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SnapShots: Our First Halloween

Holidays are reasons to celebrate and while some people grow out of holiday celebrations when they get older, I have yet to reach this grownup benchmark. Holidays give you such a great reason to be a kid again and Halloween is the kid holiday. A day when you could dress up as anything and get away with it (Fairy killer princess… sure!), when the only thing that matters is how many Three Musketeers you could trade for someone else’s Snickers.* And now that we have...

And Let’s Not Forget the First Borns…

When I got pregnant everyone kept telling me that the dogs would become less important because now I would have a real baby that would need taking care of. They would look at poor Jersey and tell him as he was getting picked up in my arms to get it out of his system because his days were numbered. In the days now after baby, it isn’t that I have forgotten about the dogs or that they have fallen to...

You Lucked Out

This past Monday, we had a family outing to the Doctor’s office. Both Baby Rafa and I had appointments to make sure our stuff is working right. And when I say family outing, I mean it. Baby and I were escorted by my husband… and my mother… and grandmother. Since the idea of Rafa began, Husband has been on the verge of breaking into tears as easily as a Broadway musical breaks into song, but since the birth, the tears...

Day 8

October 15 – Day 8 with Rafaella   Rafaella’s first milk mustache looks a little eerily like a Hitler mustache. Maybe she’s trying to tell us something, perhaps that she dictates this relationship… Husband loves this little girl so much. He rushes home from work to give me a break and scoops her up. Sometimes he takes afternoon naps with her or just stares out the window. It’s not hard to see that she is already a daddy’s girl. On a...

Day 12 of Motherhood: Cravings

It’s not my mom’s Cuban kitchen without her mamoncillos. Here, in the Dominican Republic, they call them lemoncillos. She said that when my grandmother was pregnant with her, she craved and ate a ton of these and maybe that’s why she’s so obsessed with them. It came from the womb. In fact, my mom is so obsessed that when she saw a street vendor selling them she bought every branch he had. Good day for the mamoncillo guy. If that’s the case, I...

SnapShots: Day 5 of Motherhood

October 12, 2011 – Day 5   Day 5 of motherhood is much easier when you have help around. My mom (Abuelita to Baby Rafa) and Abuelita (Mami Dora to Baby Rafa) are head over for their first grand/great-grand daughter so to say they are hands on is an understatement. Thanks goodness. I’m loving my village right about now. Many of you told me (and Jersey) to get the cuddles in because once I had the baby, the dogs, particularly Jersey...