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Marvelous Monday {MiMM #5}

Happy Monday Darlings! Hope you had a GREAT weekend and a FUN Cinco De Mayo, for those who celebrated. 🙂

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Today is a MARVELOUS Monday {Thanks to the lovely Katie for hosting!} because…

1. I am DONE with my classes for this semester!! 😀 Hello SUMMER!! AND remember how I was stressing out a several weeks ago about completing & passing my licensure exams?….well I got all of my exam results back and I PASSED ALL THREE OF THEM!! 😀

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2. Now that I’m done with classes it feels SO SO GOOD to just RELAX and do whatever I want. 🙂

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3. On Saturday I got a little worried over the fact that my little man has been extra picky lately and I can’t get him to eat veggies and any type of meat. He LOVES fruit and cheese but rarely touches meat or veggies.picky Well I sorta got upset and super worried about it and began to really doubt my mommy-abilities. In fact, I felt like a complete failure as a mommy. 😦 But then I saw this sign somewhere online and realized that there will always be challenges we face as parents and no matter how difficult they are, these “obstacles” do NOT define who we are as parents. Half of the time we over-think and over-worry about the little things (which I know I’m completely guilty of) when we really should just acknowledge the positives and continue to persevere because any challenge can be tackled.

good mom{Isn’t it just lovely!? You can order one here via Etsy!}

4. After a stressful Saturday evening trying to get my {teething} picky eater to eat, we ended up having a marvelous Sunday Funday in D.C. and enjoyed some good eats {YAY!}, which included yummy ICE CREAM!!

20130506-113112.jpg{Doesn’t ice cream just make everything better!}

icecream DC

5. This morning we had a marvelous breakfast which included lots of yummy VEGGIES!

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{Zucchini squash, baby portabella mushrooms, spinach and a sprinkle of cheese omelete with a side of Sriracha sauce} {p.s. have you tried Sriracha? OMG!!! I ❤ it! & prefer calling it “srirachi* instead-don’t ask why 😛 I’m a goof}

20130506-113147.jpg{A peak inside…..sooooo good!!}

And after much praise and admiration…somebunny ate all of his eggs AND oats…and afterwards  he DIDN’T even want many blueberries which is usually ALL he ever wants. 😀

20130506-113156.jpg{this was him saying “Mmmm”}

20130506-113208.jpg{Mommy did a HAPPY DANCE over this almost empty oats bowl! YAY A!}

6. Lastly…a little marvelous movtivation for the week..

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Hope you have a MARVELOUS day!!

❤ Alicia

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A week of FIRSTS…

Just when I think I’m getting into a regular routine and plan on blogging more…BAM! something else pops up…..thus is life though right!?

So this past week has been a surprisingly fun, joyous and absolutely CRAZY and a bit hectic…but hey! we’re surviving!! (insert *I’m a survivor* song here! lol)

1. A sweet someone (A’s Momo) surprised us on Thursday night, flying in from TX just in time for little man’s birthday! 😀  It was TOTALLY unexpected; we are usually the ones doing the surprises, but this time we were the ones completely dumbfounded when we saw her at the front door.

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2. My little baby turned *1* on Friday and we had his sweet birthday party on Saturday! 😀 (More birthday pics to come!)

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3. Following his birthday party, little man got sick and when I say sick, I mean really sick! 😦 He ran a fever (for the first time ever) causing us to make a trip to the ER. 😦

4. It actually *SNOWED* but enjoying it was the last thing on our minds. Aiden didn’t care much for the snow the last time we got a brief dusting, so I figured this weeks snow wouldn’t be very impressive to him either, plus we were NOT willing to risk him getting even more sick, so the winter wonderland was no big deal in our casa.

IMG_3690{Jan 23 Snow}

5. After many doses of children’s tylenol and motrin, my little love bug’s fever subsided, BUT then he got this random RASH all over his body. Again, I FREAKED OUT and we rushed to the ER once again. Thankfully, they said it was just a side effect of the fever and should go away in a couple of days. (which it slowly is, thank goodness!) {first time parent over reaction  maybe!?….YOU BET!}

6. Mommy’s homework was been placed on the back burner since my little munchkin has been a nursing & snuggle bunny all week long, and you know what?….I’m not even phased by it. Baby comes first! School work will eventually get done.

7. I love love love breastfeeding; I’ve had my ups and downs with it, but I swear the ups have completely outweighed the downs and this week further enhances my adoration for it. I’ve nursed A more these last couple of days than I have in months. The only thing that would soothe him was me nursing him and with that, I’d nurse him at little ache and cry all day and all night. Although, I felt as though I was nursing a newborn, I loved that I could make him feel a bit better. ❤

8. And lastly, on a sweet note, yesterday was the first time I’ve had blue bell ice cream here in VA! 😀 The commissary nearby has started to carry BLUE BELL and a friend dropped some off to us last night!! 🙂 Blue bell makes me happy!

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P.s. Blue bell makes EVERYTHING better!

Now that my little honey bunny is feeling better, this mommy has to get back on her school work. Happy FRIDAY!! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!! ❤

❤ Alicia

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Thankful Thursday {on Friday!}

I meant to post this yesterday as part of Jessie’s Thankful Thursday edition link up but….I sorta got caught up with homework and watching little mister practice his *WALKING*!! YESS!! He’s taking steps ALL ON HIS OWN, the other day he walked across the living room…WHAT!?!?!? I KNOW! 😀 I’m excited yet SO SO SO very worried at the same time, life as we know it is going to be completely UPSIDE DOWN once my baby (almost toddler) begins walking….and then running. :-/

As part of Thankful Thursday, I was to acknowledge how thankful I am for my little sugar bunny.

MommyI cannot imagine my life without him and I adore every second of the day because of him.  He is truly such a wonderful blessing; I often think to myself  “how did I get so lucky!?” Parenting has obviously changed my life drastically, sometimes days are rough but in all honestly, the tough days mean nothing when I see his sweet smiling face or hear his adorable little laugh. It’s so hard to believe that my little love bug is not so little anymore and is becoming more of a big boy by the minute…I’m cherishing every little snuggly moment, all while being overly joyous and amazed by the new things he is accomplishing. ❤ There is nothing more honorable than being this little sweethearts mommy; for this I am forever grateful.

Baby & mommy

I love you to the moon and back.

p.s. If your a breasfeeding advocate like me, check out the sweet breastfeeding story of Mayim Bialik {the actress from Blossom…remember that show!?! :-)}

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MY way. {learning how to bend part 2}

I’m an education major, (yes, the smell of crayons makes me completely blissful) and I’ve always been really scholarly about my studies and successes in life. I’m the type of person who wants to know the instructions, does them precisely and expects to get an A+, after all I’ve done EXACTLY what I was told to do and in doing so I expect to be successful. I’ve always felt that working hard and *following the directions* always pays off in many aspects of life….that is until parenthood came along.

Remember when I told you I was a bag of worries in the beginning?

Well add to that the lack of *directions* or a step-by-step manual on “how to be a great parent and raise a wonderful baby “that I have been so accusomed to in all of my life. Let’s just say overwhelmed is an understatement.

Whenever I have a question, I’m used to researching it and finding an answer. Simple no? However, whenever I have a question regarding my little bundle of joy, I’ve become completely overwhelmed with not one answer but several, and in every situation there are TWO sides (most of which are completely opposite of the other) to every scenerio.

Whether it be: clothe diapers vs. disposable, formula vs. breast milk, letting baby cry it out (CIO) vs. the dangers of CIO, starting solids vs. exclusively breastfeeding, the benefits of co-sleeping vs. the dangers co-sleeping….the questions are endless and the answers are even more infinite and confusing (especially for a first time mommy liek me).

Needless to say, the girl who is so used to having a question, doing research, and finding AN ANSWER, has been on roller coaster of emotions lately all in effort to *do it right* and achieve that A+ that I’ve never ceased to achieve.

Though the points on each side of the spectrum regarding all of these concepts seem very valid and full of truth,..they still do not answer MY questions and I’ve started to realize that Sir Google and it’s endless amount of info from other parents via forums and message boards has led to fully believe that…

There is no ONE answer nor is there an *one size fits all* when it comes to babies and parenting.

What I have realized is that MY baby is different than that other baby….so my baby’s needs are different AND THAT’S OKAY. (I’m 100% guilty of being the comparision lady, always comparing this to that…that too must end.)

In the last couple of day’s I’ve realized that to be the best parent and have a happy baby I must just listen to my baby and respond according to how I see fit. So if my little guy is sleeping in our room because he refuses to sleep anywhere else then so be it. He’s sleeping, he’s happy and that’s all that really matters. (Plus, we all know that a happy baby makes everyone else happy. 🙂 wouldn’t you agree?)

I also do know that I’m NOT going to be perfect. I’m going to make mistakes, plenty in fact, but I will also learn from them and be better because of it in the end.

So from the girl who is used to doing things a particular way, here’s to new challenges, a new mindset regarding those challeges and most importantly an incredible amount of rewards in return simply by just doing things MY WAY.

Lastly, society is so eager for babies to be so independent and sleep through the night, soothe themselves, not be dependent on mommy or daddy….but in such regards I feel that babies are only babies for a small amount of time, they soon grow up (all too fast) and they DO become independent…so until then I’m going to baby my baby as much as he needs it because before I know it he’ll be all grown up and I’ll be missing the days when all he needed was his mommy.

Until then, I’m off to cuddle with my little man, let him nap in the moby wrap instead of in his crib because he’s a baby and more importantly he is MY baby and that’s just how things are done around here.

P.s. if anyone has a problem with that….Aiden says..

…he WILL punch you!

{Little man @ 7 weeks old!}

Alicia

*I am in no way intending to judge others who choose to do things differently. I respect their choices as I hope they would respect mine. I’m also not trying to bash anyone’s beliefs on parenting, I have just personally been under a cloud of sadness regarding the controversial sides of each of these aspects of parenting choices and have finally decided to let it go and live my life the way I see fit. Thank you! 🙂

 

 

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Learning how to bend

That mom…yeah that’s the kind of mom I am…completely paranoid and worried about every little thing. I tell myself it’s got be “first time mommy syndrome” right? I mean that’s what everyone says, that with the first baby you’re so paranoid about everything but by the second kiddo your sooo much more relaxed and easy going.

Well there are several things that have really gotten to me since having my little guy.

#1 My milk supply

This was one of my biggest fears from even before I had him, during my pregnancy I was constantly wondering if I’d even be able to breastfeed in the first place and then if I could keep up my milk supply. I joined a support group on FB for women to share tips and advice during their BFing experience, which has really helped, but has also led me to the dreaded comparison factor. Seeing these women pump tons of milk on a daily basis made me feel so intimidated because I felt like I couldn’t even compare to them, thus meaning perhaps I wasn’t making enough milk for my little guy.

Believe me I did tons of google searches to help ease my worries, but even then other demons took over my brain, things such as thrush, mastitis, baby’s preferring one breast over the other..…you name it I thought I had it. (So maybe WebMD isn’t so fabulous after all?!)

While I still sometimes wonder if things are going well, there are few things that I’ve tried to incorporate in my diet to help boost my milk supply..(or so they’ve been said to..)

Hello oatmeal, you’re my best friend!

LOTS & LOTS of oatmeal, if it works great, if not it’s fine I’m at least eating something healthy and that’s really all that matters.

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Brewers Yeast…taste AWFUL but worth it if it works…if not…it’s bound to have some health benefits right? Lol

P.s. I totally loved this site because it helped me stay sane when my worries about milk supply kept attacking my little exhausted brain.

#2 Holding him “too much”

There’s this thing in our Hispanic cultural that if you hold babies too much they’ll become accustomed to it so much that they become fussy little monsters when you put them down…..Ok so maybe not “monsters’ per se, but you will definitely have a hard time with your little bundle of joy if they become “embracilado” or spoiled from being held too much. The problem is no one tells you how much is “too much”?? (Ok..now where’s the newborn manual for parents?) I feel as though I can read my little guy a  lot better than my husband can, (duh! I’m at home with him all day and hubby isn’t) So it gets to me when my hubby holds the baby from the minute he gets home til bedtime. I get it, they need to bond, but I also feel that hubby needs to learn to read baby’s different cries and then act accordingly. I guess I’m asking him to be more mom-like early on, and instead I just need let him take his time to get to know the baby more and quit worrying that little guy will be embracilado. I felt that we were both on two seperate pages and we need to get it together and both be on the same one.  Honestly, after much consideration and actually thinking about it instead of worrying so much, I don’t care really how much is “too much,” because in the end, a happy held baby is better than a crying unheld baby in our book. I have to stop worrying about trying to be perfect parents and hold baby Aiden whenever he needs it.

#3 Germs are everywhere and I’ve got to sanitize everything.

I was NEVER a germ-a-phobe before…not the slightest bit. However, since having Mr. Aiden, the thought of his blanket touching a nasty grocery cart full of millions of germs FREAKS ME OUT! :-/  Pet hair on baby’s stuff…. Oye! Between that and the millions of germs, let’s just say my washing machine gets daily use sometimes…(Ugh! & the thought of the germs IN the washer & dryer…ahhh!) So call me CRAZYY!  Yes, I know…I can’t protect him for everything, and that if I over-sanitize I’ll end up doing more harm then good, so I’m slowly trying to let loose and not be so paranoid for his sake and mine.

#4 Feeling guilty for taking some “me” time..

This one is the strangest for me because my “me” time has always consisted of being active, working out, going to the gym, etc…I always told myself prior having my little guy that I would HAVE to make some time for myself to workout for my mental, physical and emotional health. The only thing I didn’t consider was that that whole concept is a lot easier said than done. I’m not saying I can’t go literally…my issue is that I don’t want to go because I feel guilty leaving him just to have some selfish “me” time. Only in reality, it isn’t selfish at all, in fact it’s something I SHOULD do, not just for me, but for my husband and my sweet baby boy.

So though things have clearly changed in the last couple of months, in the end I’ve realized that although I will worry about every little thing from now until forever, I can’t let all of these little things get to me and I’ve got to learn to adapt….and I will it’s just a matter of working at. 😉

Sorry for the long post, and my lack of recent posting, I’ve been too busy killing germs, raising a beautiful baby boy! 🙂

❤ Alicia

By the way….who wouldn’t want to hold this sweet little face ALL day??….I mean really!! Embracilado? WHO CARES!! 😛 haha

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