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 (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.

Row 2:

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.

Row 3:

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!

Sophia’s 15 Month Check-up and My Week in Instagram Pictures

First things first…Sophia had her 15 month check-up a week after her 15 month birthday.  What a good girl she was!  She stepped right on up to the big girl scale for the first time, and weighed almost 21 pounds!  They measured her height (32″!) and her head circumference, then we waited for the doctor.

Her height is in the 95th percentile for her age, her weight is in the 25th percentile, and her head circumference is in the 95th percentile (you can blame her daddy for that one!).  That means she is taller and has a bigger head circumference than 95% of the kids her age and weighs more than 25% of kids her age.  I was a bit concerned that she is so high in the height percentile and so low in the weight, but her pediatrician assured me that since she is keeping up with her percentiles, she is fine! 🙂  He said she has a fast metabolism (and hopefully it stays that way!).

The doctor did his routine check-up then she had 3 shots…she barely even cried!  The doctor said she is perfectly healthy and very advanced intellectually for her age.  He said she should know “mama”, “dada”, and hopefully 3 other words.  Wellllll…she says “mommy” and “daddy” at this point (she used to say mama and dada), knows how to say at least 15 more words, and recognizes probably 100 more words (she will point to something if you ask for it, but cannot say the word yet).  Proud mama, right here!

Anyways, on to my week, which is more like two weeks, in Instagram pictures…

1. I bought this little Fisher Price piano almost new at a consignment event in the area, cleaned it up really good, and it is one of her most favorite things to play with.

2. Sophia and I went to a park for a picnic lunch one day, and my sister came and met us on her lunch break.  Sophia had a blast watching the squirrels and much preferred trying to offer them her lunch (ew!), than eating it herself.

3. This is Sophia and her Pop (my dad) when we went to visit our dog Abby again at the rehab center she was at.  As a side note…as of today, Abby is home at my parents house, and since being home for a little over a week, has started walking by herself again!

4. Sophia at the doctor’s office waiting for her appointment, giving me a tad bit of attitude when I asked her to say “cheese”.

5. Cesar and I bought season tickets to the Gator games this year!  We are so excited to finally have our own tickets instead of bumming a couple games off my parents or having to buy tickets on the street.  Sophia stayed with Cesar’s parents while he and I went to the game with my sister and my cousin.  Here’s Cesar eating lunch at the Reitz Union before the game.

6. Sophia’s first real “boo boo” since she’s been walking.  She fell when she and I were walking on the walkway up to our house last week.  I must say, she is pretty proud of her boo boo and is sure to show it to anyone she comes across!

7. This was about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen…Sophia and Cesar sitting side by side working on their laptops!  She is such a daddy’s girl and wants to do everything like him.

8. Sometimes after my brother Garrett gets off school and my dad gets off work, they stop by a little restaurant near their house for a snack and to play a couple games of pool.  I had to pick up something from my dad one day last week, so we met them there and stayed to watch.  Sophia had an absolute ball watching them play pool and holding their pool sticks for them.

9. The little city I went to college in is about an hour away from where we live now.  It has the cutest little downtown area, but for some reason, we really never make it over that way.  Since Cesar had last Monday off for Labor Day, we decided to venture over to see what’s new around there.  Unfortunately, almost every shop and restaurant in downtown was closed because it was Monday (just Monday in general, not because of Labor Day), but we did have a yummy lunch at a cute place, where this picture was taken.

10. My little diva while we were getting ready one morning.  She is such a priss sometimes, but so dang cute!

11. Sophia reading her “potty book”, then putting a lot of thought into which color sticker she wanted for going on the big girl potty.

12. Sophia was definitely all ready to watch the Gator game!  My dad bought Sophia this dress while I was still pregnant with her and it finally fits her just in time for this football season.

13. Before the Gator game, we met Cesar’s parents and brother at Hooters for lunch.  When I told the hostess we needed a high chair, I was a little confused when she brought us to a high top table, until she came back with this monster of a high chair!

14. This is Sophia and me at Hooters…she looks thrilled to be taking a picture with Mommy, huh!?

15. We ended up at my parents’ house to watch the Gator game.  After the game, Abby was ready to go outside to go to the bathroom and this was the first time we’d seen her walk by herself again, so I was watching out the window when Sophia decided to join me.

16. Did anyone remember yesterday was Grandparents Day!?  I didn’t, until I saw a sign for it when I passed by the card section at the store.  Anyway, Sophia and I picked out some cards and for her Nana and Pop (my parents), Abuelo and Abuela (Cesar’s parents), and Nanny (my grandmother).  After church yesterday, we delivered everything and everyone was pleasantly surprised that I remembered the holiday, haha!

Saturday = Game Day

Saturdays in our household mean one thing…game day. We wake up in the morning, shower, and as quickly as we can, change into our Gator garb (although, I’ll admit, sometimes it’s hard to decide what to wear because of the abundance of orange and blue in our closets). Even Sophia has a whole Gator wardrobe to choose from.

This Saturday started out as a typical Saturday during football season. We slept in until 10am, got ready for the day, then laid around and flipped back and forth through about four football games we found on TV. Later in the afternoon, it was so nice outside, we decided to take a little break from football and check out a little fair that was going on nearby, before it was time to go our friend Tim’s house to watch the game. We walked around and smiled, nodded, and uttered “Go Gators” to anyone and everyone we passed by that even looked like they might be a Gator fan.

We left the fair, anxiously awaiting 8:00. We stopped by Walmart to buy beer (for Cesar) and Diet Coke (for me) to bring to Tim’s, then we were on our way. We ate tacos for dinner while we watched the pre-game show and waited for the game to start. When it was finally time for kickoff, we didn’t know what to expect…after all, Alabama has a great team.  After only 19 seconds of play, John Brantley threw a perfect pass to Andre Debose, who ran it into the end zone for a quick six. After a made extra point, Cesar and I were high fiving each other and were feeling pretty good about the rest of the game, while Tim and his friend Kathryn were pretty annoyed (they are both Florida State fans, which actually means they are a fan of anyone playing the Gators).

Well, it all went downhill from there. That would be one of only two times we scored the whole game (the other being a field goal), while Alabama continued to rack up the points. By half time, we decided to play board games instead of watch the game. We listened in the background, but playing Uno, Taboo, and Battle of the Sexes proved to be much more fun than watching the Gators get stomped by the Tide.

The final scored was 38-10 Alabama. But hey, the night wasn’t a total loss. At least us girls won at Taboo and Battle of the Sexes.  Plus, I am the mama of the cutest little Gator fan I’ve ever seen!