Thursday, December 31, 2015

A few things from December and Myla at 5 months

December was a great month. Having little ones is so fun around the holidays. I have loved planning and preparing for Christmas. It has given me a new appreciation for my parents who always made Christmas so special and magical for us. I love those memories I have growing up.

We watched Elf and Polar Express for a few family movie nights. 

I had so many good intentions for December, and then the girls got RSV! It was an exhausting two weeks. The first night Ellie coughed nonstop the whole night and had a fever. Ismael and I didn't know what to do to help her. We gave her breathing treatments, but that dried out her secretions, and then she would cough more. We took shifts all night with her suctioning her trach, giving her tylenol/motrin, and keeping her hydrated. She did ok the next day but was still running a fever. Myla started coming down with a cough that day too. Around day 4 I took the girls into the Pediatrician. He diagnosed them with RSV and also Ellie with a left ear infection. Ellie was at the peak of the virus and she was so miserable. Myla hit her peak the next day, and it seemed like she didn't stop crying for three days after that. I took her in to the doctor again. Like I said, it was a long TWO weeks! I am so happy they are better now. 
Exhausted parents and kids.

We did our annual gingerbread house. Ellie was so excited. She had a horrible rash on her cheek from wiping her nose with her arm. 

The frosting was the best part. 

Lots of baths while the girls were sick. 

My favorite Christmas tradition we started this year was the 25 days of Christ. We opened a new ornament every night and read a story about Christ that coordinated with the ornament.  We would then watch the bible video online. I loved the perspective it brought to each of us every day and it was great reviewing all of the stories of Jesus Christ. Ellie listened to the scripture stories so well.

Christmas Sunday. We snapped a quick picture before Ismael had to leave for meetings.

Myla turned 5 months on the 22nd. This girl. How has time gone so fast? She weighed in around 16 lbs when we took her in for RSV. She is so sweet but also lets us know that she doesn't like something with her screams. She likes being held, playing with toys, watching her sister, being carried in the Ergo, eating, and gets excited when dad comes home. She has the sweetest giggles and smiles and brings me so much joy every day. She rolls from back to tummy, and has started sitting up, but is still a little wobbly. I just want her to stay a baby forever. I think her hair grew a whole inch this month and is still super curly. 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Decorating the Tree

We put up our tree the day after Thanksgiving this year. I love this season and how magical it is with kids!

Myla loved looking at the lights and watched us the entire time.

Ellie LOVED putting on ornaments. After every one, she would say "WOW!!!!, this is so beautiful!"

I love this time of year. 

Friday, December 4, 2015

November and Myla at Four Months

Myra turned four months on the 22nd. She continues to be such a joy. She weighed in at 15 lbs and . My favorite time is in the mornings when she wakes up. She is so happy and excited when we come in to get her. 

Ellie had to have a picture too. Her new "picture" pose. 

Myla has been rolling from her tummy to her back since 2.5 months. This has made tummy time a little more difficult because she rolls as soon as we put her on her tummy. 

Still loves bath time. If she is super fussy, sometimes I will give her a little bath and she calms right down. 

She loves watching Ellie play. Most of the time she does pretty well with Ellie, but sometimes Ellie might be a little too loving and overwhelms her. 

She has definitely started recognizing if someone other than mom or dad is holding her and sometimes gets her scared/pouty face.

She has started grabbing toys and as soon as we put something in front of her her hands she grabs it and puts it straight into her mouth.

Cute pouty face

Cuddles with mom. Oh i just love this girl so much! 

On to some little things from November. We have been so busy, it really feels like we are just fitting the basic things into our lives. 

Ismael found a new home for his Maria truck. This truck has helped us out so much! Its amazing how many memories are attached to a vehicle. He did a lot of landscaping jobs, commuted to work, picked up furniture, and moved us a few times with this truck. 

Ismael and Ellie painting together.

Little update on Ellie: This girl is spunky, creative, and keeps me on my toes from 5 am until  8pm. I need to write down more of the funny things she says, because they are constantly coming. 

She found a crazy straw, grabbed some utensils from our kitchen, and asked me to tie a string on it so she could wear a necklace.

Ismael reading to the girls. 

It feels like we have Dr. appointments once a week. Myla and Ellie are both good sports. 

Ellie had a CT scan and Esophagram at the beginning of November. One was in the main hospital and  the other in the pavilion so we got to ride the shuttle bus between the two. I am pretty sure for Ellie it was one of the funnest things she has ever done. She was over the moon about it. She always reads books about kids going to school and says, "Mom, I can't wait until I am bigger and can ride the school bus!"

I had this grand idea (pinterest)  to do a letter a week to focus on for Ellie because she loves learning, crafts and when I teach her. We started with the letter A and made an Alligator eating A's. We haven't gotten any further. 

Went to the park with the girls. Both ends of the seesaw. 

My good friend Elizabeth had her baby the end of October. We went and visited them. Bennet was only three weeks old and so sweet. Ellie and Flora entertained themselves for 3 hours. It was amazing! 

Ellie has started going once a month to "Night Owls". It is a church here that does respite care for families that have children with disabilities. It is an amazing program. We take her one friday night a month. She has a one on One volunteer with her, and they do crafts, play with toys, watch a movie, and they usually bring something different in each month such as a puppet show, music therapy, petting zoo, ect. 

While Ellie was at Night Owls this last month, we went out to Cane Rosso to eat. It was a lot of fun to have a date with Ismael. 

We made brownies one night for people that came over to visit. Ellie helped me in the kitchen. "Mom, I will keep an eye on this brownie bowl for you, ok?" Ok Ellie. 

And those are a few things I remember from November! Thank you pictures.


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