My 3 & 4 Year Olds Night Time Routine

This is my babies night time routine on most nights. It’ll change obviously when they’re sick or we’re out late but most of the time it goes just like this.

Hey guys, since I made a morning routine I thought I would make a night-time one now.

Hope you guys enjoy! 🙂

4:30-5:00PM

I’ll start on dinner, this night I made chicken with rice and avocado with tomatoes in lime.

We’ll pray for our food before we start to eat.

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Then, once finished which Noah is usually done first then Lydia is always the last one done. They’ll both put their plates in the sink and I’ll clean the kitchen and wash the dishes. While I’m washing the dishes they’ll either play with daddy or watch a show.

Once I’m all done with the kitchen, its time to brush their teeth.

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They first brush their own teeth and then I brush it for them. 🙂

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Next, it’s usually time for bath time. I’ll usually take them a bath every other day or if that day they got really dirty.

I love these moments because I know that one day they’ll outgrow it and take a shower separately. These moments are something that I will always cherish. 🙂

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This night I had to cut their nails. They love watching me cut their nails, they’ll just watch everything I’m doing. Hahaha

7:30PM

Then, we’ll head to their room and its time to read some books! They love to get under the covers in Noah’s bed together while we read books to them.

Every night when I say “Ok time to get ready for bed.” Noah will say “Are we gonna read books?” This is honestly one of his favorite times of the day. They love books so much, I love it.

Usually me and my husband will switch who reads to them and this night it was my turn. We’ll read to them at least 3 different books. I like to pick 2 fun/silly books and then a Bible story.

Once we’re done reading we’ll tell them to say Goodnight and give goodnight kisses to each other.

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Once we’re done its time to pray.

My husband will pray with Lydia our daughter.

And I will pray with Noah our son.

As you can tell he was tired. Lol!

8:00PM

Then, its time for bed. We’ll tuck them in and turn the night lights on and give them good night kisses and wish them both sweet dreams.

That is all for their night-time routine, thank you for reading!

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2018 Wishlist

Since its a New Year and have seen a couple bloggers post their wish list thought I would too. 🙂

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  1. New Purse. For a while now I’ve been wanting a bigger purse one specifically like the one in the picture. Brown and that has three separations because I sometimes still carry some stuff for my kids and I’d love to be able to separate it all.
  2. Slip-ons.  I’ve always loved toms and sandals, shoes that can go on quickly and these are really cute in a light color.
  3. BOOTS! Probably too late but I’d love to have some cute knee high boots. I used to have some that ripped and they were my favorite. I loved dressing in my knee high boots a nice top and a cardigan. Definitely my staple outfit 😉
  4. Crimper I think girls hair is so pretty when after they braid it and unfortunately my hair doesn’t really create those cute waves naturally because its so straight. So I’d love a crimper to be able to create those waves.
  5. Dainty Jewelry I love the look of really dainty necklaces and bracelets. I’d love to collect more throughout the year.
  6. Sandals Spring is around the coroner and then summer and definitely need to get some new cute sandals!
  7. Home Decor I’d love to invest in some nice decoration pieces for our bedroom, kids room and living area for when we move.
  8. Sunglasses Summer is coming, need some cute new glasses! Lol
  9. Brush Pens I’ve been really loving practicing brush lettering when I have some free time, my husband bought me some basic colors from this brand as well for christmas they’re super great and I would love some pastel colors next.

Someone that wasn’t in my life.

I honestly don’t know why I’m writing this. I know he will never ever read this so that’s one reason and I just want to get all my feelings out.

I grew up with two older siblings (way older) and my mother who has been both Mom & Dad in my life.

I never once have asked my mom any questions about him. I never truly missed him because I never had any memory of him. My mother has been both the best mom and dad. I don’t even know the story behind it all.

Why he’s not in our lives? Why he left? I have no idea and honestly I don’t want to know.

But, once I had kids something inside just made me ask so many questions.

What if he was in my life? What if he was more in my kids life’s? Why has he never cared? What if he walked me down the aisle? Why has he never called? Why hasn’t he ever visited?

Having kids, and seeing my husband and my father in law with my kids has made me question so many things and desire my father to be in my life like my husband is with my kids or my father in law is with my kids and then I think why am I caring and wondering so much if he has never cared in my 25 years of life. He’s never spent a birthday with me, or even called or sent a nice letter. Why am I going to make the effort, I never did  anything to him?

(I didn’t think writing this would make me emotional) 😦

Something in my heart hurts and loves every time my husband has such a loving bond with our kids, especially our daughter. Its the most beautiful thing and makes me so emotional every time.

In the end, I’m so thankful that my son and my daughter have an amazing father that is 100% in there lives, who is loving, a great example and I know always will be there for them no matter what and they have an incredible Grandpa who has been the best Grandpa to them and they don’t need more.

 

This is Daddy with our kids.

 

I love my mom so much and I am so incredibly thankful for everything she’s done in our lives. For my sister, my brother and I. She’s always put 100% in everything to make sure we succeed, she’s done an amazing job of being a mother and a father. I’ll be forever grateful for her love, her hard work, her comfort, her discipline and everything else she’s done and given to us. She’s an amazing women all in all.

This Our Mother with the 3 of us.

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I just needed to get these words out….

 

 

 

 

 

YouTube Channel

Hello to everyone following my blog 🙂

So as of recently August 28, 2017 I created a YouTube Channel. I created it so that I could post of stuff like I do here but, better explain and because I want to share my journey as a mother and tips of what makes it easier for me. Also, because I want to be able to look back on them one day and see how everything once was for me and see my kids through out the years.

I have barely only uploaded two videos you’re all welcome to go follow me. I’d love it if you guys all subscribed.  2ToCherish

My Son’s Heart

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To this day I still remember the moment our doctors talked to my husband and I about our sons heart condition. A little perspective as to the way I felt is a clip from the movie Miracles from Heaven. Before, this doctor appointment we had many ultrasounds but, no one would tell us what was wrong also, this was our first baby so we did not know that this many ultrasounds wasn't normal.

I remember sitting with my husband on a bench in the ultrasound room and a nurse told us to wait for the doctor because he was going to speak to us. Honestly, I knew something was coming but, never imagined the words that the doctor said would actually be true.

The doctor came in, he sat down in front of us as my husband and I held hands. He looked serious with some papers on his lap. My husband and I just waiting and waiting for whatever was about to happen. Finally words come out, the doctor says "We've found in your sons heart that he has a hole. "

I remember in that moment, time froze for me. I couldn't hear anything else or even see anything else. Hearing words like that just such small words, how can they affect someone so much?

The doctor then kept explaining to us. Well mainly to my husband because I honestly couldn't grasp anything anymore. He drew a diagram of what our sons little baby heart looked like. He said that he didn't only have a hole in his heart which is a VSD. (Ahole in the septum between the heart's two lower chambers is called a ventricular septal defect) but he said he also had Transposition of the Great Arteries as well and that is called TGA (the aorta is connected to the right ventricle, and the pulmonary artery is connected to the left ventricle — the opposite of a normal heart's anatomy.)

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He explained to us that when our son would be born, he'd come out purple/blue and that he'd most likely need immediate open heart surgery and me as a mother wouldn't get that immediate one on one time with my baby because the doctors would need to take him immediately.

He said that nothing that we did caused this. He said that every 1 in 3,300 babies is affected by this heart condition and our baby was that 1.

After we said goodbye to the doctor, I told my husband I needed to use the restroom. I tried so hard to not freak out or show him my fear. But, I remember that moment in that restroom I screamed and cried like a baby. I never thought something like this would be happening to my baby.

 

Up until September 24, 2013 we'd get weekly doctor visits to monitor him and ultrasounds to check his heart.

On September 24, 2013 also his due date and our wedding anniversary, it was our 40 week doctor appointment, we went in at 4:00PM and they monitored him for an hour or so.

The doctor looked at his movements, and called us in. She told us that our baby wasn't moving so much and since we were there already that she wanted to induce.

So, we called family and said its time. My sister brought our hospital bag and also stayed with us to help out.

By 6:00PM img_3866I was in a hospital room, hooked up and ready to have our baby boy.  I was so excited to finally see our baby boy, I was so scared because I didn't know what was going to happen. In all these emotions I didn't want to show my family how nervous and scared I was. If I showed them I would just get more nervous and scared.

I went through labor all natural, as it was my plan although there were moments where I yelled at everyone because I wanted the epidural but, thanks to my husband and my sisters help I was able to stick to my plan.

Hours and hours passed by and finally at 8:00 AM September 25, 2013 , our little miracle baby was born. They cleaned him up and immediately took him to the NICU and thankfully my husband was allowed to follow.

While they where cleaning him, Noah was crying and my husband was by his side and the doctors told my husband to talk to him and as soon as he talked to him he opened his little eyes and stopped crying. My husband was able to capture that in these next pictures. Sweetest thing 🙂

 

 

 

My sister stayed by my side and I remember looking at her and asking her how he looked and just wondering how he was doing. My husband had left his phone behind and I asked a nurse if she could take it to him so he can take some pictures for me so he can show me.

I felt like hours and hours passed by when I suddenly see my husband and a young nurse walk in, not noticing what the nurse was holding. My sister says "Tania, Look!" and in her arms was my little baby boy. I cried with so much joy because she was able to bring him in for a minute before they had to take him again.

 

 

 

I just wanted to hold him forever. But they had to take him again. Later, they told us that our son didn't have TGA but he had CCTGA- Congenitally Corrected Transposition of the Great Arteries

(it is a rare heart defect in which the heart’s lower half is reversed. It is also called L-TGA. It is different from and much less common than “regular” transposition of the great arteries (TGA or D-TGA). To understand CCTGA, it helps to first understand how a normal heart works.)

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Noah was in the NICU for a whole week, just being monitored by all the doctors. Finally, October 5, 2013 we got the ok that we can take him home. 🙂

He, thank God was not born blue/purple and didn't need open heart surgery to this day and he gets monitored every 6 months. He is as active as any 3-year-old toddler or maybe even more. Lol! He is the sweetest most tender little boy and I know God has a huge meaning for his life. I can't thank God enough everyday for such a beautiful miracle he has allowed my husband and I to raise and love every second of the day.

 

 

 

 

I wrote this with my heart, my hands are shaking and tears in my eyes. But, this Is a story I wanted to share.

I hope you all enjoyed reading my son Noah's Heart story.

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How I keep my kids calm in Church

I have two kids, Noah who is 3 almost 4 in September and Lydia who is 2 1/2. We go to church every Sunday if we do not go its because someone is sick but we try our best to go most Sundays. My kids are not perfect and these things don’t always work but, they do help a lot.

These are some things that help our kids to stay quiet and entertained most of the time at church or at a restaurant.


  • Prep Talk

    So before we head into church we sometimes tell our son who loves to “race”.

-No racing inside of church, we have to be calm inside of church. I make sure to tell him its OK if you “Race” outside or after church but not inside.

-We need to be quiet when Bro Bob our Pastor is speaking and then I tell him when he is all done then we can go play.

So I always try to comprise with him. My daughter Lydia is very shy so most of the time she’ll be pretty quiet unless she sees her brother or her cousins run around.


  • Entertainment

    So since I do have two toddlers they can’t just sit down on there own and listen to the preaching yet. So its necessary to take some sort of entertainment for both of them to keep them quiet.IMG_3645

-For my 3 year old son, I like to take his favorite cars. Which are Mcqueen and Mater from Disney Cars. The cars keep him entertained for a good 20-30 minutes.

-For my 2 year old daughter, I’ll take some books of her favorite characters or even some learning books with colors and shapes.

-For both of them I’ll also take a coloring book and some stickers. That’ll keep them entertained for quit a bit. I try to not give them these specifics coloring books during the week so that when it comes to the day when I need them to be entertained by them they are actually entertained by its something new.


  • Snacks

    -What kid doesn’t love some snacks? Obviously at a restaurant this isn’t helpful. But if its a restaurant I like to make sure my kids aren’t “starving” and if they are when the waiter comes to ask for your drinks, have your kids order ready so they can put it in as soon as possible. No one wants a grumpy toddler in a restaurant. 🙂IMG_3639

That is what we do to keep our kids calm “MOST” of the time at church or restaurant. If those things don’t work then the tablet comes out. But, that hasn’t happened yet so they’ve worked for us 🙂

Let me know if you have any tips that can help me out or other mommies our there.

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Potty Training a Boy and Girl

I potty trained both my son and daughter. A lot of things I learned, hope it helps fellow mommies as well.

My son Noah is now 3 and fully potty trained. I tried to potty train him when he was around 18 Months but, found out it was too soon for him, he wasn’t ready.

At 2 Years old, I tried again and before hand I researched a lot. Before I started to actually start the training I’d read Potty books, and every time he’d pee or poop in his diaper I’d make sure he knew what it was. That helped a lot.

It was May 25,2016. I then started the 3 day 13308578_919749431480356_6269471818295064299_omethod, no diaper and no underwear. I got an app by pull-ups called “time to potty” where you sign up for free and put your kids info, like age and time they wake up and go to sleep and then you have a timer that lets you chose how much time to wait before you take them to the potty. I also got some suckers and stickers and told him if he went pee in the potty he’d get one as a reward.IMG_3567

The first day was not easy at all, a lot of pee accidents some accomplishments but not many. The second day a little bit more of accomplishments but still many accidents. He didn’t like the feeling of pee on him though he’d tell me immediately and then sit down on the potty after the accident. The third day was a huge surprise by the way the other days went I thought that potty training was gonna go on for a couple more days but, the third day it seemed to click in his head, and he’d tell me “Mommy I need to go pee pee!”

I was so surprised, that third day he didn’t have any accidents at all after that he goes on his own. The only thing that was a bit of a struggle for him is #2 he would get scared and didn’t like having to poop in the potty. That is the only thing that took a while for him to get used to but, I’ve read that its very normal for most children to be nervous/scared of going #2 anywhere other than there diaper.

Going out in public we’d always carry around his potty and later bought a compact one that we love.

 

Now, my daughter Lydia is 2 years old. I tried to also potty train her at 18 months old but, like Noah she wasn’t ready yet. She didn’t fully understand what it all meant I had to 18698379_1271785616276734_6930291902203310902_nexplain everything better. So every time she’d pee or go #2 I’d tell her what it was or I’d also sometimes show her stuffed animals going “pee”.

Once she turned 2, I waited a little and kept just showing her what everything meant. She then started to tell me when her diaper had pee or poo and if it was too full she hated it. To me those are some huge signs that she was ready.

One day she then told me “mommy poo poo”. I wondered maybe she’ll go in the potty because I had checked her diaper and it was empty. So I asked her if she wanted to go on the potty and she said yes. So I sat her on our toilet, we bought a 2 in 1 for our toilet so that Noah can use it as well so she was so happy because she was sitting on the “potty”. I  never thought she would actually go. But a couple of minutes passed by and yup she went #2. I even cried, because she is my baby and to me going potty in the toilet kinda means they’re not babies anymore.

After that I thought it would be so easy to potty train her since she was the one who told me that she needed to go. That next week I said I’d dedicate it into potty training her so I started Monday and yes there were a lot of accidents, day 2 as well and day 3 I thought since Noah had been so easy she’d be the same. But, we got to realize every baby isn’t the same. She goes pee and poo super easy every time I ask her but, that’s just it. She won’t tell me when she needs to. So for now still learning on that, I have a constant timer every 20-30 minutes after she drinks liquid and ask her to go to the potty and every time she says “Yes!” but, if I don’t ask her she’ll most likely have an accident.

 

Every baby is different Noah was trained in 3 days but struggled to go poo. Lydia, poo’d her first time on the potty but, won’t tell me when she needs to go. So every child is different we have different things we need to learn.

Let me know how you guys did it and if you guys have same situation with me like I do with my daughter.

 

Thank you for reading!

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