Thursday, December 21, 2017

{gabriel}: six months

Blanket from Eenvoudig - Simply Unique
 You can find his previous updates here:

One month
Two months

Three months 
Four months 
Five months

Weight/height: he was 15lbs 7oz last week at his appointment. For height and weight combined, he was in the 10-20th percentile. The nurse wasn't concerned about his weight gain being slower because of how active he is.

Diapers/clothes: we just moved him into size 3 baby dry because he was having so many blow outs. He wears 6 month or 6-12 month clothes.

  • his sister
  • splashing in the bath and rolling onto his belly/getting up on his knees
  • sucking his thumb when tired
  • rolling
  • his exersaucer, jumperoo
  • laughing and smiling
  • crawling or doing his attempt at crawling (he gets up on his hands and knees and then flops himself forward). He can move quite well doing this!
  • he honestly don't have that many besides being tired 

Eating: he is still mainly breastfed, but we did just start introducing some formula to him before bed. Even being on the medication, I feel like I can't fill him up with how active he is. He's not quite sold on the formula and would rather have my boobs, but will take it. 

In terms of food, we have started introducing real food. He's had rice cereal, prunes, carrots, spinach, some fruit. I am feeling lazy about making food, so he's been having those pre-made pouches which are much easier. He wasn't sold on the rice cereal at first, but definitely prefers it mixed with other food.

Sleeping: oh man, it's still not great. He's up at least two times per night to eat but will at least eat and then go right back to bed. I'd love if he could figure out how to sleep longer at night, but hopefully that will come soon.

In terms of naps, he still has between 3-4 per day depending on how long they are. They usually range between 45 minutes to 2 hours. He has no problem putting himself to sleep for naps and at bedtime, which is nice. He goes to bed between 6:45-7pm and is usually up between 6:30-7:30am.

  • he is getting to be a crawling machine! He can move pretty far and quickly if he wants to get something
  • still only has the two teeth
  • still loves pulling any hair he can get his hands on

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Canadian Christmas swap 2017: link up

This year, I was paired with Carly who sent me two awesome ornaments and some home made bath bombs. The Ontario one is perfect to remind me of home. Thank you again Carly!

Lindsey and I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who participated this year! We appreciate it and look forward to hosting every year :)


Monday, December 18, 2017

Scenes from the week + end

One more week until Christmas! I think I'm ready for it- wrapped the kids gifts this weekend and only have to get food for Christmas dinner. 

Let's see what we did last week:

Monday: since it was nice out in the morning, I took the kids and Harley for a walk. I usually wait until after they've gone to bed to walk him as he can be pully on leash with the stroller. In the afternoon, Amelia had a nap so we had a quiet day. 

Tuesday: Amelia had her class in the morning and I can't remember what else we did. I really need to start making notes! Pretty sure she also had a nap this day too, which was awesome!

Wednesday: Amelia was at the day home, so after Gabe's morning nap, we ran some errands and then spent the rest of the day hanging out at home and going for a walk since it was nice out again. Brian went biking that night with Justin, so it was bedtime with the kids for me.

Thursday: in the morning, we took Harley for a walk again and then hung out (Amelia loves play doh right now) while Gabe napped. In the early afternoon, Gabe had his appointment for his vaccinations, which he cried for two seconds. Brian met us there to hang out with Amelia while Gabe got them. After his appointment, we ran to Chapters to pick up a couple things. That evening, I went to Alison's surf set class, which was good! Thanks again Alison :)

Friday: I thought about going to meet Brie and her kids at the Granary Road Christmas market, but Gabe decided to go down for his first nap at 7:30am and slept for well over two hours! That threw the day off (I wanted to see the alpacas but they were only there from 10-11am and it's 45 minutes from us), so I decided to stay home. We ended up spending the day cleaning, making brownies for Brian's birthday, and walking Harley. Brian's mom came in the late afternoon to watch the kids so we could go to Brian's work party that night. It was at a co-workers house who lives a couple houses down from us, which was super convenient!

Saturday: Brian's birthday! He went biking in the morning with Justin, so my MIL and I took the kids to the library in the morning. In the evening, Brian and I went out for dinner to The Keg, which was delicious as always!

Sunday: in the morning, I took Harley for a run and then got ready to go to a friend's open house (she just bought a new house). It was fun catching up with her and having some time out of the house. The rest of the day was spent doing laundry, cleaning, and hanging out with the kids.

Tell me: how was your weekend?


Friday, December 15, 2017

Five on Friday

It's Friday, woo hoo! We have a fun filled weekend ahead- Christmas party tonight, Brian's birthday on Saturday, and Brian's mom visiting. 

{one} sharing our meals from the week:

Monday: roasted cauliflower orzo salad
Tuesday: beef satay with coconut rice
Wednesday: thai peanut chicken and sweet potato noodles (it was good the next day too!)
Thursday: one pan Mexican quinoa (served with sour cream, cheese, and avocado on top)

{two} Amelia has been cracking me up lately. I was making dinner last night, and she kept coming into the kitchen to get me to do something or ask for something. I finally asked her to leave (because hot stove) for a couple minutes, and she comes back into the kitchen with both of my boots on. Best part was that they were on the wrong feet. She was so proud of herself!

{three} I went to Alison's surf set class last night, and pretty sure I won't be able to move my arms today! Thanks for a great class Alison! 

I was really loving the Fitness Blender workouts, but think I got burned out from them. I've been loving running more lately, but still really need some strength training. I need to remember it doesn't have to be complicated- it can be pushups, squats, mountain climbers, etc that can be done while the kids are playing.

{four} I appreciate the delivery people dropping off our packages, but why the heck do they have to ring the doorbell if they don't need a signature?! We have a dog who loves to bark and a baby who naps, so it's not necessary. Drives me nuts. 

{five} have a great weekend!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Canadian Christmas swap 2017: reminder

Hi everyone! Lindsey and I decided to push the link up until next week (December 20th). Canada Post seems to be a bit slow this year, so we wanted to make sure everyone received their package and had time to post about it. Your post can be done on your blog, Twitter, Instagram, etc. 

Let us know if you have any questions :)

Monday, December 11, 2017

Scenes from the week + end

Happy Monday everyone! We had a good weekend, and I can't believe how quickly Christmas is coming.

Monday: while Gabe had his morning nap, Amelia and I baked the gingerbread cookies that I had made the night before. They turned out really well as I never usually have luck with gingerbread. In the afternoon, Brian met us at the mall so we could take the kids to see Santa. I had reserved a time about a month ago, but there ended up not being many people there. Granted we were there around 3:30pm on Monday.

Tuesday: during the day, Amelia had her class. While she was there, I took Harley and Gabe for a walk which was super windy and kind of cold. In the evening, I met up with Nicole, Brie and Alison to see the Bad Moms Christmas movie- it was pretty funny and nice to get out of the house! Thanks again ladies. 

Wednesday: Amelia was at the day home, so I had a quiet morning at home with Gabe. He had a doctors appointment (just a check up with our family doctor), and all was good. In the afternoon, I got dinner ready early so I could go for a run when Brian got home (he was going biking that night with Justin). 

Thursday: after Gabe's morning nap, we decided to head to the library to get some new books. It turned out that they were having a colossal play date and grand opening because the construction was done. Amelia had a blast playing in the shredded paper and checking everything out. They did an awesome job on the children's area. Lots to do now!

In the afternoon, Amelia and I made some salt dough ornaments. They took 3 hours in the oven, so we ran out of time to paint them.

Friday: in the morning, we walked over to the park with my neighbour and her kids. It was a beautiful morning out, and didn't feel like December at all! In the afternoon, we painted the salt dough ornaments that we made the day before. Amelia had fun with it!

After dinner, we took the kids to see candy cane lane in our neighbourhood. They are having an event on the 21st, but it was a nice night out, so we decided to check it out. 

Saturday: we packed up and were out of the house by 8am to make the drive up to Edmonton for our nieces birthday party. After the party, we headed back to my in-laws house and ordered in Chinese food for everyone. I loved watching Amelia play with her cousin who is two months younger. They were hilarious together. 

Sunday: the kids were both up at 6:30am despite going to bed a bit later. We stopped in to see Brian's grandma, and then made the drive home. It ended up taking longer than usual thanks to stopping to use the bathroom (cursing Amelia being potty trained) and having to get some lunch. Once the kids were in bed, I took Harley for a short run.

Tell me: how was your weekend?

Monday, December 4, 2017

Scenes from the week + end

We had a pretty quiet week last week. I wasn't feeling good on Wednesday (was hit on Tuesday/Thursday night with major chills out of no where), but luckily Amelia was at the dayhome so I could nap when Gabe did. Some highlights of our week and weekend:
  •  we ventured out of the house on Monday to the library (we potty trained Amelia the weekend before) to get some new books. She had one accident there, but that's okay
  • Tuesday was her class and she didn't have any accidents there
  • Friday we ran some errands in the morning, which included leaving my wallet at home, so we had to go back. After that, we dropped off the purse for The Winter Giving project. The afternoon was a rough one which included many tantrums from Amelia, and me left feeling so tired.
  • on Saturday morning, Brian went biking with Justin, so I put the Christmas tree up so we could decorate it once he got home. Amelia was so excited to do so! After the kids went to bed, I ran to the mall to return something and then ended up buying three things for myself. Oops. 
  • on Sunday morning, I slept in until 9am (!!!) thanks to Brian. Once I was up and we had our ritual weekend pancakes, Brian and Amelia went to buy a star for our tree top (Amelia picked it out- while it's not what either of us would normally have chosen, I love it because she chose it). In the afternoon, I went for a run with Harley.

she asked for "pretty hair like mommy" one day

I found Amelia in her bedroom one day playing with her stuffies and reading her books

She wanted a picture with Gabe in front of the tree (we hadn't decorated it yet)

Tell me: how was your weekend?


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