Today was the first day of Kindergarten for my 5-years-old. People constantly ask me if I was sad or worried and my answer was nope! Sophia Rose has been in school since she was 2- years – old, this summer was the longest she hasn’t gone to school. When she was one and a half years old is when we realized that she wasn’t quite like other kids her age. I had a couple of friends who had kids the same age as Sophia Rose and I know they say never compare your child to other children but I couldn’t help it and I’m glad I did. She wasn’t talking at all when she should have been and people would constantly tell us “oh any day now” or “I was 5 -years- old when I started talking” for me waiting that long was unacceptable so we went to the pediatrician to see if maybe she had hearing problems or if she could shed light on why Sophia Rose wasn’t talking and she said the words no parent wants to hear “I think your daughter has Autism”. Absolutely terrifying. She said we could go through our local regional center for an Autism diagnosis or through Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, she also said CHOLA would be faster and she was right.
We got an appointment in a week with the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Can you believe Regional Center of Van Nuys was almost 2 months? We definitely wanted to start therapy immediately and felt 2 months was to long. When we got to CHOLA, we were introduced to six different people, a pediatrician and his assistant, phycologist and her assistant speech therapist and occupational therapist. We all sat in a tiny room and they interacted with her. When that hour was done we had to make another appointment to see each doctor individually which took about a month. After about a month and a half we got the diagnosis that Sophia Rose had Autism. The diagnosis they wrote on paper was huge! It looked like a novel, till this day I have never read it. The best part of going to CHOLA was they recommend a place called McRory Pediatrics for our services and it was a group based therapy not a typical therapy that most people think of like a speech therapist coming to your home. They recommended her learning with other children which we felt was the best thing for her. Children with Autism have a hard time socializing so we thought killing 3 birds with one stone by getting speech, occupational therapy and learning to interact with other kids her age. McRory was the greatest thing that has happened to my daughter. Within three months she was talking and making incredible strides and had “graduated” to a more advance class for children who were higher functioning. Don’t get me wrong it was hard and for the first month or so I was there everyday learning so when I was at home I could implement what they did in therapy at home. There was a lot of crying, kicking and biting but luckily, she was so young and she won’t remember what we went through to get to where we are today. So, I can’t express enough how important an early diagnosis and early intervention is! Now she is 5-years-old and most people don’t realize or believe me when I say she has Autism. Sophia Rose still gets speech at OT therapy but a classroom based environment, they don’t take her out of the classroom. So long story short, no I wasn’t nervous I was excited on the first day of kindergarten! The only thing I was nervous about was her taking the bus to school which she loves by the way! When she got home from the first day of school she was talking so much! Telling me about the new friend she made and how she played on the playground and that she was shy. It was incredible! I’m a happy and proud mama!
First Day of Kindergarten 8/24/17
Have you heard about the new and exciting churros flavors at Disneyland? Well this past week my husband and I tried some, for better or for worse. I’ll be rating them from best to worst and I mean worst.
I’m a sucker for s’mores! The delicious marshmallowly chocolatie goodness! This churro is coated in gram crackers and you dip the churro in melted marshmallow and melted chocolate. Is your mouth watering? Mine is!
It tasted like a regular churro so it was yummy! It did look way to pretty to eat though I mean come on look at those pretty edible stars!
Sour Watermelon Churro
Was the most disgusting thing I’ve ever tasted in my life but if you are adventurous please try it for yourself. It’s supposedly a limited time only flavor, it’s to celebrate the return of Fantasmic. So taste it before it’s gone!
On June 10th, 2017 Sophia Rose woke up at 4:00 am because she is sick (the day before we took her to the doctor and she has an ear infection). After she finally went back to bed I found myself struggling to go back to sleep, which often happens when something wakes me up at an ungodly hour. So, I start reading on my phone and in my head, I’m going back and forth if I should get up and pee, at this point I’m so pregnant that getting out of bed was like running a marathon, not easy. I don’t know about you but when I pee in the morning that is it, I’m up so I felt I was delaying the inevitable. So, I got up, waddled to the potty but the strangest thing, I heard a pop. Nothing alarming but during my pregnancy with Sophia Rose I had something called a mucus plug fall out so I thought the pop might have been that. If you don’t know what a mucus plug is, its gross and is exactly what it sounds like. Anyways, when your mucus plug falls out it doesn’t mean you’re in labor it just means your body is ready. So, thinking it was my mucus plug I go over in my head the list of things I still need to get done before the twins get here in a week. I need to get the car washed, I need to install the car seats, I need to wash their clothes, get the crib sheets on and then I got excited because I was going to eat a bagel for breakfast! Once I was done I got up and heard a gush! It seriously sounded like someone dumped a gallon of water in the toilet and I just knew, my water had just broke. During my last pregnancy the labor class said that if your water breaks it’s not like the movies, there is no need to rush unless it’s a yellow or a green color. With Sophia Rose my water broke as well but with her my water tuned yellowish-green color. So, I got my towel shoved it between my thighs and headed back into my bed room. Fun fact: not sure if you knew this but when your water breaks it breaks until you deliver your baby aka your body has a crazy amount of water stored in there. When I get back to the bedroom I can’t help but laugh because Sophia Rose was a week early and so are these twins also Sophia Rose is super sick, I have so much I wanted to get done today and I’m hungry!! Once your water breaks you can’t eat, I remember that from last time. I gently wake up my husband and I told him my water broke and he said “okay, give me 5 more minutes” …. I want five more minutes! If I can’t have it neither can you!! Since my vagina is still gushing water I had no idea where I should sit, can’t sit on my bed because I don’t want to get that wet. Can’t sit on the chair in my room as it’s all fabric and I don’t want to get that wet so I sit on my floor. I called my doctor and she asked me if I knew the last known position of Baby A (baby A is the baby lowest aka closest to the exit) I let her know the entire pregnancy Baby A has been face down but at yesterday’s appointment she was transverse (sideways) so she told me that I need to go to the hospital asap because something could be wrong if she isn’t in position but I’m in labor. So, I tell my husband your five minutes are up and I start to call the family. The only family member that is close is my brother-in-law, my mother in law was going to take my daughter and they live at least an hour away so we called my brother in law to come pick up Sophia Rose. I felt at this point I was in a rush so I told my brother- in- law to meet us at the hospital (he lived closer to the hospital than he did to us) We woke Sophia Rose up and told her that her sisters are coming and that we needed to go. She got up like a trooper and we headed out the door. The original plan for the day was that my husband and I were going to go the hospital and figure out where I need to go when I go into labor but since the twins came early we had to wing it! We finally get to the hospital an hour after talking to the doctor and we get lost (duh) while we were trying to find where to go a car cut us off and I yell out the window “ASSHOLE” and of course my daughter repeated it like 3 times but I couldn’t worry about it since I still had water gushing! I’m so uncomfortable that I just have my husband drop me off in front and to meet me upstairs.
I get checked in a changed into my gown and I’m having contractions consistently but I’m not really feeling them thank goodness! My husband gets to the room and everyone is very transparent about what’s about to happen. At this point it’s 8:00 am and they tell me at 8:30 am I should be going into surgery. The best news is that the twins were not in destress and delivery should go smoothly.
The anesthesiologist comes in and was the most kind, nicest and calmest person I ever met in my entire life. The entire delivery he would tell me all the sensation that I was about to feel. Once we got into the operating room he would constantly talk to me. He would say things like “okay now you’ll feel like you can’t breathe but don’t worry this is what the oxygen is for” etc. Even when my husband walked away to cut the umbilical cord he would come next to me and tell me how great I was doing and he reassured me that anything I feel to tell him and he would say something like “yes, that’s exactly how you should be feeling” or “that’s completely normal” I need this guy in my everyday life to validate my feelings. Once the babies got washed they brought them over to me to kiss and snuggle with and then they sewed me back together again and I went straight to recovery. The only down side about the first hours of recovery was I was so itchy and shaky from the drugs I was on. It was very distracting. Pretty immediately they brought the twins to me in recovery and we tried to breastfeed them and they immediately latched, it was love at first site. I’m proud of myself, I’m proud of my husband and I’m proud of these girls. I couldn’t have asked for a better delivery. All the nurses were so kind and empathetic. I definitely had a great experience at this hospital and I think the twins did too
I’m so happy to announce my twins have entered the world on June 10th 2017! Both healthy and strong! Let me introduce you to Daphne Danger Schwarz & Scarlett Sage Schwarz.
Daphne: 6 lb 8 oz at 9:43 am & Scarlett 5 lbs 12 oz at 9:42 am, both 19 inches long.
The most surprising part about them is how similar they are to how they were in the womb. Daphne (Baby B) is stubborn, tough and a little piggy when she eats. Scarlett (Baby A) dainty, soft and particular. they were a week early from the scheduled c-section date and a whole month early from their due date, I can’t get over how they were just in my belly! Both of them! When they cry they kick their little legs and I think “wow they kicked me like that!”. My next blog post will be their birth story, so until then enjoy cooing over these cute little bundles!!
These are a few fun photo’s that Sophia Rose has taken at Disneyland. All photo’s taken by my wonderful daughter!
Photopass photographer taking a picture of Sophia Rose taking a picture
Selfie with Daddy
Taking a picture of her favorite Minnie Mouse stuffed animal
Sophia Rose taking a photo of Stitch.
Slowly approaching Stitch
Running away of Stitch but still taking his picture
Slowly approaching Stitch, he was waiting for a hug
One thing I have learned from my daughter recently is she loves taking my expensive camera and taking pictures. To tell you the truth she isn’t bad. What is adorable is all photos are from her angle so they feel they are from her perspective. So, I thought I’ll show case her work here on my blog in a segment I like to call through her eyes. I hope you enjoy all the fun photos as much as I do!
Every night we read a book to our daughter and she’s getting to the point where she actually listens to the words and they stick with her so I’ve been doing research on books for Easter and found a cute book called The Story of the Easter Bunny. I thought that Easter would mean more if we talked about all aspects like the Easter bunny and the traditions of Easter like baskets and hiding eggs hopefully it’ll bring more excitement the day of if she knows what to expect. Follow the link below for your chance to win a free copy!
A little about the book:
Everyone knows who the Easter Bunny is. Each year, he comes with a basket of painted eggs and chocolates for children. But not everybody knows where he comes from. On a snow-cold day in a snug little house… So begins the true story of the Easter Bunny!
With gorgeous and peaceful art, this fresh, innovative story describes how one little rabbit became a legend. The perfect addition to Easter baskets!
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