Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas 2008



We had a good Christmas this year. Raul and I where very excited because it was Mason first Christmas. Christmas Eve we went to our churches Bethlehem village. They had different areas of what you might of found around when Jesus was born. Mason and I got to make a candle and we ate lots of goodies. When we got home we put Mason in his Christmas pj's and took some pics then it was of to bed. I woke up around 3 so I could stuff the stockings for my boys. It worked out pretty good because that was around the time Mason woke up. We woke up around 8am and I made the dogs some Christmas tree biscuits. Pepper seemed to be the only one that liked them. Raul woke Mason up at 8:30am. Raul was more excited about the gifts and could not help himself but wake him up. We opened our gifts and then I started getting our food ready. After we ate we went to the movies and saw "Marley and Me." It was a very cute movie I think everyone in the theater was tearing up.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Military Ball

On Thursday Raul and I atteneded the military ball at the Hilton Village hotel downtown. We had a good time and it was lots of fun. I enjoyed the the table that we sat at because all of his coworkers sat there. Our friend Lisa watched Mason while we where there. So here are a few pictures

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Mason is 6 month

We had Mason 6 month appointment yesterday. The doctor said he is growing very well and catching up quickly to a full term baby. He is in the 80 percentile of a 4 month old which is his corrected age and in the 35 perecntile of a 6 month old which is his birth age. He weighed in at 16lbs and 26 inches long.

Mason can now roll from tummy to back and he gets half way from back to tummy. He still does not enjoy belly time but can now do a full push up. He is always trying to grab stuff that is in his view. He has a lot more control of his arms and hands. He looks at everything and everyone. While we nurse he gets easily distracted now, the world is very interesting for him. When it comes to sleeping he still takes two naps during the day and usually is ready for bed at 630-7 but does not actually fall asleep till 8. We are still co sleeping half the night since when he wakes up in the middle of the night its easier just to put him in bed and nurse him back to sleep. Talking about nursing we are still exclusively nursing and still going strong. He did try some rice cereal last week and he seemed to like it but at this point anything that goes in his mouth he likes. His doctor said we could probably start solids in the next month or two so im looking forward to making my own baby food. We think he has also started teething which has not been very fun I feel sorry for my little guy cause there is very little I can do. We are cloth diapering full time during the day for 3 months now. We still have not found a night time diaper I like so we use sposies. Right now we use Fuzzi Bunz which are Rauls favorite since they are like sposies. In the past two weeks he has also found his high pitch voice and I mean very high! He has gotten very vocal and loud too. He makes us laugh all the time.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

First Beach Trip

For Veterans day we decided to take Mason swimming at the beach for the 1st time. We went to KoOlina since they dont have the killer waves like North Shore. The week prior we had taken him to the pool and he really seemed to enjoy that but we had to get out cause he started sticking his hand in the water then putting it in his mouth. N/e who I got him all dressed with his UV protected swim stuff which Raul thinks its to much but I for sure dont want to have a burnt baby. Raul took him to the water and he got a bit scared at first because it was cold. When we were all in he really liked it. He was so relaxed in the water that he fell asleep. We took him out and he finished his little nap under a palm tree. After he woke up he played a bit with dad and then we headed home since we did not want to expose him to too much sun.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

First Halloween

This year was Mason first Halloween and we dressed him up as a little turtle. How appropriate for living in Hawaii! Our church was having a Fall Festival so we decided to take Mason. Even though he is still to young to play with all those big kids he loves staring at them. I feel bad sometimes because he gets this look in his eyes that he wants to go a play with them but does not know how to move towards them, before he knows it he will be running around with them. They had some little rides and games for the kiddos and food mmmm. We also got the opportunity to se a beautiful horse. After we ate we decided to take Mason to go see the sunset. This was his first time at the beach. I loved his expression when he got to feel the sand and water. We also got some awesome pictures. I was telling Raul how this time next year Mason will almost be 2 years old. I cant believe how quickly time is going by. It makes me appreciate every minute I spent with my little guy even more. Everyday I am amazed at how wonderful God is by blessing us with our little boy. I know HE has amazing plans for that 3lb baby. Every pound and every milestone Mason is proof of Gods grace and power!

Friday, October 24, 2008

I hate belly time mama

So Mason is not a big fan of belly time and usually this is how it goes;

Do I have to do this?

oh whats over there?

I dont think I like this

Get me up now!

Our first BDay party



So last weekend Rauls friend Pasion ( spelling??) invited us to his little girls 1st birthday. This was the first time Mason has gotten invited to a birthday party so me, being the mom that I am, was very excited. So here are a few pictures


Mason and Leila the birthday princess


Playing with a Balloon



Daddy and our Prince



Mason chewing on a party favor

He made me laugh and say aawwwww

So yesterday I put Mason on his jump up while I took a shower. So I was almost finished with my shower and Mason was being really quite so I thought cool I can shave today, now this is hard to do when im alone because Mason gets fussy thats where my 5 sec showers cone in. I got very excited about this so I open the curtain to make sure he is okay and this is what I found;


Yes my friends my lil boy had fallen asleep so another 5 second shower for mama till daddy gets home!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Mason the Turtle!!!!


Mad Turtle on his back!!lol
Turtle trying to walk.
Coolest turtle! Screw the Ninja Turtles daddy!!
Its been a long time since I've posted anything, well since the start of baseball season. Well I figured that i would post something before Lily got her happy little fingers on the computer. The reason I'm bloging tonight is because we put on Mason's first Halloween costume today. And what better costume for him to wear in Hawaii than a little fat Turtle. Hehehehehehehe. I was so tickled to see Mason in his costume. I honestly believe that Mason is the coolest son in the world. His character says it all. He is just the coolest little dude in the world. I couldn't be any happier to be his father.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

September 1, 2008 first laugh

The whole month of August i had tried to make Mason laugh but all he would give where smiles. This video was take the day after Raul came back from NTC. He had been gone for a month comes back and can make our son laugh?????...lol. I guess its daddys touch. I was teary eyed when i heard him it was awesome to hear him.



Monday, September 29, 2008

Our trip home


Mason at 4 months 4 days
So we just got back from GA and we had a lot of fun. We hung out with friends and family and ate out A LOT. We tried to hit all of our favorite restaurants. Our family was sooo happy to meet Mason and he got spoiled bad. They had a welcome home party for him and it seemed like everyone we know and dont..lol was there. I also gave Raul a surprise UGA party but i dont think it was much of a surprise since he was snooping around all week.

This was a good picture of the them
We took Mason to his first Braves game and that was a lot of fun for Raul since he is so into sports. Mason did really good at the game he did not fuss at all he was just looking around the whole time we where there.

In the last three weeks Mason has grown up so much. He tries to sit up now, he babbles like crazy, he is getting more control of his arms and puts whatever he is holding in his mouth. The week that we left he started going bald :(. He has lost most of his baby hair and is looking like a little old man i think its funny.

Grandpa hair
Raul is very excited about going toy shopping since Mason plays a lot more now. Secretly i know he just want the toys for himself. Mason smiles now and when Raul got back from NTC he made him laugh. I got it all on film and we both about cried when it happen.









Thursday, August 14, 2008

I love you Mason


Mason has grown so much I cant believe next month we have his 4 month checkup. Things have definitely gotten easier but i do wish i had Raul around to help me. I love spending time with Mason he just makes me laugh sometimes. I love the way he coos and when he gives that cute little smile of his. He stays up more now and always looking around. We went to the grocery store and he was up the whole time i was in there. I feel like i can never put him down. Last night we used cloth dipes and they held up really well. Im so excited to see him achieve his milestones but i also feel like he is growing up so fast it makes me sad.


Sunday, August 10, 2008

My weekend

So I had pretty good weekend. On friday there was a ladies night at the Tropics for all the military wives. They had a fashion show, and people from Mary kay and Arbone. The also has students from Paul Mitchell doing hair makeup and doing manicures. There were appetizers and wine as well. They provided free child care so i took advantage of that. It was very hard to leave Mason i teared up and was worried all night. I kept checking my phone to see if they had called...talk about attachment to my son...lol. N/e it was a lot of fun to hang out with other ladies.



On Saturday I took to friends to the light house. They are somewhat new to the island and i love sharing what I have gotten to see around here. Mason got to go with us and he slept all the ay to the top and all the way to the bottom. There was a good weather too it was not to sunny and there as a breeze so we did not get to hot. Im glad the sun was not to strong since i did have Mason with me. We all had a great time.



Thursday, August 7, 2008

Baby Borrowers

So this show ended yesterday I believe for those of you who did not wacth it heres what it was about:

This was an experiment where five teenage couples where given the opportunity to care for babys for three days then move on to caring a toddler, pre teen, teen and the elderly. Most of these couple wanted to have kids and this show was to let them see that parent hood is not all fun and games. This tackled an epidemic we are having on teen pregnancies. The couples where given their own house and one of them had to go to work while the other one stayed home. They basically had to live the reality of being a parent. You got to see is fast forward the different things parents have to tackle at the different age levels. At the end of the show all the couples did not want to have children anytime soon and all had ended their relationships.

So it was somewhat hard to watch this show and seeing these kids wanting to have kids of their own and the reality that this happens everyday. Teen pregnancy rates had bee going down but in the last year they have increased 42 out of 1000. I hope young people where able to see this show and get something out it like wise I hope the show was able to send the message across to our teenagers. In the reunion show they had the girls who apparently made a "pack" to get pregnant and raise their children together. At their school there are 18 girls pregnant. They also had a young lady who had her baby at 13. YES! 13 I was still playing with dolls at 13. I think its our responsibility to educate teens on this issue. For them to be smart about the decisions they make, decisions that can change their lives forever. Obviously the best way to decrease teen pregnancy is ABSTINENCE ...reality how many kids follow this. Thanks to the media and Hollywood they make sex "cool" but do not really focus on the consequences. I think many parents leave it up to the school system to educate their kids on this subject but its not working we all need to be involved in their education. We need to stop being blind and know that these kids will have sex and instead of preaching DONT DO IT we should also be telling them what their options are if they do choose to be sexually active. I feel so strongly about this subject because I saw so many of my friends get pregnant and drop out of school.

n/e if you saw the show i would love to know what you thought about it

Monday, August 4, 2008

Parenting sites

So I would like to share some sites that where shared with me by my
friend and mommy, Cat.I have learned a lot from them and have really
helped me on those days that I struggle or even question my
parenting style.


The first one I really like I try to do as much as I can to practice AP.
Most of the things I already did even before knowing what AP was.
As a mom we sometimes automatically do certain thingsto care for our
young. I think people even my husband looks at me funny when I say I
dont like to hear Mason cry. Even if it means nursing him constantly I
rather have a happy baby than hear him cry. As I was reading some AP
stuff and Dr Sears stuff I became aware that im not the only one. Its our
God given instincts as moms to pick a baby up when he is crying or tell
whether he is hungry or sleepy. Raul sometimes gives me hard time about
it because he feel like I should let him cry for a little bit. My answer is
always No. Dont get me wrong he does cry and there are times where I
get frustrated and have to leave him for I bit while I go and cool off. I
know many think that if you run to your babys cry ALL the time
he will be spoiled and what not well I dont agree with that. When
Mason cries I know he is not crying just for the heck of it or on
purpose. I know he is crying because he NEEDS something. Im sure
as he gets older he will be able to tell that if he cries he gets attention
but I feel like thats when I cant stop running to every cry. Right now he
does not know any better. He does not have the language skills a toddler
would have to he cries. For those who are parents I HIGHLY recommend
this site. I have my days when I tell myself just let him cry he will settle
down, but my heart just cant take that. I have something inside me saying
"go comfort him"


This one is very useful. It has lots of info in one place. I think anything you have questions about you can find here. This has some great info on safe ways to co sleep. YES we co sleep. When Mason first came home we tried getting him to sleep in his play pen but none of us where getting any sleep. He would sleep on it for a little but but was waking up very frequently which was making breast-feeding hard because I was so tired. So after about three weeks I think we moved Mason to our bed. We have been sleeping much better now and on his good nights he will wake up 2x to eat. I learned how to BF on my side and now he nurses while I fall back
asleep. We are much happier now and its something that works for US. One thing I read that reassured me on my decision to co sleep was that we carry our babys for 9 months (7 for me) how can we expect them all of a sudden to sleep by themselves when for the past 9 months they have been falling asleep to our heart beat and our rhythm of breathing.

La Leche League has been a life saver when it comes to BF. I did not have that much of a hard time with it as other women have told me they had. I dont know if its because we got lucky or because I was so determined to BF. I really educated myself on the subject especially since Mason was preemie. I think what helped us out the most is that he never got a bottle. He was tubed fed until he was able to eat at 34 weeks. When he was able to eat he got introduced to the breast first. BF in public is still kinda hard but I manage. Im really not the kind of person that can just flop out my boob for the world to see (if you are like that more power to you). I know people have asked me If i give him a bottle when we are out and wonder how a BF. I have a nursing cover and its nice because even though it cover Mason its design where we can still see each other and have that bond. I also have learned to BF using my sling and wrap...BF hands free...lol. I plan to breast feed till Mason is ready to stop. I dont see us doing it till he is 5 or something like that i just think thats crazy (again if you do that more power to ya girlfriend). Some people have told me I need to give him water i guess thats what people back in the day use to. I have also been told to supplement because its not enough. I think this is where educating ourselves about BF comes into play. BF gives Mason everything he needs. BF children eat more that formula kids because breast milk digest quicker that formula but its not because your child is not getting enough. I have also been told "when he gets this old give him cereal or food." Again we dont plan to introduce solids till Mason is ready or when he get 6 months or older. When it comes to solids I want to see what Mason wants not what everyone else thinks he needs to be doing. Again he gets everything he need from breast milk, solids before 1 is basically practice not a nutritional supplement to breast milk


www.wholesomebabyfood.com
So speaking about baby food, I plan to make my own baby food and avoid
premade stuff like "Gerber". This link has recipes on how to make it and
useful info about starting your baby on solids. Even though I enjoy
nursing I am looking forward to when we can start solids. Not because
I dont want to nurse but because I get to be creative in what I will be
"mashing" up. So obviously I dont have much to say about this topic since
we have awhile till we do this.

This is another site I got from Cat. I dont really look at this one much because i cant mostly
find all the info im looking for on the Dr. Sears page but I wanted to go ahead and share it
with yall

http://www.mamatoto.org/Default.aspx?tabid=63
http://www.mayawrap.com/
http://www.hotslings.com/

I know these are a lot of links to one topic but we LOVE baby wearing!!! So I have a hotsling, a
bjorn and i made my own wrap. If you got to the first link mamatoto there are intructions on
how to make your own wrap.

So this was a lot of info but i hope yall find it useful

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Mason is 12 weeks

So Mason turned 12 weeks on Friday ( technically he is 4 weeks since he was 2 months early). I cant believe it my little guy is growing up. So he is awake more now and has started tracking. He loves to stare at the light and when I change him he looks out at the window. He enjoys taking baths but does start crying ounce I take him out and start changing him. The gray color in his eyes is going away now and he is getting is dark brown eyes. You can now tell he will have some bushy eye brows like daddy. He started giving some smiles its very cute! I have this doggy teddy bear tied to his crib and he can stare at that for a long time maybe he likes the colors. The other day it seemed like he was trying to reach for it. He does not fit into any of his preemie clothes and the NB is starting to get small too. He can now wear some 0-3 month outfits. Most of the time he wear onesies since its so hot here. His face has filled out since he was born and he has some chubby cheeks. We are still co sleeping during the night and that seems to work out best for us. We all get a lot more sleep now. I have been cloth diapering during the day when we r home and thats going good too. I still dont feel confident enough to use them at night or when we go out. Hopefully I can get to that point soon . We are still nursing and im loving it im happy I can provide the best for Mason. The days he wants to nurse a lot it does not bother me anymore and it did help that i can nurse on my side which is where co sleeping has been a life saver. I think thats about it so far

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

WE R ALL ALONE

So for about the next 30-45 days it will just be Mason and I. Raul got on the plane about 830am today on his ay to NTC in California. Its weird how life works out, when something goes wrong and only he seems to know how to fix it the good ol Army takes him away. I know it was hard for him to leave because we have a baby now. We will see how I handle being by myself with Mason since I cant say "here raul watch the baby" it will really be a 24/7 job this month. I wonder what changes Mason will go thru in this next month and how different he will be when Raul gets back. Its weird to think that when he comes back Mason will almost be four months.

The good news is that as soon as he gets back we will be going home for a couple of weeks, so im definitely looking forward to his return

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Our first cloth diaper


So we put on Mason first cloth diaper today. We use a unbleached Chinese prefold with a snappi and a thisrtie cover. The cover was a little big for him since when we order it they sent us a small instead of the xs. Hopefully this coming up week we ill get the xs and the other dipes i ordered from diaper swapper. N/e back to his first CD. So i put it on and im expecting him to pee not even 2 min after he has it on he poops. The dipe held up really well with NB poop. im really excited to try out the different types of dipes that i ordered



Monday, July 21, 2008

Bodies Exhibition


Yesterday we finally went to see the Bodies Exhibition down at Ala Moana with some friends. I have been wanting to see this for years and I am so glad it came to Hawaii. I really enjoyed it and was amazed to see the human body like that. For those of you who do not kow what it is, it real human body dissected to show bones muscles organs and all the other parts that make up the human body. When I was taking biology for nursing i had to learn all the bones and muscles of the body and now that i got to see everything so close and soooo real was amazing.


The part that I cant forget is where they showed all the veins and they do this process where basically everything is striped of and all is left is the veins in the shape of the body. You could see all the veins of the hand and it was left in that shape up to the fingers it neat. They also had a embryos for different stages of development. Raul and I both said that its weird how something sooo small in the beginning can give you so much problems. Most of the bodies where men they only had one female in the whole thing. On the female exhibit it was weird because they showed the reproductive system and it looked nothing like you see in a text book. First it was 3D and you really had to look at it to see what was what. Overall I really enjoyed it I wish it would have been a bigger exhibition

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Cloth dipes

Im sooo excited we ordered our cloth diapers yesterday. I bought some on diaperswaper and the rest on baby cotton bottoms. Our main dipes that we r starting of with are the Chinese prefolds unbleached with thirties covers. From DS i got some pockets and all in ones to test them out. I also got i think two other covers to see what we like best. I cant wait to get them and see how they look on Mason. Hopefully this will work out for us because it will save lots of money and its better for both mason and the environment.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Marriage Retreat @ Turtle Bay


View from our room

On our balcony

Mason on the bed

This is the hotel view from down the beach

Thursday, July 10, 2008

2 month checkup

We had our two month check up today. mason is doing real good he weighs 7.3 lbs (just on mamas milk!) and is 20 inch long. He had to get his first set on shot today too. :0( I got teary eyed because he started crying ... but its something that had to be done for his benefit. I gave him baby Tylenol before we left the house and after his shots. He is a tuff little guy he has not been fussy and has just been sleeping all day (finally since he did not sleep much for the past two days). Ral and I here talking about how he already is growing up to fast

Monday, July 7, 2008

Back to work

So i started working Saturday at the Tropics. Im only going to be working Saturdays to give me something to do and see how it all works out. I thought I was going to have a hard time since that night Mason did not sleep at all but I did good up till around 4 thats when I started getting tired. I enjoyed seeing everyone and talking to them since im mostly alone during the week. Raul did really good with Mason I was very proud of him. He even had him changed when I got home with an onesie. He hates changing Mason with anything that has to go over the head so I was surprised he had an onesie on. 

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Last nights diaper change

So I have to share something that its nasty and funny. So Mason has peed while changing his diaper nothing new, he has done it a couple of times. You kinda expect that with a little boy. Well last night was completely new. He shot poop out. YES I said SHOT. It went all over the floor. Thank God it was the floor and not on him. I seriously saw this stream of poop shot from his butt to the floor. I was quick enough to close his diaper but im glad it happen to me and not Raul cause Raul would have run off letting poop go every where. Thats what he does when Mason pees so we always have to change him completely or give him another bath. Imagine if it was the poop.  N.e I just felt like sharing that it was very unexpected. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Mason napping

I love to take pics of my little guy so here are a few i took while he was napping

Wrinkly feet like mama


Baby butts

First real bath

We had been giving Mason sponge bath since when we brought him home he had his circ done so he cold not sit in water. This was the first time he got to take a real bath. He seems to enjoy it if i feed him first then give him a bath.
I love this pic of him since we dont get to many open eye pics.