Saturday, April 02, 2011

1 am

it's a wonderful evening when I can nurse Kamren, leave him downstairs with Daddy and crawl into my bed before 930...  knowing that kamren will be up before midnight, but I'm gonna get some uninterrupted sleep, no hearing him move or breath off key and I wake up. 

I'm in bed and Sydney comes in to hug and give me a quick cuddly hug, then she runs off and Peyton runs back up and snuggles with me.  She decided to stay upstairs with me cuz Daddy put on the Orphan and Peyton doesn't like scary movies. Mommie doesn't like Daddy putting scary movies on either, but I'm thinking time and I only have a little time before Kamren wakes up and I'm up again.  I put on Hotel for Dogs for Peyton and we snuggle til I fall asleep, I'm sure it didn't take long.

Midnight came really fast, as did Kamren with a fresh diaper.  So I rocked him and nursed him for about 30 minutes and then we got back to bed.  There was colic crying at 1 am...  Yep.  for a couple hours Kamren was awake and not happy, nothing made him happy and when Kamren is unhappy... Mommie is unhappy as well. 

So we rocked while the rest of the house slept, and I tossed and turned while he laid in his co sleeper making noise and then yelling.  Up again.  Yikes it was an ugly night, but at least we had a good Saturday morning.

Ben took Sydney and Peyton to Devin's 3rd Bday party.  Bianca and Ben had Velocity try outs.  It was just me and Kamren.  I made a mushroom omelet for breakfast, had some Yukon Organic Blend coffee and we hung out.  We went out back and played with Kallie, walked around a bit, then settled in for some rocking.

Sandra came by at lunch time and brought lunch, yummy.  We hung out for a couple hours with her lil girl Sarah, who cried like a baby when Sandra held Kamren.  So she only got to hold him about 15 minutes, then had to hold Sarah.   We had a great visit and then after she left Kamren and I laid down to nap, except I got sucked into watching Fried Green Tomatoes - one of my all time favorite movies. 

Ben brought Carnita's when they came home from the party.  It tasted so good, but I missed the good hot salsa, can't do that to Kamren.  Everyone went outside to play for a lil while, it was to cold for Kamren so we didn't stay out very long.

Friday, April 01, 2011

A day in the life


I've been thinking about doing one of these posts for awhile... but then life takes over and I don't even get to post.  So I decided I'd do a couple of days while Ben is home helping, and then try a couple days when it's just me at home.  We really need to get back on a routine with all the kids.  We had a great one going before Kamren, but since Kamren.... it's been out the window.

We enjoy our visits with friends and family and now that the sun is out... We are going to enjoy some outdoor activities.  Thinking about taking Kamren to his first soccer game on Thursday, the weather is supposed to be sunny and in the 80's, but by 530, there's no telling how warm or cool it will be.

430 pm - Amy and Martin come by for a visit and to smell, eat and hold Kamren :) They brought dinner, including cake.. and my girl scout cookies.  Can you say yum?  Amy was first to hold Kamren, she loved his smell and wanted to eat him up.  Martin held him next, I think they'll be great babysitters.
445 pm - Brian shows up.  That's when the party starts.  Sydney and Peyton love Brian.  He's great with the kids, of course he brought some candy for the girls, and they ate it up.  He got a work out, lifting the girls up and wrestling with them.  All the lil girls love him.
450 pm - Alison stops in bringing Marie Calendars pie.... Wow, are they trying to fatten us up?  I skipped on the pie... I am trying to get my soccer figure back.  Alison held Kamren next, he enjoyed all the attention and ended up snoozing a lil bit in everyone's arms.  It was so good to see everyone, get caught up on the latest office gossip and share my little girls and new baby with them. 

Everyone took off around 540 when the lil man decided it was time to eat, not long after Ben and Bianca pulled in, and we ate dinner around 6.... and everyone had some of that chocolate cake.  It was so delicious. 

We went out back for a lil while and played in the sunshine, then it was time for Kamren to eat again and nap.  I opted to stay inside and watch some Top Chef, work on my blog and try and nap too.  Ben and the girls played soccer out back til around 830.  That 830 bedtime isn't happening tonight.

I sauteed mushrooms for Bianca at 930, and now it's 10....  Sydney and Peyton are upstairs watching Air Bud (with the pups).  The rest of us are watching Top Model, Kamren is snoozing in the swing..  I'm waiting for the next feeding... so I can go to bed.

1020 pm - Time to nurse Kamren (I'm upstairs in my room, where the PC works like crap... no shift key on the left side, the space bar on the right side doesn't work... off to grab the laptop)

1044 pm - Kamren's in the co sleeper, asleep.  Peyton is yelling and throwing a tantrum because the movie got turned off and she has to get ready for bed.  It's not looking good right now.  I get the girls into PJ's, brush their teeth and tuck them in after about 15 minutes....  then i get myself ready for bed. 

1111 pm - I'm in bed :)

140 am - First wake up feeding for Kamren, he's back in the co sleeper asleep at 220 am.  My shoulder is so sore, not sure why... pain medicine and back to sleep for me.

4 am - Next feeding and diaper change for the little man.  I decided to be sweet and let Ben sleep and do all the night time changing and feedings, not that he can help feed.  Kamren was wrapped up and back asleep by 420 am.  Yes, it was a quick eat, but that means he's waking up sooner the next round.

530 am - Hungry again.. I pull Kamren into bed with me so I can nurse him and sleep...  it worked, put him back to bed only to wake up a lil before 7, wake Ben up so he can take Bianca to school, then I brought Kamren back to bed with me and nursed him again.  I asked Ben if he could stop by Starbucks on the way home and get me a grande vanilla latte, half caff....  and he got all upset, how is he going to remember that, it's the same drink I almost always get...  and  it's not that hard to remember, I've sent it to him numerous times in texts...  why can't he remember?  I told him to forget it....  of course by then he's getting paper to write it down.  To bad I originally wanted an iced mocha... but didn't want to cause a commotion.  Ugh... morning is off to a bad start. 

Bianca and Ben are out the door, I changed Kamren's diaper and rocked him to sleep... Now I'm right here blogging.  I should be asleep too.  Instead I put the computer up and rocked Kamren and chatted him up.

Ben came home with his peace offering... Grande Vanilla Latte half caff.  We decided to get out today since the weather was summeresque.  Took us 2 hours to get out of the house.  I got ready, helped the girls pick out their clothes, they can get dressed on their own.  Sydney was dressed and ready quickly, but I had to keep asking Peyton to get dressed, for about 30 minutes.. Kamren wore skinny jeans, and his Adidas jersey. He looked sporty.

When we finally got out of the house, we had the windows rolled down, wind in our hair, and headed to Sports Authority to look for shoes for Peyton.  Peyton wanted Nike like mine.  She tried on a few pairs of shoes and then settled on some white, silver and pink Adidas.  Good shoes... She said they make her run super fast.  I believe her.  I should buy a pair too... I need to run faster. 

From there we headed to Sunrise Mall for a stroller ride for Kamren and a good walk for the rest of us.  We picked up hand sanitizer and foam soaps from Bath and Body Works...  Then grabbed some lunch at the food court.  I'm not into the food court, but I was really hungry, and the Panda Express (wanna be) was what the rest of the crew wanted.  I didn't like it.  Sydney and Peyton ate orange chicken and rice.  I had orange chicken and chow mien.  Ben had orange chicken, chicken and green beans and chow mien. 

After the mall adventure we ran by Target to get the girls Squinkie Doos & Barbies with puppies. I stayed in the car and nursed Kamren while Ben and the girls did the Target run.  It was so hot in the car, even in the shade with the windows down.  I had to undress Kamren to keep him awake long enough to nurse. 

Quick trip to Grandma and Papa's to check out the Quincenera stuff, change, and feed Kamren, then we hit the park with Sydney and Peyton.  Kamren stayed with Papa.  We played for a lil over an hour, chasing the girls, Ben was the monster who locked the girls up in the jail, I was the one who broke them out every time.  Then we played hide and seek and tag.  Peyton made a friend at the park before we left, or at least they talked and decided they'd be friends, though they never really played. 

Back to Grandma and Papa's to nurse and change Kamren.  I wanted to nap while Kamren was napping, but that didn't pan out.  Sydney and Peyton were fighting like crazy, running back and forth from room to room, it was chaos.  Grandma and the girls went to pick up dinner.  Chinese Food.  Can you believe it.  It was the worst Chinese food ever, I think it was the first time they ate there, usually we get Peking.  Oh well.

Off to watch Bianca play futbol.  First stop Sams to buy new chairs for the game.  Me and the girls got matching chairs.  How cute.  The girls can now carry their own chairs.  They are so grown.  The game started as we got there.  Bianca got to start.  Yay.  She played most of the first half and I thought she played most of the second half.  Kamren was good for the most part, he nursed on and off and was awake a bit, then got fussy as the sun was going down.  Sydney and Peyton ran around the grass, chasing each other and doing races.  Bianca had a couple good crosses, a few good dribble moves, but no goals..   Oh well, maybe next game.

Back to the in laws so Bianca could type and print a paper.  Grandma found the ties for the boys (with the Flamingo colors), and different dresses for the girls.

Once we got home we watched the tivo'd episode of Grey's Anatomy while nursing Kamren.  I think we went to bed around 1030.....

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Down for the count

Tuesday 2am that's when it hits me...  Food Poisioning or the Flu.  I don't know... but I spent most of the night in the loo and the next day.  How can I be sick, it's hard to take care of a baby when you're flat on your back or curled up in a ball. 

My biggest fear is that Kamren will get sick, so I tried to have limited contact with him, hard to do when your nursing...  So I mostly nursed him and then laid him down or Ben held him.  It was the longest day and night, but today I'm feeling much better.  So far Kamren still seems healthy and hopefully the sickies skips the rest of us. 

I had to cancel a couple visits for today, so glad I did.  It's been a really nice day so far.  I think I wanna take a lil drive, hit up an ATM and Starbucks, that always makes me happy.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Kamren meets Jackson

Kamren has no real friends his own age yet.... But the closest thing he's got so far is Jackson.... but Jackson is headed back to Carolina on Friday...  So what better thing to do than have them meet now... and hey at christmas maybe Jackson will be back in California for awhile.

Okay, it wasn't much of a playdate.. Jackson was wide awake and happy to share his spit up milk...  Kamren was rather tired and liked his eyes shut most of the time.  They did lay next to each other on the blanket and Jackson took his shots, a backhand here, a poke there... just joking.... 

Side by side .... can you tell?  Jackson is going on 3 months and Kamren 3 weeks.  I think they'll be great buddies one day.  That is if Melissa moves back to California.... I mean... who wants to live in  North Carolina anyhow... I could see South Carolina... cuz my girl SarahBeth lives there... 

The photos:

 Stretched out
 stretched out
 The girls enjoying the boys
 One, two - Muscles
                                                  Peyton gets her turn at holding Jackson
                                                      Sydney gets a laugh out of Jackson
                                                                  Two sleeping babies
Tia Amy & a snoozin Kamren

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Hangin out with Diane & Drewbie on a stormy Saturday

Saturday was a big day.  Kamren's social calendar is always packed...  We had Diane coming at ten and Drewbie coming at noon.  Diane was all smiles when she showed up and couldn't wait to hold Kamren, he was wide awake, he's been having awake stretches from 10 am til about noon everyday, so it's always nice to have company during that time.  Diane and Kamren shared a few moments, there were smiles, coos, and lots of tummy rumbling and tootin going on.  Leave it to the Avila's to give welcome farts to all they meet.  Sydney and Peyton enjoyed talking to Diane as well, luckily they didn't grab onto her nice scarf. 

Drewbie came by and showered Kamren with gifts, and well he also fixed all of our computers... yay for computer savy Drewbie.. Peyton and Sydney love to ask questions and Peyton never tires of talking... Do you have kids? Do you have a life (wife)? Speaking of.. She loves to watch the Good Wife with me.... and Vampire Diaries... Anyhow... She was so cute. She asked Drewbie the typical questions.. and then... She asked.. "Well who do you live with?" Drewbie said.. My Partner... and Peyton said... "What's his name?" It was totally cute and so appropriate... I love her.... Anyhow.. here are a few pictures of Drewbie and Kamren.

Maria Maria

I haven't seen Maria in over a month.  Normally I see her every day, a few times a day, so it was great to see her bright and early this morning.  She brought Starbucks... I swear all of my friends know me and my family so well.  They always bring starbucks *lol*  So we had Passion Tea's, Sydney and Peyton really liked the tea, and chocolate chip crossiant, there was lemon bread, pomigranite scone, cranberry scone, yummy.  I think I've been eating way to much desserts....  I had cake pops this week too.  Yikes... 

Kamren had just eaten and got a diaper change when Maria showed up, he was happy to see her.  He got really comfortable in her arms and after a little bit of chattin, he fell fast asleep.  It was nice to catch up with Maria, I miss all my adult interaction, especially with my Maria.  I can't wait to start playing soccer again with her.  It's been about 7 months since I played soccer, and it will probablly be another 3 to 5 months before I start playing again.  I'm looking forward to getting back to the gym and running. 

At St Patty's Day I was totally reminising about my St Patty's Adventures I had with Maria when we were in LA.  Oh how traveling made work so much more fun.  I really miss that.  I hope things get back on track soon at work, and that we can eventually get on the road again... though it may never happen...  all i can say is at least we had LA :)