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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.

2/52 {pregnancy/baby/life updates}

This week Eva turned 22 months old! Two months until the big TWO! I’ve already started planning her birthday party. It will be at my Dad’s ranch back in Texas. I’m so excited we’ll be spending her birthday with family this year.

Here are a few other pictures I love from this week. They’re mostly iPhone pics, because it was just one of those weeks.

Other than that, it’s been a pretty quiet week for us, except for our many trips to the beach and pool.

Here’s a video of Eva swimming around in her puddle jumper. It’s kind of long so feel free to skip it, haha.
This is the kind of puddle jumper she’s wearing:
Supposedly it helps kids learn to swim. We’ll see!
I’ve finally been feeling Damian’s hiccups lately. I felt them all the time with Eva, but this time it’s a bit different. The hiccups are coming from very, very low in my pelvis. I could always tell this baby is sitting lower than my first, but now it’s super obvious. I don’t think there is much a difference in the position of my belly, though.
I was able to sell a few things of Eva’s and in turn I’ve started to buy things for Damian.
Originally, I was going to keep Eva’s old car seat carrier and buy a new cover for it from Graco since hers was pink (Did you know you could do that? It saves a lot of money!). I was able to sell it for a good price here, though (since car seats are ridiculously expensive if you buy them locally) and I bought Damian this one instead:

I bought him this cute little doll from supersockmonkeys (also on Etsy):

I also bought Damian’s crib blanket from Brooke Van Gory Designs on Etsy. It’s custom so I won’t have a picture to share until it arrives.
Finally, I bought him his “Going Home” outfit, which I don’t want to share until the big day. 🙂

Day 28: Land

Today’s prompt, “land,” can’t help but make me think of Texas, and my Daddy’s ranch. I was lucky enough to grow up surrounded by miles and miles of elbow room; to run around with my cousins, ride horses, and fish for crabs in the Rio Grande.  I’d write more about it, but I already did so here, coincidentally a year ago this month.

Day 15: Tree

I love looking at trees. Especially at really weird, interesting ones. This is probably the coolest tree I’ve ever seen. And the stinkiest. Scratch that. The stinkiest tree I’ve ever seen is on the Manoa Campus by Paradise Palms Cafe. I don’t know what it’s called, but you can smell it for miles (slightly exaggerating). Anyway, the coolest tree I’ve ever seen is the cannonball tree in Waimea Valley. It has big, beautiful red flowers that turn to fruit that looks like cannonballs. The fruit smells so bad that you can rub it on yourself if you’re out of insect repellant. Pretty neat evolutionary trait, huh?

I also love banyan trees. Roots are always growing down from the branches, making me want to swing from them like George of the Jungle. One of my favorite roads is Nuuanu Pali, where the hang on the road in the creepiest fashion:

Here are some of pictures of other pretty trees on Oahu:

And a couple from here in Tanzania: