Thursday, November 11, 2010

been gone so long....

i took a breif absence, not that i haven't been jotting down happenings and thoughts in my journal, but i need to remind myself to come here and update!!

avelina's first birthday has just passed and i have been stricken w/ a sense of sadness due to how quickly she's grown up. i can remember like it was just yesterday her laying on her playmat and gazing up at the sound of my singing voice.

she was such a tiny peanut and now she's a big girl :)

i am so grateful that i am able to be a stay at home mommy. pedro is a GREAT provider and i am so lucky that we share the same views when it comes to the mom being home w/ the children.

i once met a woman & her baby at the local park. we chatted about this thing and the other a bit and watched as the babies squealed w/ delight over a dog near us. she clapped and smiled & cuddled up to the woman's chest. i then asked,

"how old is your daughter?"
she replied, "oh this is madeline, she is 15 months old and i am her nanny"

it made me so sad that the mommy doesn't get to celebrate these little moments in her life & witness the fun in madeline's discoveries. how many smiles would i have missed if i were at work?

sure, there are days i feel like i want to whine and moan because i can't please her but i remind myself that everything is a phase, and in the next moment she is making me laugh so hard my tummy hurts.

Monday, May 3, 2010

getting excited!

pedro and my birthdays are this month and we are planning a trip to las vegas! :) we are going for 2 days and 1 night and staying at treasure island. we've arranged for my mom to come up and stay w/ alex and avelina.

pedro and i don't do many dates/outings/adventures so this will be awesome for us. i think we should make time for he and i alone once a month, even if it's just to see a movie or go shopping at the mall, that will give us the "couple feeling and then the mommy and daddy roles can take a backseat.

another thing i am excited about is my new curtains! we had vertical blinds that were old and only worked half the time. man what a difference!

also i am looking forward to un-freezing my gym membership this month so that i can work my butt off & avelina can go to the daycare. we won't get into how much my body needs to exercise.
i am ashamed i let it get this bad.
but back to being happy, this was an excited post! so yay gym, vegas and window treatments!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

mold :(

we have a mold problem here in our casa, it's in the bathroom window, my sons bedroom windown and near our sliding glass door in our bedroom. gross and dangerous. we are gonna ask my father in law to help us repair it. in the meantime i wanna look into an air purifier thing-a-ma-jig.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

sleep for the little b

we have started doing the "put her to bed awake" technique, but not without a struggle. i have always rocked her to sleep and it wasn't until about a month ago that she would fight her sleep, and it wasn't pretty! i figured it was time i do some "sleep training" but all the books & sites are so all over the place. i ended up just taking my mommy friends' advice & put our own personal spin on it.

she can stay awake for about 3-4 hours during the day before she gets grumpy. once i can see that's she's fussy and rubbing her eyes i will cuddle her a little, tell her it's "ni-night time" and then take her to her crib. she will whine, fuss and then cry, but i go in and comfort her (without picking her up) & then shortly leave the room. 5ish minutes later i will go back and do the same, sometimes it lasts about 15 minutes, the most was almost a half hour.

then this morning she fell asleep in her bouncy chair in the bathroom while i was showering, darnit! so when i was finished i scooped her up and in the crib she went. she awoke briefly, but "talked" herself to sleep within 2 minutes.

this afternoon while i tweezing my eyebrows at my vanity, she was next me on on our bed, she likes to play and talk to me while i try to make myself presentable :) all of a sudden i look over and she was out like a light. now although she didn't go to sleep in her crib, she did put herself to sleep without getting cranky so i still consider that a step in the right direction.

i know that she will get the hang of it, it's just taking some getting used to. i used to love those sweet moments spent in the glider, snuggled close to her, but those had turned into arched backs and violent spitting out of the binky, so i gues you could say this is our way of graduating to the next phase.

wish me luck!