"What we do in this life, echoes in eternity."
Maximus, Gladiator
"Our creator would never have made such lovely days, and given us the deep hearts to enjoy them, above all thought, unless we were meant to be immortal."
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Baby is almost here

So this is it! Today we went in for me to be induced, and we started with the folley catheter. Laura, my doula, was there with Jeff and me, and she coach me through it with hypnosis relaxation. I'm thrilled to say that it didn't hurt near as much as it did when it was done to induce Joaquin. Her voice is very soothing, and I was surprised that it was so easy for my midwife to find my cervix and put the catheter. So we're just waiting! I just finished ironing "Sadie's" first little clothes and blanket (yes, I know, totally last minute), and now, I'm ready to get any sleep that I can. Joaquin has been sensing something because he's been a little monster! He wouldn't sleep, walk, play, do anything! the only way to calm him down is by playing his music videos. Julian and Magali have been wonderful these last couple of days.
Last Saturday was Julian's 6th birthday, and we took him and his friends and cousins to Boondocks. They had a blast! I'll be posting some pictures later. I'm worn out now, and I really need to get some sleep.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

They're back and new baby in one week

Jeff and Juli came back Sunday afternoon, and I was so excited to see them. Maga has been another girl since they've been back; she's a lot more cooperative and happy. So I think her anti-daddy thing was her way of expressing her anger at not going with them. Julian thinks he's a big boy now; he even started drinking from "real" glasses instead of plastic cups ... My little boy will be six this coming Saturday, and I can't believe time has gone by sooooooo fast. I've been having a constant "deja vu" these last few days preparing for "Sadie's" birth; it seems like yesterday that I was waiting for Juli. It must be because it's the same time of the year.
I saw my midwife today, and we decided to start the induction next Wednesday, when I'll officially turn 37 weeks. I already have my birthing tub and homebirth kit ready. I was thinking we would start the day after Thanksgiving, but she thinks that if my body is not quite ready to give birth, a more gradual approach would work better. So we'll start with the folley catheter, and then the swiping of membranes, and if needed she'll resort to Cytotec, which I'm very much wanting to avoid. I've been taking Evening Primrose Oil and Saturday I'll start listening to my Baby Come Out CD, and the other Hypnobabies CD's for Birthing Time. I'm very grateful because both my doula, Laura, and Suzanne, my midwife, have been extremely supportive and understanding with this ICP thing. I was just telling Jeff that the itching feels like when you go into the ocean and the salt dries out on your skin and then you put a semi-wet sandy T-shirt on. I think he kind of got an idea.
Today I ordered the turkey, but I'd be very surprised if the induction takes more than 24 hours and I get to have Thanksgiving dinner.
We'll see what happens.
Here are some pictures of my boys in the zip line in Puerto Vallarta. Juli was so brave!!!!!! I'm proud of my little man.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

This pic is to remember beautiful summer days.
What a lazy day!!!!!! Winter is finally here, and today we stayed home ALL day. I did laundry, changed the hangers (I got rid of all the children's plastic hangers), surfed the internet, made phone calls, made a pizza, took a nap, surfed the net some more, worked on editing pictures, worked on the blog ... So even though I've been here all day just chilling, I've also been quite productive. I just can't believe the boys are coming back tomorrow. I just miss them horribly.
Yesterday I took Maga to Disney on Ice. We had a blast! The only bad thing was the drive back from SLC, traffic was horrible; I almost got hit once, and I just thank Heavenly Father for protecting me, my children and my mom, who was also with us.
So tomorrow we'll go to church and wait to go pick up the boys at the airport; I don't even know what time they're arriving.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

They called today!!!!!!

This morning, while Maga was at preschool I had the most beautiful surprise: Jeff and Julian called from Puerto Vallarta. I told Jeff now I knew he missed me because we never called home from the cruise in the past, not even the first time when the kids stayed with my parents. Juli sounded so grown up! He said they were having a great time, and the weather was fantastic. He also said that he had many friends already; of course, so much like Julian. We were on the phone only for 10 minutes, but it was enough to last me until Sunday.
Maga has been so challenging this week! She won't eat anything; I don't know how she keeps on going like this. She misses her brother a lot. When I pick her up at preschool she always asks if Juli and papa are back :( But tomorrow we'll go to Disney on Ice, and she'll have a blast! Well, I need to get dinner ready; at least Joaquin eats nonstop, so it's worth cooking for him and myself. I hope Maga will at least taste the potatoes. Here are some pictures from our cruise last year.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

5 more days without Juli

Jeff and Julian are on a cruise to the Mexican Riviera. How I wish I could have gone!!! But with just a couple of weeks before "Sadie" is born, it wasn't such a good idea for me to go. I'm sure they'll have sooooooo much fun! On Saturday night, when we were packing (last minute, of course) Juli asked for some "monies" so he could bring a present for me, Joaquin, Magali, Yaya, Tata and for himself. He was taking all of his money already: a Spidermanful of pennies ...
Well, I had a call from the doctor's office today, and my liver enzymes and bile acids are elevated, and I already knew, since the itching at night is now unbearable. I have intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), so my midwife told me we'll be inducing for sure on Thanksgiving weekend. Only two weeks away!!!!!!!!
I'm just excited to finally meet my baby, but I'm not looking forward to more sleepless nights. What will I do with Joaquin?!
I'll post a couple of Halloween pictures of my babies. Five more days until Jeff and Juli come back! I'm counting the minutes!

Monday, November 06, 2006

This is us!

This is our family. Jeff, Yamile, Joaquin, Julian and Magali. We're anxiously awaiting the arrival of our baby girl in just a couple of weeks. We have everything ready for her, and I've been practicing my Hypnobabies religiously. I'm very confident that it will work and that we'll have a great experience with it.