Monday, September 24, 2018

Mateo Turns SEVEN!!!

Yep! That pretty much sums up this seven year old interests.  SOCCER. Ha!  Nerf guns are a recent obsession [that Im not overly excited about] but the boys do have fun building their battle grounds.

Well I guess I should mention his favorite tv shows : Scooby-Do and Loud House.  Also, he is music obsessed.  He learns words really quickly too -just like his mami.  Current favorites: A few songs by Blink-182, Electric Kingdom (a break dancing favorite introduced by papi) and Sean Paul's Temperature and Get Busy. (We blast these in the car) 

The night before the big day I painted a little sign and "streamed" the light fixture.  Presents sitting out on the table.  I have set the bar and this is what is expected in our casa on birthday mornings.
I hung some new soccer pants [that his papi bought him] on his closet door. He came up wearing them at 5am, "is it my birthday yet?" and I had to get him back to sleep.
The excitement brewed at 6am so we brewed the coff coff.
 Everyone started off happy.  But as the presents were opened, Marcelo's happiness faded.

Oh Marcelo....That face!  Right after this picture, Mateo gave his brother one of his Beyblades....which is exactly what we were hoping would happen:) Whew!

He was quite happy with his new Garmin Vivofit Jr.  The steps counting alone is great and there are some other features (like reminders for chores!?!) that we have yet to explore. 

We picked both boys up early from school and headed to a surprise adventure.

Have you guys heard of IFLY?  This was Ernesto's idea, and not a cheap one. But hey!  YOLO

They watched in awe almost unable to comprehend what was about to happen.
They suited up and listened intently to the instructors directions.
These guys turned into skydivers....ooooh for a good 5 minutes.  haha

Then, in ALL the gear....waited their turn patiently outside the biggest, loudest wind chamber I have ever seen.
Here is a video so you can see what happens:

How they were not scared, I don't know.  I kept thinking Willy Wonka's fizzy lifting drink.  "Hey! Instructor, don't let go of my kids or they might be sucked into that powerful fan at the top."

They were thoroughly entertained and quite proud of their official certification. 

All in all a pretty fun Wednesday birthday.  He picked out a beautiful (and delicious) chocolate cake from Whole Foods and his day was complete.

SEVEN! WOW!  Im just not sure how 7 years have gone by.  Hello, I am Cindy and I have been  parenting for 7 years.  Does that mean I should be getting the hang of it by now? 😬

Mateo had some gift cards from Target to spend and in a moment of kindness (and pure excitement), he decided he would spend some of his money on his brother.
Their choice was not my favorite, but .... it is one of their common obsessions interests.  I mean nerf guns are bringing them closer.  haha

Because his birthday fell on a weekday, I felt the need to pull together a quick after school party that Friday with some boys in his class.
And boy oh BOY what a great turnout for 48 hours notice!

Nerf guns kept 9 boys busy/happy outside so five moms could hang out and have some girl time. 
A win-win! 

Happy birthday to my big boy, my beautiful baby you will always be!

Monday, September 17, 2018


With my two daredevil boys, I can't believe we have not had an emergency room run yet.
(knock on wood)

I would not classify Paloma as a  cautious child either.   
And three weeks ago, she gave us a serious scare.

Three Fridays ago, Paloma woke up at 6:40am, climbed out of her crib and came into mami and papi's room telling us "time to get up." (she heard my alarm-which I had already snoozed)

As I was getting dressed and Ernesto was in the bathroom, we heard glass breaking and a horrible HORRIBLE scream. 

My sweet little girl thought she would pour mami and papi their first cup of coffee.  

She pulled the glass pot out, it hit the granite and the bottom shattered.  
A FULL pot of scalding hot coffee spilled out and ran over her little tummy and the underside of her forearms. 

Ernesto quickly took off her jammies and I carried her to the tub.  I ran cool water over a soft cloth and put it over her tummy repeatedly.  All the while I wept.  

Marcelo and Mateo stood watching their sister in silence.  Marcelo then asked "Mami, is Paloma going to die?"  Paloma looked at me with worried eyes waiting for the answer. UGH! It was horrible.

After about 40 minutes, of cooling her with the towel (she didn't want me to stop!) she was calm and not crying.  I followed google's advice.  If there are blisters, head to the hospital.

We live just a 10 minute drive to [Emory's] Children's Hospital of Atlanta. I loaded baby girl in the car, and left the buckle rather loose as to not touch the burn.  After 3 minutes in the car, I turned around and saw this:
A SLEEPER ?!?!?! Part of me was glad she was comfortable enough to fall asleep.  In fact, once I arrived at the hospital.  I sat in the car thinking. UGH, I don't want to wake my angel.
I have not been to an emergency room with my kids, or myself lately, but one thing I know is that IT IS  NEVER A QUICK EXPERIENCE!

So I did what anyone who has a friend that is a Doctor would do.  I called Richard, our friend of 18 years.  He is MY doctor and I trust him without question.

I told him what happened. He asked if the blisters were bigger than a nickel.  NO

He called in a prescription for Silvadine.  A miracle cream used for 2nd and 3rd degree burns.  And I drove from the hospital to Walgreens.  Unfortunately, they weren't open yet.  Fortunately, my baby was still comfortable sleeping.
When she woke up, you would not think she had just been burned.
In fact, she did not cry again about her burn.  PERIOD.  #majortrooper
While in Walgreens, I may have bought her whatever the hell she wanted.

Lipstick? Sure.  A ball? Yes. Sunglasses. Uh huh. Gummy bears? Yep.  You want a huge sucker tambien mami? Absolutely.
She could've asked me for a car and I would've bought it.  I felt sooooooooo bad.

Back home, I got her all situated, bought Charlotte's Web (both the original and the newer version) and caked on the miracle cream. 
After the movies, I wrapped her in gauze because surprisingly, she wanted to move around.
Only to crash out an hour later in our bed. 

She awoke to flowers, balloons and more candy from papi and her hermanos.

I took pictures.  Lots of pictures.  And Im warning you.....THEY AREN'T PRETTY.

By day two the blisters had popped and it was so ugly, I was crying and thought I should head to the doctor, but after talking to Richard and showing him pictures, he said this is what was going to happen.
I have to say though, that the Silvadene creme DRAMATICALLY changed this boo-boo. And quickly. By day three all of the loose skin was off and the skin started healing over.  But RED . SOOOOOO RED!
One side effect of the creme is a brown discoloration to the skin which you can really see along the edges.
As you can see, by day eight, it was really starting to look better. This little backward "z" area must have been the worst part of the burn.

Last weekend (8 days after the incident), we had our friends Floyd & Richard over for a little Doctor house call mixed with dinner and a birthday celebration.
The doctor said it "was healing beautifully" and that made me feel a whole lot better.

After almost two weeks, we stopped using the Silvadene and bandages and just continue to slather Cerave Moisterising Cream  on it.

She was back to school 3 days after the incident doing her regular beauty poses.
(bandages still under her clothes)
 She manages to make bandages beautiful, right?

ps. We baked banana chocolate muffins and they were THE BOMB.  I altered the recipe a bit, but unfortunately Im not sure what I did exactly....I tried to recreate them and they weren't nearly as good.  Hmm. Ill keep experimenting and let you know.

6 months later her tummy is perfectly smooth, but still with some discoloration.  Of course, as she grows it will get smaller, but still hoping this is going to fade more over time.  Poor baby.


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