Potty training day 2

Having kids it’s the best thing that could ever happend to me.. But man! I really didn’t have any idea of how much I would need to give up! Those are the things that nobody tells you! I’ve been stock at home for 2 days now, potty training Mia, and this is been one of the most challenging things that I’ve ever done as mother. Having a newborn crying, having to breastfeed every 2 hours and a toddler peeping and pooping all around the house it’s been a hell of a job. That and the fact that Mia hates being at home all day long! I’m physicall and mentally drained! I really wanted to go to the gym and start taking care of me but seriously it’s 2 pm and I’m already done for the day. I’m exhausted! I feel unhealthy.. Super uper unhealthy! My whole body hurts of being seating in the coach for hours waiting for Mia to pee or poo! I haven’t even take a shower because i’m scared that she is going to have an accident on the carpet! Can’t wait for this to end! And I know people say you are going to miss it, but I really think this is going to be one of the things that I’m not going to miss! I really think that the people who says potty training is fun they are liars lol! I really want to find the fun but I just don’t see where! I hope your friday it’s better than mine! If you are hiting the bars today, have a drink for me! And if you don’t have kids, enjoy while you can! Lol! 

It’s summer.. potty training time! 

I’ve been wanting to potty train Mia for months! But I always found an excuse! But my goal was before summer ends, I thought that it is easier to take her pants off if the weather is nicely, so here I am, first day of the summer stock at home. I was reading lots of articles and advices, and I decided to go for the one that says to stay at home for 3 days, no diaper on, and give her a price if she pee or poo in it, so we will see! It’s been 3 hours with no success, and I’m already hating this! Potty training sucks! Lol! I just think it’s too much work having to run to the washrooms with them, clean all of this accidents, I don’t even know how am I going to be able to drive long distance! Well wish me luck in the next 3 days! Let’s see how it goes! Happy Thursday all! 

Mini vacay .. 

Hey guys! Sorry I haven’t write anything lately, i’m currently in a break enjoying our mini trip in Kelowna.. And when I say enjoying means, not having to clean or cook which is a BIG deal lol! But obviously   Traveling with a newborn and a toddler is not relaxing or fun as before at all! Yesterday I was on a stroller walk in the Marina, and I passed by the Cactus club, and I saw these beautiful girls, with their hair done, make up on, having drinks and enjoying a girls time and I felt sooo jealous! I know I know.. There is a loooot of people who would love to have my life, and don’t think that I don’t feel grateful and blessed, I know this is only temporary and that soon Family vacations are going to get much better, but You have to understand that it’s been almost 4 years without me having a “normal” life… So don’t judge me if I sometimes miss it! It hasn’t been that bad tho, today I was lucky enough to have 30 min in the hot tub, we had an amazing breakfast at the VIP lunch, and spent the whole morning by the pool with a friend and her kids. Soo no.. Life doesn’t suck.. Life is pretty good, but still on Mommys mode, wearing mommys clothes, with Mom hair, no make up on, with vomit all over my shirt, breastfeeding every 2 hours, changing diapers every 3? But yess with lots of hugs and kisses from them! Enjoying while they are that small they said.. Happy Wednesday all! 

Instagram Favourites: Dad’s edition

It’s Father’s day weekend! And we will be heading to Kelowna on Sunday so I wanted to take the time to write a post to those daddas that I follow on Instagram and that I think they definitly deserve a post! We are always mentioning moms out there but I rarely see a post or a follow friday about dads, and I guess the reason why is because if we don’t have time to write a blog, they have even less! I don’t know these guys, however I love their Insta stories, blogs and pics! And the reason why I love to read them, mostly is because I can see the other side of the coin. Sometimes we would think that they don’t do enough, or that they have no idea of how much we struggle, but the true is.. They know! And they have their own struggle. Their body change as well, they stop having time for them, they have a lack of sleep, they have stress, they are as much tired as we are.  Well I don’t personally know the guys I follow on Instagram but I know the one on the top. Francisco wakes up every morning, has 30 min for himself and after that he puts the “daddas” shirt on and help me changing Mia diaper, or he makes breakfast for her. He goes to work, come back and without having not even 5 min break, he takes Mia to the park, to the swimming pool or to the library, comes back, takes Matias, and he gives me 1 or 2 hours for ME, help me with the bath times, etc. And finally around 9 pm he takes 15 min break before reading a good night story to Mia and try to make her sleep. Between all of this, he washed the dishes, clean the living room, take the trash out… Pretty Impressive eh? That’s the super dad I have as Husband! He is being a super dad for my kids since day 1! He loves them, protect them and works so hard for them, and maybe they don’t see or appretiate everything he does for them now.. But I do. One of the best decisions I have made in life was to choose him as their dad! Too bad he doesn’t run a blog yet but on the meantime, you can check: theoverwhelmeddad.com  and the insta stories of Father_of_daughters and tate28. Happy Father’s day to all the daddas out there! 

Veggie Tuna Recipe.. 

Before my mom left, I asked her if she could leave my freezer full of food, so she asked me what I wanted, I was craving and eating a lot of tuna not sure why, so suddendly I remember this dish that she used to make, if you are a tuna lover you are going to like it for sure! What do you need? Carrots, potato, green peas, tuna cans, green olives. And for the salsa: tomato, onions, salt, 1 teaspoon of olive oil and garlic. To make the salsa add the ingredients in the blender, leave it on the side. Cut the veggies in a very small pieces so they can cook easily or you can cook the potatoes and carrots first, then cut them in small pieces and put them to fry in the pan, once they are soft add the tuna, green peas, olives and salsa, let it heat. You can combine it with rice or quinoa! This is a perfect low calorie dish with tons of nutrition if you are counting your calories! Happy Healthy Monday all! 

Father’s day gift guide

I kind of excited about this post, because lately i’m fascinated with boys stuff and I know it can be hard to buy for them! To start I selected Dr Martens shoes because those are Francisco’s favourite! I didn’t know about them until I meet him, and in our last trip to Seattle we paid a visit to their store and I felt in love with them!! Can’t wait to buy a pair for me and the kids! The quality is excellent and they make them look like a cool daddas! Next I choose a Roots wallet because again I like their quality, I bought one for Francisco a couple years ago and is still looking like new! But you can buy one from his favourite brand, that is something that they use daily so you cannot go wrong! Third a Daddas T-shirt! I bought this one for Francisco from a local company in one of the Spring Market events, I love all of their designs! You can find them on Instagram as #mycheekybaby ! Then I selected a nice Michael kors watch for those daddas who loves high brands, and finally a well deserved day at the SPA! Who said that they don’t enjoy having a massage and time for them? I will recommend again the Willow Spa at the Fairmont Pacific Rim! And if none of this gift would excite him, you can’t go wrong with cooking his favourite meal and a nice card telling him how much you love him! Happy Shopping! Xoxo Athenas 

Montessori VS Regular School..

The first time I heard about Montessori was back in Mexico. For me, Montessori sound like a hippie-Fancy method of learning, but being honest, I didn’t really care about this because 10 years ago I wasn’t interested at all on having kids. Last year in a kids party, I meet this mom, and during our conversation I mentioned to her that I was moving to White rock and she super recommended me this Montessori preschool, she said her daughter loooove her teacher and that the place was amazing, so I decided to take a look myself.

It was love at first sight! One: There was multiculturalism, I’m not racist ( Hey I’m Mexican ) but I didn’t move to Canada to have my daughter growing with only one culture, Second: She was right about the teachers, the kids seems to love them, and I can see they were very sweet but at the same time strict with them and Three: they have an amazing space including an outside space to play, so I decided to sign up Mia to get a spot in September and went home. After a couple of weeks it was Mia’s last day at her daycare and speaking with her teachers, I mentioned to them that Mia will start preschool in September in a Montessori place and suddenly I saw an expression of “not approve” in their faces, so I asked if they knew what Montessori was because me, I didn’t even investigate about it, I just like the place and sign her up, but being completely honest I didn’t do a research or anything ( yeah I know I should have ) anyways, they told me that Mia was used to a play-based environment and that they do not like Montessori teachers because for some reason they feel superior than them, so now they got my attention, and I let them continue talking about it.

I knew that Montessori was different but I didn’t know HOW different, and I didn’t know what play based daycare-preschool was ( even tho Mia was already in one and I really love her daycare ), so that day I arrived home and I started my google search. I visited like 20 different websites, I watched all of these videos regarding the life of Maria Montessori, I texted a couple of friends who happened to be Montessori Teachers and they were the ones who at the end convinced me about this type of education, even tho I love play based as well.

So here are the main differences that I found:

Montessori: Students discover information for themselves and they can work on their lessons as long as they need, the teachers helps them according to their needs and focus on develops the whole personality of the child, not merely his/her intellectual faculties.

Regular school-Play based: The information is given to them by their teachers and there is a schedule for every lesson.  The teacher deliver the same lessons to everyone, and they learn on play based activities, which is very good for their imagination and social skills.

I do not believe that one is better than the other, I just think that there are several factors to consider like distance, cost, schedule, and most importantly REPUTATION! Margareth, the Director of Mia’s previous daycare, told me once that the most important thing is to find a place where the teachers love their job, to always look on the relationship among the educators and the childrens.

Also we are all different, every child and every family, only you know what would fit better in your kit. ( and if it doesn’t work you can always try the option number 2 ).

Have anyone experience both? Which did you prefer?