Monday, October 3, 2016

It's Fall!

We had our first family of 4 outing yesterday. Fall is here and I have been missing Edward's Apple Orchard - a fruit farm we went to every year growing up in Rockford, IL. We have a similar one here in OH called White House Fruit Farms. For fall they have additional vendors on the weekends, a petting zoo and pony rides. We were hoping to get Ellie on a pony ride but it rained yesterday, so he wasn't out! But we enjoyed gourmet coffee and donuts, corn dogs and crisp, sweet apples. Ellie loved the petting zoo - especially the soft bunnies! 

The Arrival of Landon Jose

Our sweet boy, Landon Jose Nunez, arrived 9/17/16 at 3:02am at 9 lbs, 4 oz, 22.25 in. 

We have SO many reasons to be thankful! A quick, uncomplicated labor and delivery. A healthy boy - the doctor even commented on his umbilical chord! She exclaimed something along the lines of, "Whoa, look at the size of this chord! This is one healthy baby!" To us that was a sign of God's tremendous intervention...I mean come on! This doctor sees umbilical chords all the time! 

We had been praying he would come on the weekend so Luis could stay with me at the hospital and he did! I also asked the Lord the my labor be no longer than 5 hours (Ellie's was 26 hours!) The uncomfortable and painful contractions for Landon were from 10pm-3am. Exactly 5 hours. But they were SO MUCH MORE BEARABLE than Ellie's contractions, which were all in my back.

Another reason to be thankful was for my family! Landon arrived on the same day that two of my sisters (Hailey and Sharon) were on their way from Dallas for the week. As soon as I got home from the hospital they came over every morning to clean and make me breakfast and then my mom came with lunch everyday! Sharon also pampered me with a facial and styled my hair. Our church also set up a meal plan for dinners which is still going on in Landon's 3rd week. 

Ellie had a blast staying at Gaggy and Pappy's house the two nights we were in the hospital and it was wonderful she could be with her cousins! She has been so excited to receive her little brother into our home and has fully embraced him and looks for every opportunity to hold him and kiss him. It cracks me up because when she is done holding him she will say, "Ok go back to your mommy." 

Also, my other sister Cate came for a whirlwind visit to meet Landon over the weekend! We had a wonderful visit with her and Sohee and her friend, Dana. 

Another tremendous praise is that my mother in law was approved for a tourist visa the same week! So she will also be coming to meet Landon very soon. 

Our hearts are very full of awe and gratitude right now and we are so thankful for such a smooth transition from 3 to 4. Landon is such a good baby and has been very laid back (Or maybe I am just more laid back?) We are also thankful for such a quick recovery for me. 

Praise the Lord, O my soul! All my inmost being praise His holy name!


Friday, September 2, 2016

La Bella

I've been wanting to write a post about this little sweetie before Landon joins us. She is at a stage that has been challenging in some aspects (like frequent tantrums and skipping naps!) but overall has stolen our hearts. She's just so bright and engaging and surprises us everyday with her hilarious sense of humor and the things she says! Now that we are about to have a newborn, I just can't believe how fast Ellie is growing up. 

I cherish bedtime stories and prayers with her, going on walks together and shopping, and doing puzzles with her. She is such a quality time girl like her daddy! So I have to be intentional to stop my task-orientedness at times to play with her. I want to savor each and every moment with her knowing that soon my attention will be even more divided! 

Things she loves are:
1- Her little guys (safari animals)
2- Books
3- Moovas (her nickname for movies)
4- Wubba (her lovey)
5- Doing puzzles
6- Being outside 
7- Blowing bubbles
8- Snacks (especially goldfish and fruit snacks!)
9- Wuacala guink (aka coke)
10- looking at pictures
11- dates with Daddy and Mommy
12- Going to Gaggy and Pappy's hosue
13- Her friends from church
14- Being chased by Daddy
15- Babies (she smothers all babies with her hugs and kisses!) 

We love our Ellie Sofia so much and feel so blessed to watch her grow into the person God created her to be!