Monday, November 26, 2012

Tio Xavi

A few weeks after you came home Tio Xavi came to meet you. We were so happy to have him visit us for the first time here in Quito.

It is customary for Juli to offer the bottom bunk to visitors and Tio Xavi was not the exception. Juli usually takes the top bunk on the visitors first and last night in Quito. The difference was that you were having so much fun with Tio Xavi, that you did something you had never done with any visitor ever: you chose to sleep on the top bunk every night he was here. Hooray for Tio Xavi who went for the gold!  Lets face it. he has always had super powers when it comes to kids.

Wait and see Luci, you will be sucked into the vortex that is having fun with Tio Xavi too when your
time comes.

In the meantime there was lots of apapachamiento.

While Xavi was here we got the call: Emma had gone into labor. In fact, she was in labor for almost as long as Xavi was here!  I joke, but it was close to 24 hours of labor. So yeah your Tia Emma might be tiny but she is one tough cookie!

But check out what all that effort brought forth: baby Oli!  Welcome sweetheart. 
We love you!!!

Today I am grateful for my girls bonding with their uncle, 
I am grateful for my beautiful niece and most of all I am grateful my baby sister has become a mommy, a role I am certain she will be absolutely wonderful at.

Friday, November 23, 2012

So Much to be Thankful For

You gotta hand it to the US, Thanksgiving may be my very favorite holiday.
Having a day to spend with family and count your blessing is sheer brilliance!

Julis this is what you were thankful for this year:

I in turn, am grateful that you are such a sensitive and loving big sister. 
I am grateful for Luci joining our family and 
I am grateful to have your Dads love and support.
It has been one incredible year!

Sunday, November 11, 2012


It is hard for me to believe you are turning five. It is so cliche when people say I remember as if it was just yesterday yadda yadda yadda... but it is a cliche for a reason and I CAN remember the day I first met you. I honestly believe I may have been that happiest person on the planet that day!

So on the 5th anniversary of that wonderful first meeting this is how you started your day:

 We placed your gifts right next to you so you could open them without getting out of our bed, where we let you sleep on Sundays and on special ocassions. 

For your party this year you chose a pirate theme.

I am becoming more and more competent in the party planning department. 
This year I made the pirate cookies, printables and treasure chests for the take home loot.

 You rocked your pirate costume!

We had it at Little Monsters. It has some really cool play areas which include a car repair shop, train tracks, supermarket and bakery as well as an outdoor playground.

It was a lot of fun and the pinata your grandma brought all the way from Costa Rica was a hit. 
Actually more like a couple of hits since it was really tough to break!

You know a lot of the literature on human development argues that who you are by the time you are five is who you will be forever. I have no idea if that is so, but I can tell you this much, at 5 you are brave, tenacious, kind, fun loving, honest, silly and it has been my true privilege loving you and watching you grow.

We love you sweetheart and wish you many many more happy celebrations of the wonderful gift that is your life.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Meeting the Abuelos

Even though your grandparents were here when you were born, they were unable to meet you.  In fact, your Grandpa missed you by only one day! So this year, they had double the reasons for coming to Quito in November.

Grandma held you and fed you to her hearts content.

It took Grandpa a few days to gather up the nerve to carry you, but he did! I am pretty sure you are the smallest baby he has ever handled.

You are a great sleeper. 
In fact, I have to wake you up for your feedings.  You only sleep in your crib when the sun is down. 

This is what daytime sleep looks like. 

I suppose we are to blame; after all, this is how you napped at the hospital - right on our chests. 
Oh well, we will worry about that later. For now, we will just enjoy it.

Even though at this age it all about eating and sleeping, we've also had a little bit of this:

And some of this too:

Today I am grateful you and your grandparents finally met.

I am also grateful for something I have no pictures of, but will forever be etched in my memory. 
For those moments, when everyone else is fast asleep and we get to steal some quite time in the dark. For it is then, that I can actually hear the rhythm of your heartbeat and my own, as I hold you tightly against my chest. 

So today, I am also grateful for the sleepless nights.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

You are a Big Sister now

Hey there my sweet Juli.

You may have just met your sister for the first time, but you have been a big sister since the day Luci was born.

It warms my heart to see how you lovingly prepared gifts for us to take to her in the hospital. And the way you ooohed and aaaaahed over her pictures.

Here you are sleeping with a sterilized face mask and hair cap from the ICU that Luci sent to you.

Also an extract of what Mrs. Jacque (your Pre K teacher) had to say about you and how much you already care for Luci:

"I am so pleased to hear that Luci is progressing so well.  Julia keeps us up to date on her baby sister’s development.  She shared with us that Luci is now out of her incubator and sleeping in a crib.  Julia has made a lot of connections with her sister and the unit that we are studying, Growing Healthy.  For example, Julia stated that in order for Luci to grow big and strong, she needs to drink her mommy’s milk and that is the reason you spend a lot of time in the hospital.  And, now that Luci has grown and is a bit stronger, she can now sleep in a crib.  Julia always speaks with great excitement about Luci and I am sure that she will be a wonderful big sister. 

Julia is doing incredibly well in our classroom and she is understanding a lot of English and continues to make strong attempts to communicate in English.  She is very excited about our Costume Parade coming up next week and she has even started planning her birthday party, haha.  Julia is a very happy and smart little girl and we are thrilled to have her in our class.  I look forward to seeing you or Jose next week."

Speaking of the costume party. You looked terrific dressed as Jasmin.
Your Dad and I thoroughly enjoyed trick or treating with you at school.

We are so grateful to all who helped us retain some semblance of normalcy during the past month.

To Tia Judy who jumped on a plane and was here the day after Luci was born
and who taught you how to take funny pictures with the Ipad. It was good to have someone like her around. You know with a cool head, a warm heart and a smile on her face.

To Grandma Emy who was here to greet you every day after school and basically did whatever you felt like doing. Including being your ballet partner.
For reals, you are the only 4 year old I know that will sit through an entire ballet show on F&A.

To Grandpa who prepared all our meals for a month and taught you how to play basketball, as he taught me when I was a little snot nose kid. 

And to Tia Inky who prepared all kinds of crafty activities for you and was lucky enough to be here when Luci first came home.

It certainly takes a village! 
Today I am grateful for our village.

I am also incredibly grateful for the way you have embraced having a sister. The more I spend time with the both of you, the more convinced I become of how lucky the two of you are to have each other. Your always proud mama.
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