Archives for July 2013

07.30.13

MOMMA!

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Today is a very special day! July 29, 2013 my little Audrey Ella said “MOMMA!” Now let’s be clear, it was a muaahhh muahh muuuahh type sound BUT that’s good enough for me. Yesterday she also stood by herself. She didn’t take any steps but she stood without holding onto anything. She’s growing up so fast. Two days in a row she has showed us these amazing milestones and I feel like it’s all happening too fast now. I am going to try and hold onto these fun baby moments. I think I want a baby that will be completely independent, BUT still be a baby lol. If that existed I’d order 10!

 

07.29.13

Sad Week

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Well many of you are probably wondering what happened to us. On July 17, 2013 I received a call from my mom while I was shopping in Chicago.  She had some devastating news for us. My Great Grandma, our Inay, had passed away. For a while I was in a state of shock. Here is a woman who has had a huge role raising many generations of our family. She has  4 GREAT GREAT grandchildren, can you believe that. Inay was 91 and not only did she raise 4 children, she raised 8 grandchildren all on her own in the Philippines. Then she moved to the United States and started to raise her GREAT grandchildren. I’m sure Inay would have a huge role raising my Audrey is she was around still.

I am so happy that I brought Audrey back several times to visit after she was born. I have lots of memories and pictures of Inay and Audrey together. She would call her “Audrey Blondie” because she is so blonde. I’m so happy that I can tell Audrey about her when she is older, and I can show her pictures. I just can’t believe she is gone. I thought she was invincible, but the reality of everything is starting to settle. She was the matriarch of my family. Every holiday or get together we all knew we would be heading back to Arizona since Inay was there. Now I don’t know how this will work. My family had this “base camp” and now we have don’t. I hope we figure out how to continue our family until we see her again.

07.20.13

CHICAGO!

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Hello everyone! I have not posted a current VLOG for a bit and the reason is, because we are in Chicago. Tom has meetings here this week, and since we usually stay together whenever possible, we are here too. But let me tell ya, it’s SO SO SO HOT! It’s almost unbearable. I see the restaurant employees filling flower pots with ICE! It’s actually quite miserable. Today Tom wanted to go to the aquarium and the 2 mile walk nearly killed me. Audrey was screaming the whole time, my feet are blistered and sore, Tom was grumpy, and it just wasn’t that fun. ON TOP OF THAT the aquarium was sold out for the day. On our walk back we tried for an hour to find a cab back and by the time we did we were nearly back to the hotel. It was a disaster.

But before all of that terrible-ness we ate at the famous Bill Goat Tavern. The only reason this place is still in business is BECAUSE it’s famous IMO. The burgers were not good, the place was very messy, and the location was under a dark bridge……how creepy. But Tom wanted to eat there because he saw a skit on SNL about this place. I got a double cheeseburger and I really didn’t like it. Audrey had the grilled cheese, but I have to admit I ate more of it than her.

Now we are back at the Fairmont relaxing in our room. We decided to order a “14 Inch” pizza from room service but when it arrived it was an “8 Inch” pizza. We were pretty upset and sent it back. This pizza was so small and we were convinced they made a mistake. We decided to just forget the room service all together and order Domino’s. And for $15.15 we got a large pizza vs. the 8 inch $19 pizza from the Fairmont. Ahhhhhh long day.

07.13.13

Audrey Is 9 Months Old

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But look at little Audrey in her first few months here.

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When babies grow up, it is such a bitter sweet thing. We love their tiny hands,baby noises, fuzzy hair, newness, and well a ton more. But as they get older we get to know them. They show us a little about who they are as people. When Audrey was first born I couldn’t even imagine how she would act or what her personality would be like. Now I see SO much of her personality. She’s talking and laughing. She’s moving around on her own and developing her own independence. In a way it’s so fascinating and fun, but I also miss her as a small needy creature that just wanted to be held. NO WONDER WOMAN HAVE MORE BABIES! It’s excruciating to give birth but woman tend to do it more than once and I totally get it now. After giving birth to Audrey I remember how terrified I was to even THINK about having another baby. I was 110% convinced that I would never have another baby again. But now that the experience has faded in my mind (even though I can watch it over and over again on YouTube) I find myself thinking about the next baby. But that is a whole different ball game and I am perfectly happy with my little Audrey for a while.