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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

mila | kaya updates

is this crazy?  i actually find it amusing to watch kaya cry.  i think she's so cute!  i can only say that coz i'm neither sleepy nor exhausted right now... oh and coz she's my kid.  (btw... no child was harmed in the writing of this post.  i didn't let kaya cry simply for my amusement she did it on her own and i fed her after a couple of minutes.)  but the key point to this is that i'm NOT exhausted!  kaya has been sleeping 7-8 hours a night for the last 4 night.!  i hope i'm not jinxing myself by sharing this.  

i know she's going to keep changing coz just when i think i've got her figured out she switches up on me and i'm lost again.  but i'm a creature of routine and so i cling on to the little that i know.  as of today this is what i know.

she's a morning person.  when she wakes up in the morning she isn't really crying.  it's more like loudly declaring that she's hungry.  no tears, no blood curdling screams... just loud talk.  once she's fed i get a belch and a huge grin then she's ready to talk some more.  it's the cutest thing.  she stares at me while giving me all these fun sound bites.  we'll have a cranky moment when i give her the multi vitamin drops which i can't blame her for hating.  the stuff is nasty.  i wouldn't even take it myself it's so gross.  she gets over it so quickly though.  before i can get done wiping the drool off her face she's already forgiven me and the cheeky smiles are back.  i wish everyone would forgive and forget that easily. 

she's got a witching hour.  it starts at 6pm.  that's when the swings and the bouncers are on.  we've been going thru batteries in this house and this time it's not for me.  (as in for the camera equipment gutter brains!) once she's over her tantrum moment she's out.  waking her up at midnight for the last feed is like churning molasses in the winter time.  it literally takes about a half hour.  but one cannot give up.  it's because of that last feed that i've been getting the glorious 8 hours of sleep.  i just may get my life back.  now i have to brave the gym again.  my first attempt was a failure.  i'm making a note to try something less strenuous than boot camp.  apparently it's not the best thing to start out with when one hasn't worked out for 2 years and just recently survived a c-section.

here's some pictures from the last 2 weeks.  kaya had the worst case of baby acne and like the overly concerned mom i had to take her to the doctor and bug them about a remedy. i still had to take pictures though.  her skin was so dry it was cracking and bleeding :(  the doctor wasn't really concerned and only gave me a prescription for hydro cortisone to help with the itching.  she suggested applying an unscented moisturizer.  i tried dermalogica (which worked) but i didn't like the idea of using chemicals on her.  my cousin told me to use coconut oil.  that worked really really really well.

kaya 7 weeks

kaya at 8 weeks and with her skin cleared up again.  thank god.  oh and i picke d up a new remote control for my 5D MKII so now i can take pictures of the whole family!


  1. I guess in a weird way, a baby crying is a sign of vibrant life. Kinda like, hey dammit, I'm hungry. Between that and being able to hear Natalia breathe was the most relaxing feeling.

  2. I love these, that paparazzi shirt is the bestest, love the last shot, such a beautiful family

  3. she is BEAUTIFUL! Love the self portraits, they came out gorgeous! I adore the one where Kaya is sleeping in your arms...total bliss. =)

    and you're not the only one that thinks babies crying is a cute thing...i have pics of my niece crying that I adore (and I mean that in a NONevil way, I promise!) Its just too.stinkin'.CUTE.

  4. Oh boy, I can see the spunk already. :-P (SO CUTE!!!)


  5. GAH! She is so stinkin adorable!! Love the family photos. You guys are so freakin cute :)

  6. Kaya makes THE BEST faces! Love the family photos. ((Hugs))