Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Mark Your Calendars!

I love General Conference!
Ever since my mission I just count down the months until it's conference time again.
General Conference happens two times a year.
Once in April and again in October.
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (and anyone else for that matter) get together in the Conference Center, in their homes, and in meetinghouses around the world to listen to prophets and apostles speak.
A prophet is a special man that has been called of God He has been given authority to convey special messages to Heavenly Father's children on the Earth. I am sure that you have heard about Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Isaiah. They were prophets.
When Jesus Christ was on the Earth He was kind of like a prophet, but a whole lot more since He is literally God's son.  Soon after Jesus Christ was sacrificed and had resurrected His apostles were also persecuted and many of them were killed.  The original church that Jesus Christ established started to be changed and there was no longer a prophet on the Earth.
Luckily, Heavenly Father loves his children so he called another prophet in 1820 and Jesus Christ's church was restored again on the Earth.
You can learn more about Joseph Smith and the restoration in this video:
I know that the same church that Jesus Christ established is on the Earth again, because like Joseph Smith, I also lacked wisdom and I asked of God in a prayer. I didn't see a vision or angels, but it doesn't mater because what I felt was even more powerful.  I know that anyone who wants to know can pray and also receive an answer for any question that they have.

That's why I love Conference!
Every April and every October I listen to conference with a personal question in my heart.
Then I listen for the answer.
Sometimes the answer doesn't always come in exactly what the people say, but also what I feel.
I love listening to Thomas S. Monson.  He's not just the prophet of the Mormon Church, but the prophet of the whole world!
Jesus Christ taught us to be aware of false prophets and then he taught that, "by their fruits ye shall know them." Prophets always testify of Jesus Christ, and that is exactly what President Monson does. Anyone that listens to him with an open heart will know that he is a prophet of God.

I hope that if you haven't seen or heard a conference before that you will mark your calender and that this can be the first time.
Or if this is your 181st time, I hope it is amazing.
Take this challenge.
Think of a question, it can be something simple or personal, pray about it, and I promise that you will receive an answer to your question. Promise.
You can find out more about the broadcasting of General Conference by clicking here.

Anyways, I started this blog just wanting to know what you love about conference, or what you have learned from a special conference. I hope you can leave a comment and share.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Mommies Little Monster

So -
You learn a lot as a new mom...
like to turn the inside liners of the diapers outwards so they don't leak all over the place...or, how to eat left handed while holding a wiggly human in the other arm.
At the same time you don't know everything
 - I'll admit -
I spend a lot of time "reading up" on mommy websites.
One thing that I really felt as a new mom is that
you can't spoil a newborn.
This picture is of Sergio feeding our Gringanada
her very first bottle.
I held off until week 6.
Pretty good right?
Obviously I wanted to hold off as long as I could since I didn't want her to have "nipple confusion" or any of that bla, bla, bla...
But THIS
THIS,
was an emergency.
The last 3 days this little bundle of joy of ours hasn't let me put her down, she cries for everyone but her mommy.
She won't sleep in her crib
or even so much as the couch right next to me. 
She knows where she is comfortable and she knows how to get it.
Taking a shower has been next to impossible,
let alone eating,
doing my hair,
cleaning up after ourselves,
etc, etc, etc...
BUT, it's all worth it for someone so perfect, right?
Anyway, tonight I passed our little bundle to Sergio.
He always loves holding her while he's home,
But with our recent clingy-ness issue
it became quite the dramatic experience.
Our little angel could barely take gasps of breath
between her wails.
(This was just while I was taking a bathroom break)
I HAVE CREATED A MONSTER!!!
I took her from him for a second and she
immediately calmed down.
Determined not to be outdone by someone under 10 pounds I handed her back to Sergio.
It was like the crying had never stopped.
I knew something had to be done.
I rushed to the freezer and quickly heated a bag of milk,
all under the pressure of bloodcurdling squeals.
In record breaking time she had that bottle
in the middle of her beat red face.
It was then and there that she realized that her daddy isn't so bad.
They have really bonded...
All this time I have been convinced that you can't spoil a newborn
and that our little doll was just a good judge of character...
- it turns out I was wrong -
 She just loves me for my boobs.

Pictionary:

Come on! It's going to be fun!
I am sure that you know how to play.
If not,
I show you some pictures and you,
well, you tell me exactly what is in each picture.
Now, go on and be specific!
Okay, Ready to play?
Go!
I'll give you a clue, I don't think it's baby acne...
It looks grainy, and sometimes she scratches it like it itches.
Ready, set, post your answers!!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Subliminal Messages

There have been so many things that I have wanted to write about since I have had a baby.
Due to the fact that I'm not completely sure who is in my viewing audience...and with the fear of making anyone uncomfortable, I am limiting my 5 billion inappropriate blogs to a few short notes:
 
The list goes on...
Maybe in the future I will have the courage to tell the world about all of these little postpartum experiences.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A Baby Story: One Month Later

One month ago Sergio and I were hanging out in the hospital.
The night before I had been up with sharp hip pains in my right hip.  I think I knew that they were contrations, but I was in denial.
Around 4 am I decided that the chances of me getting any sleep were pretty slim.  I woke Sergio up and asked him and my dad to give me a blessing.  They were convinced that I needed to go to the hospital right that second.  I told them I didn't need to go until my contractions were 3 minutes apart...and in my mind they were still 10 minutes between each one.
They decided that I needed to start actually timing my contractions.
It turns out they were coming a lot closer together than I imaged.
They asked me again if I was ready to go to the hospital...I told them I wanted to wait just a little bit longer. 
I had no more finished my sentence when my water broke.
It was 5 am.
I jumped in the shower and rinsed off and finished packing my to-go bag...That's right, I still didn't have my bags packed.  Like I said...I was in denial. 
It didn't take long and we were on our way.
We got to the hosptial at 5:30 am.
I don't know how or why anyone would have a baby without an epidural...but I had mine as soon as possible, it worked wonders and I was able to enjoy the rest of the experience.  The only down side is that it did make labor take a little longer, but I was finally able to get a short nap between nurses visits.
After 15 minutes of pushing...
12:35 on Feburary 9th, 2011
our little angel arived.
She was 7 lbs and 13 ounces
and 20 inches long.
She was even more perfect than we imagined.
We still haven't decided who she looks more like...since she has just the right amout of both of us.
She is a daddy's girl.
He gets all of her huge gummy smiles.
I can't belive that she is already a month old.
She now weights 9 lbs and 5 ounces
and she is 21 and 1/4th inches long.
She has the sweetest personality.
And the cutest little faces.
She's our little miracle.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Baby Blessing

Today was a very special day for our little Gringanada.
She had the opportunity to be blessed by her daddy.
In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we know that babies are perfect, clean and sinless so there is no reason for them to be baptized until they are old enough to be accountable for their own decisions.
 
What a baby does need is a special blessing of guidance from their Heavenly Father.
You might remember how Jesus Christ blessed the children while he was on the Earth.  These special blessings are still available in His church today through worthy priesthood holders.
She sure looked beautiful on her big day.
And she even had some baby bling.
Some of the special things that were said in her blessing were:
  • Reminding her that she had just left the arms of perfect parents.
  • Now that she is on this Earth she has parents that love her and care for her and they are glad to get to to be co-parcipitantes with Heavenly Father to raise her.
  • She will be healthy and strong.
  • She will need to listen to the spirit.
  • She will always feel close to her Heavenly Father and to Jesus Christ.
  • She will go to primary and when she turns 8 she will be baptized.
  • When the time comes she will make covenants in the temple.
  • She will listen to her parents as long as what they say is righteous.
  • And overall she will learn to be guided by the Holy Ghost. 
It was beautiful.
It just reminded me even more how special she is.

After church we had a lunch with some of our family and friends.
She got passed around and held and hugged by everyone.
She's sure is one loved little girl.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Gringanada: A simple definition.

Gringa:
grin·ga–noun
(in Latin America or Spain) a female foreigner, especially one of U.S. descent.
 
Empanada:
em·pa·na·da–noun
Latin-American Cookery: a turnover filled with chopped or ground meat, vegetables, etc., and usually baked or fried.

Gringanada:
grin·ga·na·da–noun
A small angel sent from a loving Heavenly Father. A perfect mix of sugar and spice and everything nice. Baked for nine months and 4 days.