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. 























Monday, January 11, 2016

4 weeks!!

Time has really flown by! We are excited to welcome our baby boy in about 4 weeks! My due date is the 8th of February but I guessed he will show his beautiful face on the 10th. 

I am really loving photographing lately and want to get more into life style photography after the baby is born.