Tuesday, December 3, 2013

5 year photo shoot and 2 1/2 Twins at OneTrueMedia.com

Family photo shoot from October with both of our parents.

Nayeli Faith Foundation Fundraiser

The Nayeli Faith Foundation had it's third annual Bingo Fundraiser on October 12, 2013. It was a success!

It raised $3,299.00 and this will help CDH families that need food, gas, lodging and more. The NFF has been busy assiting families and taking phone calls. Most recently a family from Nicaragua called for support. The NFF is all on a volunteer basis. We know how it feels when you first find out about being diagnosed with CDH and knew that we needed to help others. When we were turned away from the the Ronald McDonald house because we didn't meet the strict 50 mile requierement we felt something in us to help those that would be in the same shoes. The NFF helps families that are diagnosed with CDH, NICU, readmittance and CDH clinic.

Here are some pictures from the event. To learn more about NFF please visit nayelifaithfoundation.com and LIKE NFF on FB. Thank you!

Please click on link and you will see a video that was shown at the event. Thank you!

Thank you to

Harding Martial Arts for donating the space for FREE!

Little Exlporers Mobile Petting zoo in San Leandro for donating their time to bring the animals for the children to enjoy.

Drakes Brewery in San Leandro for the Beer.

Domino's in Danville for the 15 pizzas donated to the event.
Domino's in San Ramon, Mountain Mike's pizza Danville

Starbucks in San Ramon (next to Petco) for the donated coffee for event

Thank you to all who attended in supporting the cause to help CDH families.

Thank you to the High School Key clubbers who donated their time and volunteer.

Thank you to our good friends Doug, Cidy, Ken and Paul. We couldn't have done it with out you!

To all who donated gifts, services and gift certificates to the event for the Bingo Prizes, Raffle prizes and silent auction prizes.

2 passes Gilroy Gardens...
4 Disneyland park hopper tickets
4 The Jungle passes
4 Lindsay Museum
Golden State Warriors signed autograph Andrew Bogut
Piatti's Brunch for two
Games Unlimted $25 giftcard
Cheesecake factory SF $50 WC $25
Yogurt Shack $25 gift card
49er Football only 1,000 made in 2012
Forbes Mill Steak House $500 gift certificate dinner for (4) paired dinner
4 Oakland zoo passes with parking
Sweet Street $20 gift card
Pete's Brass Rail and Car wash lunch for 2 (2)gift certificates
GR Doodlebug $20 gift certificate and $20 monkey plush
Jewels in Disguise $68 value watch
Flame Broiler (2) $25 Certificates
Tamber Bey vineyard tasting for 8
Rockin Jump 10 passes
2 Great America Passes
Sideboard $20 gift card
Edge Gymnastics one FREE camp
Boomers 8 passes for mini golf
Hopyard (2) $25 gift cards
Athens Burgers (2) $25 gift cards
Peet's Coffee Alamo (2) gift certificates for 12 months 1lb of coffee
Alamo Pizza (3) $10 gift cards
Wine Steward gift card for two flights
Bridges Golf gift certificate for four with cart
Big O Tires Gift Certificate
Katy's Corner Gift certificate for 2 for lunch or breakfast
Brass Door Gift certifcate $35
Peet's Coffee Danville girft certificate for 12 months 1lb of coffee
Starbucks Coffee and gift basket
Old Town Bakery 8 inch cake and 12 cookies
Pump it up Free guest with paid guest
San Jose Sharks Puck signed by Niemi
My Gym one free membership and 4 week class
Next Step Dance Studio Free
Paragon restaurant $100 Gift certificate
Mt. View Calistoga one night stay
2 passes SF Aquarium
Richards $100 Gift Card
Lunardi's Gift cards for food for event
Nob Hill Gift card for food for event
Best western Hotel $150 gift card
4 passes Lawrence Lab museum
Frankie Johnnie and Luigi $30 gift card for pizza of choice
SF Giants Photo and sign
Nannies and Tutors Gift card $119
See Jane Run $25 gifct card
Eric James Photography $350 gift certificate
Tower Grille (2) $15 gift certificate
Round Hill Country Club Golf for four with cart
Essence Skin facial
4 passes Dublin or Belmont Iceland Rinks
Studio Grow Gift Card $25
Luna Loca 2 combo meals
2 Raider tickets vs Pittsburgh Steelers October 2th


Sunday, September 15, 2013

First day of school (TK)

My parents came to visit the weekend before Nayeli started school. I was so happy to see them and the kids had fun with them as usual. My parents know how to spoil us by cooking and cleaning. They are awesome!

As the first day of school approached I tried to prepare myself the best I could. I took the kids to a cute amusement park. I was brave enough to go by myself since Shane had to work OT.  They listened and had fun. The night before her first day of school I bursted out crying. Shane as always was there to comfort me and be supportive. What what I do without him. I would be lost! He told me he had the day off so he would be there with me as we dropped her off. It was a big day! We took Eli, Eliana and Molly. The only one missing was Twinkie. Gosh how I miss that dog. Nayeli was very excited! I don't know if it was because she had new clothes or just because she was going to school. When we got there she was all smiles then she said she didn't see any of her friends. I told her she was going into Transitional Kindergarten and her friends were going into Kindergarten. When we picked her up she said she had fun and was ready for Kindergarten. She is so smart and funny!

She looks forward to going to school and never complains. Which means her teacher is a great one for keeping her happy and inerested. We are so proud of her!

Here are a few pictures of her first day. What a great milestone!

                                         Nayeli's TK teacher.
Nayeli's first day of school was only for ONE hour so we took her to Chuck E Cheese as first day tradition. She loved it!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

"I want to be a baby"

Shane and I went on our first over night in 5 years with out the kids in April. I had a hard time leaving and I was surprised I ended up going. My parents were so comforting and told me to go or they would go for me. They know how to make me laugh. This was so special for us and we appreciated our time together. We are going on regular date nights and we always look forward to them. This is our view from the location we stayed at along the coast. BEAUTFUL!
It's hard to believe that Nayeli will be starting Transitional Kindergarten this year. She is right on the cut off date to start Kindergarten until the following year. I had a hard time thinking of her going off to school but it's one of the big milestones she is going to go through I know I will be sobbing so I will have visine ready. Shane took one week of vaction in July and we took turns taking her places while the twins napped in the afternoon. We took her ice skating, chuck e cheese, a museum for wildlife animals that they rehabilitate, mini golf and bowling. We spoiled her with ice cream and slurpees! She loved every minute and we can see she appreciated the alone time she got with each of us. We plan on doing this more often with her.

She had her first dance recital in May. We didn't think she was going to dance because of what happened a few weeks earlier in the semester. Her regular dance teacher moved and had a fill in teacher who was great. Unfortunetly Nayeli didn't think much of her and said she didn't want to dance anymore. We were sad and didn't want to force her so we gave her a few oppurtunities to try but she just sat in class and refused to participate. I had already invested in her costume and tickets. Now what? I asked her what would have her dance again. She said if we got her a new Rapunzel dress she would do it. She drives a hard bargain. Well I was the sucker that fell for it and I was looking online for a Rapunzel dress. I think she realized the night of the recital that it was so much fun to dance and she insisted that I sign her up again. It's always on her terms. She wants to try hip hop in the fall.

In May Nayeli stayed with my parents for the first time LA for 6 days with out us. She was excited tto go and I was sad to see her leave. I fought the tears and waited to cry until she left. Then I bursted out and cried. It's hard to let go but I have to get used the idea our baby is growing up. She had the best time with Grandma and Grandpa. She asked to go to Chuck E Cheese everyday. She got her wish! She turned down the Zoo, pony rides, aquarium and Disneyland to go to Chuck E Cheese. I was shocked that she would turn down Disneyland. My mom said that the staff at Chuck E Cheese loved her so much that they kept giving her prizes for no tickets. Aha! That was it! Smart girl! She knows where to go for the perks.

I missed her so much while she was away. I sat in her room a couple of nights and cried a few times. It's hard to give her one on one time but I promised myself I would do more of it when she got back. When she came back home she cried and hugged me so tight and said she missed our house.

We play alot more games, color, puzzles or just watch tv and cuddle while the twins nap. It's nice to have that time. We appreciate it more. We went to a childrens play and she enjoyed it so much she asked if she can be in a play. She is signed up for a performing class and is singing and dancing.

Everyday we are so grateful for her health and her being here with us. She complains about tummy aches alot but then it goes awaay. We have asked the UCSF surgeons about this and they said not to worry.

As I was putting her to bed one night she asked to see baby pictures. We took the album of her when she was 4 months through 6 months. I have so many pictures! When I was putting it away she started to cry. I asked her what was wrong and she said "I want to be a baby". This isn't the first time she has cried saying this but this time she sounded so heartbrocken. I held her and said that if she were a baby she couldn't eat pizza, go to Disneyland, Chuck E Cheese etc. She was still sad and was crying. I held her and rocked her and sang to her. She was still sad. I was getting sad at this point because I can see she was sad and hurt. We gave each other a kiss goodnight and I started to pray. I look over and she was fast asleep. I thank God for comforting her. She has never fallen asleep while we are praying. I kissed her and walked out. I started to have a few tears come down. Yes I know I am crying alot lately. I think she is as scared as I am that time is flying by!

I ran my first marathon for the Nayeli Faith Foundation. I can't believe I ran 26.2 miles. Having three kids it was hard time to find time to train. All I can say is that it was worth the pain and I will do it again. Nayeli made me laugh once when she said "You can do it mommy"! "Go run 40 miles". I am thankful for my wonderful husband who was supportive and Nayeli who reminded me why I was running. This is us at the finish line with our medals. What a great day it was!!

I am thanful for our miracle! I volunteer my time to the Nayeli Faith Foundation so we can give hope, support, and help to the CDH families at UCSF. Along with the foundation I also volunteer as the President for the MOMS Club I am a member of and Kiwanis which I have been a member for over 11 years. I am one busy mommy and love the challenges my children throw at me each day. They are teaching me to be their mommy and I couldn't ask for a better boss.

Oh how I wish they would be babies again so I can cherish each one of them individually. Time doesn't stand still it just keeps flying. I stop and stare at each of them and study each little thing about them. Their hands, faces, expressions, temper tantrums. They are a wonderful gift from GOD and we are forever thankful.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Nayeli Faith Foundation Tshirts!

The Nayeli Faith Foundation has tshirts! By buying a tshirt you will be helping CDH families and CDH research at UCSF. Tshirts are $20. Please mail your check to Nayeli Faith Foundation PO BOX 3192, Danville Ca. 94526.  Upon receiving your check we will mail your tshirts. Thank you!

Twins 2 years! Nayeli almost 4 1/2 at OneTrueMedia.com

Thursday, February 21, 2013

It's been a while

I started this in December 2012 and we are now in February 2013. So much to write I don't know where to begin. I have tried to update the blog several times. I always get one sentence done and then I got interupted by one of the three waking up from naps or waking up at night. I gave up! I finally wanted to start updating and then the BLOG website decides to change it's format and I can't figure out how to update video or pictures. I am just glad I was able to put this video on. So here is the longest update ever. Get your cup of coffee ready or glass of wine and get comfortable because it's a long one.

I stopped pumping in October 2012. I can't believe I actually was BF the twins exclusively until they started solids. After they started solids they still had 5 bottles of BM a day. That required for me to pump every two hours so I wouldn't have to supplement. I had help that would come a 4 hours a day in the evening to help me with washing bottles, dinner, bathing and putting them to bed. Once I stopped pumping I didn't need help anymore. Which was great!

I resigned from my job as Animal Control Officer July 2011. I was very sad making the decision but I don't regret it. The last two years have gone so fast and all three of our children have changed so much. I got to see the twins firsts: rolling over, crawling, walking, first word, talking, figting and more! I am so grateful that I was able to become a SAHM. With that sacrifice came alot of more sacrifices. Shane had to work more OT and it was hard to keep up with bills. We were forced to foreclose on our house that we lived in after 7 years. It was auctioned off the court steps. We tried to work something out with the bank but they didn't help. We were shocked later to find out that the house sold for a price alot less than what we were trying to work out with the bank. That is why I don't like CHASE. I sometimes wonder why they give away to charities but won't help homeowners keep their homes. It was their fault in the first place to give us a loan like they did and our fault for excepting it. Lesson learned! We found a nice rental house for that we were excited to move into but then as we were moving all of our furniture the house turned out to have mold. We were in a rush to try to find something else and did within two days. We had to move out of two places because half of our furniture was still in the rental house. God always has a way in helping us through friends. We had friends help us move in two days. I had tears in my eyes when I saw everyone come and help. I couldn't do much because I was busy with the twins and Nayeli. My parents came to help me pack and that is all I could do. We are settled in our new place and signed a three year lease. We know God always has a plan for us.

I was a member of  a MOMS Club before moving and I was really going to miss all the club had to offer for SAHM. I quickly looked up the new chapter for the place we moved into and found the local chapter. The club was low on members and was close in disbanding. I stepped in became the President. I love it! The first couple of months were hard because I had no idea what I was doing. I recruited 10 new members and have the club back on track. All the members are nice and I see having long lasting friendships with all of them. The club helps and support moms who have chosen to stay at home and raise their children. I am so happy there is a club like this because we all understand and support each other.

I am currently training for the SF marathon in June. I am running the full marthon which is 26.2 miles. I am running with my husband and doing it for Nayeli Faith Foundation. I am up to running 8 miles and I am determined to finish it the full marthon in June. I have 6 hours to complete it so if I have to crawl I will. It will be an emotional run because I am raising fund for families affected by the same birth defect as Nayeli at UCSF. I clearly remember how I felt when the Ronald Mcdonald turned us down in staying at there place because we lived ONE mile too close. We were scheduled to go in within one week from the day they told us this. I was a mess! We were so grateful when God answered our prayers and our friends mother had an empty apartment she was going to allow us to stay in. It was 5 minutes away from the hospital. We were grateful we had a place to shower and lay our heads down for the night. We were by Nayeli's bedside everyday from 7am-11pm. Knowing we are helping other CDH families with food, gas, lodging etc. Is why we started the non profit foundation. That is why on June 16th will be a day I will never forget.  Shane is supportive and told me he will be by my side and run it with me. I know he is a faster runner so for him to be there with me is great. This will be his 5th marathon and 4 marathon raising funds for the NFF.  UCSF has been very grateful with the research donations the NFF has donated and helping CDH families.

I look at Nayeli everyday and when she is having a temper tantrum or pushing my buttons. I just pray and thank GOD for her being able to scream and have those wonderful temper tantrums. We are always grateful for our miracle. She has been sick with a few colds this past winter but has been very good about getting over them. When she does get sick and cough alot she tends to throw up or gag. In October 2012 she had to have a cat scan to check her GI because of her having issues with her hiatel hernia. It turned out to be ok and we just have to keep monitoring her. She also has an unbilical hernia. The Doctors at UCSF are always surprised on how well she is doing. They have mentioned that when the hiatel hernia does become an issue surgery might have to be done. We are hoping it will never come to that.

She has been nicer to her siblings. She finally said she doesn't want them to go back to the hospital. She does tell me she would like to go back inside of me and be baby again. I miss the alone time she and I once had but it also makes me sad I can't give them all the attention they individually need. It's so hard but I pray each day.  I enrolled Nayeli in tranisitional kindergarten and I am sad and happy about it. I just hope I don't change my mind and pull her out like I did preschool. She told me she doesn't want to go to school and wants to stay home with me and the kids and help me. She is sweet! She has become more helpful and always comes up to me and says "hug". I can't remember when she started to say "I love you" the last two years are a blur. I hope I wrote it down on my journal because I love hearing those words. She is taking ballet and enjoys to dance and sing. My mom bought her a wind up porcelain doll that has the song "tommorow" by annie on it. I sang that to her when I was pregnant with her and by her bedside. Amazing how these last four years have gone by.
On Nayeli's birthday we had to say goodbye to our beloved Twinkie. He started to have heart problems in 2011 and needed daily medication for that. It turned out the medication he was taking for his heart made his kidneys start failing and that is what took him from us. He left footprints in my heart. He was always by my side when I was pregnant with Nayeli and he was my boppy pillow when I would breast feed her. He would be there when Shane worked long hours and cuddled and slept with me when I would fall asleep on the couch. If I would sit down he would immediately come and sit next to me. He looked at me and had the most expressive eyes. If I was crying he wouldn't leave my side, if i was upset and mad he would find a way to make me laugh. I swear this dog understood me. I miss him dearly! The kids will always remember him because they see pictures of him all over the house. There will never be another Twinkie.

So this turned out to be a shorter update than I thought.
Enjoy this video of our photo shoot from October 2012. Nayeli turned 4 the day before the shoot and the twins were 19 months.