Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Christopher at 10 weeks

Today we hit the 10 week mark for Christopher's age. He is definitely growing and learning each day. Before leaving for our vacation, I had placed him in the chair that has the toys dangling in front of him. He would just sort of look at them and not react. Then at my parents house he learned to use his arms to bat the toys around. Now he can hardly keep still in his chair. We even bought him a little jungle gym set similar to the one my parents have. He loves it, and gets a good work out kicking his legs and throwing his arms around. His hand and eye coordination is improving and now he is starting to understand that he can control his arms and hands.

Last week he had his two month checkup with our new pediatrician. He weighed in at 11 lbs and 13 ounces. He is now 22.75 inches in length, 1.25 inches longer than his birth length. He also got his immunizations in his thighs, two in each thigh. I felt so bad after the nurse finished, he just cried his little head off. After holding him, he calmed down, but I still felt a little emotional.

I will be going back to work September 16th. I am sort of looking forward to it, but also feel a little sad to be without Christopher for such a long time. Fourteen hours a day, three times a week is a really long time! The longest I have been without him is 4 hours, and after 2 hours I started to feel anxious. Alfonso and I have been talking about daycare 1-2 times a week. I have mixed feelings about that too, especially since I am entrusting strangers with my child. Not to mention the financial expense. Ah well, it seems that these things will work out in time. Here are some recent photos:

Our visit to Michigan and Georgia

Sorry, this entry is coming in a bit late. We had a great time in GA and MI. We first visited southern Georgia with it's incredibly hot and humid weather. Due to the humidity, we were inside for most of the time chilling out. However, Alfonso did show me around his old stomping ground in Valdosta. Everyone took a liking to Christopher, with lots of cuddling and kisses. Here are some pictures of our GA visit:

Christopher with Grandma and cousin David

Christopher with Grandma, cousin Mayra and Aunt Maria

Cousin David reading Bambi to Christopher

We then traveled to MI for a week to see my family. The weather in MI was a lot cooler than GA, so we were able to do more activities outside. We went kayaking down the AuSable River, biking on Mackinac island and attended my 10 year high school reunion. We also had a family get together with my aunts, uncles and cousins so that they could meet Christopher and Alfonso.

With the exception of me contracting a 24 hour stomach virus, it was a wonderful vacation! Christopher is a great traveler, and handled himself very well on the planes and airports (with 6 flights and 5 airports total).

Alfonso kayaking down the AuSable

Christopher playing with his Baby Einstein jungle gym

The straits of Mackinac (The Mackinac Bridge is the 6th largest suspension bridge in the world. It's 50 years old this year.)

The water of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron looked absolutely beautiful. Amazing colors of blue and teal, it reminded me of the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii.

The only modes of transport are by horse and bike. No cars are allowed!

Christopher enjoying his ride in the pull along buggy that was attached to Alfonso's bike.

Sunset over the Straits of Mackinac

Crossing the Mackinac bridge

Christopher and Great-Aunt Gig

Christopher with Great-Grandma Pilon

Christopher with Great-Aunt Susie

Christopher and Grandma

Christopher and Aunt Crystal

Christopher with Uncle Joe and Aunt Mary

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Off we go...

Just wanted to get this in before we left for our vacation this Thursday. We are going to Georgia to see Alfonso's family for 4 days, and then we are visiting my family in Michigan for a week. I can't wait for everyone to see Christopher, and I am super excited to be going back home to Michigan. I usually go home twice a year, but last year I was in Guatemala during the summer. I can't wait to show Alfonso N. Michigan during the summer, since he has only visited during the winter.

Christopher is doing well, this week he has been cooing at us and he has been smiling more frequently. He has been doing well with sleeping through the night. I typically put him to bed between 9:30-10 and he sleeps until 6am. This morning he woke up at 4:30, but after a bottle he went back to sleep. He is sleeping now, so I wanted to post this before he woke up.

This past weekend Alfonso and I hung out around the house, but we also went to the Grove and Farmers Market in Los Angeles (it's an outdoor area with various shops and boutiques). We walked around with Christopher and sat on a bench and people watched. This part of LA has a lot of celebrities, but we didn't spot any (I always miss them anyway). On Saturday we went to San Pedro fish market where you chose what kind of seafood and they cook it for you on the spot. Alfonso had ordered fish and I got shrimp. We shared a huge side order of grilled potatoes, onions and green peppers. The atmosphere is very lively with people singing karoake in spanish/english.

Then on Sunday, (Alfonso had to work) I went with Diego and Julie to this party/celebration in Chino Hills to honor the patron saint (Virgin de Los Angeles- Our lady of the Angels) of Costa Rica. Basically it's a big celebration with music, food, dancing, soccer, and families getting together. There are thousands of people there, with the majority from Costa Rica. Diego's friend Eric and his wife Sandy were visiting from Hawaii, so they came with us as well. Eric is originally from Costa Rica, so he was excited to go. We had a good time and Christopher slept for most of the day. I ate some food from a vendor (potatoes and other vegetables in a curry sauce on top of a corn tortilla, I can't remember the name)and then later on we cooked hotdogs and sausage on the grill. The sausage was put on top of a tortilla, with an cabbage/tomato/cilantro mixture placed on top of the sausage. It was slightly spicy without being over powering.

All was going well, but then we noticed a large group of people moving across the field and saw that there was a fight going on. Soon after, the police showed up and then a helicopter was circling overhead announcing that this was the end of the event. We packed up our gear and on the way to the car there were policemen with swat gear stationed around the cars. As we were leaving, an ambulance and fire truck showed up. Later on I heard that there had been a fight along with a stabbing, but I am still not sure what really happened.

Here are some photos of Christopher at 6 weeks:

I use this when I have to do work and he doesn't want to put down. At first he cries, but then he quiets down and falls asleep.

The new mobile that his Grandma Valencia and Aunt Maria bought him.

I think he may have my eyes! What do you think?

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

The good, the bad, and the ugly

I had my six week post-delivery follow up appointment today. It was so nice to see my doctor again. She is always so friendly and we always have a good time chatting. I am thinking about switching medical groups (driving down to Cedars is about an hour with traffic) but I can't bear to switch MD's!

Christopher handled himself pretty well, except for the meltdown he had in the waiting room. It started with him having gas, and then a dirty diaper. I could not get him to calm down regardless of breastfeeding or any other intervention. Finally we moved to a more private area that wasn't so crowded and he calmed down.

I am about 20 lbs over my desired weight. I am cautious on what I eat and I have been walking every night with Christopher. I plan on lifting small weights to strengthen and tone my muscles. Before I was pregnant I was in the best shape of my life, so I hope to regain at least some of my original shape. I think it will take me a good 6 months to get back into shape, but I am ready for the challenge.

Now for the ugly- our house has an ant problem. The day my parents were leaving we noticed ants in the kitchen. I thought that it was from the fruit that we had bought at a fruit stand. Then several days later I found them swarming in the cupboards over a jar of honey. I cleaned out the cupboard and the ants went away for several days. Now they are back and taking over the kitchen. They even crawl on me (I smell like maple syrup from the herbal supplements that I take for lactating). Apparently the city of Valencia has this problem, it's especially worse in the summertime when the temperature is in the triple digits. Our friends Julie and Diego had the same problem at their house and they hired a pest exterminator. So, I am going to call them tomorrow and get this problem taken care of before we leave for GA/MI.