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Wonderful weekends at the beach!

I know I have posted LOVE beach posts but, we really LOVE the beach.

Now that the days are longer and are getting warmer, we go to the beach every weekend and during the week, we go late in the afternoon.

Lily LOVES the beach. Yesterday  when her little feet touched the sand, she started foot stepping and had the biggest smile on her face.

So simple but yet so wonderful. 😉

Here is Lily at the beach on saturday wearing a romper and hat by Old Navy and cardigan by babyGap. And yesterday wearing a t-shirt by Zutano and leggings by babyGap.

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Feeling much better these days

Postpartum who?

Despite the fact that my hair is still falling out like crazy, that my body is still not quite  like it once was and that I only got up to go for my morning walk twice, I am feeling much more like myself and much better these days.

We went to the beach the past 2 weekends and let me tell you, it really helped. The sun, the beach air and the salt water do wonders.

It also helps that Lily has really taken to solid food so she sleeps longer during the day and during the night. I don’t feel as tired as I used to.

Last thursday night I got to go to dinner with my old co-workers and it felt  wonderful to be and feel like Claudia again. I left after giving Lily her dinner and a bit of breast feeding and it was all good!

I knew that what I was going through wasn’t going to last forever but, I’m sure glad that I acknowledged it, felt it, dealt with it and now it has vanished.

Oh, life is good again.

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What does she think it is anyway?

For many of you who know me well, you know that I’m probably one of the most camera happy people you have ever met. I always have a camera on me and I’m not afraid to use it.

Now that I have Lily, I’m constantly taking pictures of her. 100 a day sometimes. Thank goodness for digital cameras.

Lily has always been aware of the camera. She looks at it attentively, and she wants it. She wants this object that is constantly in her face.

But does she think it’s a toy? What does she think it is?

We always show her the picture on the screen and she seems to recognize herself but then all she wants to do is lick it and put it in her mouth just like everything else she sees.

Either way, Lily has become my favorite subject to photograph. I just hope she doesn’t think I’m teasing her with a toy she can’t have. 😉

Here she is in motion trying to grab the camera from me. Picture 1- Lily spots the camera. Picture 2- Lily thinks of a plan to get the camera. Picture 3- Lily decides to make a move for it. Picture 4&5- Lily reaches to grab the camera. Picture 6-  Lily thinks: “Really? you won’t let me have it?”  Picture 7- Lily has the face of “Seriously mommy, I really want it.”. Lily wears a flower top by Old Navy.

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So much for what they say!

So far, since Lily started eating solid  food, her naps have gone from 30 minutes to almost 2 hours.

Everyone has something different to say. We have read books that have stated that it is not proven that solid foods will make a baby sleep longer.

Well, from our personal experience, food has definitely made Lily sleep longer. Her day naps last longer and so do some of her nights.

We are sooooo happy about this. 😉

Here is a much rested Lily after a 2 hour morning nap yesterday. Lily wears pajamas by Old Navy.

Diaper update. You didn’t think we had settled, did you?

It took many different diaper trials, leaks and messy, runny spills but we finally found them!

We had been using the Pampers Baby Dry and we liked them, they did the job. We never had any leaks or runny spills  however, they always had that funny “Pamper” smell.

Then, this week we finally decided to try the last one on the list. We finally ordered the Huggies Pure&Natural diapers from Diapers.com.

They are wonderful! They last all through the night without leaking. There have been no messy, runny spills but, since Lily started eating food, there are no runny poops anymore. There are solid poops now! (I would take a picture but everything has its limits, no? ;))

The Huggies Pure&Natural are just what they say they are. Pure&Natural! They are made of organic cotton, they are hypoallergenic, they have aloe and vitamin E, no funny scents, no dyes, they are soft! And….with the exception of the faint Winnie The Pooh print, they are almost all white. Isn’t that what a diaper is supposed to be, white?

YAY! We have finally found them. The Huggies Pure&Natural win. The diaper war is officially over.

For now anyway. 😉

Here is a happy Lily in her Huggies Pure&Natural.

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? 😉

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. 😉 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! 😉

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. 🙂

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. 🙂

Here is Lily on the swing and enjoying the breeze wearing a shirt by babyGap, pants by Tea and hat by Zutano.