Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Tales from the Potty

I've been trying to walk-jog on our treadmill at nights, I feel is the only time I have left to do it, after Nico is down for the day, I grab my iPod (love it each day more and more) and go downstairs.

I was getting ready for that the other night, put my warm sweat pants on, found my shoes in the living room and was getting ready to put them on when I felt something inside my right shoe.

"I wonder what is this" as I'm feeling it with my foot.

"Feels like a ball. Well, Nico and I played with play dough today so may be is from that"

Or May Be Not
... as I get my shoe off and I find a perfectly round BROWN BALL ...


That's right - IT IS POOP IN MY SHOE! OH shit POOP!!!!!

How did THIS got into my shoe?????

The more I think about it the more I believe it happen when he did it on his underwear (as he has been doing it every night since we started our potty training process) it must of felt in between his legs and it just felt inside my shoe - that was strategically place by the couch - or may be - just may be - he saw it, grab it and put it inside my show.

Either way, what are the chances ...

Needless to say I'm needing some help in the poop part of the potty training experience.

Any suggestions?

Thursday, January 15, 2009

I've been tagged again.

This comes from Amy :)
You are supposed to go to your 4th folder of pictures and get the 4th picture.
For me that was a little more complicated, in my mac I have folders inside folders and folders of folders ... ha ha ha.
So I went and looked, my folders were
1980 - I'm sure this is from those pictures that have the date mess up or something. I can assure you I don't have pictures from 1980 in here.
2005 - then there is more folders inside of here Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. so I went to the fourth picture in April - I know - I kinda cheated but oh well :)

And here's the result

I remember this like it was yesterday, we were at Ruby Tuesdays waiting for a table and the person who took this picture is my cousin from Chile, who was doing an exchange program in Chicago and she came to visit. I remember her visit couldn't come at a better timing, I was homesick and I needed someone to bring a little bit of home and it just happen she came. Great Memories.

I'm supposed to tag four people ... not sure who really reads this so I'm not going to tag anyone, if you come across this and you think is fun to do ... go ahead and do it - of course I'd ask you to please let me know :D

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Those Fun Times Together

Last night was a great one! After I pick up my son from daycare we lay on the couch together while he drank some milk then we sat on the floor and played. We even had "supper" (Peanut butter sandwich) sitting on the kitchen floor while playing with playdough, making a Phone for each one of us so we could talk to each other, we also made a microphone so we could sing together, we made a banana so we pretended to be monkey eating our bananas and of course we made a ball. In the midst of all this I manage to put a load in the dryer and one in the washer and then I went to church for our new bible study.

Nights like those made me want to never cook again or do nothing at home but play with my son, who's growing so quickly, I feel that before I can see it happen I'll say something like "hey you want to watch this movie together?" and I would say something like "Uhm ... nope ... thanks Mom, I already have plans for tonight" ... WHAT! WHAT DID YOU JUST SAID, YOU MADE PLANS WITHOUT CONSULTING WITH ME??? "sure son, I understand, may be next time".

At the same time I know, life is about balance, I can't be a child again and roll on the floor all evening with my son, I also need to be a good mom and fix something to eat, provide a decent house, clean clothes and all those boring duties that take time from playing with my boy! I just need to enjoy the times that I have - like last night - and treasure them forever!!!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


I got this from my friend Amy.
You are suppose to write 10 things you like that start with a certain letter. My letter is C. So here we go:

1. Chile - of course, my native country, the place that watch me grow, where great part of my fondest memories took place.
"C H I ... Chiiiiii, L E ... leeeeee ... CHI CHI CHI .. LE LE LE ... VIVA CHILE!!!!!!

2. Car - not any car by My New Car. I absolutely love it, love the price, the monthly payments are exactly what I had in mind ... everything about my new car is perfect.

3. Cheese - I love a good piece of cheese (not those slices of American Process Cheese that looks and taste like plastic, I'm talking about the real thing here!), a chunk if I may say with a glass of good room temperature Chilean red wine! Mmm mmm mmm.

4. Chocolate - do I really need to explain this one?? ... uhm ... didn't think so.

5. Caesar Salad - probably the most fatty kind of salads but yet so tasty.

6. Coke Zero - growing up I didn't drink any sodas, except at special occasions, at my house there was never a carbonated drink, always juice (in the summer time we even enjoyed home made juices made from fresh fruits), milk or water. When I grew up I did enjoy certain carbonated drinks like Fanta or other kinds like that, never a cola drink, I didn't like them at all, but now I feel addicted to Coke Zero - not in a bad way though, is not like if I don't drink one I'll start shaking or anything like that but if there's an option on what to drink, my choice will always be Coke Zero! Now add cherry flavor to that and ... wow ... even better!

7. "Can We Talk" - is the name of our new bible study and I'm very excited about it, I'm looking forward to do this study and the fun conversation that will come out of it.

8. Conversations - Yes! I love to have good conversations with friends. I'm not very good at talking to people I don't know, may be that's why I ask so many question to the people I just met, so I can become familiar with them. Once your door is open I'm ready to talk - no limitations, but don't worry I'm a good listener too (I like to believe anyway) so is a reciprocal thing.

9. Cards - I love writing cards and receiving cards but there's just one detail, I like the cards where there's actually handwriting in it, more then just "love ... so and so". I like to see the time and dedication put on a card, the words of encouragement or celebration or any message that is meant to be sent through the card. It doesn't have to be a lot (I know we are all busy!) but just a few words more than the signature or the name at the bottom of it.

10. Creativity - One of my favorite things. I love creative people, people who's not afraid of being different, people who actually use their minds to create things, it doesn't have to be anything spectacular, it can be a paragraph, a drawing, a conversation, a thought, anything that comes out as a result of your creativity. That's why I love to listen my 2 year old on this great conversations where he sees "alligators" or great big jungle animals looking at us and we create a story as we speak.

Well, it seems I completed my task.

What's your letter?

Friday, January 9, 2009

Conversations with a 2 year old.

Mommy: Nicolas, don't you think it'll be a good idea if Daddy watches the news now, since you've already watch the show you wanted to watch? We can share the TV.

Nico - Ok

After Matt watched a little bit of the news from Good Morning America, he leaves to go to work and Nico says:

"Mommy ... uhm ... I want to watch MY news now"

Me - and what are those?

Nico - Imagination Movers!!!!!! :D

On our way to daycare (yes I took him today too but today was by choice, much nicer and fun and relax ... great start. I felt I needed to have a good moment with him so I'd forget yesterday)

Me - What's wrong with your shoe (If I only knew)??? Does it hurt??? are you ok???
N. - Mommy take it off!!!!!!!!
Me - Ok (as I stretch my arm back like the mom from The Incredibles)
Me - forget it I'll fix it when we get to school.

Further more down the mountain.

N.- Mommy ... uhm ... I don't feel good.
Me - really?? (you seem perfectly fine to me) what's wrong??
N.- "I think I need some gummies"
Me - (smart boy!) ha ha ha ... you are ok, we'll save those gummies for later, when I pick you up from school, ok?
N.- Ok Mommy.

I think all stages in our lives are wonderful, they all have good and bad, but it seems there are some stages that seem more enjoyable - all together -
With my son, this is one of them, yes he can get on my nerves and irritate me but at the same time, being able to enjoy a conversation with him ... it's priceless!!!!!

Son, I hope you always want to talk to me - I know when you are a teenager your gonna think I'm a dork who knows nothing about life, but hopefully when you are pass that stage, you will feel comfortable to come to me and share good conversations with me.

Thursday, January 8, 2009


This morning was one of those crazy lovely mornings! We overslept and I had to take my son to daycare, normally Matt does it but since we were late and my job is much closer than him, it was just the obvious thing to do. When Matt is out of town I have to do this everyday but I haven't done it in a while and I forgot how it was to try to get ready with a 2 year old following you around.

I'm trying to hurry, yes trying! not succeeding at all.
Me - walking around, trying to find my rings and glasses.
Nico - "Mommy, I want to sit on the potty"
Me - (What??? you never want to use the potty when I ask you to, does it have to be right now) Sure Son!
Nico - not even a second on the potty "Ok I'm done Mommy"
Me - (... are you serious??) Ok let's get your diaper on!
we lay on the floor to put his new clean diaper on - the other one that I had put on 30 minutes ago was full already, no wonder you didn't pee son!! -
Nico - "Mommy, I want my fireman hat"
Me - "Son! if you want something just go get it, Mommy is trying to get ready and we are very late! Ok??"
Nico - "Ok, Mommy"
Nico - "Mommy, I want my fireman hat"
Me - (Did we not just have this talk already?)
minutes keep going faster and faster and we are still home.

I'm trying to put some kind of make up on, you know just enough to hide the big bags under my eyes.

Nico - "Mommy, I want my paint brush" (also known us the brush to put my eye shadow)
Me - leave me alone, would you?? Sure! Here you go!
Nico - "look Mommy, I'm painting a picture of my friends from school!!"
Me - Oh wonderful son, who's in your picture?
Nico - "uhm, miss Melinda, miss Whitney ... " as he drops the brush who knows where
Nico - "Oh Mommy I lost my brush"
Me - it's ok son
Nico - Noooo Mommyyyyy ... I LOST MY BRUSH!
Me - baby, it's ok ... we are getting ready to leave anyway, we'll get it later.
Nico - as he decides to lay on the floor and have a meltdown
Me - (Can I lay on the floor with you and we can have a melt down together?)
Me - Son, Come ON! GET UP ... WE GOTTA GO. WE ARE LATE!!

We finally make it towards the door ...

Nico - "Mommy, I want my men!" (also knows as two figurines, one is a cowboy .. the other one is a fireman)
Me - going through the kitchen, trying to get the healthy snacks for the day, and a cup of juice for Nicolas and a bag of gummies for when I pick him up from daycare today. Somehow I remember where "the men" were ... "here son! let's go"
Nico - "Ok Mommy ... yeay we are going to school ... hold my hand mommy!"


as we get in the car
Nico - "Mommy I want my jacket off" "Mommy I want my men" "Mommy ... "
Me - (if you say Mommy one more time I'm not sure what I'm gonna do) ok son, let's get your jacket off, here are your men!

We are finally on our way to school, AMEN!

We pass my in-laws house on our way.

Nico - "bye Nana!"
Me - silence
Nico - "Bye Nanaaa!"
Me - Silence
Me - "BYE NANA" (wait, did I just yelled??)

We get to school.

Nico - "MOMMY HOLD ME!!"
Me - (Oh no it's gonna be another meltdown again) Ok I hold you.
Nico - "run mommy!"
Me - (son if you only knew how heavy you are and how your mom is out of shape to be running with you in her arms on this hill) "Ok let's run!"
I'm barely picking up my feet and in the back of my mind I'm thinking "I probably look like a total dork!" .

We make it to his room, total meltdown follow ... finally he gets himself together and goes to his teacher that is holding him as he is not sure he wants to stay with her.
I say bye, I love you son, have a good day.

I walk out the door and is finally time for my meltdown, I get in my car and I cry! Get a tissue dry my tears so my poorly put on make up doesn't vanish and I drive to work.


and like my husband would say "ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT TO HAVE ANOTHER CHILD???"


That's life for ya! I'm sure you've had plenty of these kinds of mornings, right?

Monday, January 5, 2009


What do I want from this year?

I want to be a good wife and mother - understanding, patient, loving.

I want to enjoy the little things more - not worrying about things I can't control but enjoy the good moments with my family and friends.

I want to loose more weight, about 5 to 10 lbs. would be perfect.

I want to yell less and laugh more.

I want to have the certainty of having or not having another child.

I want to grow in my relationship with God.

I want to have a relaxed vacation with my husband and son like we did last year.

I want to make great memories with my men and keep records of them too.

Ok I better stop now and not get too excited about what I want and then be frustrated at the end of the year ... :)

What would YOU like from this new year?