The Garcia Family

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

A Paradigm Shift

The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, said:

“Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

Patience

My husband just posted something to my Facebook wall, thanking me for being a patient and loving mother. He knows how trying the 2 year old has been and I must say I've been really good at being patient throughout the tantrums and time outs, it is what it is; totally normal! As I finish reading and replying to his post this happens:

(scene: Addi carrying around a wooden Santa statue that is as big as she is, and showing it everything throughout the house)

Addi:
"See Santa, beautiful balloon"
"See Santa, Baby Jesus, no touch Baby Jesus Santa"
"See Santa, Baby Sister"
"See Santa, Mommy's toes"

....goes on for about 2 minutes and I figure it's harmless...then I hear:

"See Santa, tampons"

Of course I jump up: run to her room, only to find a sea of wrappers, string, and cotton.

Motherhood.

Patience. *Banging head on wall*

Thanks and Giving

Here it is, an update. I've been hearing it from the husband, the family, and friends, about the lack of blogging; frankly it's hard with one on the breast, and the other swinging from the nearest chandelier. Those that know me, have known that I was always going to be a lawyer, until of course I was going to be a psychiatrist: I never thought I would actually be both and the flashy title would be "stay at home mom". I really do have the best job in the world, but frankly at this point I also think it's the hardest and I've held some pretty challenging positions in the past. I find myself pleading and persuading, day in, day out with the tantrum throwing two year old, and doing the best Jedi mind tricks possible to keep her from a Chernobyl-esque meltdown.

Addison is all we ever imagined her to be, and then some. She's wise beyond her years and keeps us on our toes. She is such an affectionate little lady and makes everyone's day around her, I wouldn't just assume that, I hear it daily. She challenges us: our patience, our wit, as well as our time management and listening skills. I now realize what it's like for parents to have hopes and dreams for their children, but to be honest, as long as she finds something later in life that is just a sparkle of how happy she is every day, I know she'll be in for a lifetime of happiness and adventure. She talks non stop, and is very imaginative which makes for some pretty amazing moments. She is a girlie girl who loves to play dress up, sing and dance all day long but will still tackle and rough house with the best of them.



Addi: "mama, say ice cream"
Me: what babe?
Addi: "say ice cream mama"
Me: ice cream.
Addi: "okay, sure"

She's a sneaky one!!

Olivia is the other side of our familial scale. She is patient, calm, and oh so cuddly. Addi has brought me laughter and joy, Livi beyond a shadow of a doubt, has brought me peace. With this peace also the realization that life has become a lot more simplified since having Livi in some ways, and a little more complex in others.

Both of the girls had their check-ups this past week: Addi is a 30 pound, 3' tall 2 year old, and Addi is a 12 pound, 23" long almost 2 month old, and thanks be to God, as healthy as can be.

Sidebar: Forgive me if my mood changes, the Chargers just gifted another game to the Raiders for the second time this season!!

Addi had a week long celebration of her 2nd birthday. She was so grateful for every gift and was really soaking in and reveling in the fact that it was her day (and Daddy's too)

As usual, Danny, the girls, and I are here there and everywhere: weddings, rodeos, birthdays, and the mandatory fun weekend getaways with the husband. A special shout out to everyone that offers to watch the grommets. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are looking forward to a festive and eventful holiday season.

Here are some of the latest captured moments, included is Addi petting some of her new baby chicks at Nana and Tata's house, and a cameo from my aunt Celia holding Elise (my cousin Tanya's newbie - 3 weeks younger than Livi, and future BFFs).

























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The Newbie

Fast forward a week: we are doing great. Livi is a dream baby, eats all day, sleeps well at night (we wake her up at 2am for a feeding and then she's out until at least 6:30...which is when the terror (Addi) wakes up). I'm enjoying it while it lasts because babies sleep cycles change over night without any warning.

Addison is "adjusting" well. She loves her "baby sister", sometimes to a fault. She has to be constantly supervised because she loves to sneak into our room and take a peek (thankfully the double doors going into our room squeak-and will, for obvious reasons, not be WD-40'd for quite some time), by taking a peek, I really mean a poke, or touch, or squeeze, or kiss: adorable yes, terrifying absolutely. Livi did however, enjoy her first bottle (since I'm breastfeeding) today at the hands of her "big sister". They both did great; 4 ounces later a job well done by both. Nothing gets past our little live-wire and she insists on doing everything she sees us do for Livi; change a diaper, bathe her, feed her, change her clothes, etc.

Thankfully my mom has been staying with us the past two weeks and going home on the weekends. Addi of course misses her like crazy when she's gone and asks us to "call Nana please" several times a day. As soon as the novelty of the "baby sister" wears off, I'm sure Addi will be much more manageable, but for now, any and all assistance from "Nana" is greatly appreciated. Addi loves their little outings, and I love the immaculate house....just kidding, well, not really :)

Here are some pics to hold everyone over until they get their own Livi time:








Olivia Mae

God blessed us last night (October 7th) with another beautiful baby girl:

Olivia Mae
7 lbs, 9 ozs, 19 1/2"


She is doing great!! God is good!!














Our Family

And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity

Colossians 3:14