Her First Week Home

Her First Week Home

Hi there ❤ I hope you’re doing well! The last couple of posts I’ve shared here on Dreaming of Guatemala have been centered on my family and what we’ve been up to, since we have just welcomed the littlest member of our family home! Sweet Isabella is absolutely loved by all of us, and I am truly looking forward to watching her grow up with the rest of my little siblings.

I haven’t mentioned the age differences between the five of us in many places on my blog, so I thought I’d do it again right here: I’m 17 (turning eighteen in April!), Joshua is 14, Samuel is 6, Elizabeth is nineteen months (turning 2 in June!), and Isabella is one week old.

Sometimes, the age gaps cause problems because we’re all at varying stages developmentally, haha, but as a whole, I absolutely love it! Being the leader of the clan is so much fun:)

As you can see by the title, little Isabella has been home for a week now! We love getting to spend time holding her and squealing over her adorable facial expressions. ❤

 

it’s so cute when she’s awake and glances around the room, haha.

During her first week home, we got different things done.

  • I drove Isabella, my mom, and Samuel to a quick doctor’s appointment early in the week so the doctor could make sure Isabella’s jaundice wasn’t getting worse (thankfully, it isn’t!). After that, I bought some pretty room decor from Target. (I’ll be sharing a desk tour as an upcoming post soon!)
  • I went grocery shopping at Walmart by myself mid-week! It was my first time driving somewhere by myself, and while I was anxious about that, everything went really well.
  • My mom had a postpartum appointment at her doctor on Friday, so I drove her and Isabella there. It was a short appointment, and it went really well, too. We stopped by a few thrift stores on the way home and got some toys for Samuel and Elizabeth. 🙂
  • I’ve been taking Elizabeth outside more recently because she really enjoys getting to explore the yard. As long as it isn’t really cold or rainy, I do it as much as I can.
love how this pic turned out!
  • I’ve been blog-reading on and off, and I just finished responding to comments today. I want to get a better schedule in place so I can keep up with the blogs I enjoy reading! ❤
  • Yesterday morning, my dad took us kids to Trader Joe’s (we hadn’t been in months!) while my mom stayed home with Isabella. (Car rides aren’t comfortable for her enough yet.) We got Smashburger for lunch (it was our first time going there, SO good!), and later in the afternoon, we also went to a park together, but the wind was too cold, so we couldn’t stay long.
  • I did redo my whole desk!! I can’t wait to share it here 🙂

That sums up our week! I hope you enjoyed reading. ❤ I’d love to stay active in the blogging community, but just know that if I suddenly disappear for a few days, it’s because I’m obsessing over how much I love this little one.

Happy Sunday!
Have a beautiful week 🙂

— Maggie

Today’s To Do – Mommy #2 Edition

Today’s To Do – Mommy #2 Edition

Hey guys! Haha yes, I’m sharing a bonus post today already. 🙂 If you’d like to meet my new baby sister, make sure you visit this post! ❤

Because I am the eldest sibling, and since I already help out around the house and things with the family on a regular basis, most of the responsibilities my mom usually has are mine for the next few days. She and Isabella are at the hospital currently (I’m praying they’ll be able to be discharged no later than tomorrow!), so there are lots of things to do to prepare for their arrival.

We have six (soon to be seven) people living here, so messes accumulate quickly – especially the ones created by Elizabeth! It has been her favorite thing to do recently to dump large toy containers and play with everything inside, which makes huge messes in the living room, haha. While there isn’t much to be done about her playful hurricanes in the main room of the house, I can keep up with the state of the bedrooms, kitchen, and office. Those rooms, as well as other things, are on my to do list at the moment!

If you’d like to see what I’m planning to get done today, as well as over the next couple of days, you can check out the list below. ❤ Thanks for reading!


Today’s To Do – Mommy #2 Edition

  • Make the meal plan. I usually do this with my mom most weeks, anyway, but not usually by myself! This morning, I’ve been looking at what we have at the house to make dinners with, and at the moment, I can come up with three meals. From there, I need to think of a few more, then I can get some stuff from the store later.
  • Clean my room. It irks me when it gets messy occasionally, haha, and because we washed, dried, and folded three loads of laundry yesterday, I have a lot of shirts and pajamas to put away! And since I’ve been sleeping in my mom’s room to be with Elizabeth, my mom’s bedding is folded on my bed, so the room looks even more messy. xD Oh, well. When I get a moment later, I’m going to clean it up real nice!
  • Put together a shopping list. This is the companion to the meal plan, as I’m putting all the things I need to get for lunches and dinners on it! Since it’s possible Isabella and my mom will be able to come home today, I’m going to run to the store later this afternoon, but actually go grocery shopping tomorrow. 🙂
  • Vacuum the bedrooms and clean the kitchen. This is important to me because not only do I love a clean house, but my mom does, too! And it would be lovely for her to return home from the hospital to a tidy house. ❤
  • Play some games with Samuel. As I write this post, Joshua and Samuel are playing a game together, which is awesome, but it’s been a few days since I did something with Samuel. There doesn’t end up being much time left to do something with him because of the different responsibilities I have, but I still really want to find the time to do a game or activity with him.

Thank you so much for reading! ❤ I can’t wait to get started and continue with these things. It will be so nice to have my mom back home, and with Isabella, as well! 😀 I’d love it if you could please pray that they will be able to come safely home today or tomorrow. That would be a blessing to all of us. xxx

God bless!

— Maggie

My Baby Sister’s Coming!

My Baby Sister’s Coming!

Hey guys! I hope that you’re having a beautiful day / evening!! I have absolutely wonderful news to share with you. 🙂

As you might have read in this post, my mom and dad went to the hospital yesterday morning because my mom was not feeling well, and she needed to be checked by her midwife to see what was going on. They returned home around lunchtime a few hours later since she wasn’t going into labor, and the painful contractions stopped. However, she hasn’t felt better physically since then.

We knew something was going on today not only because of how she was feeling (even how her vision was doing), but also when she went to a follow-up appointment at her doctor this afternoon. Her symptoms, as well as the tests the doctors had done, were starting to point to pre-eclampsia. That is a pregnancy disorder than can be dangerous for woman and baby this late in the pregnancy.

My mom already had a cesarean-section scheduled for this upcoming Wednesday (her due date, the 31st). However, her doctor wants to deliver my baby sister as soon as possibly – namely, tonight.

I am a whole mixture of excitement and anxiousness, guys, haha!!! ❤

I would deeply appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers for my family right now! I desire that the c-section to goes well, my parents (and baby sister! *squeals*) have a safe night at the hospital while us kids stay at home, and honestly that this would go as well as it possibly can. It’s a lot to take in at the moment, but I know that the Lord is watching over us and keeping us.

It is so important for me to take a moment in times of great rush to pray, and maybe even read my Bible, as well. I’ve already done that a bit this evening, and it helped calm me down immensely. There is nothing like His peace. ❤

O give thanks to the God of heaven,
for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!
– Psalm 136:26

I’m happy to be able to let you guys know what’s going on at the moment in our family, and I am planning on introducing her to you guys in the next few days!

Just a few minutes ago, my mom let me know that she and my dad arrived at the hospital. If you’re interested in receiving updates, let me know in a comment below and I’ll respond back to you as things happen!

I hope you’re all doing well! Thank you so much for reading!

— Maggie