Sunday, April 23, 2017

A letter to my 3 year old.

Sweet boy how is it that you are already 3?!

This last week or so I have repeatedly told you about your birth, your first steps and a few other milestones. You soak every detail in and ask me to tell you the stories again.

I remember when I first laid my eyes on you. I was in complete shock that you were once inside my belly. You were nothing like I had imagined. You were far more beautiful and amazing that I could have imagined. I remember holding you and saying in my head "I am your mom. I am A MOM?"
I sang you the first song that came into my head ( one I had been singing to you my whole pregnancy.


I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy
Down in my heart,
Down in my heart to stay.
And I’m so happy,
So very happy;

Liam Isaiah Ortega you bring Mommy, Daddy and Bennett so much joy.  


You are so full of life, questions and an amazing little laugh.
 You are so strong willed yet sensitive
. You are demanding and very opinionated.
 You are wild but very caring.
You love macaroni, chicken nuggets, eggs and most every fruit.
We love the way you say poon (spoon)
You are just as loud if not louder than me.
 You have two volumes very loud and so quiet that we can not hear what you are saying. You love taking pictures and ask me often to take pictures of what you are doing.


You are almost done with your first year of school. You absolutely love school. Your teachers have nothing nice to say about you. You really have grown this year. Less pushing others and more listening and following directions. I am so proud of you. I am so honored to be your mom. 



here are a few photos from your birthday. You could not wait to get a pinata.
 Nana would make it sing happy birthday to and facetime you with mickey.


Mommy filled your room with balloons the night before. 

and when you woke up you asked. 

"mommy why are there balloons in my room? did they loose their air and strings already?" 
silly boy. 



You choose to go to your favorite place CHICK FIL A to eat a cheese biscuit (egg and cheese) and see daddy. 



















Friday, March 10, 2017

The Boss Baby



Happy Friday everyone! I was invited to an advance screening of THE BOSS BABY at Santikos Silverado on March 18 at 10am and would like to extend an invitation.

 THE BOSS BABY is loosely based off of the children’s book with the same title and I think it will be a real treat to watch. CLick the link to  download one of the 50 first-come, first-serve Admit Four passes.

There is only 50 so claim yours today!!!

The Boss Baby trailer can be found here. 
Enjoy and leave a comment if you snagged some passes 😄

Tickets here

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Bennett Gray is 1!

happy 1st birthday Bennett Gray.
You brought so much joy into our family this last year. You are very silly and know just exactly how to get your brother to laugh. You are so sweet and kind. If your brother is crying you go to him to hug him. You love your daddy so much and get so excited when he walks in from work. You have always been an amazing sleeper at night, naps are a different story! I have never seen a baby eat as much food as you do. You out eat your brother everyday. We love that you are not a picky eater at all! You are very content with just crawling and pushing anything you can around the house. You have 6 teeth. You are a tough cookie. Most days I find you picking the fight with your brother. You most certainly will not be pushed around. I love how tough you are yet you are the one who likes to cuddle. Your eyes have only changed a little since birth and we are still surprised you have blue eyes, though some days they look more green.
we love you so much Benny bo. Happy birthday sweet boy!
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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Birthday letter to my 2 year old

My oh my little boy where do I begin? 

You are such a little turkey. You can carry full conversations and never cease to amaze me what you can say. You are impatient and when you are ready to leave you will say "go home mama right now" or "Li um all done." You request who and where you want to go. Your favorite place is the mall. You want you egg roll "tootie" (cookie) and to ride the train. Your favorite thing to ask is "do you have money for the mall?" Or "do you play basketball?" And you will ask all your family members. 

You are constantly requesting Apple juice instead of water at every meal. 
You are still nursing with no end sight. You tell me "other one." 
You will wait for your brother to finish nursing (most of the time) but you are very quick to say "lele's turn." 
For months now you have loved knowing and pointing out genders. You will point and say "girl or boy." Or "that's the girls mom or "that's the girls dad."  




You love fire trucks and will yell from the back seat "accident mama", when there is more than one emergency vehicle out your rear facing window. 🙈 I need teach you to pray for those involved. 

Even though you are still rear facing that doesn't stop you from knowing exactly where you are. You quickly request your blue slush as soon as we enter sonic's parking lot. You know when we are entering your nana's neighborhood when we pass the fire station. 

You are such a great big brother. You call him your baby. When I take you to the store alone and someone waves to you or says hi you respond "baby at nana's house." You have also started to say "she left baby" If I walk even a few feet away. You adore your brother and hug and kiss him all day. When he cries in the car you say "what wrong Benny?", "no cry Benny bo." Or "almost home Benny almost home." 

Your a very picky eater. Your favorites are "macroni and straws."

You love your blue crocs and will take off your other shoes to out those on. You are learning how to put them on the correct feet And occasionally you get it right.  
You love singing and know how to sing several songs completely. You love counting to 10 and singing your abc's. You love fish, dogs and your nanas bird rocky. 

You are still a climber and can always be found in the sink brushing your teeth with mine or dads tooth brush if we forget to shut the door. You climb on the counters at home and nana's house and when we tell you get down you reply "just let me wash my hands." 

I love you so so much my baby. You make everyday better, chaotic and filled with so much love. Thank you for making me a mom 2 years ago. 

Happy birthday to you. Everyone has sang to you all day for 2 days. It's your absolute favorite song. 💙💙


Monday, March 7, 2016

2 under 2

Life has been crazy around here recently. 

We have good days and hard days. Liam is still nursing so that makes nursing a new born harder than it already is. 

I'm working on weaning him but he has a mind of his own. He is mostly down to only nap and bed time (occassinally during the day if I'm tired of the fit he throws.) 

Packing and keeping a diaper bag stocked for 2 is no joke. Moms with 2 or more I need serious tips with this. Leaving the house to run an errand takes longer than the errand would. 

The toddler had a yeast rash for about a month. I am proud to say I can change a diaper and put two medicines on his rash while still nursing the baby. I felt like super woman. 



I have great admiration for moms with twins or more than 2 kids. 
Just when I think I have figured this out I realize I have a lot to learn. 

I would love any tips or advice 😄

Monday, February 22, 2016

Bennett's birth story

I am so blessed I am able to carry to full term. I nursed my toddler all through my pregnancy and that was a blessing as well. Yes it was hard but I did it for him. 

I had a wonderful pregnancy. I was sick up until 20 weeks but I know it could have been worse. It flew by with a toddler to chase. 

I was afraid I wouldn't know the signs of labor. I didn't have any false contractions even nursing. 

4 days before I went into labor I started having contractions. They weren't painful just uncomfortable. They were inconsistent and went away most of the day. At night they were closer together. 

On Monday morning I began to have them all day. They went from 13 minutes to 6 minutes. Then later in the afternoon they were 4-5 minutes apart. 

I just felt something was different. I decided to wait until Liam went to bed to go to the hospital just to get checked. 

I thought they would say I was only a 3 and send me home. 

I tried to nurse Liam to sleep but it was too painful. The contractions went under a minute apart. Again I didn't think anything other than I wanted to just go see. 


I arrived at the hospital 7cm dialated. The contractions slowed down and were not very painful. My birth photographer said maybe it was "the calm before the storm." That indeed it was. 

I will say this birth experience far exceeded my expectations. I am already excited about my next birth. 
The staff was amazing as always. It was such a wonderful time before little man joined us. We just sat around talking waiting for my body to progress. 


We welcomed our little man at 1:38am. 3 pushes and he was out. I had amazing support from the ob who coached me through an amazing quick delivery. 

It was such a beautiful time Derek and I spent together. Since he was born in the morning it was just the two of us. It was very much what we needed. 

Introducing Bennett Grey Ortega 
7lb 8oz 
22 inches. 

We are so in love with you.