Friday, February 27, 2009

New stages

What can I say? Everyone knows how silly our kids are, and the laughs just keep coming! Isaiah's been doing his own thing as of late, walking around the house saying "what's that" to everything he sees, or practicing saying his name. It's fun to watch him attempt to run since he's just mastered walking recently, but he's trying. His favorite shows don't seem to hold his interest much, as he's more content with his ability to walk and get into stuff! We thought he'd be Makenna's little shadow, following her wherever she would go, but that's not the case. In fact, she seems to always follow him around! Maybe it's because he can get into stuff we previously told her not to, and since it's his "first offense," she can't get in trouble either? We can't call it! There are times when they're able to play together peacefully, but most of the time, Zae likes to do his own thing. As long as they're not fighting, life is good!

Makenna is in her "repeat what I hear" phase, so you know Enz & I have to bite our tongues every now and then! Makenna has already dropped a couple of undesired four letter words, so we really need to be mindful of what we say. The good part of her new phase is that she's learning a lot, and learning it fast! She can finally say her own name, when previously she had trouble putting the three syllables together. We would practice with her, "Ma-ke-na," and she was able to say each part individually without any problems. But when we tried to get her to put them together, she just couldn't do it, so she would just say "Kenna." Watching Makenna, we can almost see her brain at work, so to speak. We can see what piques her curiosity, what she's interested in and what she doesn't care for. She's at the stage where she's able to communicate more, of course with the occasional tantrum thrown in for good measure! Aside from that, it's hard to believe that she's a week shy of hitting the two-year mark! I can say it until I'm blue in the face, but seriously, where did the time go???

Makenna strikes a pose in daddy's shoes, while Isaiah checks for new teeth

Makenna's attempt at promoting Muscle Milk The canister is bigger than Isaiah!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Relaxing weekend

Not much planned this past weekend, just enough to keep us busy and the kids occupied. We've noticed that the kids tend to act up a bit more when we don't have anything planned, especially the days when we need to stay in to clean house. The weather hasn't allowed us to do much of anything with the kids outdoors, then again, it's still winter! So any chance to get out of the house, whether it be for a quick trip to the mall, a visit to the grandparents, or even a birthday party, the kids are satisfied! That was pretty much our weekend - a visit to Nonno & Nonna's, a birthday lunch with family, and a trip to the mall. Nothing too exciting, but to the kids, each event was a much needed change in scenery! I guess if we just stayed home the entire weekend, it would've given the two more chance to get into trouble! Nevertheless, they had a great time visiting with family =)

Thank you Anuntie Maria & Auntie Elena for my new jersey!

Makenna loves Minnie Mouse =)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Hump Day

So now that Isaiah's found his groove, he's got a totally different attitude. It's almost as if he knows the freedom and independence that walking provides. As I've mentioned before, he's getting into a lot more stuff around the house now that he's able to take off on his own. But that doesn't last too long because Makenna is quick to put her little brother in check with a loud "no Zae Zae!" That usually sets him off and he'll start crying until he gets his way! Sound familiar? I think he picked up that little trick from his big sister =) We're hoping that it's just a phase they go through, otherwise we'll have to lay the smack down (figuratively, of course)! Isaiah has also found Marino interesting once again, especially since he's now at eye level with the dog! Marino still makes attempts to lick Isaiah's face, but Isaiah can push him away with both hands now rather than trying his best to crawl away. The little man also figured out that Marino loves to eat, and at times, we've caught him purposely dropping his food for the dog! I'm guessing that's another little gem he learned from big sis!

Makenna has been non-stop chatterbox lately, and it's not due to an increase in sugar. She seems genuinely excited about turning two in a couple of weeks, and already knows what kind of party she's having. If you ask her, she gets this look of sheer excitement on her face! Lately she's had nothing but love for everyone, and gives random kisses out, but doesn't stop there. Now she's making requests with her new line "hug too?" How can anyone resist when little ones ask for affection? Too cute! Kenna is also in her "me do it" phase, and likes to show us that she's capable of doing something once she sets her mind to it. Then when she gets into a bind it's all about "daddy help you" or "mommy help you." Of course we know she's asking "daddy or mommy help me," but since she hears us ask "daddy or mommy help YOU" she thinks you refers to her. Even when we show her pictures of herself and ask her who she is, she'll respond with "you!" Too funny how children's minds work!

Marino waiting for Isaiah to feed him
Kenna rockin' mommy's beanie

Friday, February 13, 2009


After a long and full week, we're ready for the weekend! While our last weekend was full of children's birthday parties, this weekend we plan to relax and just enjoy ourselves. Plus, it's a long weekend to boot! Who could ask for anything more?!

Well things have definitely changed since Isaiah started walking. He's been on the prowl for new stuff to get into, stuff he wasn't able to see while crawling. And while Makenna hasn't gotten into too much trouble, she's finding it easier to do so now that she's got her tag team partner up on two feet. If there's something to be found, you can believe that the two of them will find it. And when they do find something new, it gets really quiet, so we know something's up! That's not to say that they're mischievous, but more like we need to keep on our toes to make sure they're both safe and sound. I've both looked forward to, and dreaded the day that these two would literally be running around the house. Now let's see if our fitness is up to par with that of our two little energizer bunnies! Have a great weekend & Happy Valentine's Day!

Isaiah attempting to multi-task (drink milk while standing)

Our own "Makenna in the box"


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Oh what a feeling...

For about the last month or so, we've been keeping a watchful eye on Isaiah and his desire to be independently mobile. He pulled himself up, stood up on his own, and began cruising along the furniture long before Makenna did, so we figured he would start walking early too. Makenna started fully walking on her own a few days before her first birthday, in fact, it was on her original due date of March 4, go figure! Isaiah, on the other hand, would make random attempts every now and then, and would get about four or five steps before giving up and sitting down. When we'd encourage him to continue, it was like the pressure was too much to handle and he wouldn't try anymore. We decided that he wasn't 100% ready and left him to do it on his own. It didn't take long because the day after his birthday, he took off and has been unstoppable ever since!

I happened to be working from home that day and was taking Makenna to the bathroom. Isaiah was standing up, holding onto a chair in the kitchen when I said "c'mon Zae, let's go change Makenna." As Kenna & I walked away, Isaiah immediately let go of the chair and followed us through the kitchen before falling on his butt near the hallway! I was so excited for him that I forgot Makenna had to go to the bathroom. Isaiah was all smiles and it look like he knew that he finally did it! Makenna even clapped her hands for him, probably because she saw how happy I got! Hehehehe! After that instance, he was on the go all over the place, so I just let him explore. I figured that even though he's pretty much got the run of the house already, things may look different while up on his feet as opposed to crawling. Plus, it gave him a chance to try and keep up with his big sister! He's been walking since last Friday, and will resort to crawling only when he's tired (or if he's having a tantrum and wants someone to pick him up). Yesterday, when I came home from work, Isaiah walked to the door on his own to greet me for the first time! He usually crawls to me, so seeing him turn the corner and happily walk over when he saw it was me made me feel so proud! Of course I felt the same way when Makenna greeted me like that for the first time, but wow, that was so long ago! What a great feeling! It's little things like this that make being a parent so fulfilling =)

Isaiah up on his own, perfecting his walking abilities...

Monday, February 09, 2009

Perfect weekend for Zae's party

After the weather took a turn for the worst toward the end of the week, we were fortunate enough to see the sun & experience a warm and dry day for Isaiah's birthday party! WHEW! The best part was that we were able to keep the bouncy house, the one we were about to cancel due to the weather. It was a game-time decision, and one that I'm so glad we went with. While I was the pessimist, Enz had nothing but faith, and thank God one of us did. That being said, it was a terrific day to celebrate Isaiah's first birthday! We had a great turnout with everyone filling the house and the back yard. I don't know what we would've done without the jumper or if it was raining. All of the kids would've been bouncing off the walls and the house would've been chaotic! But since things went our way, we were able to rest easy and enjoy another fun party with friends and family!

Me & my babies in the jumper (or "bumpy house" as Makenna called it)

Isaiah enjoying his birthday cupcake Isaiah loves his Mickey Mouse balloon

Thursday, February 05, 2009


HAPPY BIRTHDAY ISAIAH! I've been saying it for some time now, and to this day, I'm still saying it, "where has the time gone?" It really does seem like yesterday when we went to the hospital, but a whole year?! It's been a fun and interesting first year with our little man, and we can't wait to see how he continues to develop. Over the last couple of weeks we've seen a lot from the little guy, and it's hard to believe that he's the same baby who was stuck in a billibed for a week to help with his jaundice! Though his big sister was already independently walking by her first birthday, Isaiah has decided to take a more relaxed approach, and will only take steps on his own when he feels like it! HA! So much for him walking early! It's all good, he's done a lot of other things before Makenna did within the same time frame. Besides it's unfair to compare their development, especially since they're both completely different individuals. Nevertheless, our little man has kept us highly entertained over this last year, and again, we can't wait to see just how much he grows in the near future. Happy Birthday Zae Zae, we love you!

Isaiah Daelen Camero
February 5, 2008 8:21am
7 lbs. 12 oz. 19 inches

Isaiah Daelen Camero - one year later

Monday, February 02, 2009

Pleasant weekend...

What a great weekend we had, perfect weather and cooperative children; what more could we have asked for?! While the intent of this weekend was getting the house ready for Isaiah's 1st birthday party, we were able to get our work done and have a little "r & r" time with family and friends. The kids were able to get out of the house and do their thing, and we were able to just chill while the kids "blew off some steam!" All in all, it was a great weekend! And it didn't hurt that we won a couple of times on this year's Super Bowl pool too =)

Isaiah proudly sports his front facing car seat while Mommy & Makenna look on...

Isaiah throws yet another munch. Mommy looks like she's "eating" with him...

Makenna helps Daddy work in the back yard...