July 12, 2014
by gwendolyn
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Our Second Birth Story

Our big day was June 27th, baby boy decided to arrive 4 days ahead of schedule. Kinda funny, considering L.L. arrived 4 days late. Let’s hope that’s not foreshadowing.

It all started on Wednesday night. I could tell that the Braxton Hicks had changed. Gil’s high school buddy was in town, so he had gone out to dinner to catch up with him and I stayed home to try to squeeze in one more freezer meal. By the way, I got three of 5 of them finished! I think it’s pretty substantial considering I felt like I was in labor all week long. When Gil got home from dinner, I told him I wouldn’t be surprised if I didn’t make it through the night. Alas, I was wrong. I made it through the whole night and then to the afternoon!

Thursday morning I had planned to do some last minute running around, or maybe fit in one more freezer meal, before the in-laws arrived, but my body had another idea. I was pretty miserable and couldn’t get off the couch. Good thing L.L. didn’t mind because even though I wanted to I could barely move without more pain than I would like to have experienced. Luckily, Gil was scheduled to come home early from work to pick up his folks at the airport (I told you baby boy was going to be good to them).

After calling my doctor we were off to the hospital. She wanted me to get checked, just in case I had a slow amniotic leak. L.L. stayed with the grandparents. I’m pretty sure that Gil wasn’t thinking we would be admitted, but we were! It took them a while to get the culture back but when the nurse came in and said “they saw the fern!” (meaning, there was amniotic fluid present) I was relieved. We were taken into a delivery room, I was hooked up to machines and then we waited. Well, first I got an epidural. Since I had been feeling contractions for so long I wanted to get that thing, pronto!

This time around I felt the needle, the cold of cleaning and more cold of numbing, then the medicine going in and whatever else happened for me to not feel all that pain of contractions. I don’t know why I felt all of it…the IV going in, taking blood for us to donate the chord blood, and the epidural (several different sensations with that one). What I didn’t have a problem with was the penicillin (positive for Group B Strep, again!). Not sure if you recall, but that was the worst part about my last birth story. Check it out here. I told the nurse that the penicillin felt like acid in my veins so she diluted it and IT ACTUALLY WORKED! I only felt it when they had to switch back to hydration before receiving the epidural – which was nothing, comparatively.

THEN we waited, and waited, and waited…the good part about that was we were able to sleep. Both of us needed it, badly. I had been sleeping like crapola from the pregnancy and Gil had been on call where he was up since about 2AM. Naps were necessary and we were VERY lucky to get them. Gil said it was probably a good thing that he was beyond exhausted, because the chair that converted into a bed wasn’t all that comfortable.

Next came a huge POP, which felt like a balloon popping from inside my body…however, in actuality it was my bag of waters completely breaking. I couldn’t believe I felt it that strongly. It woke me up like someone had kicked me! I woke up Gil and then called the nurse. When she got there I was still feeling fine. But before she could get back to the nurses station I was calling again saying that I was feeling the need to bare down.

I cannot properly explain how it all felt. First, I was consumed with pain, then I realized that I wasn’t sure I could keep the baby in to wait for the doctor to arrive. It felt like his head had started to come out and was laying inside my left bum cheek. You see, I had been sleeping on my side and didn’t feel like I could turn to my back without the baby slipping out on his own. The whole thing was surreal.

Luckily, the nurse and Gil helped me through the whole ordeal (breathe slowly, in and out, while holding Gil’s hand as hard as I could), AND my doctor arrived quickly (whew!). When she got there she seemed annoyed that the nurse didn’t hand me the epidural button so I could feed myself some more. I pushed the button one more time and then it was time to push the baby out. Honestly, I was so relieved. Just waiting that short period of time “not pushing” was exhausting because the urge to push was insurmountable. During the whole waiting period I kept telling Gil that I had no idea how people keep having kids or do this without any pain medication.

Now, onto “the pushing”. I did three rounds of pushing and then, wah-la! We had a baby boy. Luckily, I had enough of the epidural to take the edge off, but I could still feel everything happening. First, the head, then one shoulder, then second shoulder and BABY! After that I felt the placenta ooze out. None of that was painful, but I could still feel it. It was pretty cool. The plus side is I didn’t feel all drugged up, like last time, leaving the delivery room. That high that you get after running a marathon is the elated feeling you get after birth, too. It’s all pretty rad, if you ask me.

We kept a little time chart, again, so we could remember when everything happened. Here it is:

4:00pm    Arrived at the hospital
6:20pm    Admitted into Labor and Delivery
8:30pm    Received Epidural
2:20am    Bag of Waters Broke (spontaneously)
2:35am    My OB arrived
2:41am    Baby Boy Fuentes was Born!

June 27, 2014   |    2:41 am    |    8 lbs. 2 oz.    |    20 inches 

Our little family is complete and we couldn’t be happier. There is more to this story, but this is getting too long so I will save the after birth stuff for another day.

Here is our little prince! I have yet to come up with a clever nickname for this blog, so for now I will just go with whatever comes to mind.

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June 23, 2014
by gwendolyn
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The Final Countdown!

Yes, you should be reading that in your head to Europe’s catchy tune!

Tomorrow I’m officially 39 weeks. It’s a busy week, and as I said in the last post, I think that baby boy is waiting on Grammy and Papi to arrive on Thursday. That is a good thing.

My biggest day is tomorrow. Let the cleaning lady in at 7am, did I mention I got a groupon because I just cannot clean anything more than I have to this past month? It is so difficult to just bend over or get up from the floor I’m wiped by making the dang bed! Then, I drop off L.L. at her preschool/daycare. Come home for a few minutes, just to head out to my chiropractor appointment (thank goodness it’s only 10 streets away). Get home to be there before the cleaning lady leaves. Bask in the glory of my newly cleaned home (that I didn’t have to do myself). Pick up L.L. after a shower (yay)! Lastly, go to see Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. << This is the most exciting! I’ve been waiting since high school to see it and couldn’t be happier that I have made it this far with the pregnancy to get to see it. Now, I just need to be able to sit all the way through it!

Wednesday, I will make freezer meals after I drop off L.L. at preschool/daycare. I’m planning to make 5 meals, we will see how many I get through. Normally it’s hard for me to get through dinner prep. There’s also a grocery run somewhere before all that prep that’s gotta happen. Lord, help me! After all that, we will have a short visit with Gil’s old friend visiting from out of town, then, I’m sure I will pass out.

Thursday, the in-laws arrive and I have L.L. so that will be a fun day. Let’s hope I make it that far. What do you think? I’m taking all bets now.

p.s. We finally decided on a name this weekend! That makes me feel like we are actually ready for the little buggar to arrive.

June 21, 2014
by gwendolyn
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38 Weeks 4 Days With #2

Hello – hello – I’m still here and pregnant! To be completely honest I am beginning to overcome all the pain that I last explained to you. Well, maybe it’s best described as acceptance, as the days tick by and I’m still living in achy crotch land. I gotta tell ya that the Braxton Hicks are still kickin’ pretty hard, but it’s ok. He’ll come out when he’s ready.

At my last OB appointment, yesterday, there wasn’t much more movement towards labor. Still dilated 2 cm, where my OB said that she didn’t think she would see me for birth this week, but she wouldn’t be surprised if I went either. I take that as 50/50, but feel like I just might make my due date now. Before that appointment I was pretty sure he was going to arrive maybe a week or so early.

Oh well, I’m not that bad off. Plus, my in-laws get into town on Thursday. They like to be there for the birth, so I’m thinking baby boy is just trying to throw them a bone. I’m ok with that.

So, here are the belly pics!

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June 18, 2014
by gwendolyn
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The Underbelly

You know, the side of something that isn’t normally seen…

Well, this post is going to be all about just that. So, if you are the kind of person who doesn’t want to know about all the turmoil a pregnancy can bring, please stop reading now. Or if you are squirmish and don’t like talk of poo, stop reading now! While all you ladies who say no one ever told you about that (before or during pregnancy), here is your chance. I’m about to tell you.

First: constipation.
Yep, I said it – totally blocked up to the point of felling like you are going to birth a baby from the wrong place! I never knew it could be that painful to just take a simple poo. Not just that it felt like a watermelon was trying to get out, but that it wouldn’t come out AT ALL! Two times I actually got some relief after all that work, but it wasn’t over there. Oh no, it couldn’t just remain as the most painful, sweat inducing process I’ve ever experienced. It had to clog the toilet as well! Ahhhhhh…not only did this happen once, but several times. Why, you might ask? Well, because these little jerks were quite seriously hard as rocks. Tiny little pebbles of hard rock packed together. They couldn’t be flushed!!! Gross and natural and something I never want to deal with again – NEVER!
TIP (pregnant friends): either leave it there over night to let it soften up or flush right away at each piece that falls (if that’s possible).

Second: round ligament pain. 
For me, the first pregnancy had this and I recall it being pretty painful, but this is a whole different ballgame. For instance, just the other week my pelvic pain was so bad I couldn’t stand or move either of my legs, out of the blue, without crying out in massive pain. I kept trying to lift my legs to walk out of the kitchen with no luck. The stabbing pain took my breath away at each try. Our living room is all of 3 feet from where I was by the counter in the dining room. That wonderful comfy chair should have been easy to get to, instead it felt like it was a football field’s length away. After deciding I refused to cry, but still panicking I began to get down on my hands and knees. Crawling was the only bright idea I could come up with. I knew that laying on the hard wood floor was a bad idea, so what’s a girl to do? The crawling ended up working, but those 3 feet took me 7-8 minutes to cross because any movement for those muscles was excruciating pain. Once I made it to the chair I just sat there, waiting. It was awesome. To add insult to injury, I could see my phone across the room, but there was no way to get to it and the tv remotes were on the opposite side. So I stayed sitting there, adjusting ever so gently since sitting wasn’t the greatest feeling either. Gil eventually came home and I eventually got my mobility back. So far, this is the worst that it has been and I am thankful for that!
TIP: chiropractic and stretching

Third: hip pain.
This one is pretty much like the last. Everything is so strained that my sciatica is acting up. Leaving my right bum cheek to take the brunt end of it. For me, it’s a feeling of the baby trying to push my leg out of socket. I keep saying I’m going to be walking one day and leave my leg behind me after it falls out of place. It truly feels just like that’s happening. Or did. Now it’s a numbing feeling, followed by tingling and sharp pains. It’s so nice that I tend to cry out in pain, without warning. I’ve now gotten used to it, but those around me aren’t so unfazed. That’s a fun one to explain to a stranger.
TIP: chiropractic and streching (pulling your leg over your body while laying down or taking a tennis ball to your bum and rolling over it to massage the tension)

Fourth: braxton hicks.
Oh braxton hicks, this is another new phenomenon for this pregnancy. I was SO LUCKY last time and didn’t experience them! Thank goodness. ‘Cause they are no joke. For me, they feel like menstration cramps that cycle around the abdomen. Then move to the crotch and make your pelvis bones ache. Then move onto the back, for what I assume is light back labor pains. However, don’t think that these are so light, they totally suck! My last appointment at the OB was enlightening enough, that I found out I was having these fake contractions all the time. Perfect! This baby is all the way on the outside of my body (meaning outside of the ribs). Which isn’t how it felt the first time, she was all on the inside making it hard to breathe and what not. So, I’m thankful to get around that one. Yet, the braxton hicks are putting baby boy into a little ball pressing on the outside of my belly skin and crotch. It’s not as bad as all the rest, just uncomfortable. Yay, me!
TIP: ice, warm bath, and resting.

So, for now, just call me ice crotch. It’s fitting! Any questions…you know where to find me.

June 16, 2014
by gwendolyn
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Father’s Day 2014

What can I say, I’m no different from every other wife posting all over Facebook that I’m married to the “best Daddy on the planet”. I just don’t post there, because Gil wouldn’t see it. Lucky you, he reads all of these, so I’ll post it here.

L.L.’s Daddy is one of the good ones. In fact, I just met someone he knew in high school this past weekend, who made the same comment. Who am I to argue with every person we meet that always says the same thing!? L.L. is so in love with Daddy it might make me a little upset, if I didn’t fit into the same little box. She runs to see him everyday he comes home from work, asks for him when she wakes up, and learns a lot of her wonderful quirks from him. Example: butterfly kisses and eskimo kisses (I tried to get her behind those and no luck, but Daddy did it)! All in all, I’m pretty cool, but Daddy is in a league of his own.

More examples of his greatness…he has also taken over a lot of the disciplining while we are trying to have a peaceful dinner or weekend afternoon or whenever L.L. decides an epic tantrum is in order. Which is anytime and most of the time, these days. I borrowed the Love and Logic book from a friend, he read it right away. I still have to get through it. He started implementing and it seems to be going well for him. Me, on the other hand, I’m not so successful with anything, recently. He helps me with so many things, since I haven’t been able to do much during this pregnancy. Laundry gets done, baby stuff gets put away, cleaning…and so much more. We are one lucky family.

I’m sad to say that I wasn’t feeling well at all yesterday to do that much for Father’s Day. My round ligament, braxton hicks, and hip pain were at a pretty high level, so I sat on the couch trying to remedy myself for a large portion of the day. He went about the day, just like any other, and had no complaints. Even made mac and cheese for a late dinner, since our lunch outing was after L.L.’s nap.

We still had a good day together, tho. Here’s the proof:

Happy Daddy.

Happy Daddy.

Pizza, pizza, pizza!

Pizza, pizza, pizza!

It's the one thing we know L.L. will eat at a restaurant.

It’s the one thing we know L.L. will eat at a restaurant.

Helping Daddy enjoy his yummy beer.

Helping Daddy enjoy his yummy beer.

Daddy with L.L.

Daddy with L.L.

Playtime!

Playtime!

Almost got it...

Almost got it…

Success...and that folks, is called bobbing for pacifier.

Success…and that folks, is called bobbing for pacifier.

Sharing ice cream with Daddy.

Sharing ice cream with Daddy.

Salted caramel was a huge hit for this toddler.

Salted caramel was a huge hit for this toddler.

Where is the baby?

Where is the baby?

Kisses for baby.

Kisses for baby.

More kisses...

More kisses…

Now we have to give hugs to Domingo.

Now we have to give hugs to Domingo.

They DO love each other. (Even play together on occasion)

They DO love each other. (Even play together on occasion)

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY, GIL! We love you more than we can say. xo

June 13, 2014
by gwendolyn
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Say Whaaaat!?

I’ve suddenly become the most clumsy person I’ve ever been! Let’s start off with the first mishap. I was making pasta and apparently forgot how to safely pour it into the colander. Since it seemed so heavy (I’m a complete weakling these days) I just dumped it, fast. Of course the water went everywhere and it splashed up onto my belly. Man, did it hurt! However, I didn’t get a blister, just a fun small discoloration on the belly. Sweet, I love getting burn marks that double as age spots!

This episode started off a number of clumsy attacks. I can now bend down to pet Domingo and hit the corner of our wall square onto my knee cap. Now that’s talent, folks! I, also, almost trip over absolutely nothing. Hit my hand on doorways, as I walk through. Hit my thigh on whatever piece of furniture I misjudged the distance to. Plus, I can successfully ram my big toe on a small Ikea wood car hard enough to chip off a big chunk of the top of the nail without hurting, at all! Even took me a few days to notice it was gone, awesome.

Plus, recently have miscalculated just how large the belly is. There have been multiple times I have started to walk through somewhere, turned to the side and realized that isn’t my ‘small side’ any longer…now that had to of been pretty funny to witness. Another time, I had to get into the car on the passenger side because someone parked so close to me on the driver side. I thought “thanks, jerk, the pregnant girl can’t get into her car now!” So, I used the passenger side and had to crawl over the center console. L.L. decided it was the funniest thing she’s seen that day, and who can resist a toddler’s giggles. It made me laugh, too, and I really wish I knew what she was saying about me, but all I could decipher was Momma thrown in there somewhere. Good thing was I forgot all about that jerk who parked next to me!

I’m sure there are more that I can’t think of right now, because remember how I previously said I didn’t feel as dumb this time around? Yeah, that’s no longer. I forget thoughts in the middle of sentences, can’t recall half the things I was going to say, and find it hard to keep track of the days. At least I’m in good company because Gil says he has picked up pregnancy brain along with me. Thanks babe!

Now, since I haven’t given you a picture in three weeks I’ll give you a sneak peek into the family shoot we did last weekend. These are three of just me (37 weeks). Stay tuned for the whole family, next time!

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June 11, 2014
by gwendolyn
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Baby Boy Shower Love

A dear friend of mine, McKenna, offered to throw me a shower for the arrival of our baby boy. I was so grateful and surprised, that I couldn’t help but get myself extra excited for it. She is one of the good ones, you know, the friend that you realize is going to be there for you right from the beginning. Sometimes you just know, right?

Well she didn’t disappoint on the festivities. Everything was so well thought out. Her decorations were the cutest, the food was delicious; and I had a wonderful time. It was so relaxing and enjoyable. I even purchased a new outfit for the occasion! If you don’t know me that well, it’s a pretty big thing around here. I was very excited.

It was a showing of the best of the best. I left feeling lighter than air (which is near impossible at this point) and so loved when I went home, to my smily, happy dancing L.L. and Daddy. Can’t thank my friends enough. BIG HUGS ALL AROUND!

Circus Elephant Theme – Food Table

Circus Elephant Theme – Food Table

Drink Table

Drink Table

Cute milk bottles to drink out of.

Cute milk bottles for drinks.

Pistachio, Apricot, Maple, Fig and Lemon Mini Macaroons. Mmmmm...

Pistachio, Apricot, Maple, Fig and Lemon Mini Macaroons. Mmmmm…

Chicken salad with hummus and veggies.

Chicken salad with hummus and veggies.

Fruit cup for you?

Fruit cup for you?

Babycakes Mini Cupcakes – yummmm!

Babycakes Mini Cupcakes – yummmm!

Popcorn is necessary for the Circus, right?

Popcorn is necessary for the Circus, right?

Peanuts for the elephants!

Peanuts for the elephants!

Candy "Take Home The Circus" Table

Candy “Take Home The Circus” Table

It's a BOY, ya'll!

It’s a BOY, ya’ll!

Opening gifts!

Opening gifts!

Notice, no shoes for this girl!

Notice, no shoes for this girl!

Super Sized Basket of Goodies!

Super Sized Basket of Goodies!

Baby Diaper Cake! We all loved that one.

Baby Diaper Cake! We all loved that one.

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Fun Pacifiers

Fun Pacifiers

I'm not sure what's so funny here, but I love that we are all laughing (especially the toddler)!

I’m not sure what’s so funny here, but I love that we are all laughing (especially the toddler)!

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Almost got everyone in this one!

Almost got everyone in this one!

My surprise +1 on the right. So happy to see the lovely Mary.

My surprise +1 on the right. So happy to see the lovely Mary.

My dear friend, Rana.

My dear friend, Rana.

New Momma friend, Amber!

New Momma friend, Amber!

The always lovely, Victoria. My old neighbor.

The always lovely, Victoria. My old neighbor.

The amazing hostess, McKenna.

The amazing hostess, McKenna.

My girl, Kristi, drove 2+ hours each way from LA. Seventeen years of friendship will do that – love!

My girl, Kristi, drove 2+ hours each way from LA. Seventeen years of friendship will do that – love!

What's left of the whole group.

What’s left of the whole group, these are some special ladies.

Who doesn't like sugar?

Who doesn’t like sugar?

Momma 2 B (2x)

Momma 2 B (2x)

Diaper Cakes - they pulled out all the stops!

Diaper Cakes – they pulled out all the stops!

Motorcycle Diaper Cake (front)

Motorcycle Diaper Cake (front)

Motorcycle Diaper Cake (back)

Motorcycle Diaper Cake (back)

Motorcycle Diaper Cake (side)

Motorcycle Diaper Cake (side)

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Baby Diaper Cake

Baby Diaper Cake

The cuteness never ends with these creations!

The cuteness never ends with these creations!

Baby Diaper Cake (head view)

Baby Diaper Cake (head view)

Circus Animals Diaper Tower

Circus Animals Diaper Tower

Matching Decorations Diaper Tower

Matching Decorations Diaper Tower

 

May 22, 2014
by gwendolyn
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34 Weeks with Baby #2

Seriously, could this pregnancy be going any faster!? I feel like I have missed most of it. Even though, that isn’t true, I just haven’t and the time to think about it. Much less dwell on the negatives or positives.

This time around everything has been intensified. My moods, my pain, the baby movement and the gas. Yep! I said it, I burp and hiccup at every turn. It’s so fun. What hasn’t intensified is my loss of memory. For some reason I got dumb at the beginning and it hasn’t felt like I’m as dumb as the last time – score! Now, don’t get me wrong, I still feel as dumb as rocks, at times. Plus, I forget what I’m saying at the most inopportune time, but maybe that’s just me? I could have come into this with Mommybrain anyway. No matter what, I feel good about not totally losing my brain, like I felt the last time!

Knock on wood, my back hasn’t been terrible. What has been are my hips. Just yesterday I thought they were going to fall out of the socket, especially the right one. My joints ache and oh the pelvis pain! Did you know that with each child your pelvis will feel more bruised each time? Yuck! Apparently it’s common and I can’t say its an appreciated aspect of the miracle of life.

However, life will go on and the baby will keep kicking, punching, jabbing, hiccuping, and pushing his way outside of my ribs…really whatever he wants to do. The other night I jumped while laying in bed, having almost fallen in that sweet sweet slumber, because I could have sworn he was using some appendage to scrap against my bladder. Now, that’s an active baby, folks!

So, let’s move on to the amount of times I use the bathroom. That hasn’t changed since the last time. I got a little reprieve during the second trimester, but it’s back in full force now. Sometimes it’s quite literally every half hour. Then, at night, recently I have woken up 5 times to pee – FIVE TIMES! How is that possible?

Oh well, at least this pregnancy is getting me ready for when the nursing begins. While truthfully, I love (almost) all of the movement the little guy is doing, maybe not the ones that wake me up. Here are some pics!

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May 21, 2014
by gwendolyn
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Wondering About Us?

I’m 34 weeks and I completely owe you a belly picture. However, what you are going to get are a lot of L.L. pictures. I know you are so disappointed. (wink-wink!)

Let me first tell you about me…at the beginning of the month I received my first (ever) prenatal massage! It was awesome and I can’t wait to go back for my second one. All thanks to my hubs for the perfect birthday gift! It was everything I thought it would be. Plus, I took the rest of the day off, per the hubs suggestion, and it was glorious. Lots of laying around, reading the internet, and watching tv.

Now, let’s talk about the tot! L.L. did the greatest thing I could have imagined a few weeks ago. We started off our day, as usual, at our Toddler + Me Parenting Class. Usually she will fall asleep in the car, only this time we were in our neighborhood, so she didn’t have the time. When we got home, she had a snack and decided to play with her puzzles. Once she put all the shapes back in the ball, she disappeared. I didn’t think much of it, but she never came back. Since I didn’t hear any noise I went to check on her, expecting to find her passed out on the floor (this happened one time before). ONLY, I didn’t find her there. Instead she was fast asleep in her bed, her TODDLER BED! This is a first and I couldn’t have been more moved. (I know I’m hormonal, but it really was the sweetest sight.) We have tried so many times to get her to sleep, easily, in this bed – only to fail, miserably.

So, this nap wasn’t perfect, she woke up frantically crying and just couldn’t shake the bad mood – fun. Not to worry, tho. We have been trying to work on sleeping in the toddler bed since and it’s going much better. Only for naps, but at least she has proven she can wake up happy there. The time she actually pulled off a solid nap and came to her door happy, yet a little confused, has only been once. She opened her door (more on that later), but only enough to peek out and stood there. I knew she had to be there, but couldn’t see her, so both Domingo and I waited. When nothing happened, we went over to the door to see what was up. She was just standing there. When I asked her what she was doing she pointed to the door and just said, “door?” So, I told her yes, we can open the door and she should come out of her room. She hesitated for a second and then trotted out and into the kitchen chatting away, like she always does. That bed is still a work in progress, so we will keep on keepin’ on!

Now, the last little tidbit on this sweet toddler. About a month ago we thought she had gone through a rapid growth spurt. She had gone from reaching for door handles, almost opening them to full on opening and closing any door she wants to. I was amazed to see her pawing at the handles one day and then cupping her hands together to fully turn the knob the next – our little smartie!

Our little girl is growing up with such grace. I love her to pieces.

This whole plate was full of pancakes and she ate them ALL! There had to have been 6 little ones.

This whole plate was full of pancakes and she ate them ALL! There had to have been 6 little ones.

Two year old crown!

Two year old crown!

Mmmmmm...I do love bacon!

Mmmmmm…I do love bacon!

Fun day at Lego Land!

Fun day at Lego Land!

Momma's Flip Flops work out just fine on her teeny feet.

Momma’s Flip Flops work out just fine on her teeny feet.

Putting herself to bed for a nap.

Putting herself to bed for a nap.

First time enjoying bacon, we have finally taken a turn on pork!

First time enjoying bacon, we have finally taken a turn on pork!

Daddy helping her make the big dunk!

Daddy helping her make the big dunk!

 

Hmmm...just what to do with a book that turns into a car!?

Hmmm…just what to do with a book that turns into a car!?

Daddy + L.L. at a birthday party

Daddy + L.L. at a birthday party

L.L.'s first Easter Egg

L.L.’s first Easter Egg

Ehhg!

Ehhg!

She loved that egg.

She loved that egg.

Learning to drink from a cup, at the Earth Fair.

Learning to drink from a cup, at the Earth Fair.

Hmmm...just what to do with a book that turns into a car!?

Hmmm…just what to do with a book that turns into a car!?

 

Toddler + Me Parenting Class

Toddler + Me Parenting Class

First Egg Hunt at the Class

First Egg Hunt at the Class

It took a bit, but she definitely got the hang of it!

It took a bit, but she definitely got the hang of it!

Does this thing open?

Does this thing open?

Shake - shake - shake!

Shake – shake – shake!

It does open!!

It does open!!

Momma + L.L. at class

Momma + L.L. at class

First Easter Basket

First Easter Basket

Bunnies!!

Bunnies!!

Stickers!

Stickers!

Ehhg, here!

Ehhg, here!

Learning to put them in the basket.

Learning to put them in the basket.

Ahhh, I can't reach it!

Help, I can’t reach it!

Trying to get there...

Trying to get there…

Made it!

Made it!

Now for the spoils!

Now for the spoils!

What? I like this.

What? I like this.

Now to look for the bunny!

Now to look for the bunny!

I found it!

I found it!

Then we add fun stickers.

Then we add fun stickers.

And I marvel at a job well done.

And I marvel at a job well done.

May 12, 2014
by gwendolyn
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Mother’s Day 2014

Imagine this, I’m actually writing a blog post about Mother’s Day ON MOTHER’S DAY! Wonders never cease.

This year, I had a great Mother’s Day with my little family. The hubs had the bright idea to plan an outing to the Carlsbad Flower Fields, and I loved it! We got up at our normal time with our normal (bellowing) 2 year old to enjoy cinnamon rolls. Check ONE for the hubs. With that I got to enjoy my second cup of decaf coffee, to date, with this pregnancy. Check TWO for the hubs. Then we all got ready and headed for the fields.

It was beautiful. We took a ton a pictures, especially of me (I loved that, b/c I like to have choices of what to post on the blog). Gil said it was payback, but he knows I really love it and wish it was easier for me to take pictures of all of us together. Check THREE and FOUR for the hubs.

Then, I got to put together a bouquet of wildflowers for myself and they are lovely. Check FIVE for the hubs. Lastly, we went out to lunch at Karl Strauss, in Carlsbad. I got a burger that was so huge I couldn’t believe I polished it off all by myself. Check SIX for the hubs. I didn’t leave any space for dessert, but no matter – we have ice cream in the freezer for root beer floats later on. Check SEVEN for the hubs.

All in all it was a beautiful day, perfect weather, yummy food, amazing company and I totally feel loved. Not to mention the two heart felt cards that I received this morning. Check EIGHT for the hubs.

Just how does he do it?

So cool, on our way to the fields.

So cool, on our way to the fields.

The start to our flower adventure!

The start to our flower adventure!

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Sweet Peas

Sweet Peas

Sweet Pea Maze

Sweet Pea Maze

Oh – you found me!

Oh – you found me!

Momma + L.L.

Momma + L.L.

Sweet baby girl

Sweet baby girl

Pretty flowers.

Pretty flowers.

Smelling the sweet flowers.

Smelling the sweet flowers.

Look at the tractor, Momma!

Look at the tractor, Momma!

Ranunculus Fields

Ranunculus Fields

Family Picture

Family Picture

More Ranunculus

More Ranunculus

...and more!

…and more!

Fields with the town and ocean.

Fields with the town and ocean.

Fields and the windmill, town and ocean.

Fields and the windmill, town and ocean.

Daddy + L.L.

Daddy + L.L.

Momma, are you getting this?

Momma, are you getting this?

L.L. telling Daddy something very important.

L.L. telling Daddy something very important.

The start to my beautiful bouquet.

The start to my beautiful bouquet.

These are special because we used them in our wedding.

These are special because we used them in our wedding.

Come here!

Come here!

I smell flowers with my nose.

I smell flowers with my nose.

Here, Daddy...

Here, Daddy…

Ok, now we go over here...follow me.

Ok, now we go over here…follow me.

The belly pic!

The belly pic!

Momma + L.L.

Momma + L.L.

Laughing

Laughing

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Thank you, Gil. I had a wonderful day. xo

 

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