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La Semana Pasada

This is what our week look liked…
The pavilion at our surf spot named after my grandfather.
I loved pushing around both Eva AND my niece. 🙂
On Friday we went to Schlitterbahn! Eva loved it, as always.
How to get an overstimulated/over exhausted toddler to sleep at a waterpark.
The Causeway.
We ate at Sea Ranch twice this week. Yum…
On Saturday we went out to my Dad’s house at the Ranch, where he met with some of the lawyers from the conference to talk about its history.
That was my rocking horse as a baby. 🙂

Eva in front of the Rio Grande.
These mango were delicious!

The view from the top of the ranch house.

Christmas 2014

It was Damian’s first Christmas and Eva’s first Christmas in the United States. We spent Christmas Eve and morning at Palmito Ranch, at my dad’s house, where I spent the majority of my Christmases growing up. That made it extra special. I really wanted to be able to take the kids to the beach at some point that day, to continue the tradition Eva has experienced since she was born, but we were just so busy visiting with family. Then we came back to my apartment where my mom cooked Christmas dinner. It was a busy day, but the kids were happy. Eva went to sleep before 7, which was an extra gift for a tired mama.Processed with VSCOcam with b2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with b2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with b2 presetcollage2

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Evita’s Second Birthday Party

This post has been sitting in my “drafts” forever. I’ve been waiting to get the pictures and video from my husband’s phone, but I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that it’s never gonna happen, lol. So here are some pictures that I and a few guests took. The party went really well. It ended up being a bit chilly and rainy (which is why my camera was packed up for most of the party), but we made the most of it. My bestie drove all the way down from San Antonio, and this was the only time I got to see her while I was in Texas so I spent a lot of the party catching up with her. 🙂 The party took place at my Dad’s ranch, which happens to be right on the Rio Grande. It’s the same place where I had many of my birthday parties growing up, so it was really special for me to be able to celebrate Eva’s there. I still can’t believe my baby girl is 2!

8/52 {pregnancy/baby/life updates}

Monday started off great. Eva spent some time running around at the beach. My dad barbecued fajitas. I gave Evita her evening bath. Then, out of nowhere, she started vomiting and became listless. I would pick her up and try to cheer her up but her eyes would close and her head would droop down. I was terrified. Honestly, being in non-childproofed areas the first thing I thought of was that she got into something. Maybe I was being paranoid, but I rushed her to the Emergency Care Clinic where the doctor examined her and determined she just contracted a nasty virus that was going around. I was a little relieved, but still so bummed that my little girl was sick. I had never seen her so sick before, and the illness lasted all week long. She had never been sick that long. Not only that, but Eva passed it to my dad, my mom, my little brother, and my step-dad. I was basically sitting back and waiting for it to hit me too, but for some miraculous reason it didn’t. Maybe my body knew that there was no way I could afford to get sick. It was exhausting enough looking after my baby. I’m almost positive she picked it up at the Kid’s Club at the gym, so it was even worse knowing it was probably my fault. But I guess picking up these bugs every now and then are good for her and her immune system. Poor little baby…
By Friday Eva was her normal self again and she was so happy to get out of the house that she actually managed to behave herself at my favorite restaurant (Sea Ranch on South Padre Island). Normally she gets restless when she’s confined to a booster seat too long and turns into a little monster.
As soon as she was well again I took her to the beach and the park and let her get as much fresh air as possible.
On Sunday morning my mom took her to the zoo and captured these pictures:
That afternoon was the official Charro Days kick off. Charro Days is a holiday celebrated back home to honor TexMex culture and the ties between Brownsville, TX and Matamoros, Mexico. I wrote a little about it on my blog two years ago here. I haven’t been home for Charro Days since my junior year in high school, so I’m so excited to take part in the festivities again.
Evita and my Dad in front of the Baile del Sol logo.

Videos of the Week:
1. Eva dancing solo at Baile del Sol.
2. I picked up this balloon a few days after Valentine’s Day when it was on sale for $1. Best dollar I’ve ever spent. I think that thing entertained Eva longer than any toy in her life.
3. Eva likes to pick up the phone and pretend to call Juliet, her best friend back in Tanzania (who she calls “Yet”), and also her “Dado.” So sweet. 
I feel like I’m running out of things to say about my pregnancy. The only significant change this week is the MAJOR backache I’m currently experiencing. OUCH!

Mama is completely and utterly exhausted after this week. There were about 3 or 4 nights where I got very little sleep, between Eva’s puking and diarrhea and coughing and restlessness in general. Still, I would have given anything for it to be me and not her. I had never seen her so sick and miserable in her entire life. Still, she made up for it by giving me plenty of cuddles throughout the days. Usually she’s too busy running around and doing her own thing, so I enjoyed that part of it at least.