Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Carolina's Fourth Birthday

I hate it when bloggers start post with it's been awhile, but goodness it has!  To say that my brain is scattered, would be putting it mildly.  Add a just-turned-four-year-old Carolina chattering in my ear, and it's no wonder I can put two thoughts together at all.

Soooo, Carolina turned four on June 17!  It was a splash pad party which was meant to be easier on us and was really fun but no less chaotic than being in the house.  It was so hot and I should have gone into the water myself!  Carolina had fun with her friends and besides the icing melting fast, it was a total success.




All of us except Nico 

Mommy made her a special cake.  It's tradition!

Carolina saying goodbye to her BFF Grace

Thank goodness someone else was always holding Nico!

Spoiled much?

She also got to celebrate at Sal y Pimiento in City Centre

Mommy had to take advantage of the 50% Kendra Scott discount for Carolina's birthday!


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Carolina's Rock Garden

Carolina watering her plant (a weed)
I'm outside in our back garden area watching Carolina play.  She doesn't need much to play; the watering can from her bath toys, the water from the back of her tricycle and the rocks and dirt.  She could play for hours out there.

I grew up playing outside unsupervised.  I made mud pies, played tag, went to the store and walked around the neighborhood with my friends.  Times have changed, but it makes me want to instill in her and Nico the imagination and creativity spurred on by playing with simple things on your own or with a friend.

I recently read this quote.  It's something to think about.

"We want to give our children the things we didn't have,
 but don't forget to give them the things we did have."  








  



Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Introducing Nicolas Gustavo


Oh time, how you do go by so quickly.  Nico may have just turned 7 months but I thought a birth announcement post should come before a first birthday one.  


Nico was born August 17, 2015 around 3:30 in the morning.  I woke up at 12:30 am with contractions which I wasn't sure were the real thing or not.  I timed them for 30 minutes before waking up Gustavo.  They were 2 minutes apart so I thought we should definitely get to the hospital.  


This time was a little more tricky with having a child at home.  We arranged with a friend that if I went into labor in the middle of the night that she would come over.  Gustavo called her and she got to our house by 1:00 am.  By that time I was writhing in pain in the passenger seat of the car.  I could barely even acknowledge her.  I'm one of those crazy people that likes to do labor with no epidural so I was already focused and knew what was coming.


We got to the hospital and had the most amazing delivery nurses.  I asked them to dim the lights and I continued to labor quietly while everyone in the room chattered about this and that.  I stayed on my phone timing the contractions up until I started pushing.  It helped me to know when another one was coming.  I even texted a few people to let them know!  This was so much different than with Carolina because I was screaming a lot.  The midwife even told me with her, "You have to stop yelling."  


I had back labor this time and Naomi, the labor nurse, put her fist into the small of my back.  It was everything to me.  Gustavo tried it once but I put him back on hand holding duty. Gustavo was so supportive and amazing too!  Labor went much quicker this time and before I knew it we were waiting for the doctor to come break my water so I could push.  She was in an emergency c-section with another patient and I remember not being so patient.  I think I had to wait 20 minutes or so but when she broke my water, it was such a relief!  I could no longer feel the contractions and didn't even know when to push.  However I did feel the next  part and got much more vocal at that point.  It hurt, a lot!  


Birth is such a primitive surreal experience and I can't believe I got to do it twice!  I had some scares about Nico being breech and transverse at every appointment for about a month.  I did some Webster Technique with the chiropractor and also hung out upside down several times a day.  Knowing that a c-section could be imminent I was truly praising God for every labor pain that I got to experience.  I told you I'm weird.


After the baby was delivered I had major shakes and the stitching part while they clean the baby is the part I hate the most.  Finally they handed us the baby and all the love and responsibility flooded my soul.  A little boy that looks just like his Papa, how lucky can I be?


Nicolas Gustavo
7 pounds 3 ounces
19.25 inches long
August 17, 2015
3:30 am

With both Carolina and Nico, I gave birth at 39 weeks and 4 days and both of them were delivered 2 hours after getting to the hospital.  Carolina's labor was 7 1/2 hours and Nico's was 3 hours.  


 We had to stay in the hospital for 4 days because he had a dangerous case of jaundice.  Apparently our blood types are very incompatible and he needed 24 hours of lights to help him clear it out of his body.  It's interesting that Carolina and him both have the same blood type so we had this jaundice problem.  Both times I wanted the delayed cord clamping but it didn't happen either time which I am thankful for because I read that it can make the jaundice even worse.


Bringing home another sweet baby was so incredible.  I had a great delivery but recovery was rocky both times.  I could literally hardly even walk to the door and could hardly carry the baby because I was so bruised and sore.  Life with a toddler doesn't stop for anyone though and we made it through those very tough months.  


I wanted to post one of the sweetest moments of our hospital stay, when Carolina came in to meet Nico.  You can see the wonder and love in her little face.  What a joyous moment for us!  



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