everyday life

Finding friends

It’s been quite a struggle to find friends at the playground. All the kids who usually go are much older than Lily.

Until 3 days ago when this mommy brought her baby girl to play and to see if they too could find friends.

They slowly approached Lily and I and the mommy asked how old Lily was. She was so happy to see another baby close to her 4 month old Sofia at the park. And so was I!

Lily took so Sofia right away, reaching to touch Sofia’s arms, ears and head. It was so cute!

Claudia (what are the chances of the other mommy’s name being Claudia as well) and I hit it off also (it’s important) so we exchanged numbers.

Up until now it’s been just mostly Lily and I all day long by ourselves. I’m aware of the free program that the public library has where they sing and have story time but it takes place on mondays at 10a.m.. Lily is usually taking her morning nap at that time so we have not made it there yet.

I have some mommy friends who live here in Miami but they either have older babies or younger babies. I wish my Holly lived here. Lily and I would have so much fun with her and Spike…. (day dreaming)

Lily had her first play date with Sofia yesterday. On the way to the park, I text-ed Claudia (they live right next to the park, how perfect) and she and Sofia were able to meet Lily and I there.

Iร‚ย  put our tapestry down on the grass and the girls were able to really see and reach for one another. They were such sweeties! It was so nice to see Lily interact with another baby.

I can’t wait for the next play date! (possibly today in the afternoon)

P.S.- On the way down Lincoln Rd last night, we met another mommy with an 11 month old Luca. The mommy’s name? Claudia! What are the chances!? 2 mommies in 1 week both named Claudia. Weird!

Here are Lily and Sofia at the park yesterday. Aren’t they sweet??? ๐Ÿ™‚ Lily wears top and shorts by Old Navy.

Food update

Lily has quite the full menu going on these days.

Yesterday since it was her 5 month birthday, she had a special lunch. Broiled tilapia with sweet potato and broccoli all mashed up into a yummy mush. She loved it!

I also felt good because it was like she was getting a full meal all in one bowl. I mean, I eat broiled tilapia with sweet potato and broccoli!

For dessert, I bought her some organic whole milk plain yogurt and mixed it with some mashed up mango. She ate it all!

And for dinner, mashed up carrots mixed with broccoli and broiled tilapia.

During the week we also tried peas, a big success and zucchini….not such a big success on its own but went down well mixed with carrots.

I’m not sure if it’s all the substantial food Lily is eating or if she is in a different sleeping stage but she basically sleeps all through the night now. (I hope I’m not jinxing it by writing about it!)

Just last night she slept from her regular 8p.m. until 4:30a.m.. That’s 8.5 hours straight! I then put her in bed with Will and I, breast fed her and we both fell back asleep until 7:30a.m..

Good food and good sleep, essential for a baby’s happy life. And mommy’s and daddy’s too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here is a healthy, full and well rested Lily late afternoon yesterday on the beach wearing an Old Navy romper and her Zutano hat. And a well rested me and Lily.

Happy 5 months Lily!

Lily is 5 months old today. Already? That was fast!

She weighs just about 16lbs and measures 25″.

Her mornings are spent at the park and the afternoons at the beach. She loves the swings and the ocean.

Lily can now easily roll over from her stomach to her back and from her back to her stomach. She is still trying hard to crawl and although she does move around, she has not yet mastered the art of crawling.

As far as food is concerned, she now eats rice cereal, bananas, apple and pear sauce, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, avocados, carrots, mangoes, broccoli, zucchini, peas and we will be trying tilapia today as a 5 month old gift. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Lily’s sleeping patterns have been very consistent lately. She usually takes 2-3 naps during the day and she has for the most part been sleeping through the night, from 8pm until 5am. When she wakes at 5am, I bring her into bed with Will and I, I breast feed her and sleeps until 7-8am with us.

She smiles more and more each day that passes and we even got giggles twice yesterday. Something that we had not heard since she giggled for the first time. Lily is also quite vocal these days baby-talking up a storm!

Lily is a wonderful baby and we are so happy to have her in our lives. (tears of the purest happiness) ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S.- As much as she has grown and changed, some things never do. She still rests her hand on my chest between my breasts when I breast feed her. It’s the sweetest thing.

Here are Lily’s little toes 3 days after she was born and below that, Lily’s toes last week. Lily’s hand resting on my chest while being breastfed also 3 days after her birth day. And, a 5 month old Lily today playing in her crib wearing babyGap pajamas that were a gift from uncle Darren.

Trying to still be expressive through art

For the few of you who don’t know me that well, I used to paint. A lot! (If you would like to see my art, please visit www.claudiaguerreiro.com)

I’m saying used to because it’s something that I have not done since getting pregnant with Lily. I surprised myself by not painting when I was pregnant but, I was afraid of what the oils would do. So I didn’t.

And of course I haven’t.

I started seriously painting when I was 21. And since then, through different stages of my life I have painted more, less and none at all. So, I’m not worried. I just miss it. And because I’m no longer working, I miss it even more.

Lately, I have been missing an artistic outlet.ร‚ย  There seems to not be enough time to pick up a paint brush so, I’ve become more active with the camera (as most of you have probably noticed).

I do however have a painting in mind. It is of course of Lily, my favorite subject and lil muse. ๐Ÿ˜‰

In my head I paint this one paintingร‚ย  I have been wanting to do since I took the picture. I use quicker, looser and less detailed brush strokes….it is a beautiful piece! I am worried that once I finish it in my head, I will one day no longer want to put it on canvas because I am already visually satisfied with what I have painted in this head of mine. (I know, weird but that’s the way it works with me)

In the meanwhile, I have started to make jewelry again. I made 5 necklaces yesterday.

It felt wonderful to be creative again and to use my hands and my eyes in an artistic way. I approach my jewelry like I do my painting…. lots of bright colors.

Here are my new creations. Of course Lily is my ultimate master piece! ๐Ÿ™‚

Mine and Will’s first night out without Lily

Saturday night Will and I had our first night out without Lily.

We were invited to our friend Juan’s birthday party that started at 8:30p.m.. We thought about bringing Lily but decided to ask uncle Darren if he would babysit instead (he has been eager to do so). Not only would it end up being past Lily’s bed time but also, we needed some Will and Claudia time.

Before we left, we bathed, fed and put a very tired Lily in bed. When uncle Darren arrived, we slipped out the door.

On the way down in the elevator, Will and I both looked at each other and let out a long breath. Ok, here we were, out for the first time aloneร‚ย  since Lily had been born.

It felt a bit strange and like we were missing something while we walked over to the restaurant but, soon after getting there and ordering the first drink, all was good.

We checked with uncle Darren via text every now and again and all was good at home with him and Lily as well. She had only gotten fussy in her sleep once and uncle Darren had it all under control with a little back rub and humming.

It was a fun night out and even though both Will and I missed Lily, it felt great to be out on a date! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here are Will and I with our friends out on saturday night.

Happy Easter!

We have had a wonderful family weekend so far.

Great day at the beach yesterday even though it was more crowded than usual due to the holiday and Spring break.

We put Lily in her Kushies swim diaper and she was in the water more than before. She looked so cute and loved sitting along the shore watching the waves roll in.

There were Portuguese men o’ war (jelly fish) everywhere so we had to be careful because they were washing up right by where Lily was sitting.

We must have tired Lily like never before because she slept for 12 hours straight from 7p.m. until 7a.m. this morning.

Today we are having a lazy Easter sunday.

We woke up late, Lily went for a short bike ride with daddy Will on the Bjorn and we had a wonderful brunch on the balcony.

Lily is now taking her first nap of the day and when she wakes, we will be going to the park.

HAPPY EASTER!!

Here we are on the beach yesterday in our beach Easter bonnets. ๐Ÿ˜‰ (Lily wears a romper by Old Navy and hat by Zutano). Lily sitting waterside wearing her Kushies and Zutano hat. A Portuguese man o’war. And a happy sunshine Lily! And today bike riding with daddy Will wearing her Old Navy pajamas and sitting pretty on the couch wearing her Easter dress by OldNavy.

Broccoli!!????

Yesterday we gave Lily broccoli for the first time, and let me tell you, she is NOT a fan! LOL

I felt it was important to start giving her some green vegetables since she was eating mostly all orange vegetables. Sweet potatoes,carrots, butternut squash… all orange. I was afraid she would soon turn orange.

Will steamed the broccoli and then pureed it. It didn’t look, smell or taste appetizing at all. We shall see we thought.

When it was time for Lily’s lunch yesterday, I set her up on the balcony like usual and fed her the first spoonful. Oh boy…the face!ร‚ย  It was not a happy face at all. LOL

She kept it in her mouth and wouldn’t even swallow for a while.

I wouldn’t want to eat it I thought to myself. So why would I feed it to her and expect her to?

I took the broccoli back into the kitchen and mixed it with carrots. Success!!!

She ate the whole thing. She loves her carrots. Why would she not? They are sweet and yummy!

And because I felt bad for feeding her that awful broccoli on its own, I surprised her with a bit of mashed up ripe mango. I haveร‚ย  never seen her lick herself the way she did after each spoonful. Her tongue was all the way to her chin!

Yay! Broccoli and mango now part of Lily’s menu. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is a suspicious Lily sitting in her chair waiting for me to feed her lunch wearing a romper by Old Navy and a bib that was a gift. And a not so convinced Lily after the first spoonful of broccoli. Adventure begins here? Oh boy did it ever! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Distance. It makes my heart ache, not grow fonder

When I was younger, I was constantly moving and the further away from family, the better. Since I’ve gotten older however, I want to be closer to them.

My family lives in Portugal. That is in Europe next to Spain, not in South America next to Brazil. (I know most of you know this but, it is an inside joke. Ha Ha.)

We usually visit every year in May. It is a wonderful time of the year to go visit. It’s warm enough but still a bit chilly for the beach and for all the tourism. Forget about going to Europe any time between June through August.

When Will and I were in Portugal last May, we were 4 months pregnant. We surprised my parents and brother with the happy news at the airport. We had 2 wonderful weeks there like we always do and I dreamed about going back this May with a 6 month old baby. We didn’t find out it was going to be a Lily until we came back from our visit.

Well, we won’t be going this May and even though we will be going in September (just as great of a month to visit), it is breaking my heart.

By September Lily will be 10 months old. Just 2 months short of a year (tears and more tears) and it will be the first time that my dad and my brother as well as the rest of the family will be meeting Lily. (more tears) Never mind our cousin Ana who has become Lily’s #1 fan!

I don’t know why but 6 months seemed more comforting than 10 months.

It was wonderful having my mom here for a month but, Lily was only around for 2 of those weeks so it’s almost like they haven’t met yet.

Living in Miami we are far from both sides of the family. Mine that is in Portugal and Will’s that is in West Virginia. Now that we have Lily, it is so much harder to be so far away than it ever was before.

These days I long for family. I remember being a child and my most cherished memories are of being around family. I want the same for Lily. It’s important for both Will and I to raise her amongst grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

I don’t however want to discredit how lucky we are to have wonderful friends near us who are a big part of Lily’s life. From the beginning might I add. They were there minutes after Lily was born.

So, for the meanwhile I just dream about the day we will introduce Lily to my parents, their first grandchild. And maybe another month in West Virginia? Or at least a visit from West Virginia? ๐Ÿ˜‰ (wiping tears)

Here are some wonderful cherished moments with family that I miss.

Will and Iร‚ย  in Portugal with my parents and brother in May 2009. My mom, me and Hayes with my favorite tree (Lily was born 6 days later). The day Lily was born,ร‚ย  me, Will, Lily and avos Carmo and Hayes. Avo Hayes and avo John with Lily at home the day she was born. (Lily wears a jumpsuit and hat by babyGap,wrapped in a whynottsewn blanket). My mom with Lily (Lily wears a bodysuit that was a gift and Old Navy pants). Lily dancing with aunt Sarah in West Virginia (Lily wears a tunic by babyGap and pants by The Children’s Place). Will, Lily, uncle Jud and cousin Adelaide (Lily wears a dress by babyGap, tights and booties by Zutano). Lily with aunt Desiree

Cry baby

Before and while I was pregnant with Lily, I would ever so often watch the show Birth Day on TLC. I found that it really helped me get ready (if there ever is such a thing) to give birth.

Not only did it make it easy for me to decide to go with a midwife at a birthing center instead of an obgyn at a hospital but it also showed all of the best and worst scenarios that could happen. I would watch show after show with no problem.

WELL, no more!

I can’t watch a birth without crying my eyes out! LOL

As these women are pushing and pushing, my eyes fill up with tears (tears of joy of course). Once that baby is out, so are my tears.

I cry every time. If Lily is around (most of the time she’s napping when I watch), I grab her, and hug and kiss her while I cry my eyes out with tears of joy. (Poor Lily!)

Just yesterday when she and I were playing and snuggling on the bed, my eyes startedร‚ย  filling up with tears and I almost started crying.

It’s official, I’ve become a crier…..

Here we are having mother-daughter quiet time. Lily wears a bodysuit by babyGap and swing top by Zutano. (Now don’t you cry!) ๐Ÿ˜‰