I can’t believe it’s Friday again already! I haven’t had much time online this week between caring for my baby girl and spending time with my mom before she leaves on Sunday. I’ve had a million blog posts in my head but they never made it onto the blog, so for this week’s quick takes, I’m going to do short summaries of the posts I would have written had I had the chance:
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Last Sunday was Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent. Until this year, I never really understood what that meant, other than that the priest wears pink, but between this great post by Kaylene at Letters from Momma and a great homily by the priest, I feel like I finally have a solid understanding of what sets this Sunday apart. I hope you had a beautiful, joyful Gaudete Sunday.
Breastfeeding is going really well. Other than having some difficulty latching on the right side the first two days or so, Lucia hasn’t had any problems. I was prepared for difficulties and for their to be a painful period of engorgement, but no such issues so far. From what I’ve heard from many mothers, it’s not typical for breastfeeding to go so smoothly and I am very thankful it has been so wonderful for us. Breastfeeding has been such a special mother-daughter bonding time.
Monday was the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Having learned so much about Our Lady over the years in my many Spanish and history classes (I was a double major in Spanish and history with an emphasis in Latin American History), I have a particular love of this apparition of our Blessed Mother. (By the way, don't you just love learning about Catholic history in a secular class? I love being reminded of how crucial the Church was in the history of the western world.)
We started using cloth diapers Tuesday and we’ve really liked them so far. We are using almost all prefolds with covers, but we do have a few fitteds and one pocket diaper. We were waiting until Lucia’s cord fell off to start and I was a little afraid that we would get too comfortable with disposables in the meantime, but I’ve found cloth diapers to be just as easy. Of course, my mom is still here to do laundry for me and once she leaves on Sunday I may have a more difficult time keeping up with cloth diaper laundry. We are also using cloth wipes (Lucia loves them, especially since we have a wipe warmer!).
Tuesday was St. Lucy’s feast day (it was a big week for Catholics!). Obviously, Lucia is too young for us to celebrate her namesake’s feast day but it was still a very special day for us. I’ve been thinking of ways to celebrate with her when she is old enough to understand. Do you celebrate a feast day with your child? What does that celebration look like in your household?
We had Rebecca of Red Fern Photography come take newborn pictures of Lucia on Sunday. They came out beautifully (which is no surprise - if you remember, she took beautiful maternity pictures of me and my husband)! Here is a sneak peak:
The weather here is beautiful. We took Lucia for a walk today and I was only wearing a light sweater which I had to take off after we got started. 60s in December? I certainly am not complaining, but it definitely does not feel like Christmas is around the corner. We are going to Colorado to spend the holidays with our families and the cold weather is going to be a rude awakening.
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