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What a Weekend

by Juliemara
03.20.12

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20120319-223420.jpgOh, what a weekend! I was so excited about this weekend, it may only be March, but for us it was the first weekend of Summer! It was 80+ degrees both days! The main goal, GET OUTSIDE! And we did. Saturday we went, just our family, to a park close to our house. It has a long path by the river and beautiful green grassy lawns to spread a blanket and enjoy the day. There are also grills and picnic shelters that we will be using later on in the summer and a stage for outdoor concerts. I’d like to think we will be able to go to one or two this spring and summer,but babies around here have a 7:30 bed time, so we’ll just have to see. We loaded up on the sunscreen, which is ok to use on babies under 6 months on exposed skin in small doses. Basically don’t plan on being on the beach all day for a week with a new born but a walk with no socks is ok as long as little piggys are protected. We like Neutrogena baby sunscreen spf 60. And off we were,

20120319-223305.jpgwalked along the river and while a big cloud shaded us from the sun we sat spread out our blanket and sat on the grass for about 20 minutes.
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20120319-223326.jpgSaturday night was a rough night. We stayed up too late and each baby woke up twice during the night, never at the same time and on top of that they decided the middle of the night was the time to discuss all their worldly thoughts for HOURS! Sunday was a lot of fun! We successfully got the babies to take their morning nap it our bed!

20120319-223339.jpgSo cute and important! Until now our babies have only been able to fall asleep easily in their my little lamb Fischer Price swings, which are great, but the girls are getting bigger and soon will be too big for the swings, so they will have to take their naps either in their cribs or ideally, wherever we are. So it is my goal to get them use to sleeping everywhere, the floor, the car, a random bed and their crib.

Then we drove to a nearby lake and had a picnic with a whole bunch of friends. It’s interesting every time we leave the house with the babies and this was a whole new experience. We were there for about five hours, it was hot and very sunny. So we set up an umbrella and we had a big blanket. Aside from the fact that the sun kept moving and we had to keep readjusting to stay in the shade, the girls LOVED being outside and with people. They were so happy just to lay in the shade and have all of us entertain them. We tried to take them on a walk around the park but they just cried and as soon as we returned to the blanket they were as happy as could be, I guess they just wanted to be a part of the party too.

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20120319-223359.jpgA few things I love about this group of friends of ours is that they appreciate good food as much as we do and have a love (bordering on obsession) for photography as a hobby. They all have kids a few years older than ours and get some really amazing pictures of them running around and being kids by putting in a little effort to get the shot. Our friend Gabi even brought one of those big silver round screen sun deflectors. Check out the pictures he took! The light is amazing.Without the sun shield with the sun shield

Without the sun shield with the sun shield

We didn’t get around to having Gabi do a family photo for us, but we are traveling to the beach this summer with the same group of friends so we will be sure to enlist his expertise for the girls first trip to the beach.

I also did something I swore I would never do as a mother, I cut the tip off my poor baby Talia’s finger while trying to trim her nails, so sad. Ok, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, I cut the skin just enough for it to bleed, the problem is that when a baby gets a cut it takes a while for it to clot, so it bleeds for a while, like hours. There was blood all over the place, her outfit, her lovey, her swing, it was a pretty sad sight. I was doing it so slowly so that if I did cut too much she would pull her hand away before I hurt her, but she didn’t, she never even cried. She’s totally fine now, it stopped bleeding later in the day. I think I’ll just stick with the rounded scissors, they were working fine. I tried putting a band-aid on it. But she kept putting it in her mouth.

But on a more positive note, look what Talia learned to DO! One down, One to go.

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  1. Michelle permalink
    March 20, 2012

    The glasses are a hoot! Such stylish girls.

  2. Amir permalink
    March 20, 2012

    Great pictures and story. Thanks for sharing. Really makes us feel part of your experience and feel like we know the girls, even though I know we really don’t, there’s nothing like being there, but still. So great to see you enjoying parenthood…

  3. Elina permalink
    March 20, 2012

    Girls are so cute… A suggestion for cutting nails…when he was young we used nail filer for babies..so easy and no cuts.. We bought at children’s store on Cheshire Bridge.

    • March 21, 2012

      Thank you! We are so proud of them. We were filing for the first few months. But twenty fingers take forever to file, the scissors were working well I wa just trying to take a short cut. Poor baby.

  4. March 21, 2012

    Your dad told me I had to tell you about how I did the same thing to my son a few months ago. I put a sock on his hand to hold the bandaid on but he still got it off when I put him down for a nap. It looked like a murder scene in his crib. I now bite his nails. Kinda gross, but its the only way i can do it.

    • March 21, 2012

      I’m sorry you did it too. I was too scared to ever try to bite them because of accidentally tearing skin. : {
      I had to laugh a little about the crib murder scene comment, we had blood on outfit, lovey, and swing. Not too bad.

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