Lily

My first night out since giving birth to Lily

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)

Things we LOVE!

The Baby Bjorn was a great invention as far as I’m concerned. We go just about everywhere with ours.

We tried some of the other options that are out there like the slings however, either Lily wasn’t comfortable or I felt like she was going to fall out.

So we thought we would give the Baby Bjorn a try (we purchased ours from BabiesRus). It’s very comfortable to wear for both me and Will and Lily LOVES it!

She can face the world and be the curious little baby that she is or she can take a quick nap which she often does. 😉

Here are some great Baby Bjorn moments. In order Lily wears a long sleeve dress by Zutano and cap by Old Navy, sweater that was a gift from the Alaby girls, pants and socks by babyGap and cap by Old Navy, pink cardigan by babyGap and cap by Old Navy.

What toys to get Lily now!????

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.

Land of Nod seems to have some interesting options.

Here are some that have gotten MY attention. Again, if you know anything about these toys or others, we would love to hear it.

Ok, diaper update

So, Lily has now been using the Huggies Little Snugglers for exactly 24 hours and so far no leaks or spills. Not that we had any leaks with the Pampers….

I’m not sure about the way the Huggies smell. They definitely have a scent to them once they are wet. I can’t quite put my finger on it…wet card board maybe?

Not to sound too gross but I also feel like the Huggies insulate the smell longer when Lily passes gas. (I hate to call her out like that but it does happen. ;))

One thing I do miss about the Pampers is the yellow strip that slowly turns blue as the diaper gets wet. It lets you know how wet the diaper is.

To me the Huggies Little Snugglers are OK. Not great, not horrible. Just OK.

Once this batch of Huggies Little Snugglers is done I think I would like to try the Seventh Generation and the Huggies Pure and Natural. And maybe even go up a size to 3 for 16-28lbs. It seems like she is outgrowing the size 2.

One thing is for sure though, Lily is just as cute in her Huggies as she was in her Pampers! 🙂

P.S.- The shipment from Lucky Vitamin placed on the 8th has not yet arrived. Can you believe that!!?

Things we LOVE!

Although we received the Soft Tiles interlocking foam floor mat only today, we are already LOVING it!!!

Lily spent almost the whole day on there getting plenty of tummy and play time.

After doing much research on the internet, we chose the Soft Tiles because not only were they the least expensive but, each square comes in 2 different sizes and in 8 colors. You can mix and match your own.

Red, Yellow and green were the colors we chose. How very Portuguese of us. 😉

Here is a very happy Lily on her Soft Tiles mat wearing a bodysuit by Old Navy, pants and socks by babyGap.