Monday, February 27, 2012

On the Mend. . . .

Well, it's been a rough weekend in the Garcia household. When I arrived home from work on Friday night, I began to feel very weak and had extreme body aches. I thought it was just signs of a tired (and still sick) mom who had a long week at work. While Ella and I played, my body rapidly began to shut down. Jose took over our nightly duties, and I curled up into bed and tried to get my body warm as I was experiencing teeth chattering chills! I thought I better get up and take some NyQuil. I was able to fall asleep, but only to wake up in a body drenched sweat, high fever, chills, and the worst body aches I have EVER felt! So, when I woke up on Saturday still in pretty bad shape, we thought I better head to Urgent Care to get checked out.

When I arrived, I was seen right away. My nurse took my temp (101), blood pressure(elevated), and pulse(125 bpm). Needless to say, my body was definitely fighting something. After a chest X-ray, it revealed I had Pnuemonia in my right lung. Not what I was expecting, but relieved I would finally be getting treated, and hoped to be feeling better very soon. I was given a shot and I promised to drink fluids so I didn't have to stay for and IV(which I probably should have!) So, on my way home I went, stopped by CVS for my two antibiotics, and went directly to bed. And that is where I stayed ALL day. My body was so exhausted.

Saturday night was ok, and after I ate a little something for breakfast and took my antibiotics, I felt like I was up for a few activities. I fed Ella breakfast, we played a little(I mostly layed on the couch while she crawled all around), and I even did some laundry. My Mom came by with some fruit for Ella that I needed, and she made us her famous chicken enchiladas for dinner. She knew I wouldn't be up for cooking, and Jose would starve! I'm so lucky to have her. She stayed to play with Ella while Jose rested, and when she left I decided I better go lay down. As I lay there, I immediatley knew I pushed it, and my body wasn't happy. So on came the fever and extreme chills, and back to Urgent Care we went. Jose came with me this time, and Ella's Abuela and Tia came to sit with Ella and put her down if we weren't home yet (it's 2:30). When we arrived it was super crowded, which meant a L O N G wait. When were finally called back, my vitals were about the same as Saturday, so I received another shot, and back home we went! Doctor said he wants me home until at least Wednesday, which is always so hard for me. I immediately began to cry. I always have so much to do at work and feel like I'm letting everyone down when I can't be there. AND to make it worse, I would miss a seminar I had already missed due to Ella having a cold in December! I felt like a loser. I called my principal and she was great(as always) and she said I was ridiculous, and that I needed to rest. I decided I would stay home Monday and Tuesday, and return to work Wednesday if I was feeling up to it.

Today, I have been resting all day. I haven't had much of an appetite, so I've been a little dizzy and very congested, but I feel better today. Still super exhausted, but I hope to feel even better tomorrow.

As I've been laying in bed the last several days, I can't stop thinking about how fortunate I am to have such a supporting and loving family. I've always known how lucky I was to have found Jose for a husband and have loved watching him as a father. He's stepped right in and has taken care of Ella and I without a single complaint. I keep hearing them laughting and having so much fun together. I love the bond thay are forming. This little girl sure does love her Daddy.

This has been the first time since becoming a Mom that I have felt this sick. It's very different when you have a little one to take care of. Doctor doesn't want me too close because pneumonia can be as contagious as the cold/flu. So, I've had to keep my distance and it's killing me. I can't wait to give her a big hug and kisses all over.

Exciting weekend, huh? I know this was a long post, but I needed to be vertical for a little while. I hope to be able to rest now, so I can watch Bach tonight. We'll see if I make it. Hope everyone had a great weekend.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

My Little Love

Happy Valentine's Day! I couldn't resist taking some photos of Ella in her adorable Valentine outfit. Jose and I never really make a huge deal out of V day (apparently he really doesn't because I didn't even get a card!) but now with our sweet girl, I think it is going to get a lot of attention in the years to come.

I love you Ella Catherine! Don't ever forget how many people adore you. You are loved by so many. Te amo bella!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

7 Months

Ella Catherine you are 7 months old! Where has the time gone? You are my sweet girl and I love you more and more each day. This month has been filled with many firsts! Where should I begin . . . . .

As we were getting ready for Ella's photo session this month, I knew as soon as I put on her adorable sticker that I'd be in for a wild ride trying to capture a good photo. After snapping 76 photos, I think I found a keeper. What do you think?

So, as I mentioned above, we've had a very exciting month. Our girl has decided that it is time to begin crawling! Oh yes friends, this little girl can move. She has the sweetest crawl I have ever seen. So unique. She uses her right leg to push herself forward. (I'll have to try and capture it on video!) It's the funniest thing. Earlier in the month she was scooting everyhere, and about mid month it just clicked. So you know what that means. Time to baby proof.

This has also made sleeping in her crib very interesting. I had Jose move her crib to the third level and that lasted about 3 days. Ella was playing so hard in her crib that it fell down to the lowest level. I almost had a heart attack when I heard it on the monitor. So, we decided to leave it on the lowest level because she is already trying to pull up to standing position. I thought she was crazy when she was sitting up in her crib, standing is going to be a whole new level of CRAZY! I have a feeling I may have a walker before she's one. This scares me a bit and I feel like she is growing up way too fast.

This month has been great in the sleep department. I don't really want to say it out loud, but she is finally sleeping through the night. Gosh that took awhile. It's so nice to get a good nights sleep. I hope this continues. Naps are still excellent in the morning, about 2 hours, but short in the afternoon. This works out great for me because it means she is in bed by 6:45. It gives me a chance to make Jose and I dinner and get caught up on laundry and other household chores.

Ella still adores bath time with her Dada. I think it may be time for her to sit in the tub. She tries to crawl out of her tub and is all over the place. I love that Jose and Ella have this special time each night. I love to just sit in our room and listen to them play and talk. By the sound of Ella's giggles, she is having a blast spending time with her Dad. This photo really shows Ella hair coming in. She's such a baldie! For a child with two parents with TONS of hair, I thought she'd have way more by now. Hopefully it starts coming in soon!

Ella loves playing in the living room with all of her toys. She is so content to just sit and play on her own. This makes me so happy. Now that she's crawling, she has begun to venture out into the kitchen and by the stairs. I know as the days go on, she's only going to get more adventurous. I better watch out!

Ella attended her first birthday party this month. My dearest friend Meghan had us over for her son Donovan's first birthday. What a beautiful day. She put so much work into making his day so special and it was just that. We all love this little man so much and I know Ella and Dono are going to be friends for years to come. Happy 1st Birthday Donovan.

Ella has also discovered that if she can reach something, she's going to give it all her might to try and get on her feet. This particular day we were visiting my friend Ash and her new baby boy. All she wanted to do is crawl around and climb on everything in his nursery. It wasn't long ago that I was rocking her in my arms as Ash was doing with baby Robert Michael.

She's also decided that she wants to hold her bottle on her own. Don't get in this girls way when it comes to eating. As soon as she seems her milk, she drops everything, including her Nuk, and wines! It's so nice because she can hold it on her own. I hope this skill perfects as the months progress.

Ella also loves her sippy cup this month. I fill it with cold water and she absolutly loves it. I love it because it doesn't leak. She can toss it around and not a drip! This has also been really nice for milk. If I need to give her some milk in the car or in her crib(YES I do it!!) she is as happy as can been slurping away.

I love this photo! We were in Target and she started getting a little fussy. So I opened up an Ella's and she chowed down. Ella eating Ella's! Pretty cute if you ask me.

She is still a wonderful eater. She has 4, 6 ounce bottles of milk a day and eats solids for breakfast and dinner. We've tried everything appropriate for her age and the foods recommended by her Pediatrician. She did mention that she DIDN'T want Ella to eat Puffs until she was 9 months old. Well . . . .  I made an executive decision and gave her some Puffs. She LOVES them and has no problem eating and swallowing them.

Ella still only has two teeth, wears size 3 diapers, weighs about 17 pounds, and wears size 6-9 month clothes.

This sweet girl is the love of my life and I feel so blessed to call her my daughter. Te amo Bella!

Here are a few more pics from our shot. Enjoy.