September 18, 2014
by gwendolyn
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Family + Maternity Pictures

In the essence of taking steps back, the next few posts will be from this past spring or summer. Bare with me, I’m sure you will like it.

So, as some of you know we did DIY Maternity Pictures last time.

Of course, I wanted to do maternity and family pictures this time. I was a bit over the top with trying to get them taken since it was the last time I would be pregnant. The one snag was, we didn’t have the budget for it.

Luckily, a friend came to our rescue! We were very grateful and I have to say that I’m very happy we were able to do it. Kim, our photographer friend, was and probably still is nervous. I told her she shouldn’t be. Hopefully after seeing this post she will understand her talent.

Thank you for taking the time, Kim! We know how busy you are and loved spending the day with you and your family. xoxo

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September 7, 2014
by gwendolyn
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Granny + Grandpops Meet Cecito

Lets’s take a step back in time, just a couple of months ago. Back when my parents came to meet their new grandson. They were here for about four days. We spent most of our time at home. But did manage to get out to enjoy a few meals and to see the new Waterfront Park, downtown. I wasn’t able to take many pictures since I was nursing every hour or two, but we managed to get a few to share.

I have to say, it’s pretty amazing to watch your parents with your kids. A part of life I didn’t know about that is surprisingly satisfying and heart warming. My Mom has always said that you don’t want family to live to close to you, when you start your own. I completely agreed with her, at the time. Now that we don’t have any family remotely close to us, I don’t feel the same. We were sad to see them head home and look forward to them coming back to play.

Grandpops meets Cecito

Grandpops meets Cecito

On our neighborhood walk, stopping to get tortas and smoothies.

On our neighborhood walk, stopping to get tortas and smoothies.

Walking to get dinner.

Walking to get dinner.

My favorite of Grandpops and L.L. (at Soda and Swine).

My favorite of Grandpops and L.L. (at Soda and Swine).

Granny holding Cecito

Granny holding Cecito

Cecito catching flies.

Cecito catching flies.

Big sister and her 'Ingo'

Big sister and her ‘Ingo’

Granny's first time watching Frozen.

Granny’s first time watching Frozen.

How much sun screen do you need? Apparently, a lot.

How much sun screen do you need? Apparently, a lot.

Yo-gart dessert time!

Yo-gart dessert time!

Someone loves it!

Someone loves it!

Me with my Dad and my kids. Three generations.

Me with my Dad and my kids. Three generations.

My parents with me and my kids.

My parents with me and my kids.

September 6, 2014
by gwendolyn
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Pump?

Ok, so I thought that this was really cute and had to share. L.L. doesn’t try to nurse her stuffed animals, in fact, she now forces me to do that when she wants attention away from Cecito. What she does want to do is pump…

I pump?

I pump?

Somehow this correlates to her tummy, in her mind.

Somehow this correlates to her tummy, in her mind.

Patiently waiting...

Patiently waiting…

Bahahaha, sometimes it sticks to her tummy and she just giggles away.

A new way of looking at “pumping your stomach,” eh?

I love her to pieces.

September 5, 2014
by gwendolyn
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Yesterday

Yesterday was a new day for us. Well, kind of…

4am – Nurse Cecito, he falls asleep almost instantly, but can’t put him down for at least 30 minutes without fear that he will wake up minutes later

5am – Momma goes back to sleep.

5:30am – L.L. decided to make her morning appearance, but I was unaware. Daddy put her back to ‘bed’ on the couch with the hopes that she would fall back asleep.

6am – I wake to fine a little face inches from mine. Yes, just like you see in the movies. Willing you to wake up, so they can talk to you. By some magical force of nature I convinced her to hop in bed and play with my phone for another 30 minutes.

This is when the baby started stirring. So we headed to the kitchen, I scarfed down some leftover oatmeal and then nursed the babe.

8:45am – Time for a walk! With a little coaxing I get some regular clothes on L.L. and we were off. Of course, no outfit is complete these days without a tutu and a cape.

We made it about half way and L.L. wanted to turn around, so we did. I think Domingo was bummed, poor little dude.  After many negotiations of not walking in the grass, having to hold my hand to cross the street, having to hold onto the leash while walking the dog and whatever else we discussed, we were home.

9:30am – Outdoor play time anything I could think of to stay outside.

We played in Daddy’s Impala, got sidewalk chalk out, took out the toddler (little tykes) car, had some snacks in the driveway, nursed in the Aspen while L.L. played in the back and then the sun came out.

If you were wondering, I’m wearing the baby this whole time. I was lucky he wasn’t too upset to get in there with the plan I had for the morning. To say the least, I was thankful for that. However, when the sun came out just as I needed to nurse him it was too much. L.L. even asked to go inside because it was so hot.

11:30am – We went inside, dripping of sweat. Put on Sleeping Beauty and I made lunch. The babe slept for 20 minutes, just enough time to get L.L. to the table and start eating, myself. After about 3 attempts I though he was down. So I went back to my lunch and pumped. L.L. is fascinated with this and has some fun of her own with it. (That’s my next post.) During all of this I put the movie on again. I couldn’t take the whining and crying and no nap taking.

1:45pm – Yet another refused diaper change by L.L., after the movie ended for the second time, I mentally said, “That’s it!” Grabbed L.L. and put her in the baby’s crib. Forced the diaper change and left her there. Cecito was in our room wailing away, poor kid. Nursed him again and then went to check on L.L. She was sound asleep in almost the same position I left her in.

Kept trying to get the babe to nap without success. He psyched me out FOUR TIMES! In the carrier he went, again. After crying, grunting or wiggling around for over an hour he finally settled down to sleep. My back was aching and all I could do is stand and occasionally pace to keep him asleep.

3:40pm – Gil came home!I had help and felt a little less frazzled.

Here is the good part about all of this. For the first half of the day I felt really good and on top everything. I got L.L. out and about for the first time to play and didn’t have a screaming banshee in the carrier. AND there weren’t any full on temper tantrums from the toddler. So, things are definitely looking up, folks, lookin’ up!

If you were ever wondering what a day looks like when you spend it with a two year old and an infant…there you have it! Only, this time was better than most days we have had in the last two months. Actual outdoor playtime. YAY!

Don't mind me, I'm just walking the dog.

Don’t mind me, I’m just walking the dog.

Now, 'Ingo' you know you have to listen to me when we walk...

Now, ‘Ingo’ you know you have to listen to me when we walk…

Tired Cecito and Momma.

Tired Cecito and Momma.

Buttons, buttons, buttons!

Buttons, buttons, buttons!

CHEESE!

CHEESE!

WHO was that!?

WHO was that!?

p.s. today we didn’t play outside, nor did we get a walk in. I don’t feel guilty, as it was a much more relaxed morning. Dishes were washed and we did some good sleep, eat, wakeful playtime with Cecito. I felt we needed it since the little guy didn’t get to sleep for 10+ hours after the last nap I mentioned here.

Exhausted.

One day at a time.

September 2, 2014
by gwendolyn
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Look Who’s Two Months Old!

We made it! Our Cecito is 9 weeks old. As you can tell from the last post, things have been a little hectic around here. I thought I might have cardiac arrest during his surgery, but we all made it through. He’s a tough little guy.

So far the major milestones that I have been enjoying are these:
1. Staying awake for 20 minutes AND remaining happy.
2. Starting to sleep for longer stretches at night. If we are lucky we get 4-5 hours. If wishes come true that happens again, in the same night.
3. Watching my baby boy SMILE!

He holds his head up well and doesn’t hate tummy time. He’s cute as a button and still looks like his sister. Plus, he’s consistent. When I say consistent, I mean he still really enjoys using those vocal chords. Crying seems to be his favorite past time. We don’t know if this is connected to the eye stuff, and I would hate to think he was in a lot of pain, but geez…an end to all the long drawn out fits would be awesome.

I will keep you posted on that one.

Also, we decided to postpone his vaccines until next week. I thought that getting them 2 days before the child went under anesthesia was a bad idea. Luckily, the pediatrician agreed. So, next week we will go for the first visit and then the following week finish them up.

Now for stats and pictures! (the good stuff)

Length: 23″ (50%)  << THAT’S THE HIGHEST % NUMBER YET! (for both kiddos)
Weight: 10.14 oz. (17%)
Head Circumference: 40 cm (77%)

We’ve got another smart cookie on our hands! If you want to see L.L.’s 2 month post, here it is.

 

I'm ready, let's do this - let's do this!

I’m ready, let’s do this – let’s do this!

Whooooo - what up blog people!?

Whooooo – what up blog people!?

Ok, I'm over it. Are we done yet?

Ok, I’m over it. Are we done yet?

More little feet.

More little feet.

What's this next to me?

Who’s got the coolest onesie on the block?

Happy Little Boy

Happy Little Boy

Always shy.

Always shy.

Big sister bests!

Big sister besos!

Hi brudder, hold my hand?

Hi brudder, want to hold my hand?

HUGS!

HUGS!

Oh wait, what's going on over there?

Oh wait, what’s going on over there?

Baby wants in on the toddler yoga!

Baby wants in on the toddler yoga!

August 31, 2014
by gwendolyn
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That Poor Baby, Those Poor Parents

It all started on August 2nd, when I noticed Cecito’s left eye looked a little rosy. Ended up he had pink eye, in both eyes! We have no idea how this happened, no one else got it (thankfully!). I started washing everything after one brush with Cecito. I was even using wipes on my face, neck, shoulder and arm every time I nursed and burped him. After adding on a couple loads of laundry a day with a two year old…I was a walking zombie. Plus, Gil and I were getting along great. (insert sarcasm right there)

Here’s how it all went down:

1. Congestion, some kind of viral cold (nothing to even worry about)
2. Clogged tear ducts in both eyes
3. Double pink eye (meaning both eyes)
4. Skin infection under left eye
5. Infected tear duct in left eye
6. Abscess in left eye from #5

He was prescribed an oral antibiotic and an ointment for #3 through #5. When that wasn’t working, after two days, we switched to a stronger oral antibiotic and eye drops. Then #6 happened and it ended up needing to be drained by the pediatrician. At this point we were a week and a half in and scared to death! I was at the doctor’s office or on the phone with a pediatrician every other day.

Magically everything started to clear up, we were ready to throw a party. Then, four days later the left eye started to look red where the abscess was. I called the doc and we started the drops again. It didn’t look bad until the next day when it looked like the abscess again. I was petrified, to say the least. Unfortunately, it was a Saturday so we ended up at Children’s Hospital ER after a phone consult with the on-call pediatrician.

We were diagnosed with:
7. Dacryocystitis 

I learned a new way to express the infection and we kept on with the drops. Luckily we already had an appointment set up with a pediatric ophthalmologist. (from over a week before that) So, a few days later we went to that. The wound from the abscess being drained almost 2 weeks prior had broke open again and the ophthalmologist was livid with the choice of care for our little guy. He recommended surgery immediately and we decided it was the best course of action. His concern was that the new exit, through the skin, would compromise the whole tear duct system and we would end up with reconstructive surgery instead of  the minor one he was suggesting.

So, three days later we took our little bundle, of exactly 9 week of life, into the hospital. The surgeon was set to probe both tear ducts, in the nose. Then drain the left and put in a stent. When all was said and done it was the best thing we could have done for him. Afterwards the procedure was done the surgeon came out of the room completely pumped from the exciting surgery. He said the left was tough to probe, but he got it through and the duct closed immediately around the stent. AND a ton of infected gunk and blood oozed out of the nose and eye!

Now we are all home. Cecito has recovered beautifully. We are all very relieved. In another 3-4 months the stent should come out and we will hopefully be done with this chapter.

Pink eye and skin infection. He looked like a baby boxer.

Pink eye and skin infection. He looked like a baby boxer.

The start of the abscess on his inner eye.

The start of the abscess on his inner eye.

Getting better, we were so happy.

Getting better, we were so happy.

Completely thought we were in the clear...

Completely thought we were in the clear…

Then this happened again! It was twice this size the first time around. (sad face)

Then this happened again! It was twice this size the first time around. (sad face)

Draining out of the hole and his eye after going to the ER.

Draining out of the hole and his eye after going to the ER.

What the specialist saw and why he recommended surgery.

What the specialist saw and why he recommended surgery.

Two days after the surgery (today).

Two days after the surgery (today).

 

August 17, 2014
by gwendolyn
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Five Inches

For several weeks now we’ve been talking about getting L.L.’s hair cut. She was constantly getting yogurt and cottage cheese in her hair. Along with rats nests in the back after sleeping on it. Not to mention that combing it seemed to be a criminal offense.

So, now we are sporting a new hairdo! What’s funny is, I think, Momma and Daddy had a harder time letting go of the long hair. The hairdresser said we cut off five inches, say what!?

L.L. hasn’t been affected at all. Except when we on our way there…

I had to fight her to walk there, for some reason she wanted to ride in the car when we passed it. Then she wouldn’t walk it, sat done on the concrete and then crawled in crying. Tried to walk out when we were supposed to be sitting in the chair. It was loads of fun! Even the lure of a lollipop wasn’t good enough. (Because she didn’t know what it was!)

However, with momma sitting first, then the ipad playing games, and finally a lick of that lollipop — we were on our way. Whew!

This is my life, folks. But I wouldn’t change it for the world.

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August 11, 2014
by gwendolyn
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Look Who’s One Month Old!

Has it really been six weeks? Am I really two weeks behind on my blog posts!? Ah, you already knew I’m always behind, didn’t you…

Well, Cecito sure has put us to work! He is not one bit shy about letting us know he’s unhappy. Still, we adore the little monster and so does L.L. She calls him “bebe” and “brudder.” Which also brought on the brother title for Domingo. It sure is cute to see how much she loves the both of them. Lots of kisses and hugs going around each day.

Here are the stats:
Weight: 8 lbs. 11 oz. (17%)
Length: 21 inches (23%)
Head Circumference: 15 cm (75%)

Next are the pictures! I tried to take some on the same blanket I used for L.L.’s one month pics, but he wasn’t having it. So, I took some extras. I was also short one apple, so I used a fortune cookie for size reference. Here is a link to L.L.’s one month post. Just in case you wanted a refresher and to see how much these to resemble one another. Enjoy!

Get me off of this blanket!

Get me off of this blanket!

Ok, let's both of us act the same in this one...

Ok, let’s both of us act the same in this one…

Alright, I've had enough...who's gonna pick me up!

Alright, I’ve had enough – PICK ME UP – NOW! (Not sure of L.L.’s state of mind, but I’m certain I got Cecito’s on the money!)

Half asleep, but happy.

Half asleep, but happy.

Little Feet

Little Feet

Sleepy Head

Sleepy Head

I'm kinda obsessed with those little feet.

I’m kinda obsessed with those little feet.

August 8, 2014
by gwendolyn
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Baby Boy Gets a Blog Name

Alright, I’m finally set to announce baby boy’s blog name! I know you all are very excited.

I have to admit that this was HARD! I mean, come on, L.L. for Little Love is pretty ideal. How was I going to top that!? Not to mention the ooh’s and ahhh’s I get every time I tell people about the nickname and blog. Definitely feeling the pressure!

We have decided C-Cito or Cecito (pronounced sisito). This stands for Corazoncito, which translate to Little Heart in English. It might have taken me 6 weeks + all those months I was pregnant, but I finally figured out something that is worthy of our new addition.

So there you have it. He’s our Cecito, and we all adore him.

(I have chosen to spell it this way because it’s easier to type and looks like a name.)

We had a few contenders. Just in case you are curious, here are the ones that didn’t win out:
LP: album (duh!), Little Prince (this is something Gil’s sister likes to call him from their childhood), and my favorite Little Punk*
BB: Baby Boy, Bebe (what L.L. usually calls him, second is ‘bruder’), Big Bruiser (suggestion from my sister, Auntie Rae Rae)
MM: Mister Mister
LM: Little Man
LT: Little Tyke

* I had a post written all about this one, that’s how close we came to using it, instead.

What do you think? Did we pick the nickname you would have?

August 1, 2014
by gwendolyn
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Grandparents + Baby’s First Holiday

As you know, our first full day after being discharged from the Special Care Unit was the 4th of July! It was baby boy’s first holiday. We were also, finally, able to visit with the grandparents. They were staying at a local hotel with a really fun pool and great restaurant, which we took full advantage of.

L.L. loved swimming with Papa and Daddy. She even started asking for Papa, all the time. If you know toddlers you realize it usually takes a long time for them to warm up to people they don’t know. This was a big step for her with the grandparents since we see them, roughly, once a year. It was a lot of fun to watch her with both of them.

It was also great to see Papa with his first grand son. I am sad to report I didn’t get a three generations photo, but I did get some of Papa with the baby!

Take me to the POOL!

Take me to the POOL!

Papa + L.L.

Papa + L.L.

Playing with Daddy in the pool.

Playing with Daddy in the pool.

Catch the ball, Daddy!

Catch the ball, Daddy!

Now, it's my turn!

Now, it’s my turn!

Baby's First Holiday

Baby’s First Holiday

All American CUTIE! You can say that, again.

All American CUTIE! You can say that, again.

Sleepy baby

Sleepy baby

I'm talkin' to you, people!

I’m talkin’ to you, people!

Big sister with her baby brother.

Big sister with her baby brother.

She loves him.

She loves him.

She also loves being in charge of the pacifier.

She also loves being in charge of the pacifier.

Relax baby!

Relax baby!

Happy girl, not so happy boy.

Happy girl, not so happy boy.

I got this covered, Momma.

I got this covered, Momma.

Papa with baby boy.

Papa with baby boy.

Catchin' flys

Catchin’ flys

Oh, hello!

Oh, hello!

L.L. feeding her "baby"

L.L. feeding her “baby”

 

That was our July 4th holiday. Not much, but we had fun and certainly stayed very busy! Hope you had a fun holiday, too.

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