Lily

Things we LOVE!

Flowers! Lily has found flowers and just LOVES them! Bright yellow, pink, red, she loves them all.

When she looks at them, her eyes get really big and she wants to grab them.

Wait until she figures out that she can smell them!

We found these on our walk yesterday.

Identity crisis

Mine, not Lily’s.

Yesterday I had a total identity crisis meltdown.  Or at least I think that’s what it was.

Becoming a stay at home mom is a bit harder than I thought. Not because of the house work or having to spend my whole day with Lily (because I wouldn’t want it any other way) but, because my daily routine is no longer what it used to be. It is no longer just about me. HELLO! Wake up call.

Also, not going back to work and becoming financially dependent on Will freaks me out! Of course Will and I discussed all of this before and while I was pregnant but, it is easier said than done. Although I always budgeted and never spent more than I could afford, I always still shopped and bought myself whatever I pretty much wanted.

This is something that for a while will not happen.

And what I want to buy and wear, I can’t anyway. Breast feeding is wonderful and the best thing for babies however, it limits a wardrobe. I always have to have something that has easy breast access.

I used to take time and pride in the way I looked, even while pregnant but, now my daily uniform is a pair of jeans, a tank top (so there is no stomach showing when I breast feed) and some sort of top over that so the breast is not fully exposed while feeding.

So long are the shift dresses, pretty blouses. So long is the Claudia that used to take pride in the way she looked. Now, I take pride in the way Lily looks. It’s easier.

This makes me feel at times like my identity has been lost. Am I Claudia who is Lily’s mom or am I Lily’s mom who used to be Claudia?

All this plus a huge shift in hormones has amounted to some crying spells and like I said, to some identity crisis melt downs.

I just have to remember that she won’t be a little baby forever (i need to cherish every moment), to take it a day at a time and things will eventually get easier.

Right!!??? (sigh…)

Things we LOVE!

We LOVE our Zutano dresses and tights.

Zutano is a great clothing line for kids. They have dresses, t-shirts, pants, jackets, shorts, hats, blankets, all in 100% soft cotton and in wonderful prints and colors.

There are several sites that carry the Zutano line however, I have found that Baby Super Mall, Modern Moppet and Amazon offer you the best deals.

Here is Lily in one of her Zutano long sleeve dresses and tights.

Diapers

Where should I begin????

When I was still pregnant with Lily, Will and I discussed and did research on many different options for diapers for Lily once she was born.

Cloth diapers maybe? Both Will and I were raised on cloth diapers and although times have changed, many new moms have started using them again. For us however, because we don’t have our own washer and drier in the apartment, it didn’t seem like the right choice.

Environment friendly diapers like Seventh Generation? Maybe. But, then I read the worst reviews about them. Sure everyone liked the fact that they were “green” but complained about fit, leaks and diaper rash. I didn’t want that for my Lily.

At the end, it was between Pampers and Huggies.

We chose the Pampers Swaddlers which we really liked up until lately. When Lily was smaller, there were few leaks or spills however, it seems that every time she goes #2 now, if we are not right there to change her diaper, it either spills from the back or from the legs. It is horrible!

So, we are back to the beginning. Which diapers now?

Shall we try Huggies? I wish Diapers.com would have a value pack of different diaper brands in the same pack so you could try and see which one works for you.

Well, after much research again, we have both decided to try the gDiapers. They are a bit more expensive but I like the fact that they have a gPant that covers the either cloth refills or the  flushable diaper refills which happen to not only be flushable but you can also garden compost the wet ones. So they are “green”!

I found that LuckyVitamin.com had the best deals in both the gPants and the refills.

Wish us luck! 😉

Things we LOVE!

Uncle Darren purchased this stylewood baby lounger by Bloom at Genius Jones for Lily when she was born and we just LOVE it!

The Bloom lounger is where Lily…well, lounges.

It’s a curved, single-piece frame with cosy comfort seat that comes in 9 different colors (again we chose orange :)). It’s perfect for contemporary living spaces.

We have been putting her in it since the day she received it. It’s quite funny seeing her grow in it. She used to be SO little in there.

Here she is lounging in her Bloom not even a full day old wearing a one-piece and hat by The Children’s Place and then just the beginning of this month wearing a bodysuit by Old Navy, pants by babyGap and Rosies socks by Trumpette.

Must have of the day

More owls!!!! I just can’t get enough! Found these wall decals on Etsy by ChocoVenyl and I think they are definitely a “Must have” for Lily’s future room.

I mean, it will save me the time and trouble of painting them on the walls, they are easily removable and reusable. How GREAT!

You can have different themes all the time because there are soooooo many wonderful decals on here, it’s hard to choose!

Go to sleep and let us sleep!

I think I wrote too soon…

Sleep” was posted a couple of days ago where I wrote about Lily’s sleeping patterns being consistent. HA! They are all over the place once again.

Last night for the second night in a row, she woke up every 1.5-2 hours. Not fun.

She hardly slept during the day. Mind you, she had a very busy and stimulating day yesterday with lots of action and people around her.

Let’s just hope this is another growing spurt and that everything will be back to normal soon. Whatever “normal” is nowadays….

Here is Lily at Zeke’s with auntie K, daddy Will and I checking herself out on the video that auntie K took of her. Lily is wearing a Boatneck graphic T and her Turtle hat both by babyGap.