After she took her little morning nap which gave me just enough time to take a shower and get dressed, we headed off to visit my ex co-workers.
Every body was so surprised at how big Lily got in the 2 weeks that they hadn’t seen her.
On the way back home, I thought about work, I thought about my co-workers, I thought about the daily routine I had for 6 years.
Do I miss it? NO!
Despite it being all new and challenging, I am SO fortunate to be able to be with Lily all day, every day.
Now, don’t get me wrong. It is tiring. I am pooped but, it’s moments like when she wakes from her naps, and I go to rescue her from her crib and she gives me the biggest smile of relief that make it all worth while.
What I do miss, is my ex co-workers and adult conversation. But that’s what visits are for. 😉
Will arrives today. We are anxiously waiting for him.
Here are Lily and I having a morning moment. Lily wears pajamas by Old Navy.
It wasn’t has gloomy or rainy like on monday so we got to be outside a lot more and even hang out at the beach at the end of the day.
Her tummy is acting up a little though. It started last week. She had 3 days (not repeated) when she didn’t have any bowel movements. She usually has anywhere from 5-7 a day. Yesterday she only had 1 and the day before 2.
It could be that she is in a different stage, or it could be that she is starting to teeth…
She is still not taking the bottle and still wakes up 3-4 times during the night. I wish she would have longer sleeping patterns.
She is however having interest in food. She pays very close attention to everything I put in my mouth. So far I have let her lick the inside of apples (she loved it) and yesterday I gave her some sweet potato.
She liked the taste of the sweet potato, she just is not sure of what to do with her tongue so a lot of it comes back out. Looks like she is not quite ready for food yet which is upsetting to Will who is dying to cook for her.
Speaking of Will, we miss him. (sigh)
Here we are at the beach yesterday. Lily wears a hoodie and pants by Tea and a dress by Old Navy.
It was a gloomy and rainy day here so Lily and I didn’t get as many walks as we usually do but she didn’t get too cranky about it. She loves being out and about.
Unlike all the other days, she actually took a long (almost 2 hours) nap in the morning. She was up throughout the rest of the day and finally went to sleep at 8pm.
When she first went to sleep, I put her in her crib like I always do. However, when she woke up for her feeding, I let her stay in bed with me for the whole rest of the night.
This is not something we usually do. If anything, we let her stay in bed with us after the last feeding of the night which usually happens at 5am.
She slept close to me and because there was more room in the bed I got to enjoy it. She was my little snuggle bunny!
I remember when I was little, whenever my father would be away, my mom would let me sleep with her. Those are always wonderful memories. Sleeping close to my mom while she would rub my head…a habit she created and I still have.
Sure Lily is too little to remember now but, maybe this will be a tradition we will start of our own whenever Will is away. 😉
And yes, we do miss Will like crazy!
Here is the little face that woke up next to me. (This picture was taken in Lily’s crib actually) Lily wears pajamas that were a gift and her bedding is Skip Hop.
Will left this morning to go to West Virginia until thursday. It will be just Lily and I until then. This will be a big test for all of us.
It will be the first time that Will is away from Lily since she was born and he was not happy about it but it is for the good and the future of our family so there he goes…
It is also the first time that Lily and I will be by ourselves.
Sure Lily and I spend our days together and there have been plenty of days that Will arrived late from work and Lily will be sleeping already but, he is there in the following morning.
So here Lily and I are having our regular morning routine. A bit of coffee for me, the play mat and toys for Lily. We already watched the ABC’s with Elmo and India Arie. Lily will probably be taking her morning nap in a short while.
It’s a gloomy monday morning here in Miami and we are missing Will already.
So here is to the LOVE in our little family! Lily wears a bodysuit and hat given to her by Natasha.
Last night was my first night out since I gave birth to Lily. She is now a little over 3 months old.
The plan was for all 3 of us to got out to dinner for our dear friend Michael’s birthday. However, dinner was set for 8pm and that is Lily’s bed time.
Will and I talked about having Lily take a little nap before 8pm so we could all go but as 7pm approached, Lily had not taken a nap and was pretty cranky.
So, Will suggested for me to go by myself. WHAT!? The suggestion sounded foreign to me. I have not been apart from Lily since I gave birth to her. I’m still only breast feeding so Lily goes where my breasts, I mean, I go. Will knew that I needed this, that I’ve been a little postpartum let’s say. (Identity Crisis)
Thoughts started running through my head. Do I know how to be by myself? What should I wear? Do I know how to dress?
All of the sudden I could wear something that I didn’t have to breast feed in. YAY! I’ve been wanting to wear tights, boots and one of my shift dresses for a while. It was cool enough last night so the decision on what to wear was not so difficult.
I got half dressed while Will put pajamas on Lily and then I breast fed her.
Lily usually falls asleep 15 minutes into the feeding. Of course NOT last night! It was like she knew something was going on. I breast fed her on one breast, I breast fed her on the other and she was still up.
She kept looking at me very attentively while I got dressed probably thinking that she was coming out as well. And why wouldn’t she? She usually does.
As I finished getting ready, Will had her in his arms as she was falling asleep. I kissed them goodnight and headed out the door. Mixed emotions were going through me. I felt guilty, I felt excited.
While in the elevator, I felt like I had left the house missing something. I had no baby, no stroller, no baby Bjorn, no diaper bag, something was missing.
A moment of anxiety came over me. Can I do this? Can I be by myself? Can I go out by myself?
I met Kristin downstairs (she lives in the building next to ours) and for a brief moment it felt like old times. The two of us, single girls heading out for a night out in town. Except these were new times. My husband (new) and my baby (new) were upstairs at home. 🙂
While walking with Kristin to meet the rest of the gang for dinner, I started feeling more and more at ease about being by myself. Then I felt guilty about feeling liberated. LOL
Dinner with friends was wonderful and a much needed “Claudia” time but to come home to my husband Will and baby Lily was priceless.
P.S.- I actually ended up forgetting something. My wallet. It was in the diaper bag.
Here we are at dinner last night. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHAEL!! (from left, Eddie, Michael, me, Darren and Kristin)
We are on a search for cool, fun, educational and hopefully, eco-friendly toys for Lily. It seems to me that she has somewhat outgrown the stuffed animals that just don’t do anything. Maybe they will be better for her again later but I feel like she needs something else now. Something that will really grab her attention! If it’s multifunctional even better. We don’t believe in too many toys nor do we have the space for it.
So, what to get?
If any of you moms and dads have any suggestions, we would love to hear some.
Last week I wrote a post about DIAPERS where I expressed interest in diapers other than Pampers.
I was so happy that we had found gDiapers on Lucky Vitamin for a good price. Well, today is the 17th and they have not yet arrived.
Lucky Vitamin has proven to be the WORST online service I have yet used to date.
Not only have the gDiapers not yet arrived but, they sent the refills first and then the gPants. Is that not like having the peanut butter and jelly but NO bread?
I am so annoyed at the fact that Lucky Vitamin hasn’t delivered that I’ve given up on gDiapers altogether. Going forward, I will continue to order diapers from Diapers.com. They deliver within 2 days without any special shipping fees.
Will, Lily and I live in a 1 bedroom apartment that is only 850sq feet.
It only has 1 small bathroom in which there is a shower, NO bathtub!
Bath time is becoming quite challenging as Lily grows.
Yes, we do have a baby tub for her but it is quite hard to get it out of the shower after it’s been filled with water without getting water all over the floor.
Once she is in it (something she seems to be outgrowing also), she splashes water EVERYWHERE! When I’m done giving her a bath, I look like I jumped in the bath with her with my clothes on.
While I was pregnant with Lily, I would read about how important bath time is because it’s so relaxing. Not so in this place. Did I forget that we didn’t have a bathtub or did I think that one was going to magically appear?
Note to self: When we move, the new place MUST have a bathtub!
Here is Lily in her little tub, a baby shower gift from our friend Elycia.