Monday, January 31, 2011

Top 2 Tuesday

Top 2 things you've learned about friendship

1. Real Friends Don't Leave just like Taylor said real friends don't leave when the going gets tough. I have had a lot of friends turn their back on me when I went through hard times or when things got misunderstood. I have also had friends leave when there lives changed & they felt like I didn't fit.. & to me that is not a real friend & is very hurtful. So I have learned that my real friends don't leave & don't turn their backs on me when the going gets tough.. real friends are honest, open & confront the issues verses using them against one another.

2. Real Friends Love me no matter my flaws, can laugh with me not at me, don't use my secrets against me when they are angry, show me the light at the end of the tunnel, are there for me through life standing beside me.. not behind or in-front of me, they can be honest about their feelings & intrust that I will do the same, will hold my hand through the bad times, talk about me in a positive way to others & not a negative, will always forgive me as I would them & mostly would never question our friendship because real friendship should never be doubted. 

I have a lot of amazing people I call my friends & I have my friends that are my girls for life.. my best friends who I can talk to about anything & know they will listen & give me the best advice possible & love me know matter what & not judge me, friends I can go months some I have even gone years without talking to & we can pick up right where we left off & understand & still love each other the same. I have friends I have known since before I even knew what a friend was & I have friends that I have only known a short time but that I consider some of my bestiest friends & I feel so lucky!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Family Pictures

Here are the rest of the photo's taken by my Step Dad while he was here:

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

My Girls

When Shiloh was born my mom & poppy where here visiting & we captured this photo of Shiloh & had it blown up..
I just love this picture & I wanted to capture the same picture with Gabriella so I can hang them together. So here is what we have for Gabriella..
Option One

Option Two
Which one should I go with? I love them both so I need help in deciding :)

2 Weeks Old

So my mom & poppy came to visit & meet the new addition last week. It was so nice to have them here we always have such a great time together.

My step dad {Poppy} is a photographer & he got some amazing shots of Gabriella & I wanted to share some of them with all of you..  Oh & YES SHE HAS BLUE EYE LIKE HER MAMA YAY!!

A couple of these have been edited a little more by me :)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Photo Editing

Photo Edit of my Angel:

1: Original

2: Brightened & softened

3: Splash of color & softened

Which do you like best?

Why No Blogging

Well the reason I haven't been blogging isn't because I don't want to.. its because my Mom & Poppy have been here..

Poppy Shiloh & Nana

We have been taking LOTS of pictures of this little Angle too..

The hubby & my Poppy went snow shoeing too..

& to add to all the fun & excitement we are moving this weekend into our new place after my parents leave on Saturday.. fun fun.. so hopefully after we are moved & all our visitors have come & gone I will be able to find the time to blog again cause I miss it & all my blogging friends!!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Life As Four Part 2

So far things are good still in the Flores house hold. Mama is super exhausted & its catching up fast. I feel like I can't find a time to get some rest in for myself & that could become a problem. My house is a mess & I am about to loose it because my OCD is not liking it at all. I am hoping we get a good early nap in today so I have some energy to clean this place up!!

On to better things. We found a place to live temporary until we can buy.. we received our lease renewal for our town home & what they wanted to charge us was ridiculous! So we found an apartment to rent for now which is a lot smaller but it's one story & a LOT cheaper which is key for now so we can save save save to buy my dream house in the next 8 months to a year ;) But we were able to get a month free which is nice so we can have a month to move from where we currently live to the new place. So we get our keys next Wednesday YAY. I can't wait to have a one story & its brand new only 4 months old so it will also be super nice to have new appliances. Most think I am crazy for moving with a newborn but I am so over paying a mortgage to a complex with so many problems & where I don't feel safe. So it makes sense to me. Plus we have lots of tire boys to help us move & a full month to get it all done instead of just a weekend. Plus I can hire maids to come in clean the apartment once all of our things are out.

Shiloh is still doing well with being a big sister. We have found that bed time is the hardest part of the day with her because she is now sleeping in her bed & doesn't understand why sister gets to sleep in our room. But hopefully once we move & get her room all set up she will be excited about her new space. I am still debating on weather to have the girls share a room or to keep them separate. Any advice on that would be great??

Gabriella is such a angle like most newborns all she does is eat sleep & poop HA! I forgot how much newborns sleep & I am jealous.. cause I want to be able to sleep all day & most the night!! But she is doing great finally fitting into newborn clothes. Also her belly button thing-a-ma-bob fell off last night & I of course am worried it was too soon cause there was some blood on her clothes from it. But I guess I just have to make sure it doesn't get infected. She is feeding well still & much better since I am pumping & bottle feeding her instead of nursing. She was never able to latch on to well & it was causing me a lot of pain so this works better plus hubby gets to feed her this way too. She is waking at night to feed every 2.5 to 3 hours & during the day about 3 to 4 hours. I wish that was flipped but oh well. But other then that she is great!

My mom & poppy will be here on Saturday & I can't wait!! We haven't seen them since August so it will be nice to have them here a week & for them to see the girls. My dad & stepmom will be here on the 28th after my mom leaves & that will be nice too because we haven't seen them since Thanksgiving in 2009.

Other then that not much else to share.. we are still over the moon with our girls & being a family of four.

Monday, January 10, 2011

One Week Old

Gabriella is now one week old. She had her one week check up today & she is doing wonderful the doctor said. She is back to her birth weight.. her jaundice is clearing up & she said she was very impressed with how well we are managing things.

My Little Snuggled Pink Bear

My Pretty Little Angle

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Life As Four

So we have been blessed with our second baby girl Gabriella. She is now 6 days old & doing so well. 
2 Days Old
She sleeps for 3 to 4 hours at a time. When she is up she is alert & makes the cutest faces. She eats well & keeps me busy with pumping & nursing. I had problems with getting her to latch on so my right nipple is too sore & raw to nurse her on it right now so I am only able to nurse on my left side & I just pump for the right. She is eating any where from 2 to 3 oz at a time. I am going to invest in a nipple shield today to help with getting her latched on right so that I can mostly nurse instead of bottle feed. I am loving my pump though & it was so worth the money!! I am going to stick with the nursing even though it is a lot of work & has caused me pain.. I don't want to give up like I did with Shiloh. Gabriella was jaundice & we had to have her belly ribbon checked on Friday but they are not concerned with it at this point & told me as long as she is feeding well & having normal diapers then we should be good to go. We have to take her back to the Doctor on Monday for a weight check but other then doctors said she is perfect.

At her visit on Friday she weighed in at 6 lbs. 7 oz. & was 19 3/4 inches so she lost some weight but that is normal. 

Shiloh is doing well adjusting.. she has her moments & she does get jealous of mommy having to share her time with sister now. But she loves having her little sister & tells me all the time "Mama sister is so cute" I love have my girls.. & I love how sweet Shiloh is with Gabriella. We are trying to be as patient with Shiloh as we can & to make sure she knows she is loved. Potty training is still in motion & she is still interested which makes me happy.. I am still not pushing it as much as I could just because I know she is under a lot of stress as is & don't want to put too much on her. She is also sleeping in her bed FINALLY & doing really well with that. She has her nights of waking up but once we reassure her that we are still here she goes back to sleep. I have pretty good routine down with dinner, bath & bed time too so its nice. 

My Happy Big Girl
Stephen went back to work yesterday. He took a late in to help get Shiloh settled but once he left I was on my own. The day went well.. Shiloh only had a few issues but nothing major. I was able to get her down for a nap & get in my feedings & pumping too which I was worried might be hard since Shiloh is so curious as to what I am doing. I even was able to pick up the house & even do laundry which I was glad to get done because it was adding up big time. 

Daddy & His GIrls
Last night one of my best friends came up from Oregon to stay until Monday & I love having her here. I haven't seen her since October so it's awesome that she was able to get time away from the Salon. Shiloh loves having her here too :)

Auntie Gabby & Gabriella
So one thing I struggled with Shiloh when she was born was separation anxiety & I co-slept with her & that is why we have had such a hard time getting her to sleep on her own. So I was really worried about having that issue this time. Even though I have horrible anxiety about SIDS & other things happening I have been doing very well with having Gabriella sleep in the bassinet. I have had her sleep with me a few times after nursing though only because it seemed she was too restless to fall asleep on her own & I was too tired to stay awake. But other then that she is mostly in her bassinet & doing really well with it too :)

All swaddled & sleeping
So things are going really well & we are all adjusting just fine. I couldn't be happier then I am now & I love having my girls. I truly feel so blessed & I am so thankful to have happy healthy babies! 


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