Tuesday, March 20, 2018

{gabriel}: nine months

You can find his previous updates here:

One month
Two months

Three months 
Four months 
Five months
Six months 
Seven months 
Eight months

Weight: I took him to be weighed yesterday, and he was 17lbs 4oz. He gained a whole 0.2oz in a month! He eats like crazy, so I blame him never sitting still.

Diapers/clothes: we moved him up into size 4 baby dry diapers as he was having a crazy amount of blow outs. They are a bit big on him, but it's cut down on the blow outs.

  • eating on his own
  • Amelia
  • standing up in the bath
  • sucking his thumb
  • taking a bath

  • staying still for anything especially diaper changes
  • when you put him down for a nap (he will immediately stand up in his crib and cry for a minute or two)
Eating: two big changes in the last month- 1) I'm no longer breast feeding, so he gets formula. He has 4-5 bottles a day taking between 120-200mLs. My supply was not great, and it was just causing me too much stress. Yes I still feel guilty about it, but it's not the end of the world. 2) we aren't doing pouches anymore, and are doing baby led weaning instead. He had a bad diaper rash, which we thought the pouches were adding to it, so stopped them. He's gotten so good at feeding himself and absolutely loves it! There isn't much that he doesn't like. He especially loves watermelon, cheese, blueberries. He's had shrimp, chicken, pork, and steak. 

Sleeping: it's gotten better lately. He goes to bed around 7pm and is usually up between 6-6:30am. He will wake up earlier than that, but will usually fall back asleep. He naps 3 times a day (with the occasional day of having only two naps depending on how long his naps are).

  • he figured out how to clap and was so proud of himself!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Scenes from the week + end

Happy Monday everyone! We had a quiet weekend with zero plans, which was kind of nice. Let's see what we were up to this week + end:

It felt like spring outside on Monday and Tuesday, so we spent a lot of time enjoying the sunshine! Took a trip to the snowy park, splashed in puddles, went for walks, scooter rides, and colouring with chalk.

Amelia has been letting me and asking me to do her hair in braids lately, so of course I had to take a picture after her class on Tuesday!

I found these eggs at Wal-Mart and figured they'd be good for ten minutes of entertainment ;)

Spying on Gabe napping on Wednesday. He looks so big yet so little.

Thursday brought the return of snow and Amelia wanted to go outside so badly, so out we went. Our weather is crazy!

On Friday, we made at trip to the library. It was actually pretty quiet, which was nice. The last few times have been super busy.

Saturday and Sunday were pretty quiet- we spent most of the time hanging out at home playing, and doing some cleaning. On Sunday, I went to the new YMCA to run on the treadmill because it was crappy out. 

Hope you had a good week + end!


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Original St.Patrick's Day Road Race: race report

On Sunday, I ran The Original St.Patrick's Day Road Race for my first time. I had originally signed up to run the 10k, but decided to drop down to the 5k after my training wasn't that great thanks to all of the cold and snow. 

Race package pick up was super easy as I was volunteering on the Friday night at it. It was held at the Strides store in Marda Loop, and seemed like everyone who came to pick up their packages were in and out within 10 minutes max.  The packages included: your bib, long sleeve t-shirt, samples of face cleanser, oatmeal, and a bar. 

The race started at 9:20am on Sunday (but felt way earlier thanks to the time change). I got there around 8:45am and parked on the street close by, but there was lots of parking available at the high school. I headed inside as it was a bit chilly that morning. Close to the race start, I headed outside and before I knew it, we were off! Going into the race, I had hoped to run it in around 28 minutes and run the entire thing. There were a couple small hills that made me want to take a quick walk break, but I knew I would struggle to get going again. My splits ended up being: 5:41, 5:16, 5:09, 5:12, 5:07. Finishing time was 26:53, which was good enough for 3rd in my age group and 21st overall. Pretty darn happy with that! 

After the race, I headed into the school to grab some food and help out with awards and beer draw. For everyone signed up for the race, you got to enter your name in to win your weight in beer (they picked one guy and one girl). I think the guy ended up taking home close to 100 bottles of beer, which is pretty sweet!

Thank you again to the race committee for letting me a part of the race as a race ambassador!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Scenes from the week + end

Happy Monday everyone! It's been a while since I've sat down to a week + end recap. I've been too busy reading (I share all the books I read on my IG stories if you are ever looking for a new one!) once the kids go to bed to blog lately.

My mom was here visiting last week until Thursday, so we enjoyed our grandma time! We went to the library, went to Vivo to the parent and tot drop in, played in the snow, did crafts, and had fun. Of course the time went by way too quickly!

The weather has been warming up and the sun is hanging around longer in the evenings, so Amelia and I have been playing outside a lot after dinner. I can't wait for spring!

On Friday, the kids and I had a quiet day at home. We took Harley for a walk and then just hung out around the house. In the late afternoon, I headed out to volunteer at the package pick up for the St Patrick's Day race. 

Brian and Justin went biking on Saturday morning, so the kids and I took Harley for a walk (can you tell I've been missing getting outside lots?) and then hung out at home. In the afternoon, I took Harley for another short walk (the morning one wasn't long) and then ran to pick up a few things we needed.

On Sunday morning, I ran the St. Patrick's day race in the morning - will share more on it later this week! It was a good race and went better than I expected in terms of my time. I got home around lunch, and Brian took Amelia to run a couple errands. I figured walking Harley was better in the sunshine then after the kids went to bed, so off I went with Gabe. Need a good workout? Push a chariot with snow on the pathways and a dog around your waist. Amelia boycotted her afternoon nap, so we went outside to blow bubbles, ride her scooter and play with the neighbours (it was 3-4C out). 

Such style, I know ;)

Tell me: how was your week + end? 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

{gabriel}: eight months

You can find his previous updates here:

One month
Two months

Three months 
Four months 
Five months
Six months 
Seven months 

Weight: I stopped by the clinic last week to weigh him, and he was 17lb 2oz. Not sure about height.

Diapers/clothes: still wearing size 3 baby dry. Wears mostly 9 month or 6-12 month clothes. 

  • screaming at the top of his lungs
  • sucking his thumb
  • crawling everywhere
  • pulling up to standing on everything
  • taking a bath

  • waiting on food
  • sitting still
  • being told no especially if he's going for Harley's water dish
Eating: he eats a mix of purees and baby led weaning. He's getting pretty good at picking up food and getting it into his mouth. Not much that he doesn't like.

I'm still breast feeding, but it's really decreased in the number of times per day. My supply just isn't great, and it's not worth the stress, so Gabe mostly gets formula now. We switched the brand and he seems to take it way better. He usually gets a bottle (120-180 mL's) after naps and then before bed.

Sleeping: it's getting better, but still not as great as Amelia was. I was going in and giving him a dream fed, but he would be wide awake after it and angry, so it wasn't worth it. He still goes to bed around 7am and then is up between 6-7am. He has been crying out around 4am, but we have been leaving him in hopes of breaking the habit of me going in there. Fingers crossed it improves soon!

He naps 3 times per day- usually around 8:30-9am, then 12:30pm and then 3:30-4ish. His naps really vary in length.

  • this last month brought 3 new teeth for him (two front teeth and one beside it), and he was miserable while they came in
  • he quickly figured out how to pull up to standing and hasn't slowed down! I had to lower the crib really quick one day when I watched him doing it on the camera

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Potty training

Okay, before I get started on today's post, if you want don't to read about pee and poop, maybe skip today's post :)

Let's rewind to the end of November- we finally decided to take the plunge and potty train Amelia. She had been using the potty at the day home for a while, but never wanted to at home. We also delayed doing it as we were having big constipation issues with her and were scared potty training was going to make them even worse. We decided to use the three day method and blocked off a weekend to do it. The first day (Saturday) went okay- a couple accidents. On the Sunday, Amelia started really complaining that it hurt to pee. We ended up calling Health Link, and they suggested taking her to an urgent care to make sure she didn't have an UTI. Brian took her and after a couple hours there (they had to wait for her to pee), it wasn't an UTI. We think it was the underwear had irritated her vagina (poor girl has super sensitive skin), which made it hurt to pee. After that, I hunted down some plain white underwear and we waited two weeks {these are the only ones I could find without any dye in them}

The next round went MUCH better! As much as the first weekend was super hard, we think it helped for the second go around of training as she knew what to expect. The first two days were spent at home and we didn't leave at all. She had maybe 1-2 accidents per day. On the third day, I really needed out of the house, so we made a quick trip to the library where she had an accident. After the third day, the accidents got less and less, and she rarely has one now. 

For the first two weeks, we put her in a pull up at nap time and bedtime. We were running out of them and I didn't want to buy more, so we pretty much told her that wetting the bed wasn't good and to call us in the middle of the night if she had to pee. She had one accident, but none since then. Before bed and nap time, we make sure she has peed right before going to bed and that she doesn't guzzle a bunch of water or milk too close to it. We also bought a big adult like pee pad (they sell them at home care stores for $20), which we put on the couch during training and now on her bed in case of accidents during the night to save the mattress.

Our biggest surprise is that her constipation is getting better. She is going almost everyday now, which is much better than once a week like she was going. It definitely took some work to get her to that point (meaning lots of bribing and treats for going), but it's working. 

Things that worked for us:
  • lots and lots of treats. Luckily, we had lots of Halloween candy left so we used that
  • we had a chart that she got to make a mark on every time she peed. She ddin't quite get the concept of it, but still motivated her.
  • make sure to have lots of underwear. There will be accidents and that's okay. Saves you from doing multiple loads of laundry per day
  • We ordered regular toilet seats with built in potty seats (like this) from Amazon and they are great. Means you don't have to take off a potty seat every time an adult wants to use the toilet. Thanks for the idea Alison.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy valentine's day!

Happy valentine's day from Amelia and Gabe! 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Scenes from the week + end

I meant to get this up yesterday, but ran out of time and energy. Don't you wish you could buy both of those things?

Monday: we had a quiet day as the previous weekend I came down with mastitis. I was starting to feel better, but not 100%.

Tuesday: Amelia had her class in the morning, so Gabe and I ran to Dollarama to grab some stuff to make Valentine's day crafts. We didn't do much else as Amelia naps in the afternoon.

  Wednesday: Amelia was at the day home, so it was just Gabe and I. I had a physio appointment in the morning, so we went to that and then headed home. I was going to drop by my work since we were close by, but Gabe was getting grumpy. He ended up falling asleep on the way home, so we didn't do too much in the afternoon besides doing a workout and cleaning the floors.

Thursday: we got a huge dump of snow the night before and it kept up throughout the day. We were supposed to go try a mom and baby/toddler workout class, but it was cancelled because of the weather. We spent the day hanging around the house and ran to the grocery store to grab a couple things for dinner. Amelia and I also played outside in the snow while Gabe napped. She loved it!

Friday: in the morning, we had a play date with our neighbours. Amelia napped in the afternoon, so we didn't do much else. I walked Harley once Brian was home, and we worked on Amelia's valentine's day cards.

Saturday: we had no plans in the morning, so we decided to take the kids to the library since we didn't go during the week. In the afternoon, I headed over to Ange's house for a girls and games afternoon. It was quite fun and nice to have some girl time!

Sunday: we had zero plans this day and ended up having a quiet day around the house. The morning was spent cleaning bathrooms, vacuuming, doing laundry and making muffins. In the afternoon while Amelia napped, I went for a 5km run with Harley. 


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