Monday, October 29, 2012

Snow Day

Today was a snow day. Mary had a very busy day.

First she tried to make a snow angel.

Then she helped Mommy shovel the driveway to surprise Daddy when he got home from work.

Later she cuddled with Daddy and watched Monday Night Football.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Seven Quick Takes (22)

1. Unlike most people in Prince George, neither Peter nor I felt the earthquake last night. He was at the Spruce Kings game and I was at home with Mary at 8 p.m. I didn't even know there was an earthquake until I heard about it from Peter on the radio. He did the pre-game, post-game and both intermission shows.

2. Winter has come to Prince George. Peter even had to shovel the driveway this morning! Usually I hate winter because I'm freezing cold all the time but since I got pregnant I don't get freezing cold anymore. It's so strange!

3. I am so thrilled with Mary's new sleeping routine. She goes to bed when we go to bed, wakes up to eat twice and then sleeps until Peter's alarm goes off in the morning. Here is a photo of our adorable sleeping baby:

(She doesn't usually wear hats to sleep. Grandma put her hat on for the photo.)

4. In other important Mary news, she now has a baby mullet. The hair on the back of her head is growing quicker than the hair on the front of her head. But she is still so cute!

5. I entered a photo of Mary dressed as a strawberry in the Prince George Citizen Halloween contest. Unfortunately, she was disqualified because Peter is an employee. Here is the photo:

6. Yesterday began as a very bad football day for Peter when the Blue Bombers were eliminated from playoff contention. But yesterday ended as a very good football game for Peter when Notre Dame beat Oklahoma. They are now 8-0!

7. Peter taped Akeela and the Bee for me on the PVR. It is the cutest movie ever! I love nerdy sports.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

More Random Things

• Mary's baptism is set for Nov. 11. I am really looking forward to it! She is going to wear the baptismal gown that my mother made for me from her wedding dress and a sweater that her great-grandmother knit for her that is identical to the one she made for Peter for his baptism.

• My mother-in-law, father-in-law and sister-in-law are coming to visit in 15 days. I am so excited for Mary to meet her Auntie Natalie and Grandpa Terry and see her Grandma again!

• I've started reading Peter's newspaper articles to Mary each morning. She will know everything about the Northern Gateway pipeline by the time the review process is over.

• Mary and I went to a baby massage class earlier this week. She absolutely loves being massaged. I'm so glad I went!

• A couple of nights ago, Mary slept from 9:45 p.m. to 7:15 a.m. with two short snacks in between. It was glorious!

• Peter and I have uncovered two mysteries that I am hoping someone can help us solve. First, we just found a Boston Pizza gift certificate in our minivan from a mystery benefactor. We have two clues. It was wrapped in is a flyer for a Winnipeg company and the person has neat handwriting. (The latter disqualifies most people we know.) Second, Mary has a lovely Montreal Canadiens onesie and we don't know where it came from. I thought I found it with the gifts that Peter picked up in Winnipeg when he was driving to B.C., but my mother-in-law said she didn't buy it. Any help solving these mysteries would be appreciated!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

One Month

Today Mary is one month old. In some ways it's hard to believe 30 days have already gone by since we welcomed our little miracle into the world. But in other ways it feels like she's always been here.

Here are the things that Mary loves:

• Bath time with Daddy
• Cuddling with anyone and everyone
• Her swing
• White noise
• The football hold
• Swaddling
• Going for walks in her Baby Bjorn
• Staying up late
• Riding in the minivan
• Her Winnipeg Jets soother
• Dancing with Daddy
• Baby massage
• Tummy time

Here are the things that Mary hates:

• Getting out of the bath
• Getting her diaper changed
• Being hungry

Milestones this month:
• Being born
• Regaining her birth weight
• Meeting Grandpa Richard, Nana, Grandma, Auntie Laura and Auntie Andrea
• Taking her first road trip to Vanderhoof

Mary weighs exactly 10 pounds and measures 23 inches. She has gained almost two pounds and two inches since she was born.

We love you Mary!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


 One of the strange benefits of having such hard things happen over the past year is that I'm so grateful for my life now.

I never feel sad or disappointed when Peter has to work long hours because I'm just so grateful he has a job. And I am so thrilled to have Mary that I never mind hanging out with her as she has a party in her crib until 1 a.m.

We are just so blessed!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Random Things

• Last week at the Breastfeeding Support Group, a 10-month-old tried to hit Mary with a block and steal her soother. Fortunately no babies were actually harmed and no soothers were stolen. That baby's mother felt horrible, but I thought the whole thing was pretty amusing.

• Some new moms invited me for coffee last week. Hurray for potential new friends!

• Yesterday we learned that it is overly ambitious to take a four-week-old baby to a two-hour-long ordination mass and then to a church potluck. Mary lasted about one hour and 45 minutes before waking up hungry and starting to cry. Poor girl! We didn't even make it to the potluck.

• The library is starting free baby sign language classes in November. We are very excited!

• Mary loves her bath and she hates getting out. Two nights ago, both Peter and I had to pry her out of the bath because she had an extra tight grip on the side. I was very impressed with how strong she is!

• Here is a family photo taken last week at my parents' house:

Sunday, October 21, 2012

White Noise

A few nights ago, Mary was very fussy.

Usually Mary only cries when she is hungry or getting her diaper changed (she hates being naked) so she had never cried for an hour straight before.

I fed her, changed her, rocked her, put her in her swing, sang to her, put her on her back, put her on her tummy, cuddled her and nothing seemed to work. So then I looked on the Internet for tips on how to soothe a fussy baby.

Two of the suggestions really work for Mary. The first is holding her like a football. She absolutely loves it. (Peter was pleased to hear that his little girl is already a football fan.)

The second suggestion was using white noise. As soon as I put on a YouTube video of a waterfall, she quieted down. And it helps her sleep longer too.

For the past three nights I've been putting YouTube videos of waterfalls by her crib and she's slept for at least seven hours and only waking up once or twice. What a miracle!

And, because I've been getting more sleep, I'm suddenly able to do all this:

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

More Random Things

• Mary is 3 1/2 weeks old already! She is much more alert and she's getting bigger every day. I'm going to weigh her tomorrow at the breastfeeding support group and I suspect she'll be over nine pounds.

• My mother-in-law left today. I was extra sad to see her go. She was a huge help with Mary and did all the cooking, cleaning and laundry while she was here. I was so spoiled! Plus, it was so nice for me to have someone around during the day to talk to.

• Peter has been working crazy hours for the past two weeks covering the Northern Gateway hearings. He leaves for work just after 8 a.m. and doesn't get home until after 7 p.m. Today he filed four stories!

• Mary had her baby photoshoot last week and she was a star. The photographer brought over a hat that made Mary look like a little bear cub. I told her I was sad I didn't have a kitten hat and she said she had one at home but she didn't bring it because she didn't know I was cat lady. What an opportunity lost!

•  Peter and I went out for dinner on Monday and Mary stayed with her grandmother. It was wonderful to go on a date! We're going out again on Friday because Peter's boss gave him concert tickets to thank him for his hard work at the Northern Gateway hearings. My sister and sister-in-law are babysitting for little Mary.

• I didn't think it was possible to go for so long on so little sleep. The human body is amazing! Mary was awake most of the day today so I'm hoping she will sleep well tonight. Fingers and paws are crossed.

• I'm going to try to get back in the habit of blogging every day (or at least most days.) It's amazing how time-consuming a tiny baby can be — even a glorious baby like Mary!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

One Year Ago

This day last year was one of the hardest days of my life.

On Oct. 13, 2011, we went to the doctor for an ultrasound for our first baby. We found out that the baby didn't have a heartbeat. He or she had stopped growing after seven weeks.

We were absolutely devastated. I was worried that Peter and I would never be able to have a healthy baby. And I never would have imagined that one year later we would have our beautiful daughter Mary.

She is such a blessing.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Random Things

• My mother-in-law is finally here and I never want her to leave. Mary just loves her grandma and she's doing all the cooking and cleaning so I can rest. I'm so happy!

• Mary had her baby photoshoot today. She was such a star! I'll post the photos as soon as they are ready. The photographer came to our house, which was such a bonus. The cats were very interested in the whole process and kept trying to crash the photoshoot. They ended up being banished to the bedroom.

• I've started reading Anne of Green Gables to Mary. It's my favourite book. We're on page 40 of 308 of the first book of nine. This could be a long process!

• Peter has had some wonderful stories on the Northern Gateway pipeline this week. You can read them here, here and here. I'm very proud!

• Mary is such a happy baby. She only cries when she's hungry or when she's getting her diaper changed. She hates being a naked baby!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Meet My Husband

I'm a few days late with this, but I was busy taking care of a not-quite-two-week-old baby. So here it goes:
Introduce us to your husband! (What's his name? How old? What does he look like?)

My husband's name is Peter and he's 31 years old. His most distinctive feature is his blue eyes. He even gets compliments from strangers on how glorious they are! Here is a photo:

What is your husband's favourite thing to do?

Peter loves sports, especially Canadian football, hockey, NASCAR, U.S. college football, Canadian college basketball and curling. He also loves politics, listening to podcasts and cooking.

What does your husband do Monday-Friday?

Peter is a newspaper reporter. His reporting beats are health and the Northern Gateway pipeline. I'm so proud of him!

What was the first thing you noticed about your husband when you met?

I saw Peter in the office before I met him and I thought he was really handsome. This was during the Beijing Olympics so Peter began work in the early morning because of the time difference and finished work just after I got there in the early afternoon.
I met Peter for the first time when my boss sent me over to his side of the office to ask another reporter a question about his story. I had no idea who the reporter was, so I went and asked Peter and his boss in the sports department. After I left, Peter said, "Who was that?"
We actually met a few weeks later when a bunch of people from work got together at the bar. Peter had got back from his parents' cabin. Randomly, I had seen his vacation photos on Facebook because his friend who was also at the cabin was my friend on Facebook. (Journalism is a very small world.)

What is your husband's best quality? 

Peter has a million wonderful qualities. But if I had to pick only one it would probably be his loyal and giving nature. When Peter graduated from high school he won an award for being a "Man For Others." To me, that pretty much epitomizes Peter. He is such a supportive and wonderful husband.

What is your husband's biggest pet peeve?

I had to ask Peter about this one and he said he doesn't have a pet peeve. So I'll just say plagiarism. Once Peter and his friend Dave discovered that a reporter at one of Canada's biggest newspapers was plagiarizing his stories and he was subsequently fired.

How does your husband feel about blogging? 

He used to have an awesome blog about the Canadian Football League. It was glorious.

What is something you do/can do that makes your husband feel loved? 

Learn more about his hobbies. (I still don't know much about football, but I'm getting better.) Remind him how glorious he is. Keep our home clean and organized. Take care of our daughter.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Thankful Thursday (21)

Today I am thankful for:

• Mary for being so healthy, content and glorious. I am so in love with her!
• Peter for being the most supportive husband ever. He always knows how to make me feel better.
• Peter's benefits package at work.
• All the meals we made and froze before Mary was born. We're really enjoying them.
• My mother-in-law coming to visit in six days.
• Meeting potential friends at a breastfeeding support group today.
• The beautiful fall weather.
• My sister making me a nursing cover.
• Getting six hours of sleep last night.
• The cats adjusting so well.
• Mary's weight gain. She's back up to seven pounds, 14 ounces. She'll be at her birth weight soon!
• Living so close to my family.
• My mother giving me such good advice.
• The free playpen Peter's coworker gave us.
• Emails and messages from friends in Ottawa.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Random Baby Things

 • Last night I had a nightmare that a man tried to kidnap Mary and I was trying to fend him off by scratching his face and pulling his hair. It was the worst dream ever. I get chills even remembering it.

• Mary has her first doctor's appointment this afternoon. We are keeping our fingers and cat paws crossed that she is gaining weight. Fortunately, she did spend all weekend eating and sleeping.

• My mother-in-law is coming to visit in nine days! Mary can't wait to meet her grandma (and another one of her namesakes.)

• We took Mary to mass with us yesterday. I dressed her up in my blue dress from when I was a baby and she looked extra adorable. She wimpered a bit at first but then she slept through the rest of the service. I was so proud to show her off!

• Mary's umbilical cord fell off last night. She's only a week old and she's already growing and changing!

• We've been using cloth diapers since we got home from the hospital and so far they are working great.

• I've been going for a two-hour nap every evening while Peter and Mary hang out and watch sports. It makes such a difference!

• Depending on how Mary and I are feeling this week, we may try out a baby massage class or go to a breastfeeding support group or baby activity time at the library. We're so blessed that all of these activities are free! I'm really hoping to make some friends.

• I also signed Mary up for a free baby yoga class that is about a five minute walk from our house. The class has a waiting list so Mary is signed up for the January session.

• In non-baby news, the ground beef we bought is now part of the extended recall. Boo hiss.

• Also, you should read this extremely sad article Peter wrote last week. I think it is my favourite thing he's ever written. (And that is saying a lot because I am his biggest fan!)