Tuesday, September 15, 2015


Silly Santiago said he didn't have to go to school today because he is 95. He said when your that old, there's no more school! Too bad he's not really that old...he went to school! (After I fixed his hair!)

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Liliana Nicole Ornelas

On Friday, August 28, 2015 at 5:01 PM we welcomed Liliana Nicole Ornelas into our family! She weighed 8 lbs 7 oz and was 21.5 inches long. She was two days after her due date but was absolutely perfect and healthy! Birth story to come!


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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

First Day of MDO 2015-2016

My "middles" formally known as "the littles" started school this week at our church Christ the Good Shepherd. It's an early childhood program/preschool and Mother's Day Out. It's amazing because the teachers are the nicest people ever and they teach both academics and about our Catholic faith. The kids learn new prayers and songs and how to be kind to one another. Gabriel is already learning how to write his name better in the first week and was super excited to learn how to write the letter Aa. He had been practicing nonstop at home!

Sophia cried at drop off both days but stopped shortly after and had a good time. Sophia is almost completely potty trained (yay!) and did a great job using the little potty at school for her teachers. She had one accident while she was sleeping on her sleep mat so we are going to put a diaper on for nap time until she has control while sleeping.

Both kids love the new playground and look forward to playing every day on it!

Sophia had no problem taking a nap at school. It's nice to be friends with her teacher because she sent this picture to me.

Gabriel also gets to go to Adventures in literature on Wednesdays this year so he will be in school three days a week. He says school is SO much fun and loves it. We are blessed!

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Santiago's Cranio Checkup

Dr Teichgraeber and Santiago

Today we took Santiago out of school around noon so that we could head to the medical center for our annual cranio checkup. This appointment always causes a little nervousness for Hector and I but today we got good news and are very happy with what Dr. Tiechgraeber had to say. He talked with Santiago first and asked him questions about first grade. Santiago did a great job sharing information with Dr T and wasn't shy at all. Dr T then rubbed Santi's head feeling his suture lines and forehead and brow bones. He pretty much said that after two surgeries, this was pretty much the best he could do. With a rating out of 10, Dr T gave Santiago a 9. He did acknowledge that Santiago still has a little flatness or a dip in his right forehead area and that his brow bone is a little flatter on the right side as well. He said if Santiago ever felt like that was something he wanted fixed or improved on, we could order a CT and then do another simple surgery. They could replicate the left brow bone and forehead by making a Synthetic piece and slide it under his scar line to place in the appropriate spots. This would fill in those dips and make him more symmetrical. Right now, we don't feel that it is a problem and that Santiago looks pretty good. I can see the flatness but most people do not even recognize that he has had a surgery before on his skull and are shocked to hear the story. Dr T said he will see us one more time next year and then we will be released. We love seeing Dr T but this is fantastic news. It will be nice to close this door and move on! Hopefully we won't have to open that door again but we will allow Santiago to dictate that for himself in the future.

Dr T was also gracious enough to look at Liliana's head for us and she too was given the green light and she is fine too! Thank the Lord she is cranio free! Given our family history, it's hard not to worry about each baby having craniosynostosis. Liliana has a beautiful round forehead and symmetrical brow bones. He coronal sutures are overlapping a bit and have a small ridge there but Dr T confirmed what the pediatrician believed was true. The overlapping suture lines are caused from the open sutures moving during the birthing process. They will go away as her head grows. We are blessed that cranio is a fixable condition and that there are surgeons like Dr T who can fix the skull to allow proper brain growth. We could have handled another cranio baby but we are thankful we are 1 out of 4 and we don't have to deal with that again! God is good!

Liliana Nicole 11 days old

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Friday, August 21, 2015

First Grade Meet the Teacher

Here's Santiago's new teacher for first grade - Mrs Hambrick. He's been a little sad about summer ending and a little nervous to go to meet the teacher but after going in and seeing his classroom and all - he's a little more excited! Monday should be a great first day of school.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Siblings are the best

Santiago was reading to Gabriel and Sophia today and I just love when they cuddle up next to each other!

Today I French braided Sophia's hair. She is beginning to sit still long enough where I can braid her hair and paint her fingers and toes! She's my little sassy girl! She can be rough and tough with her brothers but a girly girl too!

All three babies sleeping on the bottom bunk...it's sort of blurry but it was sweet that they all wanted to sleep together last night.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Monkey in the Fridge

As I'm cooking dinner tonight - this happened! I turn my back for a couple seconds and I have a monkey in the fridge!! She's a stinker!

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