Bucket List

February 26, 2009

Stolen from Tanya to give you a post while I enjoy the last few days of BC sunshine (liquid or otherwise ūüėČ

Place an X by all the things you’ve done and remove the X from the ones you have not. Feel free to add some of your own items to the list! Things you have done during your lifetime:

( ) Gone on a blind date

(x) Skipped school

 ( ) Watched someone die

(x) Been to Canada

(x) Been to Mexico

 (x) Been to Florida

() Been to Hawaii

(x) Been on a plane

(x) Been on a helicopter

(x) Been lost

( ) Gone to Washington, D.C.

(x) Swam in the Ocean

(x) Cried yourself to sleep

 (x) Played cops and robbers

 (x) Recently colored with crayons

(x) Sang Karaoke

(x) Paid for a meal with coins only

( ) Been to the top of the St. Louis Arch

(x) Done something you told yourself you wouldn’t

() Made prank phone calls

( ) Been down Bourbon Street in New Orleans.

(x) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose & elsewhere

(x) Caught a snowflake on your tongue

(X) Danced in the rain

(x) Written a letter to Santa Claus

 (x) Been kissed under the mistletoe

(x) Watched the sunrise with someone

 (x) Blown bubbles

 (x) Gone ice-skating

(x) Gone to the movies

( ) Been deep sea fishing

( ) Driven across the United States

 () Been in a hot air balloon

( ) Been sky diving

(x) Gone snowmobiling

() Lived in more than one country

(x) Lay down outside at night and admired the stars while listening to the crickets

(x) Seen a falling star and made a wish

( ) Enjoyed the beauty of Old Faithful Geyser (it was foggy as heck though and not at all beautiful)

(x ) Seen the Statue of Liberty

( ) Gone to the top of Seattle Space Needle

 ( x) Been on a cruise

(x) Traveled by train

(x) Traveled by motorcycle

(x) Been horse back riding

( ) Ridden on a San Francisco Cable Car

( x) Been to Disneyland/ Disney World

 ( x) Been in a rain forest

(x) Seen whales in the ocean

(x) Been to Niagara Falls

() Ridden an elephant

 ( ) Ridden on a camel

(x ) Swam with dolphins

( ) Been to the Olympics 

 ( ) Walked on the Great Wall of China

( ) Saw and heard a glacier calf

( ) Been spinnaker flying

(x) Been water-skiing

(x) Been snow-skiing (

 ) Been to Westminster Abbey

 ( x) Been to the Louvre

( ) Swam in the Mediterranean

( ) Been to the Great Pyramid in Egypt

 () Been to a Major League Baseball game

( ) Been to a National Football League game

( ) Been to a NBA game

( ) Been to a wNBA game

( ) Been arrested.

( ) Been to the leaning tower of Pisa

 ( x) Been to Venice

( ) Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower

( x) Been to Central Park

() Been to Australia

( ) Been surfing

( ) Been to Alcatraz

( x) Danced ’til dawn

( ) Dine and dashed

 ( ) Been on a safari

( ) Hiked the falls in Yosemite

( ) Sang or performed with a live band.

( x) Gone skinnydipping with others

() Hung out with someone famous

( ) Chanted with Buddhist monks

( ) Visited a Zen garden and meditated on it

( ) Slept in a ger/yurt

() Cried while singing the National Anthem

( ) Held a gold medal

( ) Climbed Machu Picchu

 ( ) Been to Burma

(x) Learned to speak another language fluently – (Parlez-vous Francais?)

 ( ) Wrote a book and had it published

( ) Been a street performer

( ) Been to Antarctica

( ) Seen the world’s largest ball of twine

( x) Been SCUBA diving

() Saw the Berlin Wall

( ) Have been to the top of the World Trade Center towers  

 ( x) Dared to drink the water when I was really thirsty

(x) Took a ride from a stranger

( x) Have experienced an earthquake 

 (x) Gotten a tattoo

 ( x) Been to Alaska

 ( ) Been to Thailand

( x) Been inside an authentic teepee

( ) Been backstage at a major rock show

( x) Jumped off a waterfall

() have crossed the Continental Divide

( ) been to New Zealand

( ) been ziplining

 (x) adopted a pet from the SPCA

( ) been to a Bar Mitzvah 

 ( ) been punting on the river Thames

( ) had sushi in Japan

() seen the midnight sun

( ) been to Oktoberfest in Munich

( x) seen flamingos in the wild


Vacation Ups and Downs

February 23, 2009

¬† We must have picked the best week to come to Vancouver Island as there has been sunshine galore and we are reveling in the fact that we can take Isaac out for a walk without worrying about parkas and frostbite. In fact, this mama is having troubles not putting a snowsuit on him, because I just can’t believe he’d be warm enough in a sweater. Thankfully his dad is much more reasonable.¬† Thankfully it rained today so we were reminded that it’s not always gorgeous around here….of course it’s also never – 40 C, but I digress.

¬† The crappy part is that somewhere between Winnipeg and Duncan I picked up an (albeit¬† mild) flu bug and have been feeling under the weather for at least half of our time so far. To make matters worse now our friends in Comox and my in-laws are sick. The only silver lining is that Jason is still feeling well (which I really can’t believe as he ALWAYS gets sick) and Isaac doesn’t seem to have been affected.

Anyhow I seem to be on the mend and can thankfully help nurse Jay’s parents back to health before we leave on Tue. It’s really not fair thought, that they aren’t feeling up to playing for the last three days that Isaac is here to visit them. Here’s hoping that tomorrow everyone feels better.

Sleep Progress Report

February 15, 2009

Night time sleep is going very well. Last night Isaac slept for 11 hours and all four times he woke up he put himself back to sleep in less than 5 minutes with no mommy check-ins required. Naps are still a little bumpy, but from what I’d read I’d expected that. He still hasn’t slept for his third nap once (he gets up to one hour to ‘practice’ (read cry with check in support from mom) for each nap). I’m considering at eight months he just might be a two nap kid and trying to put him down after 15hoo is futile…we’ll see.

Isaac and I are both very groggy as our bodies adjust to actually sleeping again. Now that we’re sleeping long enough to hit the ‘deep’ sleep cycles our bodies are craving that and telling us we just want to sleep. But we’re also both already improving and looking better, and each day are a little less groggy as the fog clears.

Now the real test. We’re off to BC for two weeks (I know Mat Leave is hard work, but someone has to do it). Not sure how this will affect our new found sleep routine, as all I’ve read says that I should go to him and comfort him while we’re travelling as he might honestly be scared and confused when he wakes up. Of one thing I’m certain, we’re going to stick to our schedule (as much as one can on vacation). I think even if we slip (and I think we’ll slip) into some old habits on this trip, we can return home and within a few days be back on track. After all, he’s already learned how to ‘ride the bike’*, if we have to put it away for a few weeks, he won’t forget entirely; he maybe a little wobbly when we return, but he’ll remember again very quickly how to put himself back to sleep.


*shamelessly stolen analogy from ‘the sleepeasy solution’ book.

Cry Baby

February 12, 2009

Last night I hit a wall; a big huge insurmountable ugly wall. Thankfully Jason was home and supportive.

Isaac has never been much of a sleeper. Since the move his day time naps have improved tremendously (at least one is one¬† hour long or longer and he’s having two or three). But to get there I was having to feed/rock/walk/drive him to sleep. Nights have gone from bad to worse and he was getting up 10 plus times a night (closer to 12 – 15 if I’m being totally honest). He would wake up every hour to nurse or be rocked to sleep and when I’d try to put him down after he’d fallen asleep on my shoulder, more often then not he’d be up and crying again in 10 -15 min. Needless to say it has been taking it’s toll.

To add insult to injury for the last two weeks, for some reason unknown to me, Isaac has been waking at midnight and NOT wanting to go back to sleep. Not with nursing, not with singing, not with rocking…he would fight fight fight and take one to two hours to settle down again.¬† Hence the wall.

So last night we started sleep learning by the seat of our pants. I’ve been doing research and wasn’t sure how I felt about letting him cry…but I was out of energy and ideas and what we were doing wasn’t working. So last night he cried (and cried and cried*) and Jason checked on him every 15 min or so until midnight (when he finally fell asleep). He slept for three hours then woke up and I fed him and he went back to sleep for two more hours. Now that wasn’t¬† up there in quantity of sleep he’s had (if you add up all bits and bobs) but it’s the best quality sleep he’s had in months. I on the other hand was so tense and worried I hardly slept at all.

Tonight he cried for less than one hour (with constant reassurance and check-ins from mom). Tonight I’m going to wake him up to feed him and work on weaning his one and only night feed by droping two minutes each night. Tonight I feel so proud of him, he was able to fall asleep on his own (last night we cheated and patted his back and held his hand until he was asleep…today i did more research). ¬† Now I think I should be getting to bed.

*and I might have too, just a little bit, but don’t tell him as we’re presenting a confident parenting front



February 9, 2009

So as I’ve mentioned once or twice before I’m a little on the cheap side (frugal you might say to be polite), but I’m not unreasonable. So when we knew we were moving to winnipeg I realized we’d need to get some winter gear for Isaac. I found an awesome vintage MEC snowsuit at a thrift sale in Kingston but when we did our house hunting trip it was apparent that we’d need to get Isaac some mitts, boots and a proper toque with ear flaps. No problem, we hit MEC and bought all of the above, in sizes big enough he should be able wear them next winter too. This worked fine for the first two weeks we were here. The mitts are toddler mitts (since I couldn’t get the infant ones over his cubby little wrists) so they go up to his elbow, but they stay on and they keep his hands warm. The toque has ear flaps and velcro to keep it in place, it works rather well, but can twist to cover his eyes if he moves his head too much. Now the boots, we bought him little down booties that are tiny replicas of the ones we use for slippers around the house. They keep his feet warm enough, but they don’t stay on very well. In true DIY fashion I sewed a string to them so that we wouldn’t loose one if they fell off. This worked fine for walking to and from the car, but was no good for walks since a boot is no good to anyone if it’s not on their foot. So I hit the local consignment shops to see what I could see. I found a few little pairs of boots (like real winter boots) but couldn’t see how they would possibly fit on and stay on his feet. I also saw these Stonz (made in Canada) booties. They were 46.95 a pair, I kept walking.

Then we went on a walk on the weekend to take Bailey to the field and it was no fun. First we didn’t have our Ergo and Isaac wasn’t tied snug enough in the BMT, then he lost a boot, so I untied him and put it back on, tied him back on and he lost the other boot. We went home.

I did a little more research on the Stonz booties and decided I needed a pair for him. I looked for some used ones to no avail, so I called the store where I had seen them new and asked if they were going to go on sale with end of season stuff. I was pleasantly surprised to find out they were on sale for 25% off so I went to go get a pair. Of course being end of season the selection was  a little limited but here are the boots I got for him.


Pretty blue flowers for my tough boy!

They are awesome. They go on easy and they stay on. We were skating yesterday and his feet and legs stayed warm and dry.

Wrapping fun

February 3, 2009

We left our beloved Ergo at the babysitter’s today. While I could easily pick it up tomorrow, I’ve decided to wait until he goes next Monday and work with our much neglected wraps instead. So with Jason at a Moose game (hockey) and a soon to be cranky pants Isaac to entertain I thought we’d try a few new carrying positions before bathtime tonight.

ruck back carry

ruck back carry

Now they’re still a little sloppy, but not bad for first tries. While I was pregnant I just HAD to have some wraps as I loved the idea and still love seeing pictures of babies and toddlers wrapped. But the Ergo is just SO easy that these have fell by the wayside.

hip carry

hip carry

Hopefully with a bit more practice these will become just as comfortable as our Ergo and we’ll reach for them more often.

Fun at the Forks

February 2, 2009

We went skating this afternoon at the Forks and had a pretty fun day. Of course it was gorgeous when we left home, but it started snowing while we were there.


A couple of giant ice Inukshuks

A couple of giant ice Inukshuks

dsc012951Isaac chose to sit backwards in his stroller so he could see who was pushing him.