Friday, December 16, 2011

7 Quick Takes Friday (Take 38)

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.

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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.

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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.)

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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!).

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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?

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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:

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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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  1. I am so glad nursing is going well and you are enjoying it. That picture is precious; I can't wait to see more.

  2. #7 I'm with you on that one! It does not feel like it is time for Christmas when it is so mild, if not a little warm outside.

    Glad everything is going so well! She is beautiful!

  3. That's great that nursing is going so well! With my first it didn't, but we stuck with it all the same and eventually all was well. It is such a wonderful time for moms and their kids. I love my nursing relationship with each of my kiddos and it's a bitter sweet time when we wean {thankfully I still have a year of nursing before that time again!}.

    And Lucia is such precious. Looking forward to seeing more pictures.

  4. I don't know if we heard the same homily or not (the visiting priest from Duke?), but this was also my first year of understanding gaudete Sunday. And I only learned through RCIA that we are supposed to say 'rose' instead of pink which has been a big adjustment for me lol.

    Love, love, love the picture of Lucia, and I'm so glad to hear things are going well for you so far! You'll have to give me the run down of cloth diapering some day... I want to do it on our future children but I have some reservations!

  5. So glad to here that nursing is going well for you! Hope you enjoyed your time with your mom!

    Also, it's been warm here too. I guess as long as there's not going to be a white Christmas it might as well be a warm one. Although we are supposed to get 6 inches of snow Tuesday so we may just get a white Christmas afterall.

    Hope you have a great trip home! Merry Christmas!

  6. 5-It's interesting my sister and I are both named after Saints (i'm actually named after 2) but we never celebrated the feast days of those saints. I guess it can be hard when there are soo many other things to remember. I think that could be a cool thing to do :)

  7. Congratulations - she is beautiful!! :)

    My little one's middle name is Lucia, so I've also been collecting ideas on how to celebrate the feast day and came across this:

    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!


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