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SnapShots: Rafaella’s First Christmas

My favorite holiday was even better as a new time mom. December 20, 2011 – Meeting Cousins December 21, 2011 – Meeting Santa December 22, 2011 – Meeting the Lake December 23, 2011 – A Cousin’s Christmas   Noche Buena – 2011 Christmas Day  December 27, 2011 – So Many Outfits, So Little Time December 31, 2011 – Street Life...

SnapShots: There’s Something Happening Here

A month used to seem like such a long time. Last Wednesday, Rafa turned 2 months and it was an incredible second month. After giving myself permission to not feel guilty about not breastfeeding, motherhood became what I hoped it would. When I dropped the mommy guilt, it became love beyond belief. I understand the want to protect her from all ugliness and shield her from getting hurt or feeling pain.  The painting was made by a friend and amazing...

SnapShots: Colonial Zone

About this set of photos: In the Colonial Zone there are many little parks located just off the streets. They’re hidden gems and you wouldn’t know they were there unless you walked by them. When we walked into this one, there was an elderly gentleman sitting at a nearby bench reading his newspaper. What a great place to come on a Sunday morning with a cup of coffee and a book. I also like the dual look of the stripes...

My Mother the Hero

On this day in 1953, my beautiful mother was born. As you could see, physically she is a beautiful person, but that’s easy. Anyone these days could be beautiful on the outside… ask Hollywood. Nip there, tuck that, staple these, push up those. But being beautiful, like my mother, takes much greater care. As Dora, the mom, friends have said that she is like no other mother. It wasn’t just because she gave me countless rides to friends’ houses. It was...

SnapShots: Cabarete Thanksgiving Weekend

Cabarete Thanksgiving Weekend in pictures. Great way to spend the holiday.. Ok. Maybe this picture doesn’t show how great the weekend was but it does show the camaraderie of CMS. Within minutes of our blowout, 4 cars pulled over to help. Check me out in the background holding the babes. About this set of photos: The drive to Cabarete. The views were great but the blowout tire on the way there was not. Even worse, we didn’t have a spare. #nobueno...

If You Had a Choice…

Adventurous, charismatic, persuasive, mean, clever, witty, impulsive, kind, energetic, loyal, shy, exciting, driven, easygoing, sneaky, creative, demanding, commanding, optimistic, pessimistic, cocky, passionate. There are so many things we are… and so many things we are not. When you find out you’re pregnant, people will ask what you want, a boy or a girl? The typical response I’ve heard is, “I just want a healthy baby.” I am not trying to downplay this response – of course we all want healthy babies –...

Holy Crap: A Poop Explosion

So today happened. Our sweet angel face woke up earlier than usual and decided that sleep was not for her. The rest of the day followed suit with a cranky baby. She was fed. She was changed. She was clean. But angel face was still not happy. The only thing I could come up with was that she was tired but like i said, sleep was not for her today. Every time I’d rock her to sleep and try to place...

Our Love Story Almost Didn’t Make It

Right before my baby shower, I wanted to do something special for Husband. He had been so incredible throughout the wedding planning and baby planning that I wanted to make him something to remember that what we have is so incredible too. So I made him this slideshow. At the time of our baby shower, Husband and I had been married a mere month and I got to thinking about all of the things that we had been through in our 4...

Happy 1 Month Birthday, Rafa

Time. It just marches on like a little worker ant and you never even notice it’s gone. It never stops moving does it? Days start and end and start and end and a month has passed. Sometimes, many months roll by and nothing much has changed. Sometimes you can’t imagine that a month could make any difference at all. But not this month. Not for me. To say that Husband and I have gone through many changes this year would...