The Many Adventures of Keira!

This is our page to document our family's adoption journey- starting from when we first started planning for our little one, to when we brought her home. We're also going to keep this updated with all of the things that Keira has been up to since she's been home with us here in the U.S!

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Packed Weekend

This weekend was a very busy one---and very fun! On Friday, we headed down to Admiral Baker Park in San Diego to celebrate Kellen Tolentino's birthday. Kellen is the son of Glenn and Carrie and it was the birthday boy's first birthday. I've known Glenn since Junior High and it's been so many years since I've seen him. We recently got in touch again through blogging. He has a great blog that I read everyday to keep up with all of the things that he and his family have been up to and just like with Chloe Cuizon, I feel like I've already known Kellen for a long time through reading all of the cute stories of his adventures. When we arrived at the park, the very first person that we see is none other than Kellen. He greeted us by immediately showing his walking prowess by taking Keira's stroller for a walk. Keira joined in as well, so we headed through the tables with the stroller like a bulldozer running people over. He's so cute! We had a great time catching up with people that I haven't seen in such a long time. I even ran into friends that I haven't even seen since Junior High! Amazing! It was alot of fun laughing, telling stories and finding out what everyone has been up to. There was a big play area and Keira was so freaked out by having her feet in the sand. You can tell that out of all the places that we've been to, she hasn't run around on the beach yet by her reaction. Guess where we're going this week? That's right! No time like the present to face your fears is what I say! :).

The next day was Chloe Cuizon's baptism. We headed down to the church in Chula Vista for the service then over to Ray and Denise's house (Arjay's brother and sister in law- as well as Chloe's new Godparents)for the reception. It was great seeing everyone again, however, Keira was in a really crabby mood! She got a few timeouts for bad behavior by Dan and was really fussy. I think that the lack of sleep had something to do with it.
Speaking of, she's been back to sleepless nights again for some reason this weekend. Friday night is when it started and for some reason, she decided to wake up every 15-30 minutes or so. I checked EVERYTHING to try to find out what was wrong. She wasn't wet (maybe because I changed her diaper a few times to eliminate that as a possible problem!), she wasn't hungry, she definitely wasn't in any pain. How do I know that? She would scream and cry and as soon as Dan or I would check on her, she would be laying there in her crib- eyes wide open and say "Hi!". Then she would want to be picked up so that she could play. 2-3 in the morning! ARGH!!! Well, she finally decided that she wanted to go to sleep at about 5:30am and guess what? I got her up at her normal time anyway to keep her on schedule. That's what she gets for wanting to stay up all night to party like a rockstar. lol. She looked at me when I got her up like, "Are you nuts??? I'm trying to sleep!" Well, she still after everything kept to pretty much her normal schedule...but on Saturday night, she was up again crying and wanting out of her crib to play every 30 minutes to an hour. At least that's better than every 15-30 minutes, right? :). Well, we decided that we needed to implement the plan of waiting certain increasing intervals of time between the crying before we went in to check on her. BOY the first 10 minutes was the LONGEST 10 minutes ever! By the time we got to the 15-20 minutes intervals of going back in, she would pretty much stop crying and go to sleep on her own. I got a little more sleep last night than the night before, but still not much. Where did all of this come from??? She was doing so much better with her sleeping...what happened???!?!?! Well, tonight I'm going to have to work on the intervals again. Although it's not letting her cry it out completely since the plan is to go into the room after a certain period of time and not to NOT go in at all ever, it's still rough hearing her cry. We'll get through it....we did before....

Anyway, thanks to everyone for a fun weekend! We had a blast, but unfortunately because of that, we didn't get many pictures. Here is one of the Cuizon Clan as well as Dawn, Chloe, Keira and I. Check out Keira's pose. She's either pointing at something or in the "No pictures please" moviestar stance. Also a couple of Keira enjoying the cake at Kellen's birthday.


Paula said...

Keira is so adorable! I decided to try the interval thing with Jess the other night and put her in her in her crib. A couple of minutes later, Jason and I heard her crying getting closer and closer. The imp somehow climbed out of her crib and was making her way toward the stairs. Off to buy a toddler bed tomorrow.

Rod said...

Hey Guys! It was so much fun seeing you two days in a row. We hope to hang out soon! :)

aurora-marie said...

Hi Sharon!!!!! It was nice to see you that day!
Keira is sooooo cute!!!! Love her pigtails!!!!!