August 2017 Update

In some ways, this month has been a little more low key for us, as we've been home the entire month.  But we've also seemed to have a lot of sick kids and a few hard things to deal with this month, that have left us a little drained!  Overall, it's been a good month though.  We've spent time with family, and we've enjoyed exploring the city together.  We have gotten in a pretty good rhythm of carving out Sunday mornings to be a time free of chores or errands and spend that time as a family.  This month we explored the MOMA, the Intrepid, Robert Moses beach, the Bronx Zoo, the Children's Museum, and kayaked in the Hudson!  I love living in NYC, I feel like we never run out of things to do!

Alynne Tiffany

Oh Aly.  This month has been a tough one with you, phew.  We have had quite a bit of behavioral problems this month, but I think we are seeing some progress now.  I know between Fynn getting sick every other week, having issues with Roman, and school starting soon, it may have been a lot for you to handle.  We love you so much, and that is why we discipline you.  You are becoming such a lovely young lady, and we are so very proud of you.  You amaze us daily with your wit, humor, and compassion. 

This month you got to go to your very first Broadway show, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  We went with our friends Spencer and Alicia.  It was such a special night.  You loved getting all dressed up and getting to stay up "past night time."  You thoroughly enjoyed the show, Veruca Salt was your favorite character (because she was a ballerina, I'm sure).  Because Alicia is friends with someone in the show, we got to go backstage afterwards and meet some of the cast and stand on the stage.  It also turns out that "Charlie" lives next door to us, which you thought was so cool! You loved going on the stage and meeting everyone, but I don't even think you realized just how special it was to get to do something like that!  I'm always amazed at how different our childhoods are, and I hope that you never take for granted what a special place you get to grow up in!  

One day you said to me, "We should buy a car.  We need lots of money to buy a car though, huh.  Mom, do we have $20?"

Right now you are obsessed with playing "flight attendant."  You love to get on a pretend airplane with Fynn and fly all over the world--Oklahoma, Alifornia, Australia, Argentina, London, and Paris.

This month you have made a new friend, Rachel.  They just moved here, but you are so ecstatic to have a little girl in your class at church, for the first time in almost 4 years!  You two have quickly become inseparable!  

You love to sing.  You constantly make up songs, usually worship songs :)

This month we taught you how to play checkers!  You enjoy it, but still get distracted easily (naturally).

You are continuing to learn how to read and now know lots of sight words and can sound out a lot of words too!  

Fynnlan Seeley

Hey Buggy....actually I don't know if I've ever even mentioned that we all call you "Buggy."  I think it started when you were a baby.  Papi would call you Buddy, and I would call you Love Bug, and eventually the two names morphed, and now we all refer to you as Buggy or Bug, even Aly! 
Anyhoo, this month has been a little tough for you.  You just got over hospital stay and stomach last month, to turn around and get croup!  You were down with that for a solid week, though still super happy despite sounding like Darth Vader haha.  We also had a follow up appointment in regards to your blood sugar issues.  You are so brave and tough through all of it, it constantly amazes Mami!  And thankfully, all tests have come back normal.

Since you have been sick so much this past month or so, we've (slowly) begun the process of weaning you from sucking your thumb.  We aren't super strict about it, mostly just telling you "All done, you're a big boy," and you are eager to obey.  You still love your thumb when in your crib or when you're upset, but I think we've made some progress.

Your speech has continued to explode this month.  Your vocabulary is endless, and you've started to string together words.  You can communicate little stories with us now.  One day you said to me "More turtles please. Papi, turtles, TV," meaning "Can I please watch turtles, because Papi let me watch it!" 

Another day, you and Aly were playing by yourselves while Papi and I were on the other side of the apartment.  You came running over to the gate quite upset saying "Mami! Aly, me, mout."  As in Aly was putting you in time out, and you did not like that!  

You say "umm..." and "don't know" all the time.

You love to watch the construction around our building, especially the "ma-mar," aka cement mixer.

You have an obsession with bears and pretend daily that we have an infestation of bears in our apartment! You get so into it that sometimes you forget the bears are pretend and scare yourself!

Yesterday you took a nasty tumble and cut your lip open pretty bad.  You are one of the toughest little guys I know though, so you recovered quickly, though Mami is still shaken up by it!

You can count to 3 now and you know all your colors, and a couple letters!  I'm excited to start Tot School with you, as Sister heads to school next week!

When I grow up, I want to be an engineer!
Firefighter Aly
Watching the "ma-mar" aka cement mixer
Pretend play with Aly. ☺️
Silly little monkey
Fynn's latest obsession--a bear in our apt
Getting the sillies out at library story time
Gotta get all the blueberries out!
Sprinklers + toddlers. �
Teeth brushing dance
Little grocery helper
"I Dont know!"
Flight attendant Aly!
Fynn telling me his first story: Papi turtle TV...Aka Papi and I watched ninja turtles while sick
Fynn now says "umm" before answering haha
Aly is excited to start tap!
Fynn the gator wrangler
Sand angels at Robert Moses beach
He follows her everywhere.
More bear invasions!
Chapstick obsessions
Making green muffins with Mama!
Fynn what's your name?
The sweetest duo!
Teaching Aly to play checkers �
Lil dare devil!
Sibling star gazing
Bronx Zoo trip!
Not even 2 and mastering the scooter!
Swings are better with your best friend.

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Tot School- Summer 2017 (3 years, 7-9 mo)

I realized today that I never posted a blog post on our summer tot school plans!  I think that's mostly because I am going back and doing previous summer plans, as Fynn is getting older and able to engage more.  So there isn't much new to add there, other than that you should check out our new Youtube channel to see all over our fun summer/beach activities we have been doing!  

In addition to those activities, I have started to teach Aly how to read.  We spend about 20 minutes a day, while Fynn is napping, going through this packet.  It has been really easy to keep up with, and Aly is doing great with it!   I think we'll continue with it even after she starts school in the Fall!

That's it for now!  Enjoy :)

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July 2017 Update

This month started off with a bang. We were supposed to go to Oklahoma on the night of June 30th, but after heading all the way to the airport, our flight was cancelled.  After quite some negotiating, we got a flight out the next day.  So we trekked out to the airport again the second day, got all the way on the plane, about to take off, when they came over the intercom saying we were being held due to weather.  We then proceeded to sit on the runway for four hours.  So we took a 4 hour flight to nowhere with 2 small children.  Talk about a nightmare!  We were finally able to get off the plane, and decided to to wait several days before trying to fly out again, because at that point we had been "traveling" for over 15 hours and were so spent.  

So we ended up spending the Fourth of July in NY and then flew out almost a week later.  We finally made it to Oklahoma, and man were we ready to just relax!  Thankfully it is always a super relaxing trip for us, we are all incredibly spoiled when we go!  The kids had a blast playing in the pool and spending lots of time with all their grandparents!  Ron and I also got to have a fun date night out with friends at Top Golf, and even saw Russell Westbrook while there!  

Once back in New York, we were recharged and ready to get back to our routine of things!  I'm thankful for the restful week we had because the latter half of the month has proven to be quite exhausting.  We spent a couple days in the hospital with Fynn (you can read more about that below), the next week we found out that Roman has fluid around his heart, (blog post on that here), and now we're wrapping up the month with Fynn having a stomach bug.  Sigh.  Parenting can be so tough sometimes!  

Oh and last thing to note with our family, I am officially down to one job this month!  We have worked so hard to become debt free and meet a few other goals, and now for the first time in almost 6 years, I have only one job!  Praise God for the blessings we have seen this year!

Alynne Tiffany

-As I mentioned, we had quite the time getting to Oklahoma at the beginning of this month.  We were naturally pretty frustrated by the whole situation.  I remember the next morning, Aly talking about the whole flight fiasco, and the one thing she had to say about it was "and then we got to see a rainbow on the airplane!!"  Wow.  I wish we could all have the viewpoints on life that a toddler has! 

-Aly's fear of bugs has seemed to magnify this month, or perhaps it was just being in Oklahoma where they are in more of an abundance.  But boy does she scream bloody murder when she sees so much as a fly or an ant!

-Sometimes Aly speaks like she's 25 haha.  When we were in Oklahoma, some of my friends came over.  Aly asked what one of their names' was, and then said, "Nice to meet you Lauryn." 

-"Am I four yet?  Because I'm standing on my tippy toes"

-"I can't know"   

-Aly's reading is exploding this month.  She has learned so many sight words and is capable of sounding out many words.  She loves to read as many of the words on pages as she can!  

-She loves to be the one to tell taxi drivers where to go: "45th, between 10th and 11th please!"

-Aly is such a great helper and big sister.  The morning that I had to take Fynn to the ER, Aly hopped immediately out of bed to help me with Fynn, got herself dressed, pottied, and shoes on ready to go out the door long before I could even think to ask her!  She is one amazing little girl!

Fynnlan Seeley

-While we were in Oklahoma, Fynn learned how to say "Papi" properly.  I think all the extra time with Papi certainly helped, and he has also grown quite attached to Papi this month and asks for him all day long while he's at work.  

-Fynn has started to string two words together more often this month.  Mostly it consists of our names:  "Papi, drink."  "Aly, trains" "Mami, stroller"

-Speaking of trains, Fynn is obsessed with our train tracks lately.  Every day he asks for me and Aly to set them up.  He insists that Aly and I join him as well, and then we all play for hours.  He loves it!

-Fynn's favorite and most used vocabulary revolve around transportation: car, truck, train, plane, boat, crane, dump, tractor, bus, taxi, etc.

-Fynn hailed his first cab yesterday!

-So the ER trip....We have already gone through all of the blood sugar issues with Aly, starting around when she was one.  So when I went to wake Fynn up one morning, I knew the tell tale signs immediately.  I immediately checked his blood sugar levels, which was at 39.  This is an incredibly dangerous level to be at.  Fortunately, I knew what to do from past experiences with Aly, and was able to keep a clear head in the moment.  I got his blood sugar up while we waited for an ambulance to come and take us to the hospital.  From there, everything was literally the same as it was 2 years ago with Aly.  They kept Fynn overnight to check his sugar levels throughout the night and post fasting and ran tons of lab work.  Everything came back normal (which we expected), and Fynn was such a champ through the whole thing.  He took everything in stride, all the testing and everything.  His only complaint was when the IV line stopped him from being able to suck his thumb haha.  He was amazing through the night too.  I was worried Ron would have a long night ahead of him, but they actually slept quite a bit.  Fynn slept through most of the night's finger sticks even.  So overall, he did really well.  It's just a bit frustrating as a parent to go through all of these hoops, just to be able to get an appointment with the right doctor.  And we both know that at the end of the day, he will (most likely) be labeled the same as Aly, ketonic hypoglycemic.  

-And along the same lines, now that we know Fynn has similar issues keeping his blood sugar up, we have to be especially careful if he gets sick. Which happened yesterday.  When one gets a stomach bug, you naturally do not eat much, and for our kids, that means a high risk of low blood sugar.  So yesterday, we were leaving church and were in a cab when Fynn started vomiting all over the place.  Yikes.  We hopped out of the cab, and I profusely apologized to the cab driver, as I had nothing to clean it up with.  (but seriously, what is one supposed to do in that type of situation? lol).  So then we walked home, Fynn and I completely covered head to toe in vomit.  City living?  
Once we got home, we got everyone cleaned up and put to bed.  Around 5am, Fynn's BS dropped (as we expected).  Fortunately we were able to get him to eat and drink and get it back up.  We were so nervous all day long, but fortunately it has stayed up all day and we were able to avoid another ER trip.  We're praying he stays that way, and that the rest of us don't get it!  

UPDATE: I wrote this blog yesterday, but post blog writing, I did in fact get the stomach bug too.  I was too dehydrated to be safe for me and Roman, so I spent most of today at the hospital getting meds and fluids.  Yikes, what a month!!

Just bouncing around
Gigi and Bop fun house
The best giggles!
When your toddler gets a hold of a goPro..
Fynn apparently finds it hysterical when Aly feeds him snocone
2nd haircut
Ball of fun
Teaching Fynn a Polish rhyme
Operation wear the kids out before bedtime
Flying home!
Fynn learned how to say Papi and calls for him constantly now
Dancing super hero
"mu me"
Every day we race to the door. She's a fast little thing, who likes to cut you off too
Soccer star in the making
Bye boat! Fynn is starting to string words together this month
Happy dance
Family bike ride!
Learning to read!
Fynn's daily dose of silliness
Fynn hates being cleaned up �
Aly and Adri, sweet sweet cousins.
Becoming such a big boy!
Natural history museum race

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Roman Xavi-21 Weeks Pregnant Update

Last week I had an ultrasound for my 20 week anatomy scan.  Roman was snuggled up in such a way that the technician and the doctor could not clearly see his heart.  So today, I had to go back to the hospital for them to try again.  And of course, he was in almost the same uncooperative position.  After quite a bit of trying, they got everything they needed.  I never get too nervous or worried about all of the "what-if's" that could come with these appointments, but the longer the doctor looked over the technician's findings, the more nervous I got.  

And then the doctor told me that there appeared to be fluid around his heart.  

He assured me there is nothing to worry about at this point, but we would need to monitor it.  I don't think I even registered what he was saying at the time.  I was too busy trying to keep both kids quiet and calm for the last two minutes of a very long appointment.  I thanked the doctor and left the room without a second thought.  I made it all the way out of the hospital before it really hit me.  So many questions have been flooding my mind all day.  As the questions and doubts keep coming (and on Ron's good advice, not googling anything!), it's all I can do to keep it together right now.  

Normally, I find myself blogging post crisis, not mid-crisis.  It's scary to be vulnerable and open when you're in the middle of the unknown and don't know how things will turn out or what to expect.  It's much easier to share "this was scary, but this is how the Lord provided and took care of us..." 

So today, as my emotions and hormones are flaring, I wanted to just write a letter to my baby boy.  


Hi sweet boy!  Mami and Papi love you so very much already.  It's impossible to explain how we can love someone who we haven't met yet, but oh man do you hold such a special place in our hearts. And so do Fynn and Aly.  Aly cuddles and talks to you daily, and makes sure to always include you in our plans (all five of us are going today).  We cannot wait for you to join our family, and we are already dreaming about our first vacation with you!  We've been praying for you daily already, and now we will pray that God would heal your heart.  God is knitting you inside my womb right now, and he is creating you just as he intended.  We are resting in that knowledge. You just keep focusing on growing healthy and strong in there, and we'll see you in December! 




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