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for jonathan’s very first thanksgiving, us yankee fans were fresh off of a world series win. a very excited uncle had bought his nephew his very first yankees tee and suddenly an idea was born. after eating our delicious feast in our newly christmas decorated home in our thanksgiving attire, the boys would all change into their fan gear and sit down for me to take some pictures.
that very year we decided it would be something we wanted to keep up with. “us” yankees may not have won any world series rings since then, but we still love our baseball team and love to see how the family grows and grows each year.
i’m happy my brother is in the mood to wait to have his children, but i also can’t wait to see more kids in these shots with my dad. as you can imagine, with my dads recent health change, these pictures became all that more important to me and i’m looking forward to many more yanksgiving pictures to come.
this thanksgiving, we were happy to all be at home, we were grateful for the life we have and we fell deeper in love with the two boys who’ve flipped our worlds right-side up. i had the most important guys in my life surrounding me and we truly enjoyed each others company.
these are some of this years’ yanksgiving shots.
which reminds me, i should tell you what that is…
every year since we got married, our tradition has always been to put up our christmas tree and decorate the house on thanksgiving day. the christmas music blares all throughout the house and i also bake some goodies for our thanksgiving feasts. although i admit to being spoiled at not having to cook a thanksgiving meal, i also think it is fair as we always have to split our times with my mother, my father and nelson’s parents house. yup, that’s right, three thanksgiving in one night almost every year.
but being that nelson does not have black friday off this year, and the fact that he is actually very excited a whole lot earlier than usual for christmas, we thought we’d use the weekend to start decorating the house and put up the tree. it left for a slightly confused kitchen, but i don’t care. it was a good respite for me, we got to do one happy thing as a family this past weekend and the boys really started getting into the christmas spirit. it’s the cheer we’ve been needing.
my hero (my dad) is not well. my son is battling another infection. my heart is finally grieving for wounds of the heart that took place years ago. and i’m exhausted. i’ve spent nights watching over my dad and days taking care of two little boys. i’ve found little time to just be with and enjoy my husband’s company or actually let myself feel……anything.
but that banner up there has kept my perspective in check. it has reminded me of what i do have. it has reminded me of how i’ll get through the worst of it. it has reminded me that my problems are ok ones to have. i have people who i love whom i can help get better. i have a solid rock of a man ready to catch me when i inevitably fall. i have two little lights of life who bring me joy, and help me give back joy.
so this year, there won’t be much decorating needing to be done, and although i have all the fixings, there may be no baking in my immediate future so as to not get overwhelmed. but my dad is at home with us. my boys are happy. i have the man that i love by my side. and i will feast and enjoy my day with the ones i love the most.
i truly hope you cherish what you have, give thanks for the life you live and find a reason to smile tomorrow, the day after and for the rest of your life. happy thanksgiving!
i made this banner using the tutorial haley kjar shared on whipperberry’s blog. it was my very first solo craft!
jonathan, you keep growing! emotionally, academically, physically. your clothes still fit, but they fit different, ya know?
you’re such a little love bug. it may not be the all day kind of loving, but i get daily doses of huge hugs and “lobs a kisses.’ i even get little bits of cuddle sessions with you on the regular. brandon is definitely the jealous type who comes and tries to pry himself in between us. you’re so non-chalant about it and let him have his way, but you always accept my loving again when i’ve gotten a moment without brandon again.
also, you love to laugh! if a couple of hours have passed by with a good chuckle, you definitely come over to me and demand i attack you with tickles. you’re so big and unintentionally rough, that i usually get kicked or whacked during your laughing fits, but it’s so worth it. getting to hear that deep, contagious laugh. you’re also starting to love slapstick humor. and if someones says or does something that is slightly silly, but not that entirely funny, you muster up the heartiest fake laugh that just makes me laugh as well.
you’re still testing your boundaries and i am constantly repeating myself to you still, but things aren’t as intense as before. i hope it keeps easing up, i love the harmony between us.
you’re not quite ready to let go of halloween yet. you put on your costume whenever you get your hands on it and demand that i put brandon’s on as well. you get quite upset when we enter a store and see that there are no more halloween displays anymore. thanksgiving and christmas are totally not living up to the hype, yet. i hope the upcoming weeks change that.
you and brother are becoming thick as thieves, lately. brandon is most definitely your bestest and favoritest. you claim him as yours everywhere you go. and you love it when he showers you with hugs and kisses and admiration. the best part is that you admire him, too. a mutual love and respect that i hope lasts for the ages.
what a crazy few weeks! so i am just now getting to my boys’ grow posts and it’s almost the end of the month…..hmmmmm. time to catch up.
brandon, you turned two at the beginning of this month, it was a little hard for me to swallow. i was so okay with your first birthday, which was very surprising to me, but your second birthday hurt me as much as it elated me. did you know i wish i could turn back the hands of time and make you a teeny tiny, itty bitty baby? well, i do. but i’m sure you already know that.
your last month of being a one year old was very exciting. we had a cousin visit us from ecuador, we got ready for and anticipated halloween with so much excitement. we had a bunch of birthdays to celebrate and we participated in a couple of fun fall activities, too! i hugged you tighter and kissed you more often, with each passing day.
you grew. size 2T pants fit you just right. we moved you up to 3T-4T size easy ups, too. and speaking of easy ups….can we talk about the fun you’ve been having taking off your diapers whenever you feel like it? it has not been so much fun for me and i hope the novelty wears off, soon. also, you make your brother think it is both funny and appropriate to pull his underwear down, too. it is not.
you’re eating a little less again. but you’re not so picky, so i’m taking it in stride. i’m placing good options in front of you and am happy if you at least eat a little of each type of food, which you usually do. you have found a penchant for the things that are not so good for you, too. lollipops top the list, and all these parties we’ve been attending have helped keep you fully stocked. you’re also slightly obsessed with fruit snacks and sometimes throw a mini tantrum when i tell you “no” because you’ve already had you fill for the day. you also throw a tantrum when i tell you “no” because you want to have fruit snacks for breakfast. can you eat some cereal and applesauce first please?
your sleep habits haven’t changed much. you almost never creep into bed with us in the middle of the night and you nap after we’ve dropped jonathan off at school. sometimes you fight it for a little, which means you fall asleep later only to have to get woken up shortly thereafter for the school pick up. but sometimes grandpa picks jonathan up instead, and i let you stay sleeping in until you’re ready to wake up…..or till about 3:15pm, whichever comes first. if i let you sleep past that time, you kinda don’t want to go to sleep at bedtime which means me or your dad have to stay in the room with you for a very long time.
you’re finding your little voice and you have more to say in our home. we may not always understand you, but i love your intent. you’re also repeating a lot of words. they may not always be intelligible to others, but we know what you mean and call it a win for the talking books. “i lal you” (i love you) is our favorite. oh, and you call out to jonathan all the time now. you don’t just call him ñaño anymore, you say “jaa-than” and it’s amazing!
you’re becoming a bit more reserved as of late. you’re not as smiley and open to strangers. someone may spark and interest in you and you’ll catch their attention right away, but you’re not that way with everyone anymore. and you are ever so clingy again. i had forgotten that this happened again at around the second year mark. sometimes life is just not worth living unless you are in my arms, or laying on my chest. and sometimes that need for physical contact is directed towards your daddy, too. there are times that not even i will do. your daddy puffs his chest a little and beams with pride on these occasions. he loves your love, too.
you’ve fallen in love with fall and all things halloween. pumpkins and scarecrows are all “ha-ween” and ghosts and monsters are all “ma-ter….ahhhhhhhhhh” and then you run away. but not in a scared way, in a toy story of terror kind of way. it’s really fun, jonathan always joins you, and we always end up smiling and laughing.
your bond with jonathan grows deeper by the minute. the love between you two intensifies by the second. it is such a privilege to watch, a connection i hope always continues to flourish and a relationship that i pray never gets overlooked or thrown to the wayside.
thanks for completing us, for the past two years.
so i’ve been missing, huh? last week was a hard one. some emotional turmoil had me uneasy all week and then nelson came home, as sick as ever. doting on him, handling the boys by myself, exhaustion taking over and a skin infection for my jonathan left me drained to the max. then saturday night came along and just as i put the boys down for the night, the chills took over and a fever started developing. it was my turn to get sick. i was very lucky that although it was sunday, our doctor sent over the prescription right away to the pharmacy and i was able to start taking the antibiotics before the infection really took its toll on me, but it was still so hard. i’ve never had tonsillitis before and i hope i never get it again. even now, i’m still exhausted, it’s so draining on your body. i thought i would even be able to catch up on blogging, but i wanted nothing to do with a computer.
the worst part was having to stay away from my babies. no kisses. quick hugs. having to shoo them away if they tried to get into bed with me. jonathan kind of understood and was happy that grandma and grandpa were here to help out, but poor brandon really suffered having to stay away. i hated having to hear his cries when nelson or my mom would take him away.
and you guys…..sunday was the very day that he started saying “mami” instead of “nani”!! i still melt every time he says it, and he says it a lot! it’s like he knows he’s been saying it wrong this whole time and so he keeps on saying it all day and all night! mami, mami, mami. you have no idea how badly i’ve been wanting to plant a billion kisses on those little lips of his, carry him and hold him the tightest i’ve ever held him. but it did help keep my spirits up and happy tears in my eyes.
so i know i have a lot of catching up to do and that i’m late on some posts, but this had to come first. my baby boy calling me mami. it’s the sweetest thing he could ever say.
p.s. it is getting increasingly more difficult to get a good shot of brandon as he is always on the go. that mixed with my poor health and low energy levels right now, make for lots of blurry/shaky pictures, but i had to use them. i didn’t take many pictures as it drained me, but he was saying “mami, maamii, MAAMII” in these pictures and it’s a captured memory i have to show off.
i had the privilege to once again guest post on danielle’s miss verse blog! this time i’m sharing my adventures in breastfeeding jonathan. i’m so honored to be a part of this great community, sharing my struggles and triumph with breastfeeding. it’s so important to be open and share such an integral part of motherhood. so head on over to her blog and check out my story. you might even find another mother’s story that you might relate to. whether you breastfed or bottle fed or used both, we are all different and we’re all one and we can all relate and support each other. i’m all for lifting each other up, even if our choices were different.
this post has also inspired me to continue going down memory lane. i’ll be sharing more about jonathan and brandon’s newborn days here. their first days deserve some documenting, too. they are some of the most precious and important memories in my entire life. i don’t want to forget any of it and i want them to know all about it.
image of me holding a six month old jonathan taken by demented renee photography