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Lots of firsts in our house this week

We have had a great week of firsts in our house. Aidan is almost 6 weeks old and he's smiling now!! His first real smiles were on July 24th (Auntie Kathy's birthday), when he smiled a few different times. He now gives us a couple smiles a day. I love it when babies start to smile - those toothless grins are just too cute!! I can't wait till he starts smiling back at us. :)

Kirsi has been doing super well with her potty training the last week also. She's been peeing in the potty when we put her on it for a while now, but this week, she's been telling us when she has to go! She's gone poop in the potty almost every day now and knows to tell us. She loves doing the "poo poo dance" (a silly little dance and song that I made up the first time she did it) and getting stickers for her potty triumphs.

Yesterday was a huge milestone for Kirsi, and one that I hope we can keep up. She fell asleep on her own!!! Her nap time fell at about the same time t…

Starting a new routine

Thursday, Der went back to work so that meant the start of a new routine for us. Granted, my mom is still here but it's one less set of hands to help out during the day. I'll have a month to get used to it and then my mom goes back home. It's good that I'll have the transition period because it's going to take a lot of getting used to.

With Kirsi, I got a routine established pretty quickly. I knew what I needed to bring with me if we went out and I pretty quick at getting out of the house. But now, with two kids, it's a different story. I'll get one of the kids ready to go (usually Kirsi first) and then the other one, but in the meantime, someone needs something else. A dirty diaper, someone has spit up, a spilled drink, whatever. I have to get the timing down for this new ball game!! :) Right now, I need to anticipate an hour to get out of the house.

Aidan isn't really on a schedule at all. He tends to eat every 3 hours or so but it's not…

One month old!

Aidan is one month old today. Wow! In some ways, it feels like he's been part of our family forever and in other ways it's so hard to believe that he's already a month old. He's getting bigger every day - his little legs are even starting to get a roll. :) His head is getting rounder and his cheeks are filling out, which makes his little dimples easier to see. We go to the doctor on Tuesday for his one-month checkup so we'll know how much he's grown then.

Since we got back from our little trip to Santa Cruz, we've been busy trying to fight off colds. Kirsi was the first to get one and she's still dealing with it. Der is now the one fighting off a nasty cold but he's having trouble sleeping so that isn't helping any at all! Poor little Aidan is also fighting off a cold but hopefully the antibodies from Mommy's milk will keep the worst of it away. So far, I've been able to avoid it but I'm being so anal retentive about keeping…

Santa Cruz

On Monday, Mom, Kirsi, Aidan and I headed south to Santa Cruz, a little town a couple hours south of Santiago, for a little getaway. Mom has been to Santiago twice but we haven't really gone to many places so I figured we needed to get her somewhere. When she was here in December and January, we did a day trip to Pomaire and to Vina del Mar, both of which were great. So, this time, I decided to take her to the famous Colchagua Valley with all of its world-class vineyards.

The drive down went pretty well - Aidan slept the whole time and Kirsi was in a great mood. I did OK but didn't enjoy it - I absolutely hate highway driving. Thank goodness Der and I have the agreement that he does the driving (unless he's not there!) and I do the childbirth. I thought we had taken the wrong turnoff because we couldn't see signs anywhere for Santa Cruz but in the end, we were on the right path and we got to the town. We had never been to the B&B before but we had the address…

Memory Tag (from Giftieetcetera)

Memory Tag!!

1. Add a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you. If you don't want to play on your blog, or if you don't have a blog, I'll leave my memory of you in my comments. I can't wait to see what people remember.
It'll be fun! I tag all of you!

Enough bad news for this family for a while

This past week has been a rough one for our family. First, it was Der having "bitchy bowels" as he calls it. He's over it now but it took a few days to get out of his system. Then, I had the rough bout with mastitis. I'm still on the antibiotics but at least I'm feeling better. Then, we got the news that Der's mom has to have surgery next week; we've got tons of people praying for a successful outcome. Anyone else wanting to join in the prayers is very welcome! And then, yesterday, Mom found out that her dog, Hunter, had to be put down because he had a stomach tumour and wasn't doing well at all. I think we've had enough bad news for a long time!!!

Aidan is growing every day. He's filling out and isn't that tiny newborn small anymore. His little cheeks are getting chubbier and you can really see his dimples now. Funny how he has dimples because no one in our immediate family has them. His dark hair seems to be sticking around; b…


I've got mastitis and it sucks!! I had it twice when I was nursing Kirsi but it was nothing like this. I had a very sore breast and it was red so I knew that I had to get in to the doctor to get antibiotics relatively quickly. Both times, I went in to the doctor the day after the symptoms came. This time, though, the symptoms came on super quickly and hard. Not only did I have the pain and redness in the breast, I also had flu-like symptoms - aching joints and muscles and a fever. Der convinced me to go to the ER on Sunday night (about 3 hours after I first started getting symptoms) and it was a good thing because I felt worse and worse as the night went on.

We went to the ER out here in La Dehesa because it's so much closer, but of course, the doctor had to send me to Vitacura to see the gynaecologist on call at the main clinic. Here in Chile, they don't have family doctors; every doctor has a specialty area. So, if you have a bad cold, you go to a respiratory spe…

First doctor's appointment

Aidan had his first appointment with Dr. Ronco today. All went well at the appointment and our little guy is doing well. He gained 165 grams (about 0.3 lbs) in 8 days and Dr. Ronco said that was a good gain. Aidan eats well but isn't a little porker about eating. I remember how much and often Kirsi ate, though we're sure it's because she was so hot and thirsty. What a difference! Dr. Ronco told us that since we're in the middle of the flu season that we need to limit his contact with other people, especially children, until he's 6 weeks old. He told us that we can blame him when we have to tell people that they'll have to wait to meet Aidan. :) We are to go back to see the doctor when Aidan is a month old.

Aidan is such a sweet little boy. He still is sleeping a lot and wakes up to eat and get his diaper changed. But, he's getting more alert and is staying awake for longer periods of time. It's so neat to see him looking around and taking in…