Thursday, June 15, 2017

Sophia's Carnival Birthday Party

Hey guys! Sophia is now fifteen months old and I am barely getting around to sharing her carnival themed first birthday party. Typically, you hear parents are so stressed out during the planning stages and during the actual party and I must say I don't remember being stressed at all during the party. I enjoyed every second of it as my vision for Sophia's first party came to life. Some may say we went over board but can you really for a little princess? Haha. I'm sure you can but it was so worth it to us to have this beautiful memory of our babygirl turning one. If your interested, I will be sharing all the sources at the end of the post.

If you have been following along here long then you know I do monthly updates on Sophia (which I need to get one together for her fifteen month update), and I wanted to display those photos at her party to take everyone down memory lane of how much our sweet girl has grown in just a year.



The design of this cake was the starting point for my vision and I am so glad our cake lady brought it to life so perfectly (check the end of the post for her contact info).



 I mean who can go to the carnival without seeing the petting zoo, am I right? I really believe this was the showstopper to Sophia's party and it made it all the more fun although Sophia was very skeptical of the animals.


 



And of course you have to have games. This was the longest part of my planning phase of trying to figure out how to bring these games to life to make the party seem as if we were at an actual carnival. We had balloon darts, ring toss, ball toss and a bean bag toss and my father in law did most of the wood work and painting for these pieces.





And what everyone was waiting for, baby's first taste of cake.





Sources
Carnival Cake, Smash Cake & Cupcakes | Whipped by Nia Yagin
Cupcake Stand | Etsy
Gold One Cake Topper | Hobby Lobby
Picture Holder | DIY
Petting Zoo | Wild Things Zoofari
Carnival Games | DIY
Carnival Directions | DIY
Gold One Balloon | Hobby Lobby
ONE High Chair Banner | DIY
Ring Leader Carnival Outfit | Etsy
Carnival Invitations | Etsy

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

First Trimester | Baby Ramirez 2017

I decided to document our pregnancy as a way to get all my feelings and emotions out and to later look and remember this beautiful time in our lives while noticing the differences and similarities with our first pregnancy. I hope you enjoy if you decide to follow along on this life changing journey.

My first trimester was more of the stereotypical which was the total opposite of my pregnancy with Sophia (read more here). This time around I had fatigue, heartburn, nausea, food aversions, sore nipples which made breastfeeding fun (read more about my breastfeeding experience with Sophia here). I even started to wear maternity pants immediately although I could have gotten by with regular pants for a little while longer but maternity ones are much more comfortable so I thought what the heck.

Emotions:
I guess I was so preoccupied with taking care of Sophia 24/7 and babysitting another baby for a few hours each day that I didn't really have time to think about fear as much as I did when I was pregnant with Sophia. Of course, fear still came but it was different fear than just potentially miscarrying but also financial situations and our living situation (one situation has been fixed but the other is still looming around our heads, adulting is hard sometimes). Mostly it was just hard to grasp that another baby was actually growing inside of me with the craziness of life and a toddler.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Dream Lifestyle

As some of you may know, I have begun reading the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I have heard so many great things about this book and how it has truly helped others get rid of the clutter in their homes and become more organized. 

Before moving into our current house, I was a very organized person. Everything had a place and there was an exact method to my cleaning process (my mom taught me well) but when you have other house guests that do not share those organizational and cleaning skills (my grandmother had her own way of doing things and Anthony caught on shortly after moving in together years ago), it becomes tiring to keep up with someone else's constant mess. It definitely has prepared me for a toddler who leaves cheerios in every nook and cranny however it also allows me to teach Sophia at an early age how to pick up after yourself and put it back once you finished playing with something (we have been doing this since she was born) especially since she is at the age of copying everything mommy is doing. 

But what happens when things do not have a place to go? I have boxes in our garage from our move from FOUR years ago that I still have no idea where to put the contents in those boxes. I also have two boxes in my coat closet, one is my craft stuff and the other is my books and photo albums. We use to have shelves at our old house but this house we do not so there they all sit. I never had a proper space for my craft items so they have remained in bags or boxes even before the move but thinking of organizing it gives me a headache and I have been avoiding it all together.

So here I am on my journey of the magic of tidying up. There are two steps: declutter and find where to put what you keep. However, you have to declutter first. Easy. But before you begin to declutter, Marie asks you to ask yourself: what type of lifestyle do you dream.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

My Breastfeeding Journey with Sophia

Before a few years ago, I never gave much thought into breastfeeding. I was so accustomed to seeing my family use formula that I didn't really understand that there was another option. In my entire life before pregnancy (so about 20+ years), I have only seen breastfeeding twice. The first time I witnessed it was from the movie "Me, Myself and I" and of course they perverted the act of breastfeeding and the second time I witnessed breastfeeding was when a family friend breastfed her baby boy when I was in high school. 

As Motherhood came in my mind more and more (before I was pregnant), I decided I would breastfeed just because of the simple fact that it was free and formula is expensive. I had no other knowledge about breastfeeding besides it being free and that sometimes you don't make enough (this is actually a common misconception of breastfeeding as only 2% of women in the ENTIRE WORLD actually cannot produce enough milk, if you are struggling with breastfeeding, it is highly suggested you seek help from a LICENSED lactation consultant as they can troubleshoot what is really going on)


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Life Changing | Vol. 2

I decided to document our pregnancy as a way to get all my feelings and emotions out and to later look and remember this beautiful time in our lives while noticing the differences and similarities with our first pregnancy. I hope you enjoy if you decide to follow along on this life changing journey.

There I was again sitting on the floor in the closet waiting for the results to pop up on that screen, Anthony was in the kitchen with Sophia. When pregnant popped up, I couldn't believe my eyes. Here we already have a beautiful 11 month old daughter and the Lord would gift us with another life growing inside of me and we didn't have to wait years like with Sophia. 



I walked out the room trying so hard to not have a big kool-aid smile as to not give away to Anthony what the results were. I walked into Sophia's room where Evelynn, our one year old cousin, was playing and I called Anthony in there.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

One Year Update | Little Love


I have written this post many times in my head and I guess it's time I finally put it into actual writing (typing?). I guess I just have been holding on and not wanting to do a yearly update because then I'd have to admit my baby is a one year old. To be exact she is now 14 months old and has grown so much in the two months since turning one. 




Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Ten Month Update | Little Love







My sweet baby, how time keeps flying. I wish I had more time but instead, I will do the best I can to make the time we do have truly count. I love you more than you could ever know or I could ever express.

Ten Month Stats
Weight: ???
Height: ???
 Head Circumference: ???

Firsts
Standing for a few seconds at a time
Shows understanding of colors & shpaes
Can sort through pairs
Opening and closes hand
Opens cabinets
First Christmas
First New Years
Tooth

First Foods
Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Words
Possibly saying "baba" for Babcia
Possibly saying "moe" for more food

Loves
Red Shark and Blue Dolphin Bath toys
Wooden blocks
blue cyclinders
Giraffe and alligator puzzle pieces

Words
Bo for bye
Mimics tone of "thank you"


What I Want to Remember
How she pats Mommy in the morning to play
Her giggles
Wakes up in good moods in the Morning

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Remembering Milestones with Milestone World

Hey guys! It's been a while since we last chatted. Let me explain my absence a bit. If you remember from this post I gave extra income ideas as I was playing with ways to make money since our family was downsizing to one income. Obviously when Sophia was born that happened. 

At the beginning of this year, I started babysitting at home and it has been a challenge as I'm use to Sophia's independence and when I finally have a breather I just want to curl up on the couch with a good book which is what I have been doing (many book reviews to come). However this has gotten me behind on my monthly updates of Sophia.

My little girl is 11 months old and I need to type up her 10 month post for last month and her 11 month post for this month and take her 11 month photo update.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Reading List | Spring 2017

I have been wanting to put together a reading list for the year but I still am not certain of all the books I want to read so I decided to break this up by season: spring, summer and fall.

You will notice I didn't include winter because if we are being honest, Houston doesn't know what winter is at least not in the last few years, haha.

Anyways, the books on this list should get me from now until May and if I stick with my intention of reading 12 books in a year than that leaves me with reading 5 books in this season. I have already started one which is One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp and I am blown away by this book. Kinda kicking myself for never buying it sooner as I have wanted it for years now. I will go into more detail about this book when I do a book review as I am planning on doing when I finish each book (I still owe y'all a book review for the Baby Led Weaning book as well).

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Dinner with HelloFresh

Imagine me loading up a 91 year old woman and a 9 month old baby to take a trip to the grocery store because that is what literally happens every other week. Sometimes I make a list, sometimes I don't, it is what it is. One of two things happen, I either forget an ingredient and I absolutely will not reload everyone back up for just one or two items, or I overbuy because why don't they sell fresh cilantro in sticks?? Like I do not need the whole thing, I need maybe a handful of leaves but that is it and I am done. I have even tried growing my own cilantro (remember my garden box? Yeah nothing survived).

That is where HelloFresh comes in, they provide you with all fresh ingredients AND they plan the recipes. That Pinterest board that you and I have overflowing of recipes we have never tried, yeah well now you can try new recipes without worrying about finding one and than having to shop for the ingredients.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Bedtime Routine with DockATot

Once upon a time, there was a baby who did not like her mother to sleep. She needed to be near her mother and felt the need to wake up every one to two hours to ensure her mother was near. This little baby was my daughter, Sophia.

There was a time when she did sleep and only woke up twice to nurse in the middle of the night but after our vacation, time change, sickness and a new tooth, Sophia decided to act like a newborn again. When she was a new born I coveted the DockATot but I honestly didn't feel comfortable spending the money not knowing if it really worked or not.

However, this momma was desperate for sleep when Sophia's sleep regression stepped in. DockATot did provide me with my DockATot Grand but I am really kicking myself for not using all those Visa giftcards in the beginning to start off with the DockATot Deluxe. I think it would have saved myself many nights of sleep lost.


For the past month, we have been doing the same nighttime routine almost every night and Sophia sleeps approximately five hours before waking for her first nighttime feeding.

Side Note: I have always purposely not followed our routine at least once a week because I do not want Sophia to become too dependent on routine to the point that she cannot fall asleep otherwise so we shake up the routine at least once a week.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Who Does it All?

A few weeks ago, I read a blog post that talked about creating a word for yourself for the new year and as I have been pondering what my word should be, patience kept coming to mind. I didn't want that word honestly but it kept coming up each time I thought of words for myself.

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