Sunday, December 30, 2007

Our 1st Month Anniversary

Can you believe that today it makes one month since Luka's homecoming. It is hard to believe to see how much our lives have changed in just 30 days. We celebrated our one month anniversary by taking Luka to his 1st pool party. You have to check out the photos and videos...not because he is my son...but damn is he cute!

Luka & Daddy in the Pool


Luka & Mami in the Pool


Luka Learns to Flirt

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Our First Christmas Together

We had a great Christmas this year. We started off with the traditional Cuban Noche Buena feast with 13 of our closest friends here in Maputo and then on Christmas Day we went to mass with Luka for the first time. He behaved very well...his favorite part was the music. After church we went to visit his friends at the orphanage and take some Christmas cake for the kids. The ladies could not believe how big he was getting. One of them didn't even recognize him. Mass was a 8 am so we didn't open any presents in the morning. When we got back home we put his Christmas pj's back on and opened some presents. He had some gifts from friends and a couple from mommy and daddy. He wasn't really amused with the presents. His favorite thing BY FAR was the paper. You should see the photos of him enjoying playing with the Christmas wrapping. I think next year I will just wrap the wrapping paper. Here are some videos for you to enjoy.

Getting ready for Noche Buena - Christmas Eve Dinner


Luka learns to sit up on his own:

I will work on uploading all of our photos today. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Luka Keeps Growing

It has been three weeks since Luka's arrival and he is growing like weed. Yesterday we had a doctor's appointment and he weighed 5.22 kg (up from 3.6 kg). That means he is weighing 11.5 lbs! What an improvement from 8 pounds and you can definitely tell in the pictures from our album. I swear I have never been so happy about seeing a double-chin and cellulite in my life! He also grew from 55 cm to 57 cm. That is a good growth spurt for a month and it was only three weeks. Even the doctor was impressed when he sat up on his own and started grabbing things from her hand...something he wasn't even attempting on his first visit.

Life as a mother and father has been interesting to say the least. JJ and I are taking turns waking up early and at night since JJ is home on "daddy leave." He is here everyday and Luka is starting to recognize us as his parents...well I think he is.

I think the hardest thing about having a new baby is that you have to learn to do things fast or in sections. He eats almost every two hours and it takes anywhere from 30 -45 minutes to feed him. So if you count prep time you better be done with your task in about 55 minutes. Shopping is a challenge. I have become a very quick shopper. But I have noticed that most of the personal things (phone calls, emails, bills, etc.) get done when he is down for the night. You would think that I would be dead since I have been up since 5 am, but somehow you find the energy to finish what you need to do and then wake up early the next day. I would have never believed you if you told me I would be up till 12 - 1 am and up at 5 am AND function well enough to carry, change, feed a child and pop in a Barney DVD.

Today was our first walk down to the park and use of our "borrowed" stroller. I don't know if he enjoyed it. To tell you the truth he looked kind of scared...it might have been daddy's driving. The picture above was taken today.

I promise the next entry won't be about Luka....I surely must have more to talk about than my son!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Happy Holidays from Mozambique

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the three of us in Maputo, Mozambique! This has turned out to be a very good year for our family and we have many things to be thankful for.

Christmas is almost here and I still can't get used to having Christmas in the SUMMER. You might say, but aren't you from Miami where it is summer all year round! But if you are from Miami you hope that on Christmas you can at least wear a sweater and if you walk outside on December 25th you can sometimes feel a cool winter breeze. Well, not here...we are in the middle of the summer. The cable channels are promoting their summer Christmas movies and holiday line-up..."summer Christmas"....does this sound strange to anyone else?

Okay, okay...so I know that half of the globe is also in summer right now...but i just can't get used to it. I mean if it is summer then does Santa wear a big fluffy suit or is it more like bermudas and a Hawaiian shirt?

Maybe I am just really homesick or maybe I just miss the notion of sitting by the fireplace, drinking hot chocolate and listening to Christmas carols. Again, you might say....fireplace in Miami...well, every Christmas my parents would turn the air conditioner the coldest it could possibly go and make a warm fire in our fireplace...it was GREAT!

It is way past my bedtime, so for now I will go to sleep and dream about a White Christmas!

Saturday, December 08, 2007

One Week and Counting...

It has been a week since we became a family. Luka is a completely different baby than when he arrived home just 7 days ago. Just in that time he has learned how to grab things with his hands, he puts them in his mouth, he grabs his bottle, holds his head up when he is on his tummy and has discovered his feet. These are just some of the many things he couldn't do last Friday. It is amazing what love, attention and good nutrition will accomplish.

Our first week as parents has been interesting. You know getting used to having this little human being that depends on you for everything. For us it was strange...on Thursday we are a married couple with no kids and on Friday we are carrying around a baby bag. On Friday night I kept waking up and pinching myself to make sure that it was real....we finally had a son!

We can't really say it has been hard...Luka is such a great baby and at eight months he has survived an orphanage so he doesn't complain much. I predict that after a few more weeks of mommy and daddy spoiling him he will start asking for more things.

We are still getting to know him, but just after a week we have developed a routine...Boy does this child like to nap! He naps at 10 am, 3 pm, 7 pm then he sleeps from 10 pm - 6 am. I know that other parents reading this must be jealous. But I think that prior to living with us he wasn't able to rest quietly. He has also grown a lot in one week and the doctor says he is sleeping more due to his rapid growth and the greater amount of food he is getting. He already up to 9.59 lbs!!!!

What else can I tell you about Luka Dario...well, he loves his bath time as you can see from the photos above. You can see more bath time photos here.

I think I am going to sleep and wait for my 6 am wake up call. Come back to hear more about Luka and our holiday season in Mozambique. The Christmas tree went up today...Luka's first Christmas photos will come soon.

Luka Dario's Birth Announcement


Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Making a Mess


Luka Dario has been home with us for 5 days and he is thriving! He has learned how to hold himself up on his tummy. He also started grabbing things with his hands and today we went to the doctor and he gained 500 grams since his arrival. We are so proud of him!

We are even proud of the BIG mess he makes when he eats. Please don't pay any attention to my jibberish in the video. I was trying to get him to laugh so that you can see his beautiful smile. I hope you can see it behind all that baby food.