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Life…

So much! So much! So much has happened in the last week, but nothing worth writing about. Not because it was not a copilation of great memories, but rather because life is just hectic right now and I barely have time to type some lines. We had to take a last minute week-off from work after Valy, our nanny and good friend, told us that she had an unexpected family emergency and had to take off to Texas. So, we … read the rest...

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The Results

The results are in! Ella is healthy! We were so happy to hear that bit of news! On the other hand it looks like I have the same deficiency they thought she had… so I’ll be taking the L-Carnitine supplement for about 9 months and then getting tested again. Luckily if I do have it, it is not too concerning since the treatment is pretty simple for adults – keep taking L-Carnitine supplements and get tested every couple years. 

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1 in 40,000 – Ella’s possible condition

For a brief weekend, we were told that Ella had a genetic condition that affects 1 in 40,000 babies and would mean that she could not process fatty acids into energy. Carnitine Uptake Disorder it is called. Below I have included a graph that explains it pretty well.

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Luckily the condition is very treatable. Unluckily, it can be lethal. If Ella had the condition, she would have to to take supplemental Carnitine and make sure she is ate very … read the rest...

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Ella’s Birth

I am sitting in bed typing one-handed once again. My left arm holds my new baby while my right one tries to describe this feeling that I once felt before, infinite unconditional love. I smell her head and kiss her frown. I am so lucky, I live among two sources of endless inspiration – my two daughters.

Ella’s birth was not easy, yet it was fun – or partially at least – all thanks to my three companions, my mom, … read the rest...

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Ella’s countdown… 3 weeks

Yeiii!! Made it to week 37! Now we can safely deliver Ella at our home. A week ago, we had our 36 week appointment. A midwife, from the team of CNM we are working with, came to our house to make sure that everything is ready to welcome Ella. We went over the recommended birthing kit we ordered, all the procedures for a land birt, water birth, emergency hospital transfer and our plans with Mila during those hours.

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Dear Jaxon: this one is for you…

This letter is for you and for us to always remember how awesome you are. Close to seven years have passed since you first kissed my hand and we decided that spending the rest of our life together was an awesome idea. Since then you have taken my dreams, laid them at my feet and fearful or not made me walk the path. Every day since, I have woken up next to you and have had the enormous honor to … read the rest...

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So strong… Mila’s time capsule

I’m laying down on the warm sand looking over at Jaxon and Mila playing in the waves of the still-frigid lake Michigan. Mila runs into the water and comes out with a concerned look “no mas!! achachai” (no more, too cold) she says and turns around and does it again. My smile is evident as I just melt away with love. There are about 305 other families surrounding me, the beach looks like a big mess. People of all sizes, … read the rest...

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Update

I have not written in a while, so in my grandma’s honor (my most avid reader), I will post a mini update.

Mila’s talking has taken off, she is the most adorable little human being ever! She understands English and Spanish and speaks both. She favors English, which is the reason that our house is a Spanish-only house, for now. She is in an incredible nanny-sharing situation with her best baby friend Adam, Delna and Aaron’s baby, and Hayden, an … read the rest...

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Pequeña Ella

It was a Friday morning at 7am when I laid in our living room’s couch to see you for the very first time. The ultrasound technician, Tom, plugged in his $60,000 device and set it on a chair. Your sister Mila was wearing her pijamas running around the room offering Tom “tea”. Dad had the camera in his hand and we nervously looked at each other, knowing that in a few minutes our life would once again change completely depending … read the rest...

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Insecurities before pitching…

As we prepare to present our startup idea and prototype to merchants, investors and mentors, I have felt the need to fight some of my most deeply kept insecurities. Qualities that define me in other aspects of my life, but that brought into a business setting make me a little hesitant to go out and talk to all the people that we need to mingle with in order to make Keyo work.

My dream…

At heart I am a writer … read the rest...

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Being a mom…

After one year, 6 months and 11 days I still cannot fathom what made Mila. I understand the biology behind her, but her spirit, her laughter and her toes mesmerize me. About a year ago we were visiting my family in Ecuador and I asked Mila a question I often ask her, “who made you so awesome?” My sister, who was was sitting next to me, gave me a look and then proceeded to say “what, do you want her … read the rest...

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Mini update + Photo drop

Between work, Mila and life I have no time to write… So, I’m just going to type the tiniest update ever.

Mila has been weaned for over a month. The transition could not have been smoother for her, I struggled emotionally a bit.

Fridays are spent doing crafts with the most amazing people ever, our great friends Kelly and Rebekah. So far we have done finger painting and Christmas cookies! Hand puppets are to follow and from there the ball … read the rest...

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The book everyone should read…

Do your Sunday evenings look a lot like you Monday mornings? 

No – Then, read this book.

Yes, but I wish they did not – Read this book.

 

Do you wish you could be doing something else, 75% of the time?

No – That’s awesome!

Yes – Read this book.

 

Do you have a huge to-do list of places and things you want to see or do and have yet to mark 5 things off?

No – Start … read the rest...

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Here for 36 hours…

Last week, we were honored with my dad’s presence for 36 hours! He came to Chicago on his way to Amsterdam, followed by Marrakesh, where he will be representing the most amazing eco-resort in the world, Hacienda Zuleta (yes, I’m a bit biased). In Morocco, he will meet top representatives from different high-end tourism destinations, network and attend exclusive parties.

Very few people are invited to this event and for the second year in a row, my dad has been … read the rest...

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Is there ever a good time to have another child?

There are two things that have been on my mind recently… among about a hundred others. But two that consume my peace every time I watch Mila, entertain herself while I go about my day. As a recent baby-in-arms-free mom, I constantly experience an unexpected party in my head every time my daughter chooses to walk anywhere by herself, rather than being carried there. It’s not so much that I have terribly important things to do with my arms since read the rest...

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