Giana has been going to a class through the Eagan Parks and Rec department. We have been enjoying meeting other kids and their parents. We have also been having a great time going to the library and other fun places. (Maternity leave rocks!)
Mariel is a very complicit little sister throughout these activities. Sorry for the bathroom shot – here she is just chillin.
I haven’t had time to write much since Mariel’s birth…because we have been busy! She has been such an easy baby that it has been fairly easy to be on-the-go. We have been to church, the mall, out to eat, to parties, etc., etc.!
I was brave and made three trips out with both of the girls by myself last week. I was worried about heading out with a 2 week old and a 22 month old, but things went great. We went to a fun playdate at an indoor park one day and to Target (shopping at a store and downtown to headquarters to visit papa and meet his friends). We survived…thanks to the help of the stroller, moby wrap, and an extra cookie or two! Here are my two girls on the left along with their new friends on the right.
We took our little girl over state lines for the first time yesterday. We went to Iowa to celebrate my dad on his birthday and enjoy some time with our family. Mariel had her first boat ride, which mostly consisted of sleeping on papa’s chest.
And, just for fun, here is the happy girl today! She had to break out her hoodie for the chilly fall weather.
Our sweet daughter, Mariel Rosalea, is already a week old! She has been an absolutely amazing baby. She has been sleeping well and eating well – the two things every mother prays for!
Mariel’s entry into the world was quick and -relatively- easy as well! I started having light contractions in the afternoon, so we went for a walk to the park and I watched Giana and papa play on the swings. When we came home for naptime, I knew I wouldn’t be able to rest. I started timing the contractions and called the hospital. We got there around 6 p.m. and we had a baby by 11 p.m.!
Tonight, we completed what is now a Soriano family pre-baby tradition – planting a new tree for the baby. (Is it a tradition if we have done it twice?) Rafael and I selected a beautiful weeping willow that was delivered today.
Giana was lots of help to papa as he dug and prepared the hole.
While she was out there working so hard, Giana also watered the variegated Norwegian maple tree that we planted two years ago for her. Remember that? It seems like it was just yesterday!
On one hand, having a baby growing in your uterus feels like the most safe and secure thing possible.
On the other hand, if you think for a second something wrong with that little one, you feel totally helpless.
This little girl certainly likes to keep things interesting. Most of the time, she is a little jumping bean in there. She is a distraction during church – for both Rafa and I – because she makes my whole midsection move so much. She usually gets the hiccups around 10 every evening and gives me plenty of reminders she is there as I fall asleep.
On Saturday, we went non-stop all day. Lunch out at a restaurant, final baby item prep, some extra cleaning, shopping and laundry. When I finally sat down at 10 p.m. to fold the last of the clothes, I realized I hadn’t felt baby girl kick in forever. I really couldn’t think of the last time I felt her move.
At this stage in pregnancy, the docs tell us to do “kick counts,” which means to count how many times the baby moves in an hour. If it’s less than five, they say to call. I drank some juice and laid down to feel my baby move. Nothing.
Deep breaths. I placed the call to the on-call service and laid back down. Another half hour passed and still…nothing. The doctor said to come in, so we did. She apparently likes to sleep for long stretches – everything was absolutely fine.
There is nothing more beautiful than that precious sound of your baby’s heartbeat!
We had a follow up visit today and here is our beautiful girl! We’re ready to meet her any day now
31 weeks! If this little girl comes a week early like her older sister did, that means we are only eight weeks away from meeting her. We will see!
She is measuring right on track and not giving me any problems besides some occasional heartburn. I definitely don’t forget she’s in there though – she loves to make my belly bounce with her dancing!
The instinct to finish preparations is getting stronger. I started planning for freezer meals. I prepped two pasta casseroles and made plans to add some meatballs next week. Now that I have to tools, I can also just prepare double of some meals coming up in the regularly scheduled meal plan and freeze half.
Now I need to start mentally preparing. I am having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that we will soon be a family of four!
I have been feeling crafty lately…which is definitely unlike my usual self. However, inspiration strikes occasionally and I’m very happy it has lately.
For the first project, I made books for two very special babies soon to enter the world - Giana’s little friend, Connor, and her cousin, Baby Girl M. I printed Bible verses that started with A, B, C, etc. on some cute paper, added stickers, and put the pages in cute albums. Giana received a similar gift before she was born and it was very special to me, and I wanted to do the same for these sweet babies.
The second thing is the very first thing I ever pinned on Pinterest: a recipe for salt/flour dough. Mother’s Day was the perfect occasion to try it out! Giana and I mixed the dough and had fun kneading it. We shaped it and made it into handprints and thumbprints.
After baking them for hours, we had a finished product! Giana loved giving them to her grandmas for their special day.
I promised myself a long time ago that I would do my best not to embarass my children on Facebook….but this isn’t Facebook. Stop right now if you don’t want to read about poop.
For the second day in a row (third time though), Giana pooped on her little potty! Each time, she said “poop?” in her cute little voice, ran with me to the bathroom and did her business. I am so proud! And happy – that’s three less poopy diapers I have to change and wash in my lifetime
After her successful poop today, she celebrated by showing Elmo and Margot how she did it. She then proceeded to get out a book and “read” to them from the big throne. (I wonder if she learned this part from papa?) She was super serious the whole time, but I couldn’t stop laughing.
She’s still pretty young for full-on potty training, but we are definitely making process. Who knows? I would love to avoid having two in diapers if at all possible!
100 days left…until our official due date! It’s hard to believe August is right around the corner.
Nesting is certainly settling in. I have gotten out all the tiny newborn outfits and re-arranged the girls’ bedroom to accomodate all their clothes. We found a double stroller on Craigslist that was just what I had in mind. The last thing we need is a toddler bed for Giana so her new baby sister can take over the crib!
I have been slacking on the belly shots, so here’s a few to show our progress. Here’s when I started showing around 19 weeks:
And here we are last week, getting bigger at 25 weeks along!
One other thing we need – a name!
And not that anyone had doubts, but Rafael is still the best hubby a pregnant woman could ask for. He keeps this pregnant mama happy! Look what he brought me yesterday. Yum!
"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock." Matthew 7:24-26