Category: Decorating

So…Catching Up of Sorts

So I guess it’s safe to say that it’s going to take me forever to “catch up” on my backed-up entries. I update almost daily, believe it or not, but I update to a super-long Word document since I’m trying to keep the entry numbers in order. Screw that, I say. I’m just going to update again starting from today and worry about adding the backed-up ones when I have a chance (which isn’t too often because of Emily and Alaethia LOL).

I guess I feel like I *have* to remember everything 1) because Emily’s my last baby and 2) because I was so caught up with work and life in general when Alaethia was a baby and I feel like I missed out on a lot, entry-wise and milestone-wise. I don’t even think I ever got to add the entry about her first birthday party! 🙁

So far, things are going really well. The boys are wonderful with Emily, especially Jaylen, who’s a really confident big brother. If she starts crying while she’s in her bassinet or swing and Jaylen notices that I’m busy, he’ll gladly unfasten her from the swing and carry her or pick her up out of the bassinet. It’s amazing watching him with her. Eenan’s good with her too, but he gets a little more nervous when she cries.

Alaethia’s also very good with her. She has her moments when she gets over-excited and starts patting her a little too enthusiastically on her head (ack, the soft spot!) but for the most part she’s great. I think she’s finally realized that Emily’s a real baby and not a dolly.

Emily’s pretty awesome at night. She has these little bouts of complete awakeness sometimes for about 2-3 hours straight, but she’s getting better. She’s my first baby to actually have a pattern. I know exactly when she’s going to be awake and asleep at night and during the day. She’s really happy and easy to care for for the most part.

The only problem we’ve been having is that, yes, a week after I stopped breastfeeding she started having trouble pooping. She’s 5 weeks old this week, as of yesterday, and she’s finally doing much better in that department.

Speaking of, she turned a month old on the 24th!

And Another

Isn’t she a beauty?? So far, everyone says she looks like me, but I don’t really see it except for maybe our noses LOL. And maybe the skin color, but she’s still lighter than me. She’s light like Mom and Gramma.

My dad-in-law was going to surprise us with a new addition to the house, a bigger living room! He decided to tell us about it because he thought we’d get a bit suspicious when new walls started going up LOL.

Planning

I’m so excited! Big Mario designed the room (it’s part of the old party porch, heh) and Mario’s designing the whole entertainment part of the room. That corner where Mario and his dad are standing in the photo is where the built-in entertainment shelf will be and there’ll be another on the opposite side (the south wall) for books and picture frames and whatnot. I really can’t wait to see it done, though there’s a lot to do, like leveling the floors, removing that darn tree stump:

The Damn Tree Stump

and sanding the hardwood floors and varnishing them before the insulation and drywall goes up.

Mario and I celebrated our 10th Wedding Anniversary on the 27th. We didn’t get to do much because he was working tons of overtime (they were having this pain-in-the-ass show at the convention center that his boss waited till the last minute to tell them about) and of course we didn’t have much money. But we did go to one of our favorite restaurants, Kumori, for sushi.

Our Rolls

As for yesterday, I took Alaethia and Eenan for check-ups at the doctor. Alaethia had her 2-year physical. She was such a good girl! She was excited about her appointment. She was very quiet and well-behaved when the doctor was checking her chest for her heart-murmur (she still has it so she’ll have another appointment with the specialist) and she didn’t even cry during her shot!

Alaethia Being Good At Her Check-up

Eenan’s been having trouble with squinting at school so I took him in just in case and sure enough, he’ll be needing glasses again. He doesn’t want to wear them, I think mostly because there’s a class bully and he’s having enough trouble with him already. He hasn’t singled Eenan out; everyone has trouble with him. But still.

I got home and literally carried Emily around for about 2 hours. That’s the only thing about Emily: she’s a wonderful baby, but it’s hard to get things done because she wants to be held. And not just by anyone–it has to be me. It makes me feel great, that she knows when I’m holding her and that she wants to be with me all the time, but I do have to cook and clean the house once in a while!

I gave her to Mom to hold and started dinner. Jorge, Maggie and the kids were coming over so I made meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans and deviled eggs. It was the first time in a long time that I actually got to make a nice meal.

We chilled out eating inside and then we went out to talk with Mom and Elda. We sat in the new living room–well, whatever’s built so far of the living room LOL. Then we joined the guys (Mario, Jorge and Adan) outside and talked and joked till around 12:30am.

I was supposed to go to the doctor this morning so Dr. C. can assess the cyst I need removed from my wrist, and I did, but I went late since I didn’t have anyone to watch the girls while I showered. Mom came over around 9:45 and I left around 10:30. The office was packed and they weren’t seeing patients anymore so I’d have to wait till after 2 and go to Mission. I figured I’d pack up the router we’d just gotten last week (that really, really sucks) and return it at Target while I was already in Mission.

*whew* This feels good. To post an entry on the actual day OF the entry. I hope to keep up from now on!

Dinner Party

I got up, made breakfast (eggs overeasy and toast for Mario, cheesy eggs for myself and Alaethia). I ate and had my (decaf) coffee. It was 9:30 so I went to check on Alaethia. She was so peaceful I cuddled up next to her and probably passed out. Next thing I knew soft, tiny hands were rubbing my face and a sweet little voice was saying, “Wake up, Mama!” That’s the best way to wake up :).

I gave Alaethia breakfast and called the doctor’s office to ask about the whole GBS thing and the antibiotics. I asked if they were absolutely positive that I take it now. The nurse, Erica, said yes; I’d take it now and then I’d get it intravenously during labor. Ok. Fine. I’m counting on them to be right.

I blogged for a bit then I chatted with Maggie, who asked if I was making enchiladas for dinner. I said sure; she’d asked the day before but we thought she was joking. Jorge announced it over the intercom that everyone was invited for enchiladas and chocolate chip cookies at our house tonight. I kind of freaked because when he said “everyone” was going over I didn’t realize that meant Mario, Jorge, Maggie and Adan—the only ones that work there besides Manny and Robert LOL.

I don’t know what goes through my mind, but I began to prep the trim in the bathroom (spackling the nail holes and nailing whatever needed it, taping off the wall). I finally painted the trim white. I cleaned up and got dressed to pick up the boys. Then we went to Dollar General to get corn tortillas for the enchiladas. They didn’t have any. I was hungry, because I missed lunch for painting so I got some Rice Crispies Treats, some tea and chips for the boys. Then we went to H-E-B.

Even though they were a bit hyper at times they still did well and helped me shop. We got everything we needed, came home, they started their homework while I unloaded and put everything away. Then I started on the enchiladas. I felt like I wasn’t going to have enough time, so I texted Maggie about them coming at 7:30 instead of 6:30. Mario called and said they’d be working a little later, so I hoped they’d make it on time.

It think it was while I was cooking that the boys got into a physical brawl over some dumb Xbox game, probably Halo. I had never seen them get so aggressive and be such…boys! I literally had to pull them apart because they were about to start punching each other. When I told Mario later he said I should have let them duke it out (!).

I was done with everything at 7:10 so I texted Maggie and had enough time to change clothes and make myself decent. Everyone started arriving right after I got dressed. I’m so glad everyone (Mary, Big Mario, all the kids, us and our guests) got to eat and everyone complimented my cooking, which is the best thing ever. They were disappointed because I hadn’t made the chocolate chip cookies, but I ended up making them anyway while Maggie and I were in the kitchen. She hadn’t seen the apartment/house in a while and said she really liked what we’d done with the place.

While I was mixing the batter for the cookies and talking about the gym Maggie’s going to we hear Alaethia give a content sigh in her high chair. She’d been eating some yogurt in there and when I turned around after I heard the sigh I didn’t know whether to laugh or get upset with her: she was completely covered from head to toe in yogurt. She just smiled and continued to rub more yogurt on herself. I called Mario and took pictures before sticking her in the tub for a bath.

We ate cookies and I sent the boys to bed. Alaethia was still up and so were Jorgie and Justin. They ran around outside with her. Jorge, Maggie and their kids left and we stayed outside with Adan for a while until Alaethia started saying she was cold. I left the few dishes I had left for the morning and got ready for bed. It was a pretty good day :).

Honey-Do

I planned on doing absolutely nothing but chilling out and updating my entries and photos but of course I always get busy with something else. After doing my daily housework I started prepping the trim between the kitchen and living room for painting. It was tiring, but I got most of it done (except for the really high parts of the kitchen/living room trim…my step-ladder wasn’t high enough.) I’d ask Mario to help me with the rest later.

I picked the boys up from school and finished up with the trim and did some more cleaning. When Mario got home he put up my kitchen valances (finally) and the mop/broom organizer we’d bought at Walmart a few days before. It looks awesome and it’s amazing how much space having the broom and mop out of the way frees up. Mario said he’d done enough work to make up for the rest of the year and went to sleep. I was bored so I followed all the kids to Mary’s, where I sat around the table with Mary, Mom, Elda, and Jose.

Mario woke up about an hour (or two?) later and sat with us. We came back to the house and Adan came over to just chill out. I asked Mario if he could paint the rest of the trim I couldn’t reach between the kitchen and living room and he did, with minimal complaints. He also took it up a notch and painted the hallway entry trim. It looks so much better! Now all we need is a small can of the Spanish Chestnut color of the living room so we can touch up a few areas.

I’d left my bag on the kitchen table and was cleaning up so I put it on the coat rack. Then I picked up Eenan’s super heavy backpack and put it on the rack, too. And the rack fell right on to the floor. Mario is of course scolding me for hanging so much crap on it and I blame it on all the junk Eenan has in his backpack. I piled everything up and put my purse on the ottoman for the time being. I clean up some more and when I turn around to check on Alaethia she’s got this HUGE read spot all over her eye. I panicked, because I thought somehow hurt herself and scraped her eye, and was relieved to find she’d gotten into my purse and put lipstick on her eye. She even recovered the lipstick, put it back in my makeup bag and zipped it up. I asked what happened and she said, “How do I look?” LOL She’s so girlie.