was probably her least favorite outfit of the day. She pranced around West Hollywood in the park in her Cheerleader outfit during the morning.

The next outfit was Goldilocks. It had three little bears in the pockets...very cute.

Goldilocks walking back from the park on Robertson. Coco loved running around in the Parking lot to the right at the John Varvatos store.

We both agree that her favorite outfit was Supergirl! Here Victor is helping her with her takeoff as she flies accross the living room.

We were staying just two blocks south of Santa Monica Boulevard, where the Halloween street fair was taking place. We strolled up there right after dark. We expected to find a parade, like there is in the village in NYC, but it is really more of a street fair, with just hoardes of people walking around in their outfits and a bunch of stages with various acts. There was music coming out of the Abbey. Poppy was feeling it a little more than Coco was. We were all in bed and asleep by 8:30 pm, so we probably did not get the full West Hollywood Halloween experience.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Almost 3 Feet Tall??? How Did That Happen?

We went to the doctor last week for a checkup and Coco had a great report. I realize I say this everytime we come back from the doctor, but we are so grateful that she has been blessed with good health. Coco seems to be continuing on her track of being taller than her Poppy one day. Here are her stats:

28.6 pounds 90th Percentile
34.6 inches 95th Percentile

Head 85th Percentile

What??? 34.6 inches??? That is almost three feet! How did that happen?? It is pretty clear to see how fast she is growing when we were going through her drawers last week to put aside those close that don't fit her. Victor went away to LA for three days last week and swears that she grew while he was away.

Ok...I know...this is not the most ladylike pose. We will work on that in time. But that face is priceless if I do say so myself. The Luiso family gave her that bathing suit which is absolutely hysterical. It goes perfectly with her skin tone. Coco went from being ok with the beach last summer, to not really liking it when we were in St. Lucia last May, to really loving digging in the sand towards the end of the Fire Island season, much to the dismay of anyone trying to get the sand out of her hair.

Who knew that having a daughter would revive Victor's inner cheerleader??? As many of you may know, Victor was the co-Captain of the University of Virginia cheerleading team when he was there in the early 90's. Coco LOVES being thrown around. Usually when you put her down she shouts MORE!! I keep encouraging Victor to come up with a workout that parents can do with their kids. She is almost 30 pounds afterall!

Grandpa made a MAJOR breakthrough with Coco in early September! When he was staying with us during Memorial Day, Coco was particularly clingy and would not give Grandpa the time of day. She was a little warmer to Grandma in May, but just a little bit. This time they were BFFs. Coco walked over to Grandpa and handed him her "baby". A clear signal that he was ok.

Coco's hair is so much fun. It is curly and makes these great ringlets. This is one of my favorite of Coco's expressions.

Coco looks like such a little girl in this photo compared to last summer where she was just barely able to sit up on her own. This summer she was running, talking, playing, digging in the sand, meeting new friends, etc.

We had an "end of summer" dinner at our house a couple of weeks ago with some of our close friends. We asked them what was the highlight of their summer was and almost all of them said, "watching Coco grow up".

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Letter to the Editor - Rye Record

We were very touched to see this letter to the Editor in the Rye Record. We did not realize this, but the Gazebo where we got Married on the Town Green in Rye was a memorial to the victims of 9/11. The woman who co-created the memorial wrote in to say how happy she was to see the gazebo used for our wedding ceremony. Here is the letter.


Dear Editor,

As president of Rye September 11th 2001 Memorial, Inc. and co-creator of the September 11th Gazebo on the Village Green, I want to express my happiness at reading that our gazebo was the site of a wedding ceremony for Chris Fraley and Victor Self. While I do not personally know the newlyweds, I speak for my entire committee of family and friends who lost a loved one almost ten years ago when I say this is the most beautiful affirmation that life does indeed carry on. Our dear Sean, who was killed on September 11th 2001, and whose name is inscribed on a plaque at our gazebo, would be so touched to know this memorial is also serving as a place of happiness and celebration, and not one of only sadness and grief.So, I offer my heartfelt congratulations to the new couple, Mr. Fraley and Mr. Self, and wish them a long, happy, and healthy life together. And I thank them for choosing the gazebo as the place to officially begin their married life.

Sincerely,Holly O’Neill-Melville

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Coco at 18 months

Coco turned 18 months on August 4th! This has been such a fun age to be a part of. Her personality is really starting to show. She has a great sense of humor and loves to play hide and seek.

We are very fortunate that Coco has a pretty good appetite. She loves tomatos, she will take one the size of an orange and eat the whole thing like an apple, right down to the stem. She also loves asparagus and eats them like they are a piece of licorice. She would eat pizza every day if we let her and she has developed a very strong preference for "shummies" (gummy bears)...could that be genetic??

We are very fortunate with her sleeping habits. Going down to bed at night is rarely a problem. In fact, she usually tells us that she is ready for bed. We know that this can change as she gets older, but we are enjoying it while it lasts. She might get up once during the night, but generally she is a very sound sleeper.

Coco is incredibly active. Yesterday Poppy took her to breakfast in Cherry Grove. She walked all the way from our house at Bay and Pine in the Pines to the center of town in Cherry Grove. I kept trying to pick her up, thinking that she would be tired and she would squirm and say "Walk!". The walk had to be well over a mile. After breakfast she got up and started running around again and walked most of the way back home. Her back is one solid muscle. The other day during a playdate at a friends house, she slipped and fell into the pool. Before she was underwater, she grabbed onto the side of the pool and held herself up, bicepts bulging, much to the amazement of everyone watching.

She is a little chatterbox! It is amazing how much she understands. It seems like every week she is coming up with something new. I got very excited when she started putting two words together. The other day, she was up very early so Poppy took her to see the sunrise on the beach. She pointed in a easterly direction and said "Sun coming!!"

This pic looks like a mix between an Intensati pose and lip-synching at a rock concert. The contrast with the girly bows is classic.

In downtown Rye on the way from our wedding ceremony on the town green to Frankie and Johnnies, where the reception was. Coco was a perfect angel at the event. It was incredibly hot and humid, but she held up well in her big puffy white dress.

She is a big fan of music making. There was a mini bongo drum at the house in the Pines, as well as a mini xylophone, which have both been big hits.

Joe Conforti and Doug Jakubowski gave Coco this crocodile which is one of her favorite toys. She named it "croc" and loves to walk it down the boardwalks in Fire Island. She used it so much that the head fell off. Victor went and bought another one, which is actually a hedgehog, but it was enough to satisfy her.

This is one of my favorite faces of Coco's. She gets into a laughing fit and lets out the funniest expression.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Shout out to Coco!

Senator Oppenhiemer gives Coco a shout out!

Blurb in

We were very honored to have state Senator Suzi Oppenheimer attend our wedding. She fought tirelessly for the Marriage Equality Bill including co-sponsoring the original bill.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Friday, July 22, 2011

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend with Grandma and Grandpa

Grandma and Grandpa came to visit us in Fire Island for Memorial Day weekend. It was one of the first beach weekends for us with great weather. As with most people that she doesn't see on a daily basis, it took a little while for Coco to warm up to Grandma and Grandpa, but she was holding court in no time.

One of the routines at the beach is Coco's and Nene's early morning long walk on the beach. We usually stop by the Winterling/Peck residence and Eric and Casey (Nene's "cousin" from the same breeder) join us. Nene loves to chase that miniature tennis ball in her mouth.

Beach walk #2 of the day with Grandma.

Coco holding court on the beach with Grandma and Grandpa. Mr. Michael and Mr. John in the background.

Sitting on our back patio after lunch. This was one of Coco's last opportunities to grab Daddy's hair!! Victor cut his dreads off the following week.

"If you're happy and you know it..." is a big hit with Coco. It is sure to get her giggling. Grandma is clearly on the "shout hooray!" stanza.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Coco at 16 months

Coco was 16 months last Friday! She had her check up last week and got her latest stats. She is 32 inches tall and 26 pounds, 2 ounces and is in the 90th percentile for both height and weight. We are soo blessed that she has had almost perfect health (just the sniffles and an occassional rash)

She is turning into a little chatterbox and has a growing vocabulary of probably 30-40 words. It is amazing how much she understands. If we ask her, "Coco, can you bring me by glasses?" she will usually pick them up and bring them over. If we ask her, "what sound does a duck make?" she will start quacking. One of the cutest things she does is say her own name. When we say, "Coco, what is your name?" She will say something that sounds like gogo.

Coco definitely likes her independence even at this age (yikes! ...foreshadowing???). She much prefers to feed herself, even though she makes a mess. Right before it is time to go to bed, she usually has one last burst of energy where she starts running around in circles. Thank goodness she is great at bedtime (**knocking on wood**) and usually goes right to bed without any fuss. She has a very active social life with playdates almost every day.

Coco's hair is getting long enough now that we can start doing cute things with it. Here she is all dressed up for Poppy's birthday dinner.

She looks sooo cute with her hair slicked back after her evening bath.

Coco chillin in her favorite chair with one of her birthday present dresses on.

Coco loves books, but the pop up ones usually don't last very long because she loves to rip the pieces out.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

St Lucia

On April 21st we left for our first international trip with Coco to St. Lucia. (it was actually April 22nd for Chris since he discovered that his passport expired the night before we were supposed to leave...but that is another story). We were obviously very nervous about the would Coco do on the plane? would she sleep?...etc. As it turned out, everything worked out great! Coco was a gem on both flights.

Our voyage was based upon a fitness retreat that Victor was asked to teach at the Cap Maison resort. The event occured from Thursday, April 28th through May 1. About 20 fitness fanatics from Westchester joined. We went down a week early to have some R&R before the event. Despite several days of continuous rain, the event was a great success!

One of the highlights of the trip was being able to finally dress Coco up in the many summer outfits and bathing suits that she received for her birthday.

Last summer, Coco could not get enough of the pool. She would sit in her little flotation device and splash around gleefully. For some reason, she was not so into the pool on this trip, unfortunately. She is also still a bit intimidated by the ocean. We think maybe the waves are a bit loud for her.

By the end of the trip, though, she seemed to love to sit by the edge of the pool and dip her feet in. Here she is sitting with Daddy in a cute little bathing suit that the Luisos gave her.

Poppy saw this adorable little "skirtini" in the Chasing Fireflies catalogue and had to get it for little Miss Coco!

While the main part of the beach was very overwhelming for her, we were able to lure Coco in to splash around in this little cove that was pretty protected from the waves. Maria from Chris' office gave Coco this cute little frilly one piece.

Chillin' with Daddies

Poppy was in Miami browsing through a baby store on Lincoln Road and saw these cute little Havianas for babies. So cute!

Roadtrip to Provincetown

We headed up to Provincetown to celebrate Grammy's 65th birthday. It was our first road trip in at least 6 months. Coco was a gem on the trip up. She slept for a couple of hours and caught up on her favorite Elmo video. It is funny how she already can make her preferences known about which videos she likes to watch. Unfortunately, she really only likes one video, which she is happy to watch over and over again...much to the chagrin of Poppy.

Coco got a little disoriented in the new environment and panicked at night when she woke up and did not realize where she was. I guess that is understandable given that she has slept in the same crib for the last 6 months.

One of Coco's favorite activities is walking Baby. It is so funny watching her personality develop. She tends to be We went for a walk on the Moors in PTown at the very end of Bradford Street. I thought we would leave the stroller by the road, but Coco was very focused on walking baby across the dunes. Coco is a little bundle of energy and I was curious to see how far she could walk with the stroller. She kept going and going...we must have walked about a mile...I wonder where she gets that from??

Coco playing peek-a-boo with Michelle at Grammy's birthday luncheon. The gorgeous red dress was a gift from Granny Self.

Coco with the Birthday Gal.

I love it when Daddy gives me kisses!

Coco on the Dunes! The first of many many dune walks in her life!

Saturday, March 26, 2011


Springtime has finally arrived in New York!! Just in time. When Coco started walking, it was rough keeping her cooped up in the house all day. We had a foot of snow outside and everything was a sloppy mess. She wanted to run around and get some exercise (I wonder where she gets that from??) One of our favorite activities is to go on long walks. Rye has a lot of great places to go (Playland, the nature trails, etc).

This pic is taken from our neighbor's yard. Two weeks before it was taken, the grass was covered with a foot of snow. It all melted and hundreds of lavendar crocuses popped up! I don't remember it doing that last year. It only lasted a few days. I think the deer came by and gobbled them all up.

On one of our long walks on Rye Playland boardwalk. Coco loves to hold Nene's leash. She feel like a big girl. We usually don't let her keep it that long since Nene is not so crazy about it.

Coco grinning with some teeth! She has the same adorable two front teeth like her Daddy and Granny!

Cruising down the main street in Old Greenwich with Mr. Sock.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

One year check up

Coco went to the doctor this week for her one year check up. She weighed in at 25 pounds, 6 ounces, which is the 90th percentile for her age. Her height was 31 inches, which is the 95th percentile. She grew one inch since her last checkup at 9 months.

She has about 10 words that she uses pretty regularly. Dada, Nene, Bye bye, night night, baba (bottle). Our favorite is her use of the word "hot". We originally used the word to dissuade her from touching the light bulb at the desk lamp in her room. Now she uses it to refer to any source of light. She will point to any light fixture, or the sun, and say "hot"! Our least favorite word in her vocabulary is "NO", which she has unfortunately mastered at a young age.

Last week Coco went to two birthday parties. One was at the Little Gym in Scarsdale where she got to play on the mats. Not easy to navigate the mats in skinny jeans. Next time Daddies will dress her in sweats.
For the most part, Coco has a great appetite. She could eat fruit all day long (grapes and blueberries especially). Although she is a little more picky when it comes to veggies and meats. She much prefers to feed herself. At the birthday party last week, she grabbed the piece of pizza and started chomping down.
One of her gifts for her birthday was this stroller. She loves walking around the house with it.