Friday, November 30, 2012

Seven Quick Takes (25)

 1. Sad news: Peter and I are sick. We both have terrible colds. Peter even took two days off of work, which is unheard of for him. Thankfully Mary seems to have escaped our illness. Apparently breastfeeding can prevent babies from catching colds from their mothers. How wonderful is that?

2. I've been feeling so rotten the past few days that I haven't had the motivation to dress Mary in anything other than sleepers. That is unusual because dressing Mary up is one of my biggest sources of entertainment these days. I'm not particularly into fashion, but I absolutely love Mary's clothes. I'm sad she's starting to grow out of some of her cutest outfits but fortunately she's growing into some of her other ones. (Also, Mary doesn't seem one bit bothered about wearing sleepers all day.)

3. My brother finishes his last set of classes for his bachelor's degree next week. I am very proud and extremely excited to see him in nine days. Mary hasn't met either of her uncles yet. She'll be meeting Peter's brother Mike on Dec. 21 when we arrive in Winnipeg for Christmas.

4. On the topic of Winnipeg and Christmas, I read Mary a book called A Prairie Boy's Winter and it was so traumatizing! That poor boy had a very rough life! I told my parents about how the book showed how hard life was on the Prairies on a farm during the Depression and my Dad reminded me that his Dad lived on the Prairies on a farm during the Depression. Then my Grandpa hopped on a train to Vancouver as a teenager and never went back.

5. Here is a conversation Peter and I had last night while he was watching the Canada Cup:
Peter: Mary should become an elite level curler.
Carolynne: Well . . . She can certainly take lessons when she's old enough.
Peter: She could go to a special school where she spends half the day in class and the other half of the day curling.
Carolynne: Um . . . Do those even exist?
Peter: Not yet! We'll have to start one ourselves!

6. Here is another related conversation I had with my parents two weeks ago at the UNBC basketball game:
Mom: Maybe Mary will play basketball for UNBC one day.
Carolynne: Only if she doesn't inherit my athletic ability.
Dad: Yikes! That would be scary!
(That was a total burn, but also totally true.)

7. This weekend Peter and I are going to see a play called A Joyful Noise with my parents and sister and sister-in-law. I am very excited. I absolutely love live theatre. Fingers and cats paws are crossed we will be feeling well enough by then to go.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Mary and Lola

Mary and Lola both like rattles. They both love Peter. They both enjoy eating.

But only one of them knows her name. I'll let you guess which one . . .

Menu (7)

I stuck to our menu completely last week. I only made one new recipe: Broccoli and Carrot Casserole. It was delicious and I'll definitely make it again.

This week we have extra peppers, broccoli and carrots to use up.

So here's what we're going to eat (or have already eaten) this week:

Penne Spinach Bake

Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

Stuffed Peppers

Tuna Pasta Salad
Steamed broccoli and carrots

Slow Cooker Chicken and Spinach Lasagna
(I'm out Wednesday evening and Peter is out Thursday evening so we'll alternately heat up this lasagna Peter made and froze a few weeks ago)


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Seven Quick Takes (24)

1. My inlaws came all the way from Winnipeg for Mary's baptism. I love their visits and so does Mary!

Cuddling with Grandma and Grandpa Terry.

Hanging out with Daddy and Auntie Natalie.

2. Mary went to her first basketball game last weekend. She looks unhappy in the photo, but she did actually enjoy the game. She is such a Daddy's girl already!

3. Peter has lots of interests and talents, but dancing is not one of them. Unfortunately for him, Mary loves it when he dances. It is amazing what you will do to entertain your little daughter!

4. Mary continues to be a great sleeper. What a blessing! She has now cut back to one meal in the middle of the night — usually around 3 a.m. Soon she will be able to sleep for eight hours in a row. I haven't slept eight hours in a row since June!

5. I've started taking Mary to baby sign language classes at the public library. I am very bad at sign language and Mary is still too young to learn anything, but we're still having fun.

6. Peter was doing the play-by-play for the Spruce Kings broadcast last night so he had to tape the Notre Dame game. I was planning to avoid checking the score so I could make sure I wouldn't spoil the surprise for Peter. But then I turned on the television while I was feeding Mary before she went to sleep and saw the score in the last five minutes of the game. USC was down by 11 points and was within 10 yards of the goal line. I couldn't look away! Fortunately for me and sadly for Peter, he ended up getting an alert on the iPad when Notre Dame won so the surprise was spoiled. He was just so thankful they won, he wasn't one bit upset! They finished the season 12-0 and are going to the national championship.

7. And, in breaking baby news: Mary now has a double chin (possibly a triple chin) and a mullet (possibly a skullet.) But she's still adorable!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Two Months

Today Mary is two months old. She has grown so much in the last month!

Here are the things that Mary loves:

• Bath time with Daddy
• Being bounced
• Sitting on someone's knee like a big girl
• Music, especially Nicki Minaj
• Walking around the living room with Daddy
• Sucking on her hand
• White noise
• The football hold
• Going for walks in her Baby Bjorn
• Her Winnipeg Jets soother
• Tummy time

Here are the things that Mary hates:

• Getting out of the bath
• Being hungry
• Feeling lonely

Milestones this month:

• Learning to smile
• Paying attention to rattles and toys
• Saying all sorts of words
• Meeting Grandpa Terry and Auntie Natalie
• Being baptized

Mary weighs 12 pounds and 1/3 of an ounce and still measures 23 inches. She has gained more than 3 1/2 pounds and two inches since she was born.

We love you Mary!

Watch Mary grow:
One month

Thursday, November 22, 2012

30 Days of Thanks

This November, I want to remember to give thanks for:

1. My wonderful husband. I am so lucky to be married to Peter!
2. Our little daughter. She is such a miracle!
3. Living so close to my parents and sister.
4. My inlaws. I wish everyone could have inlaws as great as mine.
5. The continued good health of everyone in our family.
6. Peter's job.
7. Cats, especially our three glorious kitties.
8. My education.
9. Being able to afford such a wonderful home.
10. My maternity leave benefits.
11. Our severance packages.
12. My girlfriends.
13. Making new mommy and baby friends.
14. New York Times crossword puzzles.
15. Notre Dame's 11-0 record. (If Peter is happy then I am happy.)
16. My book clubs in both Ottawa and Prince George.
17. Mary's ability to get to sleep and stay asleep.
18. Getting to spend 90 minutes each night with Peter after Mary goes to bed.
19. Not having any debt aside from our mortgage.
20. My freelancing gig.
21. Our minivan.
22. Hand-me-down baby furniture, clothes, and other paraphernalia.
23. Having a clean and organized home.
24. Our PVR. I love watching television without commercials.
25. My five favourite foods: feta cheese, peanut butter, calamari, rhubarb and corn on the cob.
26. Hot baths. (I had one this week while Peter cleaned the kitchen and took care of Mary and it was heavenly.)
27. Wearing my favourite jeans again. I missed them when I was pregnant.
28. Our iPad.
29. Living in the best country in the world.
30. You for reading this!

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Babies Grow So Fast

Mary on Oct. 6, aged 12 days.

Mary on Nov. 21, aged 58 days.

I think her legs and cheeks have grown the most.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Menu (6)

I haven't done a weekly menu in ages. We spent the last eight weeks eating food from the freezer that we made before Mary was born, easy-to-prepare meals or dishes other people kindly cooked for us.

But now that she's eight weeks old we are going to start cooking again. So here is what is on the menu for this week:

Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches (I made extra to freeze)
Spinach salad

Slow-Cooker Spaghetti (Peter made extra to freeze)
Steamed carrots and broccoli


Pan-Fried Sole
Broccoli and Carrot Casserole

Slow Cooker Chili (from the freezer)
Spinach salad


Monday, November 19, 2012

Random Things

• Mary is eight weeks old today and she celebrated by sleeping almost seven hours in a row. Unfortunately, I woke up twice during that time and went to check on her. I think I need to work at sleep training myself!

• When I weighed Mary last Thursday she was 11 pounds, 13 ounces. She's enormous! She is now bigger than three of her friends who are all older than her. My mother says I must be feeding her pure cream.

• Mary went to her first basketball games this weekend! She really is her Daddy's girl. She went to see the UNBC women play on Friday and Saturday. I took her home after the women's games so I could put her to bed at 8:30 p.m. and Peter stayed to see the men play.

• Everyone told me that I would be shocked at how quickly babies grow and changed, but I still wasn't prepared for how quickly Mary is growing and changing. She doesn't even look like the same baby anymore!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Mary's Baptism

Yesterday our little daughter was baptized. It was so exciting!

 This was Deacon Rene's first baptism. He did an excellent job.

The family minus Uncle Paul and Uncle Mike who are in Ottawa finishing off the semester.

Welcome to the church, Mary.

Happiest of families.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Seven Quick Takes (23)

1. This is the longest I've ever gone without blogging! Peter has been taking the computer to work with him for the Northern Gateway hearings so I have that as an excuse for the weekdays, but I have no excuse for yesterday! I did get Peter's scrapbook and Mary's baby book up to date, so it wasn't a complete waste of a day.

2. Our glorious daughter seemed to realize that the clocks fell back last night. She slept for an extra 90 minutes! She went to sleep at 9 p.m. and woke up at 7:30 a.m. with two snacks during the night. I was thrilled!

3. We are almost out of our frozen dinners that we made before Mary was born so Peter made 10 servings of lasagna to freeze yesterday and he's making another crockpot full of a different type of lasagna tonight. I love having a husband who is a wonderful cook!

4. Mary, also known as the cutest strawberry ever, slept through Halloween and missed almost all of the trick-or-treaters. (We only had about 12 kids come to the door.) I'm not a huge fan of Halloween. I feel nervous when strange men come to our door at night when I'm home alone with the baby — even if they are accompanied by adorable children. Peter worked late that night and didn't get home until 7 p.m.

5. We have the best plan for my parents' Christmas gift this year! I'm going to have to work really hard for the next month and a half not to spill the beans. My sister came up with the idea. She's the best at coming up with glorious gifts because she is extremely thoughtful. I'm so excited for their reaction!

6. Peter's mother, father and sister are coming to visit on Friday and my brother will be here exactly one month after that. I can't wait to introduce Mary to more of her relatives!

7. On Thursday Mary weighed 10 pounds, 10 ounces. She's enormous! Peter and I were looking back at old photos and we were amazed at how much she's grown. Since both Peter and I were enormous babies — Peter was known for having the fattest knees in Winnipeg — she certainly takes after her parents.