Here we go again…

I’m just terrible at this whole blogging deal. I keep meaning to update, then get busy with other things (including but not limited to 2 busy little girls, a husband, a dog, a house that needed renovating, and a part time job).

Anyway, here I am again. I guess I should catch y’all up on the last five (!!!) months! Let’s just jump right into some Instagram pictures, shall we?

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1. Cesar and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary in February. Five years! I really don’t feel old enough to have been married for five years.

2. Valentine’s Day 2014- I have to say, I’m pretty sure I had the two cutest little Valentines around.

3. My girls are about 1/16th Irish, so they celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by wearing green and chowing down on corned beef and cabbage.

4. Cesar celebrated his birthday in March also. We had a yummy lunch at a newer restaurant in town with my family and his family, then had a picnic dinner and went for a walk.

5. We’ve made many trips to Disney since the last time we’ve “talked”, but this trip was particularly fun. We took Sophia and left Emma with my parents (sorry, girl!). We arrived in the early evening and closed the park down at 1am. There were hardly any people there, so we got to do so much in one night!

6. Since I found out we were expecting a second daughter, I’ve dreamt of dressing my girls in matching Easter outfits. I found these adorable dresses at Target and could not have been more excited!

7. Moving day- finally! After owning our house for almost six months, we finally moved in the middle of May. We had lots of help, so it wasn’t horrible, but it was an exhausting day. Well worth it, though.

8. Sophia turned three at the end of May. I could hardly believe it. This girl is growing up so fast before our eyes, but I am so proud of the sweet, smart, hilarious little girl she is becoming. She had a such a fun birthday!

9. A couple weeks later, our baby girl turned one. It just doesn’t seem possible either. Emma is our “wild child”. She’s a good girl, but will definitely give you a run for your money. Not an hour goes by that I don’t laugh at something Emma does.

There it is…the past five months rolled into one post. Maybe I’ll finally get around to introducing you to our four-legged girl and possibly even show some before and after pictures of our house. Until next time…!

Our Family Lately

Goodness, it’s been awhile. As usual.

We’ve been having a good time as a family of four! Well, technically I guess we’re a family of five now, since we have adopted a four-legged friend. But we’ll save that for another post.

Since we last met, lots has gone on! Here are some highlights:

Emma went to Disney for the first time. We took the girls to Magic Kingdom. Sophia had a blast, like she normally does, but at 4 months old, Emma could not have cared less.
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Football season came and went. We don’t really want to talk about it. Us Gator fans like to pretend it didn’t happen. But on the bright side, our girls look cuuuute in orange and blue!
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After seeing pictures of Cesar (at about 4 years old) dressed up as Superman for Halloween, Sophia decided she wanted to be Superwoman. She chose Minnie Mouse for Emma. I have to admit, they looked pretty cute!
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Emma started eating solids. Pretty funny stuff. Here’s where she tried peas for the first time. Actually, she loved them and this face was because there were none left.
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Christmas. Sophia was at such a great age this year at Christmas! We did all kinds of fun things!
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We bought a house! We became homeowners the week between Christmas and New Years. We absolutely love our house, but unfortunately, there have been some problems with the whole renovation process and we have yet to move in. Once we have finished renovating and decorating, I will share some of the changes we’ve made.
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We spent New Year’s Eve at my parents’ house, where some of Cesar’s family joined us. I thought for sure Sophia would be worn out by 9pm, but she outlasted us all!
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And since then…well, we’ve just been staying busy keeping up with our girls. They’re both super mobile now (Emma started crawling about a week after she turned 5 months and pulling herself to a stand at about 6 months)!

My Week in Instagram Pictures

Wow, I have a ton of pictures from the last week. Cesar and I and the girls went to Puerto Rico last week for a friend’s wedding and made it into a little vacation. It was our first vacation as a family of four, and geez…it was chaotic to say the least! But we had a good time just the four of us navigating Puerto Rico’s crazy (and sometimes scary) roads. More on Puerto Rico later. But for now, let’s get into my week in Instagram pictures. They are a little out of order this week…I used a new program to make this collage and well…I got a little confused.

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1. Before we left for Puerto Rico, we went to my parents’ house for dinner one night. My dad has a little garden that Sophia likes “helping” in, so even though she is extremely helpful with his garden, he went ahead and got her her own seeds to plant.

2. Here we are at the airport and on the plane leaving for Puerto Rico! We ended up taking Sophia’s suitcase as a carry-on, so she insisted she wheel it around the whooooole airport. That would have been fine and dandy if we hadn’t hit traffic on the way there and had about 45 minutes to get through security and get to our gate. Luckily, good ol’ JetBlue was running a little late, as usual. As you can see here, we were all happy to be heading out of Florida on our way to Puerto Rico!

3. This one’s a little out of place, but this was a sign I liked at the wedding we went to. It was very appropriate for this wedding. Everyone definitely wore their dancing shoes. I forgot mine (oops) but it was fun watching everyone else dance. Haha!

4. This was on Friday after we went to Casa Bacardi. We were on our way back to the ferry to get back to Old San Juan and it was like 200 degrees outside. We planned to get lunch after we got back to Old San Juan, but saw this place, SOS Burger, and decided to stop. This ended up being one of the best (and cheapest) meals of the trip.

5. The first night we were in Puerto Rico, we wandered around the cute little street our hotel was on in Old San Juan and stumbled upon Genesis Restaurant. It was really good, and Sophia decided she loves passionfruit juice at that meal. She drank like 10 more during our trip.

6. This was at Casa Bacardi in Cataño. It was fun, but again, it was so hot.  And yes, it was appropriate for children!

7. Just a few short miles from our hotel (which took like 20 minutes) was Castillo San Felipe del Morro. We got there too late that day so we missed the tours of the fort, but we wandered around by ourselves. They had vendors all up and down the streets, so afterward we stopped and got some very highly recommended piraguas (shave ice that is shaved by hand).

8. Most of the touristy things in San Juan and Old San Juan close by 6:00pm. So on Friday night, we decided to venture into the heart of San Juan and find Plaza Las Americas (not my idea!). That mall was huge. We shopped for a while, got Sophia a stuffed dog at Build-a-Bear (which she herself named Rico for Puerto Rico), then ate dinner at an Argentinean restaurant called Fuegito.

9. On Saturday morning, before the wedding, we drove about 20 miles away to Carolina, where they have a children’s museum (Museo del Niño). When we arrived, the parking lot was pretty empty, so we looked and found out they open at 9 every day except Saturday (when they open at 10). We stopped at a store on the corner and asked a local where we could go to eat breakfast and kill an hour. He directed us to Panaderia Flor de Asturias. It was so good, but we were way outside of the tourist area of Old San Juan, and virtually no one spoke English around here. Luckily, Spanish is Cesar’s native language and I minored in Spanish in college.

10. Sophia had so much fun at the Museo del Niño and these were just some of the fun things they had there. Sophia was absolutely in awe that they had step stools that folded down for her to step on to wash her hands in the bathroom. They also had an entire row of kid sized toilets. We could’ve just saved the $26 admission cost and taken her to play in the bathroom. No, really. That’s how much she loved the bathrooms.

11. The wedding we went to was on the Coast Guard base in Aguadilla. It was a really fun time for Cesar, Sophia, and I. Emma took the opportunity to catch up on her sleep.

12. On our way home from Puerto Rico, we flew over the Bahamas on a very clear day. This is a picture I took of the Bahamas from our seats.  We had a great view!

13. In the Museo del Niño, they had a Mini City. It was so cute, and had a whole little town of about 15 different places, complete with a police station, bank, mayor’s office, and fire station. Each of the places had activities and outfits for the kids to dress up in.  Sophia loved this part of the museum.

14. From Old San Juan where we were staying to Aguadilla was about 2 1/2 hours. It would have been bad, except for this view we had for about half of our drive.

15. Since we missed the first Gator game when we were in Puerto Rico, we were excited to watch the second game. Sophia and Emma were not impressed (neither were we).

16. At least my littlest girl (and my biggest girl too!) looked cute, despite how terrible to Gators looked.

That’s the week I’ve had, as described through my Instagram pictures. I will do a Travel Recap post on our trip to Puerto Rico as soon as I can, because we had such a great trip, but until then…

My Week (Uh, Month…) in Instagram Pictures

Sooo, since I’ve been gone a while, I haven’t done an Instagram post in a while.  And, well, I still use it quite a bit so I have tons of pictures to share.  I’ll at least try to catch you up to the beginning of July, now that it is officially August (yikes!).  I do apologize that the majority of these are of my kids, but you know, when you’re a mom, that’s just what happens.  And my girls are just the cutest darn things I’ve ever seen.  That too.

My Week In Instagram Pictures

Row 1 (L to R):

1. When Sophia graduated from round 2 of her ISR lessons, she was beyond proud of herself.  I asked her what she wanted to do to celebrate and she told me she wanted to make cupcakes.  So off we went to the grocery store, where she picked out what kind of cake mix, icing, and sprinkles she wanted.  We ended up with chocolate cupcakes, pink and purple vanilla icing, and rainbow sprinkles!

2. Emma and I when she was probably 3 weeks old.  She loves to sleep with her face buried in my chest.

3. With both girls with me during the day while Cesar works, unfortunately there are many times when I am nursing Emma that Sophia has to play by herself.  She loves being near me though when I’m feeding her little sister, so the iPad is the perfect solution.  She has all kinds of learning games she plays on it, so I don’t mind too much!

4. My sweet big girl loves feeding her little sister when Emma takes a bottle.  Of course, Cesar or I always help her, but she loves being involved.

5. Emma was about 3 weeks old here.  This was right after her third doctor appointment since leaving the hospital to check her weight, and she was finally back up to her birth weight (yay!).  She lost quite a bit of weight while we were still in the hospital and had a hard time gaining it back at first.  We have since started supplementing me nursing her with formula, and she has more than made up for it.

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6. This was on 4th of July.  We went to my parents’ house for a cookout for lunch and both girls fell asleep almost instantly.

7. This was also at my parents’ house on 4th of July.  We had a fun day swimming and cooking out.  And, the girls looked super cute in their matching 4th of July outfits!

8. A beautiful picture I took from where we watched fireworks.  This picture has no filter applied.

9. Towards the middle of July, Sophia, Emma, and I rode to Orlando where my parents were staying for a few days for a conference my mom had to go to.  We were going to camp out in their hotel room for the night, but ended up having a car problem that had to be fixed ASAP, and extended our stay an extra night to give the mechanic time to work on it.  This picture is wall art at a restaurant called Burger 21, which I loved.

10. This was at the hotel in Orlando.  The had two huge fire pits out near the pool and Sophia loved going down to sit and watch.  She was completely mesmerized.

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11. This picture was also in Orlando (last one, I swear!).  I like having a few matching outfits for Sophia and Emma, but they’re hard to find unless I order them online from somewhere I don’t normally shop.  Most places they have a newborn section which only goes up to 12 months, then a toddle section that is 12 months and up.  Well, Emma wears size NB and Sophia is in size 18-24 months, so there is usually not too much that matches for the two of them.  Anyway, here’s a matching outfit I found at Target for them.  They are so stinkin’ cute!

12. When Emma turned a month old, we had family pictures taken.  We hired a photographer that came recommended from a friend to come to our house and take pictures of the four of us.  This is what Emma wore, which I think might be the cutest newborn outfit ever made!

13. Since we went to the Magic Kingdom for the first time a couple months ago, Sophia has grown more and more fond of Monster’s Inc.  When Monster’s University came out, everywhere we went we saw commercials and toys and books and anything else you can think of.  She kept saying she wanted to watch it, so one night, we took Emma to Cesar’s parents’ house and took our big girl on a date to see it.  She was so good and loved the movie!

14. This was one night after dinner when we were getting ready to go for a walk.  Sophia picked out her “exercise outfit” and insisted that she needed to stretch beforehand.  I don’t know where she gets this stuff from, but she really cracks us up!

15. Emma was born with a ton of hair!  This was one night after her bath, when she had crazy post-bath hair.

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16. This is when Emma was about 5 weeks old.  She was swimming in her newborn clothes.  In most of them, she still is!

17. One day we were leaving the house to go run errands and Sophia asked me to take a picture of her.  This is what transpired.

18. Emma’s one month picture.  I was a little late on posting this to Instagram, which is why it’s a little out of order.  She was making all kinds of crazy faces while we tried to take her picture.

19. Sophia loves shopping at Target.  You can tell by the look on her face.  Her daddy pretty much hates this idea!

20. Last weekend, my mom, sister, and I went to a Gator’s football clinic for women, which is really fun if you are a Gator football fan.  You listen to all the coaches talk about football and about the upcoming season, then tour the weight room, locker room, offices, etc.  After that, you go onto the field and do a bunch of drills with the coaches, which are really fun.  This is leaving the tunnel and entering The Swamp.

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21. Cesar and the girls came to Gainesville with me for the night.  The next day, when we left, we stopped at an exit to find somewhere to eat and found a Chuck E. Cheese.  We decided to go since Sophia had never been before.  It was absolutely packed, but Sophia had a ball.  It cost us all of 5 bucks for tokens to keep her occupied for about two hours.  Score!

22. Before we left Gainesville, we stopped at Trader Joe’s, which is my absolute favorite grocery store.  We don’t have one anywhere near us though, so I jumped on the opportunity to stop before we left town.  Here’s our two big ol’ bags full of groceries that we really didn’t even need, but bought anyway.

23.  The other day, Sophia and I dropped Emma off to their Abuela’s house and ran some errands.  I asked her where she wanted to eat lunch, and she matter-of-factly told me “Chick-fer-la”.

24. We visited Nanny (my grandmother) yesterday and out of all the toys she has there, she wanted to sit in a cardboard box.  She told me, “Mommy, I’m in the bath!  Scrubby, scrub, scrub!”  Here she is scrubbing herself clean.

25. Last night after dinner we went for a walk around our neighborhood.  Obviously one girl is much more excited about it than the other!

 

Sorry that was so long.  Kudos to you if you actually got through it all!  I’ll try to do these more often so I don’t have to do such a huge one all at once again!

I’m baaaaack!

Whew, that was a nice break!  Here’s a nice long post to let you know why I’ve been gone, then I’ll get to work soon to start catching you up with what’s been happening since then!

The last time I posted, everything was going wonderfully (it still is!).  Soon after that last post back in September, I started feeling super tired and super sick.  I thought I had caught something going around and just knew it’d be gone in a couple days, since I am rarely sick.  A week later, I was getting worse, not better.  Hmmm.

I was so caught up in being sick plus trying to keep up with my very energetic 15 month old, I didn’t even realize my “monthly visitor” was a little late.  I decided to wait it out a couple more days, because it could have just been thrown off due to me being so sick.  A week later…nothing.

After talking to Cesar about it and waiting a couple more days, I started to consider the fact that I was more than a little late.  By the time I was almost two weeks late, we bit the bullet and bought a pregnancy test.  I was pretty anxious about it by this point, so I rushed to the bathroom as soon as we got home.  A mere 3 minutes later, we wandered in on a big ol’ fat “+“!

From the very beginning of this pregnancy, I was super sick.  I was throwing up multiple times a day.  Like, 15 times a day.  I was not able to keep any food or liquids down at all.  I even ended up in the emergency room several times due to dehydration.

The first time, they pumped me full of fluids and gave me some Zofran through my IV (which made me feel a lot better!) then sent me on my way with my prescription for Zofran in hand.  I was so excited to finally start feeling better!  Little did I know that taking Zofran orally would do me absolutely no good at all.  A few more trips to the ER later, I was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum (which later became a much more well-known phenomenon after Kate Middleton was diagnosed with the same thing).  After realizing Zofran wouldn’t do the trick, I was given a prescription for Reglan, then later for Phenergan- neither of which helped at all either.  I was told by my doctor that hyperemesis gradidarum often lasts throughout the whole pregnancy, so I pretty much gave up all hope of ever feeling better.

The only thing that provided a little- and I do mean the tiniest bit- of relief was sniffing the cinnamon broom my mom bought me at the grocery store.  Fortunately for me, the only guests we had over during this time were our immediate families, so they got used to the fact that I had a cinnamon broom hanging on a hook in the middle of my white living room wall, and I could oftentimes be found with my face buried inside of it trying not to puke my guts up yet again.

Luckily, by time I was about 13 weeks pregnant, the vomiting and nausea started to subside, and by 16 weeks, it was gone completely.  From that point on, my pregnancy was pretty much perfect!  No high blood pressure or low amniotic fluid levels like I had with Sophia, no more nausea, no swelling…just a whole bunch of heartburn and what the ultrasound tech said was going to be a 9.5lb. baby!

Fast forward a couple months to June…

Because I was going to have such a large baby, the doctor did not want me to go past 40 weeks, so he told me if I didn’t go into labor on my own by 40 weeks, he’d like me to consider an induction.  Well, 39 weeks came and went, and on 39w5d, I had an appointment where we decided I’d go in to the hospital the next night.

I went to the hospital the following evening to get ready for my induction at 40 weeks on the dot.  The next morning, the induction was in full swing.  Seven hours and a fairly easy labor later, we welcomed our second little girl, Emma.  Luckily for me, she was nowhere near 9.5 pounds.  She was a perfect 7lb. 10oz. with a full head of hair, and beautiful like her big sister!

We are so excited to have her here with us finally and Sophia has been the absolute best big sister we could have ever imagined!  Our lives have changed so much now that we have two kids (we are never on time for anything!), but it has certainly been for the better.  Cesar and I both love being parents, especially to our two perfect little girls!

So…I hope you can forgive me for my absence over the last several months, but I personally think I have a pretty dang good excuse! 🙂