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I came home from work one day to this scene: Chris dozing off while watching a baby show on YouTube with Lily. I feel this photo accurately sums up parenthood during these first months.
We did something dumb. Lily’s baby book has a space for hand and footprints. They don’t do them in the hospital as newborns here so you have to do them on your own and of course by the time we actually remembered to buy an ink pad she was 7 months old already. We thought, “better late than never!” and gave it a shot. Bad idea. Squirmy baby + black ink = a baby book with huge smears on the pages that vaguely resemble hand prints and a baby, daddy and mommy that are covered with ink stains. This picture doesn’t do the damage justice.
Lily loves strumming the guitar and ukulele and I love to think we are bonding over our music time together :)
Happy and cheerful after her nap. (For those of you who have asked, the pajama thing she’s wearing is a Zippadeezip. This girl was addicted to her swaddle until she was over 6 months so we got her a Zippadeezip to try to help her transition out of it. It thankfully worked and her swaddle is long gone now, but she still loves the Zippadeezip and mommy and daddy love their sleep so it has stuck around.)
As soon as she hit 6 months old Lily started going through a MAJOR mommy phase. Nobody was allowed to hold her or give her attention except for mommy. While it was cute at first, 2 months later a continuously fussy baby who won’t give her poor mom a break starts to wear you down. It made work at the bakery really difficult. She suddenly decided she didn’t want to nap at work unless I was holding and rocking her the entire time and when she was awake she refused to be put down or held by anyone else. If I did manage to get her to play on her own, as soon as she thought I MIGHT walk around a corner, even if it was only for 10 seconds, a meltdown would ensue. The photo above is the result of Chris getting her out of her carseat and walking 30 seconds to our front door. Poor guy has felt like chopped liver. Everyone keeps saying, “Oh this is such a fun age!” but I can’t say I agree with them. We’re ready for this stage to be over…
But luckily she still has her fun/adorable moments here and there! :)
Before I had a baby of my own, I thought photos of babies with food stuck all over themselves were gross. But like soooo many other things, once it’s your own:
She wasn’t dextrous enough to keep most of the noodles in her mouth long enough to gum them to death, but she managed to lick the tomato sauce off and sure seemed to enjoy it!
Lily has been such a trooper coming to work with me as much as she does. On paper it’s super adorable that she gets to grow up in a cake shop, but in practice it’s different every single day. Some days are great and she’s happy, cheerful, well-napped and content to play with her toys. Other days (usually Fridays, our busiest day of the week) she’s overtired and refuses to let me put her down anywhere, which makes it extremely difficult (and stressful) to decorate cakes on a deadline. I’ve learned to do a lot of things one handed!
It’s definitely a big challenge, but I love that I get to spend so much time with her, even on the cranky days. It’s such a blessing to watch her be social, explore the shop and interact with our customers.
Munching on our baking tools. She also enjoys banging cake tins, scrunching pastry bags, and pulling apart cupcake cases. Someday we’ll figure out how to turn all of this into useful labor ;)
On particularly busy days Chris will come hang out with Lily after he gets off of work so that I can have an extra hour of Lily-free time to finish up projects. This is Lily’s “Daddy is tickling me!” face and it melts my heart every time I look at it!
I just love my little bakery buddy!