Very 1st Dentist Appointment 

A very clean and healthy smile is what we were told Gio has! 🙂 

Thursday was Gio’s very first dentist visit! If you’re from the Montgomery County area in Maryland, I HIGHLY recommend MVP Smiles! It’s a pediatrics dentist and orthodontics office. From the moment I walked in everyone from their staff was incredibly polite, friendly, patient, and professional. I am so happy my pediatrician referred us over ’cause I definitely do not plan on taking Gio anywhere else. 

So, Gio did a whole better than I thought he would do. We got to the office early, so we sat in the kids area and he was very patient today. He sat in front of me and had me read this one baby book over and over until his name was called. 

When we started to head back, I was very impressed with how nice and clean the facility was. Anyway, they took us to our area and I was given some information about what to do and not to. For example: avoid lots of sugar, brush twice a day (for a minute for 1 year olds), avoid the bottle, and avoid falling asleep with a milk sippy. That last one is tough for us because Gio’s main thing at night to sleep is his sippy with milk- I’m going to work on it, though! As for sugar, Gio doesn’t drink any juice at all and we do our best to avoid sweets unless we’re at a birthday or after a haircut, lol. Also, Gio loves brushing his teeth so there’s no issue with that one! I always take him to brush his teeth when we’re both ready to get up from bed and ready to sleep. 

After we were done going over the little booklet, the assistant had us sit face-to-face while she had a pillow on her nap where Gio’s head can lay- from there she brushed through his teeth, counted them, saw some almost ready to pop out, and gave me instructions on how to brush his tiny teeth. There was some crying, of course, but no meltdown which is a plus! Since he is so little, he got nervous and scared that someone unfamiliar was in his face checking his mouth. 

Once the dentist came to check him out, he read through the assistants notes first and then we sat down the same way and he checked Gio’s teeth and gums. His gums are a perfect color and his teeth are very nice in clean, we’ve been doing a good job 🙂 The only thing was that the space between his bottom teeth is tight, so we actually need to start flossing his teeth (with the little tooth floss picks for kids!). 

As per usual, I explained to Gio where we were going and what to expect- yes, I know he doesn’t understand me BUT I just find it important to get myself into the habit of always letting him know where we’re going, what to expect, what will be expected of him, and that everything will be ok! 

Anyway, I was so happy and pleased with our experience at MVP Smiles, and scheduled our follow up for January! 🙂 

Days Away From Gio

This past Saturday, Erwin and I went to New Jersey to drop off Gio at my parents house. Gio did extremely well on the drive- he slept more than half the way, and after he woke up, he was really calm in his seat. Originally we were going to come back Sunday night, but we decided to come back Monday morning so that way Gio could warm up easily to my family and their home.

It was been a little harder than I thought it would be to have him away from me, but at the same time it makes me so happy that he’s spending time with my parents and my family in New Jersey. I know for a fact that he’s being spoiled with so much attention and so much love.

I’m actually very proud of how well he’s doing. When we were in New Jersey with him, he warmed up quickly with everyone and he stayed playful with everyone once we left. We had some minor issues when I would drop him off my sister-in-laws house, like nonstop crying, so I was concerned but there hasn’t been any problems at all. He sleeps really well, he’s been eating extremely well. I’m really proud of how he’s done, and I might just do this annually so he gets to spend that time with my parents which to me is really important.

Now, as for me, it’s just been really strange not having him with me. I miss him a lot. Having him away from me and him not being under my care has opened my eyes up to things. It’s made me realize how I care way too much about little things, while all he wants and needs is me to be there sitting on the floor just playing or running around with him. I can put cleaning aside, cooking aside, even my studies aside for a little to fulfill his wish of just having me there next to him.

Today is my first day on my own. Erwin went back to work, so I decided to jump on here and write before I start studying for me final Biology exam. He gets out a little earlier today so I’m excited to just hangout with him and watch a movie.

Our Father’s Day weekend

This post is so late, and I am so sorry about that, but I had multiple tests these past few days so I didn’t have a chance to get on here and write something.

Happy belated Father’s Day to all the dads, and moms who play both roles! I hope each of you had an extremely blessed day 🙂

FullSizeRender(look at how little the boys look in the picture from last year! Crazy how time flies)

I, of course, want to wish my boyfriend a very special Happy Father’s Day. You, babe, have been great. The boys and I love you so incredibly much, and appreciate everything you’ve done, do, and know you’ll keep doing.

This past Sunday we decided to keep the day simple and enjoy each other’s company. We went to the pool and spend around two hours there having fun. We swam around, played with the toys in the water, relaxed, and we each got a nice tan lol. That was the main focus of the day, then we came inside gave the boys their lunch then baths- we had some fun playing games in the bath too, of course! After that, we all relaxed for a bit then decided to go to the park for a little bit. We played ‘lost village’, played on the swings, learned how to slide from the tallest pole, jumped around, and slid down the slides! After that we went to the store to get some things together for dinner, came home/ate, and that was the end. We had a great day together.

Kids Suncreen + Summer Tips!

We’ve had plenty of hot days already this year, but the hottest days are yet to come! That means a really strong sun and keeping our babies protected! Besides keeping them cool, protecting their skin is extremely important.

Lately I’ve come across some really scary articles about sunscreen brands that instead of protecting a child’s skin caused 2nd degree burns!

Gio does have semi sensitive skin, but regardless I am still VERY picky with what I put on his skin. I wouldn’t put something on him that I wouldn’t put on myself.

The SPF for babies, toddlers, kids should be AT LEAST 30 SPF and I personally don’t go over 50 SPF. For a baby under 6 months it’s ok to use sunscreen but a minimal amount. I apply it on Gio 15 – 20 minutes before we head out to the pool, beach or long park days so his skin absorbs it, and I reapply every two hours if we’re still out and if necessary. Long outdoor day trips require sunscreen too.

If you’re just going to the store or a short walk, there isn’t a need to put sunscreen on them, a hat is a good alternative. Just always be cautious and always carry sunscreen in their bag in case you’re going to be out longer than anticipated.

Below are my favorite 2 sunscreen brands, one lower priced and another higher priced, and their website links where you can purchase (and where I got the images from, lol):

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Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sunscreen Lotion with Broad Spectrum SPF 50

  • contains 100% naturally sourced zinc oxide
  • good for sensitive skin
  • has a nourishing formula
  • water resistant for 80 minutes
  • fragrance-free
  • paraben-free
  • 3oz
  • I also have the stick form for the face
  • price $9.99 (may vary depending where it’s purchased)
  • link to site: http://www.aveeno.com/product/aveeno-+baby+continuous+protection-+sensitive+skin+zinc+oxide+sunscreen+spf+50.do

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Coola Baby SPF 50 Unscented Moisturizer 

  • good for sensitive skin
  • organic
  • has avocado and coconut oil (does say fragrance free be has a slight scent because of the coconut, but I don’t mind it and neither does Gio and his skin!)
  • water resistant for 80 minutes
  • paraben and preservatieve free
  • 3oz
  • I use stick for the face
  • price $36 (may vary depending where purchased)
  • link to site: http://shop.coolasuncare.com/mineral-baby-natural-sunscreen-spf-50-unscented

 

I love both of these for Gio, but my favorite has been Aveeno. I use Aveeno’s body lotion, body wash, and conditioning shampoo. Aveeno helped improve his skin from dry and irritated to super soft and healthy.

The reason I put Coola is because it’s my favorite brand for myself! When I worked at a salon that was the sunscreen we sold so I tried it out and never switched back. We sold the baby line too, but at that moment there was no Gio. I tried it out a couple times last year and loved it!

Now here are some tips on keeping your kids safe and cool during the hot times! 

  • Water! Water! Water! – it is so important to always be very well hydrated wherever you are and/or go. I make sure to always carry cold water for Gio, especially if we go to the park, beach, and/ or do any outdoor activity!
  • Hats – perfect to keep their little faces and heads from getting burnt, besides using sunscreen
  • If it’s too humid and too hot try to avoid outdoor activity. If they have to be out for an activity, start hydrating an hour beforehand and constantly give water and/or sport drink (depending on age, of course).
  • Try to find indoor activities or a cooling activity to do!
  • Be careful at parks. Most parks are usually right under the sun meaning the swings, slides, chains, etc., are directly under the sun and get extremely hot. Contact can cause up to 3rd degree burns (correct me if wrong on that!)
  • Dress them in looser, lighter-weight, lighter-colored clothing
  • Use an effective insect repellent and check for ticks
  • Cooler showers and baths- sometimes I give Gio two baths a day. If we go to the park or pool (or do any type of outdoor activity) I will give him a bath right after and a nighttime bath so his body can relax, and so he can rest better
  • Cool your car before driving off! If this isn’t really an option have a cold cup of water for your child so it can help them stay cool the first few minutes the car is hot. Also, be careful with the hot buckles! I always leave those hidden or covered so they don’t get hot.

 

Here is a link to explain to you guys why I don’t use a SPF higher than 50: http://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/report/whats-wrong-with-high-spf/

 

More foods on the list!

Gio has grown into more new foods lately, which makes it so much easier to feed him! I mean, honestly, it’s never been difficult to feed him unless he’s just really not hungry or sick. Now that he’s getting older he’s more welcoming to different textures and a wide variety of flavors. Below is a list of new things Gio is into and hopefully can give you ideas!

 

Prepared meals by Gerber and Chef Boyardee- So far he likes the chicken or turkey mixed with vegetables and rice (usually lean for these if its been a long day or if someone has to watch him during a meal time)

Mac n’ Cheese- either the ones already prepared or homemade, he also loves it mixed with carrots and chicken

Peaches!

French Toast Sticks

Plantains

Yogurt- he’s actually always loved yogurt

Black beans

String cheese- Mozzarella (my favorite brand is Horizon!)

Applesauce!- he loves applesauce

Sandwiches- either one with a soft meat to chew or grilled cheese!

Meatballs!- or turkey

Potatos- seasons them slightly, drizzle a bit of olive oil and bake!

Quesadillas

Some whole meals I give him are:

Breakfast: oatmeal, banana, and small yogurt; scrambled eggs mixed with spinach and tomatoes with a fruit; French toast and a yogurt mixed with fruit pieces; plantains with black beans

Lunch/dinner: Grilled cheese with veggie sticks; rice mixed with veggies and chicken or turkey; salmon with a small salad of tomatoes, cucumbers, and avocados with lime juice; penne pasta mixed with tomato sauce and ground beef or turkey; pb&j sandwich with fruit and yogurt

Snacks: any kind of fruit (he likes his banana and apples with peanut butter sometimes); veggie sticks, applesauce, string cheese, crackers, tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado slices; small muffins

With his meals Gio only has water. He will only have milk when he wakes up (smallest amount so he eats breakfast) for a nap, a car ride if he’s really fussy, and bedtime! 

Almost ready to let go…

Gio is getting so close to feeling confident enough to let go of our hands on walk on his own! Lately he just holds on to our finger and doesn’t realize that he’s the one leading us now- he feels like he still needs us to walk, but he’s almost there! He loves going for walks now, and can walk for, what I think, a long time for him. Walking to him is the funnest thing to do, and its even more fun when kicking a ball around apparently.

I remember everyone used to think that he would be a early walker, even Erwin and I thought that. He was on his jumper by 4 months, learned to sit quick, learned to stand up even quicker, and quickly grasped the idea of moving around with support. Every little one takes their own time, though! I just know that once he let’s go I’m going to be following him all over the place. I’m definitely going to have to workout to be able to keep up with him and all his energy.

Gio will actually be 14 months tomorrow. He’s a 14 month old full of energy and personality. He keeps us really busy, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Just Breathe…

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Eating Disorders Awareness Week was from February 26th to March 4th. Those very close to me know the importance of both to me- those who know me extremely well know of the battle I won against both.

Before the month is completely over I wanted to share some of my story, not for attention, but because of the importance of sharing, because maybe it can help someone, or show someone that they are not alone.

For those who believe that having an eating disorder is a choice, it’s not. I didn’t wake up one morning and decide to have an eating disorder. At this moment in my life I was suffering internally. I had let people in my life destroy my soul while I screamed silently, completely frozen. I felt that I had lost every possible control of my body, my life. I felt helpless, hopeless, alone, lost.  I was constantly mad, disappointed, scared, and/or sad. I was desperate to find something that I could control. Right when I felt like I had nothing left my eating disorders made me feel like they were there to help me through the pain, to help me cope, to be my friends, but it that was far from my reality.

People had a tough time understanding what was happening to me physically and internally. I would lash out for the smallest things and then just burst into tears, or suddenly I’d be overly happy trying so hard to be the nicest person. When I had a good day my parents felt a glimpse of relief feeling like they finally did something right, when they never did anything wrong. It was all me. My parents are humans, humans make mistakes, we each keep growing as people and learning from one another- there is nothing I have to forgive my parents. My parents are one of my greatest gifts from life, and I have been truly blessed.

At that moment in my life everything turned dark and scary. I couldn’t control my emotions or my thoughts, my mind was driving me crazy and I couldn’t find a way out. I was trapped. I realize now that those that I believed in whispered lies into my ears. Lies about me, lies about my family, lies about everything.  I realize now that I was surrounded by incredible people that I let slip out of my life. I realize that my family was and is as beautiful as they come. I realize now that my family wanted to help me, but simply didn’t know how but kept pouring all their love my way.

It wasn’t about the food or a desire to be thin. This isn’t something I wish on anyone. Eating disorders are not a joke. Joking about them really hurts and poking fun at someone hurts. Don’t say something like “You need to eat an entire pizza, you’re barely visible,” maybe you don’t mean harm, but that stabs. It’s insensitive and diminishing.

It’s disgusting to me how people don’t take this matter seriously. What’s more appalling to me is the constant jokes made about eating disorder saying things like, “Date a girl with an eating disorder, that will be a cheap date.” People have no idea the suffering that others go through. Someone standing right next to you can be going through an eating disorder and be planning to end their life, yes it can lead to suicide, be careful with what you say and how you act.

Eating disorders can affect absolutely anyone regardless of gender, sexuality, race, and/or age. They’re a mental illness with physical affects meaning it’s not tied to your shape or size- you don’t need to be abnormally over or under weight, someone can be in their “right” size and be suffering just as much.

Be mindful but also become informed. I suffered from anorexia and bulimia, but did you know there’s more than just those two eating disorders? Some others include Atypical anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder, purging disorder, night eating syndrome, etc.

This is an issue that needs more light on it, an issue that needs to be taken a whole lot more seriously. We shouldn’t be hearing jokes about it on TV or reading jokes about it anywhere. You shouldn’t judge anyone for going through an eating disorder, you’re just pushing that person more over the ledge, you’re making them feel more trapped.

Eating disorders aren’t a trend or a phase, and they most certainly aren’t a choice.

It’s not impossible to recover- I promise you. We are stronger than we believe we are and more beautiful than we think we are. You aren’t alone in this. Just breathe.

For more information on eating disorders:

Www. Nationaleatingdisorders.org

For their help line call:

1-800-931-2237

Here’s a link to an article I thought was a good read:

http://www.ditchcarb.com/2017/04/26/20-things-that-everyone-needs-to-know-about-eating-disorders/

It’s a struggle but not impossible

Today started out great until I went to check my school status- I was no longer registered for one out of my two summer courses and I was put on restrictions. For those who follow me on Twitter, you’ll see that I mentioned that I didn’t do like I would have liked in one of my courses, and well, here’s the consequence for it. Instead of taking a new class this summer, I will be repeating that class- thankfully everything is fresh in my mind and I have tons of notes that I’ll be reviewing starting tomorrow before class starts next week.

I cried, I’m a cryer lol. Not doing well in school is something I’m not really used to. For the longest time I was always an honors student and/or a top student in school, I was always advanced but I took a huge dip.

My life is different now. My life isn’t just about me now. My first priority isn’t school, it’s my family and I’m not going to change that BUT I am going to school to offer my family a good life, one they deserve. So, with that said, I am going to work 100x harder.

It was difficult for me because in class I would think about Gio, at home I’d push all studies aside and do a ton of other things, even during Gio’s naps I didn’t study. I didn’t really pick up a rhythm until it was unfortunately too late. Now I know, and lesson learned.

Erwin always offered me this and that, but I would always say no that I wanted to do this and that instead (such as give Gio dinner and a bath, take him to the park so I can study, etc.). Erwin is amazing. He helps me so much, and I need to take advantage of the help that I have.

It’s not impossible for me to succeed, for a spare moment today I was just so overwhelmed because it just felt like I failed not only myself but my family as well, and that feeling sucks. It felt like so because I’m trying to finish all my courses in a specific time period so I can officially apply to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program on a particular date, and for a moment it looked like I couldn’t and that I’d have to wait longer- but it looks like with extra work and study time I might be able to still do so.

BUT, even if I can’t I already came up with a plan. I still plan to finish all my study plans next spring semester, and if it’s too late to apply to the DMS program THATS OK. I can work during my break time, help my household, focus on Gio, and then apply and kick some serious ass in the program because I know that I can do it. I know that I will be great. There’s no doubt about it in my mind.

I’m really tough on myself, I’ve always been, but I’m working hard on teaching myself that things happen. Everyday is a new learning experience for me, for anyone. I finally have my balance. I finally have a peace of mind. I have the best family and every reason to be happy, so now that I’m well focused I’m only going to push forward, work harder, and show myself that it’s not impossible to be greater and better.

Finding his little self 

Lately Gio has truly been growing a personality and even show favoritism towards things.

Erwin and I don’t really push Gio into liking particular things or even introduce him to much- he sort of has found on his own what he likes, and lately we’ve been picking up on different things.

Of course Gio has been given toys, but all mainly infant/toddler toys so none are “gender biased.” I put quotes on that because I don’t believe that “girl toys” are only for girls and that “boy toys” are only for boys. We don’t want him to feel forced or obligated to like something or do something because he has to like particular things based off his gender. So, that’s why Erwin and I aren’t strict on that. Yet, the funny thing is that Gio seems to be falling into your stereotype of a “boy.”

Erwin got him this little rattle toy months ago that is actually a car. When he was smaller he would just shake it none stop but then I actually put it away for a long time until he found it again in all his toys. We never taught him how to use it properly as a car, he actually discovered how to do it on his own and since then he really likes pushing cars around. So, I found two small cars for him so he can push them around, and he does that forever. He even learned on his own that it is has to be on the side of the wheels for it to go how he wants it too- so he’ll flip it until it lands on the wheels, lol. We think  that because he’s into cars now he really enjoys watching “Blaze and the Monster Machines.” That seems to be his favorite show now.

Also, Erwin actually was the one to notice that each time Gio goes into his ball pit he always picks up a blue ball. That ball bit has 300+ balls (I’m serious) of multiple colors but Gio always crawls out with a blue one to play with. We tested this out a couple times paying close attention to how he searches for a ball, and each time he picked out a blue one. He would dig through or look around until he spots a blue one. I thought it was too early for him to have favorites, like a color, but apparently not!

Balls seem to be all little kids favorite thing, or one of them at least, and Gio is no exception. He loves throwing them down the steps to play catch with Erwin, tossing it around the floor and following it, and especially kicking it around- his dad has high hopes of him loving soccer as much as him and it seems so far that he might. I love soccer as well ( what made me want to become a sports broadcaster) so who knows, maybe the chances are high? ‘Cause Erwin and I like to watch it and talk about it with one another, and there’s been times when Gio will sit or lay besides us and watch too! But you never know, he might end up being whatever about it.

Gio is also really funny. He does the silliest thing and the silliest faces, and he seems to be completely aware of it. He notices when you laugh and will keep doing it over and over until he’s over it lol

It’s been so much fun watching him grow and find himself! Especially now that he’s in that time where he discovers and learns a lot! I’ll be sure to keep you guys updated 🙂

Mother’s Day

A day late but Happy Mother’s Day to all you beautiful ladies, and to those who play both roles in their kids life! I hope everyone had an amazing day.

Yesterday I had a pretty great day with Gio and Erwin. Erwin had to work from 12 to 5, but once he got out we went out to eat. I really wanted to keep the day simple, especially since we’re moving (hopefully this week), but Erwin insisted on taking me out so we did and I’m so happy we did. We went to a Mexican restaurant and we both loved it! It was SO good. Gio ate so much there too! He had plantains, tortillas, and beans 🙂

All I really wanted to do yesterday originally was take Gio somewhere to play. I actually wanted to dedicate the whole day to him but he slept for 3+ hours while Erwin was at work! He had a tough night so I didn’t want to wake him during his nap. But right after dinner we took him to Chuck E. Cheese for about an hour. He had so much fun and that’s all I really cared about.


I know yesterday was Mother’s Day and the day is supposedly a day to dedicate to the moms but I wouldn’t be a mom if I didn’t have him. So, I wanted to thank him for blessing me in the greatest way possible, for constantly challenging me and making me stronger, smarter, and  braver, for loving me unconditinally, for teaching me so many lessons, for introducing me to the purest of loves, and for giving me the honor and privilege to be his mami. 

The boys and Erwin are all I need in this crazy life of ours. I wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world, ever. I can’t imagine a world without them and I don’t even want to.

I hope everyone had an incredible day with their loved ones, and I hope everyone had a great week! Xoxo