Happy 4 1/2 Months Chiara!

Happy 4 1/2 Months Chiara!

Good morning and happy Saturday! Months 3 and 4 have been incredible months for my little darling ChiChiBerra =) She found her feet and likes to look at them and munch on them. She rolls over from her back to her tummy and lifts her head up using her entire arms rather than just her forearms. She has been shimmying towards the direction she wants to go while she is on her tummy (usually towards Paul) and is moving longer distances every day.

ChiChiBerra reaches for objects and people, and tries to put everything she reaches for and grabs into her mouth. And, my favorite–she puts her arms out and orients her body towards you to express that she wants to be picked up or go to you =)

Baby angel has also entered her sleep regression. My  little angel is pouring saliva and teething =( Some nights, she does not sleep for more than two hours at a time. 

Baby angel is 14 pounds now, and breastfeeding is going strong. She usually just nurses to feed; and she prefers her pacifier and snuggles for comfort =) When she tries to nurse for comfort, she ends up screaming because I produce a lot of milk and it is not pleasant for her =/

My little angel is such a social and happy princess. This little cuddle muffin was made just for me!

3 Month Pictures

4 Month Pictures

Thank you for reading!! I hope that you have a happy weekend! =)

Little Baby Angel is 2 Months Old

Little Baby Angel is 2 Months Old

Good morning and happy happy happy Thursday!

I can’t believe my baby girl is two months old already! I have enjoyed every single second with this precious angel =)  A few days after we brought her home, we took her to get a frenulectomy to release her posterior tongue tie and lip tie from the same incredible doctor that we brought Paul to. She had the same exact tongue tie and lip tie that Paul did; and I am so happy that we did the procedure immediately this time. Breastfeeding has been great since we got her frenulectomy. Little angel eats every 1 1/2 to 2 hours with her longest stretch being 3 to 4 hours (usually from 7pm to 11pm). She also accepts pacifiers (yay!).

When she was 13 days old, her umbilical cord fell off. She started tracking us a few days before she turned a month old, and started smiling at us at 5 weeks old. Her favorite thing to do is for us to sit her up and talk with her. She makes impeccable eye contact and coos and makes sounds and smiles in response to us talking to her. She loves social interaction, and loves to be held or worn.

Chiara loves tummy time. She has had really great control of her neck since the day she was born–and now, she is able to lift her head and shoulders to look at us. She also rolled over from her tummy to her back for the first time at 7 weeks old.

This little angel is growing so quickly. At her first month checkup, it was exciting to hear that she gained 2 pounds since birth. Now, she doesn’t even fit in her newborn diapers anymore =( I am excited to find out how much she weighs now!

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Here are some pictures:

Labor and Delivery: Meet Chiara Gabrielle Noojin

Labor and Delivery: Meet Chiara Gabrielle Noojin

I am so excited to introduce you to our newest baby angel: Chiara Gabrielle Noojin. She was born on June 1st at 7:41 am weighing 6 pounds 13.4 ounces. She is the most perfect, most sweetest, most snuggly little girl ever =) Matt and I are just over the moon in love with this precious angel.

My Very Long Early Labor

Early labor began on Monday, May 21st. I was stuck at 2 centimeters dilated at least until my last doctors visit on Wednesday, May 30th. On a scale from 1 to 10, I was at a pain level of a 4 since early labor started. Contractions were coming 5 to 15 minutes apart and the duration of each contraction varied. While Matt and I were watching the playoffs on Thursday night, I noticed my contractions were slightly more painful; so I went to bed and tried to sleep through them.

My Very Fast Active Labor (explicit)

I woke up at 545 am with contractions that I could barely walk through. Having a false alarm previously, I decided to time my contractions for an hour. I took a shower, and since the contractions were still steady, I woke Matt up and said that it might be go time–aaannnd that I needed him to go get toilet paper from the store. Matt left to the store, and then I had 5 painful contractions while he was gone before my water broke. I had only been timing my contractions for 20 minutes. I was so mad at myself for telling Matt to leave for such a useless item at that point. I went into the hallway, and the first post water breaking contraction came and my anxiety kicked in. I knew this was it–my body was telling me to push with every unbearable painful contraction, and the contraction lasted one minute or longer. Every time I contracted, water gushed out. I was so anxious at this point, the hospital seemed hours away and I knew I could not bear this pain and resist pushing for much longer. I called my doctor’s answering service and told her that we were coming to the hospital.

Matt got home super happy about bringing me the toilet paper that I requested. I told Matt that my water broke; and when he tried to go upstairs to retrieve his wallet and some other things, I had another contraction that caused me to scream (see Laura palmer black lodge doppelgänger from fire walk with me). So we left everything and we borrowed my mom’s car while she stayed with Paul. The plan was to call an uber; but now that bodily fluids were gushing out with every contraction, that was no longer an option.

We got in the car and I screamed with every contraction the entire way to the hospital. I was so anxious about giving birth in the car that I was clenching her in; making the contractions more painful and me more anxious. Matt, as safely as possible, got us to the hospital in about 15 minutes; and I was screaming through every contraction the entire way there. We got really lucky and pulled over into a spot across the street from the main entrance; and he helped me get in as quickly as possible. We entered the hospital and Matt went to go find a wheelchair; but another contraction hit and I fell on all fours in the main lobby and screamed “please get me a wheel chair I’m about to give birth!” Yes, I made a scene. Luckily, a labor and delivery doctor (again, we were very lucky) was buying her breakfast at Dunkin’ Donuts before her shift started and she dropped everything to help me. She ran me to labor and delivery. I screamed for pain medication and clenched on the the side of the bed and screamed with every incoming contraction. The nurses checked me, they said that I was fully dilated and that It was too late to take pain medication, and that I was ready to push.

My doctor came in almost immediately, we were again lucky because he was already at the hospital! They prepped me as quickly as they could– but at this point I was so fatigued. I didn’t want to do anything but clench onto the side of the bed and take a few minutes– and I was so exhausted and dehydrated. Matt heard me keep asking for water so he went and got me some ice chips which made me feel so much better. I finally stopped resisting and got ready to push, although, I was not pushing correctly at first. When I finally did one push correctly; all I could hear over all of the nurses and my doctor’s shouts was Matt’s very calm voice encouraging me. And in two more pushes she was out. I looked at Matt as soon as I felt her leave my body and I just cannot explain the intense and overwhelming feeling of love that takes over in that very moment.

The feeling of pushing her out was incredible. My body told me when to push and I teared so little that I did not need stitches. In my opinion, pushing the baby out is by far the least painful part of labor– the contractions past my water breaking were the hardest part. As soon as she was born the pain was completely gone; and I felt great. Recovery has been great. Now that I have experienced natural childbirth, I see how beneficial it was for my recovery postpartum. I do not think that I could ever do a medicated birth again (at least an epidural). It was just so beautiful.

Thank you so much for reading! Here are some pictures! =)

Pregnancy Update: Hello 8 Months!

Good evening and happy Monday! It is hard to believe that I am 8 months pregnant and that we are officially at the 8 week countdown. We are all so excited for baby angel’s arrival! =) I posted a 30 week update two weeks ago and there has since been some changes. Mama Bear is experiencing extreme exhaustion these days. Extreme. I also am having pain and swelling in my right calf, which I found out could indicate a blood clot. Luckily, through a extremity ultrasound, my doctors concluded that my muscle is swollen and no clots were detected! I also have some other very manageable third trimester symptoms. I have a decreased appetite, I get full very quickly, I have acid reflux, and I am experiencing difficulty breathing both because of shortness of breath and because I feel very heavy on my tummy. I am struggling with how heavy I feel because I am getting tired out quickly which contributes to how exhausted I feel. Despite these symptoms; I still love being pregnant and growing a life inside of me. I am exhausted because my body is growing another beautiful baby angel; and I would gladly welcome these symptoms over and over again to grow a life that Matt and I created.

During week 30, I decided to take a full week off from exercising due to the level of exhaustion that I was feeling. The need for resting allowed me to take a step back and really relax and feel just how strong my daughter’s strong and constant fetal movements have become =) On week 31, I resumed working out four days a week–but had to completely modify my leg and glute workouts. Up until this point, I was doing two supersets of three circuits that each had three or four exercises embedded in them. Now, I do one circuit consisting of four exercises twice. This week, I have to wait until the pain and swelling subside before I could continue exercising; so week 32 will be another rest week and hopefully I could resume exercising next week.

Now that I am in week 32, baby angel is moving all the time; my stomach shifts and jumps and it is just beautiful. The third trimester is definitely my favorite part of pregnancy because I get to feel every moment of this beautiful life growing inside me. Eight more weeks until we finally get to meet this baby angel =)

Thank you for reading, I hope you have a happy Tuesday!

Hello Wisconsin!

Hello Wisconsin!

I am so excited to announce that, after so much hard work and determination, my husband was accepted into an exceptional Masters degree program in Wisconsin for this upcoming September. Words can not express how proud I am of him for seeking out this incredible opportunity =) My family will be relocating to Wisconsin at the end of June for the next two years; and our plans thereafter will depend on opportunities that come our way. I am so excited to experience this new adventure and the next chapter of our lives together. Thank you for reading, I hope you have a happy Saturday!

Happy Second Birthday Baby Angel

Happy Second Birthday Baby Angel

Good evening and Happy Monday! I can’t believe my Paul Bear is going to be 2 years old on Wednesday. Over the last month, his language and vocabulary have drastically developed. He has acquired so much vocabulary. He asks questions like ” where is mama?” By asking “mama is?” He can say five word sentences and is really great with his manners, for example, “I want more water please” and “I need a diaper change please” and “I love you mama.” His manners are incredible. He says “thank you” every time we give him something. He also calls us “Cutie Pie” and “Sweetie Pie” which melts my heart. He really copies the way I speak to him; including my tone, mannerisms, and vocabulary. His sentences are really descriptive, for example, “open the yellow play doh please.” He loves dressing up in mama and dada’s clothes and shoes, and walking around the apartment in them. He absolutely loves singing songs, such as ABCs, jingle bells, down by the bay, five little monkeys, open shut them, skidamarink a dink, and wheels and the bus. He can sing the ABC’s in it’s entirety. He can sing the majority of five little monkeys and wheels on the bus with omitting some words. He sings all of these songs and does the hand movements. Saying it’s adorable is an understatement. He loves looking at himself in the mirror and making funny faces. He loves watching videos of himself and of his family. He knows his name, mama and dadas name, and his cousins names. He can recite his favorite books such as Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Peekaboo Elmo. He loves reading, playing with play doh, figuring out puzzles, playing with cars, pretending to be cookie monster, and hiding and popping out and scaring us. He carries around this little Elmo doll his grandma gave to him and he just doesn’t let it go. He also loves wearing these adorable Elmo slippers that his Nana got for him. His play has become much more sophisticated. His problem solving skills are incredible. He loves being active, running, jumping, climbing, etc. He loves being tickled and chased. He is my little playful jokester. He likes bumping into walls and pretending he is hurt. He says “sorry,sorry,sorry” when he wants to do something independently and someone tried to help him. In general, he is just really independent. He knows how to wash, rinse and dry his hands thoroughly. We are teaching him to clean his own body in the bath and can latter the soap up on his body parts. He can put on his own pants; and is working on pulling them up over his diaper. He is definitely ready to be potty trained. He will go into a separate room and insist on privacy while he is pooping. It’s so cute! He likes to help mama and dada with chores; and when it is time to clean up his toys, he will put everything back in it’s designated area and sing the clean up song. Paul is really good at feeding himself, and most of the time can keep making a mess to a minimum. Paul’s last four molars have been growing in for what seems like forever. The bottom 2 are finally cutting!

Paul had strep throat and a stuffy nose for 10 days this month, and this was a catalyst for him becoming extremely disinterested in breastfeeding. While he was sick, he went to sleep in his crib on his own for nap a few times, but now that he is better, he is trying to skip nap altogether; but I am enforcing it because he is exhausted after lunch and sleep is so important. We have a new routine for nap. He eats lunch at 11:30. He is usually finished with lunch around 12:00. I tell him that it is time to rest our bodies by having quiet time or a nap. We change him and brush his teeth. Then we go read books together in his room. We read books until 12:45. I give him a bottle of water, kiss him, and tuck him in. I give him 15 minutes to try to fall asleep on his own just to get him comfortable with the idea that he will be napping in his crib. After 15 minutes, I offer him to come into the bed with me and give him the option to nurse; which he usually does and then falls asleep immediately.

Tantrums have decreased drastically now that he is using his words, and when he starts to cry, we encourage him to tell us whats wrong and he uses his words instead of crying. If he does have a tantrum, we talk him through it, explain to him how he is feeling and why he is feeling such intense emotions, and help him work through it. If the tantrum started because he wanted something and we said no, we make it clear that even if he tantrums he still will not get whatever it was that he wanted; and offer him different options that he could chose from. Tantrums usually occur when he is tired or overtired.

Paul is just such a happy, funny, fun and thoughtful boy. He makes me so proud to be his mama. I just love him so much; and these last two years have been the best years of my life. Happy second birthday baby angel.

Here are some pictures:

Thank you for reading! I hope you have a happy Monday! <333

Happy 22 Months 

Happy 22 Months 

Good morning and happy Thursday! Paul bear is 22 months old today =) Month 21 was incredible. He tries to say every word; he communicates using two to three word sentences; he is practicing using manner phrases such as please, thank you, I’m sorry, and you’re welcome; and he says the words for fruits, vegetables, animals, colors, numbers, vehicles, household items, letters, etc. Matt and I constantly encourage him to use and practice language. While he is always using words to communicate, we are always encouraging him to use more words in his sentences to expand his vocabulary and his understanding of sentence structure. He is learning the English alphabet as well as the sounds that go with them. He can identify all of the letters in his name, and produce the sounds that each individual sound makes. =)

Paul still loves to engage in pretend play. I love watching his imagination play out in his play. He also loves company when pretend playing.

He also absolutely loves social games with mama and dada. 

He loves being Outside and exploring his enviornment. Walking is probably his favorite thing to do… Next to eating =)

Here are a few pictures: 

 

Paul is 18 months old

Paul is 18 months old

Good morning and happy Saturday! On august 7th, Paul turned 18 months old; Here are some updates on month 17!

  • He says “wawa” or “awah” when he wants  to drink water.
  • He says “dopp dopp” when it’s raining (which he learned from the book Mr Brown can Moo.
  • He brings us a diaper and says “diap diap” when he needs a diaper change; then he lays on his back to get his diaper change. 
  • He likes to choose his breakfast when he is given a choice between two items.
  • He sleeps in his crib from 8pm to 6am straight through.
  • He points to sheeps and says “baaaa” and he points to horses and says “neigh neigh” 
  • He is really interested in animals and their sounds.
  • He point to P and says “pah” and he points to B and says “Bah”
  • He still loves to clean up “yucky” things and put them into the garbage. 
  • He puts dirty laundry in the laundry bag, helps clean up his food tray and puts his toys away.
  • He loves the playground; and he is super interested in other kids. He points and waves and says “boy” when there are boys on the playground. He likes to follow and observe what other kids are doing. He will play next to other kids (parallel play). 
  • He is very interested in numbers and identifies the difference between numbers and letters.
  • He likes to play in the kitchen sink and pretend he is washing dishes. 
  • He is climbing everything; and he climbs into his high chair. 
  • He dances! And it is so cute!!
  • He is almost completely feeding himself; he is still perfecting his ability to take small bites and small scoops.
  • He is a great eater; some of his favorites include yogurt parfaits, pasta with sauce and meatballs, brown rice and beans, avacado and eggs, etc. 
  • He loves to read. 
  • His favorite activity is still pretending to cook. 
  • He can say a lot of sounds and put together a lot of two and three syllable words. 
  • He mimicks sounds and words we make; and also facial expressions. 
  • He smiles when asked to “smile”
  • He gives kisses with the sound and puckering his lips; as well as asks for kisses.
  • He blows kisses.
  • He does not like blood. Whenever he gets a scrap and it’s bloody, he keeps pointing to it and says “boo boo” and asks for kisses. 
  • He is amazing with the cats; and he loves them! He plays with them, and he lets us know when their food and water bowl are empty. 
  • He loves going on walks, especially to the park. He is a little dare devil and loves climbing up to go down the big slides. 
  • He is able to hold on the railings and walk up steps!
  • He loves playing “you cant get me” and doing wrestling moves! 
  • He loves helping with every chore. 
  • His water is his security item; he likes to always have it with him. 
  • He is really asserting his independence! When we tell him not to do something and he starts crying; We work on identifying his feelings, letting him know it’s okay to feel his emotions and that it’s okay to cry (which is when we take a step back and let him work through it), when he calms down, we tell him “I am sorry you are upset” and then give him options of things he can do. He is always successfully redirected.
  • He loves dumping and balancing items. 
  • He is really working on letter sounds and words.
  • He interacts with songs.
  • He absolutely loves to give kisses and get kisses.
  • He loves and becomes giddy when we say we love him and that we are proud of him; and he claps when we say these phrases to him.
  • He has a complete understanding of the vocabulary and language we use with him.
  • He still breastfeeds at lest 3 times a day =) he loves his skin to skin contact tome!
  • He has an incredible sense of humor; he loves to laugh and he understands jokes.
  • He loves being chased!
  • He had a lot of energy =)
  • When he sees letters, he makes letter sounds.
  • Whenever he gets hurt he asks for kisses by making the kissy sound, and whenever someone else gets hurt or becomes sad he gives kisses!!
  • I can’t get enough of his kisses. They are the best.

This was a wonderful month! Paulino is a big boy now =) Thank you for reading! I hope you have a happy Saturday =)

Our First Family Adventure to Central Park

Our First Family Adventure to Central Park

My family spent a beautiful day at Central Park; and it was many firsts for Paul. Paul loves anything and everything that is buses, so when we got on the bus to go to New York; he was ecstatic. Whenever we go somewhere, he is attached to papa bear; so Paul snuggled right next to papa and looked out the window while all nestled into papas body. It’s just so sweet.

When we arrived at New York, Matt placed Paul in our baby Bjorn and we started our walk to Central Park Zoo. On the way, Paul got to see everything that he loves; which is everything vehicles: fire trucks, taxis, steamrollers and the list goes on. He probably would have been completely content if this walk was the conclusion of our adventures! But then, we entered the zoo; and right on time for the sea lion feeding.

He calls sea lions Boo Boo because they have whiskers like our furry little kitties at home. Then we visited the penguin exhibit, where there were so many baby penguins to see. After, he really enjoyed observing the monkeys and playing peek a Boo with the birds. The best part of the experience was the petting zoo, he got to see and feed sheep and goats; animals that he has only seen illustrations of in his children’s books. He was wiped out by the time we arrived at the petting zoo, so Matt and I found a quiet (for manhattan standards) place in Central Park where I nursed Paul and he fell fast asleep for 30 minutes.

When Paul woke up, we spent beautiful time together at the park walking along the pond in Central Park. Paul got to see ducks playing in the water and observed a little boy feeding them. We ended our adventure by sitting in an area where we watched horses and people on bikes pass by. Paul initiated a game where he was pretending to dump his food over the fence so that we would chase him; he just couldn’t stop laughing. He is such a cutie. After 20 minutes of playing, the entire family was wiped out so we started our walk back to the bus terminal and got on the bus to Jersey City. It was the perfect day.

Here are some of my favorite pictures:


Thank you for reading, I hope you have a happy day!

My Baby is 17 Months

My Baby is 17 Months

Good evening and happy Friday! Paulino is 17 months today, and I am emotional as ever. He is not a baby anymore; but rather a thoughtful, loving, and happy little toddler. Here are some developmental highlights that occurred this month:

Sleep

The day that Paul turned 16 months old was the day he started sleeping through the night. On the first night that this happened, I remember falling asleep at 10:30pm and waking up at 4:30am feeling refreshed for the first time in two years. Currently, Paul is falling asleep around 7pm and sleeps until 5am (which he then nurses and sleeps until he wakes up at 6am or 6:30am) OR he falls asleep at 7pm and wakes up once to nurse before 4:30 am and then sleeps until he wakes up at 6am or 6:30am. If he falls asleep at 8pm, then he will sleep through the night until he wakes up around 6am. This month, he also fell asleep for the first time ever without mama and instead while cuddling happily with dada.

Language development

  • He picks old food and fuzz off the ground or on mama and says “yucky.”  He loves this word and always uses it appropriately. He always throws what he picks up into the garbage.
  • His three new words are yucky, boy, and die. To give you a little context on why he learned the word die: whenever I’m dehydrated or hungry, I would joke and say “if mama doesn’t drink water, I’m gonna die” and I would say it in a funny accent and he would laugh hysterically. Well he picked the word die up really quickly and uses it to make me laugh.
  • He says the sound of the letter y very well in addition the the letters he learned last month.
  • If Paul sees the letter B he will say it’s sound.

Cognitive Development

  • Paul follows routines and completes tasks such as flushing the toilet, throwing garbage in the garbage and the recycling in the recycling, eating, drinking water, etc independently and when asked. He loves to help with chores.
  • He is able to put his shoes halfway on his feet.
  • He pulls his pants up and down when getting dressed.
  • He plays with toys functionally independently.
  • He likes to play with cars and roll one or two at a time; as well as play with his garage set.
  • He loves pretending to cook!! He pretends to mix and scoop and sniff and taste and he will either say nun nun or yucky. He adds different toys in a bowl to cook with; it’s incredible.
  • If he does an inappropriate behavior (like pulling hair) and you show him an appropriate behavior (petting or kissing hair) he will do the appropriate behavior.
  • He claps for himself and others when a task is completed or when something nice or thoughtful is done.
  • He puts items back where they belong when he is done with them or when he finds them on the floor.
  • He traces shapes on pages with his finger.
  • He identifies the words in a story as well as the pictures.
  • He know to wash his hands at the sink after we come in from playing outside and before we eat.
  • He knows to go in his chair for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • He knows how to sit on chairs.
  • He covers mama up after he is done drinking milk.
  • When we go outside, he picks up his shoes and tries to put them on and then he picks up mamas shoes and tries to put them on me.
  • He knows the difference between sneakers, boots, and Sandals.
  • When someone tells him no, he also moves his pointer finger to express the word no.
  • He could tell the difference between males and females. He calls all males dada and all females mama.
  • He puts items away nicely or puts them back where they belong. 
  • He’s starting to tell us when he needs a new diaper. If I say “did you go pee pee?” he point to the front of his diaper and if I say “did you go poo poo?”he points to the back of his diaper. 
  • He picks up garbage off the floor and throws it in the garbage and he picks up dirty laundry and puts it in the laundry bag. 

Fine motor/gross motor

  • He has been practicing rolling his wrists.
  • He climbs on all furniture.
  • He spins.

Social/Emotional

  • Paul loves playing social games such is peek a boo, hide and seek, i’m gonna get you, tickle love, and copy/imitate.
  • He loves to do things to make us laugh.
  • Paul still loves to nurse, but he is definitely starting to ween himself.

Thank you for reading, I hope you have a happy Friday!

Here are some pictures:

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