Wednesday, 23 July 2014

I've Been Having a Hard Time Lately




I've been having a hard time lately finding a balance in my life.

When Elliott was first born I felt as though I adjusted quite well in my new role as a stay at home Mom. I was happy. No baby blues. I felt fulfilled and content. I was totally rocking this new mom thing!

Somewhere around the 6-8 week mark I started feeling bored and lonely. Up until then Elliott and I stuck pretty close to home aside from going to a Mom's group once a week. Chris started working his summer job in May when Elliott was about 5 weeks old. If I wanted to leave the house it seemed like a hassle to drive Chris to work in the mornings so I could have the car. Very quickly I started to feel isolated and stuck. I knew I could take the car, but it seemed silly to get up and out of the house that early (some days it meant waking Elliott up to leave) if I didn't have a reason. However, I soon realized how limited I was to spontaneously leave the house.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Elliott: Four Months



Four whole months already. Sometimes it seems like the weirdest thing to think he's only been around for four months, then other times I wonder how each week passes so quickly. He grows and changes every single day- learning new sounds and doing new things. Him and I have so much fun together as I spend most of my day trying to make him laugh. He is just the happiest little boy - always smiling, and it doesn't take too much to get a giggle out of him.

Eating: He's still eating like a champ. During the day he eats on average every 3-4 hours. He's a pretty efficient eater- only nurses for 5-10 minutes, then either sits up and burps almost right away, or doesn't burp at all. He's never really had trouble with gas, so if 2-3 minutes of back patting doesn't do it, we just leave him be and he'll likely toot it out later!

Sleeping (Night Time): Elliott is still a great sleeper most nights. We've developed an approximate bedtime of 9 pm. Most nights it's right on target, but depending when he woke up from his last nap it can be a half hour earlier, or up to an hour later. It seems that if he sleeps past about 6:30 pm, he won't be tired enough for 9. He sleeps for an average of 6 hours, then wakes up for 15-20 minutes to eat (although I would hardly call it waking up!) There are some nights he wakes up a second time around 5, but most nights he goes back down until about 7 am. He's still sleeping happily on his tummy in his sleep sack. Probably the hardest part of bedtime for me is trying to figure out how to dress him for bed. He hates being even a little bit cold. Even on the hottest of nights he still wants to be in his sleep sack (with just a onesie on) and when he wakes up in the middle of the night if I don't throw a light blanket on him for his arms, he'll wake up less than an hour later fussing until I cover him up more. Thankfully I've learned when he wakes up after he just ate that he doesn't need to eat again, he just wants to be warmer, so it takes me just a minute to run in and put another blanket on him.

Sleeping (Nap Time):  Hallelujah, we are finally sleeping all our naps in the crib! One day I just decided to do it, and not worry about if he woke up 30 minutes later (and wonder if he would have slept longer on the ottoman) I haven't looked back since. One thing I found that helped was making sure I keep his door open during naps - he was so used to the noise of being in the living room with the TV or music on right next to him while he slept. I think when I first tried to put him in his room he found it too quiet because I would close the door almost all the way.

A couple of weeks ago I started wondering if there was a routine to his naps and I just didn't know it, so I started keeping track of them all - writing down when he went down to sleep and for how long. The first week I noticed that there did seem to be a trend, but then the next week I think I spent too much time trying to stick to that "routine" that I was driving us both nuts. I'm still keeping track, but the truth is that he won't sleep well unless he's ready to nap, so there's no point in putting him down until he's good and ready. The last nap of the day is the only one I really care about, because as I mentioned above, if he sleeps past 6:30 he won't go down for bed at 9. I try my best to make sure he's had sufficient naps leading up to evening so he isn't so wiped that he sleeps from 6-8, but that's all I can really do at this point. Waking him up (which I have tried twice) is a big no no.

Play: So much has changed in the past month! He went from batting at the toys on his activity mat to slowly and intentionally bringing his hands up to grasp on to them. He can hold on to toys quite well now, and brings them all up to his mouth to gnaw on or lick. When he first started doing this he could only hold on to a toy for a short time if it was placed in his hands, then would let go. Now he can hold on to them for quite a long time, and if he drops it into his lap he can pick it up again. His jumparoo has a couple toys sitting right in front of him, and he will look at them intently and spin/move the toy slowly and with a surprising amount of focus. I think I've said this before, but I swear I can just see the wheels turning in his head as he's playing. It's so fun to watch! Speaking of his jumparoo (which is like an excersaucer, but the seat bounces up and down so he can jump like in a jolly jumper) man does this kid looooove his jumparoo. Move over activity mat, there's a new favourite in town. He spends at least 80% of his awake time in there because all he wants to do is jump. I can't even count the amount of times he's fallen asleep in there now because he just jumps and jumps until he's tired. It's completely adorable. When he's not in there if he ever gets fussy while sitting in someone's lap, all they have to do is let him stand and bounce him up and down and he'll give the biggest smile ever

Highlights/Lowlights: Teething. Yuck. It was a whole month ago when we first wondered of he was beginning to teeth, but it is only this past week that it is undeniable. It is so sad to watch him pull my finger into his mouth to bite down on it hard, and then to cry the saddest sounding cry I've ever heard. You can just see the pain in his face! So far we're having a lot of success with the Punkin Butt teething oil we have- 9 times out of 10 he calms right down as soon as we rub it on his gums.

As I mentioned above, he laughs all the time now. Daddy gets the most laughs out of him just by talking to him or laughing in a silly loud voice. Elliott jut thinks it's hilarious! We've also discovered that he's ticklish in his ribs. It's so adorable to watch him squirm and giggle when I tickle him

Likes:


  • JUMPING!!!
  • Sucking on his fingers and thumbs (He seems to prefer his index finger out of all of them)
  • When Mommy kisses him all over
  • Pretty much anything Daddy does
  • Being bounced in your lap
  • Putting anything in his hands into his mouth
  • His kangaroo-fox-bear stuffie/blanket(we can't decide what it looks like)
  • His fishy on the car seat handle
  • Having his head under a running warm water

Dislikes:


  • Hurting gums :(
  • Being cold
  • Having boogers sucked out of his nose
  • Not jumping

Without further adieu, some pictures!



















































Saturday, 5 July 2014

For Those Two Months, It Was Home **PLUS a Book Giveaway!

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When you think back to your favourite childhood summer memories can you pinpoint one particular summer as your favourite? I certainly can. I was 14 years old, and it was the best summer of my young life. To this day nothing more can be said but "remember that summer at the lake?" and my Mom and I both smile.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Elliott: Three Months


Three months! This past month has been fantastic. I feel as though we are finally figuring things out a little bit, and it seems like things are getting easier. I'm sure part of that is that Elliott is a little less demanding (eats less frequently, can be entertained easier) but also has a lot to do with us learning more about what makes him tick. Now, when he gets fussy, I often know why and can rectify the problem pretty quickly. Chris also, is a lot more confident in not only knowing why he is upset, but also in knowing how to easily soothe him. For me, this has been the most exciting change. I now enjoy nice long hot showers (without straining to hear of he is screaming) trips to the grocery store alone, and lunches/outings by myself. I can't tell you how amazing that is for my emotional health!

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Be The Help He Needs

Chris and I wake up in very different ways. Once I am out of bed, I'm up. I'm ready for the day. Before Elliott arrived, half the time I would make the bed before I even went to the washroom. (These days, for obvious reasons, the bed gets made a little bit later) Chris always comments on how quickly I move in the mornings - I can make coffee and breakfast, all while tidying the living room and kitchen from the night before.

Chris on the other hand, needs a little more time to fully wake up. If I'm still in bed when his alarm goes off he'll press snooze and move to the couch so the next alarm (or two or three!) don't wake me up. Then at the very last moment possible he'll slowly drag himself to the washroom, get dressed and hurry out the door. Often sleep takes precedence over breakfast, and sometimes over making lunch as well.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Babies Cry (Who Knew?)

Can we talk about how hard it is to not make excuses for your crying child?

"He didn't get a good nap this morning"
"Maybe he has gas"
"Oh, he's just out of sorts today"
"I think he's too hot"

The truth is that one or all of these might be right, but most of the time I have no idea.

Friday, 30 May 2014

Light, Darkness, and House Plants

I have never had a house plant before. I know, I know, it sounds crazy and silly. I've lived on my own since I was 19 (well, minus the couple of times I moved back in with my Mom, but those are stories for another day.) I have always assumed I would be no good at keeping them alive, and so when people asked why I had no plants I would just fib and say that I kill them all, and there's no point. This is all a precursor to explain my naivety when it comes to plants, which is probably why this is a brand new concept to me...

A few weeks ago I brought home my very first house plant. I planted it myself in a pot that I painted myself (well, partially. I mean, I totally helped paint it) The first few days I was diligent in watering it. It had a few tiny flowers on it when I first brought it home, and I was excited when a few more popped up. I was rocking at this plant thing! Until... I forgot about it. I don't know what happened, but I'm pretty sure I should have watered it more.

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