Thursday, May 30, 2013

DIY: Birth Stats Prints

For years now I've been trying to create one of this thing. But I never got the chance to. Then I got knocked up and decided to wait until AJ was born. Then I got a new Mac which didn't have PowerPoint or let me edit PP files for that matter. Then I started college this summer and couldn't put buying the office software any longer and guess what's the first thing I did once it was installed? You got it! These babies. I can't wait to go home, print them and display them in the boys rooms. 

It was very easy to do, just a bit time consuming. All you need are the stats, PowerPoint program, printer, paper, a verse (optional), a bit of creativity, and patience. I made text boxes for each of the info and place them where I wanted them. It took a while because I wanted the letters/numbers to take up the entire page so it was like making a puzzle. Not to bad if you ask me right? Also I formatted the page to be 5x7 in size and used Bakerville Old Face and Tangerine (same one one my blog) for my fonts. I plan to print then on card-stock for a nicer finish. Other than that this is all it was to it. :)    
p.s. there's a typo on AJ's print but of course it has been fixed for printing.



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Adrian 4 Months

Ok so this is more than late. But like I say, is better late then never right? right. :)


Dear Adrian, 

Four months already. Oh boy. Where is time going. I feel like it was just yesterday I was in excruciating pain and you were making your way into our lovely earth. How is it that we're already nearing summer? And you'll be eating lots of refreshing fruits. Like watermelon for example. 




You entered your fourth month with a few trips to the doctor's office and once to the ER. According to the doctor you had an ear infection. Your very first at that. Which led you to be on your first treatment of antibiotics. It broke my heart to see you like that. So uncomfortable. Without being able to tell us how you felt. What hurt. What was bothering you. What made you feel better. Although it doesn't take a  scientist to know what made you feel better. Cuddling with your momma did I'm sure :) I hope this doesn't happen much this year because it wasn't fun. I like to see you happy. Smiling. Full of energy. 



You have changed so much these last four months. From a wrinkly little thing that hardly fit into his newborn clothes to this long and full infant that can start solids. Yes you're officially an infant now and no longer a newborn. And yes you can start solids too. I cannot believe we're there already. When your pediatrician told us that you were ready for solids I thought to myself, he might be ready but I'm not. You're still my peanut. You can't start solids yet. And yet here we are contemplating whether to give you cereal or not. You're still feeding like a champ though and that makes me happy. Is my favorite time of day. Or times I should say. I look forward to feeding you, especially when were home and not out in public. 



You were giving us a hard time when it came to bottle feeding. You just weren't having that. You wanted your momma and that was that. Stubborn like your father if I'd say so myself. We had decided to use glass bottles for you but I ended up ordering breast flow bottles because you wanted nothing to do the glass ones and with my returning to work we had to make sure you were feeding good when I wasn't around. That seem to be working for now. I hope you keep it up. 

You are so much more alert now too. You love To check out your surroundings. Your neck had gotten so strong. Your hard work at tummy time is paying off. Good job AJ.  You have this high pitched sound you make that makes us all laugh. I wonder what you're trying to say? Or what point you're trying to get across. You enjoy staring at the fish tank. You could stare for a pretty long time if we let you. I totally get it though because I can stare a it a while too. 



Your hand coordination has gotten so good. You can reach out and grab things now. And of course right to your mouth they go. Which makes me think of teething. 

And your favorite thing right about now has got to be your hands. You have them in your mouth 24/7. You gave us a scare there when you started sucking your thumb. I was worried you had picked up thumb sucking like big brother but luckily it was just a phase. Fingers crossed that you don't pick up that habit in the near or far future at all. 

I'm sure this is common in other babies too around this age but you are such a happy baby. I can't get over how happy you are. You are just so happy all the time that it's even contagious. 

Cloth diapering its still going good for us. Keep up the good work babes. 




This month you started watching some videos. Call us crazy but we ended up getting "my baby can read" videos for your brother at 2y/o and he never made it past the first video so for four years we've had all that saved in a box. And I finally took it out and displayed it in your nursery so that I'm reminded to have you watch it once a day. You enjoy it too. The songs. The colors. The rhyming. The animals. I could of sworn I heard you say hooray a couple of times too. Your daddy just laughed at me. I guess I'm going to have to record you sometime to prove I'm not crazy.  

 You've also been more intrigued about your fur brother King. Like why is he so different? And he's been getting more curious about you too. Always sniffing your feet and trying to lick your toes. He pretty much has gotten used to your crying. That doesn't even phase him anymore jejeje. Not that you cry much either. 



Drooling is another one. If I didn't know better I'd swear you were teething. 

I'm looking forward on taking you on more outings now that the weather is getting warmer. Is time we put that awesome stroller to good use :) and let you experience mother nature's wonders. I'm sure you'll be mesmerized by all the wonderful things on this earth. 



Sweet AJ, words cannot express how much you are loved. Not just by your mommy, daddy, big brother, and fur brother, but by everyone around you too. I'm so glad you are blessed with such wonderful people. Even more so I'm so glad God has once again blessed us with another baby boy. Here's to another wonderful month with you in our lives. We love you! 


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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Let's play ball!

Now that the semester is finally over and I have some time before summer classes begin I can play catch up on here. School is hard y'all. And having a new baby doesn't help much. At least I can say that I haven't given up and don't plan to either. I love being role model for my siblings. Especially when they let it be known that I inspired them to do better in life. That's my biggest goal, to teach them that it's never too late and that it's always better late then never. I mean, I hope that they don't follow my footsteps and take years to finish school but as long as they go and become someone in life I'll be a happy gal. I believe there's a purpose on why my life took the route I am in now but enough of me. Baseball anyone?

(first practice)

Pollo's baseball 6y/o

(This is my baby)

 Ever since last year my love for sports have increased. A LOT! Boys are so much fun I tell you :)
My baby, well he's not a baby anymore. Only in my eyes I guess. Anyways. This is the third year in a row that he plays sports. At 4 we had him in soccer. It was pretty cool and he learned the basics. At 5 and now 6 he's been playing midgets baseball. What I love most is that his daddy is the coach so I love that they get to bond during it. I try to attend as many practices and games as I can and I can totally see a big improvement since last year. Next year he'll be moving up to the 7-8 year olds team and that'll be more fun I bet. These games are so much fun now. These kids have such a short attention span and I can die laughing at how they all run after the ball. Even the batter runs after the ball after he hits it lol and there's a little one that when he make it to a base and another player bats instead of running to the next base or home he runs after the ball in the field. Omg at every game I leave with sore cheeks from all the laughter. I love being involved too. I help the hubby get them lined up in the dugout and ready to bat. Or I stand by a base and direct the kids when to run to the next base, run home, or stay.

Pollo's baseball 6y/o

Pollo's baseball 6y/o

Pollo's baseball 6y/o

These kids have grown on me and I love how the parents are so involved as well. I have a feeling that even if we have a little girl she'll be playing sports like this. And oh how I can't wait to have both of my boys playing sports. They'll probably never be on the same team due to age but I'm sure AJ will learn so much from his big brother. He's so good with him now. I love my boys so much!

Pollo's baseball 6y/o

This is what I've been doing the past 6 weeks. Enjoying my firstborn and his childhood. Treasuring every moment because he just seem to be growing too fast for me. I'm sad to be returning for summer classes in another week or so. But it's going to be so much worth it :)

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Is hard not to judge

But. As a new mother how can I not?

I just finished my 3 day week at work (looking forward to the next 10 days off) and we had a situation on day one that has my heart aching. Can it really be possible to make it to 38 weeks of pregnancy and not know that you're pregnant? I've seen it happen in tv shows many times but can it really be true? I just don't understand. You gain 40lbs and don't think is weird? Don't get a menstrual in nine months and don't get concern? feel your belly moving (from the kicks) and don't think nothing other then "it must be gas"? Then one day you find yourself in a hospital bed giving birth and what's worse is that you don't to even acknowledge you had a child. How cold hearted can you really be?

There I go judging again.

Is a sad story and for the past three days I've been judging this person. Wondering what must be going through her mind that can cause her to act this way. It's been 4 months since I gave birth and I still can't get used to being away from my peanut and here she is without even knowing the gender. It breaks my heart but deep down I realize that I don't know her situation and her reasons must be of great deal to act this way. So even though I don't know you I wish you the best and hope that whatever you're going though will soon be over.

Now to that sweet baby boy. My sweet Sam, because in my heart you will always be Sam. There's not a bone in my body that doubts that you have an angel watching over you. You are a miracle child and I know God has great plans for you. I can feel it. In just 3 days of life you have managed to win over two entire units full of women who plainly adore you. You will be missed and I hope that you never feel rejection again. I hope that the family that takes care of you will love you immensely and treat you like you came from their own womb. I will never forget you!

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