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Shopping. Oh, it’s quite the experience!

It was so beautiful out today that I decided to grab Lily and the stroller and head down to Zara to check out their Spring collection.

Zara is about a good 30 minutes away by foot, fast foot that is. Lily fell asleep half way through which was good because sometimes she can get a little fussy in the stroller. She seems to prefer the Baby Bjorn these days but she’s getting too heavy and the destination was too far today.

After scanning Zara and having grabbed a few items to take in the fitting room, I thought “Where are ALL the Spring colors? Where is the yellow, pink, orange, green?”. Everything in there was so muted which is fine but my mood has been muted, I wanted/needed a pick-me-up.

Once in the fitting room with a now awake Lily, I noticed that she was not only awake but she also had a dirty diaper.

Thankfully, we were in a BIG fitting room that had a big bench where I changed Lily. It stunk up the whole place but there was nobody else back there. lol

Ok, with her diaper changed, I placed her back in the stroller and started to try on some clothing.

Nothing was looking right. The shirts were too tight because my breasts are HUGE and proceed to get bigger every week, the pants…my butt isn’t ready for those yet, the cardigans didn’t do anything. Ugh!

So there I was in the fitting room not feeling so great when Lily started to get fussy. She was hungry. I thought to myself: “Now I’m going to have to breast feed her in here too.”

I handed the unwanted items (all of them with the exception of a dress) to the sales clerk and asked him if he minded that I stay a bit longer because I had to breast feed. He was so nice, he didn’t mind.

I ended up purchasing the dress. It’s an over the head dress so I probably won’t even be able to wear it for a while because I can’t breast feed in it but, oh well.

Conclusion: shopping for me with Lily by myself is not so much fun. Not yet anyway.

Must have of the day

Today’s “Must have of the day” is for mommy, not Lily.

Since I have been getting back on track as far as taking care of myself and wanting to feel like “Claudia” again, it is only fair that a new haircut and new lipstick deserves a new dress! And so do I. I have not bought myself a dress since my 3rd month of pregnancy.

This ruffled Carly dress by J.Crew is exactly what I have been looking for. It’s short but not too short. it can either be dressed down or dressed up (where am I going? lol) and it has buttons in the front so I can still breast feed. Most importantly, it looks nothing like a “pregnant” dress.

A little bit of lipstick goes a long way…

After my haircut on tuesday put an extra skip on my walk, I decided to go get some new lipstick as well.

I put Lily in the Baby Bjorn and we walked over to Macy’s.

It had been a while since I wore lipstick. Had been wearing glosses for a while but since Lily had been born, I hadn’t used anything other than lip balm. I mean, how could I constantly kiss Lily with stuff on my lips?

We ended up at the Benefit counter which had pretty colors but not too many so it wasn’t too overwhelming. I tried a few while Lily was busy looking in the mirror (she smiles at herself).

I settled on Dessert First (yummy, dessert!).

With Dessert First on my lips, Lily and I left Macy’s and now, I had yet another extra skip on my walk. I felt good! It’s amazing what lipstick can do.

I’m feeling pretty good these last couple of days. New haircut, new lipstick, it’s feeling like ME again.

So I’m not able to kiss Lily as much while we are out but, her cheeks probably need a break anyway.

Oh! by the way, inside the lipstick package there was a little note. This is what it said:

(Maybe it will increase the libido also…. ;))

Things we LOVE!

Hope this helps Jennifer (aka Chloe’s mommy)!

After doing much research on diaper bags while still pregnant with Lily, my co-worker Valerie mentioned to me how much she loved her Skip Hop diaper bag even after having it for 3 years.

Will and I checked into it and we liked what we saw, so we ordered one.

We ordered the Duo Double in the uptown stripe print at first and once it arrived, I tried it on and felt like I was going on a weekend getaway. It was far too BIG but we LOVED the print and quality!

We returned the Duo Double with no problem and got the smaller size (I should have listened to Will from the beginning ;)), the Duo in the same uptown stripe print.

We LOVE it!!

It is roomy enough inside, we always carry a blanket, a change of clothes, 4 diapers, at least 1 toy and has plenty of pockets outside for my cell phone, camera, wallet, water bottle (I don’t really carry a handbag anymore).

What we LOVE most about it is its new feature. Skip Hop added 2 small straps inside the top of the bag so it clicks close to the stroller handle. LOVE it!!!

We also got the swipe wipe case and that works great as well. And it kind of matches. 😉

Must have of the day

Lily is either teething or she is going through a phase of wanting to put everything in her mouth. I mean EVERYTHING!

That’s why this eco friendly cornstarch Hand Teether by Green Sprouts that we found on Inhabitots is a “Must”!

It is PVC, BPA, and petroleum free, and the soft parts are made of silicone. No synthetic or toxic materials. It is biodegradable and compostable. So basically, it is totally baby safe.

And…it comes in a set of 2! 🙂

All pregnancy traces almost all gone

Yesterday I had to write about postpartum because I was feeling it really bad however, yesterday’s post should have been about how exactly a year ago yesterday, we found out we were pregnant.

Exactly a day after Will proposed to me, I took a pregnancy test and…..PREGNANT! It was one of the happiest moments, specially after a very sad miscarriage on Christmas day, December 25 of 2008.

Here we are exactly 1 year later, married (HOORAY!) and with a healthy baby Lily (tears of happiness).

It hasn’t exactly been a smooth journey but, compared to some others, we have been very fortunate.

I had a wonderful pregnancy. Wasn’t sick once. Worked until 1 week before my due date. Was active the whole 9 months, walking, swimming (one of the perks of living in South Beach), riding my bike Sally.

We had an amazing birthing experience. All natural! It was just Will, me, our wonderful midwife Mary, Mary’s assistant, my mom and Will’s mom.

We entered the birthing center at 10:30pm on November 06 2009 and Lily was born at 2:37am on November 07 2009. I couldn’t have asked for an easier birth.

It is now March, almost 4 months after Lily being born and all pregnancy traces are almost all gone.

The linea negra, just a very faint line below my belly button. The pregnancy weight, just a few more pounds to shed. The gorgeous, healthy and full pregnancy hair is gone and as of yesterday…cut.

Everything, light postpartum aside, is slowly going back to normal.

In honor of everything that happened within the last year, here are some pictures of how things occurred. Starting with a very romantic engagement.