Tuesday, September 22, 2015

8 Months

Nate is 8 months old today.  He started to crawl and is definitely a mama's boy.  Nathaniel is full of energy and does not sleep as much as a baby should.  I can relate to having a bouncing baby boy in the house and cannot help by let my heart smile when he gazes at me- no matter how tired I may be. 

Also, this past month my 90 year old grandfather past away.He lived a great long live and we know that he is finally resting well.  Popo was my reminder of my mother and my living connection to her.  I will miss his talks and words of wisdom.  It was such a blessing to have Popo meet Nathaniel, his great-grandson, at the beginning of the year. 

Although I do not boast often, this is a time to do so.  After two years and two months, we finally have full time custody of da boyz.  It has been a transition period for all of us but it has been worth the wait.  Needless to say I have been busy getting da boyz in school and settled, thus not many blog posts. Let's do the math- two boyz, a baby boy, and da mister equals four boyz and one Barbie in the house. 

This was my busy month.  Now that I have a nanny to help around the house, I hope that I will have more time to blog more regularly. 

  Ridin' on...

Monday, August 24, 2015

7 Months

Growing off the charts, Nathaniel is now seven months old.  We are still not sleeping through the night and I have him sleeping in the bed with me.  One day soon, that will change. Mark. My. Words.

Since I am a walking zombie, I am desperately searching for a Mother's Day Out program and looking for a reliable sitter.  I have learned that with most programs, I should have registered Nathaniel when I was pregnant. Who knew.

Let me introduce you to Korosh, my friend since college.  We never have been in a situation where I could see him with children until I introduced him to Nathaniel.  I was totally shocked to see how good he is with children.  After all this time, I never knew he is like a baby whisperer.  If only the babysitters I have been interviewing had half the magic as he does. 

Here is to good friends.  Even though we may see each other once a year, we always pick up right back where we left off. 

Saturday, August 8, 2015


Barbie and her bike now has Barbie and her baby. 

This is the bike that I rode across America on. I had to lower the seat way down so that my feet would touch the ground.  The seat was difficult for me to install so I ask a neighbor for an extra pair of hands.  After that, we were ready to roll.  However, my knees hit the back of the seat and I am getting used to the extra weight.  

For our first ride, we only rode up two houses.  Next time, I will ride earlier in the day when it is not so hot and after Nate's new infant bike helmet arrives.  Who knew that infant bike helmets even existed.

Ridin' on my friends.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

6 Months

Being a parent means being selfless.  If I am hungry, I put that aside and feed da boyz first.  If I am sleepy, da boyz get their baths and bed time first.  For da mister, that means driving four hours a day to work and back, so we can have food and a roof over our heads.  

If you had told me that I would be a walking and starving zombie a year ago, I may have opted out on the kid option. Now, I love waking up to my smiling happy baby boy-  there is nothing that gives me more joy than to see Nathaniel playing in the mornings.

 The best compliment I received was from the neighbor lady. She asked me where I got my baby from because she never saw me pregnant.  Well,  he grew in me.  It's like I ate food and a baby grew.  I am baffled and I remain fascinated by the miracle of life. 

These days I feel like I am in the best shape of my life- thanks to a personal trainer and a gym membership with child care. I have been on my bike a few times but child care is the hold up from getting on the road more often.  

Nathaniel is sitting up, teething, and starting to eat broccoli, cantaloupe, rice, and bananas.  He is rolling and I have started child proofing the house.  People, we are getting ready for a crawler.  

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

5 Month

Yeah, I am back up on the internet and my little man is now five months old.  I cannot believe how much he is growing at a whopping 18 pounds. There are times that I want my newborn baby back.

Nathaniel has his own little personality and I enjoy watching his personality develop.  Me on the other hand, feels way to old to be getting this little sleep.  But, I remember that this is for a relatively short period of time and that is what keeps me going.  I cherish all the time I am getting with my baby- especially while I am nursing him.

We also baptized Nathaniel this past weekend.  It was a special event for me since I had my god-sister, Cece, be Nathaniel's god-mother.   I feel truly blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful family and friends . 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Sleep Deprivation

The thing about sleep deprivation and me is that I write these blog segments while trying to fall asleep and then in the morning I cannot seem to remember what I was going to blog about.  Instead I will share some pictures that capture my life.

#barbieandherbaby at our first swimming party.

This is me relaxing at the adult pool at the gym.  I was so tired that I checked Nathaniel in at the Kids Club and sunbathed/napped for an hour and half.  It was absolute heaven.  Now if only I can get cabana service and a soft fluffy pillow. 

We have the older boyz for the summer.  It is hard to tell who is walking whom.  Is Roxy running Joe?  Is Nathaniel walking me?  You be the judge.  

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

What Would You Do?

Now that I am a stay at home mom, I have become that typical mother that watches Bravo TV, goes to the gym, attends baby time at the library, and seeks out play dates. Not exatly how I envisioned this mommy stuff but it is working for this chapter in my life. I enjoy wathing Nathaniel eat ceral for the first time, learn to roll, and interact with other babies.  Waking up to a smiling baby every moring is the icing on the cake. 

Here Nathaniel is like, “check out my guns”.

I love to read and I often read to Nathaniel.  At the library, they read to the babies, sing, and play.  It always surprises me how much the babies observe during this time.  Nate will want to stand when he sees the other babies stand and reach his arms out to other babies.

On our first library time, I noticed a mother going throught the toy bag.  Since it was my first time, I was not quite sure how the time would fold out.  Just as the librarian walked out of the room, the mother grabbed some toys and stuffed them in her purse.  Did I really just see a mother steal toys from the library?  

It was like an episode of What Would You Do? And that is just that, I did not know what to do.  I was new to the group and did not want to stir up trouble.  After a diaper change, Nathaniel’s and not mine, I asked my sister what I should do. We looked for the librarian, however she already left.

Still to this day I wish I had done something more.  Confront the lady?  Call her out on the spot?  Either way, my non action bothers me more than what my action should have been.