Saturday, May 5, 2012

So Much for Plan B

It happened again (yeah!).
Last time we tried to get pregnant we tried for a while. Eventually, we decided to design a plan B and asked ourselves how would our lives be different if we were to end up childless?

It would have been very different indeed.

We would move to a beach in Guanacaste and open up a bike shop and mountain bike touring company. The more we gave that idea legs the more attractive it got. After all, the quality of the schools did not matter and we always knew we could make ends meet given our limited economic needs.
As soon as we started crunching the numbers and had enough to get the business started... surprise! here comes Julis.

We couldn't have been happier.

This time around we decided that if we were unable to get pregnant with Baby #2 by the time I turned 40, we would buy Julis a dog. After all, she should have a relationship of her own that she would not have to leave behind every time we moved.  Bear in mind that Jose and I are not dog people; so it was a big decision for us.  And so, one week after we put Plan B into place and bought a very cute (but lots of work) puppy, Plan A happens again, yeah!  (too bad I cant return the dog ;P)

We couldn't be happier.

Who would have thunk that Plan B would be the road to Plan A?

Today, I do not have words to describe the gratitude that fills my soul, so I leave you with Baby Chaveiras first video.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

More Favorite Things

Other things which engage you big time at this point in your life (along with animals) are:


 You love going out to the Parque Metropolitano with your Dad on the weekends.

And during the week often settle for riding around the cul de sac, which is not nearly as fun, but allows you to practice going down and up hills as well as the sidewalk.
Sometimes its uneventful and fun; others not so much. Here is a sample of both.

It was a bad fall.  It hurt. But we cleaned your wound. Band aided you up. Kissed your tears away.
Got the protective gear out.  And off you went again.  Brave little girl :)

Tuesdays and Thursdays are all about ballet.  Every now and then I will catch you stretching at home and ask what you are doing.  Your reply:  "Mama, es para no ponerme tiesa!"
These photos were taken at a demonstrative class last month

But this expression of happiness is the same one you have at the end of each class.


Everyday day, a couple of times a day, you create something.
You are not a huge fan of coloring books and prefer blank pieces of paper.
Your favorite supplies include glitter, glue, water, scotch tape and brushes. The water is not always for the paint, sometimes is for the play doh, or the crepe paper and sometimes is just to mix with the glue. But there is almost always (messy) water.

You love color.
Case in point:
Tu: Mama que aburridas todas estas casas.
Yo: Te parecen aburridas?
Tu: Si.
Yo: Por que?
Tu: Son todas de los mismos colores.
Yo: Como serian si fuera tu casa y tu decidieras?
Tu: Facil. Tendria el techo rosa y las paredes de los colores del arco iris.

We both smiled at the thought the rest of the way home.

Here are some of your latest creations

Your favorite insect/bug is the slug worm, which you like to hold in your hands (leaving me holding a little barf in my mouth). So you decided to make one for me that I could hold without being grossed out. Thank you for that!

I do not know if any of these interests will accompany you into adulthood.
God knows I played with a tadpole or two hundred when I was your age.
But, what I am hoping you DO take into adulthood, is truly connecting with something you do everyday.


It was time to get on with Plan B.
So we researched some breeds and identified a few that would suit our family needs.
Small, hypoallergenic, good with kids, live indoors and trainable.
Then we went to the pet shop where you fell in love with this little fellow.
 We named him Cooper, in honor of the mini cooper your Dad has wanted for the longest time (he is probably hoping his dream will come true as your has je je...)

You did not stop talking to/about the dog for at least a week. 

Now that we are all more settled (and he is not peeing everywhere!)  we find your relationship to be a really endearing one and are very happy about it (even if he's not done chewing on our carpets yet).

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Look what I Caught Mom!

You love animals.
Me cringing every time you go near, pick up, hug o put in your pocket an animal or me wiping your hands with wipes and alcohol gel after you have had your fun has not dissuaded you from engaging with them every opportunity you have.

Feeding the goats

To Catch a chicken

Coming in for the hug

Uh Oh found a dog (your favorite).  
I am sure the owner missed him most of the afternoon. 

Forget dolls, tv or balls... any live creature will trump most activities.
You recently discovered that insects are one of the most readily available type of animal and are on the hunt for them all the time.
I find these little critters in your purses and backpacks all the time (ewww!)

You hardly ever leave the house without packing your magnifying glass 
and will enlist any help you can get.

Today I am grateful you have not become blasé about the truly inspiring and awesome things of nature or are generally grossed out like me ;P 

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