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Botanical morning

Earlier this week Lily and I went off on an early walk to check out our local Botanical Gardens.

Before Lily was born, Will and I went a few times and I’m so glad that I finally took her over there because we both had a great time.

It was still early enough (9am) so it wasn’t too hot yet and there were no people other than the employees working on the flower beds.

We took our time cruising through the grounds, we checked some new and old sculptures, there were lots of flowers to look at, we spotted an herb garden, we even got to sit and relax in the shade under a big and beautiful tree.

It was a wonderful morning!

(Make sure you click on READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY, lots of pictures!)

flowering cacti

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On the flip side

After having felt completely run down both physically and emotionally and having written about it (so thankful for that and all the wonderful support I received), I have decided to flip things around and focus on the wonderful things that I have instead of what I don’t have. 🙂

So what if we don’t have the 3 bedroom house of our dreams with a yard? We have a wonderful 1 bedroom apartment where we have had wonderful times and will have wonderful memories when we one day leave.

This apartment is the only home Lily knows. It’s where we brought her the day she was born. It’s from here that we walk down the street and go to the beach within a 30 minute walk. It’s from here that we make a left at the end of the block and meet Claudia and Sofia for wonderful afternoons at the park.

So what if I don’t have the freedom I once had? I have a wonderful husband (I la-la love you Will) and a beautiful and healthy baby Lily (I love you Lily).

I have wonderful old friends close and far and I now have new wonderful mommy friends as well (thank you Claudia, Zura and Sherrie).

Even though our families are far (in West Virginia and in Portugal), they are wonderful and I am so lucky to have them! And most importantly, everyone is healthy.

I am so fortunate and blessed to be able to stay home with Lily. (thank you Will!) It is the most wonderful and challenging job in the world but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Anything!

Being able to be a full time mom is an opportunity of a lifetime. It may never happen again. It may only happen once. There are a many changes to go through along the way both emotional and physical but I truly believe that the woman in me was not born until the day that Lily was born. I may have thought of myself a woman then, but I was not.

With all this around me, I lately cannot stop hearing these words playing in my head: “…and I think to myself what a wonderful world…” (thank you Louis Armstrong)

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
and I think to myself, what a wonderful world

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
the bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
and I think to myself, what a wonderful world

the colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky
are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands, saying, “How do you do?”
they’re really saying, “I love you”

I hear babies cry, I watch them grow
they’ll learn much more, than I’ll ever know
and I think to myself, what a wonderful world
yes, I think to myself, what a wonderful world

Oh yeah

Louis Armstrong (1996)

And on that note, have a great weekend everyone!

Things we LOVE!

The trees in our neighborhood filled with purple flowers!

Before it was trees with yellow flowers, and now there are different trees blooming. These have flowers with a yellow center and purple petals. (Some of my favorite colors, purple and yellow.) The petals look like they are made out of tissue paper. LOVE them!

Here is Lily checking them out when we went for a walk this morning before the beach. Lily wears a romper by Zutano and hat by Patagonia.

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First official field trip

Today we went on a field trip to a wonderful organic farm right here in Miami called The Earth N Us.

Claudia and Sofia picked Lily and I up, and we met up at the farm with our new friends that we met at the library, Sherrie with McCoy and Zura with Lien.

The farm is hidden in Little Haiti and what a little gem it is!

We saw chickens, ducks, goats, pigs, ostriches. I think the chickens were Lily’s favorites.

There were beautiful flowers, fruit trees, trees in full bloom. It felt like we were elsewhere.

We were all having tons of fun and then out of nowhere, Lily started feeling not so well. She started vomiting non stop.

Instead of coming straight home, Claudia took us to Lily’s pediatrician first. Dr. Salinas checked Lily over and after making sure that she didn’t have a fever or anything too serious, we came back home.

I think Lily was vomiting as a side effect of the shots she had yesterday.

It was a tough afternoon for us. Lily continued on not feeling well and Will and I continued on worrying and wishing we were the ones not feeling well.

After Pedialyte and a bit of rice cereal that didn’t stay down, breast feeding went well and the milk didn’t come back up.

A much better Lily is now sleeping and hopefully she will feel all better tomorrow.

Here are some fun shots of our trip to the organic farm. Lily wears a romper by babyGap.

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Fun in the pool

Before Lily came along, Will and I hardly ever used the pool in our building.

We are definitely bigger fans of the ocean however, having the pool right downstairs has been a wonderful thing. It is much easier to just grab a few things and go downstairs instead of grabbing a whole bunch of stuff and walk 30 minutes to the beach.

Lily loves the pool! She splashes around, kicks her legs , floats in her floaty, she just has the best time!

The pool area is not a large area. There is barely enough room to walk around the pool and there is not much room for chairs and some tables however, there are wonderful flowers and vines all around it. Some even end up in the pool, floating delicately in the water.

Spending time at the pool with Lily has given me the opportunity to explore all the wonderful nature treasures in our “backyard”.

Here are some shots our sunday afternoon at the pool.

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A blissful friday morning

This morning started out with a surprising cup of espresso in a cup that I had purchased a while ago (picture 1) and love but hardly use. I usually have my coffee in the same mug but because our coffee maker broke this morning (not so blissful), Will surprised me with an alternative. Thank you!

I had plans to just kind of chill out at home and maybe do some laundry this morning since there was no library but, our cranky Lily (also not so blissful) had other plans in mind. (picture 2)

Since being outside always makes her feel better, I got us both ready and we headed out.

Am I ever so thankful to Lily for making us go out for a walk! Lincoln Rd looks so beautiful right now. There are flowers EVERYWHERE!!!!

We checked out some art (pictures 7 and 8. I like to call my self portrait Mona Claudia ;)), the water fountains (pictures 17 and 18) but our favorites were ALL (and I do mean ALL, look at all the pictures below) the amazing different kinds of orchids in all different colors that decorate the trees. If you are on Lincoln Rd, please look up and check them out, they are breathtaking!

It truly was a blissful friday morning.

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Things we LOVE!

The tree at the park keeps on shedding its beautiful pink flowers and we LOVE it!!!

Every time Lily is on the swing, the wind blows the beautiful flowers around until they eventually land on the green grass.

We took these shots of Lily the other day. I like to call them Portuguese/American Beauty. Do you remember the movie American Beauty with Mena Suvari surrounded by rose petals? Well, this is the innocent version. 😉

Here is Lily surrounded by pink flowers from her favorite tree at the park. Lily wears top and shorts by Old Navy.