Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Happy Children's Day!

So true:

*We're celebrating with a free slushy and yet another free ball! Needless to say Little Boy is in heaven despite being a little under the weather. 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Puerto Vallarta Marina Vacation with 2, Part 2

Time went by way too fast! We were having a great time in the pools during the day, going upstairs for Little N's afternoon nap, and then heading out refreshed for a short activity and dinner. Baby B was just a dream in the carrier and would eat and fall asleep in our laps during dinner. Day three had us back in the marina for the weekly artisanal market. It was very similar to the tianguis we know from Guadalajara. 

We also made some time to head to the beach strip. It was just enough for Little N to get a little bit of sand play, and because of the proximity to the marina, we saw the cruise ships coming in and out in the mornings and evenings.

On our final day we managed to grab a quick family picture with some last minute pool time before heading out. It was just the perfect first family vacation.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Baby Brother's First Vacation

It took us two and a half months before we left town with Little Boy. This time around it took 6 weeks. Of course, timing is everything and the yearly exodus to the beach left us wanting to join the crowds. So we did. And It. Was. Fabulous! Little Boy had the best time* and could play all day in the water if we let him; Baby Brother decided to start sleeping 6 hour stretches (and because he wishes he was from an African tribe, being held in our arms all day made him a very happy camper). M and I truly enjoyed every minute staring at our amazing view. We both needed a break from the city and routine and this little trip gave us all the confidence we needed to keep enjoying life on the road**. Ok, enough raving. Pictures:

*Logistically, Cuddlebug #1 was also super happy because he got to sleep on a big bed with his Daddy (this meant all of us went to bed at the same time and the kiddo needed a couple of days to recover when we came home, but it was worth it).

**The only actual difficult part of the trip was getting to the beach which took about 7 hours instead of 4...yeah.

Monday, April 15, 2013

His Baby

Little Boy picks up on the little details so quickly! Most recently this has manifested as taking care of his baby doll "Buh" just like we take care of his baby brother. It is remarkable the things he does, completely unprompted....

Bringing the baby to our bed to lie down in the morning

Using the bulb to take out baby's boogers

Setting down baby in the swing and covering him with a blanket

(and of course changing baby's diaper..still haven't managed to catch a picture of that one). 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Routine: 1 and 21 months

2:00 a.m.- Diaper change* and feeding for Baby Brother. Burping and swaddling. All in all about 45 minutes before I can go back to sleep. M, who might have fallen asleep on the couch, or was still up this whole time comes to bed.

5:00 a.m.- Ditto previous. Sometimes M does the changing for me and that's awesome.

7:00 a.m.- More feeding. This time I stay in bed instead of the glider because from here on out every half hour the kiddo wants to eat a little more. I let him sleep on me in between.

9:00 a.m. Little Boy is up. I go to his room and attempt getting him dressed but usually Baby Brother will cry for yet another feeding and Little Boy runs into our bedroom. I take clothes and a diaper with me and we head to pick up Baby Brother. Little Boy runs around and explores whatever he can find in our room while I feed the baby. We put in a load of laundry.

10:00 a.m. We are finally downstairs eating breakfast. The boys are dressed; I am probably not yet.

10:30 a.m. Morning activity with Little Boy: crafting, obstacle course, baking etc. I pause to feed the baby that was napping in the swing.

12:00 p.m. We play outdoors: if things are going well I might be attempting a walk, otherwise we stay in the coto (gated community) and check out the neighbor's construction workers, play on the grass with a ball, or just wander around. Baby Brother is hanging out in the Moby.

1: 15 p.m. Lunch for Little Boy (leftovers from dinner plus extra fruit and veggies). Generally interrupted by a nursing session.

2:00 p.m. Little Boy goes down for a nap after a diaper change, a couple of stories, and a fuss. I make/eat lunch, attend to the laundry, try to do a bit of tidying/dishes/other task before it's time to feed the baby yet again. Before I know it Little Boy is up, but sometimes I leave him in his room for another 15 minutes because Momma needs a break!

4:00 pm. Little Boy is up and we get changed and play with his toys until Daddy comes home. Now is a great time to play with his water stand.

5:00 p.m. By now Daddy is home. Thank goodness because Baby Brother starts to cluster feed until he goes down for the night. Little Boy and Daddy play outside.

6:30 p.m. Trying to get dinner together in between feeding and burping Baby Brother.

7:00 p.m. Dinner for the three of us, interrupted of course by a feeding. Daddy does some dishes, while Little Boy plays in the kitchen, and I am on the couch with Baby Brother.

8:00 p.m. The three of us bathe Baby Brother. Then I dress and feed him while Daddy bathes Little Boy. When they finish I go in to put Little Boy to bed while Daddy burps Baby Brother.

9:00 p.m. Little Boy is in bed. Baby Brother sometimes gets a top off feeding, or if he's already asleep then just a swaddle and to bed. I check in on the laundry, collect my things and get ready for bed.

10:00 p.m. or a bit later- Mommy goes to sleep. Daddy goes to his office/couch to do some work.

*I'm leaving out "diaper change" but just about every feeding time comes with one. Yes, I am changing 15+ diapers a day between the two kids. 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Puerto Vallarta Marina Vacation with 2, Part 1

Little B was just 6 weeks old when we decided we needed to get out of town! After skipping out on vacation during the third trimester and early newborn days, all of us were itching to see something other than the walls of our house and that same darn trail (not dogging the trail cuz you know we love it). The drive to Vallarta takes 4.5 hours with minimal stopping. It took us about 6 and we were happy with that!

 Why do we always end up at the only rest stop where you have to pay to use the restroom?
(because there aren't any other ones in that stretch)

We made it by late afternoon, got settled into the hotel room, and went quickly down to the marina for dinner. Victor's, an old stand by, hit the spot just fine, and we loved being in a resort that was walking distance to restaurants.

 All the rooms have balconies and an ocean view. We loved it. 

 Little N loved every minute.

 The shallow pools were just perfect.

The second evening, we decided to head to Puerto Vallarta itself just to see the town for a bit. It had been a few years since we last stayed downtown. The board walk was busy but fun. We had a nice little dinner and when Little N said it was time, we headed back to the hotel to go to sleep.