Professional Pics

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that we had some professional photos done.  I wish we could have bought so many more – but we stuck with 4 really good shots for now.  I’ve scanned them – no professional digital copies available :( -but when I got home I realized there was something on the glass!  So, ignore the blue ink – but here they are!

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Where did he go?

Ok – not sure what happened to Alex – but he is gone.  My little happy boy has disappeared!  He has been replaced by a cranky non napping little boy – and I want my other boy back!

For the last 2 weeks Alex has been sleeping though the night – which is wonderful!  7:30 – 7am – no wake ups for diaper changes at all.  SLEEP!!! But since then, the nap situation has gone to H E double hockey sticks.  He is tired in the morning, and wants to nap – for 60 – 90 minutes, but then when it comes to afternoon nap time – which I know he obviously needs by the whining, eye rubbing etc.,  he won’t do it.  I do the routine of stories and naptime prep – but he lays down and plays with his animals – maybe 20 min is devoted to naps.  Today zero minutes.  We know he is teething – drool constantly – and I thought he had a cold yesterday – but I think the running nose was a side effect of the teething (molars are taking their sweet time…).  But he wants up – down, cries one minute – laughing the next – it is so different than our happy little man.  Is he ready to go down to one nap a day?  If so, I hope it is in the early afternoon – 2 naps a day does limit what you can do and where you can go.  Anyhow – this kinda explains my lack of blogging – he is wearing me out! ;)   I also picked a bad time to try to introduce milk in the sippy cup – that’s for another day.  I need to go relax with a glass of wine…

On my nightstand…

Here’s what I’m currently reading:

Very Valentine by Andriana Trigiani.  If you haven’t read her before, her stories are about a 30 something Italian female in the US.  They are really nice family stories – they include some romance, but not the “hot and heavy” type.   So far this one is pretty good and lives up to Trigiani’s Big Stone Gap series.

The other books waiting to be read include:

I must admit I don’t have as much time to read anymore as I would like.  Too much time on the computer?  Matt would say yes :)

Mommy Blog Sites

I read quite a few blogs (over 100) – thank goodness for Google Reader!  Anyhow, I thought I would share some of the “mommy blogs” that I read.  Many have information on cool products, sales at major stores (mainly US), recipe ideas, and GIVEAWAYS!  I’m really into the giveaways and contests – how else to better try new products?  And some of the sites are just fun.  I hope you enjoy them!

Beautiful day

Yesterday was just a gorgeous day in Southern Ontario.  Blue sky, very warm, and Alex woke in a great mood… at 7:30am!!  (he did that again today – 12 hours of solid sleep 2 hours in a row – go Alex!!).  I introduced Alex to blueberry waffles which he just loves and in preparation for “weening” him from his bottle we started to give it to him in his highchair instead of on our lap – seemed to work very well.  Alex and I had library storytime, I can’t believe it was the second last session!  I don’t want them to end – it is a lot of fun.   The next set of sessions is in the fall, when I’m back to work :(.   In the afternoon Alex and I played out in the back yard – and it turns out that he doesn’t like grass too much…

Alex in the grass... get me out of here!

Alex in the grass... get me out of here!

Mason however really enjoyed being outside…

Loving it... can't you tell?

Loving it... can't you tell?

Food and Your Toddler

I’ve been a little unsure about how much of everything I need to feed Alex.  How many servings of meat, veggies, how much milk etc.  I’ve really just been trying to ensure he gets all four food groups at all meals and that he gets enough milk.   However I just received an update on Nutrients and Toddlers from babycentre.com that I thought was pretty good.  It breaks down how much Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Vitamins A, D, and C is needed, and how much of each you will find in various foods.  Anyhow – I thought I would share in case you other new mothers are wondering too.  There is also a short age by age breakdown here.  If you have a good source on toddler nutrition please share too!

Victoria Day Weekend

This past weekend was Victoria Day weekend – which is bizarre since Queen Victoria’s birthday was May 24… which is next weekend.  I guess it is celebrated the Monday before the 24th.  Anyhow – we went away to Matt’s family cottage, something we usually do every May 2-4.  That is how we refer to the weekend – May 2-4.  The cottage is 4 hours north- and on the way there Alex was pretty good considering the length of time he was in the car seat.  We left at 7pm Friday so that we could take advantage of his bedtime – and it worked pretty well.  Only a few melt downs – our boy likes to spread out when he sleeps – and well, that doesn’t work very well in a car seat.

When we arrived, everyone was sleeping – Matt’s parents and his nephew Tyson were there – so everyone got up and we hung out for about an hour – Alex included.  Let’s just say his sleep schedule was thrown way offthis past weekend.  Too much to do, too many noises…  Saturday Matt, his Dad, and Tyson went fishing, and since it was raining, Matt’s mom and I went to “town” with Alex and bought some junk food.  The ladies in the grocery store thought Alex was great – I don’t think they see very many Korean people in Burk’s Falls!  We hung out the rest of the time in the cottage – and Alex didn’t take his afternoon nap until about 5 when I insisted he needed to sleep.  Every time we laid him down he freaked out and wouldn’t stop crying – I think he was just overly tired.  Even though we were stuck indoors it was really fun since Alex was into walking way more than normal.  He had been walking to and from us quite a bit before the weekend – but now he is trying to go everywhere on his own.  He still crawls a lot, but walking seems to be becoming his travel method of choice.

Sunday was a beautiful day – blue skys… but cold.  I’m talking when I woke up there was snow on the ground.  Just a dusting, but it was still snow!  We took Alex on his first ATV ride – which he thought was a real hoot.  Matt and I also took a nice long drive on the back roads of the Almaguin Highlands looking for moose, deer… but no animals, but beautiful landscape.  I think the lack of sleep and excitement caught up to our boy however because Sunday night – he was up at least 7-8 times crying uncontrollably.  Perhaps he was cold, he was confused about where he was, or his molars were acting up – but whatever it was cause everyone in the cottage to have a very sleepless night. 

Monday was the nicest day at the cottage – warm, blue sky… but BLACK FLIES!! If you don’t know what a black fly is, thank your lucky stars you haven’t encountered them yet.  They are tiny little flies that bite your skin and leave huge welts… you literally are wearing nets when outside when they are around.  We don’t have them in Stratford, but up north they are a real pain in May and June.  Bug spray doesn’t work either.  So we were stuck inside for much of the day.  I don’t know what was up with Alex – but let’s just say he dirtied 4 diapers before noon, and 3 between lunch and when we got home.  The last one I had to change was at a coffee shop on the way home – and it was the worse one I have ever had to change ( He is much better today thank goodness!).  BTW, did I mention I was sick the whole weekend? 

This post probably seems like we did not have much fun – but we really did.  When we go North we always look forward to amazing meals and perhaps a bottle glass of wine or two.  We also enjoy just relaxing and enjoying the scenery, the fresh air, and just being away.    Mason is also in his element.  He just runs and runs and looks so very happy – just look at the pictures below.  However it is just so much different when you have a child there.  Things aren’t baby proofed for instance – there is a wood stove in the middle of the living room for instance, so you are extra paranoid about what might just happen.

Mommy and Alex

Mommy and Alex

Mason - look at that smile!

Mason - look at that smile!

Silly Little Man

Here’s an assortment of pictures and video from the last couple of days – Enjoy!
Feeding Mason

Feeding Mason

So Strong!

So Strong!

Here’s a video of our man being silly in the highchair at lunch today.  Please disregard the mess on the tray ;) and the video quality – I was using our digital camera rather than our video camera.  And ignore the crazy lady doing the commentary… how embarrassing…

Baby Gate

I forgot to mention that we found a baby gate solution to our rec room!  The gate is a Sure & Secure® Custom-Fit Gate by Summer Infant.  It can extend up to 12ft!  We are only using 2 of the 3 sections because it closes off the area we need without taking up too much of the room.  It was kinda pricy, but luckily we had a gift certificate that covered almost all of it!

Baby Gate

Do you like the funky little rocking chair?  That was mine as a little girl and I’ve dug it out for Alex.  The fabric is a velvet featuring a partridge and some fruit and flowers.  I am planning on having it recovered in blue jean for Alex – more manly I think.