Monday, April 7, 2014

oh, hello!

i could fill this blog post with the million reasons why i haven't posted anything new since baby girl's first birthday but instead i'm going to share 1 reason why i'm finally posting.....because alas, blogging makes me happy and i want to spend a little bit more time these days on those things.

looking back on the blogs i posted last year make me a tiny bit sad (as i remember struggling through hormones and life changes and schedules and figuring out how to make it all work out) but they also fill my heart with so much joy. we made a tiny human and she thrived beautifully! she's so much more than i could've ever imagined. picture your heart swelling so much it's on the verge of bursting.....that's been my constant state of existence since the very day she entered our lives. i'm so grateful for this blog so i can revisit all those moments throughout her first year and here we are just a month shy of her second half birthday and I'm barely realizing how absent i've been from documenting all of our amazing life moments in this blog.

so i'm back! don't hold me to anything because life is a bit different than where i was last year but isn't that even more reason to try and track it all down? I'm going to summarize the last 6 months in a series of bullet-styled words (because I have created more bullet style lists in the last 6 months than i ever thought i ever would and i'm beginning to feel like i'm living my life just one bullet column after the next) so here it is:


  • highly recommend spending your holidays with a toddler. the look on her face each time she opened a new gift was priceless.
  • she skipped the crawling business and went straight to walking in time for christmas
  • she was running by new years
  • and has been covered in bruises from falling ever since
  • she's restless like her mama
  • and funny like her dada
  • giving kisses is her favorite thing
  • talking is her next favorite thing
  • she's still not sleeping through the night
  • her dada makes this journey so much fun (i don't say it enough but i love that man more than all the amazing things in life combined)
  • i love to hear her say, "papa" which is what she calls my dad
  • sometimes when i'm carrying her she gives me an unexpected hug and takes me somewhere so special -- i will remember those moments until my dying day
  • her cheeks are the most delicious thing on earth







Tuesday, November 12, 2013

your first birthday



what a day. i want to make sure i document every single detail of this day because i just know that i'll smile as i relive it each time i read this blog post.

you came charging into this world 365 days ago and yet it literally feels like just yesterday that i held your tiny little body for the first time. you grew up before our eyes this year and i'm so proud to say that i didn't miss a single second of it. i'm such an impatient person that i just couldn't wait to see you crack your first smile, hear you laugh, watch you try to crawl, listen with pride as you said, "mama" and feel my heart melt when you said, "dada." i cried with you when you got your shots and did my best to soothe you during those painful teething nights, we discovered that you love babies as you cuddle and hug your favorite baby and you also love to give your favorite animals hugs and kisses. you have such a warm and caring soul, your daddy and i feel like the luckiest parents on the planet. so as the day of your first birthday approached, i couldn't help but think about all these milestones and my eagerness to see them develop and then my sadness as i slowly began to realize that all of these things just happen once. they come and go so quickly, i don't know why i was so impatient to see them happen.

so here we are, your first birthday. you woke up this morning with the biggest smile on your face. it's almost like you knew exactly what day it was. i pulled up this song on my iphone and we danced the entire time. we shimmied and smiled and it was just the perfect way to start our day.

i changed you into your outfit and made sure to put on your birthday hairclip. gladys showed up with a little gift for you and you loved it! then she took you on a walk, we bought a balloon at the grocery store yesterday so i made sure to tie it to your stroller so everyone would know that today was your special day. gladys said you were so happy at the park and that you were laughing the entire time.

you took your morning nap and as soon as you woke up we dressed you and got you ready for an afternoon at the zoo! the zoo was super packed, since it was veterans day, every single person within a 100 mile radius of the zoo decided today was the best day to go. luckily, we have a membership so we skipped the line and strolled right in. our first stop; the meerkat exhibit. i held you up while you pointed and smiled at the meerkats. they look just like peanut so you may have just thought they were chihuahuas. then we made our way over to the carousel where we heard one of your grandpa vega's favorite songs as you and daddy went around and around. {thank you for being with us in that moment grandpa vega.} then we checked out all our favorite animals: elephants, giraffes, monkeys and finally the gorillas. you were more interested in practicing your walking skills and smiling at all the other kids than anything else but we can tell that you were having a blast but you were also getting very tired.


we decided to call it a day so we headed back to the car. on our way home we stopped by our favorite cupcake shop to pick up some special treats for the evening. we also decided to stop by gymboree for some playtime since you seemed to have hit your second wind as we exited the freeway because you were screaming at the top of your lungs. you just kept yelling, "daaaaadaaaaaaa!!!!!"

even though you were getting into your afternoon nap time, you seemed to have so much fun at gymboree. you crawled and climbed and scooted to every single random ball. daddy and i had so much fun taking turns sliding you down the slides and you even made a special footprint sign to celebrate your birthday. we finally made our way home and i was easily able to get you to take your afternoon nap even though it was getting close to your actual bedtime.

you woke up an hour later in an extra cuddly mood and i gladly accepted the extra loving. daddy picked up mediterranean food (your favorite) and we all had dinner together. then we played and cuddled and chased you around the house before the final event of the night.....cupcakes!!!

daddy lit the candle and you instantly started blowing! we were cracking up because you were just so excited and kept blowing and spitting and spitting and blowing. then we placed the cupcake (vanilla with chocolate frosting) in front of you and you instantly started tossing the frosting all over the place. we had a tiny freak out moment because the dogs were scrambling to pick up your scraps and they obviously can't eat chocolate so we had to grab them and put them on the other side of the gate while we watched you eat your cupcake then your dad reminded me that with every bite of chocolate we were setting ourselves about 15 minutes back from bedtime. so i ate the rest of your cupcake :) then i felt bad so i grabbed some salted caramel gelato from the freezer and let you have a couple tiny bites.

after the cupcake and ice cream fun, i scooped you up and started to get you ready for your bath. i took off your chocolate covered shirt and kissed your little forehead as we walked to the bath that daddy was preparing for you. i held on to you for just one second too long because you decided to pee all over me so i handed you over to daddy, picked up your pee mess and hopped in the shower while you had your special birthday time with daddy. he then got you into your pajamas and read you a book. i walked in as you were sitting on his lap and smiling at the book he was reading you so i just stood at the door for a minute and soaked in every amazing second of that moment.

then it was my turn, my turn to have you all to myself. i nursed you and rubbed your little back as you gently rubbed my arm. i whispered, "happy birthday," and you smiled then i laid you down in your crib and sang you to sleep.

so that's it, year one is done. i promise to slow things down and not be so eager to see you hit every milestone moving forward. i'll likely say this a million times over again but life is just so much sweeter with you in it.

love, your mama.
































Monday, November 11, 2013

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my sister surprised me with this video this morning. best darn thing i could've ever ever expected. i've been able to hold back the emotional tears but this....this opened the floodgates.

happy birthday darling precious amazing little nugget of mine. mommy loves you more than you could ever ever possibly imagine.

Friday, October 25, 2013

11 months and getting back on track



tiny disclaimer: my daughter did not age a month in a day. for those of you keeping track, i got a little behind but i'm almost back on track now. 

hello month before my daughter's first year of life! surprisingly, i'm not as emotional as i predicted i would be. i'm just really super excited for her and her new found freedom. she's such a confident little darling i just simply can't get enough of her and this amazing new phase in her life. she's mobile and so super close to walking. you can also tell that she's so proud of herself every time she inches closer to taking her first steps. she's also really found her voice. she loves to grunt and squeal and laugh and chuckle. if her variation in expressions and sounds is any inclination as to the type of person she'll become, she's definitely going to be an entertainer.

we also just got back from our first big family vacation to hawaii. i think we all got a little too used to island life because we've had a bit of a hard time adjusting to normal life again. and just yesterday we noticed that baby girl sprouted her first tooth! so so so much going on i can barely keep up!

her first halloween is next week (she missed last year's by a couple weeks) but she's ready to hit the town in her awesome custom costume (thanks grandma)!





Thursday, October 24, 2013

10 months and a little update


oh boy, i'm running so behind on these monthly posts i don't even know where to start. so let me see here, baby girl turned 10 months over a month ago. she actually turned 11 months a couple weeks ago and i'm gearing up for her first birthday just around the corner so this reveals two things about me...1. life is super crazy right now and i'm running just a tiny bit behind and 2. i've severely neglected this blog and will do my very best to get my priorities in order moving forward.

i'm also about to reveal something else about myself, i have the absolute worst memory so sitting here trying to remember all the milestones she hit at 10 months is proving to be pretty challenging, which also makes me kind of sad. i need to really try hard to remember every single moment of her beautiful life but the days and months are all beginning to mush together. all the while, i'm doing my very best to cling on to these last days of having an official baby before she turns 1 in a couple weeks and is then considered a "toddler."

so her daddy and i have pretty much come to the realization that she's never going to be a crawler. she has mastered this very odd yet very adorable boot scoot that gets her from point A to point B just fine and has shown major interest in pulling herself up and cruising, which means she's getting closer to walking than she ever was to crawling. she's also very much in the mommy-clinging stage. i can't leave the room without hearing her cry but all of this will change soon once she figures out how to walk and can then just follow me every where i go.

baby-proofing is coming along. since she never really crawled we kind of got a very nice smooth transition into baby-proofing. we've replaced our coffee table and tv stand and installed childproofing locks on all the kitchen cabinets but other than that we really didn't have to do much. i think my larger concern is our dogs and all the treasures they bring in from the outdoors. one of the dogs loves to bring in sticks and baby loves to chew on them.

so i guess that's it for our 10 month update. i'll shut up now and let you scroll through the adorable pictures and amazing graphic design work by my friend KO.

oh and p.s. she's still not sleeping through the night but i'm almost certain i don't need to document this in my blog because i will definitely definitely remember the day she decides to grace us with the glory of sleep again.







Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Ina is 9 months!

so what if this post is going up on the eve of her 10-month birthday. these days are going by so fast now i can't even keep up with her monthly posts. in all fairness, these images were taken a month ago so technically all is right in the world, i just need to make sure her 10 month pictures go up before next year. 



so let me just say that the number 9 has always been my favorite number. i wore number 9 proudly while playing volleyball and softball in high school, the rare moments that i decide to play the lottery (i swear i'm going to win one day) i always make sure there's a number 9 in the mix, there's a 9 in the sum of the date of my birth (okay, that's taking it a bit too far but i'm sure you get my point). so with all that said, i'm just loving this stage. nothing has necessarily gotten any easier -- we're still waking up frequently in the night and she still demands my attention 24/7 -- but her personality is definitely shining. she is so much more than i could've ever imagined. she's the perfect combination of me and her daddy, she has the very best smile in the entire world, her little fingers and toes are nothing short of perfection (i know this is a fact because i've done nothing but stare at them for hours on end), and i just simply can not imagine living my life without her. it's almost like this package of me, her, her dad and our three little dogs is what was meant to be and we just lived our lives until we made it to this point. 

happy 9 months to my sweet little human and happy 10 months eve. 





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