Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Some of the loot they brought included
- Cherry Coke
- vanilla coke
- Yogurt covered Cheerios - Strawberry & Banana
- Fruity Cheerios
- Chocolate Cheerios
- Kraft dinner - Sponge Bob and Toy Story
So I'm just wondering why we don't have these things up here? Don't get me wrong - I do like to get a surprise or two from down south but what is the deal? Either way - thanks mom and dad - we will enjoy them!
On another note, my sister shared some exciting news! Check it out here!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
This month we have been spending most of our time getting used to each other. He is a good nurser and LIKES it for a LONG time. We camped out most of the time in the living room and at 2.5 weeks we started moving upstairs for bedtime. He is liking to stay with us where ever we go so independent sleep is not happening much. He is enjoying using the slings and the snuggle time they allow. We have the playpen and portable basket as well as the change table all set up in th eliving area to avoid extra travel.
We had 2 doctor's appointments (March 31st and April 12th) and 3 weigh ins (March 29th - 7-15; March 31st - 8-6/ 54 cm and April 12th - 9-9/ 55 cm). He is doing great.
We spent Easter Sunday at the farm and then to Grandma and Grandpa's for dinner with Drew's family joining us as well. Our next door neighbours had a baby girl named Josie on April 8th. It will be nice to grow up with some playmates. We went to the Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival and have had several friends visit. We made it out to church and the odd errand but have generally been taking it easy. The daycare kids are all still coming with the help of Grandpa John and Nana Jan. Mommy's first walk to school with you was April 16th.
Generally everyone seems to be in awe! I still can't get over the fact that you are here!
[Journaling added on February 9, 2011!]
A slimmer, skinny Drew...
I really noticed it in these clothes - he's noticing his pants are getting looser!
I can't wait to get back into running but unless my eating habits change I'm not likely to see the same results. It might also be good to find a motivating running friend like Glen!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
And btw - I may have that 10 minutes - he was just stretching.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I was reminded on Ali's blog about taking the time to actually be in the moment. I'm not sure that I've done a lot of that today. Case in point? Matt took a wipeout (not overly serious but hurt his pride nonetheless) and when I thought he was "okay" I took a photo. He was not impressed and asked why I always have to take a picture. I responded by saying that while he was just upset, one day he can look back on this and laugh. He didn't think that it was funny or would be. Maybe not. But I could be a little bit more sensitive. Point taken.
The other point taken from her blog was to remember the conversations and the feelings and emotions - not just the what. I hope to focus on that tomorrow since I have a few more kids home.
Either way, I am enjoying the process.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Kristy treated me to a pedicure =) It was so nice to be pampered!
Saturday, April 17, 2010
I had forgotten how much I like to use bibs and how handy they are for saving on laundry.
I had forgotten how much I like routine - and babies don't allow too much for this. Oh well. This too shall pass.
I had forgotten how soft and cuddly your own little one is. I don't tend to be a "baby" person but when it is your own. Well that changes.
I had forgotten how having a baby in the room can change the whole scene.
I had forgotten how quickly a baby changes from day to day.
Monday, April 12, 2010
I'm challenged again to look at my Gotta Do List (which I haven't been thinking about at all!)
Saturday, April 10, 2010
On our way we passed one of the local cemetaries where Marlee noted that Grandma and Grandpa are there.
We said no, Great Grandpa and Great Grandma are buried in TBay.
Then Drew piped up "People are dying to get in there" LOL!
Marlee then said "What? I don't get it!"
Matt piped up "Oh I get it. It is a joke! The people are dead and are going there OR it's like they are dead and they really really want to go there."
Smart boy. What a dad.
That led to a conversation on death, cemetaries, cremation and heaven. All because Drew did a "hillarious" joke.
Friday, April 9, 2010
So far I have learned that he is a good pooper. He likes to go at least 2 or 3 times while I am nursing him. Therefore out came the potty and/or the silver bowl. Not the easiest to hold mind you but I'm getting better. The whole point is to see when he is going and to start "cueing" him with a sound or action - I've chosen a grunting noise for poop and a "Tsss" for peeing. I make these noises when he is going so that eventually when I hold him over the receptacle or toilet and "cue" - he will go on his own.
Fast forward to yesterday - he went on cue for me 4 times!!! Unbelievable! It was really quite cool. I don't know if we are at the point that this will save diapers (we've had to have the diaper service come early both weeks because we have used all the ones we have), but I feel we are making progress! Drew is not impressed that we used the sink so I'll have to work on that.
I've been reading two good books about the topic from the library and there are a few good websites if you google "elimination communication" or "diaper free". The books are Early Start Potty Training by Linda Sonna and Diaper Free! The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene by Ingrid Bauer.
BTW, we also decided to go with a cloth diaper service (since there is one locally) and the experience so far has been worth it. As I mentioned, he goes through them rather quickly - often soiling one as I'm changing him! The service has been very accomodating but it does take some getting used to. When he wets he is definitly wet so I don't let him sit in it for long - if at all. This is actually supposed to help with the potty training though - not allowing him to get used to the feeling of being wet or dirty which disposables can sometimes do. Either way, I can tell that it is going to be an interesting learning experience.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
That's not to say that the house and everything around us isn't driving me a bit crazy. When I knew Mitchell was going to be entering his sleep time I did get a few of those nagging things done - not as many as are on my mental TO DO list though.
- sweep stairs and upstairs hallway (check)
- vacuum upstairs bedrooms (check)
- wash bathroom floors (check)
- load of laundry
- put away large booster seat that has been on the pool table for three weeks
- put away easter bucket and decorations
- do a blog post (check)
- put carpet back in front hall
- take library books back
- do thank you cards
- SCS scrapbooks for auction (that's coming up soon!)
- figure out where to put Mitchell's accumulating wardrobe (we'd figured out about sleeping but somehow forgot about his "stuff")
This not being able to lift is starting to have its toll. And I don't want to burden Drew too much with a honey do list when he gets home too. So I'm practicing my patience. It will all get done in due time.
Last Sunday everyone (I was still in the hospital) had a meatloaf from S&C.
Monday (home day for me) was turkey pot pie with strawberries from A&A.
Tuesday was a yummy chicken and broccoli casserole with a fruit tray and dip from K&S.
Wednesday was a pork roast with roasted potatoes and asparagus from C&A.
Thursday was lasagna and salad from G&C.
Friday (Good Friday) was quiche and KFC with trimmings with the H for lunch - which carried on into dinner.
Saturday was some of the leftovers (there are LOTS - mostly put into the freezer as we knew we were getting more food daily).
Sunday was spent at family's places and we also got leftover lamb and ham for future meals.
Monday started the meals from my sister (organized from South Carolina none-the-less) - we had another amazing Pork roast with potatoes and veggies.
Tuesday brought an Asian theme with noodles, broccoli and beef as well as Caesar salad and bread.
I wonder what tonight will bring?
Monday, April 5, 2010
Grandma thought that was really neat. Most kids your age would need some prompting but you didn’t – you just did it and did it quietly and everybody went on their way. She had meant to comment on this at the time but didn’t. So she called to tell you - because she thought it was something to be proud of. And we are!
I did a personalized list for each child - they had to find for instance 3 blue eggs and 6 yellow eggs (the numbers were different for each child). This way they were encouraged to work together and share with each other when they found one they didn't need. Nicely enough, it worked. Among the eggs were also the 12 Resurrection Eggs that I made a few years ago. Once all of the eggs were found they went over their lists, we did the Resurrection Eggs/ Easter story and then they each got a final scavenger clue to find a personalized gift. These included garden stuff, bubbles, sand buckets and shovels, books for Cierra, hair things, craft supplies and a large egg with candy treats. I forgot the new bathing suits and tooth brushes. Matt got goalie equipment and the girls will be getting new scooters. The whole family got an outside hockey net.
Our goals for Easter gifts is to try to get outdoor gifts that we would probably already need to get. This could be bikes, swim suits, garden/ sand toys, bubbles, chalk etc. We'd considered a basketball net but figured Matt's more into hockey right now so the goalie equipment and net would be better received. He says we were right! Since their birthdays fall outside of this season, it seems appropriate to use this holiday to that advantage.
We then headed off to church getting there just on time. Adam had said he would be introducing Mitchell near the beginning so we wanted to be there early but that rarely happens and certainly not when it's a celebratory holiday. Anyway, that went over well and Mitchell got shown around to lots of people. Dad was on worship and I really enjoyed it. I was particularly moved when we sang "Because He Lives".
I'll admit that I hadn't really focused much on the Easter season this year. I guess I was busy. LOL I didn't do anything for Lent. We didn't go to any of the "extra" services. I didn't get any decorations up until the night before. I didn't buy any presents until the day before (thank goodness there was stuff there!), although we did discuss the big ticket items. I remember now though how much I miss the Seder dinner and I do like the sunrise service with the breakfast after. It makes for a long day with the kids but I like that the whole day is focused on the risen saviour.
So being at the morning service and singing the songs we did really made me think about the season. And the day. And the fact that "this child can face uncertain days because he lives". It is so true. I looked at Mitchell and the tears came flooding. It put everything about the day into perspective for me. I love how God does that!
After the service Mitchell met a lot of people and then we went out to the farm. The kids had a hunt in the barn and then we had lunch and sat outside. What a glorious day! The sun was shining, the birds were chirping, the horses were lingering nearby. It couldn't have been better. Matt and Drew hit some golf balls around the horse field and we stayed until it was time to go to my parents house. There we had another hunt, gorged on more food (LAMB this time - SOOO good!) and socialized together. All in all a great day - one to celebrate the risen king.
Now that we are home - and facing the disaster we left, it has hit us. A good day, but a long day and the mess can wait until tomorrow.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
· Exercise – yeah right! Just making it to and from school most days was enough!
· Books, Magazines Read – Creating Keepsakes, Scrapbooks Etc, Us, People
· Entertainment - TV/ Movies Seen – LOST, NCIS, Parenthood, Office, TLC, SLICE & HGTV at hospital
· Special Events – photo shoot at Zehrs; Kim, Julie’s party; Mitchell born!
· Travel – Tremblant (4th -7th)
· Significant Purchases/ changes –
· Health – Matt ill; Alison – 35-39 weeks pregnant (itching, twinges, numbness, swelling, heartburn); birth of Mitchell Alexander (25th)