Saturday, May 30, 2015

weekly momentos

This week has been full of teething and lots of learning new ways to have Gabriel stay in his room for bedtime. Cristian is such a happy little camper and although I know he's in pain he still manages to smile at us. He's also not a fan of teething toys but instead chews on his finger or ours! He's such a cute little muffin and is going through growth spurts daily. He's the same size/weight as Gabriel when he was close to ten months! I think he will outgrow his big brother very soon. Every day I just can't believe that he is getting so big. It really does seem like I just had him and he was this tiny little baby on my chest.

Ever since Gabriel turned about 14 months we started a bedtime routine that really helped all of us. He has playtime and a book after dinner, brushing teeth, and finally bath time. It worked like a charm for the past year. He usually slept from 7-7 am. However, we recently switched him over to his big boy bed (twin sized) and that really threw a wrench in his rituals. It takes between 30 mn to an hour of us walking him back to his room for bed time. He does have some days that he sleeps right away and B and I start brainstorming what exactly we did differently! How do you guys get your toddler to bed? At this point we are thinking that with all of the changes with room placement, baby brother etc. it's just been a lot for him to process all at once. So we've been patient and hope that our Gabrielito will sleep on his own again. 

This his sweet sweet little face he gives me when he tells me, " No no cama." Which means he doesn't want to go to bed. And honestly I'd give him anything with that face! It's growing increasingly hard to say no to him. 

"Por favor." [please] 

He's got the toddler pout down like a pro. If he only knew what it does to mamí's heart. And then there's this... Every time I put Cristian down in his co-sleeper while I get ready in our room he hops in. I'll ask Gabriel to stay on our bed but his brother's co-sleeper looks much more comfy. 

Cristian is also learning how to drag himself and roll to different places. It's not quite an army crawl but I remember this is how Gabriel started before he crawled at around six months. You guys, he's going to be crawling soon! How'd this happen?!

We've also had lots of rainy days this week and I'm not complaining. I love to see the rain, and the scent after a good downpour has got to be one of my favorite things. 

I hope you all had a great week and this Sunday treats you well!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Memorial day 2015

I hope you all had a great Memorial Day! We traveled up North to be with family and it was so refreshing to be with them (even if just for a few hours). My in laws live in what I call the average smallish Wisconsin town. And by that I mean, it's full of tons of charm, beautiful views and about 30  thousand people. 

Road trips have become easier for us now that Gabriel is front-facing and we've realized that a combination of games, snacks and songs really make it go by faster! Also, is Cristian the only 6-month old that rips of his shoes and socks?! Seriously as soon as we get in the car he starts chewing and ripping them off. He is such a hot bebe! 

The boys are too small right now for us to explain the meaning of Memorial Day but all the way up we listened to stories of Veterans and discussed them with my husband. We are so thankful for our freedom because of their sacrifice. Gabriel and Cristian were busy napping by this point but I got my fill of the beautiful sky's and farms on the way up!

Since they live further up north their crab apple trees are still in bloom and of course I could not miss the opportunity of a photo shoot! You all know how much I love sharing pics of them on Instagram, hehe!

Also, it's almost impossible to get a family picture these days without Gabriel becoming a little squirming worm! This is as good as it gets:

Cristian, however, is still in the in the highly controllable stage and he's as happy a camper as I've ever seen even through teething! So these happened and you guys, those dimples!

We also ate tons of yummy food but in between the both of us chasing after Gabriel and eating as fast as we could I didn't snap a pic of the beautiful spread. But trust- it was yummy! Gabriel also found an old tricycle that was given to my mother-in-law and he started pedaling right away. It is crazy to me that he is now able to pedal a bike! You guys, it was like yesterday that I would lay him on my chest to nap for hours at a time!

I used to dread going on road trips because I was so worried about Gabriel crying the whole way and me not able to nurse him on time. But the older I get (and the older they get) I realize that babies and toddlers will cry regardless of what I have to say about it. Some trips go by like a breeze and others not so much but every time we arrive the joy on every one's faces outweigh any kind of tough drive up. Plus the memories we make are priceless. Wishing you all a great rest of your week!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

I'm back!

Hey, guys! To be perfectly honest with all of you that blogging break was a lot longer than I initially intended. I'm not sure where to begin since so much has happened these past few months but I guess the best place to start would be right where I left off in March...

Match Day! It was just as exciting and crazy as we'd expected. I was so nervous leading up to the big day that I posted this picture on IG and I confessed that I was binging on Nutella to take the edge off.

What I did not share on Instagram was that we had all of our fingers (and toes) crossed that we'd stay right here in Milwaukee and that my husband ranked it as his number one choice. When his name was called that day (they had this lottery-type raffle and each student's named was chosen at random with an envelope with match day results) I was so excited and holding back tears! Once he did open it,we found out that he had matched here and the flood gates opened. We were ecstatic! 

After Match day I was thinking, okay things are going to settle down a bit... but they didn't. We started house hunting full-throttle because at the time we were thinking that we needed a bigger place to grow into. You know just in case we add another little one or four to the mix. We are currently in our two-bedroom apartment and in terms of space we have quite a bit of it. Of course, I am writing this in hindsight and how it's 20/20 right now. But we were on the post Match high and we were going to find a place before our lease was up in May! I'll keep this part short, it's totally a seller's market right now. We put an offer in on a first house above the listing price. After the inspection there were way too many things that would have to be fixed (in order to get it to the level of what we had already offered) and we walked away. I was heartbroken, because guys it had a white kitchen! 

 We moved on and after a few weeks we found what we thought was the one. Again we put an offer in and then last minute another buyer put in a bid and yet again we were offering way above list price. This time we (mostly me darn Pinterest) were so excited and on this huge buyers high. After the inspection (and a few days) we had some irreconcilable concerns with the home and location. That's when, for a second time, we walked away. However, this time not only did we pay for the inspection but also all of the fees that come with walking away from a home later on in the buying process. Needless to say it was not fun! And I was heartbroken again. But at this point I had to do some major soul searching about what I wanted vs. what we needed.
 After a couple of days I realized that we did not need to move quite yet. We know that we are staying here for the rest of my husband's Anesthesia training and there is a lot of time to find the right place for our growing family. We decided to renew our lease for another year and call it a day! Now I'm finally taking care of some stuff I've been meaning to complete in quite some time. I've realized that there is no use in waiting for tomorrow what I can most definitely do today (more about that later). I've been working on the boys shared room, a gallery wall/prints and a few other projects to add more useful space. It feels so good to finally organize and get things taken care of!

Also, during my break this little guy turned TWO!

 I know, he looks huge! I have so much to say about our growing Gabriel but I'll be leaving that to his monthly letter (remember the ones that I used to write?!). Until then I will say that he is such a curious, kind, funny, tidy and overall joy to have in our lives! 

We also have been taking quite a few road trips to visit family while my husband is on 'vacation.'

They have been fun but in the beginning of June we are taking an actual v a c a t i o n with just the four of us and I cannot wait!

You may have also noticed that I had the ole blog redesigned! I wanted a more modern and easily navigable blog and I hope you guys like it! I'm really digging it! I've also had some time to think about what direction I'd like to head with my little blog. And I'm looking forward to getting back to doing what I love. Which is write and share more about what motherhood is to me. I'm sure I'm missing a lot of details but I'm going to wrap up this post with some pictures of B's graduation! I am so incredibly proud of him. He has worked so hard and it was reflected on the days leading to graduation and graduation day itself. Although he has 4 more years of anesthesia training and possibly a fifth of fellowship, he is now a Dr./MD and that means no more school for him! Now on to the next chapter, and as someone commented on my IG- the really fun part!