Mamahood Styled


// 22 months //

22 months, although I don't count O's age by months, and won't keep track of this once he turns two, it helps me remember what he is up to. Which I never ever want to forget. But I already do. #mamahood
I'll switch over to monthly highlights after two. Wah, stop typing two, J.
I guess I should start planning the big II.

31 lbs. whoa, baby!
This baby boy is obsessed with trains, trucks and automobiles! & tractors, and airplanes and anything with an engine. He grabs his little cars and makes them go vroom and our hearts melt like no other. Seeing him play independently is amazing.
If we sit him on the potty, he'll go each time but he won't ask to go on his own. He tells us when he pees and thinks when he toots is hilarious (typical). If we ask him if he pooped, the answer is ALWAYS "nnnnooooooo."

This baby boy is a happy little dude. Yet boy, oh, boy he loves to test our patience. He is extremely playful, and likes to push the envelope to see what he can get away with. Oh, no hitting Honey (our dog)...well, what about if I put my leg on her and push ever-so-gently but just strong enough to be on her? Oh, no hitting, what if I just tap you, instead? Oh, no touching this, what if I just put one finger on it? Oh man, I have said it since he was in the womb, we are IN for it!

So this month, O has acquired this new thing of begging to come to bed with us. He wants to read his books in our bed and then begs to lay with mama. Which then becomes a "sit down" command to us, instead of laying down. Then I have to literally hold him down on me until he falls asleep. As much as it is a bad habit and I am still setting myself up for failure, my boy is not a when he wants to cuddle with me each night, and tuck his little chubby hands at my sides, how can I resist? Last week, he woke up several times screaming and not wanting to stay in his room. Needless to say, we ended up with near black eyes by morning by chubby strong feet.

  New Words: 
EVERYTHING! Seriously, it is the cutest things! Simple sentences (of 3-4 words) are being formed too. His little voice is the bestest. I remember us wondering what it would sound like and it really is perfection to us. I love that recently he has remembered some of his sign language (that we started at about 8 months old) and has been using simultaneous to his words. 

Favorite Foods: 
cheese sticks
macaroni and cheese
This boy eats SO much BUT mainly only during the day. Dinner has become hit or miss. We have become "airplane" and "choo choo train" experts with tiny silverware. 

Favorite Things: 
Reminding us of things he did earlier that day
playing with Honey
Nana + Grandma
Watching anything with an engine
Animals (specifically cows, dogs and cats)
gardening with Nana
Going for walks with Nana
Going to the park 
chasing the cats
Signature Moves: 
Throwing a ball at someone and THEN saying "Catch!"
Waiting for the mailman every day, and then delivering mail with him at Nana's. 
Not wanting to sit in his high chair anymore. Ahhh!
Skipping naps- heck no kid!
Giving bear hugs.
Giving massages.
He says sorry by going up to us, putting his head down, rubbing it on us, hugging and then saying "oh-ee" with a huge smile. 
Stopping mid-cry to laugh at something. Oh boy. 

Mommy's Proudest Moment: 
I spanked him ( i know, new low) and he laughed. Touche, O, touche. 
Oh and saying shit and him repeating it. Nope, not cool. My sailor mouth is bad. 

Daddy's Proudest Moment:
Telling O to eat his poop, jokingly of course, and O actually trying to. 
& of course, the more we tell him not to, the more he pretends to. 

This Month's Highlights:
-Mama and Daddy went to Austin, TX to visit Titi Squirrel and you got to stay with your grandparents for the weekend! You were SO happy and I expected for you to ignore me when you saw us. But you did the opposite. You were grinning and flung yourself into my arms. Gave me a kiss, hit me and ran away. My mama heart exploded. 
-We celebrated Halloween and you went trick-or-treating for the first time. We made you a trash truck costume that you loved. It was a great hit! Everyone complimented you! We also passed out candy and you liked putting it in all the kids' baskets. 
-We crafted a lot this month! Lots of messy times with paints, food, chalk, etc!
-You got to hang out with Asher one day and another with Natalia and her friends. 
-You ate a whole slice of cake by yourself. 
-Of course, you worked out a lot!
-we spent 4 days in L.A. and our daily Facetime sessions with your grandparents and titi really helped out because you knew them immediately. We had a great time and celebrated Titi Anita and Titi Lonnie's graduations. 
-We also got to visit Titi Isa and Tio Jake. 
-Lots of park fun!
-You modeled for mama's clothing co.
-You ate cookies. Lots!
-Mama and you got matching pj's.
-You fell in love with playing with baby dolls
-We went to a very early air balloon launch and an evening air balloon glow + fireworks
-We made Thanksgiving turkey cinnamon rolls that you thought were funny. So did Dad.
-You helped mama ship out orders by making a huge mess each time and making it take double the amount of time!
-You were blessed by Nana's church via Great Uncle Troy! Great, great Aunt Leona and Troy's wife Robin came from New Mexico. It was such a beautiful little event. 

// happy thanksgiving //

today starts the first holiday of giving, loving + thanking. things we do on the regular but how amazing is it to have a season that emphasizes the things that make us go mush and connected to each other?

happy thanksgiving from my little family to yours. i'm so thankful for the man who stands by my side no matter how many mistakes i make...the baby he helped me create...our happiness...our families on both sides and the friends that are family...for health...for our careers and pursuing our dreams...hope the beginning of your season is just lovely.


Cinnamon Clothing Co.

Cinnamon Clothing Co.

I did it! I relaunched my clothing company this weekend (Friday, November 21st, 2014- I mean, these things should be documented right?!)
Ah, what a rollercoaster! I have been working on this for months and months! I was reminded that I first officially launched almost ten years ago! How insane is that?! Prior to that, I was making clothes in college- I would go thrift shopping and run whatever I found home, pull out my sewing machine, recreate it (pattern-less), and post ot on fotki! haha! I need to find my old account. My girlfriends would come over to my dorm and I would dress them and enter my clothes into local fashion shows. haha! My entire college career, on my desk, stood a sewing machine in lieu of a computer (thank you Jess for my first sewing machine when I was 16-17 years old)! & thank you to my Allysona and Lucy for always loaning me your computers to get through UCLA, haha!
Cinnamon stems from my maiden last name: Canela, which means Cinnamon in Spanish. A name I grew up detesting- it set me apart from others because it was uncommon, and opened up questions from my peers that I could never answer. I would lie and say my father was a cinnamon farmer (what?! haha). The truth being that I had never met anyone with the same last name as me, including my biological father. Every time I moved to a new school, I would beg my teachers to call me by my mom's last name so I felt like I belonged to someone...Yet, as I grew older, I began to create my own identity for Canela. I embraced it and made it my own. & eventually, named my little dream after it. Because there are not many things in life that are solely mine.
Cinnamon has grown with me as I have grown through the stages in my life. From patternless sewing, re-creations, to photography into heat-pressed shirts, to baby clothes when my close girlfriends started having babies, to painting on vans and purses.  And now, to my new little collection of Mamahood: the biggest challenge of my life! Celebrating everything mamas go through day and day out, and the littles that make our world go round and upside down!
I have SO many ideas that I am dying to put into action. But for now, I am starting very slow.
This weekend was full of emotions. Lots of self-doubt, lots of gratitude, lots of thinking I'm not good enough, yet so grateful. Not meeting goals vs. wanting to give everything away because that's what I've always done in the past. Then feeling guilty for letting my friends support me. A true rollercoaster. I have no idea where this little venture will take me, nor do I have any expectations. I am not looking to become famous, I am not looking for followers in social media, I am looking to create and represent the unity & support that we need for each other.
I am looking to believe in each other. To raise each other and know that we all have in common way more than is portrayed on the surface. 
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