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Day 2 of Will’s trip away from home

Yesterday went quite well.

It was a gloomy and rainy day here so Lily and I didn’t get as many walks as we usually do but she didn’t get too cranky about it. She loves being out and about.

Unlike all the other days, she actually took a long (almost 2 hours) nap in the morning. She was up throughout the rest of the day and finally went to sleep at 8pm.

When she first went to sleep, I put her in her crib like I always do. However, when she woke up for her feeding, I let her stay in bed with me for the whole rest of the night.

This is not something we usually do. If anything, we let her stay in bed with us after the last feeding of the night which usually happens at 5am.

She slept close to me and because there was more room in the bed I got to enjoy it. She was my little snuggle bunny!

I remember when I was little, whenever my father would be away, my mom would let me sleep with her. Those are always wonderful memories. Sleeping close to my mom while she would rub my head…a habit she created and I still have.

Sure Lily is too little to remember now but, maybe this will be a tradition we will start of our own whenever Will is away. 😉

And yes, we do miss Will like crazy!

Here is the little face that woke up next to me. (This picture was taken in Lily’s crib actually) Lily wears pajamas that were a gift and her bedding is Skip Hop.

and a SHOUT OUT to…

Jennifer Matos (aka Chloe’s mommy) who lives in New Jersey and has been a daily LilmuseLily reader since she found it!

Chloe was born on November 02, 2009, Lily’s due date! They are both the same age.

Thank you for “following” us Jennifer and giving this blog more meaning than it already had. 🙂

Here is to Chloe (what a cutie!) and Jennifer!

Things we LOVE!

Elmo, India Arie and the ABC’s!!

Lily LOVES this ABC song version with Elmo and India Arie.  We play it for her every morning on the laptop. If we happen to forget, she starts staring at the laptop and cooing like crazy!

I’m not sure why this one in particular, none of the other ones capture her like this one but I think it’s the bright colors.

She does not take her eyes off the screen the whole time. 🙂 has a bunch of great videos and games but, you can also find the Elmo and India Arie ABC’s version on

Must have of the day

More furniture for Lily’s room that she doesn’t have yet but that I have in my head.

These Hiromatsu Children’s Furniture by designer Yu Watanabe are like nothing I’ve ever seen! Inhabitots always has amazing finds but these are a “Must”!

So they’re not traditional (we’ll leave that for morals and values) but they are clever, creative and funky!

P.S.- I didn’t look at prices. Why spoil the dream?

Day 1 of Will’s trip away from home

Will left this morning to go to West Virginia until thursday. It will be just Lily and I until then. This will be a big test for all of us.

It will be the first time that Will is away from Lily since she was born and he was not happy about it but it is for the good and the future of our family so there he goes…

It is also the first time that Lily and I will be by ourselves.

Sure Lily and I spend our days together and there have been plenty of days that Will arrived late from work and Lily will be sleeping already but, he is there in the following morning.

So here Lily and I are having our regular morning routine. A bit of coffee for me, the play mat and toys for Lily. We already watched the ABC’s with Elmo and India Arie. Lily will probably be taking her morning nap in a short while.

It’s a gloomy monday morning here in Miami and we are missing Will already.

So here is to the LOVE in our little family! Lily wears a bodysuit and hat given to her by Natasha.

My first night out since giving birth to Lily

Last night was my first night out since I gave birth to Lily. She is now a little over 3 months old.

The plan was for all 3 of us to got out to dinner for our dear friend Michael’s birthday. However, dinner was set for 8pm and that is Lily’s bed time.

Will and I talked about having Lily take a little nap before 8pm so we could all go but as 7pm approached, Lily had not taken a nap and was pretty cranky.

So, Will suggested for me to go by myself. WHAT!? The suggestion sounded foreign to me. I have not been apart from Lily since I gave birth to her. I’m still only breast feeding so Lily goes where my breasts, I mean, I go. Will knew that I needed this, that I’ve been a little postpartum let’s say. (Identity Crisis)

Thoughts started running through my head. Do I know how to be by myself? What should I wear? Do I know how to dress?

All of the sudden I could wear something that I didn’t have to breast feed in. YAY! I’ve been wanting to wear tights, boots and one of my shift dresses for a while. It was cool enough last night so the decision on what to wear was not so difficult.

I got half dressed while Will put pajamas on Lily and then I breast fed her.

Lily usually falls asleep 15 minutes into the feeding. Of course NOT last night! It was like she knew something was going on. I breast fed her on one breast, I breast fed her on the other and she was still up.

She kept looking at me very attentively while I got dressed probably thinking that she was coming out as well. And why wouldn’t she? She usually does.

As I finished getting ready, Will had her in his arms as she was falling asleep. I kissed them goodnight and headed out the door. Mixed emotions were going through me. I felt guilty, I felt excited.

While in the elevator, I felt like I had left the house missing something. I had no baby, no stroller, no baby Bjorn, no diaper bag, something was missing.

A moment of anxiety came over me. Can I do this? Can I be by myself? Can I go out by myself?

I met Kristin downstairs (she lives in the building next to ours) and for a brief moment it felt like old times. The two of us, single girls heading out for a night out in town. Except these were new times. My husband (new) and my baby (new) were upstairs at home. 🙂

While walking with Kristin to meet the rest of the gang for dinner, I started feeling more and more at ease about being by myself. Then I felt guilty about feeling liberated. LOL

Dinner with friends was wonderful and a much needed “Claudia” time but to come home to my husband Will and baby Lily was priceless.

P.S.- I actually ended up forgetting something. My wallet. It was in the diaper bag.

Here we are at dinner last night. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHAEL!! (from left, Eddie, Michael, me, Darren and Kristin)

Things we LOVE!

The Baby Bjorn was a great invention as far as I’m concerned. We go just about everywhere with ours.

We tried some of the other options that are out there like the slings however, either Lily wasn’t comfortable or I felt like she was going to fall out.

So we thought we would give the Baby Bjorn a try (we purchased ours from BabiesRus). It’s very comfortable to wear for both me and Will and Lily LOVES it!

She can face the world and be the curious little baby that she is or she can take a quick nap which she often does. 😉

Here are some great Baby Bjorn moments. In order Lily wears a long sleeve dress by Zutano and cap by Old Navy, sweater that was a gift from the Alaby girls, pants and socks by babyGap and cap by Old Navy, pink cardigan by babyGap and cap by Old Navy.