Gracia’s Baptism and BBQ

This past Sunday, our daughter was offered back to God through Baptism by water.

My mother, the Bishop baptized my daughter along with the help of my Senior Pastor and god brother at my home church. 
We decided that we would Baptize her in the A.M.E. tradition and then do a Naming Ceremony, which is in line with the African Tradition. This ceremony is inclusive of the congregation and gives the village a responsibility. She was surrounded by her family and was given gifts in the ceremony by her godparents just as African princesses would’ve been given. Gracia was given her first Pandora bracelet and diamond earrings from her godparents.
My Pastor and My Mother
As she was named she was held in the air by her father a la Lion King. 
Afterwards, we had a BBQ at our home to celebrate the glorious occasion. 
We had a “couture” Minnie Mouse theme for this occasion. 
Now, to be honest, I decided on this theme within the 12th hour and spent a few hours trying to glue, paint and tape things together for her BBQ. 
Here are one of the centerpieces that I put together. 
I hand painted little buttons on the red bowls to mimic Mickey Mouse’s pants and made additional Minnie Mouse’ decorations using whiffle balls and some glitter. 
We had a dessert bar including Red Velvet Minnie Mouse cupcakes. 
A Hot Diggity Dog Hot Dog Bar with every topping you could think of for your Hot Dogs and Bratwurst. 
We had a house full of people, my husband was on the grill all afternoon whipping up some mighty thick burgers, chicken and hot dogs. He did his thing. 

Everyone brought their kids and we really had a good time. I think this was the first time where we had a cookout at our home with so many children. I guess this is what our life now looks like, now that we have a chid. 

Thanks so much to our village for coming to celebrate with us. 

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My Infant Daughter’s Natural Hair Care Routine

Hair is very important. The maintenance of my natural hair has pretty much taken over the last ten years of my life, which is how long its been since I decided to go Relaxer free. I remember sitting in the kitchen as a child getting my hair hot combed and then spending the majority of the day in the hair salon getting relaxers at a young age and having it in my hair until it itched or burned. I always said that what I know now about how to maintain natural hair will be helpful if I have a daughter because as long as I have a say, she will never get a relaxer. 
My Friend Rekita, wrote a post about how she maintains her daughter’s hair.Her beautiful daughter has a hair care routine even though she has little hair. I think its the cutest thing to see her with rollers in her hair. And just like we all have different hair care routines for our different types of hair, I thought I would share how I maintain my daughter’s hair, which is the complete opposite of Rekita’s daughters hair. 
My daughter was born with a head full of hair. Something that shocked me and the doctor who said that she thought my daughter would not have a lot of hair based on her sonogram. 

When she was this little, she would get her hair wiped down during bath time and then Vaseline in the hair was good enough to get it back to laying down. 
By two month old, her hair was growing even more than I knew what to do with because she was so little. However, a quick wipe down and vaseline was not cutting it anymore. 
Now she was getting a wipe down with her Aveno wash and shampoo and then ORS Coconut Oil.
I didn’t want to add to many chemicals or anything to her hair at the time, but her hair was getting dry. The front and back was one texture and some where in the middle where she would have her head on her car seat or slept on was beginning to turn into a thicker texture. 
My daughters hair has the tightest coil that I have seen on a five month old. 
I can’t put heat on it or stretch it like my own head but I have to keep it moisturized or I fear it may loc up. 
These days not only is it long, however tightly curled, it is also very thick. You have to comb it in sections. Usually I wait until she is eating where I can sit her in her high chair just so I can comb her hair without much fussiness from the little one. 
So now I use Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Super Softening Hair Butter. It definitely keeps her hair moisturized and it keeps it from tangling and breaking off as well. 
What do you do with your infants hair?

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My Very First Mother’s Day

Sunday was my very first Mother’s Day… ever. (Here is where I had to pause for a good hour before I could even get this post together because my daughter has needed two baths due to poo explosions… whew so happy to be a mom *sarcasm is strong in that sentence right about now*)
… so where was I.. 
Yes, Sunday was my first Mother’s Day ever. 
For once, as people who are being so kind as to say “Happy Mother’s Day” to every woman they pass on that day, could say “Happy Mother’s Day” to me and I wouldn’t have to say “I am not a mother yet, but thank you anyway” or take it and on the inside know that its not really true to me, but they didn’t need to know that. 
This Mother’s Day was different. Reflecting on all the things that I do for my daughter, caused me to reflect on just how much my mother does for me and my daughter. It also further solidifies that no matter how old you get, you will always need your mother. Not even marriage or becoming a mother yourself will stop that need for your mother. My mother is absolutely amazing! I can not say it enough. Boy if I didn’t feel like I should’ve taken more notes on just how to do it all… I hope she knows (as I am sure she does) that every single day I wish I could pay her back for all that she has done for me. Everything that I wrote about her here still rings very true.
Mother’s Day used to be tough for my husband as well. He lost his mother fifteen years ago and still thinks about her daily. 
He said this year was different because for once instead of being depressed on this day, he could find joy because he sees so much of his mother in our daughter. 
I absolutely agree. 
She is her daddy’s twin but may have my eyes. The jury is still out on whether or not she has any part of me. LOL. 
I am so very thankful for the very person that can call me Mommy. She has been truly the love of our lives. We learn each day to see the world through her young learning eyes. She can’t say a single thing but its funny how you know that she absolutely loves us. 
My husband made sure that my first Mother’s Day was absolutely wonderful. 

He took me to the restaurant where we celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary. It’s ironic because the last time that we were there, I was pregnant. This time, she is here “dining” with us. She was fed before we got there so that she would be content playing with her toys while we ate a beautiful three course meal. 

Can we say yum?! I can not turn down a Rack of Lamb no matter how hard I try.
Everything was absolutely delicious! 
The best part about this restaurant is the view of lakes and trees. They also have these huge Koi fish in a Koi pond and waterfalls. It was such a lovely day that we had to go outside and enjoy it. 
Of course when there is good weather it means … impromptu photo shoot. 

I talk to her often and tell her how much I love her. She may not remember or understand but just in case she does, I always want her to know it.

My little BIG baby… My five month old looking like an almost one year old. 

My husband was able to capture these moments. I am going to love looking back at this day as she gets older – my little diva princess. 
We were so stuffed and sleepy that we went home and despite an offer to attend a free concert with Gladys Knight, Marvin Sapp, James Fortune and others.. we opted for the nap. Didn’t even wake up until late that night. Best present ever… REST.
This morning I woke up and asked the hubby to make me breakfast in bed, just like his Bishop said he should. 
Gracie pretty much sums up his reaction best.
Now, to give you a glimpse into what being a mommy to this happy baby is like…
Sunday mornings are usually the time where I can get a quick picture to send to my mother for “weekly Gracie photo”.
It used to be so simple – sit her up in the bed or the couch and snap a few pics while she smiles (because yes she recognizes the camera phone because I have been stalking her since birth) LOL. 

Well now she is more mobile, so I just have to snap away while she does whatever it is that she wants and pray that I get at least a few good ones to send. 
This is pretty much how a Gracie photo shoot goes these days. 

Hope that all the Mothers, Soon to be Mothers, those that are Mother figures, the not yet Mothers and all those who just have a nurturing spirit had a wonderful Mother’s Day.

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Gracia’s Five Months Old

How Big Am I?

Weight/Height/Head: 

Well my guess was almost spot on last month – Gracia is 17.5lbs and 26 inches tall. She is the 90th percentile. She has come a long way from the 4th percentile that she started in. 

 

Clothes: 

She is still keeping up with being true to size wearing clothes sizes 3-6 months. Due to her thickum thighs, she can no longer wear 3 months bottoms. She has to wear 6-9 months sized bottoms. She is also wearing a size 1 shoe. The bulk of her wardrobe is still Carter’s but I am now branching out to other brands these days, now that I feel like she is fitting clothes that are the norm. 

What’s My Routine?

Routine: 

Her routine has not changed much – she still goes to daycare three days a week. Although this past week she was at daycare five day a week. We haven’t been able to shave much time off of getting out the house when she is in tow but we pretty much have a pretty good system on getting out the house no matter how long it takes. 

Specifically on Sundays, I have to get up two hours before I have to be at church. I give her a bottle so that she can feed herself, while I get in the shower, do my hair and make up. She is the last person to get dressed because I am afraid that she will drool, spit up or have a blow out in her diaper before we get out the house, which has happened before. 
These days she just wants to eat everything including her dress. 

Eating: 

We have began to feed Gracie vegetables in addition to her Similac Advanced. 

I have learned that she does not like Green Vegetables at all but loves her Orange veggies. She has had squash, sweet potatoes, peas, rice and oatmeal cereal. 

Sleeping: 

We tried to get Gracia to her own bed within our room, but after a few nights of doing so well, she caught a cold – or so we thought. Definitely an increase in sneezing and snot, so back to our bed she goes for now. When we took her to the doctor, she said it was a result of allergies and not a cold. We have been told to give her Benadryl and to watch her. So we have been doing that. That messed up the great sleep pattern that we had going of sleeping through the night. We are now back to getting up once a night around 2-3 am to eat. 
We have also switched to overnight diapers so that instead of feeding then changing her, we can just give her a bottle and she can go back to sleep.

What Milestones Have I Hit?

I have eaten my first foods this month

I can hold my own bottle with ease

I love to give kisses to mommy and daddy
I am also teething and may have one tooth trying to push through
and I am trying to sit up from a laying down position on my own. 

Events: 

Gracia’s Went To The White House for the Easter Egg Roll

Gracia Went to the Movies –
She has seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Gracia’s First Easter-
and Gracia is getting her ears pierced on Thursday

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things!

Baby Gear/ Toys: 

Sophie makes the list again. Now that she is teething, this has become her best friend!

Paparazzi Got Me!

My Favorite Pics from this Month:

It’s my 10th year anniversary of graduating from Howard University. Gracie was helping me celebrate.

My sister and my daughters godmother got a chance to come down from NYC and was able to see how Gracia’s personality has truly developed.
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