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!  

Monday, March 14, 2016

A Blog World Re-Entry?

It's been so long.  When I think of filling in the blanks from my last post, my mind reels.  I was just announcing I was pregnant and now I have a six month old little boy.  His name is Nico, really Nicolas, but we call him Nico.  And Carolina is three and a half, getting so big.  These moments and days just fly by with a heart full of treasured memories and it makes me sad that I haven't recorded them here.

Today is different.  A friend kept Carolina last night and even though Nico went to bed at almost midnight, he is sleeping now.  I looked over and my neglected computer happened to be next to me, and I have coffee.  The coffee isn't cold and I didn't have to reheat it in the microwave.  Curious George is not on the tv.  I thought, why not now to get a re-entry into the blog world in motion.  Why not?

I still am the same person that started this blog many years ago when I was single.  I still love to declutter and think about capsule wardrobes, and simplifying life.  In fact, now even more than ever are those things important because the clutter and lack of simplicity steal from my family.

I am always thinking of new ways to be efficient and feeling mostly like I fail, but that's a lie.  I am not failing because my house is a bit messy.  In fact, I'm accomplishing more and greater things.  Because of the press of time I have to be more proactive and organized.  Meal planning has become a priority because everyone seems to always want to eat.  I'm trying to do laundry almost every day just to keep up and not be overwhelmed by Mount Washmore.  Carving out time for the things that matter the most is a top priority and in doing so makes me see that those things that used to be important need to take a back seat or be altogether eliminated.

As I write here, I realize how much I rely on expressing myself with emojis in texting and instagram. Look at all the full sentences!  I hope I'll be able to add blogging back into my life, for my own journaling and place to share my thoughts as well as to look back and see the seasons as they unfolded.  I want to write about topics that are important to me these days and of course I will write about Carolina and Nico because... no explanation needed!  So can you put emojis in blog posts?  I think I might need them after all.  :)

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Our Trip to Rosemary Beach, Florida

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