Sunday, August 22, 2010

Baby Isaiah

On Saturday Mando, baby and I went to see our new little nephew Isaiah. He was born August 14, weighing in at 9 lb 12 oz and 21 inches long. He is such a big boy, and is the cutest little thing! Joaquin is only 2 and a half months older than him, and they already look the same size! At Joaquin's two month appt. he weighed 12 lb 4 oz and 24 inches. The doctor said he is taller than his weight. He is going to be tall just like his daddy. I thought these pictures were precious of the two cousins together.

Joaquin was passed out on the couch ha ha he didnt even know Isaiah was laying next to him

Joaquin with his Great Tita

Monday, August 9, 2010

Fair Fun

Every year is tradition to go to the Orange County Fair. We only look forward to eating boundless amounts of food! It was so fun, and so yummy! I think we got to try a little bit of everything ha ha minus the fried butter though. To mix things up (literally) we went on a few fair rides which made us so sick, we could have hurled. Almost the whole Clawson clan went and Brit and Randy met up with us too. Joaquin stayed home with his Tita. Here are a ton of pics we took.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Very adorable Cousins

While my sister Shandra was in town, we wanted to get all four grand babies together for a picture. To our surprise, we didn't know how difficult it was going to be to make all of them stand still. I couldn't pick which picture was the cutest because all of them were adorable and you can see each one of their personalities in them. I absolutely love my niece and nephews!
Joaquin, Addi, Von and Tristan
If you notice Von has almost the same expression in all these pictures, but little Tristan is quite the character.
Addi is so good with Joaquin. She loves to help out all the time. She is an observer too. She is so funny and says crazy things all the time. One time I was breast feeding him and she said...
"Brookie, what are you doing?"
"I'm feeding him milk."
"But milk comes from cows. There is white milk, strawberry milk and chocolate milk. That ones my favorite!"
Von is such a sweetheart.
I love Tristan in all of these! I guess he was trying to help out by rocking the baby. He was so calm and gentle with him ;)

Tita's Birthday

June 6Th was my original due date. That happened to follow on my mother-in-law's birthday. Fortunately, Joaquin came a week early, so we were able to celebrate her special day with her.
kissing his Tita
Tita with her two grandsons and another one on the way.
Just six days old.
Mando's cousin Jackie came out to meet Joaquin for the first time.
The whole Gonzalez gang. Mando's sister Karina (the one standing next to me) is expecting her second baby boy August 8th. It is going to be so much fun having Joaquin and baby Isaiah grow up together just three months apart.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

There is a first for everything.

Joaquin's first week home.

First wink at his mommy ;)

First time he peed through his outfit.
Tired dad.
First time in his crib. So tiny
He loves sleeping with his arms like that.

Trip to his first doctors appointment.
After his first bath at home.
Naked baby
The first week with Joaquin was such a joy. Luckily, Mando had four weeks off from work to help me at home. He is such a great daddy, and so hands on with everything. I'm so thankful. At first, we were a little worried, and thought something was wrong with Joaquin because he NEVER cried. Nothing was wrong, he was just a good baby! However, he did struggle with latching onto me. I had to use a nipple shield and a syringe with formula to feed him. We tried that for about three weeks, but Mando and I were so exhausted, because that technique got us nowhere. I switched to only pumping into bottles. That worked like a charm. Joaquin was happier, and we were both able to get some sleep. We had no idea that breast feeding would be so difficult. If you notice in some of those pictures, Joaquin looked a little jaundice. It was only a mild case where he didnt need any treatment. It went away after two weeks, which was great! We are absolutely obsessed with our little man. Its crazy how you can be so in love with someone you just met. There are going to be a lot more "firsts" to come, and we cant wait!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Memorial Day Baby

Joaquin Ashton Gonzalez

On May 25Th I had my Weekly check up with my Doctor. I was only 38 weeks at that time, and feeling ready to pop. My Doc said that I was already 80% effaced and that I wasn't even dilated. However, he did say that my water could break before my next check up with him the following Tuesday.
On May 31 at 5:00 AM I was heavily sleeping, and having a bizarre dream. I dreamt that I was in this foreign country and I was 9 months pregnant with Joaquin. I don't remember who was in the dream with me. Although, I do remember I was riding on a crowded bus that had no windows. It was completely open so all the debris from the dirt road was blinding my eyesight. All of a sudden, I saw a mass figure standing in a distance. As we got close, the bus driver hauled to a stop. I starred at this estranged man, that was standing in the middle of the road. He made my stomach turn. What happened next was a blur. I just remember hearing this loud buzzing noise in my head, and the sound of women screaming. The bus driver swerved off. I looked down to see that I was bleeding uncontrollably. I had been shot in the stomach. At that point, all I cared about was my baby's life. I was hysterical thinking only the worst. I blacked out and woke up in a hospital connected to all these wires. Everyone around me was frantic, I soon realized I could only hear one heart beat, which was mine. That's when I alarmingly woke up from my dream, and felt a little trickle down my leg...
I thought I had peed the bed ha ha. I didn't think much of it because I had to pee like 4 times in the middle of the night anyways. I was half asleep waddling to the bathroom thinking I had to pee some more. As I was on the toilet, I was still amazed by my dream at how real it felt. I went back to the bedroom to change my clothes because I "peed" my pants ha ha. Then I felt more trickle down my leg. I thought "Am I peeing again?" So I waddled back to the toilet. After I did my thing, I stood up to find a puddle underneath me. I immediately knew my water had broke! I proceeded to wake Mando up to let him know what had just happened. We were a little confused because I wasn't feeling any contractions. I called my midwife right away and she told me I needed to go to the hospital. We both were surprisingly calm and super excited. As Mando packed up last minute things for the hospital, I jumped in the shower to freshen up. We were all packed and ready to go. I woke up my sister Shandra who was in town for the birth. She was so pumped and couldn't wait for baby to come. I told her to contact the family to let them know I was going to the hospital. Meanwhile my mom had been sick and she herself was in the hospital. I was nervous because I didn't know if she would make it there for the birth.
We got to Hoag Hospital, and my clothes were soaked because water kept on dripping out. For that purpose I had brought a towel that I kept in between my legs ha ha. We got checked in and settled into our room. The room was so nice and big, and we had an ocean view! About an hour after we got there. I was all hooked up to everything. It took three tries to get the IV in, but on the fourth try it was a success! The nurse said that I was the most difficult patient she had ever had because my veins weren't cooperating. I was only dilated to 1 at that time, so I had a long way to go. The nurse listened to the fetal heart rate and it was normal, soon after it started slowing down to where it became a concern. The nurse was freaking out which scared both Mando and I. She pushed a button and said "Just to let you know a bunch of people are going to come in the room right now." She put an oxygen mask on me, and then about 5 nurses and a doctor came rushing in. They checked inside me to see what was going on with the baby. She said the cord was wrapped around his neck. I thought I was going to have an emergency Cesarean. It took awhile but she was able to release the cord around his neck, and his heart rate went back to normal. What a great blessing! We were so thankful that everything was alright. Not too long after the nurse gave me Pitocin to speed up my labor. That's when I started feeling major contractions. About two hours later, I was only dilated to a three. At that point the nurse offered me an epidural. Of course I couldn't pass that up! I was expecting it to be painful, but it was an easy breeze. I was feeling very relaxed, and felt ready for visitors. I was pleased to find out that my mom checked out of the hospital to come see me. I guess she was hysterical and pleaded with her doctor to let her out early, so she could make it in time for the birth. My parents, Mando's parents, Chelcie, Bronson, Shandra and Tristan were all there to keep us company. It was fun chatting with everyone while we waited for baby Joaquin to come.
About every hour I dilated to another centimeter. At 6:00 the nurse came in to check me and I was already dilated to a ten! She said "Its time to start pushing!" I was so excited and nervous at the same time! I had originally told my sisters they could be in the room with me. But after I saw the spot light that would be facing directly where Joaquin's head would be coming out, I immediately got stage fright and told them I just wanted Mando and my mom in the room. At 6:15 pm I started pushing. It felt so natural and so easy. Halfway through Mando had to sit down and take a breather because he didn't expect to see my doctor perform an episiotomy on me. My mom was amazed at how quiet I was. I guess I didn't make a sound the whole time I was pushing. At 6:37 pm Joaquin had arrived! Weighing in at 7 pounds 11 ounces and 20 inches long. We were blessed with a beautiful healthy baby boy. We fell in love with him at first sight!

Here are some pictures from the hospital. Shandra didn't get a chance to get a picture with him because her little Tristan got sick while I was in labor. Poor thing.
Our little family

skin to skin
Auntie Chelcie
Uncle Bronson
Tita and Tito
Tia Andrea came to visit the next day

Right before we left the hospital
On our way home from the hospital

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt - Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?

I love this! Thats all.

Kardashian birth

Tomorrow i will be 38 weeks prego! I'm starting to count down the days! So far Ive been feeling wonderful, just minor aches and pains. But last night i was feeling so much pressure, where I can hardly walk, and it hurt for me to even move in bed. So sleeping exceptional was out of the question. I can tell that he dropped more, and is really anxious to make his appearance. However, he cant come just yet. My parents left on a vacation to Cancun and wont be back until the 26th. My mom is hoping that I can keep Joaquin cooking until they get home. Plus we are expecting my sister Shandra to arrive on the 25th to make it in time for the birth. I have a feeling my birthing experience is going to be somewhat similar to the Kardashian birth. Of course Mando is going to be by my side through the whole labor. I'm also planning on having my mom, and both of my sisters Shandra and Chelcie in the room with me. They insisted on being in there, so I granted it. I'm hoping my experience will turn out to be almost as great as Kourtneys was. I would even be down to pull the baby out like she did. I have to admit i cried while watching the real episode on TV. I cant wait for Joaquin to finally be here! Two more weeks, hopefully!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Ellens mothers day show

On May 6th, I was fortunate enough to be apart of The Ellen Degeneres mothers day show. Mostly everyone in the audience was pregnant with their first child. It was so amusing to be in a room with so many expectant mothers! Since i was exactly four weeks from my due date, they had me sit in "The ready to pop section" that put me in the very front row! I got to sit next to Lori Davis which made it so much more fun! Dennis Quad was the guest star. He was really funny, and oh so dreamy! Here are the awesome gifts i got from show! I cant wait to start using everything! Thank you Ellen Degeneres!!

If we take a picture of our baby in this onesie, Ellen will put it up on next years mothers day show!

Hilo Chair
This high Chair is awesome! It fits a six month old, up to a six year old. I got this exact same color!
The Teutonia stroller! It is super cute and stylish! It comes with the carrycot on the left, and also the stroller seat in the very front. I cant wait to cruise around with Joaquin!

This is the color I ended up choosing.

These are hand crafted booties from We got them in a lime green color.

The Puj tub is awesome, it can fit in any kind of sink

Dr. Andrews Weil baby bottles

Safety first video monitor
Organic baby products

Timmi and Leslie diaper bag

Baby swaddler
These are really neat. They're a bib and burp cloth all in one.

Baby Bjorn Carrier

Upspring baby shrinkx hips!