everyday life

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.  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. 😉

In my head I paint this one painting  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! 🙂

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 alone  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! 😉

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. 😉 (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!  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 have  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. 🙂

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! 😉

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? 😉 (wiping tears)

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

Will and I  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,  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 started  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!) 😉

Our little weekend getaway

We had a wonderful time visiting our friends Eric and Nicole this weekend.

It was 9a.m. on saturday when we left Miami. We had initially planned for 8a.m. but, one hour late is not bad these days. We packed small bags for all of us and some of Lily’s favorite toys and food and we hit the road.

The car ride was smooth, Lily didn’t even have any of her “runny” accidents. In the past she has made it a tradition to have an accident right as soon as we got on the road. But then again, she has been eating solids so her poop is now solid. (TMI?)

Lily has gotten quite used to the car seat. I think she would be even better if we drove more, but it is not that often that we ride in the car.

Feeding Lily during car trips has also gotten much easier since all we have to do now is get the packed food from the bag and feed her. No more crazy breast feeding moves in the car or stops.

Once we arrived in Bradenton, we checked into our hotel and then it was off to see Eric and Nicole. They are expecting their first baby. Nicole looks great!

Soon after we arrived, we all went over to De Soto Park where we walked along the water surrounded by nature. It felt good to be out of the car and breathing the ocean air.

Once back at the house, (more…)

Live Simply

After finding today’s “Must have of the day”, I was inspired to use the “Live simply” message on the t-shirt for today’s post.

It has been just that here lately. “Eat, sleep, play: It’s a live simply life for seals”  and it has been a live simply life here for us Eilers.

This week has gone by smoothly and without effort.

Mornings at the park. Good food throughout the day. Late afternoons at the beach. Time spent with good friends. (With lots of good fashion also. ;))

What more could we ask for? Life is good. Even better when it’s simple.

We are going to Tampa tomorrow to see our friends Eric and Nicole who are expecting their first baby. We are so excited for them! 🙂

We wish you all a wonderful weekend and we shall return with lots of pictures to share with you!

Here is a picture recap of our wonderful weekend. (more…)

Swing with it baby!

Going to the park has become for the most part a daily outing for Lily and I. Unless it’s raining of course.

Since we started going, I have seen such a difference in her. At first, she must have not been too sure. Now don’t get me wrong, she didn’t dislike it but, she also didn’t show the enthusiasm she now does.

Before I even put her in the swing, there is a sparkle in her eye to be at the park. She seems  completely aware of where she is going just by us strolling around the playground to get to the entrance.

She looks around at the bigger kids (she’s always the smaller one) and there seems to be a certain look of happiness and pride to be at the playground amongst all the others. Don’t rush getting older Lily,  I think to myself.

Once she is on the swing, she is a happy Lily.  🙂

I stand in front of her and push. She smiles.

She loves having me in front of her and as the swing comes towards me, I reach for her hands and grab them. She smiles BIG!

I’m happy to see Lily is a fan of the swings. I know I was and  still am actually. 😉

Here is Lily on the swing yesterday wearing a polka dot shirt and romper by babyGap and hat by Old Navy.

4th month check-up

We just get back from seeing Dr. Salinas, Lily’s pediatrician. Today was Lily’s 4th month check up and the beginning of the second round of vaccines.

Lily now weighs 16lbs2oz and measures 25″. What a BIG girl she is! 🙂

Dr. Salinas was happy to hear that Lily has been eating such good foods like avocado, sweet potatoes, carrots, butternut squash, bananas, apples and pears. And we were happy to not get in trouble for giving them to Lily since we hadn’t checked with Dr. Salinas prior to giving them to her.

Lily also had 2  shots. One oral and the other by needle. She took the oral shot quite well and barely cried with the needle shot.

She is such a good and healthy baby Lily. YAY!

Here is Lily on my lap wearing my cardigan waiting for Dr. Salinas and today’s band-aid Tweety Bird!.. Cardigan is from Anthropologie.