Baby/Kids stuff

Dealing with a new sibling..

It’s not a secret that Mia is having a hard time adjusting to the new sibling, however I know i’m not alone. At the beginning I was blaming myself thinking that maybe I did something wrong or I didn’t prepare her well for this new chapter, but looking back I know I did everything I could and talking with other moms most of them told me they had the same experience. I’ve been listening to horrible stories that happened to them and most of them told me that i’m on the right track taking Mia to her activities in the morning so we can have some “US” time. During the long weekend my mom left back to Mexico and I knew I wanted to do something special for Mia, something the three of us, even tho we brought Matias with us, he was sleeping the whole time in the stroller, so we decided to take her to the Aquarium. She is being obsessed with Finding dory so we knew she would loooove the surprise. I know there is a lot of debate about the aquarium, but i’m neutral about this subject. I really love that she had the opportunity to see all the animals she watch on the cartoons ( yesss she watch tv, I know there is a lot of debate about that too lol! ) and to live that experience. We took her to the Seattle Aquarium when she was 3 months old ( I know, that was stupid) but I really like the Vancouver one more! They have thounds of animals, it’s super clean and big! For me was totally worth the trip, she was so happy and excited! And it felt good to dedicate an entire day for her, as the good old times. After that we hit Kits beach and spent our afternoon trying to find dory lol! It’s weird but after that day I can see lots of changes on her attitude about Matias. Now she wakes up in the morning and looks for him, maybe it’s because my mom it’s not here anymore but I can see that slowly she is accepting him and it makes me excited to visualize them playing together in a few months!

Postpartum Blues..

This long weekend has been awesome so far! Friday I had my mom cooking and getting my freezer full of food so I can survive for the next month, Saturday we had Matias welcome party, well kinda, I’m so exhausted and with literally no time to arrange anything so I went easy peasy and instead of having a baby welcome shower, I decided that a putlock in the park behind my house would be the best idea ever..I mean, the weather it’s been amazing and we are not only lucky enough to have 1 but 2 playgrounds in this park! At the beginning I thought nobody would show up, I mean, c’mon! It’s long weekend and we live so far! But surprisily we even had to buy a second BBQ lol!! Lots of friends came over and we had an amazing time eating and listening advices and stories from everyone! and today we spent the whole day in Vancouver between the aquarium and the beach. We wanted to do something special for Mia because one, it’s been a lot of changes for her lately and two, my mom left today and we know how much she is going to miss her! She is obsessed with the movie finding dory so we knew the aquarium would be something magical for her and it was! Since I moved to Vancouver I was always saying that I would go to Science world and the aquarium when I have kids, so this is it! I loooove the aquarium but i’ll write about it later in a different post. After a whole day with Mia, we came over, had dinner and we are going to try to re-train her to sleep in her bed, so dadda and her went to her room and I finally had some alone time with my little Matias. He was crying so bad because he wanted to sleep, so I breastfeed him, went to youtube and played some “baby songs to sleep”. While I was walking around the room with him in my arms, I remember that a month ago( like seriously??!!! It’s been a month sice I had him already? Wtf!! ) I was in the shower, very nervous because he didn’t want to get out, and that night I decided to relax and enjoy having him in my tummy, and I started to dance with him like I was doing right now, but now he is out.. He is not inside of me anymore.. And then suddendly my hearth brake. He is still little, he just born.. He is still mine.. But then I looked at the wall and I see a picture of my Mia, when she became one.. And now she grow up sooo much! She is not a baby anymore! She is a little toddler, who is surpring me everyday of how much she has grow! And it makes me my proud but at the same time sad! They grow fast they said.. And it’s true! They do! So this is it! This is my last baby! We wanted a boy and a girl and we are blessed enough to have them both! Mia will always be spoiled because she was my first one.. But Matiad will always be spoiled because is my last one. I see him and I don’t want him to grow! And at the same time I want the newborn face to pass so I can sleep again! But I want to enjoy every second, I want to remember him like this.. But time is going sooo fast! He is so awake already! Please don’t grow! And Please do!

Breastfeeding life..

One of the things that I love-hate the most when I had Mia was breastfeeding. At the beginning it was a nighmare! It was so damn painful! It was even more painful than her birth because I didn’t know when that pain would go away! Plus it was a lot of work to be breastfeeding and pumping all day long, however after a couple of months, it was my favourite thing to do! I loveeee that connection that I had with her, I love not having to wash any bottles, it was so easy just to put her on my breast for a couple of minutes and that was it! I love the way she was looking at me while breastfeeding, like saying thank you mommy! So with this pregnancy I knew I wanted to breastfeed again, HOWEVER I wanted him to like formula as well, as for me, it made my life easier on my previous pregnancy, so I choose to Mix-feed again, even tho my doctor wasn’t happy about it. I know they said that exclusive breastfeeding babies are the healthies, but being honest, most of my friends back at home they only use formula and their babies/toddlers are very healthy. With Mia I mix-feed as well and she was super healthy.. Until she started the daycare. One of the best advices that I can give for new moms is that every mom should do whatever it works for them, you can listen to everyone, but don’t do things because you are afraid to be judge, do it because it is what makes your life easier and takes away the stress, remember happy mom, happy baby.. Happy family! Don’t let the stress in, remember to yourself that being a mommy is difficult and you have to do what you have to do. Happy Friyay all!

One is one .. Two is twenty

I heard that phrase in one of the episodes of keep it up with the kardashians ( guiltyyy ) and I remember thinking and imagine how it would be when we decide to have a second child. Yesterday we finally go outside ( well.. Not really outside) and bring Matias for his first mall experience. We went to the guilford mall just to spend the day and distract our minds, and it was insane the amount of time that it took me to have everyone and everything ready just to go for a simple day at the mall. Seriously it took me like 4 hours between having to put Mia in the shower, breastfeeding every hour for like 30 min, diaper bags, changing diapers, etc etc etc. It made me realize how much my life has changed already. And not only that, having to make time for my toddler who is still dealing with the idea of becoming a big sister and a very demanding new born who wants to be feed every hour.. I have to confess that I’ve been using formula at some point of the day because I do not have time for pumping.. That make me feel so guilty but what do I do? I seriously have so much respect for those single moms! Like I cannot stop thinking about this single mom that I know that has 3 under 2, a pair of twins plus a year and a half.. How can she do it? At what time she showers? How can she go outside? How can she does groceries!! At what time she cooks? Everytime I think I cannot do it.. I like to use her as a reminder. I laugh at those times when I thought that with 2 everything would be so much easier! And right now i’m blessed enough to have my mom here taking completly care of my house, including cooking, but i’m pretty sure that my house is going to be a mess after she leaves! I just don’t know how moms can have 2 kids and still have their house clean and look great.. Maybe I do not know how to organize? Is there an special website that tells you what to do? Cansomeone  give me an advice? Happy Sunday all!

Bringing a new sibling home ..

Morning! It’s been a long night.. But I enjoyed every minute! My night achievement was no formula, just breastfeed! I felt my milk increasing over the night as I had those chills that I had when I finally got milk with Mia.. But apart of the lack of sleep or milk supply issue, our main concern is how Mia is taking the new baby brother thing. At the beginning I thought she would be so excited, playing mommy with him, as she is being all about dolls and babies lately, but when she finally saw Matias, things changed. She is being very jealous, even when her friends came to visit and meet the new baby she didn’t like them to see him, she was calling them to go and play with her. It breaks my hearth to see her like this, so I’m trying so hard to spend as much alone time with her as possible, I took her to her activities yesterday like before and she was so happy and acting normal with me, but when we came home after that and I got Matias back to my arms, again she switch. I guess is going to take time for all of us to adapt as family of four, and I hope that when Matias starts crawling or interacting things going to be better. Does anyone have any advices for this? I don’t remember being jealous when they brought my little brother home but yesterday talking to other moms they told me is very normal. Anyways, Happy Tuesday yall! Pds: I looove this Minnie and Mickey decor that I have on my kids room! Not sure where francisco got it but we had it even before we knew we were having a baby boy so I guess it was meant to be!

Hospital Bag Essentials ..

It’s almost baby time!! And believe it or not i’m still in preparation mode! I keep adding more and more items to my hospital bag, cleaning and right now you can find me at chatters cutting my hair lol! Anyways, As this is my second baby, I supposed to have experience of what and what not to bring in the hospital bag, so here it is my top 10! 1- receiving blanket: if you don’t have one, hospital would probably lend you one but i’m sure that you would like to take thounds of pics of your newborn, I love this organic one from Vonbon! 2- Clothes and Mittens: new borns usually arrive with long nails, you don’t want that beautiful face to get scratch. 3- Cute And most importandly comfortable PJ for mommy: if you are planning to breastfeed, one that you can unbottom or easily pull down. 4-Something to help you relax: it can be music, flowers, for me I love this spray from sage that i’m planning to spritzed on my face as it brings a calming effect ( perfect for contractions lol! ), 5- Make up and toiletries: If you are planning to have some visitors or take some pics you would want to have these! 6- Lip Balm: after all the work and effort you are going to need it! 7- Nipple balm: again if you are planning to breastfeed, this is going to be your best friend! 8- Flipflops and slippers: you want to feel as comfortable as possible, and after all the workout maybe you would like to take a shower! 9- Your cellphone: to share the good news or provide that sneack peak to the people close to you 10- Car seat: this is not on your hospital bag, but you will need one to take your baby home. What are yours? 😀

Easter Basket ..

This is the first time in my life that I’m celebrating Easter. I was raised Catholic but for me, Easter was vacay, friends, beach, and maybe go to church. Last year I took Mia to the Stanley park train to see the Easter Bunny but I didn’t get the whole bunny thing until now. I loooove holidays and special ocassions, and I want Mia to get as excited as I am with this things.. I know it’s marketing and blablabla but I love to have something special every month, sometimes we are so busy in our lifes that we forget about little things, and I want to make every month of this time with Mia and my new baby special .. So checking on one of my favourite mom blogs, she gave me the Idea of make an Easter basket for Mia! It’s soo easy to make my little happy, she already is and she doesn’t need anything but I want to surprise her with chocolates and all of those Easter things! I found this book at Indigos Grandview ( they have a whole table with many options for your basket ), and i’ve been reading it to Mia everyday and she is getting excited about the Easter bunny now! I’m looking for more things to fill out her basket, I found this cool shirt at Gap, some Kinder chocolates, eggs, arts & crafts from dollar store and we will see what else.. What do you have in your? 

Support Local! Petitlouloushop

It’s been a couple of bad days lately, on Wednesday I had the worst day of my life so far, we have been back and forth to the hospital, the 3 of us sick and feeling exhausted. Thankfully we woke up much better and we are going to have a good “rest” stay at home Saturday. I’ve been cleaning non stop because I know how delicate new borns are, and even tho Francisco says to me that they are kids getting born in the grass and the dirt, I want mines to be in a cleanest place as possible. I was washing his crib again and this little moon that I received on my baby shower made me smile. I went to the girl’s instagram and saw all this beautiful things she makes! Another plus? She is local! And she ships worldwide! If you are looking for a baby shower gift, go and visit her page! Happy sunny Saturday all!

Where to go in Burnaby.. Kidoodles

A couple days ago we had a playdate in metrotown at Kidoodles. This was my first time seeing this place, as I think is difficult to find in the mall. The place is on the first floor next to the t&t market and If you have a 3 year old this is going to become your favourite one! Mia is only 2 but from 3 years and above you can leave them doing arts and crafts while mommy do some shopping! ( this is going to be my fav place next year for sure) we stayed there and the girls had so much fun painting and colouring, they also have a small play area so mommy can sit and have an adults conversation. In another news, I’ve been eating like a pig! Now is getting real that phrase you eat for two! I’m sooo hungry lately, I even wake up in the middle of the night to go to the kitchen and eat whatever I see! I have 0 energy and is getting more and more difficult to take Mia to all her activities. I feel so fuilty that we have been watching lots of tv lately but mommy really needs a rest. Time for a nap everyone!

Joe fresh Fall collection..

I rarely talk about fashion on my blog, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like it or have my favourite instagram fashion goddees. I’ve been shooping around for fall clothes for Mia, and I have to say that I’m so obsessed with Joe fresh right now. Everytime is “grocery” time ( I usually do my groceries at Super store, because I can find all the organic stuff that I love plus my regular ) I get scared because I know i’m gonna ended up at joe fresh section. This time the baby/toddlers collection is soo ridiculous cute! Seriously! I want every single shoe, sweeter, leggins, everything! I bought this little sweeter for Mia because we had sofi’s tutu party ( sooo cute! ) and I think is the perfect fall sweeter!! Can’t wait to have another excuse to go and do my groceries again lol! Happy Monday everyone!

Jack and lily..

I have to confes something.. I didn’t buy shoes for Mia until she was 1 year old. I am not a shoe girl, I love boots tho and clothes but I rarely buy shoes for myself. I just didn’t see the point of buying shoes for Mia if she wasn’t walking. As soon as I saw that she was standing and wanted to walk is when I start buying shoes. She is getting big and now I’m trying to stock her closet with conmfy and nice shoes. When I discovered jack and lily I felt in love with their designs. First they are local made ( let’s support local mommys out there! )then their shoes are so cool, third they are super comfy and great quality for the price. Mia was running, jumping and dancing all around yesterday, she loooves her new shoes. If you are looking for great inside or ourside shoes for your babies/toddlers go and check their website, they have great sales right now! http://www.jackandlily.com

Story time at Chapter Indigo!

Hello loves! It’s been a busy week and I haven’t pay too much attention to my other baby ( my blog ), so sorry about that. We have some friends coming over, and today I’ve been on the streets trying to find a place with an AC. Seriously Vancouver is buuuuurning!! I am a winter person, but I know that as soon as winter comes we are not going to be able to do that much outside, so anyways,  I wanted to stay at home and have a peaceful saturday but it was impossible! It was too hot to breathe! So I decided to take Mia to story time at Chapter-Indigo and it was the best idea ever! I was able to have a rest while she was enjoying Curious george story, the temperature, the service, everything was right! I can’t believe I never knew that they do story time at chapters! Here in south surrey/white rock area is twice a month on Saturdays. And the best part? Mia got a book for FREE. Yesss!! I don’t know your baby but mine is obsessed with books! I am a fan of chapters, I usually go there to buy presents or if I want to buy some cool decor for my home. There was lots of toys with 60%off if you want to do your Christmas shopping! Anyways if you love around my area the next story time will be August 27 at 11 am! Have a great Sunday everyone!! 

It’s all about me ID card..

A couple days ago, Mia’s daycare request me to bring an eartquake back, for emergencies cases. They asked me for an identitiy card and I was proudly prepare with one. Months ago I saw on facebook a post from a Mom who was saying how useful was this card for her, there was a contact name to where to request it and the info. So I did call and they said they will pay a visit to my home. I didn’t understand very well what was going on, so when my husband asked me I told him the police will come to our home to bring us one. It ended up being an insurance company who brought is the ID card lol! Trying to sale us some packages. Anyways, I got mia’s id card for free ( well, I had to listen for around 2 hours about insurance and stuff lol ). But really, in case of an emergency I think is the best thing to have, because you cannot think properly when does things happends, so you can just hang this card and it contains everything that the emergency crew would need. You don’t have to call these man, you can just make and print your own! Have a nice Tueday everyone!

Eco Friendly bamboo plates!

My friends knows me well! A couple days ago I received one of the coolest gifts ever! Well it wasn’t really for me, it was for Mia lol! A disposable plates and utensils! How cool is that? Bambooware use 100% biodegradable products all made by bamboo plant. Literally from the earth to my kitchen! It is incredible how we never take the moment ( or at least myself ) to think about all the process and damage that we make to our planet using a plastic or regular plate. I didn’t grow up thinking about all of this, for me plates were plates and as many things I don’t know where they come from. A couple years ago I decided to be more informed about all of the chemicals that we added in our body, and try to reduce them as much as possible, but lately I’ve been reading a lot about how can we help our planet to become a better place, starting with consume less animal products. There are several theories about dairy and animal products. Some people say that dairy is bad for the babies/toddlers, I respect everyones way of thinking and do believe that you should be inform and do whatever you think is better for you and your family. Myself I reduce by around 70% my animal consuption. I do love cheese so it is something that is costing me a looot to leave. I tried the soy and other vegan options but I just didn’t like them. But So far my animal consuption is cheese and Nandos chicken when I don’t find anything to cook lol! With Mia is different. She is vegetarian ( she doesn’t like meat at least until today ) her diet is totally plant based ( I would love her to stay this way but I know they change so much so this can change at any moment ) but I decided that I wanted her to consume dairy until she is 2. And because of this, I always try to give her the best dairy options, always Organic and as local as possible. I think the most important thing is to be informed so we can be more councious and think twice before buying any food/item around us. We can start with small steps as I did, instead of drinking cows milk switching to Almond, cashew or rice milk. It is such a small change that you didn’t get to notice! I do believe in small transitions, and this is what I’ve been applying to me and my family. If you want to take a small step here is their website http://www.ecobambooware.com/index.php/bamboo-studio-q-a cheers!

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Little People.. Big Dreams!

Haaalo! A couple days ago It was Cami’s birthday ( Mia’s friend ), and I was trying to find the perfect gift for her, I knew my friend Adriana was a Frida kahlo fan, so searching on the Internet I found on Amazon these awesome collection of books for kids, with the story of Frida, Coco Chanel, Audrey hepburn and more! I found this very cool! Teach them some history while they have fun. Mia is such a little neerd, she really loves books, and even tho these books maybe are not yet for her age, she loves to look at the pictures and listen to mommys story. If you are looking for a cool collection for your toddlers/kids check them out! The autor is Isabel Sanchez and I found them on Amazon! Have a great Thursday! ( is it Thursday already? )

Cotton Candy Kids

Morning everyone! This was a busy weekend lots of things going on, so I’m going to start with the Queensborough kids festival! This was one of my favourites, the popcorn, the idea, the service, everything about them it’s soo cool! This is a perfect Idea if you are planning your kids birthday Party! I haven’t plan Mia’s next party but I have a feeling that I’m going to give them a call for sure!! They have Cotton Candy as well to add more sugar! Have a great start of the week everyone!

 

Healthy Baby as possible Program Vancouver..

Morning! Finally we finished unpacking the most important things ( Meaning Mia’s things ) and I finally found my underwear ( yeiii ). We still have a lot of work to do, but I guess is going to be slow transition. I wanted to finish everything but there are so many things and projects that I have for this house, that probably is going to take us a few years, and with the days being like this ( beautiful sunny everyday ) the only thing that we want is to be outside! ( enjoy it while it last ). So yesterday we went to a kids party, ( it’s funny how I get soo excited when someone invite for a kids party) I just love to see another moms and remind mysef that I am not alone. I was very happy to see the moms that I meet in this group in Vancouver, if you are pregnant I totally recommend you this group! It’s call “healthy baby as possible”, they are located on Commercial drive, they help you to have the best pregnancy, providing you with a diet for you and your baby, give you lots of stuff for free. They make lots of activities for pregnant and new moms ( this group runs since you are pregnant until your baby is 1 year old ). This was a very special group because moms help each other, sometimes we exercise while volunteers take care of your baby ( 10 min break is 10 min ), there is a nurse, dentist, etc. Coming once a month so you can ask all the questions that you want, it is awesome!! If you want more information i’ll be happy to send it to you. Anyways we are heading to the states today to do some shopping at target 😁 but first ..

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Baby Rush must haves..

 

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Mia ( my beautiful baby girl ) it’s being having stomach flu for almost 3 days. Her bump was so red that I was so scared to change her diaper! One of my friends recommend me this cream that she bought in Mexico that I couldn’t find, so I decided to try Teddy’s noun ours brand. I usually pay extra attention on the ingredients in every products I buy specially for Mia, so I google it but I couldn’t find any reviews so I just bought it. OMG it worked perfectly! the cream it’s super extra heavy, that the rash went away in less than a day. Everytime I was putting the cream was slowly getting better and better! Then during the bath time I didn’t want to use any soup or the usually bubbles bath that I use, so I find this Aveeno fragrance free soothing baby bath treatment, they were perfect! it help her to relieve the dry irritated skin. I definitely recommend these products if you are having the same issue as me. Feel free to share some advices for next time! Cheers!