I am a freelance make up artist. I was doing make up literally the day before I went into the hospital to have my daughter. I absolutely love doing make up, which is so funny because I never really liked to wear make up when I was younger, nor do I really wear a full face of make up everyday. I finally accepted my first make up gig post-baby. It felt great to get back at it again.
This time I was going to be assisting one of my fellow artists who booked a gig in Crystal City, VA doing runway make up for a fashion show. There’s such an energy when you are doing make up for 20 models because you are literally doing a full face of make up in a short amount of time. It also helped me get more hands on experience and time doing make up not only to learn but to confirm for me that I really had retained the skills that I learned taking make up classes.
I had to rush from that event and get to D.C. to attend the BET Honors. Its always fun going back to attend shows that I used to work on when I used to work at BET and see some of my old coworkers. This time I got the chance to go out with my sister. It was a good time had by all… Good times!
We had to at least get one “usie” in before the taping began because we were constantly being harrassed by the usher who decided to post up near us to put our phones away. We had to pretty much had to sneak even checking our instagram during commercial breaks.
They honored Ice Cube this year – awesome guy, and his speech was such a sweet dedication to his wife and family. So it was only befitting that we take thug-dizzle usies during that commercial break.
When it ended, the honorees came up on stage, it was only befitting that I would take a picture of the seat filler that sat in front of me taking a picture. Something he was NOT supposed to be doing.
After the show is the After Party!
The after party was at the Howard Theater. I love a good after party hosted by BET. Only downside was one bar on the main level for majority of the attendees. With it being open bar it meant that most of the party was jammed into one little area just trying to get the party started. I just wish that they had at least 6 bartenders instead of the 2 bartenders and 1 bar back that I saw.
I can’t really say too much really about the show itself because it was a taping that will air later on this month. But I will say that Wayne Brady was a great choice in host for this event. If it werent for him.. lets just say it would’ve been worse. And of course to close out the evening, its only right that you take a picture in the bathroom. Hope you had a wonderful weekend.
How Big Am I?
Last month, Gracia weighed 7 lbs. 8 oz., we had just introduced formula just prior to her doctors appt. so we expected that she would gain weight this month a lot quicker. This month, Gracia’s weight is 11 lbs. 6.2 oz (53rd percentile – up from the 4th percentile last month).Height: 23 inches long (68th percentile – up from the 44th percentile last month).Head Circumference: 15.75 inches (91st percentile – up from 65th percentile last month).Needless to say our baby has grown overnight! I tease her but its true, she has a big ol’ head. But thats only because she is so smart!
Gracia was still in Carter’s brand newborn sized clothing up until about three days ago. There’s such a jump from newborn size to 0-3 clothing, which at times just seems like 3 month sized clothing so she is in tighter newborn clothes versus really big and baggy 0-3 sized clothing. When I tried her first 0-3 outfit on her, I was so surprised that it actually fit her length.. thats when I realized that she had really grown in her sleep.
What’s My Routine?
Now that I am back at work, my routine has become a little more carved out in a unique way. My sister in law has come to stay with us this month, which has totally allowed for me to have so much help. I get up for work around 5:30 am, around the time that Gracia gets up for a feeding. As I am getting dressed and making my coffee, I can warm her bottle and bring it to my sister in law just in time to say my goodbyes before she goes back to sleep. When I come home from work, she is just about to nap again, so mommy gets to have a post-work nap while my sister in law cooks and I get to spend time with my daughter until its time for me to go to bed and her as well. Outside of the morning routine, my usual routine is several trips exchanging things at Babies R Us and Target. Its kinda become my norm. I love having gift cards and things that don’t need anymore to exchange for things.
Gracia is up to 5oz of Similac every 3 hours or so at this point. At times she cries at the end of the bottle as if she wants more, but when we give it to her she is so full that she barely eats it. I thought about switching her bottle nipples down to size 0 on her Tommee Tippee Bottles because she was getting more milk on herself then in her mouth but after a few weeks she has gotten the hang of it and so we kept the size 1 nipples on the bottle. We tried some bottles of Enfamil Newborn readymade just because that was all we had while we were out.. needless to say, she did not like that too well and it passed through her rather quickly and all over her clothes. We have so much Similac advanced in our house and luckily her pediatrician even gave us some more when we went to her well check appointment.
Gracia’s sleep schedule is fairly the same except she may be awake longer during the day. Outside of her naps, she goes to bed around 10pm and will wake for her midnight feeding, 3 am and 6 am feeding. She gets up for the day around 9am for longer periods of time. When she sleeps at night, she sleeps in the guest room with my sister in law, still in her Boppy since my sister in law is feeding her through the night. When I come from work, she will nap with me and she will lay in the bed without the Boppy, as I am trying to get her used to sleeping on a mattress in order to transition her to her crib when my sister in law leaves.
What Milestones Have I Hit?
She Can Talk!Gracia has entered her second wonder week. She has discovered her voice. Around 9pm is her talkative hour. She goes on and on until she talks herself to sleep. She can stand on her legs assisted. She can hold her head up a lot longer. She can sit up as well if placed on a chair for a brief moment. She’s Up A Size in Diapers!She has graduated from Newborn sized diapers at 9 weeks 3 days. She is now in Pampers size 1 diapers. I wish I didn’t split a large box all over the house before I realized they were too small because now I can’t return them. Its ok because a friend of mine will be getting a really nice diaper cake. I did find an unopened box in linen closet so I got to return those.
Events: Gracia’s went to her First Birthday Party
These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things!
Baby Gear/ Toys:
4MOMs Infant Bath Tub
Exergen Termporal Thermometer
Paparazzi Got Me!
My Favorite Pics from this Month:
We constantly get compliments about Gracia’s eyes and how alert and captivating they are. As she changes daily, one thing that remains the same is her eyes. So we both search our baby pics to see where she got these eyes from. In a surprising turn of events, my mom sent me her baby picture this week and sure enough there are her eyes!