Monday, September 15, 2014

~Weekend Recap~

Thankfully the weather turned around and it wasn't winter this past weekend! Summer might be back for a few more days!!

Friday we had our first Mother Goose class at the Library. It was nice to meet some other moms and babies and learn some new songs and rhymes. This particular class is more geared towards 0-12 months so while Audrey enjoyed some parts, an hour is too long to sit and sing for a toddler. We have to miss the next couple of classes anyway so I'm wondering if we should continue. I wish I could do it with just Leo but I can't find childcare for Audrey every Friday.

I went to yoga after the kids went to bed! Yay for 2 weeks in a row!! There is a new instructor which I quite like- she leads a flow class. I'm enjoying the me-time and working on my yoga.

Saturday was errands and chores day! Hubby and the kids let me sleep in while they went to Canadian Tire for oil change supplies. Leo had his first trip in a shopping cart! He looks so grown up yet so little beside his big sister!

Hubby did my oil change and then I ran a bunch of errands with Leo while he and Audrey grocery shopped. It was a divide and conquer the chore list day. At nap time (which Audrey did not nap), he went to help some friends deal with their broken trees, from the snow last week.

That night, after the kids were in bed, we had a stay-in Date Night. We watched Pain & Gain which was interesting. It was funny but also disturbing considering that it's based on a true story.

Sunday was a busy driving day. We went to Spruce Meadows for the Masters competition in show jumping, which is at the other end of the city. It is such a family friendly event and I always love watching show jumping.

Trying on shoes

Perfect fit!

Watching the RCMP with their horses

Waiting for the train

Loving the train

A tight fit for this guy in the train!

Watching the horses in the warm up ring
Warm up ring

We went to my sister's house for dinner, to celebrate my nephew and niece's birthday (which I failed to document). We had a good visit with everyone and dinner was delicious! My aunt made her famous espresso chocolate cake which is to-die for! You can bet I gobbled that right up!

It was a great weekend, even if it did go by too fast :(

Thursday, September 11, 2014

~Three Things Thursday~

1. In case you haven't heard, it snowed here this week, actually 3 days in a row! Shocking, I know!

Fallen over hollyhocks

Patio Party anyone?
And this wasn't even the most snow we got!

They say it's going to get nice by the weekend (20C) but I'm starting to not believe it. I think winter arrived and won't be leaving until May 2015. Just being realistic.

2. Since our days of spending all our time outside and at the Zoo are numbered, or expired, I found some indoor activities for us to take part in this winter. We signed up for Mother Goose at the library once a week starting tomorrow. We had such a good time with cousin L last week that we found a program closer to us. So excited!

I also signed up for a Momstown Program Pass. I looked at it soon after Leo was born but I wasn't sure if I could bring both kids to some of the events (some are geared towards babies, others towards toddlers) but I've been reassured that I can bring both to most events. We went to our first event today- Baby: Sensory and Songs. It was lots of fun and Audrey had a blast!

3. The Good Wife- my latest netflix addiction. Thanks Ashley for telling me about it. I now get nothing done in the evenings, except maybe some laundry while I watch the show. It's so good!!
I'm only on the first season so I need to stay off the internet so I don't read any spoilers! I did that with Downton Abbey by accident.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

~Getting Back on Track~

So I took just over a month off from working out. Partially due to my knee issues that have been creeping up but mostly because of my issues with milk supply.

As much as I love working out, crave the endorphins and go a little crazy without sweating some way or another, my main focus right now is taking care of my baby.

With Leo's weight issues hanging over my head, wondering if my 5x a week workouts were the reason why my supply dropped, I decided I needed to focus on fattening Leo up and less on sweating.  The doctors tell me it isn't my fault but of course I can't help but wonder what went wrong.

I'm not sure why this happened, or even if it was fitness related at all. I trained for half marathons when Audrey was this age so I was certainly working out just as much and for longer periods of time. Maybe not as intense though since half marathon training, for me, is more about endurance and stamina than high intensity workouts.

Maybe it's because I also have a toddler to care for. It seems every time I sit down to eat, someone needs something, whether it's the baby or the toddler. Half the time the toddler sees what I'm eating and wants it. I would say this is one of the hardest things about being a parent- never eating a meal without interruptions. It doesn't sound like a big deal but it starts to wear on you after a couple years that you NEVER get to eat without someone stealing your food, wanting something, so basically you are always eating cold food with one hand and shovelling it into your mouth. I swear babies know exactly when you are about to sit down and eat- that's when they either need to eat or go to bed. Doesn't matter what time it is, or how well I plan it.

A perfect example: I went out to dinner with some friends last month. I brought Leo with me but left Audrey with hubby. We all happened to order the same thing. It was close to Leo's bedtime and he was fussy so I tried to feed him and he fell asleep. So I ate my dinner with one hand, while holding a sleeping baby in the other. I gobbled my food down so quickly. My friends looked at me and were amazed that the woman holding the baby, eating one handed, was done well before them. I'm unfortunately used to eating so quickly just to get food into my belly.

So, likely, it's a combination of things. Too much exercise for the amount of food I was consuming, plus being sick for a few days and my body just couldn't do it anymore.

Anyway, taking a break from working out wasn't too hard because we went on vacation and we were out of our regular routine anyway. I went for a few walks and attempted a run while in Wasa but nothing too strenuous.

In terms of eating, the medication I'm on makes me hungry. I guess that's the point! So for the first little bit I ate all the time! Of course, it often wasn't the best food- lots of sweets and chips. That needs to stop. I feel gross, I'm bloated all the time and while the scale hasn't gone up much, my clothes feel a bit tighter. I don't need all that garbage. Treats are fine occasionally but when they become a daily habit something has to change, ASAP!

So for now, I am going to workout 3x a week and clean up my eating.

Working Out 3x/Week
~ I really enjoy T25 so I will start again with Alpha. I was halfway through Beta when I stopped working out but I think it's best to start from the beginning again.

~ I'd like to start running again. I've decided to sign up for the next Half Marathon clinic (although I won't be able to meet the group 3x a week), which starts in October. I just need to get my hip/knee/glutes issues worked out so I don't injury myself.

~ Yoga once a week at the drop-in Friday class. I haven't gone all summer and I miss it so. I need to make myself a priority. My family will survive if I go out one evening a week, when half of them are in bed already!

~ Eliminate daily treats. I've been eating far too much sugar and it needs to stop. My skin is acting up, my energy is low, I feel gross and it's not a treat when I'm eating it all the time. Plus I don't crave it when I don't eat it all the time.

~ I am going to go gluten-free (or very reduced) and dairy-free for the next little while. I met with a Naturopath because Leo's eczema hasn't been improving and I think it's worth a shot to see if eliminating them helps his skin. Audrey had the same issue (with gluten), although different, so it's possible he is reacting as well. Plus if I eliminate gluten, I won't be eating a lot of junk. Sadly, no more ice cream though :( No dairy is going to be far harder than gluten!

~ I need to make sure I am properly fuelled before I workout. If I haven't eaten enough, then I don't work out. Simple as that.

~ Of course, drink more water. I never seem to get enough. The toddler drinks my water, I'm not kidding.

So there's my plan!

Monday, September 8, 2014

~Week & Weekend Recap~

This weekend has felt extra long because hubby has been home all week. He's sick, so we haven't been doing too many crazy, fun things (or at least not with him) but it's been nice to have him home more.

On Wednesday, I had my weekly meet up with my friend and her baby, C, who is 3 days older (and several pounds heavier) than Leo. Since the weather wasn't very nice, we decided to check out Chinook. I'll never say no to shopping! I rarely get down to Chinook anymore so it's nice to have a change of scenery once and awhile.

We did some shopping, had some lunch, the babies napped and we chatted the whole time. We never run out of anything to talk about!

Either he is a shoe thief or master massager
Ladies man already

On Thursday, we met my sister-in-law and niece downtown for Mother Goose. They have been going to this program for the last year and finally our schedules worked out so we could join them. We drove to their condo (hit horrible traffic and road closure due to water main break) and then we took the LRT downtown. Audrey was in her element since she loves trains and has been begging to go on one! She thought it was pretty neat!

The program was lots of fun- all the kids enjoyed it. I ended up signing Audrey and Leo up for a Mother Goose program that starts this week at a library closer to us. I hope they enjoy it just as much!

On Friday, we met up with two fun girls, Alison and Delainey, for a date to the market for coffee. It was so nice to go for a walk, catch up and let the kiddos hang out. 

Why can't we do this every Friday?  Minus being groped by an old lady. Seriously, it happened. Although she did think we looked like twins, so to me that's a huge compliment and I'll take it.

Saturday we went to Chestermere to go boating with some of hubby's coworkers. It looked like one of the last nice days of the summer so we figured we should take advantage. We went for a couple hours and the kids had a blast. Audrey even drove the boat!

Leo enjoying the boat ride


Our drive

Look at that concentration!
Leo eating a carrot and just being cute!
An update on the potty training- it's going fairly well but she has had a few accidents here and there. It's mostly when we are at home and she is distracted. We can remind her a million times to "let us know if you need to go potty" and then she will have an accident. We just need to keep being consistent and not stress when she does have a relapse. So far nights and naps are still ok. We just have to remember it's only been a week since we started potty training so accidents are expected.

On Sunday, hubby went to pick up a new-to-us dining room set. We have been in desperate need for a bigger table forever but couldn't find anything that met our specifications, without spending $3500. We were about to go to Costco this weekend to pick up a dining set we saw there, it wasn't perfect but it would have worked, when some university friends posted that they were selling their Urban Barn set. Perfect!! It's in great condition and pretty much exactly what we wanted! I'm so happy!!

Old table

Way too small
 New table
I listed our old set on Kijiji and within a couple hours it was picked up. Excellent!

Our house was finally painted this weekend! The weather wasn't really cooperating last week so they didn't get started until Friday afternoon.

Before picture- not the best shot since it's a picture of the front landscaping, not the house but you can see colour of the garage door, cedar shakes and the trim. Green, faded and peeling.

The first colour for the garage and front cedar shakes was not good. Way too bright!! We wanted a subtle blue, not sky blue! Back to the drawing board and with a tight deadline so they could order the paint in time.

It took them 3 days (probably 18 hours) to do it all. We have some super high parts to the house so I'm glad someone else was up there painting and not me or hubby!!

Overall it looks good. Much fresher.

Freshly painted
Glad to have this project out of the way!

So that about sums up our last week/weekend. It also appears that was our last weekend of the summer since snow arrived today. Yup, I'm not kidding.

 Even Audrey was confused as to what to wear- sunhat? Leg warmers?

Happy September! We go right from summer, 26C yesterday, to winter, 0C today. 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

.:Leo: 7 Months:.

Eating: Leo is enjoying solids. So far he hasn't been a huge fan of the purees I've made him- he prefers either store bought purees or chunks of food.

New foods this month:
- yams- fries and pureed- he wasn't in love with them, unless mixed with something else, like pears
- ribs- LOVED gnawing on the bones!
- blueberries- loves these
- hummus- LOVED this except it gave him a rash on his face. Probably too acidic so I'm going to mash some chickpeas for him and see if he likes them
- apple- he loves chewing on a slice
- peaches- enjoyed them in the mesh feeder. Too slippy for his hands

He's still nursing every 2-3 hours a day. I'm trying to get him to feed more during the day, to reduce how much he eats at night.

Sleeping: Hasn't changed too much from last month. He is still waking 2-3x a night. I did try sleep training 2 weeks ago but he caught a cold so I couldn't let him cry when he wasn't feeling well. The sleep training was going well (Sleep Easy, weaning night feeds) so hopefully in another week we can start over. I'm sure just in time for him to cut some more teeth and derail us again!

Naps are more scheduled and in the crib, unless we are out. He naps 3x a day. He's usually awake for 2-2.5 hours before needing a nap, and often a bit longer between his last nap and bedtime. Sometimes it's hard because he will be ready for bed and I'm either making dinner and eating.

Diapers: Size 2 pampers swaddles although he is mostly in cloth diapers right now, except night time. I think the new detergent is working well but I find with cloth diapers it takes a few weeks to notice any difference either way.

Weight/Size: Leo hasn't been weighed in a few weeks but a couple weeks ago at his vaccination appointment he was 14 lbs, 13 oz. and 26 inches. He's back up to the 3rd percentile for weight and still at the 15th for length.

Leo is wearing mostly 3-6 month and 6 month clothing. His feet are growing too. Not exactly sure of size but they are 4 inches long. Waiting for his Minimocs to arrive in the mail!

Hair and eyes: Brown hair, what he has of it, and blue eyes. I do feel like his eyes are changing but apparently no one else sees it. I guess time will tell what colour they end up being.

Leo's eczema is worse now. It seems to get better and then it flares up again. He's been wearing a hazel wood necklace for the last couple of weeks but I haven't noticed a major difference. Still using the Glaxal Base 2x a day and the prescription cream when needed. I'm also trying to cut gluten from my diet to see if that makes a difference. It's hard though! We are going to see a naturopath to see what she suggests. He's scratching himself so much (note his face).

Leo has a little birth mark on his left inside forearm. It's red and looked like a scratch at first but it's gotten a bit bigger overtime. The doctor confirmed it's a birth mark.

You can see the birthmark here 

Milestones: Rolling, sitting up, playing with and eating his toes, babbling and screeching all the time. He says mamamama but I'm sure it's not directed at me.

While he isn't crawling yet, he loves to "inch worm" on his back. He digs his heels into the ground and scootches himself upwards. He usually runs into things which frustrates him.

Teething: Still just 2 teeth. I think he is going to cut one or two more fairly soon but it could still be awhile.

Personality: He's so happy! He's a joy to be around.

Nicknames: Little Man, Munchkin, Mr. Leo, Lovey, Baby Brother, Buddy, Goofball

Likes: Eating solids, people talking to him, sitting in the high chair at the table, splashing in the water, the Ergo, jumperoo, being tickled and playing peek-a-boo.

Dislikes: dirty diapers, teething, being alone, falling over, sleeping, the pack'n play

Mommy Update: Things are better than they were last month so that's reassuring. I don't feel as stressed about Leo's weight. I still need to see the Doctor about weaning off of Domperidone. I'm going to slowly start working out again. 

Big Sister: Audrey and Leo adore one another! She can't wait to see him when he wakes up and she gets so concerned when he's crying. I just love seeing them together and all the hard moments are worth the sweet moments the two of them share.

Audrey is now a big girl and no longer wears diapers. We did the 3-day potty training method. It worked fairly well so will likely do it with Leo when it's his turn.

Misc: Leo was baptized this month! It was a nice gathering to celebrate him. He looked so adorable in his jumpsuit and hat!

 Leo has really changed from a small baby to a growing boy. He is moving so much more, chatting all the time and laughing often. I love seeing his sweet personality come out each day. I wish time would slow down and keep him little longer but I'm happy that he is doing well and his weight isn't a concern anymore.