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.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

4 Months

Nathaniel is now four months old. 

 He found his feet and he sucks on his toes.  He also found his hands and has started to grab things and pull his own hair.

That is the exciting stuff around these parts. More later, after my nap.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

My First Mother's Day

This year I have a mix of emotions on my first Mother's Day.  I totally and utterly miss my mom and wish so much she was here to see me and my baby.  I love that I have a bonus mom that loves me the way my mother loved me.  I love being a bonus mom and having two big boys who can hug me and enjoy the cookies I make for them.  And mostly, I love that I am a mom and I have a new baby that has found his feet and wakes me up at 5:30 in the morning to play with his new discovery.

Not to be morbid, but I love celebrating my mother and coming up with new ways to decorate her. Nothing is more lovely than a bed of rose pedals.  

Mother's Day is also special in a bike ride way because it is the day that kicks off the ride across America. On this day back in 2009, I started the journey that made me a new person with bragging rights of riding my bicycle from La to Boston.  Keep ridin' on my fellow CrossRoad riders.

Monday, April 27, 2015

3 Months

Nathaniel is now three months old.

Fiesta happened and I celebrated my forty and fabulous birthday.

Fiesta is not complete without the obligatory picture with Melvis (the Mexican Elvis).

Nathaniel is alert more and is in need for constant stimulation. Last week we attended toddler time at the library. I was reluctant at first thinking he was to young.  We sang, played, read books, and everything kept his interest.  We also go on daily walks with our new sling. I'm going to work up to doing lunges with Nathaniel in the sling, in hopes to make my legs stronger and get muscle back.  

Let's get real people, one day I hope to laugh or cough and not pee on myself. The way I see it is that all competitive athletes pee on themselves.  That is how I see myself- just another athlete trying to scare off other athletes from drafting off me. 

Brest feeding is like training. You have eat right and drink lots of water.  Breast feeding while I am working out is even more difficult because I have had to really listen to my body to ensure I'm eating and drinking enough to supply both me and Nathaniel without getting dizzy.

Like most days, some are easy and some are hard.  Overall, I love being a mommy.  Most of all, I love listening to Nathaniel giggle, laugh, and smile.