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Our first “We are going home” moment

Lily and I went to Flamingo park yesterday morning.

We were having a wonderful time until she threw her third fit while there.

They weren’t big fits, but they were the first ones I have seen her throw.

She lightly threw herself on the ground and whined when I told her “No.”.

After she threw herself on the ground the third time, I lightly cupped her face to REALLY talk eye to eye with her but before I was able to say anything, she slapped my hand.

Are you kidding me?

Who is this person?

After she slapped me, I told her that we don’t slap and due to her bad behavior, we were leaving the park and going home.

Which we did.

Moms out there, are your little ones doing this too?

If/when they do, what do you do?

Advice please!

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Self-portrait challenge

Joining Juliana at Shakti Mama in this week’s self-portrait challenge.

This week’s challenge: the self as art

Lately I have been feeling very….paralyzed.

It has been almost 1 year since I stopped working and I’m still not used to not have to go to work.

Actually, let me rephrase that, I’m not used to not earning my own money.

I started working at the age of 15, I’m turning 38 soon and I’m feeling quite unaccomplished these days.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m loving being a full time mom to Lily and in my heart it is what I want to do and how I want things to be however, I’m having a really hard time not earning my own money and not coming up with ways that I can earn money AND be a stay at home mom.

I don’t want to be dependent on Will for money but yet, I feel paralyzed.

I would like to thank Juliana for coming up with such a great challenge.

It gave me an opportunity to draw and color.

I would have finished coloring the drawing but Lily woke up from her nap.

Maybe that’s the symbolism behind this self-portrait. It’s a work in progress. Like myself.

A constant work in progress.

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paralyzed

Citizenship

Today, on this very rainy day of September 29, 2010, I became a citizen of the United States of America.

I was sworn in this morning. (this goes right up there with getting married and giving birth to Lily.)

As I stood amongst 200 future citizens from 42 other countries, I could not help but get a little teary eyed and emotional to be standing next to so many others whose roads were just as hard and long as mine to be finally standing where we were this morning.

For once, we were all happy to be standing in the immigration building. 🙂

My parents moved me to N.J. from Portugal when I was 14 years old. I have lived here for almost 24 years.

This is the place I call home.

I am happy to finally say I am proud to be an American! (not that I didn’t already consider myself one before)

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during the ceremony

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Sunday ride

After many hours of just lounging around at home and what seemed to be a pajama sunday, we finally got motivated and decided to go on a family bike ride.

Will, Lily and I rode all the way across the beach to South Point.

It was the first time we all went on a bike ride together.

Will and I used to ride our bikes all around town (up until 1 week before my due date) and now that Lily is a bit bigger, we can ride again! 🙂

The weather was so nice on sunday. Not super hot. It was breezy. It was wonderful.

We had a great time! (as you can see. did I take enough pictures? 😉 )

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she loves riding

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Sweet little Lily moments

This past week as exhausting as it was, it was also really fun.

Lily is such a fun and energetic little person these days.

When at home, she is babbling like crazy, crawling all over the place, standing up holding onto everything and trying to walk.

When out, she is not as vocal but she is still the same little explorer like she is at home.

She is quite the curious little one. 😉

Sometimes I like to just stand back and watch her.

And of course take a few shots when she is completely not aware of the camera.

Have a great weekend everyone!!

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looking out the window at the library

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Think me

I’m joining Ariella (who writes one of my favorite blogs) who joined Juliana on a series of self portraits.

When I read Ariella‘s post, I could totally relate.

There is so much about me that I don’t like and that I would change. Physically, I’m never as comfortable in front of the camera as I am behind it.

I don’t like my left eye. (I have felt like this since I was a child) It turns in a bit and it is very noticeable in frontal shots. Profile shots are much better for me which is why I usually shoot myself that way.

When I read Juliana‘s post, I could also totally relate on the emotional level.

Just yesterday I cried about this. (yes, I cried)

Becoming a new mom has been wonderful but also one of the biggest emotional challenges.

As uncomfortable as I am in front of the camera, I have for the last 6 years started a personal collection of self portraits.

This is something that I have done mostly for my own artistic studies of…well, myself.

Just the other day I was thinking about doing a post about bathroom portraits. Most of my self portraits have been taken in my own bathroom, bar bathrooms, restaurant bathrooms, hotel bathrooms, you get the picture.

I have a thing for self and bathrooms. 😉

Right after I read Ariella‘s post, I ran into our bathroom and took these self portraits.

I have no make-up on, I haven’t showered and I’m in my house dress. (yes, I wear a house dress)

see my left eye?

much more comfortable this way

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The other night on our way home, Will and I could not get past these two older gentlemen sleeping while seated on this bench.

We watched them for a while, completely entertained by the gentleman wearing the yellow jacket.

His head kept on bobbing back and forth. LOL

It’s making me laugh just remembering it.

Just wanted to share. Maybe you will get a kick out of it as well. 😉

Memories through a duvet cover

Yesterday I changed the duvet cover on our bed. (I have 4 that I usually switch around throughout the year)

Once I switched it, I immediately had flashbacks of when Lily was born and of when we brought her home.

That duvet cover was on the bed then and it was the last time until now. (I love the fact that a simple duvet cover can bring back such wonderful memories)

I quickly went looking for the pictures I took of a 3 day old Lily in newborn diapers on this duvet cover.

This morning, I took some of her now at 8.5 months old.

What a difference. But yet, she is still the same little person we brought home.

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November 10 2009. a 3 day old pink Lily

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