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
When I moved in to my current place the porcelain sink in the kitchen wasn’t in the best shape it had scratches and was stained but this past weekend I had company over and cooked a lot and after washing my dishes I noticed the porcelain even more scratched and stained and since I’m nesting and obsessed with cleaning I decided to go to the internet for solutions! So I tried a couple of cleaning solutions using things I had around the house and found what really works! I experimented so you don’t have to! (You’re welcome)
- Baking soda
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Paper towels
Coat your non abrasive side of the sponge in baking soda and scrub your sink.
Tip: use circular motions
Pour hydrogen peroxide on the sponge again using the non ebrasive side and scrub your sink.
Leave baking soda and hydrogen peroxide on your sink for 15 minutes.
With soap, water and sponge rinse your sink. I didn’t use a new sponge, I just rinsed off the sponge I was using with soap and water. Once your sink is rinsed you will notice a difference!! I on the other hand wanted a little more shine. So on to the next step! The shine!
Optional step 5:
Soak paper towels in bleach and lay them all over your sink for 30 minutes and vuala it’s almost as good as new!!!
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!
Maybe cravings isn’t the right word but my sense of smell since becoming pregnant has changed and everything smells different to me now…
Now that I’m in my third trimester I’m definitely nesting which means I’m cleaning a lot! As I clean I’m getting whiffs of these cleaning products that I never would of even thought twice about. Don’t go thinking I’m sniffin’ these things like glue and getting high because I’m not. I just think they smell really good and just because I have made a list for you fine people of things that smell so damn good to me right now:
- Lemon scented Lysol wipes
- Brand new box of Mr. Clean erasers
- My laundry soap- I don’t know what the name of the scent because I never thought twice about it. I smelled it once when I originally bought it but now when I’m doing laundry I LOVE the smell so much i’ll leave the laundry room door open so it fills the house.
It’s not just cleaning supplies:
- Old books- oh my god really though does anything smell better than an old book?
- Paper- any paper
- Toilet paper
- Wood, that Home Depot lumber department, I could stand there for HOURS
Its’ not just smelling, I only bring up smell because that’s the biggest difference from my last pregnancy to this one. My last pregnancy my food cravings was Doritos Taco from Taco Bell and now I LOVE Pericarp and pith or as my friend Ashely called it Satan’s butt/ass. What is that you might ask?
Definition: the white part of the orange, technically called the pericarp, has almost as much vitamin C as does the orange fruit. The pericarp includes the white, thready material that is called the pith.
I literally cant get enough of it. I will eat six to eight of those small oranges or cuties right before bed and when I peel them I try really hard to not take off the white part. If I do accidentally take off the white part I will still eat it. A treat within a treat. So if you know I’m coming over to your house don’t be surprised if I’m in the corner sniffing your old books. So instead of hide yo kids, hide yo wife its more like hide yo old books, hide yo lumber