Friday, August 31, 2007

weaning

I've decided to start weaning Baby K this week... and all I can say is, I don't know how other moms do this but it's a lot of work! Because of her dairy allergies, I've been trying with pumped breast milk (not fun). Of course, by now she's so used to the boob that it's pretty tough going.

Instead of drinking, she chews on the bottle nipple, plays with the bottle itself, turning it around in her hands, pushes it away, and pretty much clamps her lips (and teeth!) together. I've also tried using the sippy cup, because she likes to drink water out of it herself. Well, with that she opens her mouth immediately, thinking that it's water but as soon as she realizes it's not, she pulls it out and actually hands it back to me! Very frustrating indeed!

I've also tried different bottles and nipples, hoping that the latex ones that claim to be most similar to breast would work, but unfortunately they haven't so far. So now, I'm cursing myself for being so lazy and not keeping up the once-a-day bottle feeding plan I had initially started out with. But again, with her dairy allergies, it was soooo much easier to skip the bottle and just give her the boob. Well... it has been until the day I want to wean her!

I've heard that starving her works, but I'm just not really into that. So, I'm open to all advice and tips on how to beat this seemingly impossible task!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

routines

Recently, someone asked me what I do during the day, and I had to think about that. What was my daily routine, anyways?

Well, although each day usually brings something new - a new development, laugh, memory or idea, there usually is a little routine built in. But overall, it sort of goes something like this:

  • 6:30-7:30 am - wake up, walk the dog, play with daddy as he gets ready for work

  • 8:30 - breakfast (Kayla)

  • 9:00 - lots of playing in the family room

  • 9:30 - nap (hopefully!), breakfast (mama), morning Internet addictions (email, blogs, Facebook)

  • 11:00 - morning outing (groceries, errands, neighbourhood walk, early years centre)

  • 12:30 - lunch (Kayla)

  • 1:30 - nap (hopefully), lunch (mama), afternoon chores, dinner prep, Internet addictions

  • 3:00 - afternoon relax and play

  • 4:00 - nap (sometimes not always)

  • 5:00 - afternonn walk with the dog, dinner prep (again! honestly preparing dinner now is in stages)

  • 6:00 - dinner (Kayla), daddy comes home and play

  • 7:00 - bath, PJs, storytime

  • 7:30 - bedtime (Kayla) - hopefully!
After that it's dinner for hubby and I, and free time to ourselves!

Wow, now that I see this written down, it seems pretty routine and quite scheduled. Well, don't get me wrong, this is just a general idea of what my day is like. There are days when nothing seems to go right.

My favorite time, however, is in the afternoon. It's kind of a quite time for Baby K and I.

Some days we spend it in our upstairs hallway landing... playing, knitting, but overall, just hanging out. It's one of the best times, I think, where all three of us (Kayla, Kobe and I) can just be ourselves.


: : Oh... and sometimes the best toys are the cheapest toys!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

what's in a name?

When I call Baby K by name, she turns her head. It's the sweetest thing. I love the fact that she can recognize her name now. And I love saying it, watching her turn towards me.

Sometimes, when I catch her doing something she's not supposed to, like going for the buttons on the DVD player (yes, it's starting already...), I startle her. Poor thing. Hum... but maybe it will teach her to stay away from those things.

On another note, following my post on Kayla and her playpen silliness, I was astonished to hear so many of you had similar stories.

: : Hayden at 12 months, still being just as silly!

These shots make me laugh! Do you think they're trying to tell us something?

If your babe does this, too, post a comment and send me your photo! I'd like to create an album of just this kind of silliness.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

little miss independent

I knew the day would come when my babe wouldn't need me any more (well almost), but I never expected it to happen at 7-1/2 months!

My previously very good eater has suddenly, and without warning, decided she doesn't like to eat solids anymore. Even her favourites like butternut squash, bananas and broccoli don't appeal to her. Instead, she prefers to feed herself. Opening her mouth only if she holds the spoon, or can pick it up with her own hands, or eating it straight from the source, like she's doing here with a banana.

She even prefers to drink water on her own, holding her own sippy cup!

Overall, it's making meal time very frustrating and very lengthy. I've been told it's a phase and like all the other phases, it will disappear as suddenly as it has crept up. I certainly hope so! I'm not ready for little miss independent just yet!

Oh, and in addition to being independent, I've also learned my babe is a pretty tough little cookie. She's not one to be bullied around...

: : B - "Hey, that looks interesting...."

: : B - "Can I see it?"

: : K - "Hey, I was playing with that!"

: : K - "Give it back to me!"

: : B - "Hum, that's one tough little girl!"
: : K - "That boy doesn't scare me, even if he's 7 months older!"

Yup, that's my girl...

Saturday, August 25, 2007

traditions

The Canadian National Exhibition (or EX or CNE as it is mostly called) has always been kind of a tradition for me. I've gone almost every year for as long as I can remeber. Yesterday, I took my babe for the first time.

It was a sticky afternoon of strolling, eating, watching and more eating! My favorite tradition at the CNE is eating corn dogs with lots of mustard. It's actually the only place that I'll have one. Another fave, Tiny Toms mini donuts, but sadly no Toms for me this summer (dairy allergy) - maybe next year.


Baby K and her friends enjoyed a dancing perforance, showing their delight with big smiles and round, astonished eyes.


And of course, there was plenty of CNE silliness going on, too! I think this outing will now become a family tradition for all of us!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

just the two of us

I recently read on Baby Centre that at this stage, my babe can't distinguish between herself and myself. To her we're one. Isn't that the sweetest thing? Over the coming weeks, months, years her own identity will begin to form and her individuality will start to shine through.

I can wait on the independence part, though. It seems she's growing so fast! Already she's 7 months (my mat leave is more than half over)! Especially in these past few weeks, she seems to be learning something new almost every day.

She's almost crawling now, too. She can pull herself along the floor with her arms and push herself forward with her toes. And when that doesn't work, there's always rolling. It's all very cute! Every time I put her in a sitting position, moments later she's on her belly and moving all around. As she becomes more independent and more mobile these days, I find myself thinking about the need to baby proof the house. Her favourite past-time when I'm not looking... playing with the air vent gates! Not good! I wonder what's next...

Sunday, August 19, 2007

happy hayden day

We're sending birthday wishes to K's other boyfriend, Hayden. He turns ONE tomorrow. Here's a few camera worthy moments from his awesome Curious George party!


: : the birthday boy with his mom and dad

: : "Don't worry Kayla, I've got your back!" says Brandon

: : monkey attack!

: : We had a great time!

Kayla went to bed totally exhausted tonight. I don't think I've ever seen her play so heartily before. It was also great to see that her previous anxieties over meeting new people and big crowds have finally disappeared. She even asked to be held by other people (reaching out her arms to them) - which NEVER happens. I was totally blown away. Looks like Hayden's first birthday also marks an amazing milestone for Baby K, too!

Happy FIRST birthday, Hayden!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

first hair cut

Yesterday we cut Baby K's hair for the first time. We were very reluctant to do it, but her bangs were getting too long and kept falling into her eyes. Plus, I hated brushing it to the side. I thought it gave her the old man 'comb-over' look. So we took the plunge and snipped about 1/4-inch off in front.

I had mixed feelings about this milestone - sad but also happy. Hubby, I think, regretted it more. He's very fond of her head of jet black hair. Here's the result:


A little crocked and has that "just-cut" look. Hopefully in a week it will grow out some and look a little better.

On another note, we also recently lowered the base of K's pack-n-play to the floor. When we put her inside, she had a fun time exploring her new surroundings.


Then she started doing this:


Which reminded me of her boyfriend, Brandon, doing the exact same thing in his playpen about a couple of months ago.


Makes you think that, despite their different personalities, babies are the same in many ways. Does your babe do this, too? I'd be fascinated to here about it!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

friends and babes

I love my friends. I love my friends' babes. So when we all get together, it's happiness.


Yesterday, we strolled through downtown Oakville during the Oakville Jazz Festival and lined up our babes for quick photo. They look like they're ready for a stroller race!

Hubby and I are really fortunate to have a great group of people that are enjoying the stages of life together. We all got married around the same time. It was two summers of back-to-back weekends filled with weddings! Now we all have little ones within about a year of each other.

As a new mama, it's very comforting to know other people going through the same trials and joys as you. There's always someone to ask: "When did your child start doing this?" or "How long did it take her to do that?" And as a child myself, I didn't have a group of kids that I hung around with that I didn't actually go to school with, so I wonder how my relationships with my friends will affect K's relationships with their babes as she grows up. All of us hope that they'll continue to be good playmates.

It will be great watching them all grow up together; seeing what personalities they develop, who they will take after. I can picture all of us sitting on our deck one summer 20 years from now, still talking about our kids. Oh... the joys of good friends and babes.

Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods. - Aristotle

Friday, August 10, 2007

fuzzy sweater

I'm a multi-tasker. Actually, I think all moms are in some form or another. The same is true with creative projects, I usually have more than one on the go.

So, when I was commissioned to create a custom set of pint-sized sweaters for Fuzzy Sweater Creative, I thought it would be a fun challenge and something new that I could experiment with. I LOVE the outcome, and Sara, I hope you do, too!


When I was designing these, I envisioned hanging them on a clothes line with mini clothes pins, but all I had on hand were these mini safety pins. I guess they'll have to do!


This last one showcases my signature FlowerPot Designs flower. These are just a sampling of the entire set. Enjoy!

P.S. Sara also runs an online store - yourmomma.ca - so if you're a mom and you make something, contact her!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

sing-a-long

Today I discovered that my babe likes to sing. It's the funniest thing. When we're home alone (because no one wants to hear me sing, trust me) I'm usually singing to her - songs we learned at Mother Goose, silly songs I've made up, and sometimes even Christmas carols (yes, even in the summer! They're usually the only songs I know the entire words for). Well, today, she sang along with me! Every time I sang, she would also babble - blah, blah, blah. She would stop when I stopped. This went on for a good 15-20 minutes. It amused me to no end! Maybe it's a sign that she has a music career ahead of her, or maybe she's just a closet singer like her mama!

On another note, the other day Baby K and I had a lunch and play date with Sugar Mama and her babe Sara. It's fascinating to see what Sara is doing now, who's 3 months younger than K, and marvel at how babies grow and develop. I remember when K was doing the same things at that age - napping inconsistently, putting everything in her mouth, which K still does, and gnawing on fingers - just watch C, eventually this turns into toes!

From singing to chewing... gotta love 'em!

Sunday, August 05, 2007

have baby... will travel

Our first family vacation was a huge success! Our little getaway to Boston included...

: : lots of walking, strolling and sight-seeing...

: : lots of really GOOD seafood...

: : a meeting with John Harvard...

: : a little silliness...


: : and some really BIG and scary sea creatures!