Oct 31, 2011
Oct 27, 2011
I loved being pregnant. However, it was challenging to understand what my body had gone through and what my baby was going through. I know now I did right by reading and asking questions to my on call nurses and doctors, which is why I am an advocate of resources for pregnancy and parenting.
I’ve always been the one to give out pregnancy and milestone books at baby showers. As a mother of 2, it gets pretty hard to balance such a life. I can’t imagine how it would be to add a newborn to the family.
I constantly turned to my baby progress book to see how my baby was developing but soon after the baby was born it was a bit hard to sit and read the milestone books or doctor worksheets.
When little man was born I was told time and again by many what to do at every milestone. I didn’t know what or who to believe. I also didn’t want to go by someone’s word just because they were parents. Times are quickly changing and I only wanted the best for my kids.
I believe the resources for expecting women and new parents are a bit limited in some communities let alone the on call aid. Having access to a nurse on call like I did was a luxury but still a very needed resource.
Social Media is quickly growing, though the platforms change, two things remains constant the need for information and CELL PHONES!
That is why I believe in programs such as TEXT4BABY.
Text4baby allows us to receive text messages 3 times a week on topics like what to expect and what to do for the baby, when the baby’s next check up should be scheduled, and the type of things baby should be able to do now. This service is available during pregnancy and for a year after.
Text4baby is a perfect example of Social Media and Mobile Technology being used for good.
I know this is a lifesaver to some of my friends and it also creates a way for both parents to be involved. Had this service been around when I was pregnant the hubs would have definitely subscribed. He also would have been the one to remind me if I got to busy about what messages he received the same way he did when he read a new chapter in our books.
For more information about TEXT4BABY visit: http://www.text4baby.org/
Or like them on FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/#!/text4baby
Oct 26, 2011
I grew up in Orange County CA. I was raised around my grandparents. Their home was my home away from home. I was their first grandchild and I like to think I was the favorite too, with everything they let me get away with.
Many of my years growing up were surrounded by homegrown herbs, veggies and fruit. My grandparents took pride in all their fruit trees. We had lemon, guava, plum, grapefruit, and my favorite, orange trees. Not only did our family get to enjoy them but the whole neighborhood would exchange amongst each other.
Many of the homes in Orange County still have orange trees today. Though known for our orange groves, there aren’t many groves left but the smell of oranges is still a clear memory of my days growing up at my grandparent’s house.
I remember oranges were my favorite snack to eat growing up. I loved watching my grandmother dig her long nails deep into the peel of an orange and begin to unveil my yummy treat.
My grandmother’s style of serving them was always peeled. She’d separated the segments and divided them among whoever was around. I would watch and stay close with anticipation of finding the smallest segment. I can still hear her say “aqui estan tus gajitos” , here are your orange segments. She always gave me mine first.
My grandfather’s style was more hands on. He would take all the grandchildren out back. He’d allow us to choose our orange straight from the tree. My cousins and I would stand around and wait for our turn to climb the latter to pick our orange. I would smell my orange until everyone had picked theirs. He’d then slice it up with a pocket knife and let us have our snack under the tree.
When I married I never imagined I’d move cross country let alone miss home and my family as much as I do. I’ve had my share of homesick days and traveled back to California 3 times during the first year away.
One day while cutting up some oranges for my kids, I realized it wasn’t the visits I needed. I needed something to remind me of home in my new home.
I now get to enjoy oranges with my kids the way my grandparents did with me. I have my days where I peel them and other days where I slice them up. I see their faces and their expressions and I see myself as a kid.
I may be far from home but being able to enjoy the citrus smell of oranges takes me back to Orange County surrounded with love and happiness with all my family.
Special Thanks to GAIN for allowing me to share my story at Scentalicious at Blogalicious!
DISCLOSURE: cmp.ly/2 I received gifts from GAIN for participating in this event.
We also attended a private event Drinks on US by Johnson & Johnson hosted by my amiga Rory from Mama Contemporanea. They had delicious Thai food! I was able to connect with the awesome duo of SpanglishBaby Ana and Roxana.
Stay tuned for my Scentalicious at Blogalicious Story.
Oct 19, 2011
From the clothes we wear to our signature scent, we’re all different. That’s why Gain detergent and fabric softener products come in a wide variety of amazing, fresh scents, offering you more choices to help sniff out the scents that are as unique as you!
Come relax and listen as fellow bloggers share a moment in their lives that helped define who they are. Since we know that the sense of smell is a powerful one and that scent can often enhance an occasion and make it stand out in our memories, Gain wants to help celebrate these special occasions along with the scents that played a role in defining them.
Please join us as we celebrate uniqueness at the “Scentalicious at Blogalicious” wine and reading party on Sunday, October 23rd at 12:30 p.m. in National Harbour 4/5!
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Oct 18, 2011
We created an awesome Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, craft for SpanglishBaby.com
Oct 17, 2011
To think he did this all on his own, I'm amazed!
One day last week he announced "mommy mommy 'little man's' gotta go pee"... ya he talks about himself in 3rd person.
I was like oh ok... since the potties been out for a while now I rushed him over there took off a DRY DIAPER and there he went.
He was so excited. I wish I would have caught a picture. The rest of the day it was the same thing he announced it we rushed over and success every time.
Oct 14, 2011
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Oct 7, 2011
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- GUB like us returns next week stay tuned
Oct 6, 2011
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