Monday, April 14, 2014

~Weekend Recap~

I didn't think I had time to write this short post but I'm currently stuck to the rocking chair trying to put Leo to sleep so I found some time!

Friday night I went to yoga again in the evening. There was a sub so the class was more of a power yoga session than the previous week's yin session. While it was nice to have a bit more of a workout, I think I hurt my back doing so many sun salutations, especially with my weak core. Have to take it easy now. 

Saturday we headed to Spruce Meadows for the Garden Show aka chase Audrey around everywhere! She had fun making a bird seed cake and carrying around balloons. 

We didn't do too much the rest of the day- just hung out. 

On Sunday we walked to the Farmers Market which is just down the road. The weather was so nice, although a bit cool. Happy to have the sun out though. 

Again, we didn't do too much the rest of the day. Just chores, meal planning and grocery shopping. We Face Timed with 2 sets of Grandparents so that was nice. I did yoga while Audrey and hubby napped. Leo watched from his bouncy chair and then fell asleep. 

Hubby made some delicious homemade pizza for dinner. He made lots so we will be enjoying it for lunch a few times this week. 

After the babes went to bed, I enjoyed a nice glass of wine, some Girl Guide cookies and Downton Anney. I might never get back into shape but they were so good!

Monday, April 7, 2014

~Weekend Recap~

Oh look- it's Monday again! While we are sad to see Daddy go to work, Grandma W has been coming over to visit on Mondays so that makes the end of the weekend a little better.

Friday I went to my first yoga class since Leo was born! It felt amazing to get out of the house and do something just for me. It was 'yin' style so it was quite relaxing and just what I needed. I can't wait for next week!

Hubby had a 'fun' time putting the little ones to bed while I was gone. They both needed his attention at the same time; now he sees what I deal with on a daily basis! He manged through and both were asleep in bed when I got home.

Saturday was supposed to be spring-like so we went to the Zoo with a friend and her son, who is 4 months younger than Audrey. They had a blast together. We even ran into Whitney and her family! The Zoo was a busy place which was nice to see. The elephants are leaving in a couple weeks so I think that, along with the gorgeous weather is prompting a lot of visitors. 
Bye bye elephants! :(

The snow leopard was actually out in the open!
Toddlers playing in the puddles.
Playground fun.
Holding hands.

Hubby and Audrey napped in the afternoon so Leo and I hung out. He also had a nap but I just watched Downton Abbey. Addicted!!

Sunday was a total lazy day which was fine with me! Hubby and Audrey went for a run in the morning. Leo and I stayed in bed until 9:30am! Hubby did the grocery shopping while I did Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred while Leo napped and Audrey had quiet time in her room since she refused to nap!  

Leo turned two months old! Crazy!! He looks so big and not like a newborn anymore!! Wahhhhh! 

Clearly I play the part of photographer these days! Must get hubby to take more pictures of me with the little ones.

We have a busy week coming up which I am looking forward to. I just hope the toddler cooperates! :) 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

.:Leo: Two Months:.

Six Weeks
One Month

Eating: Still eating like a champ every 2-4 hours during the day. He usually wakes a couples time at night to eat. I've been pumping a few times a week to build a freezer stash and he has successfully taken a bottle from Daddy several times.

Sleeping: Leo usually goes to sleep in his crib between 8-9pm each night. We have been following the EASY routine loosely ever since he was 4 weeks old. His wake ups vary- sometimes he wakes up at midnight and other times not until 2:30am. If the wake up is earlier than I will feed him in his room and put him back down in his crib. If it's later, I might bring him into bed with us. I often fall asleep in the chair while feeding him so sometimes it's easier to just bring him into bed. So far this is working for us and helps us get the maximum amount of sleep.
He's been sleeping in a sleep sack for the last few weeks also. He was always busting out of the swaddle and he likes his hands to be out especially while eating so he would wake up when I tried to re-swaddle him to put him down.
Naps are still anywhere- swing, bouncy chair, my arms, or car seat if we are out. He's napped a couple times in his crib but I'm not in a hurry to move them all into there. Since we are loosely following the EASY routine, he eats, has some sort of activity like a diaper change, watching Audrey play, sit with Mom, or hang out on his playmate or bouncy chair. Sometimes he falls asleep on his own and other times I need to rock him or put him in the swing. He seems to have a short nap soon after waking up in the morning, a longer nap around lunch time and another long nap in the early to middle of the afternoon and then a short nap around dinner time. 

Diapers: Leo graduated to size 1 diapers around 7 weeks. He probably could have gone into them a week or so earlier but I wanted to finish up the newborn diapers that we had. As it is, we still have a dozen or so left since the poopsplosions were due to the too small diapers. I also started him in cloth diapers. I'm so glad I bought half gender neutral colours/patterns when I ordered them for Audrey. I stripped them using bleach (just the liners) but I think they still aren't absorbing as well as they should. I'm going to have to do some research since he needs to be changed every 2 hours or else he leaks. The inserts are soaked so I know it's not that they are too big. He's still wearing disposables at night and when we go out so that I don't have to worry about leaks or carrying around the bulky diapers. 

Weight/Size: Leo's first appointment with the family doctor was at 7 weeks. He weighed 10lbs and 21.5 inches long. He went from the 5th percentile at birth to the 15th percentile at 7 weeks. Pretty good weight increase little man!
We had our 6 week discharge appointment with the Midwives at 8 weeks (were I bawled like a baby) and Leo was up to 10 lbs, 5 oz so he is definitely gaining! While I am happy he is doing well, he is growing too fast! Stay little for longer!
He has definitely outgrown his newborn clothes and even some shorter 0-3m clothes. It's usually the length that restricts him. With the cloth diapers, he is starting to outgrow some of the 0-3m sleepers also but that's more the Joe and Children's Place sleepers which I have always found smaller. This is the downside to cloth diapers.

Hair and eyes: His hair is filling in a bit more. It's still medium brown, with a small hint of red. His eyebrows are more prominent now, which makes for great facial expressions. His eyes are still a gorgeous blue.

Personality: He's such a content little boy. He is happy to look around and just check out what everyone around him is doing. He does get a bit upset if he can't see anyone. He has been having a fussy time some nights around bedtime but nothing unmanageable. He usually just needs extra cuddles.
He is a mama's boy! He turns whenever he hears me talk, especially when in someone else's arms. I'm sure it's because I'm his main source of food but for now I will take all the adoring looks I can get.

Nicknames: Little Man, Munchkin, Mr. Leo, Lovey

Likes: Cuddling, eating, his sister talk, looking around, his swing, the baby hawk, baths

Dislikes: His car seat (although it's getting better), dirty diapers, being hungry or cold, being tired.

My recovery: I finally feel physically more like myself. I definitely still have lots of core strengthening and overall toning to do but I don't feel nearly as much pain after little activity which is reassuring. I just listen to my body and slow down if I'm feeling a bit sore. I've started working out- doing yoga and Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred a few times a week which has done wonders for my mental health. I really struggled mentally for the last few weeks because I felt so drained, mostly due to a very energetic and defiant toddler. After a bit of research and discussions with some friends, I found some ways to help deal with her and understand her better so that each day isn't full of tantrums (her) and alcohol (me).
We are also getting out a few times each week so break up the monotony of each day, whether it's a walk around the block, a trip to the grocery store (where I might shop lift accidentally!), a morning at the library, or having people come over to visit with us. I'm still trying to find a program or activity to put Audrey into each week so she gets more of the interaction that she is used to from the day home. I definitely forgot how much of a change this would be for her so it makes sense that she is having a hard time adjusting to life with a baby brother and being home with Mom all day long.

Big Sister: While Audrey still loves her little brother, I think she has realized that he is here to stay. She has had a few moments of jealousy towards him- mostly around Daddy holding Leo, sharing the stroller and when both she and Leo are fussy she gets extra upset that he is getting attention.
She often asks where he is if one of us isn't holding him and when she wakes up from her nap. She likes to hold him and talk to him. If he is crying she was tell us and say "s'ok Leo."

She is by far more "work" than Leo is at this point. Our days revolve around her schedule and Leo just goes along for the ride. Sleep is still an issue- I feel like it always will be!

Misc: With the nice weather, we are finally able to get out and enjoy the outdoors more. I think that benefits us all and is a nice way to spend time together as a family. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

So this week...

What a week! Glad it's Friday so we can spend the weekend with Daddy.

Here are some random things that happened this week that either left me laughing pretty hard or maybe crying. 

~ I received a jury summons! Talk about horrible timing! Hopefully having a newborn that exclusively breastfeeds is a good enough reason for exemption!

~ We had our last midwife visit this week. Leo is doing great! It was very sad to say goodbye to our lovely midwives but they've made me promise to come by and visit. I can't believe the little man is 8 weeks old already. 

Many expressions of Leo

~ We went to the library one morning. I tried to get Audrey into a program there but of course it was full. Instead we read a bunch of books, signed up for library cards for both kids and took a few books home. I think this will become a regular activity since Audrey quite enjoyed it and Leo just slept through it all. 

~ This week I did yoga at home twice! One of the prenatal yoga DVDs that I have also as a post natal workout that I had never tried before. It seemed like a good way to ease myself back into working out. It was a bit challenging to fit it in- the first time it took 1.5 hours to do a half hour workout since Leo woke up during Audrey's nap and needed to be fed and cuddled before I could resume the workout. The next time, I did it while Leo napped and Audrey was awake, hoping that she would participate. She did to some degree. It wasn't very meditative but I still did it.

Toddler yoga... in PJs

He eventually fell asleep...

~ I signed up for a yoga class on Friday evenings. The timing should work well since Audrey will be in bed (fingers crossed) and Leo might need a few cuddles before going down for the night, which hubby can manage. I've very much looking forward to an hour of "me" time!

~ I also did a Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred workout. Overall it wasn't too difficult- I used 2 lbs weights (don't laugh!) and other than taking it easy on the ab sections and skipping the last round of abs, it was good! I did this during a miraculous tandem nap! I think I am going to continue doing this until I figure out the rest of my plan to get back into shape.

~ We had an eventful grocery shopping trip the other day where I almost shoplifted PJs for Audrey! I was at the self-checked out, and Leo was screaming his head off. I was having a frustrating experience with the scanner so between that and Leo being unhappy, I forgot I had the PJs hanging on the handle of the cart as I started to walk out. I was so busted! Thankfully I didn't get arrested! Haha!

~ I've started watching Downton Abbey on Netflix. Loving it so far!

~ Polka dots and wine. Yum!

Happy weekend all!!

Monday, March 31, 2014

~Weekend Recap~

Friday we had doctor's appointments for both children- Audrey had her follow up for her viral induce asthma and Leo had his 2 (ish) month check.

We managed to get out of the house on time which is a miracle! Our doctors office is about 25 minutes away so it's not super close. 

Both kids were weighed. Audrey came in at a whopping 26.5 lbs, fully dressed! Leo is now 10 lbs, jumping to the 15% percentile from 5% at birth. Yay Leo!! 

Audrey's breathing is much better, no more wheezing or coughing. Her runny nose is likely from allergies (although we aren't 100% sure what from- cat, environment?). The doctor wants her on the maintenance inhaler for the rest of winter just to be safe. 

Leo is doing great. No concerns with him. He has a normal newborn rash on his chest/back/face which should go away on its own. No concerns about his hips from being breech but they will keep an eye on them. 

Of course Audrey had woken up super early that day so she fell asleep in the car on the way home- a couple hours before nap time and lunch. I drove around a bit and grabbed some Timmy's. I tried to transfer her when we got home but she woke up as soon as I unbuckled her so that was the end of her nap. 

We went for dinner to the in-laws that night and Audrey spent the night. It was a great break for us since her sleep her been awful lately and she's just exhausting in general! 

Saturday morning hubby and I slept in which was glorious! We didn't get out of bed until 9am! We lazed around and Leo and I went on a shopping date to the mall in the early afternoon. 

I had to return a few things and Leo just slept the entire time. He's such a good shopping partner. 

Hubby did the grocery shopping while Audrey napped so it was nice to get the major chores out of the way so we could enjoy Sunday as a family. 

Audrey cam!

Sunday Audrey woke up pretty early. She has figured out she can reach the light switches and open doors so she does that in the middle of the night now when she wakes up. Suddenly the switch to the big girl bed doesn't seem so smart now!

It's been snowing pretty much non-stop here for a few days. It's the light, pretty snow that feels like being in a snow globe. I know commuters & runners are hating it but it's so pretty to look out the window and see it falling. 

Audrey & hubby shovelled the driveway and then we went to the mall so Audrey could run around and burn off some energy. Hopefully the weather will get nicer soon so we can go outside for more than 15 minutes before freezing but for now the mall works well. 

After lunch, we went to Menchies. I have been having insane cravings lately and it's a nice family activity, even if it does seem odd to go for ice cream when it's this cold and snowy out!

She enjoyed it, I promise!!

After the kids went to bed, we watched 21 Jump Street. I hadn't seen the whole thing yet. It was so funny! Definitely had me laughing pretty hard!

We don't have too many plans this week. Trying to find some activities that I can put Audrey in that also allow me to bring Leo. Haven't had much luck finding anything though. That girl needs a lot of stimulation and hanging out at home with mom and brother isn't cutting it!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

How to Survive the 1st Six Weeks with a Newborn & Toddler

This will be a bit tongue in cheek since I like to use humour to get through trying times. It's better than wine. Well, not really, but it's not as frowned upon as having wine during the day while caring for your children. At least when they are awake...

1. Nap when the babies nap. Great advice. Totally do it. Unless your children do not tandem nap and take turns being awake. I often count down the minutes until Audrey's afternoon nap time. Finally get her down (after multiple stories, short cuddles, water, finding her Dolly & monkies, etc), just to have Leo wake up. Some day those two will nap at the same time- just in time for Audrey to start dropping her nap I'm sure! Oh and this is assuming that Audrey agrees to have a nap because some days she doesn't.

2. Freezer Meals- Genius idea and I can't stress how important this is. Unfortunately, I didn't get to stock the freezer as much due to Leo coming early but we did have some meals in there, plus we had some wonderful family and friends send along meals to help us in the early days. Life savers!

3. Lower your expectations on what you can accomplish in a day- aka nothing! Slight exaggeration but I've really had to scale back on my to-do lists and not stress about what I'm not accomplishing each day. As long as everyone is fed, dressed, teeth brushed and the house isn't a health hazard, life is good! Ok that's a lie- I do stress about the small things often but it really does no one good. I'm starting to let go if the house has toys everywhere all day long or toddler crumbs on the floor. Of course it has to be cleaned up before bedtime but old habits are hard to break! ;)

Or turn cleaning into a fun activity!

4. Accept help. If someone offers to help- either taking care of your toddler, holding your newborn, giving you food, cleaning your house or do laundry, take it!! No need to be a hero super mom and do it all yourself! With my first, I was all about doing everything myself and not needing people to help me with easy tasks, Partly because I really didn't feel I needed the help- one is easier than two, I know now. These days, I take every reasonable offer for help! Not because I can't do it (I can't) but why should I turn down help? It takes a village to raise a child. And maybe this way I can go to the bathroom or have a shower without an audience. 

Thanks Alison for climbing with Audrey

5. Love your spouse. This time is all about survival. It's not a competition on who is more sleep deprived (I am). Be nice to one another and when you have moments where you are not, apologize. Sleep deprivation can make you irrational but acknowledge that and don't let it affect your relationship. You are in this together.

6. Attempt to find a moment of alone time each day whether it's an hour long bath or 5 minutes in your room. The hardest part of 2, so far, is that you always have at least one child to care for. No more trading off. 

Rare alone time for a hair cut (I did have Leo)

7. Keurig coffee machine! I got one for my 1st Mother's Day- it's been a lifesaver! I've had to up my caffeine intake to two cups a day- one for each child. 

Keurig + Baileys= amazing!

8. Figure out a routine and some activities for your toddler to do that don't require too much work for you either in prep or clean up. It is suddenly very difficult to get out the door so you need to keep the toddler from going crazy inside, especially while nursing the newborn for what feels like hours on end. Once we can go out/outside things should get better but there just aren't enough arms or energy for those shenanigans right now!

1. Aqua Doodle    2. Tea party with Monkey
3. Baking with Mom        4. Button Game

9. All else fails, at least you can enjoy a glass of wine now!! Oh, it's the little things!! :)

Monday, March 24, 2014

~Weekend Recap~

A fantastic weekend that ended too soon :(

Friday was hubby's birthday so we met him downtown for lunch at The Keg. Other than our food taking a long time, it was good and both children behaved so we may take them out in public again ;) 

(bad wife didn't take any pictures!)

Note- I got that girl to wear a skirt, hat and sunglasses!! Mommy win!

Hubby went to the hockey game that night. My bestie came over and spent the evening with us. It was so nice to catch up with her and Audrey loved having someone new to play with boss around! 

Saturday morning Uncle C and Auntie L came over to hang out with Audrey aka give us a break! They made us breakfast and let us sleep in a bit. So heavenly!! They even brought us crack aka coffee from Starbucks! A parents' dream!!

They spent the morning keeping Audrey occupied so that I could run errands with just Leo and hubby could do some gardening. HUGE thanks to them!! :)

When I got home I was exhausted from 1.5 hours of shopping so I had a nap. I wasn't quite as product be as I wanted to be but sometimes sleep is more important! Plus I started to feel a cold coming on and I definitely don't have time for that!! 

Sunday we all slept in until after 8am. Leo and I were out of bed before hubby and Audrey! Although they were up from 4-5:30am with some morning shenanigans which explains the sleep in. 
We had a Shaw tech come over to hook up cable since they offered us a great deal for only $5 more a month for 6 months. Hubby mostly misses sports so we figured it would be worth it for a few months.

I escaped the house by myself for a couple hours to run errands while hubby stayed home with both kids. I received notification that my diaper bag had been delivered and sure enough it was in the community mailbox!! So excited!! 

It's pretty awesome!! :) 

When I got back hubby looked a little frazzled! Taking care of two is difficult! 

I made brownies, since that's what he requested for his birthday 'cake'.

Looking so big!

We went to my sister's for dinner. I love that my nieces and nephew keep Audrey entertained while we visit. It's a nice break! And my mom and sis fight over who gets to hold Leo! 

That sums up our great weekend. We have a busy week of visiting coming up. I also have to work on getting Leo's birth announcements out before the postage increase! Yikes that's nasty!