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Saturday, May 29, 2010

A walk does the baby good

Today we took Lily for a walk.  Nothing unusual about that, however instead of using her infant carrier and snap-n-go (that she hates) we used the front Infantino carrier.  I have a nice comfy maya wrap sling I use around the house and occasionally out in public, but Cayce insisted on a "manly" font pack carrier.  Now that Miss Lily has pretty much mastered her head control we finally put it to use.

Daddy and Baby ready to exercise (please ignore the redneck gear)

 Not two minutes into our trek Lily succumbed to the gentle swaying motion, and was lulled to sleep in the crotch dangler.  We continued our merry way, and enjoyed this beautiful South Carolina evening.  Many families in our neighborhood were out sharing in Memorial Weekend festivities. We passed one Dad hooking up an inflatable pool to an air compressor, children excitedly running wild in the front yard in swimming trunks and bathing suits.  Another family was sitting around the grill, languidly sipping from cold drinks and waiting for dinner to cook.  We could spy a rowdy bunch hollering and squealing in and around a large above ground pool  in the back yard.  On our way back we passed the inflatable pool bunch, and were quite surprised to see the contraption was not merely a pool but an AWESOME tall water slide/pool toy complete with sprayers and moving parts.  Those kids were having a blast!  (I was a bit jealous)  We enjoyed our walk, the families, the hydrangeas in the yards in full bloom, and the sweet honeysuckle in the air.  I love thinking of the time in the future when as a family with Lily we will be able to celebrate the start of summer with those traditional pool and grilling activities.  While I was wistful in my daydream Lily slumbered on in Daddy's arms.... reminding me to enjoy her every day in every way.  We'll get to those days, but just now she's a pure joy, and I can't wish these precious days away.  I mean who could not enjoy this baby?

After the walk.  Yes, she's alive.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

8 Whole Weeks

It's been nearly a month since I've updated on here!  It's been a very very busy month in the Mautino household.  We've had LOTS of guests visit us, well, visit Lily because really who wants to travel all the way here to visit us old things?  We've definitely been holding court for the Princess.  First she was visited by her Pama and Dave for about a week, and then her great-aunt and great-uncle Hooey and Mike came and stayed with us.  In the meantime Lily's been growing exponentially and developing quite the personality... one may say it's a bit "dramatic."  Just like her Mama :-P.  The girl goes from Happy to Hysterical in .2 seconds.  It's pretty entertaining.  However, as sudden as those shifts are it's equally easy to shift her back to Happy.  She cries for two reasons... hungry and tired.  *whew* now that we've got that down she's easy peasy.  We've also been attending an infant massage class.  I can say with confidence Lily's the best behaved baby in that class... but maybe I shouldn't brag about that.  I suppose that could be seen a mean.  She's not sleeping through the night, but I think she's working on it.  She's now just waking up around 2 or 3 and she nurses for maybe 5 minutes.  Then she's out again, and stays that way until it's time for Daddy to get up for work.  She's still sleeping in our room, and she'll stay there until she stops nursing at night and has better control of her head.  I don't want to be traipsing down and up the stairs in the dead of night to get to her room.  I'm sure two nights of that and I'd have some grave injury.  In the meantime she's developing the skill of sleeping through anything.  Dogs barking, Cayce and I talking, lights on, midnight toilet flushing, and on and on.   So we've got this night time sleeping thing down... as for the daytime napping... not so much.

I'm about to admit what a horrible mother I am, and for, what I'm sure is to be the first of numerous times, say as a mother you can listen to all the professionals and all the advice, but the bottom line is you have to do what is best for you and your family.  During the day Lily will NOT nap for an extended amount of time unless she is in my arms.  However, Cayce can be holding her, put her in her crib, she'll stay asleep, but alas Cayce's at work during the week and can't perform that miracle daily.  Due to this little hiccup getting showered and house work accomplished during the day has been limited to about 45 mins to an hour a day.  It IS amazing, however, how much I can accomplish in that short amount of time.  I purchased a Maya wrap, and that helped a little bit, but Lily's still a bit small for me to use it completely hands free.  So this week I learned something valuable, something that will change my life.  When I met with my midwife I discussed my dilemma with her, and she told me I just needed to lay her in her crib and pat her back or butt for a couple minutes until she falls back to sleep.  Well *gasp* I am NOT going to put MY baby asleep on her tummy!  That's dangerous!  The AAP is shoving "back to sleep" down our throats, how dare she tell me to do that!  So in one ear out the other her recommendation goes. However, this week we traveled to Jacksonville and stayed with a friend.  She's a mother of 3 and after talking with her about Lily's napping preference she mentioned by the time her third child came along she slept on her tummy.  So I tried it.  While talking to Jennifer I had Lily about asleep and gingerly placed her tummy down on the couch next to me, and there she stayed, asleep, for about an hour.  I got up walked around, talked to Jen in the kitchen, went upstairs to talk to Cayce, and also sat in a chair across from her.  All the while she slept peacefully all on her own.  It was a miracle.  It wasn't a fluke either, the next day I tried it again, and she slept peacefully all on her own again.  So lesson learned.  When I really need to accomplish something during the day, Lily will nap tummy down in her crib.  I don't mind holding Lily.  She'll only be this small once, and eventually she's not going to want to have anything to do with me so I'm enjoying it while it lasts, but at the same time Mom's gotta do more than sit in the recliner all day. 

On the development front this home is filled with Lily's smiles, giggles, and coos.  She can be quite talkative and LOVES talking to herself in the mirror.  She did very well on her first road trip.  On the 3.5 hour drive to Jax she cried for about 15 minutes total, all because she was a hungry girl.  On the drive back she slept the WHOLE way.  Bliss. Lily's not a fan of her infant carrier.  I can't wait to move her to a convertible seat. While there she slept normally and was her normal non-fussy self.  It gives me some confidence about our trip home in July. 

Okay, now to what everyone really wants, Picture Time.

1st Mother's Day

Baby-kini from Mimi (probably the only time in her life she'll wear one without being self-conscious)

I couldn't get her to smile AT the camera... but she would smile at the mirror I held to the side.  I don't blame her; I can't help but smile when I look at her!

SMILE!!!  8 weeks!