Hi smily!

When Lily wakes from her naps she is usually a bit out of it.

Sometimes she is still cranky.

Sometimes she is still whiny.

Most of the time she is just ready to get out of the crib and go about her business.

However, every once in a while she wakes up in the best of moods!

Like this:


Back to the park!

The gang was reunited at the park yesterday morning.

Lily, Sofia and Dylan.  YAY!

All three of them changed so much in one month.

Dylan is now walking just like Lily.

Sofia finally got teeth (2 on the bottom) and is such a fast little crawler!!

Lily was so happy to be at the park again with her friends.

She was all smiles. 🙂

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the gang



10 month babble!

I can’t believe Lily is 10 months old today.

10 months!!!!!

She is only 2 months away from being 1!

At 10 months she now has 4 teeth on top and is getting 2 more on the bottom making it a total of 8 teeth.

She is not quite walking yet but is so close and so eager to do so.

She stands up and back down with the help of objects but not quite on her own just yet.

She eats all sorts of food. (including mine and Will’s) 😉

She sleeps all through the night. From 8pm until 7am. (YAY!!!!)

Lately she has been only taking 1 nap instead of the 2 she used to.

She is smiling more and more, but don’t think she lost her serious side all the way…..

And at home she is a little babbling fool. 🙂

HAPPY 10 MONTHS LILY!!!!!!!!!!!! We love you soooooooooooo much!

In loving memory

Yesterday was a sad day.

We lost a friend yesterday.

Darnell was bigger than life!

His smile, his laugh, his sense of humor, his love for food, his love for people, his love for fashion, his love for life…

We all lost him too soon.

He will be missed by many but I know that wherever he is, Darnell is shining down on us with the biggest smile.

Rest in peace Darnell.

Darnell. August 23 2009. (exactly 1 year from today)

Darnell, me and Nilsa


Must have of the day

A Passport!!!!

Lily’s passport arrived today.

She can finally go visit her family who so anxiously awaits to meet her in Portugal in September. (now all we need are tickets)

Go Lily, Go!

And on that note, HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE! I will be meeting up with one of my best friends who I have not seen in more than 3 years.

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we chose the smiling picture

Things we LOVE!

CHEERIOS! (or should I say honey nut o’s?)

I bought these organic cheerios for Lily and she LOVES them!

Unlike everything else, she has a hard time putting them in her mouth by herself because they tend to stick to her hand but once they are in, she thinks they are yummy!

She also likes the word “cheerio”. Every time I say it, she smiles.

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Can’t I even just BE tired?

I’m sorry today’s post isn’t going to be very positive.

I’m tired. I’m soooooooooo tired.

Of everything. Including feeling bad about being tired.

And feeling like I have to put on a smile when I don’t really want to but, feel like I have to.

I feel bad and guilty for feeling this way because so many other people have it so much worst than me but I feel like something is missing within me.

I miss “me” time.

I miss “alone” time.

Time to be quiet and think. Or not.

I feel suffocated and claustrophobic.

I have always been the kind of person who has treasured “alone” time. I have NO problem spending time by myself. (even when I was little) Those moments are gone. And I miss them. And I feel like I need them. Because I feel like I’m losing my mind.

That makes me feel awful and guilty.

It makes me feel like a bad wife and a bad mother.

I don’t want to sound ungrateful. I’m so fortunate and happy (most of the time) to have Lily and Will in my life.

I just really miss “me” time.

“Me” time to be creative. “Me” time to rest. “Me” time to recharge myself so then I can fully give. (to Will and Lily most importantly)

Lately I feel like I’m just here. I’m just going through the motions.

Even though I love being this person:

me, Will and Lily


A different kind of “in the know”

When entering the library yesterday morning, I was pleasantly surprised to see Cari with her niece Amanda.

I had met Cari with Amanda at the playground the previous week and had told her about library mondays.

We all had a wonderful time singing and listening to story time as usual and before leaving Cari asked for my number.

Cari: “Claudia, can I get your number? You seem to be the mom in the know”.

A quick flashback went through me.

Not too long (but yet what seems to be lifetime ago) when I worked retail, I was the one my co-workers would refer customers and hotel guests to.

Back then, I was in the know of the hottest clubs, restaurants, lounges, anything that had to do with going out on this beach on any day of the week.

How my life has changed, I quickly thought to myself.

Me: “When did that happen?”

Now I’m in the know of library mondays, afternoon pool tuesdays at Sebastian’s, meet-up beach thursdays, music classes, free museum days, diapers, cereal, strollers, bottles, blankets….anything that has to do with babies.

A big smile came across my face….thank you Lily! 🙂

Lily and I on the way to the library. Lily wears a hat by Patagonia and dress by babyGap

Things we LOVE!

Watching Lily grow and develop.

Lily is becoming quite the little character and we LOVE it!! 🙂

She is smiling more and more showing her two bottom teeth and she makes this hissing sound while she does it. It’s hilarious!

Here she is as I captured her smiling, hissing and playing with her feet after waking from her morning nap yesterday.

hissing smiles