The Jury is still out

May 30, 2009

Isaac MAY have said his first word. The other day when Jason came home from work he said Dada, but he babbles that a lot so we let it slide. Then the next morning when Jay came out of the shower he pulled up on his legs gave him a knee hug and said it again. Then later that morning he gave him a hug and said it again when Jay was holding him. No repeats since though, so the jury is still out.

Simple Pleasures

May 27, 2009

Who says you need to spend a lot of money to have fun. As I said before Isaac’s favorite ‘ride’ at Disney World was the slide in the play area near Splash Mountian. He had fun at the water park, but he would have had just as much fun in the hotel pools or even the bath tub. So I guess it shouldn’t surprise me that one of the favorite toys that we took along on the trip was the beach ball that I got at the dollar store, followed a close second by his sand bucket and shovel (also from the dollar store). Even the adults got in on the  fun.

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Weaning

May 22, 2009

Fair warning this post rambles

I don’t want to wean Isaac. It never even occurred to me that I’d have to do it so soon. I didn’t even think about the fact that I might have to travel with work. As an air traffic controller I worked shift work, but since I knew I was going to a desk job here in Winnipeg I figured we’d just wean him to a sippy cup for milk during the day and I pump while at work. I figured I could keep feeding him at night and in the morning for as long as he was interested. Then I met my new boss and she said something to the effect of  ‘you’re lucky you caught us, we’re usally not in the office’. It took a few days for it sink in, then I made a follow-up call to see just how much travel might be involved with this new position.  She informed that at the very least there is a three week long course in Sept (location TBD) and maybe a trip to Trenton in July…YIKES July is coming very soon and we are still VERY reliant on breastfeeding over here.

Anyhow, so now I’m struggling with the need to wean him and lack of motivation in the form of desire to wean him. Did that make sense, what I’m trying to say is I’ve been procrastinating. I still feed Isaac before he goes to sleep, then I wake him to feed him before I go to bed and then I feed him at least once if not twice during the night (lately a whole lot more, but lets stay on the topic at hand). Yeah, and in Florida we bought some jarred baby food for him then offered it to him a grand total of once. Now he ate some solids and self fed at all of our meals but that’s not the point; the point is we still rely HEAVILY on the boob over here and I don’t know how to stop.

I know when I’m not around he eats his baby food just fine. He eats at least 6 – 8 ounces of three to four different types of food when he is at Sandra’s for the day. He also drinks expressed milk from his sippy cup for her. So I know when I go he’ll survive, he won’t starve, he won’t die without his mama. But I also know if we don’t start working on this soon, he won’t be very happy and Jason will have a very hard time.

I’m hoping to express and freeze enough milk that Isaac can continue to have it at day care during the day and then at least once before bed (via sippy cup) from Jason while I’m away. I plan to take my pump when I go to keep my milk supply up. I want to be able to keep nursing him.

So aside from the fact that my almost one year old shouldn’t need to get up and feed once or twice a night, what to do you think. Do I need to wean him or can we just get him familiar with the sippy cup and say have Jason put him down to bed two to three nights a week?

Or rather, the first time mom who cried ear infection. I’ve suspected for a few days now that Isaac might have an ear infection. He seems to be pulling on his ear and actually sticking his finger in it. He is fussy and not sleeping well at all. Last night he was absolutely inconsolable on several occasions; he would cry when you put him down then he’d cry and struggle in your arms when you picked him up. Needless to say I wasn’t too surprised to find a message from the sitter today when I got home from grocery shopping. She said he was hot to the touch and hadn’t slept for her at all (this was how we detected the first ear infection since he usually sleeps pretty well at Sandra’s). I made a doctors appointment and was surprised to find that his ears are fine. This following our last trip to Dr. Robinson at the end of the first ear infection to make sure the meds had worked. I think he might just start ignoring my calls soon… oh sure Mrs. B another ear infection…relax lady. Anyhow, our next best guess is molars. We’ll stick with that and keep wuby (his frozen washcloth doll) on constant stand-by for the next couple of days; that and some infant tylenol.

So other than the hypocondriac act on Isaac’s behalf I got a pleasant surprise while grocery shopping today. As I was walking out of the store an employee was there offering free boquets of flowers (left over from Mother’s Day maybe?). It made me smile all the way home.

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my flowers

Vacation

May 18, 2009

We had  a great trip to Florida . Even with the early morning start Isaac traveled like a champion.  He was quite the daddy’s boy on the flight down which was great for me. I’m so use to flying alone with him it was nice to be able to sit back and read while Isaac slept soundly on Jason’s lap.  Isaac and Jason actually had all sorts of great bonding time on this trip. There is something about not being at home that allows you to slow down and take time to nap with your baby or play for longer on the floor.

Enjoying the pool at the hotel

Enjoying the pool at the hotel

Lounging in his float toy

Lounging in his float toy

Sliding at the hotel

Sliding at the hotel

splashing fun

splashing fun

We did lots of swimming. As you can see I was a stickler for sun protection. We’d packed the water toy my cousin had given us and used it constantly. It was great for floating down the lazy river with him and the sun shade was wonderful, as an added bonus it worked well for deflecting water from all the spray cannons and waterfalls around the pool.

As planned we went to Sea World (without the camera, whoops). Isaac was captivated by the Killer Whale show, but it was too hot so we didn’t stay long. We also did one day at Aquatica (Sea Worlds water park) this was a HUGE hit, although Isaac would have had just as much fun in the hotel pool.

In the end we couldn’t totally avoid the magic allure of Disney. We took Isaac to the Magic Kingdom for one day and it was way better than Sea World. It was probably just as hot, but there is way more AC in Disney so we were able to keep him comfortable. He was fascinated by ‘It’s a Small World’ and ‘The Haunted Mansion’. I also had to take him on Dumbo (for me) and we did a few other rides where he could sit on on of our laps. Again, his favorite was the slide at the play area near ‘Splash Mountain’, what can I say, he’s an easy kid to entertain.

Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom

My parents think this is cute

My parents think this is cute

Cinderella's Golden Carousel

Cinderella's Golden Carousel

Dumbo

Dumbo

Last Minute Hurrah

May 6, 2009

Never ones for a dull moment, Jason and I booked a last minute trip to Florida on Monday and we leave Friday morning (at 06h00, ouch; hopefully Isaac understands when we have to wake him up to get to the airport by 4h00….)
I know, I know you’re thinking you idiot, who books a 06h00 flight with an (almost) 11 month old. Well apparently this idiot does. I’m going to go with it was the only one available at the time, but truth is we were so rushed to get the tickets once we had our resort booked it just happened so fast….
Anyhow we’re going to try our best to avoid the magnetic pull of Disney (you do know Jason and I are just big children right) since we’ve been twice since we’ve gotten married and Isaac is too young to really get excited about it. Instead we’re planning some max relaxing by one of the many pools and checking out some of the parks we’ve never seen since we always run straight for Disney. Seaworld and Busch Gardens (Tampa) have a great Here’s to the Heroes campaign where, as full time members of the Canadian Forces, we get into one park for free one day a year. So we’re planning to check out Seaworld first as I think Isaac will be captivated by the fish. Plus in the event that the parks are just too much for him we didn’t waste over $100 US to stay for only one hour.
If Seaworld goes well we’re going to check out Busch Gardens because they have some fun animals and such we think Isaac will like.
We also plan to hit a waterpark so we can take turns on the big slides. Yep, big kids. Anyhow wish us luck this will be Isaac’s biggest trip yet for new adventures and long flights.

Sand!

May 4, 2009

Pictures from Isaac’s first foray in the sandbox

tentative play

tentative play

not so sure about this sand stuff

not so sure about this sand stuff

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really getting into it

really getting into it