everyday life

There he goes again…

Will left on another trip again this morning for work. He will be in Buffalo, NY until thursday. πŸ™ (At least we got to spend lots of wonderful quality time together through the weekend :))

Lily noticed him gone as soon as she woke. She kept on looking at his side of the bed as if to say: where’s pai? (pai is dad in Portuguese)

You see, there’s a morning routine now. When Lily wakes up at 5a.m., I bring her to bed with Will and I and, I breast feed her. She usually falls back asleep until 7a.m.

When she wakes, she finds herself between Will and I and she just loves it! She turns to one, she turns to the other. We play in bed for a while until Will takes her into the living room giving me a chance to sleep a little longer.

Mornings are usually Will and Lily time since Will works all day and doesn’t get to spend as much time with Lily as I do.

So, as Lily looked around this morning and didn’t see her daddy, since she is no fool, she gave me a look as if to say: what’s going on here!? I told her the truth of course. That daddy went to work and will be back on thursday.

Lily then gave me a look that said: while daddy’s away, let us girls play!!! πŸ˜‰

Here’s to thursday being here fast and us being all together again so Lily can have more wonderful Will and Lily moments. In order Lily wears Zutano long sleeve t-shirt, Old Navy tank and Zutano T-shirt with babyGap leggings.

Sitting high

Lily sat on her first high chair today. πŸ™‚

We went to our favorite pizza place (Andiamo) and didn’t bring the stroller (lazy saturday mode) so once we sat down, we decided to request a high chair for Lily and give it a try.

It was perfect! Lily sat in it the whole time and was such a good girl! She felt so good being at the table just like us adults. She even chewed on some pizza crust. πŸ˜‰

Both Will and I have decided that it’s time to get that HiLo chair we saw and liked so much.

It’s been a wonderful family saturday. We are trying to spend as much time together this weekend because Will is leaving on monday for work until thursday. πŸ™

Happy weekend everybody!

Here is a big girl (:( stop growing so fast!) Lily sitting on a high chair at Andiamo. Lily wears a dress by babyGap that was a gift from avo Hayes, avo Joao and aunt Sarah. Thank you!


Yesterday after returning from the pediatrician, Lily spent her day as normal.

She ate her lunch,  had her nap and played.

Everything was ok until 6:30p.m. when she started getting very fussy, whiny and showing signs of being very uncomfortable. She wasn’t being her regular happy self. πŸ™

Slowly, she started getting worst, completely out of it and her head began to feel extremely hot.

Will and I took her temperature. It was 99.9.  Her normal is usually around 98. She had a fever.

We held her and just tried to comfort her. It was breaking my heart not knowing what exactly was bothering her and not knowing what exactly to do for her. Our little Lily was NOT feeling good!

We took her temperature again. 100.3!

Both Will and I decided to call avo Hayes and ask what should be done. She suggested giving Lily some infant Ibuprofen. We happened to have some and because grandmas know best (they really do), we gave some to Lily.

I was hesitant to give her any medicine because I never take any myself but, Lily was obviously in need of some so, I gave in.

Within 30 minutes her temperature had gone down and she was smiling again. YAY! πŸ™‚

I breast fed her like always before bed and Lily fell asleep for the night.

She woke up at 2:30a.m. still a little fussy but some holding and some more breast feeding, put her right back to sleep.

This morning she woke up pretty much her normal self and is now taking her morning nap as usual.

The lesson learned: 3 shots at once WAS too much for Lily to handle.

The good advice we got: if we ever plan on giving her 3 shots at once again(which I don’t think we will), the best thing to do is to give her some infant Motrin or Ibuprofen 1 hour before her doctor appointment.

Here is a picture of Lily yesterday lounging on the swing chairs at the Standard Hotel yesterday still feeling good. Lily wears a tunic by Old Navy and pants by babyGap.

3 in 1

Lily had another visit with Dr. Salinas (her pediatrician) today.

The office moved into a new building and it is sooo much nicer than the one before! Everything is light and bright with lots of new design.

Like always the visit starts with Lily getting weighed and measured.

As of today, Lily weighs 17lbs and 02oz and measures 27″!

While we waited for Dr. Salinas to come do a quick check up on Lily, we played with the fun new mirror and plastic blue dog in the new room.

Dr. Salinas checked over a healthy Lily πŸ™‚ and let us know that there were only 3 shots left for her to have in this second round of shots. What to do?????


Busy Lily

Yesterday ended up being quite the busy day!

I decided at 9:20a.m. (Lily’s usual morning nap time) to grab Lily and take her over to the Miami Beach Library for story telling time.

There we met up with our friends Sara and Sam and sat in a circle amongst lots of other boys, girls and mommies.

We heard stories and sang songs like Itsy Bitsy Spider and Lily was SO good! She is so happy around other kids. We will definitely have to do it again.

After story time at the Library we came home and Lily had lunch on the balcony. It was such a lovely day!

At 1p.m. we were back out to meet uncle Michael for lunch on Lincoln Rd.. Even though Lily had just had lunch, she ate some yummy sweet potato off my plate.

It was definitely nap time once lunch was over. Lily was getting quite cranky from not having her morning nap. She fell asleep as soon as we got home.

After a much needed nap and some more yummy food, we went to the park where we met up with Claudia and Sofia (Lily’s bff).

The park is one of Lily’s favorite places nowadays and with a buddy like Sofia to play with, it’s even more fun.  She has gotten quite used to the whole routine and she just loves it. She has even cried a few times as we were getting ready to leave.  (Yes, already!)

It was a busy and fun tuesday!

Here is Lily yesterday at The Miami Beach Library on the mat and with our friend Sara. And later at the park with Sofia on the swings. Lily wears pants by babyGap that were a gift from avo Hayes and aunt Sarah and top by Old Navy.

Even less hair than before

My hair continues to fall out at a rapid speed! I have almost no hair left. (I’m not being dramatic ;))

Some of it is growing back however, it just looks funny right now.

I never wear it down anymore. Not only because it has no life but also because hairs just fall off all day long if I don’t pull it back.

There is nothing worst than hair falling on Lily when I’m changing her diaper,  putting lotion on her or dressing her. It drives me crazy!

SO, I’m thinking about getting my hair cut off. YUP, ALL of it.

It’s been years, decades maybe since I have had very short hair but I think it’s time.

I’ve been needing a change. Feeling like I somehow outgrew the pre-pregnant Claudia, in the back of my mind I’ve been thinking about a self rebirth.

When I saw a picture of Nina Clemente in the new Vanity Fair, I thought “WOW”! That’s it. That is the woman I see. Sharp, sophisticated, artsy, edgy but yet still effortless and simple.

I don’t want to rush into anything so I have to think a bit more on this. Short hair is a big commitment. There are more frequent trips to the hair dresser in order to keep it short without looking sloppy and if I change my mind,  it will take a looooooong time to grow back with many bad hair styles in between (trust me I’ve been there before).

In the meanwhile here is a picture of Nina Clemente.  Doesn’t she look sharp? And me in the early 90’s with some  of my short hair dos. (where were my eyebrows!!????)


Rainy monday

It seems that I’m one of the few here in Miami who truly appreciates a gloomy and rainy day every once in a while. And if it’s a gloomy and rainy monday morning even better!

Rainy days always make me feel nostalgic of my childhood in Portugal, walking to school holding my mother’s hand with one hand and an umbrella with the other while wearing a rain coat.

Come to think of it, rainy days make me miss my mom. (But then again, ever since I became a mom, I miss my mom more than ever before.)

On rainy days after school I would play with my dolls in the laundry/play room with its green shag rug (it was the 70’s) and when my mom would start cooking dinner, she would have me in the kitchen helping her. She would give me my own vegetables to wash, peel and cut.

Lily is far too little to remember any rainy days we have right now but I look forward to arts and craft projects that one day she can reflect back on and hopefully remember me on a rainy day. (Oh boy….tears!) πŸ™‚

Here’s to mother and daughter rainy days.

Below, my mom with me when I was a baby (sorry, no pictures of rainy days walking in a raincoat) and Lily and I playing on our bed on a rainy day. Lily wears polka dot shirt by babyGap.


Spring bloom

Yesterday morning we took Lily downstairs to check out all the pretty flowers that had bloomed.

Even though it’s a small yard that we have in the back of our building, there are so many pretty flowers there this time of the year.

Lily was of course appreciating the flowers by trying to rip them off their stems and stick them in her mouth. πŸ˜‰

It was a wonderful easy morning spent amongst pretty flowers and under another clear blue sky.

Today is a lazy gloomy sunday so far but we are having fun with Lily on her play mat so we are not complaining.

We wish you all a wonderful weekend!

Here is Lily yesterday wearing a bodysuit by babyGap checking the flowers.

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.

I  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??? πŸ™‚ Lily wears top and shorts by Old Navy.