Isabella Frances is 18 Months + SoFL’s Flamingo Gardens

Isabella officially turned a year and a half on Wednesday #toddlermilestone! The saying is really true, time flies when you’re having fun! There have been a few moments most recently, where I catch myself looking at her in sheer amazement at how much she’s grown in the last few months. I guess I’m still in disbelief that Isabella is a toddler! In another six months she’ll be 2.  I. CAN’T!

I’m also noticing as she gets older, it’s nearly impossible to get photos of her (especially if you ask, she usually laughs and runs away) so I’m sharing photos from our weekend trip to Flamingo Gardens in south Florida as part of her 18 month update.

Isabella at Flamingo Gardens

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We’re continuing to be blown away by the development of Isabella’s language skills. The girl can be a little chatterbox (wonder where she gets that from) at times. She’s already repeating little phrases and short sentences.

New Words & Phrases:

Please and Thank you

Let’s go bye-bye/outside!

Dame puño = fist bump

fix it!

milk (sounds more like mitz or miltz)

catch it!

ojos = eyes (she says them both)

feet

la casa = house

we’re here!

where are you?

Cheerios

inside

don’t cry (sounds like don’t kai)

wait!

meow

flowers

happy

car seat

seat belt

spoon

doggie foods

I’m sorry, mama

take/turn it off

soup

She started to copy us when we sing songs—she will sing the same notes as us and it’s absolutely adorable. Her favorite songs are “if you’re happy and you know it, wheels on the bus, twinkle, twinkle little star…she can do the actions for all of the songs too— it’s adorable— she rubs her eyes with her little fists for “the babies on the bus go wa wa wa”.

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Favorite Moments, Memories & Milestones:

She’s still pretty shy in new situations but sometimes she surprises us—she hams it up if she’s in the right mood. In the grocery store she always waves and says “bye-bye” as we’re checking out and leaving.

Though she’s still a very good eater, she’s demanding when it comes to what she’ll eat and when. She’s ALWAYS in the mood for bananas, doesn’t matter what time of day (or night) it is. She’s even had full on meltdowns a few times when we didn’t have them. Needless to say,we try to make sure we always have a few in the house.

She answers questions with yes or no all the time now.

She knows her colors now and correctly identifies them most of the time.

She has also mastered the fake cry and dramatic meltdown when she doesn’t get what she wants.

She loves stickers! She likes to put them on herself, toys, books, etc.

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one of my fave daddy daughter photos

I’m going to start giving more sporadic updates now that we are in full-on toddler mode, maybe every three months or so, but I’m so happy I kept up with her updates so I can look back on them. She has changed so much, it has truly been a gift to watch her grow and develop.

I hope you had a great weekend! We had so much fun at the Flamingo Gardens, definitely check it out if you’re ever in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area. During summer months, I recommend going in the morning or evening hours when the humidity isn’t as bad. Thanks again for reading!

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Happy Father’s Day + Daddy Moments

I’m so blessed to be married to a truly amazing man who is already an exceptional father and I’m excited to celebrate him today!

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He’s always put his family first, given us his time and attention, his unwavering support and unconditional love. When our beautiful baby girl arrived, I was absolutely blown away at just how amazing he was— both as my partner, helping me through recovery and the emotional highs and lows, and of course as a dad to our little girl. 


He’s our provider. Our Rock. He’s the glue keeping our crazy beautiful family together. I’m looking forward to creating many more memories together.   


Happy Father’s Day!

Surviving Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease

Hello and happy Friday folks! Hope all of you are had a great week. Hubs and I had a recent brush with a toddler illness unlike any other: Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD). Yup, it’s a real thing! A real scary thing. It’s a horrific and, unfortunately common,toddler illness.

What the heck is Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease, you ask?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a common viral illness that usually affects infants and children younger than 5 years old. However, it can sometimes occur in adults. Symptoms of hand, foot, and mouth disease include fever, mouth sores, and a skin rash.”

I wasn’t too familiar with HFMD prior to Isa getting it. Though I vaguely remember reading another mommy blogger I follow a while back, describing her little one’s experience with it. Describing our experience in 1 word: Brutal. This is one of the most gnarly, grossy-gross viruses out there! It broke our hearts seeing our baby girl so miserable and inspired this post.

We initially didn’t notice anything with Isabella that was out of the norm or cause for concern until the virus hit full force.

The Symptoms

The rash. This came almost immediately. It first appeared as a few little red bumps, two to be exact, right around Isabella’s belly button followed by what I thought were just flushed cheeks, but quickly realized after a closer look, was a rash much like what you see with an allergic reaction or even Asthma. A few more red bumps popped up on her chin and one on her lip.

Day 1: The Rashes
Day 5: The rashes turned into blisters

Oh, how we couldn’t have been more wrong. Once the fever came back it caused a flare up with the rash, which then turned into patches of blisters covering most of her arms, legs, both hands and feet. Worst of all, they were on her lips and inside of her mouth. That was enough for us to just bring her to the closest pediatric urgent care and from there she was diagnosed her as having HFMD.

Since HFMD is most contagious during the incubation period, sending her back to daycare wasn’t an option. When we followed up with her pediatrician, he strongly suggested we air on the side of caution by keeping her home for a week and wrote a script for “Magic Mouthwash”. I know…I actually chuckled a lil seeing it written on the bottle’s label. Here’s a recipe for this “magic” concoction.

Prevention & Treatment

There isn’t a vaccine to protect against the viruses that cause HFMD nor is there a specific treatment for it. However, there are a few things you can do to combat the symptoms and contain the spread.

  • Consult your child’s doctor.
  • DO keep your little one hydrated. Cool fluids and foods help sooth mouth sores. Ice pops and ice cream also may help. Check out kid-friendly ice pop recipes here and here.
  • DON’T give your child spicy or acidic foods and drinks, such as tomato sauce or orange juice. These foods can irritate mouth sores.
  • DO give your child acetaminophen like Tylenol or ibuprofen (such as Advil) to reduce fever and pain relief.
  • DON’T give your child aspirin! It’s been linked to Reye Syndrome, a pretty serious disease. No Bueno!
  • DO wash your hands! And do it often, especially after touching a blister or changing diapers (which should be standard practice).
  • DON’T let your child share toys or eating utensils and try (being the operative word) not to give kisses while he or she is infected.
  • DO apply hydro-cortisone cream or calamine lotion to blisters to help relieve itchy skin.

It’s been almost three weeks and Isabella seems to have made a full recovery. Thank the Lord! The sores in her mouth are gone and the scabs from the blisters have all fallen off. I hope this information was super helpful. Thanks for reading and have a FABULOUS weekends, lovelies!

Isabella Frances: 17 Months Old!

I recently looked back at some of Isabella’s newborn photos of Isabella and we’re just astonished at how much our baby girl has grown. I still can’t believe how quickly the time has gone by!

 

This month, Isabella was far more talkative. She’s learned a few new words and phrases, even made up some of her own! The biggest surprise to us, how fast she’s starting to form sentences.

New Words & Phrases:

I’m sorry

Where are you?

Not nice!

I/You do it!

says thank you, gracias and signs it too!

shoes

shirt

socks

books

school

says “boo-boo” when she sees a band-aid

kitty cat

one, two, three and will sometimes say uno and dos.

cereal

nanas for banana

She’s been testing her boundaries and has thrown a few tantrums here and there, as expected from a toddler. She can be pretty dramatic when she doesn’t get what she wants, but we continue to practice positive reinforcement and redirecting. We’ve also noticed how protective of her personal space, mostly during meal time.

Favorite Moments, Memories & Milestones:

 

Isa still loves “Wheels on the Bus”, she’s repeating more of the song’s lyrics and doing the hand movements to match. Another song we’ve been singing a lot lately is the “Itsy Bitsy Spider”. Watching her little fingers as her eyes light up…she’s so awesome!
She loves to give high 5s and she always says “Yeah!” as she does it.

Still enjoys reading together. One of her faves is “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do you see?” It truly amazes me, just watching her holding her book, turning each page like she’s reading and saying “teacher, teacher” and “children, children” as she points at the different pictures.

She still loves being tickled. Within the last week or so she’s started to tickle us.

Does lots of pretend play these days— says “hello” whenever she hears our phones ring, reads to me or her teddy bear when I ask for story time.

OUR FUN WEEKEND

Hello and happy Sunday! This was a pretty fun-filled family weekend for us, which is much appreciated after spending 2 days in bed sick with a stomach bug. Silver lining: I’m able to fit back into a pair of my pre-baby skinny jeans :.)

Saturday we attended a birthday party for one of Isabella’s daycare classmates. The party was held at a cute little park just a few short miles from our house. It was already pretty humid by late morning, so we only stayed for a couple of hours. Isa and the rest of the kids enjoyed themselves nonetheless.


Now that she’s conquered her fear of going down the slide, it’s become her fave thing. Well, that and the swing.

I absolutely LoVE everything about these quit snaps I took with my iPhone! And I love even more is hearing that beautiful giggle and following laughter!! She’s such a happy girl…our crazy funny, happy girl. I’m super blessed to be her mama. 

Papi & Isabella picnic
Sunday my mom and I took the kids to Melbourne, which is little over an hour away from us. We met up with some family friends for a picnic in the park. Knowing we’re spending a pretty good amount of time in the car going and coming back, I did my usual prepping the night before. It just makes our morning routine run so much smoother.

We arrived into Sebastian’s Inlet around 11am. Thankfully parking was fairly easy to navigate for a first time visitor.

The kids had a blast! There were quite a few activities to keep them busy from swimming to flying kites and a good sized pavilion for all of us to fit underneath comfortably. 

Hope you all had as much fun this weekend as we did. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful week! 

Our Weekend…

What a week it was!

Last week was ridiculously busy at work. Lots of changes within my department, but all for the good. I officially transitioned into my new position, which I’m super excited for what the future will hold for me and my new work teammates.

I decided to take Saturday and Sunday off to spend some much needed family time with my two favorite people.

Saturday morning Frank and I took lil Miss Isabella to My Gym. We’re wrapping up our last couple of weeks there and Isa is still loving it so much. The slide and the swing are her faves!

After working up an appetite at My Gym, the three of us headed over to KeKe’s Breakfast Café for an early brunch. KeKe’s is one of our go-to breakfast/brunch spots because the food and service are always great.

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I know what you’re probably thinking…omg, that hair though!? Lemme tell you, the girl has hair for days.

Today was pretty relaxing. Isabella and I spent the day with my parents while Frank worked, which is  our Sunday tradition. We come ove,