So true…


God, You have some type of sense of humor giving us moms only 2 hands.

What do you do when 100% of your household is crying?  Just like crisis triage…  Figure out who can even be helped and who’s most in need of help.  If they’re just walking wounded, move them to the safe yellow mat and run, mommy, run. 

OK, maybe not the last part.  Praise God He reminds us how we are so not self-sufficient.  May I learn to rely on God for everything, especially for the wisdom I need to raise my beautiful children.  May I laugh and enjoy this season of life a whole lot.

Baby Chloe’s First Meal Out

We took my mom to Old Spaghetti Factory last night to celebrate Grandparent’s Day. 

Chloe enjoyed her first dining out experience by sleeping in her car seat… the whole time!  I think we may finally have a car seat baby.  Is this what babies do if they like the car seat?  Hope it stays this way.  It makes it so much easier to travel in the car when our baby is happy in the car seat.

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Kiddie Kandids

Went in for our family picture this morning.  Got some pictures of the family.  Got some pictures of Caleb & Caris.  And then got some pictures for Caris’ 9 month.  Here they are.









Kiddie Kandids, 2009-08-10

So we’ve been taking Caleb & Caris to Kiddie Kandids at Babies R Us for their major pictures.  It just so happened that we got Caleb’s 2 year pictures, and Caris’ 6 month pictures done at the same time.  So we have to take pictures with them as well.  Color & picture coordinated, here they are.









A Belated Father’s Day Post

This past Father’s Day, I made matching shirts for Chris and our kiddos.  Here’s my cute family.  The year before for Father’s Day, I told Chris we were pregnant again.  A year later, we have our adorable daughter with us.  A family of four…. So cute… and obviously very blessed.  🙂


Thank you, Chris, for being such a devoted daddy and hubby.  As my husband would say…. Family comes first. 

HFMD (con’t)

So, we’re better today.  I was a bit worried about Caris last night.  She was hungry, but cried every time she tried to latch on to nurse.  Her mouth was hurting from all her sores.  She kept crying throughout the night, but Chris did a great job calming her down.  When morning came, Caris finally had a pretty good feeding… then a wet diaper.  Yay!  She fed again 2 hours later before she saw the doctor.  She has at least 10 sores on her throat and heaps of them on her tongue.  Poor Caris. 

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I saw the doctor today too.  It’s my first time seeing a doctor for “sick” reasons in years.  I’ve never met my doctor on this insurance, and I need updated lab work done anyways.  She looked in my mouth and was amazed at how many sores I had.  She noted that I must have at least 50-60 lesions in my mouth and throat.  This definitely hurts.  So far, cheese and almond milk are friends of this lesion-ridden mouth.  Hee-hee, I have lesions elsewhere too…. palms of my hands, the soles of my feet, etc. 


(OK, so we couldn’t really get a good picture of these strange sores.  Oh well.  This is really not a very flattering picture.  Another oh well.)


Caleb’s doing better.  Still has mouth/throat sores, but able to eat & drink.  But, big brother is jealous of baby sister Caris getting so much attention now.  He does not like watching mommy try to nurse her so frequently…. or daddy holding her so much trying to soothe her.  *sigh*

So far, Chris is doing well.  Praise God.  Pray for him to figure out how to get all his work done in a timely manner.  He had to stay home to help me today.  We leave for General Council in 5 days.  Chris has deadlines at work he has to complete before we go.  Hard for him to keep up with work when he has to take care of the 3 of us.

Thanks for praying for us!

Hand Foot Mouth Disease

So, Chris is holding Caris… otherwise, he’d be writing this post.  Caleb, Caris, & I are sick.  With what?  A cold? The flu?  Caught a stomach bug again?  No, those are just too mundane for us.  We’ve been there, done that in the past 2 months.  We have hand-foot-mouth disease.  Chris told me to make sure I put a link to wikipedia on this since most people aren’t familiar with HFMD.


5/8 – Mommy celebrated her mother’s day gift and really enjoyed it after having a week of being healthy and having healthy children.

5/9 – Spent the day with Yvonne’s sister (Sandra) and her family (hubby Kevin, daughter Eileen) who were visiting from Panama for a few days.  Had mother’s day dinner with Chris’ family in the evening.

5/10 – 5/12 – Normal activities.

5/13 – Wednesday, Caleb woke up crying/whining.  He had a fever of 101.9.  By mid-day his fever was 103.8 despite being given his max dose of Tylenol every 4 hours.  Mommy brought out the Motrin.  His fever went down to 102.7, and pretty much stayed there for the rest of the day despite Caleb’s tylenol and motrin dosages, being stripped nearly naked, and getting a tepid bath .  Caleb was a fuss-bucket.  He wanted to be held ALL the time.  He had a 33-minute nap (compared to his normal 2 hour nap).  No food for Caleb on Wednesday. 

5/14 – Woke up early at 2AM, but went back to sleep before mommy got to the room to give him more tylenol.  Woke up right before 6AM, complaining of being “hot.”  102+ fever again.  *sigh*  Tylenol and motrin regimen again.  Still not much food being eaten.  And now, Caleb keeps saying “Ow!!!” and holding his mouth.  Mommy looks inside.  Oh, Caleb bit his cheek.  She tells Caleb, “Ouch, that must have hurt… it’ll get better soon.”  He keeps saying Ow the whole day whenever he eats or drinks.  Weird.  I look again and see a cankersore (vesicular lesion) inside his bottom lip. This time I tell Caleb, “Ooh, ouchie.  mommy hates cankersores.  It’ll get better soon.  Just try to ignore it.”  Only a 35 minute nap.  This mommy is not getting any rest.

5/15 – Caleb wakes up at 6:30AM.  He’s in a good mood.  No more fever, but he keeps saying “Ow, urt mowt”  (aka, ouch, my mouth hurts).  “Caleb, just try to eat your food in the back of your mouth and swallow it so it doesn’t touch your cankersore.”  He keeps complaining all day and is pointing to different parts of his mouth by the end of the day.  This is strange, thinks Mommy to herself.  But Caleb won’t let her look in his mouth.  So mommy keeps the tylenol going to help with his mouth pain.  She puts him down to sleep early.  Caris goes down to bed early too.  Mommy’s not feeling good.  Daddy’s busy at church.  Mommy makes herself eat dinner since she’s nursing Caris (but she’s feeling malaise, weak, a little bit nauseous).  Mommy bakes brownies for the MOPS yard/bake sale fundraiser for the next day.  Mommy’s tired, get ready for bed… but wait, she’s starting to get a sore inside her cheek and bottom lip too.  What?!  What is this?  That’s when I realized this sickness probably wasn’t just any febrile illness.  Looked up mouth sores and febrile illness online – only 2 illnesses came up.  Hand foot mouth disease was one of them, but it’s not that common in dry weather… it’s a common tropical ailment.  3-7 days incubation.  Poopers – Sandra was just here with her family then and Eileen has had HFMD 3 times already.  It may not be this.  It probably isn’t.  What’s the chances? (so I’m thinking). Caleb fusses all night, sleeping very unsettled, standing/complaining.  He doesn’t seem to be feeling well still.  Keeps saying ow.  Daddy sleeps on the floor in his room all night to help settle/soothe Caleb.  Caris also starts fussing.  Mommy goes into her room and holds her, but Caris won’t let mommy put her down like she normally does (Caris sleeps 12-13 hours at night waking up only once to nurse after her first 7-8 hours of sleep).  Mommy has to hold her all night with her crying about every 1-2 hours.  and Mommy is feeling really sick and alternating between freezing and sweating all night. 

5/16 – Daddy is so tired from being with Caleb all night.  He falls asleep holding Caris in the morning after her rough night.  Mommy gets Caleb ready.  He eats breakfast.  Still complaining about his mouth.  Mommy cleans up the 11 spots of cat puke.  Stupid cat.  What did you eat?  Mommy is feeling so sick.  She’s crawling from one cat puke spot to another, unable to stand.  Chris gets downstairs and takes over.  I go up and rest.  My fever was only 101 something.  Not horrible.  My normal temp is 97.2.  By late morning (even with 1000mg Tylenol), my fever was 102.7.  So weak.  Must try to drink water to keep nursing baby Caris.  I slept almost the whole day.  I was supposed to help out at the MOPS yard sale, but I just couldn’t do it.  Poopers, I didn’t even get to drop off my brownies for their bake sale.  I called my parents and talked to Sandra (who I found out from that her daughter developed mouth lesions Tuesday night).  Sandra didn’t think much of it at the time, but now we realize that Eileen was probably carrying HFMD and nobody knew it).  HFMD is really common in Panama.  In the afternoon, I called Rocio for help cuz Chris was trying to take care of both kids and Caris was getting fever too and needing to be held all the time.  Rocio came over and played with Caleb and made dinner for us.  Chris enjoyed the dinner.  Chris stayed up all night with Caris who cried/screamed every 30 minutes to an hour.  Caleb slept pretty well!  yay!  Mommy slept all night except for when daddy brought Caris to her to feed.

5/17 – Mommy can walk again and use her limbs to pick up her children.  Still tired, weak, feeling sick… but somewhat functional now.  Awh man, mommy has oral sores all over… cheeks, lips, tongue, throat.  I’ll have to take a picture of my throat tomorrow if I remember.  It’s pretty gross.  Now I know why Caleb’s been complaining so much.  Poor Caleb.  And mommy kept telling him to eat his food in the back of his mouth.  The mouth pain got worse through the day for mommy.  Hurts to swallow, but at least I’m not pukey.  Eric brought us dinner.  By the end of the day, my mouth and throat felt like needles were pricking everywhere whenever any food or water passed through.  Ouch.  This hurts.  Oh my.  Don’t eat minestrone soup if you get HFMD.  It burns like acid.  Forget the pizza with pepperoni and tomatoes.  It’s goes down like accidentally swallowing a tiny knife.  Oh my goodness.  And you’d get a good laugh at my toothbrush dance.  It’s painfully funny.  Caris also must be feeling mouth pain.  We see lesions on her tongue and cheeks.  She’s hungry and tries to latch on to Mommy’s breast, but then cries and cries.  She’s cried all day.  Poor Caris.  Caris rarely cries.  Not like this.  She’s barely nursed all day and has only had 4 wet diapers. 


PRAY that Caris feeds OK tonight despite her mouth/throat pain… or the pediatrician says we need to take her in to urgent care/ER for rehydration since she hasn’t been eating/peeing well for over 24 hours.  Chris and I have been holding/walking/rocking/bouncing her all day.  She’s finally asleep in Chris’ arms.  Pray for quick healing…. no dehydration, fever, or pain. Pray for restful sleep for all of us.  Pray that Chris doesn’t get sick!!!

Time for bed for this tired mommy. 

Mother’s Day

So, my hubby went all out for mother’s day this year.  If you know Chris, he’s totally not a planner, but he pulled off planning mother’s day stuff for me this year.  🙂

Chris worked at night for several days before mother’s day.  Then, he took Friday off.  I felt really tired Friday morning, so he took Caleb to his music class.  I stayed home with Caris.  Of course, Caris decided to not nap very long, but I still rested.  Then, in the afternoon, Chris sent me to a fancy spa for a 2 hour massage.  This place was nice… there was a quiet room with short Japanese tables, cushions, & tea.  Then there was this strange yellow clay room… and another room where you lay on rocks while you bask in this extraordinary heat.  They had another quiet room with sofas and comfy chairs… and sleep beds… with aromatherapy and cookies (yum!).  There was a wet sauna room and a dry sauna room… and a jacuzzi.  I got a 2 hour massage, but they also have special rooms for a milk bath and a mud bath.  Interesting.  So before I left the house for this spa place, Chris tells me he doesn’t want me back before 5PM.  I laughed because I didn’t know this place had so much stuff there.  And I’ve forgotten how much I cherish my quiet, alone time.  As a mom, you rarely have time to yourself.  Even with that truth, it can be such a lonely role.  Seems ironic to say that you can be lonely when you’re never by yourself when you have kids, but it’s true.  So when I got there, I just relaxed and spent some nice time with God.  Before I knew it, it was already 5PM and my breasts were telling that they were way overdue for feeding Caris.  So, i had to quickly take a shower and get home.  I didn’t even use their shower “pretty me up” amenities.  They have face toner, a flat iron, blow dryer, sterilized hair brushes, etc.  Fancy, I tell you. 

When I got home, Chris had cut me roses from our backyard (he knows I hate the idea of wasting money on buying flowers).  He had this cute sign saying, “I love you, Mommy,” and there were pics of my kids holding the sign.  Very cute.  Thanks, hubby!  I love you!!!


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Travel Town Museum

On Saturday, we went to Travel Town Museum.  It was Caris and my first time, but Chris & Caleb have been there before for a “daddy/son day.”  We had lots of fun climbing up to see the insides of trains. 





We’re not sure exactly when this happened, but at some point, our son had a huge tear down the left back side of his pants.  He was wearing a dark blue onesie, so the tear wasn’t as obvious as it would have been if a white diaper was showing. 



On our way home from Travel Town, Caris started crying.  She was hungry.  We had cut it pretty close to her feeding time.  The freeway was trafficky, so we decided to pull off and feed her.  I nurse Caris.  Chris chases Caleb around the car.  About 30 minutes later, both kiddos are strapped in their car seats again and we’re on our way.  Caris starts crying again.  This time it’s a “I feel uncomfortable from too much gas and I need to spit-up” cry.  Caleb hates it when Caris cries.  And even more, I think he hates the attention Caris gets from us as we try to verbally soothe her from our front seats.  So, Caleb starts mimicking her cry, but only louder.  Caris gets even more upset with Caleb crying too.  2 crying kids in a car is no fun.  My maternal hormones are going crazy.  But the funny thing is that, as much as the crying was bothering me, it must have been bothering Chris just as much.  My normally calm-driving husband was now gripping the steering wheel and speeding up to try to get home faster.  I couldn’t help but bust out laughing.  I guess there are paternal hormones too??? 

9 month birthday

ok, ok… so our son is nearing his 10 month birthday and we have yet to blog on his 9 month one.  we’re a little behind with our blogging.  we’re a little behind with everything!


At his 9 month checkup, we discovered that our son is no longer this huge baby anymore.  Always in the 90-100th percentile, he is now in the 50-75th percentile in everything.  Hmm, am I starving my baby?  Strange thing is that Chris and I get different measurements than Caleb’s doc.  Our scale told us that he was 22.5 pounds, and we measured him at 29.5 inches.  Oh well.  We know our munchkin is a healthy, active baby.

Length = 28.25  (50 percentile)

Weight = 20 lb, 14.5oz  (60 percentile)

Head Circumference = 45.5 cm  (50-75%)


Grandma & grandpa bought Caleb his first ride-on toy.  Caleb loves it!


Caleb’s crib now looks like a white prison.  Since he started crawling, we’ve had to remove the bumper from his crib leaving it completely bare.  Good thing, though… cuz Caleb loves to stand and climb.  He climbs onto our bedside tables already.  He pulls out his dresser drawers and tries to climb them.  He pushes boxes and get on top of them to reach things on higher shelves.  Where did he learn to do all this from?



Caleb is looking more and more like his daddy.   Both of them are so adorable!



Caleb still loves his music class, but now he’s more active and can stand and hit the drums hard.



Awh, Caleb had his first (and hopefully) last allergic reaction.  We tried out a new rice cereal, not thinking that there would be any problem.  Within 5 minutes of having it, he started getting unusually cranky and his face turned red.  Then his eyes and face got puffy and itchy (see picture below).  It was pretty scary.  But our newlywed fellowship was there and prayed for him.  He got drastically better within a couple hours without any need for a visit to the ER or for medications.  Praise God!!! 



Pupu (mommy’s mom) visited Caleb at the end of March.  I had so much fun with her.



Caleb now occasionally can fall asleep at church for a short morning nap.  This is far better than the hour or more of wailing he used to do when we took him to church.



Caleb is usually much better when we go out to eat now.  He loves menus… maybe more than mommy and daddy.



Caleb’s 1st time on a playground swing.