Well we’re still firmly planted in Ontario, but since Jason didn’t get off course early enough to get us to Ottawa for a 19h00 flight today, we drove in last night and spent the night at Nana Sheri’s. An update on the nap situation, we wanted to get an early start on the drive since Jay had a busy morning today and needed to get his uniform ready and get some sleep. I actually had to wake Isaac up from his third nap to feed him before we left (staving of screaming hungry baby in the backseat when there is just nowhere to stop and feed him)  Jason gave Isaac a bottle since a bottle can accomplish in two to three minutes what takes anywhere from 30 – 60 min at the breast. Believe it or not, this was my bright idea; but I didn’t have the foresight to pump so boy was I sore when it ended up being six hours before he fed on one side!. Anyhow he ate most of the bottle and passed out on the drive. He squawked a few times, but I think he was just too full as we’d woken him up so he wasn’t fully finished digesting his last feed. We got to Sheri’s and Jason made a quick departure to get home before 22h00. Isaac woke up, fed on one side for about five minutes and passed out AGAIN for two hours (oh why oh why did I not pack my pump!!). Anyhow he had a fairly normal night for him, although we were up three times instead of two and he stayed up and puked five times between 4h00 and 5h30 this morning, but in all fairness he’d slept for almost 20 hours of the last 24 and I was a little full so I think he probably gorged himself at every feed. He is now napping beside me while I waste the time I should be showering cruising the net. We have a little foray to a baby shop planned this morning and then laundry and off to the airport this afternoon.


Who is this kid…

July 29, 2008

…the one sleeping on my couch…yep, sleeping for the third..yes THIRD nap of the day. Yesterday that little boy who wouldn’t sleep, the one who was too tired to eat and to hungry to sleep for more than 10 to 15 min in a shot, that was my little boy. We solved the problem by offering a bottle (since bottle is all function and a lot less sleepy and comfortable than the breast) to quickly top him up with four ounces. He then slept for four hours, woke up to feed, ate, slept, ate, slept…until 6h30!!!…after a feed, we took Bailey for a walk he was cool in the stroller, then he ate, and napped!!!!

Maybe he’s resting up because he knows there is a big trip on the horizon… maybe he’s still exhausted from yesterdays sleep strike (must admit though, he was happy and not sleepy no excessive screaming)…maybe he’s just stockpiling sleep so he can torture all the poor souls on our red eye flight tomorrow night…the flight I didn’t book, the one we where moved to the leaves at his normal fussy time and arrives right when he has his usual first feed of the night, during the arrival when I’m not suppose to be breastfeeding but holding him firmly to my chest or something…. anyhow only time will tell, for now he’s sleeping and I couldn’t be happier.

We’ll be hit and miss from now until Sept when we return for our grand tour out west to visit family and friends, but don’t forget about us…we will be back and should do one or two trip updates 😉

Isaac and I had a horrible day night Thursday night and an awful day friday. He would not sleep for more than 20 min to an hour at a time and he wanted to nurse constantly. We’re grasping at straws here but has he is almost six weeks old, I’m going with growth spurt coupled with bad tummy from raw garlic I consumed in our homemade guacamole (yummy, but deadly).

As he was refusing to sleep, Isaac was ridiculously over tired by the time his usual 23h00 bed time rolled around.  I had tried everything, we walked him (he slept in the carrier and woke up screaming when we got home), I rocked him, I sang to him, I fed him, I changed him, Jason bathed him, I walked him again, and again. Finally Jason said he’d take him and told me to go to bed. He popped Isaac in the carseat and after five minutes at highway speed the boy was asleep. Jason kept him until 03h00 so I actually got some sleep.

Then Saturday as planned I left Isaac with Jason and a bottle while I went off to get my haircut. I also got some glamorous errands done at shoppers and the grocery store, but it was nice to be out and about and know that Isaac was doing just fine with his Papa. He finished the bottle in record time though and needed a walk to settle down, so maybe next time I’ll leave Jay with a bit of a reserve in case one four ounce bottle just isn’t enough for my chunky monkey that day 🙂

Content for a short period after bathtime

Content for a short period after bathtime

Isaac fussing

Isaac fussing

I cannot take credit for this, it was printed in our quarterly newsletter from our childbirth educators; they credited posters on the Mom’s Online Breastfeeding Board. It seemed so fitting for my little boobaholic that I had to share.

Mom I Am

Little ones can squirm and pout,
make a fuss and scream and shout.
When hunger hits without a doubt,
Sit right down and whip it out.

I would nurse her if she cried,
I could nurse her far and wide,
Here and there and anywhere,
Up or down or on a chair.
 I could nurse a teddy bear.
For this fine milk is very rare!!!

Would you nurse him on a train?
Would you  nurse him on a plane?
Would you nurse him in a car?
Would you nurse him in a bar?

Yes, on a train, yes on a plane.
 Yes, in a car, yes in a bar.
 I would nurse him here or there
I would nurse him anywhere!

I would nurse him in a booth,
 On the stairs or near the roof.
Anywhere my boy cries out,
 I pop the nummies in his mouth.

I can serve it by the ounce,
 I can serve it while I bounce.
 In a bottle  or in a jar,
 I can serve from near or far. 

Would you, could you nurse in church?
Would you on a shaky perch?
Would you, could you, in the stands?
Could you nurse him with no hands?

I would, I could nurse in church,
 Even on a shaky perch.
In the stands, with no hands
I'll nurse my baby on demand.

Would you nurse him at the store?
Would you nurse him on the floor?
Would you  nurse him on a ship?
Careful not to show your nip!

Would you nurse him while on skis?
Would you nurse her on your knees?
Would you nurse him in a tree?
Mommy milk is SO GOOD, you see.

Would you nurse him by the stream?
You could  nurse him while you dream.
 Can you nurse and clean the house?
Can you nurse and chase a mouse?
Can you nurse and cook a meal?
Mommy's milk is the real deal!

Would you nurse him while you sleep?
How about while you sweep?
Could you nurse him in a sling?
Would you, could you, while you sing?
How about upon a swing?
Mother's milk is just the thing!

Would you nurse her at the park?
Would you nurse him in the dark?
Would you nurse him with a Boppy?
And when your boobs are feeling floppy?

I would nurse him in the park,
 I would nurse her in the dark.
 I'd nurse whit or without a Boppy.
Floppy boobs will never stop me.

Can you nurse with your seatbelt on?
Can you nurse fro dusk till dawn?
Though she may pinch me, bite me, pull,
 I will nurse her 'till she's full!

Can you nurse and make some soup?
Can you  nurse and feed the group?
It makes her healthy strong and smart,
Mommy's milk is the best start!

Would you nurse him at the game?
Would you nurse her in the rain?
In front of those who dare complain?

I would nurse him at the game.
I would nurse her in the rain.
 As for those who protest lactation,
 I have a perfect explanation.
 Mammy milk is tailor made
It's perfect food, you need no aid...

Some may scoff and some may wriggle,
 Aver their eyes or even giggle.
 To those who can be cruel and rude, 
Remind them breast's the perfect food!

I would never scoff or giggle,
 Roll my eyes or even wiggle!
I would not be so crass or crude,
 I KNOW that milk's the perfect food!

We make the right amount we need,
 The perfect temp for every feed.
 There's no compare to milk from breast---
The perfect food, above the rest.

Those nursing smiles are oh so sweet,
 Mommy milk is such a treat.
Human milk just can't be beat.

I will nurse, in any case,
 On the street or in your face.
 I will not let my baby cry,
 I'll meet her needs, I'll always try.
 It's not about what's good for you,
 It's best for babies, through and through.

I will nurse her in my home,
 I will nurse her when I roam.
Leave me be lads, leave me be ma'am.
I will nurse him, mom I am.

keeping cool

July 23, 2008

AC is still busted; thankfully skies were clear last night so it cooled off substantially in the house,but with the humidity we were back to sweltering this afternoon. Here are some shots of Isaac hanging on the deck in the early evening trying to stay cool.

Not our morning…

July 22, 2008

…but not so bad.

Lets pretend this was posted yesterday… thanks.

Today was definitely a Monday. I had an doctors appointment in the morning and miraculously  managed to shower and have  Isaac fed and asleep in his car seat before we arrived (thanks to Jason being home for an rare 30 min between early morning PT and the start of his class). I even managed to make it to MIR (the base hospital) on time (or at least only one minute late) only to find out my appointment had been cancelled…yeah thanks for the call…oh you rescheduled for tomorrow, perfect ’cause I’m sure I can pull this off two days in a row really.

Oh well, I had to go out anyways so really not too bad. I had to run downtown to return some movies to our awesome video store with shitty parking. I managed to find a spot only a few blocks away and even had change for parking…bonus. We returned the movies without incident, but since I was downtown and had parking I thought I’d run to the bank to deposit some cash before it slipped through my fingers. I got to the bank only to realize the while I had purse and the cash my wallet was in the car…along with my bank card. Since I couldn’t deposit the cash I thought I spend it and went to a great local bakery to grab  myself a lemon currant roll…except this was the one day they didn’t have any…and I’m sure the lemon poppy loaf was excellent, but it wasn’t what I wanted. I was getting desperate and hot so I stopped into the local Macs to grab a slurpee, you guessed it machine was broken. So I slunk back to the car, tail between my legs, beaten into submission by the events of the morning. I was destined not to spend my money…even if I couldn’t deposit it. Now if my biggest complaint is that my doctors apt was rescheduled without my knowledge, I forgot my bankcard, and I couldn’t get my favorite baked good or a slush… then I guess life is pretty good. Besides, it got us out of the house 🙂

I *heart* our neighbors

July 19, 2008

It’s 27 + degrees outside and the blower motor on our furnace went last night…of course today is Saturday so to get anyone to even diagnose the problem would cost about $200. After two phone calls to companies from the yellow pages with no response Jason went next door to ask the neighbor if he could recommend anyone. Randy (our neighbor) is building a patio and another neighbor down from down the street is helping him. Said neighbor happens to work for a HVAC company…he offered to come take a look, it will cost us a case of beer. So know we know for sure it is the motor (we were only guessing before) and we can order the part. Neighbor down the street even offered to help Jason install it next week. And since we’re out AC for the foreseeable future Randy offered to open up his pool for us to take Isaac for a swim to cool off later this afternoon. These same neighbors have helped us out numerous times, letting us do laundry when the washer and dryer broke (at different times always RIGHT before company was about to arrive and it was there sheets that were dirty/wet) and other various neighborly assists. I love our neighbors…nothing beats sharing your neighborhood with good people