Wednesday, August 3, 2016

It's That Time of the Year

A year ago this month was the last time I wrote anything on this blog, but who are we kidding, this is what I do! Life gets in the way of best laid blogging plans, what can I say?

Updates, updates, updates. Well. Julian is now 15 months old, walking with the best of them and talking about a storm. We are still breastfeeding strong, which is so different than how his older brother was at this age. With Daniel, he didn't even notice that we stopped. To wean Julian now would be unthinkable. They are so differnt from each other! We are anticipating his first big trip at the end of December: a trip back home to Japan! Gary's parents haven't seen him since he was a much smaller guy and he'll be almost 20 months by then. Not to mention we haven't been back to the motherland since Daniel was a mere 7 months old. And I'm looking forward to being somewhere that actually gets cold during the winter.

I am now working multiple jobs, one full-time 3 shifts a week in the NICU I've been working for over the last 2.5 years. I picked up a second as-needed job with a 1 shift a week minimum to enable us to fund things like our upcoming Japan trip and eventually, buying our first home. This is the biggest part of why I am severely lacking in blog updates; between working 4 nights a week, transitioning to home life on my days off and everything life entails in between all that, blogging takes both back burners unfort. But we're still here, still thriving and enjoying life!

The biggest update on our family is Daniel's diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder last year (August, actually). It's hard to believe it's been a year since we learned why Daniel was so behind with language, fine motor skills, and social situations. Our sweet and friendly but continuously behind little guy finally had a label. Label. So taboo in most cases but in our current situation, we'll take it with gusto. His ASD diagnosis has opened up so many resources to aid in his development of skills he currently lacks and help him navigate the eb and flow of life as someone on the spectrum.

It's impossible to say what the next year, 5 years, 10 years and more have in store for Daniel but for now, he is progressing slowly but steadily. He is, more or less, able to tell us what he needs (and definitely what he wants). He is potty training, which is huge of young kids on the spectrum. We've pretty much transitioned away from pull-ups completely, making sure to toilet him every few hours if he hasn't already told us in his way that he needs to go. We also make sure to take him to go #2 at the same time every day, which he's doing great at. THAT was something I didn't not anticipate him doing before kindergarten, which he starts this month in a transitional kindergarten program! He just completely a little less than a year's worth of pres

I could go on and on about what he's doing as a kiddo on the spectrum but that would take this post down a road that would go on endlessly, SO! Until next time, hopefully this won't be the only blog post for the year.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Weekly Wrap-Up

Our week wasn't very eventful; with it being so hot out and the difficulties of leaving the house with an infant who hates being in the car, we spend a lot of time indoors in the air conditioned comfort of our home.

I wrapped up my work week on Friday morning, slept off and on, and had my parents over for the weekend that early evening. Gary and my dad threw 10 lbs. of soy-marinated short ribs and pineapple on the grill, which we enjoyed with some delicious in-season white corn and a fresh garden salad. My mom and I stayed inside with the boys so she could get some quality snuggle time in with them.

Gary and I tag-teamed breakfast the next morning: "homemade" biscuits using Red Lobster's Cheddar Bay biscuit mix (SO good!) with scratch made turkey gravy (shout out to my father-in-law for teaching us his gravy-making ways) and some simple scrambled eggs.

After a lazy morning, Gary and my dad took Daniel to pick up my uncle, who lives nearby, and we all headed to the Anaheim Packing District for a walk-around and some lunch. There was a live band playing, tons of merchants and restaurants galore, an over-all family friendly place that Gary and I need to really explore in depth very, very soon.

Today, our Sunday was spent doing absolutely nothing asides from a few chores around the house. We had our friends over for a play date for a few hours.

Also worth noting:

  • This blog is officially! It's been a long time coming, and part of the reason it took so long for me to commit to buying a URL is because I just wasn't sure how I'd feel about the name at this time, when I started blogging 3 years ago. Now that my desire to blog has returned, I still enjoy this name for my little corner of the web.
  • This is everything. Lots of my favorite things come in mugs and now, so can a yummy chocolate chip cookie!
  • My lovely & creative friend Stacy kicked off her Creative Market account with a lovely stock photo! Go check it out!
  • With Christmas right around the corner and our family unit complete, I'm finally ready to commit to what I want our holiday stockings to look like (first world problems, anyone?).
  • I don't put nearly enough emphasis on reading with Daniel as I should be, but luckily he has a natural interest in books - he got it from his mama. I want to make sure to instill the same love for books in Julian. This is a great list of books to start with.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday's Ten Happy Things

Being real is so important, but most people think "being real" means being a bitch. In my world, being real is simply being thankful for what I have, no matter how big or how small. So every Friday, I want to acknowledge these little moments that made my week with this link-up, thanks Helga!

1. Off for the weekend! Plus, my parents are in town! We've been super swamped at work lately, offering all kinds of overtime with additional bonuses. It could have been SO easy to pick up some hours this weekend, but I'd rather spend my precious time off with my family.

2. Coffee, thank you for being a friend.  

3. I am currently blogging. On my iPad. In bed. Things just got real!

4. Pay day. Not going to lie, we stretched ourselves a tad thin this last week on the count of paying my hospital bill for delivering Julian. Getting paid was extra nice today. 

5. Appreciation in the form of food. Case in point, In N Out food truck and free burgers for dinner last night for Night Shift Appreciation.

6. My babies make me so proud. Julian has learned to roll over onto his tummy. Daniel learned "I want" at speech therapy today.

7. Babywearing success! Julian didn't mind being put in the mei tai carrier yesterday. He usually fights it pretty hard.

8. Sweet babies. It's hard being away from my kids to be at work, but one of my patients is an older baby who's smile melt my heart. She made it easier being away from my happy boys by being so happy herself. 

9. One word: Naps.

10. My new work shoes are to-die-for pretty. 

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