Thursday, January 24, 2013

Four Months


 Today Mary is four months old. She is such an extrovert and she loves attention and action. She gets bored easily!

Here are the things that Mary loves:

• Bath time with Daddy
• Her play mat
• Her Jumperoo
• Talking loudly
• Listening to music and singing
• Being read to
• Looking in the mirror
• Seeing other babies
• Active yoga poses
• Not wearing clothes
• Eating
• Napping while cuddling with Mommy
• Being swaddled
• White noise
• Her Baby Bjorn
• Toys that make noise

Here are the things that Mary hates:

Relaxing yoga poses
• Getting into her car seat
• Being tired

Milestones this month:

• Rolling over
• Learning how to grab toys
• Sleeping in her own room
• Celebrating her first Christmas
• Going skiing
• Going skating
• Riding in her stroller
• Going to baby yoga
• Trying out her Jumperoo and Exersaucer
• Sitting in a high chair

Mary weighs 15 pounds and nine ounces.

We love you Mary!

Watch Mary grow:
One month
Two months
Three months

Friday, January 18, 2013

Seven Quick Takes (29)


1. Mary is sleeping in her own room! I am so happy! We are both getting so much more sleep. Lately, she's been sleeping from 8:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. and just waking up twice to eat. I was a nervous wreck the first night but I'm so glad we decided to move her into her own room.

2. In other Mary news, she now weighs 15 pounds and 13 ounces. She is enormous! I missed the breastfeeding support group last week so I weighed her yesterday for the first time in two weeks. I thought the scale was wrong because I didn't think she could gain 1 1/2 pounds in two weeks. But one of the other mothers said her son hadn't gained any weight at all. So I guess she really is that big!

3. In related Mary-is-enormous news, she got stuck in her Bumbo this week right after I took this picture:


I had to pry out her chubby thighs. So large. So cute.

4. I'm amazed at how much personality Mary has even though she's not even four months. She's such an extrovert and she loves action. I took her to baby yoga today and she was not interested in any of the calming postures. All she wanted to do was bounce around and look at the other babies. Mary is the least meditative baby in the world!

5.  Peter is back doing the broadcasting for the Spruce Kings tonight for the first time in more than a month. I get nervous when I'm home alone with Mary at night. Fortunately, my sister is coming over tomorrow to keep me company!

6. In other hockey news, Mary will see her first NHL game tomorrow. Despite my attempts to persuade her otherwise, she is already a Winnipeg Jets fan as evidenced by her love of her Winnipeg Jets soothers. Now I just have to decide whether she should wear her Jets dress tomorrow or her Jets jersey.

7. Peter's uncle is sick so please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

More quick takes here.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Christmas in Winnipeg

Better late than never: Here are some photos from our wonderful Christmas in Winnipeg.

Mary meets Uncle Mike for the first time.

Mary hangs out with her new friend Rowan.

Mary and her grandma have the same name and the same smile.

 Mary loves Uncle Mike's hat.

 Canucks fans unite on Christmas Day.

 Mary is sad she doesn't have a Canucks jersey.

 Sadly Figo the dog did not make it into the family photo

 Grandpas are excellent snugglers.

 Thank you for the spectacular Christmas outfit, Great-Auntie Mo.

Aunties are also excellent snugglers.

Mary loves her Christmas present.

Mary and Peter are celebrating!

Mary is wearing Auntie Katie's dress.

Christmas is exhausting!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Seven Quick Takes (28)


1. Mary is moving into her own room tonight. I was planning to keep her in our room for a few more months but she is a very noisy baby and she keeps shouting and waking up Peter. (She's not crying because she needs something, she's shouting because she likes the sound of her own voice.) I'm looking forward to having our room to ourselves but I'm a bit nervous about Mary sleeping on her own. Wish us luck!

2. Here's a related conversation:
Carolynne: Mary is so loud! She shouts all the time!
My Mother: Hmmm . . . I wonder where she gets that from?
(In case you don't know me in real life, I have a very loud voice.)

3. Here's another recent conversation:
Carolynne: Is having a granddaughter the same as having a daughter?
My Father: No. It's so much better.
(Total burn on me!)

4. I have joined a stroller-fit class at the university fitness centre with some of my new mommy friends. I thought it would be an easy class that involved pushing our babies around the track in their strollers, but instead it's a hard-core class involving these weird rope things called TRX. Since I am the least athletic person in the world, it should be interesting. Fortunately, Mary loves the class. She gets to hang out in her stroller and watch or hang out on a mat with her baby friends or hang out on my mat with me or get carried around by the instructor.

5. I'm doing well with my  2013 goals.  I've done the Friday crosswords the past two weeks and last week I actually finished with only one letter worth of help from Peter! (The clue was Brooklyn player. I thought it was Met, but it was actually Net.) I've already made three new recipes and I'm making three more today. I haven't read any books yet, but I'm going to the library this week for Baby Song and Sign Language so I'll pick up some new books then.

6. Mary has learned how to use her hands! It's amazing seeing her develop and change. A few days ago, she was sitting on my knee and she grabbed my dinner and dumped salsa all over herself. It was hilarious. She now has to play on her activity mat while we eat dinner.

7. In some photos, Mary looks like she has a unibrow because of the shadow on her forehead. I think she looks like this baby:



What do you think?

More quick takes here.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Northern Baby

Mary is such a northern baby!

Last week she went skiing with Auntie Laura, Nana and Grandpa Richard.


And yesterday she went skating with Daddy, Mommy and Nana.

Goals for 2013

I'm not big on resolutions, but I do have lots of things I want to accomplish this year.

Here are a few:

• Do the Friday New York Times crossword puzzle every week. (Fridays are usually too hard for me, but I want to push myself.)
• Read 40 books.
• Make 30 new recipes.
• Give our house a thorough spring cleaning.
• Pay off some of our mortgage. (I have an exact dollar figure in mind, but I know Peter would not want me sharing our personal financial details on the Internet!)
• Breastfeed Mary exclusively until she is six months old and then part-time until her first birthday.
• Sleep eight hours in a row at least once. (The last time I did that was in June.)
• Finish my second-to-last semester of law school. (I'm planning to graduate in May 2014.)

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Year In Review

2012 didn't at all turn out like I was expecting. It was a year of high highs and low lows.

When the year started Peter and I were living in Ottawa and working at a national newswire service. I was also in my second year of law school.

So here is our year in review:

January:
We find out we're expecting another baby. (I spend the next three months alternating between being ecstatically happy and absolutely terrified that I'm going to miscarry again.)
I start and finish Civil Procedure in my law school's condensed semester. 

February:
I begin another semester of law school.
Peter's mother comes to visit and we go to Winterlude.
We have an early ultrasound and our baby has a heartbeat!
I start a book club with some of my girlfriends.
I help to organize the Reconfiguring Mentorship seminar.

March:
Peter travels to Halifax to cover the CIS Men's Basketball Championships. (His alma mater wins again!)
I get offered a spot on the Law Review's senior editorial board.
One of my professors hires me to do some research over the summer.
We announce that we're expecting a baby.

April:
I finish my second year of law school.
We spend Easter in the Toronto area to visit Peter's family and my friend Allison.
We have another ultrasound to check our baby's development and everything looks great!


May:
I resurrect my blog.
Peter and I lose our jobs when the national newswire service we were working for shuts down. (I spend the rest of the month crying.)
The same day we lose our jobs, our car breaks down.
Peter starts applying for jobs all over Canada.
Another of my professors hires me to do research.
My Dad comes to visit to help us get our house ready to sell. 

June:
I travel to Montreal with my friend Charlotte.
Peter is offered a job in Hamilton. We tell everyone and make plans to move.
Four days later, Peter is offered a job in Prince George. We decide to move there instead.
Our house goes on the market. We get an offer, but it falls through.
I get a freelance contract with Foreign Affairs.
My friend Inta throws me a baby shower.
Peter leaves for Prince George via Winnipeg and I stay in Ottawa until our house sells.

July:
Peter starts his new job in Prince George.
My sister takes two weeks off work and flies from Prince George to Ottawa to help me pack. She is the best sister ever!
We sell our house.
Peter buys us a house.
My friend Linda comes to visit from Toronto.
I fly to Prince George from Ottawa with the three cats.
We stay at my parents' house until we take possession on our new house.
We celebrate our first anniversary.

August:
My brother and mother come home from Europe.
We find out my brother has malaria.
My friend Caroline comes to visit.
Peter turns 31.
We move into our new house.
Another one of my professors hires me to edit a book.


September:
My mother and sister throw me a baby shower.
I join another book club.
Peter covers a crazy story about a police shooting.
Peter starts doing play-by-play for the Spruce Kings.
Baby Mary is born!


 October:
Mary makes her first friends.
Peter starts covering the Northern Gateway hearings.
My mother-in-law comes to visit.
Mary discovers that day is day and night is night and her parents celebrate.
Mary is one month old.

November:
Mary attends her first live sporting event.
Peter's mother, father and sister come to visit.
Mary gets baptised.
Mary is two months old.


December:
We travel to Winnipeg for Christmas.
Mary is three months old.