April 29, 2010

I should be sleeping, but Sadie is so darn cute asleep in her swing that I don’t want to wake her and I don’t want to sleep on the couch so I thought I’d blog instead.

I am constantly on Jason’s case about his need for instant gratification when it comes to new gear and gadgets. He gets an idea in his head and decides he wants something; this quickly turns in to a need and one that must be filled instantly. I am currently trying to convince him that he doesn’t need a set of custom made golf clubs (thanks Francois for planting that seed).

When I decide I want something, I usually have the cash saved from my ‘allowance’ or petty cash. But I’m just as bad as Jason when I decide I want something I want it now. I think the only reason I do better with the whole paying for it up front is I don’t start looking or really lusting for something until I have the cash to pay for it.  Also, it helps that I have very few things that I want for me. I don’t shop for clothes, I don’t really wear jewelry, and we bought all our skookum camping and climbing gear when we were single/dating with no mortgage so we’re pretty set there. Where I become a complete and total hypocrite is when I want something for my kids.

Evidence to this fact is the Phil and Ted’s stroller that I decided I wanted before we were even pregnant, or the carriers that I HAD to have and bought before Isaac was even born. Or how about the wooden blocks* I obsessed over for months before Jason just told me to order the darn things. Or the bike** Isaac will get for his second birthday that we’ve had in storage since we lived in Kingston (we’ve been in Winnipeg for over a year people).

More recent examples would be the train table * I just had to buy for Isaac (and give him for no reason what so ever, man this kid is spoiled), or the mp3 player ** I just ordered for him on line so I can (hopefully) stop playing the wheels on the bus on you tube for him ad nauseam.

So this is me the hypocrite hoping my husband doesn’t use this as an excuse to buy golf clubs on the weekend.

* Totally worth it BTW, all great toys that he has used and loved

** My hopes are high that these will be just as popular as the first toys


Slow Down

April 4, 2010

I can’t believe Sadie is already one month old! With Jason’s departure fast approaching I find myself trying to figure out how exactly I’m going to keep the three of us fed, clean and clothed without an extra set of hands around at night. I have gotten use to having my evenings mostly free after Isaac goes to bed (it took us well over a year to get to this point as all my  ‘poor me, my kid doesn’t sleep’ posts can attest to, and frankly I kind of enjoyed the me time).

Now, Sadie still sleeps well, but she’s gotten to enjoy being held while she sleeps downstairs and tends to wake up after 15 – 30 min if I lay her down on her change pad in the living room. I have so many things that I want to get done (like Sadie’s birth announcements, cleaning the kitchen, dealing with the diapers…etc.) that I find myself wishing she’d just stay asleep so I could get some things accomplished.  But I need to remind myself that they are only young once (this too shall pass) and my only real job/responsibility for the next year is to tend to my children. It doesn’t matter if I don’t get to the kitchen right away or if I can’t go on the computer for a day or two. I need to slow down and enjoy my time with the kids. The world will not end if we only bath every other day, but I can make Isaac’s day by taking a walk to the park or Sadie’s by snuggling for those extra 15 -20 min before I set her in her swing so that I can feed the dog and use the washroom.

I need to slow down and take the time to enjoy and be grateful for it all; the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Just 'cause she's so cute

Enjoying the little things

P.S  I still thank my lucky stars that this little girl is only only up two to three times a night

How are we doing?

March 31, 2010

Yes we are still alive and well; busy but well. My parents left yesterday so today is the first day with just me and both kids. Miraculously, they are both sleeping at the moment…at the same time…I should be folding laundry (for some reason as soon as my very helpful mom leaves the dishes no longer miraculously get washed and laundry doesn’t fold it self), but instead I thought I’d take a moment to update.

Life is good. Isaac is currently overtired and having trouble sleeping again, but we’re now back on track (at least until the next set of Grandparents get here next week) and things are improving on that sleep front. Thankfully the weather is down right spring like around here so we are going to spend a lot of time outside playing and wearing kids out between naps. Sadie is growing like a weed, she weighed in at 9 lbs 15 oz on her one month check up on Mon and has already grown an inch. She still sleeps too (hallelujah).

Jason is off for Easter weekend and the weather is suppose to be beautiful so I think we’ll just take it easy and have a lot of outside family time. We’ll probably hit the zoo and will spend a lot of time in the back yard.

sleeping baby....horray!

Papa's Little Soldier

Big Brother

Best family picture to date...we're working on that...

More On Table Manners

February 25, 2010

Isaac decided that he wanted to eat at his table instead of at the big table with Mama (Papa was at work or he would have never indulged the little man this much)

Starting out fine

Using his fork properly

He wanted to switch chairs

Who needs a fork?

Mmmmm MEAT (one of his very clear words)

you need to pick your battles, at least he's eating and look he's even using his fork

….Ummmm…Yeah….table manners, we’re still working on that.

Yet another new skill

January 24, 2010

we (finally) have a pretty consistent bedtime routine with Isaac. Once he announces he’ s ‘done’ with dinner, he is allowed to go play or dance while we finish our supper. Then we ask him if he wants his yogurt in the tub, and he goes to the fridge to pick it out. Then we head up stairs (with Bailey, of course) say ‘night,night’ to the dog and close the bedroom door. Then I draw his bath; sometimes he watches and fills his bucket from the tap to dump into the tub, other times he looks at his books while I run the water.

If there is no towel in the bathroom I’ll go and get on as the water runs, Isaac has tried before but was (as of yet) not able to get into the tub by himself and the linen closet is right next to his bedroom door and I can hear him and am only seconds away. Anyhow, the other night I was out getting a towel and I could hear him playing in the water, I assumed he filling and dumping his bucket or talking to his tub toys, so while he was engaged I got out his p.js and clean diaper. I walked into the bathroom to turn off the water and this is what I saw:


Hamming it up for the camera; it didn't help that Mama and Papa couldn't stop laughing

It never occurred to me, but when he usually tries to climb into the tub, he is still wearing his socks and shoes (he wear shoes all the time at the sitters to keep his socks in place). Part of our bath routine is that he sits and takes his shoes and socks off for me, but I need to get the shoes past his heels so he can do this. This was taken on a weekend and Isaac had bare feet, so of course he had no trouble getting into the tub. I no longer leave the bathroom when the tub is running unless Isaac is with me.

Baby Steps

July 2, 2009

Isaac’s walked last weekend!!! He did it three times and we managed to get one on video, but it’s on our new camcorder so I have no idea how to transfer the files yet. We’ve been trying to get a repeat performance to get video on the camera we know and love, but he’s not so interested. Don’t worry baby, no rush, take all the time you need.

All Dressed Up

March 26, 2009

One of the pitfalls of being little and non-verbal; your mom gets to dress you. This can at times result in wearing a collared shirt and khakis to a family restaurant where joggers and a onesie would have sufficed.