everyday life

Another great day at the park

Since Lily liked the first swing experience at the park, I decided to take her back yesterday.

We went earlier this time. There was only another mom there with her little 18 month old son and even though it was a cloudy day and it rained on and off while we were there, Lily had a great time trying out more rides at the playground.

I put her in the big blue swing first since she had been on it the day before and once again she liked it. I pushed for a while as she sat there enjoying herself.

Then I decided to put her in the middle swing. She is still a bit little for it but it wasn’t too bad and she did seem to be enjoying it. I guess because she felt like she was a bit more suspended. It was more like a swing.

Lily also rode the swinging dog and the toucan. But of course all she wanted to do was lick them, specially the toucan. πŸ™‚

Later in the afternoon since the day cleared up, we went and sat at the beach and watched the waves for a while.

Another great day.

Oh, we also chased some pigeons around at the park. lol

Here is Lily at the park and at the beach wearing pants and cardigan both by babyGap andΒ  a striped shirt that was gift from aunt Sarah.

Swinging!

We have a park right by our house. Every time Lily and I go to Publix (our super market) or go look at the water, we walk on by. The only time we went there was with our friend Sara and her cutie pie Sam who is over 1 year old.

Well, yesterday I decided to take Lily to the park and put her on the swing.

She was of course the only baby at the playground but she was so excited to be there!

I strapped her into the big blue swing and gave her a light push. She just looked at me. As she got more comfortable and finally cracked a smile, I pushed a little harder.

She loved it!

I pushed for a while as Lily enjoyed swinging.

It was another beautiful day out so after we were done with the swing, I put down a tapestry on the grass and we enjoyed the leaves blowing in the wind.

We will be there again later today. πŸ™‚

Here is Lily on the swing and enjoying the breeze wearing a shirt by babyGap, pants by Tea and hat by Zutano.

The sweetest sound

Yesterday while Lily and I were playing on her floor mat, she let out her first chuckles followed by her first giggles.

I was bouncing her little Peace pillow rattle off her nose and making funny mouth noises when she let out the first chuckle. I stopped and thought to myself, “was that a chuckle?”.

I bounced the pillow rattle off her nose again and again she chuckled.

With my eyes almost filling up with tears of joy, I kept doing it and eventually the chuckles turned into giggles!

Will was at work so I quickly sent him a message on IM for him to call me so he too could hear them.

It was like we had never heard laughter before.

It was the sweetest sound and we can’t wait to hear it again.

Here is Lily as she was yesterday with the Peace pillow rattle that was a gift from Natasha. Lily wears a dress by Old Navy.

Baby steps

Not Lily’s yet but mine trying to get back into shape and getting a daily morning exercise routine going.

I told Will yesterday that I would like to start going for morning power walks like I used to before and during my pregnancy.

So this morning, as he got up with Lily like he usually does, he kicked my butt out of bed. You see, I wanted to stay in bed for another hour sleeping.

I put on my walking clothes and sneakers, grabbed the 3.25lb weights for each hand and headed out the door.

OUCH! It hurt. Everything hurt. My legs, my back, my arms. Whose idea was it to bring the weights? Oh wait, it was mine.

As I walked across the bridge and was surrounded by water, little sail boats and other morning walkers, joggers and bikers, I started to feel pretty good.

This isn’t so bad, I thought.

Then, half way through my walk, I just wanted to drop the weights down anywhere, turn around and go back to bed. It was like the bed was calling me.

It was hard to keep going but I just kept thinking: bikini days are coming, bikini days are coming, bikini days are coming….

I walked my old route and got back home exhausted and all sweaty but feeling good about having done it.

Now let’s see how long I will keep it up. πŸ˜‰

Here I am after my 1 hour power walk this morning.

Silver spooning it

While at the supermarket with Lily today, I decided to pick up some Gerber Organic Brown Rice Cereal for Baby. I thought, why not? Let’s try it. I think she is ready.

The box suggests that you mix the cereal with either breast milk (I haven’t pumped so,no), formula (she seems to not like it so, no) or water (can’t hurt). No whole milk until they are around 1 year old.

I filled the bowl with 7-8 tablespoons of cereal, warmed up some water and mixed the 2 together until it was a creamy consistency. Not too runny, not too thick.

I sat Lily in her lounger, put a bib around her neck and gave her the first taste of cereal off the edge of the silver spoon that grandma Hayes gave her for Christmas.

It went down quite smoothly! I dipped the spoon in the bowl and gave her another. She opened her mouth right away when she saw the spoon coming.

She smiled, waved her arms and legs from excitement, YAY! She LOVED it!

She ate it all.

We will continue with the rice cereal for a while as well as breast feeding her and then we will try to mix in some other things like mashed bananas and sweet potatoes.

I am happy that she liked the cereal and is getting ready for food but on the other hand, it just shows me how much bigger she is getting and how my baby is growing up. πŸ™

Here is the set up of her first meal Lily eating her first bowl of rice cereal wearing a bodysuit by Old Navy, dress by babyGap and a bib that was a gift.

4 months today

Lily is 4 months old today. I can’t believe it. Time has gone by so fast and yet it seems like I was pregnant such a long time ago.

She is now almost 15lbs and measures 25″.

She can turn over from her back to her tummy and gets super frustrated because she wants to crawl but can’t yet.

She has found her feet and is constantly grabbing them, she loves it when she has no socks on because then she can put her toes in her mouth although apparently she didn’t like the way they tasted yesterday. lol

For the most part she is a serious baby except for when she is home with Will and I and she lets loose.

Her pediatrician told us on thursday that she is as aware as a 6 month old. Go Lily!

Oh, and she’s looking more and more like her daddy Will every day.

Here she is on the 7th of every month . I got a little choked up going through the months.

In November, Lily wears a jumpsuit and hat both by babyGap. In December, Lily wears a bodysuit by babyGap. In January, Lily wears diapers by Pampers and fleece booties by Zutano. In February, Lily wears a dress and tights both by Zutano. Today, in March, Lily wears a bodysuit by Lucky Finn, a gift from our friend Debbie.

Good little patient

On Thursday we took Lily to the pediatrician for her Polio shot.

We know that vaccines are a heated debate. We respect everyone’s personal decision however, we find them necessary. We did choose to do a shot at a time just in case there were some allergies or major side effects. It required more trips to the pediatrician but we felt safer that way.

Ugh, every time we go it breaks my heart but I must say, Lily is SO good that it’s getting easier.

She just hangs out, lets her pediatrician do what she has to do and then when it comes time for the shot, she just cries a little when the needle first pokes her. This time she cried even less than the others. πŸ˜‰

Here is Lily waiting for her shot wearing shirt, leggings, socks and shoes all by babyGap.

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.

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…. ;))

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.