everyday life

Got milk?

YES! I do! I got more milk than I know what to do with these days.

Since Lily started eating food, I had to start pumping because otherwise my breasts felt like they were going to burst but also, instead of water, I put my breast milk in her rice cereal…YUMMY!

Before giving birth, my friend Sara lent me her Medela breast pump and let me tell you, it’s a life saver or should I say, a breast saver!

I just ordered more of the Medela Pump&Save breast milk bags from Diapers.com because I filled up every bottle and the few milk bags I had in the house.

It really is true what they say. The more you pump, the more milk you produce. When I first started pumping, I would only get 2oz from each breast. But now…. I get as much as almost 6oz from each one.

Can you say MOOOOOOOOOOOOO? πŸ˜‰

A wonderful family weekend!

This weekend was truly an amazing family weekend. The family was all together and the weather was PERFECT!

On saturday Lily and I took Will to the playground since he is always working when we go. Both Lily and Will got to go on the swings. πŸ˜‰ It was such a relaxing time for Lily on the swing with the light breeze blowing the leaves on the trees that she fell asleep!

Later in the afternoon we met our friends at Zeke’s on Lincoln Rd. Zeke’s is one of our favorite beer places not just because they have $4.00 beers but also because they are so baby friendly!

After Zeke’s, we had dinner at B&B, the new burger place by our house. Lily was so tired that she fell asleep and both Will and I were able to have both hands free to eat dinner.

Lily slept almost 7 hours in a row saturday night into sunday morning so I was able to get some good sleep as well.

When we woke up sunday morning, it was obvious that it was going to be a beach day. We decided we would head out after Lily’s morning nap since she never sleeps that long.

Well, wouldn’t you know it, of all days, we had to wake her up because she had been sleeping for over an hour.

After walking to uncle Darren’s house, we walked over to the Front Porch Cafe where I had some delicious french toast and Lily had some mashed bananas. It was a delicious and much missed breakfast.

We got to the beach at around 2pm, Lily’s nap time. We set up her little tent and took her over by the water so she could dip her toes. Although she was delighted by it all, she was a cranky Lily and she soon fell asleep in her shaded tent.

She slept for 2 hours! That has not happened in a very looooooong time.

While Lily slept, uncle Darren watched over her while Will and I went swimming. The water was chilly but super blue and clear. I swam around for a bit, something I had not done since before giving birth to Lily.

When a happy and rested Lily finally awoke, we hung out for a bit longer and then it was time to head home for warm baths and pajamas.

It was truly an amazing beach sunday. It was a perfect weekend and we all feel rejuvenated, energized and ready to take on a new week.

Oh! We added avocado to Lily’s menu. She loved it! She now eats rice cereal, bananas, sweet potatoes and avocados. She seems to really go bananas for bananas! πŸ˜‰

Here is Lily on saturday wearing a bodysuit, pants and shoes all by babyGap and hat by Zutano. And on sunday wearing a Polo bodysuit that was a gift from Margeaux and hat by Zutano.

Bananas! And sweet potatoes too.

The rice cereal has been such a success with Lily, we decided to add bananas and sweet potatoes to her menu.

Yesterday and today for breakfast Lily had mashed bananas in her rice cereal. I mix 1oz of breast milk with the rice cereal and then add in 1/4 of a banana and mash it all up together.

She loves it! She ate the whole entire thing.

When Lily and I went to Publix after the playground yesterday, we bought some sweet potatoes, I’m a big fan of baked sweet potatoes.

So when it was Lily’s lunch time, I mashed 1/4 of a baked sweet potato with some breast milk and that too was a big success.

It was so exciting seeing the excitment on her face while tasting something new.

Now if only we could hear those giggles again….

Here is a picture of her sweet potatoes serving and a happy Lily eating them.

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 and  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.