Thursday, January 31, 2013

Happy 7th Birthday Manuel

7 years ago today I became a Mommy for the very first time! I had no clue what I was doing, but God knew what He was doing when he gave me, truly, one of the sweetest, most kind hearted, super smart, amazing little boys I have ever met! It's hard to think that it's been SEVEN years! Wow! Manuel, I love you more than life itself! I know I'm not a perfect Mommy, but I pray that Daddy and I raise you to be a good, strong, independent man with a solid faith in God! You are going to do great things in this world my sweet baby boy! Happy 7th Birthday! Love, Mommy


In Manuel's "old age" ;) he is opting to not have a big party but instead Manny is taking him and 3 of his best buddies out to lunch and then to the movies. The restaurant that they are going to for lunch is a local Italian place that Manny's best friend is the head chef at so they will get the royal treatment! :) They are even sitting in a special area where there is a "kings chair" for Manuel to sit in. He is VERY excited!!!! :)

I can't believe it was 7 years ago, I really can't!

Through the years...(I don't have many baby, baby pictures of Manuel (in digital form, I have millions in hard copy!) because he was pre-Facebook, pre-blog era! ;)










There are absolutely no words to describe the level of love I have for my sweet first born! :)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Mia's Princess Party

Yesterday was a fantastic day for our family (the fact that our beloved Ravens are Super Bowl bound certainly added to how awesome the day was! ;)) But it was mostly so great because it was Mia's 3rd birthday party! We had it a local bouncy house, and a great time was had by all!!!! Lots of friends came and we couldn't have been more blessed! :)

Here are just a FEW pictures I took from the day (and a few from Mia's actually birthday (Friday)...
 We started a tradition last year of doing a "Donut Picnic" on the morning of the kids actual birthday. This is Mia about 2 seconds after we woke her up singing Happy Birthday, blowing out her candles! :)
Dolled up for her birthday, getting ready to head to Linnie's :)
Mia's party at the bouncy house
Mia and her BFF from daycare, Riley
Manuel getting in on the fun! :)


The cake that Manny (my husband) and I made :)
The birthday princess enjoying some pizza :)



Daddy (and friends ;) helping Mia open her gifts
My beautiful sweet girl rockin' some of her gifts ;)

Friday, January 18, 2013

Happy 3rd Birthday Mia Grace

It's hard to believe that on this day, 3 years ago, at 9:11am my sweet baby girl entered this world. I never knew how amazing it would be to be the mother of a girl, but it is definitely so much different than parenting a boy! :) Mia is SO full of sass and personality! ;)

How did she go from this...
 To this..

My sweet Mia Grace,
   Where do I even begin? You are THREE today! Or as you say, "Free" :) You are equal parts sweet and spice, that's for sure! ;) You have been such an amazing addition to our family and I can't wait to see what God has in store for you. No doubt, it is going to be AWESOME! There really are no words to describe our relationship baby girl, because we are definitely inseparable! :) You bring so much joy, happiness and love to my heart I could sit here and type all day and I still wouldn't adequately describe! I love you more than life itself! Happy 3rd birthday my precious daughter! :)

Love,
Mommy

What are you up to at age 3...
~3T clothes for the most part but you have the teeniest hiney and skinniest legs that it's hard to keep your 3T pant up but your belly needs the 3T! ;)

~You are completely potty trained during the day. Overnight, it's hit or miss. You wear an overnight pull-up all the time, just to be safe.

~You weigh around 32 lbs (when you went to the ped at the beginning of January for a follow-up from your ER trip). Not sure about how tall you are. You have your 3 year check-up on February 15th for exact stats! :)

~You know your colors pretty much without error (except for yellow and green, sometimes you can't remember what they are! :)) And when you do say what color things are, you are SO proud of yourself! :)

~You know your ABC's

~You can count to 20 with consistency then you start making up numbers :)

~ You have the funniest, most adorable little accent with some words. We have no clue where it comes from, we can only assume that because Riley (your friend at Linnie's) says some words with an English accent (because her Mommy is from England) that you get it from her. HOWEVER, your accent isn't English sounding, so who the heck knows! :)

~You pronounce your "F's" as "T's" which is pretty cute too! :)

~You refer to Manuel as your "big bro"...it's hilarious! :)

~You LOVE going to Linnies! Sometimes you even ask to go on the weekends which makes mommys heart sad for a sec, until I realize how thankful I should be that you are going to a place you LOVE Monday-Friday! :)

~You have a huge chunk of Daddy/Manuel's personality when it comes to certain "inappropriate" (potty related) things! :)

~You LOVE baby dolls! You are going to be a great big sister one day! You LOVE helping Linnie take care of Keegan (a 5 month old little boy). Linnie says that she should just quit and you can be the babysitter! ;)

~You LOVE Jesus! I know you are only 3 but your passion for Jesus, church, worship music, etc. shines through. It is AWESOME!

I could go on and on for days about my sweet girl, but I'll stop! :)

HAPPY 3rd BIRTHDAY TO THE SWEEST, MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL I KNOW! :)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

You Are My Sunshine...

When Manuel was little I got in the habit of singing, "You Are My Sunshine" to him. It wasn't everyday, but it was often. I'm not sure why it stopped, but eventually it did. Fast forward a few years, and I have started, once again, singing it to Manuel and Mia every night before bed (They share a bedroom, which they LOVE! I know, in most states, at a certain age, this becomes illegal, but for now, they LOVE it, and well, we live in a two bedroom townhouse, so there is no other option! ;)) But back to my lovely story :) after a few nights of singing it, Mia started to sing it too, and last night I videotaped it. It is SOOOO adorable! (but I'm partial, I know! ;)) She has started saying, "...sunshineS" because obviously that's why I say since it's directed towards both of them! :) There is A LOT going on in the Gomez household and lots of posts to share, hopefully soon! ;) I hope everyone out there is doing well and that 2013 is treating you good so far!

Without further ado, Mia's after bath (her hair is wet! :)) performance....(I hope this posts correctly! :))

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy 2013!

I can't believe we are already 2 days into 2013...wasn't Christmas just yesterday? ;) Our New Years Eve have been pretty tame and uneventful since becoming parents (which is 100% okay by me! :)) but something happened this NYE that we will certainly never forget...

I had to work on New Years Eve, so I was taking Manuel and Mia to Linnie's house (the lady that watches Mia and watched Manuel when he was little) and Mia ended up getting sick in the car. I'm not sure about where you live, but around here, the sickies are going around EVERYWHERE! I just assumed that she had caught the stomach bug (that my husband had a few days prior), so I turned the car around and headed back home. Mia laid down on the sofa, Manuel started playing with toys, and I got to work. Mia wasn't really eating, but again, thought nothing of it, because I was thinking she had the stomach flu. Manuel ended up going to an early dinner (around 2pm) with his friend and his family. Mia was laying on the sofa and said her belly hurt, so I took her upstairs. She used the bathroom and I figured while she was already undressed, I'd give her a bath, just to see if it would make her feel better. I put her in the tub, and was pouring water on her, when she fell over and started seizing! :( Of course I was in a total panic, but the power of God took over and said, "Christina, it's a febrile seizure. Manuel had them all the time when he was little. Stay calm, get her out of the bath, wrap her in a towel and call 911." I was definitely talking to myself, silently freaking out, but knowing in the back of my head that it was a febrile seizure and she must have spiked a fever (even though I didn't even know she had a fever at all!) I took her downstairs, laid her on the floor on her side (in case she started vomiting) and called 911 while she continued to seize The EMT's arrived and took us by ambulance to the local ER. (In between 911 and the ambulance coming I called Manny at work to tell him what happened and to get to the restaurant to pick up Manuel because I didn't want him coming home and freaking out because Mia and I weren't there!) She was scared, I was scared, but we knew that everything would be okay, so I just kept praying! I got to sit in the back of the ambulance with her BUT the way the stretcher was, she couldn't see me, she could only hear me, so needless to say that wasn't easing her sadness, regardless of what "Ms. Rachel" (the EMT) was telling her! :) We got to the hospital and after blood work, urine work, RSV test, flu test, and a head CT scan. I was SO worried about the CT scan. I am EXTREMELY claustrophobic and although I knew it was necessary, I was scared because I knew the would have to strap her down (My husband was the one that went with Manuel when he had his first seizure and had to have a head CT, and the images STILL traumatize Manny 5+ years later, because Manuel FLIPPED out, and wouldn't stop screaming as they strapped him down, taped his head, etc!) So I was definitely prepared for the worst (at this point, Manny had taken Manuel to my moms house and was at the hospital with me, but I knew that I HAD to be the one to take Mia for her head CT. I couldn't have Manny go through that again!) Before they wheeled us to the radiology area, I text my good friend from church, Deb and asked her to please pray specifically for the CT scan because Mia had cried about EVERYTHING about to that point (whether it hurt or not, she just didn't want anyone touching her, UNDERSTANDABLY so!) Prayers are answered my friends, because Mia laid down on the table, they wrapped her like a little burrito, and did the scan (with me in the room) without a single solitary tear! Not one! Praise God! So, after all the tests came back, my sweet girl tested positive for the flu (even though she had a flu vaccine), which caused the fever, which caused the seizure. Some children only have one febrile seizure and then some have them regularly and outgrow them (like Manuel did). I pray that Mia DOESN'T follow in her brothers footsteps (in this regard! :)) but we know how to be EXTRA vigilant when it comes to fevers and sickness, so hopefully we can stay on top of them, when she gets sick. I pray that your New Year started out MUCH more uneventful! :) Prayers that you all have a wonderful 2013! I pray to start blogging regularly, but I can't make any promises! :) I still do follow along with all of my blogging buddies out there! :)

And for good measure (My sweet baby girl on Christmas Day :))