Monday, June 16, 2014

Growth Spurt

Victoria was very unlike herself today.

She slept most of the day. We were happy that last night she slept most of the night. But given that she slept all day, I have a feeling it will be another sleepless night.

We think today was a huge growth spurt for her. She was unusually hungry. Mom's breastfeeding has not been enough since day one so we are supplementing her with formula. Today she had mom's food and about 8 bottles! That is insane. Mind you, each bottle is a newborn 2oz. bottle but 8 bottles nonetheless.

She had her second pediatrician visit today and the doctor was too surprised. The good thing is that she is gaining the weight she has lost in the last week.

She was born at nine pounds and lost one pound in a couple days after birth. Mainly because we didn't realize she was a hungerbeast. She was demanding too much food and breastmilk was not meeting her needs. And since the first feeding from mom is colostrum, it clearly wasn't enough for her.

We also went to the doctor for the wife as her condition is still worrisome. She is mostly on bedrest until her feet and leg swelling is under control and her high blood pressure is stabilized.

Yeap, Victoria came in like a whirlwind and wreaked havoc on her mom's body.

For now, we are exhausted. We need to recharge the batteries. Good night!


June 15, 2014 - Victoria Turns 7 Days on Father's Day: ButterFly Kisses

It took me a while to put pen to paper and be able to write this blog entry. Afterall, today, Sunday, June 15th is my first Father's Day. It's the one day I have dreamed of since I was of reason to yearn for a family and a child which was the fruit of the one I loved.

It is a day that so many wished for me besides myself. It is the day that three people very near and dear to me had prayed would happen. They were three very powerful wishes and three very powerful miracles that came true and none of them are here to witness God indeed did listen to their unanswered prayers. My dad, my grandmother, and grandfather are smiling from up above. What they most wanted for us is what today became a reality.

Needless to say, today is the happiest day of my life. I became a Dad. The fruit of the love my wife and I share for each other. A tremendous honor and privilege for which I am forever grateful to God for giving us this opportunity to raise a child with the love we have been given and the love we have for each other.



The look my daughter had upon meeting me made freeze that moment in time. For a moment, I saw life in its purest form. I went from feeling love to seeing it. The meeting was one I will take with me forever. It was magic. It had me in awe.

Today was uneventful. No parties or barbecues or get togethers. It was just my wife and daughter at home enjoying each other and doing what we do these days: learn to get into the rhythm of our new lifestyle. Changing diapers, feeding, cleaning, touching, and cuddling with our princess Victoria.

It was a day that I couldn't have asked for more. It was just perfect.

I woke up with tears in my eyes. Knowing that the day I longed for so long was finally here. I felt a tremendous sense of fulfillment, pride, and insurmountable love for someone I just met seven days ago. She was the living representation I have for my wife (my first miracle).

I woke up with tears because as I opened my eyes first thing in the morning, I saw the tranquility of my two ladies sleeping by my side. And thinking to myself how very blessed I have become. While thinking if those up above had anything to do with my current happiness and blessings. God knows we have several champions in heaven whom have been rooting for us for a long time. I wondered if God finally threw in the towel at all the nagging and said enough already. Let's get Victoria down there now.

I woke up quite emotional. Got it. But what sealed the deal was seeing a beautiful flipagram which my wife had posted on facebook as a tribute to this rookie dad. It was a short video of photos set to music. Of course it was set to the Butterfly Kisses song. Just perfect of course. So symbolic on so many levels. I have been giving Victoria butterfly kisses for seven days now and probably will until the day God calls me.

For now, I end this day with this song in my head and again, thank our creator for allowing Victoria to be in our life's journey. One that I know will not be easy. But one I have prepared a lifetime for. With my wife by my side, we have both told each other there is nothing we can't do.

We remain on cloud 7!

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There's two things I know for sure
She was sent here from heaven and she's Daddy's little girl
As I drop to my knees by her bed at night
She talks to Jesus and I close my eyes
And I thank God for all of the joy in my life
Oh, but most of all for...
Butterfly kisses after bedtime prayer
Stickin' little white flowers all up in her hair
"Walk beside the pony Daddy, it's my first ride
I know the cake looks funny Daddy but I sure tried"
Oh, with all that I've done wrong, I must have done something right
To deserve a hug every morning and butterfly kisses at night
Sweet sixteen today
And she's lookin' like her mamma a little more every day
One part woman, the other part girl
To perfume and make-up, from ribbons and curls
Trying her wings out in a great big world
But I remember...
Butterfly kisses after bedtime prayer
Stickin' little white flowers all up in her hair
You know how much I love you Daddy
But if you don't mind I'm only gonna kiss you on the cheek this time
Oh, with all that I've done wrong, I must have done something right
To deserve her love every morning and butterfly kisses at night
Oh the precious times
Oh, like the wind the years go by
Precious butterfly
Spread your wings and fly
She'll change her name today
and she'll make a promise and I'll give her away
Standing in the bride room just staring at her
She asked me what I'm thinking and I said "I'm not sure,
I just feel like I'm losing my baby girl"
And she leaned over...and gave me...
Butterfly kisses with her mamma there
Stickin' little white flowers all up in her hair
"Walk me down the aisle Daddy, it's just about time
Does my wedding gown look pretty Daddy? Daddy don't cry"
Oh, with all that I've done wrong, I must have done something right
To deserve her love every morning and butterfly kisses
I couldn't ask God for more
Man, this is what love is
I know I've gotta let her go, but I'll always remember
Every hug in the morning and butterfly kisses at night

- Tim McGraw






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