everyday life

The night she was gone…..but she was here!

When I was pregnant with Lily, before I would fall asleep, I would hold and rub my belly and in Portuguese I would say to her: Boa noite Lily. Faz O-O. Dorme bem. (Good night Lily. Go night night. Sleep well).

I did this EVERY night before I would fall asleep.

Then, Lily was born and for the first couple of nights, with the excitement and exhaustion of her being here, I would just fall asleep. Until, the third or fourth night when I went to hold and rub my belly and realized there was nothing there. Tears starting building and I just cried. She was gone…

I looked over and there she was was in her bassinet next to me. She was here!

It was a brief bitter sweet moment. She was no longer inside me where she was all mine 🙁 but she was here for the world to see. 🙂

Here we are below just a few hours after getting home from the birthing center. Lily wears a full bodysuit by babyGap and her blanket is whynottsewn.

Things we LOVE!

Our friend Rikki who works at Wolf Creek Gallery gave us this Mini-Violet Girl Doll by BlaBla the last time we visited her at work.

BlaBla not only makes dolls, they also make rattles, backpacks, clothing, blankets, finger puppets and mobiles.

Everything is made from natural fibers of exceptional quality grown in Peru and knitted by Peruvian artisans.

It’s Lily’s first doll and we just LOVE it.

Here is Lily wearing a bodysuit by The Children’s Place with her Mini-Violet Girl Doll by BlaBla.

Ugh! hair EVERYWHERE!!!!

My hair is everywhere! All over the floor, all over my clothes, all over my brush, in the car, in the bed, EVERYWHERE!

It’s falling off in hand fulls. Every time I wash it, I’m surprised I come out with hair still on my head.

When I was pregnant with Lily, my hair was at its best. Long, shiny, full and it never EVER fell off.

I know this is what happens after giving birth, your hormones change once again and even though prenatal vitamins are still being taken, there is nothing that can be done. It just needs to happen.

I wish I could get my pregnant hair back…..

Things we LOVE!

We LOVE our frog. The Bugaboo Frog stroller that is that granma Hayes and avo Joao got for us at Genius Jones.

This was another item that Will and I did a lot of research on however, I knew that I wanted the Frog. It was just a matter of convincing Will. Being a new parent and all, we were not used yet to the insane prices of certain things.

The Frog is light, durable, folds down well, comes in great colors (we chose orange) and most importantly it came with a bassinet. Lily slept comfortably in that bassinet for the first 2 months of her life.

So thank you granma Hayes and avo Joao!

You can see Lily below totally stylin’ in her Frog.

Are babies shape shifters????

I feel like Lily changes every day. There are days when she looks more like me, and there are days when she looks more like Will.

Then, there are the moments when I’m holding her and someone will say she TOTALLY looks like me. 15 minutes later, that same person will walk by, Will will be holding Lily and all of the sudden they say she TOTALLY looks like Will.

What gives?

I’m aware that she is still growing (obviously) and that it is still too early to tell who she really looks like. She has a bit of both.

The top half is me and the bottom half is Will. But the nose. Whose nose is it? I guess we will have to wait and see…

Below is a picture of me at 2 months back in 1973. Below that is a picture of Lily at 2.5 months in the same outfit. (I think she looks like me) 😉

Sleep

It seems to me that Lily is getting better at sleeping and at having consistent sleeping patterns.

Now don’t get me wrong, she is NOT much of a napper! But, at least we have a good little routine going.

We finally have night time down. Pajama time anywhere between 7-8pm, we read Goodnight Moon, then she has her last feeding. If she is asleep by 8pm, she will usually sleep until 3am. She will then wake for a feeding, sleep again until 5am when she has another feeding and then will awaken at 7am.

7am is her wake up time. She is ready to go! She is playful and super curious about what the day has for her.I change her diaper, she has a little snack (just a little bit of boob) and we play.

At around 9am she has her big morning feeding and her morning nap. She will usually (is it’s quiet) sleep 30-45 minutes. This gives me just enough time to take a shower and get dressed.

When she wakes, I change her diaper and get her dressed for the day. She has another feeding and out we go on our 1-2 hour walk. She LOVES being outside! When I ask her if she is ready to go out, her arms and legs start moving and swinging like crazy and she gets a big smile on her face.

She will again take another little nap at around 1pm and then another anywhere from 4-6pm until it’s pajama time all over again.

Coming to this routine was NOT easy. The first couple of months were all over the place and I’m sure as Lily grows, her patterns will change but, for right now, I’m enjoying what we have going on. 🙂

I’m including below a picture of Lily in her deepest sleep. She is soooo dreamy!

Adapting

Since we slept at uncle Darren’s house last night and will again for the next 2 nights, I thought about how adaptable of a baby Lily is.

She is not even 3 months old and spent almost half of her life at her grandparents in West Virginia, has stayed at 2 hotels for 3 nights, went to Morgantown and slept over at her cousin Adelaide’s house for 2 nights, and now here we are at uncle Darren’s house for 3 nights.

For the most part she just chills during the day and at night sleeps relatively well.

I do however make sure that I always have a few of her toys and definitely her blankets. This way, she won’t feel like she is in a completely strange place.

Adaptability is something I think everyone should have. If you adapt well, most likely you make a good traveler. And traveling, I feel, is the best thing for someone’s growth and we LOVE to travel!

Lily says NO to the bottle.

We have now  tried the bottle with formula twice and both times were unsuccessful.

I got the Born Free bottles and Bright Beginnings organic milk based formula and it was a NO go! I don’t think it was so much the taste of the formula because she actually drank some of it, I think it’s the fact that she doesn’t know what to do with the silicone nipple. The same thing happened when we tried several pacifiers because my nipples needed a break.

The minute the silicone nipple goes in her mouth, her tongue rolls all around it, pushes against it, she just doesn’t know what to do with it. After minutes of me being persistent, she starts getting mad from frustration.

Now, some may argue that this is happening because we are only now trying to introduce the bottle to her however, we tried the pacifiers when she was only days old and the same thing happened. She just doesn’t like the silicone nipple! Can I blame her? The minute she was born, she was put on my breast and she latched on right away. My nipples are all she knows.

In a way I wish it was the formula she didn’t care for because her not liking the nipple means that it is pointless for me to pump. And therefore I am limited to how long I can stay away from her.

So in the meanwhile we will just breastfeed. Breastfeeding has gotten much easier now that we got through the first month. And since I am now a full time mom, I have all the time in the world to breastfeed. 🙂