December 02, 2013
it's been awhile! but the little lady who has been occupying my time has been completely worth it. i am loving this mama-hood journey and happy to know it's a lifelong one at that. there are so many new and exciting (and exhausting) things that happen daily. i think we have been pretty fortunate to have a little one who adapts well to direction even at an early age. she knows once that sleep sheep goes on it's time to shut those eyes for a snooze. honestly it takes all of 3 minutes for her to know it's time to sleep. also, the ocean setting on sleep sheep is sort of where it's at, just say'n.
there have been so many changes and developments in such a short period of time that i have been thinking about starting a new blog series documenting the joys of the stage she is in. not to provide any kind of advice but just to capture the blissful parts of her babyhood so i can look back years from now and remember what it was like. not entirely sure what will happen from one day to the next so i'm sure this list will be forever changing, or have some things that stay the same, either way, i'm pretty excited about it!
so here we are, LAAV on mamahood pt. one at three months:
- her smile in the morning when she first sees one of us is my absolute favourite part of the morning.
- i forget to have a burp cloth around at least 90% of the time, thus getting puked on about 90% more.
- she is really good at spitting up on the couch so i blame these moments for why i typically don't have a burp cloth handy. though i know it's really just because i keep misplacing it.
- i thought nothing was more amazing than her smile until i heard her laugh. that is the most amazing thing. of. all. time.
- i have probably asked 30 moms about sleep training and have read a few different schools of thoughts on the subject. all of which to find a consistent routine is the key factor in all methods. go figure.
- showering has become insanely more glorious.
- our apartment seems a whole lot smaller.
- her and jay together. ugh. bliss.
October 24, 2013
we are almost celebrating two months here having little m around and while at times it has been a bit of a challenge trying to navigate mommy-hood and understanding what she needs i have to say, it has been the best time of my life. every week there is something new that she has discovered and i sort of love seeing her figure things out in her own time. jay's new role as dad is also pretty spectacular. i really didn't think that man could get any more handsome but seeing him goof it up with our baby pretty much makes my heart implode daily. she sure does love her dad more than anything! though i have noticed she smiles so big when she sees the two of us sticking out our tongues or making cooing sounds in front of her. i always imagine her thinking "dance monkeys, dance!" whenever we go on and on trying to get smile after smile out of her. but it's worth it to see those eyes light up and that little gummy smile go from smirk to grin.
we have started a few routines with her now and she is starting to really pick up on them. in the morning we read her wurthering heights for babies. she loves the illustrations in the book and just sits there and stares as i point out "castle" and "clouds". then she'll reach out, smack the page and give a little smile. it's ridiculously adorable. in the afternoon we read miss twiggley's tree. it was a favourite of mine from childhood and takes up fifteen minutes easy. she doesn't really get the book yet but i think she likes hearing mom's voice fluctuate when the hurricane comes. at night we are all about goodnight moon. we never go through front to back and usually drop new things to say goodnight to while she looks at the pictures. the other night jay said "goodnight moon, goodnight red balloon, good night pat falloon" (pat falloon is apparently a retired hokey player. the things you learn married to a canadian). after our book we swaddle her up and go around counting the light switches we turn off in the house. sometimes she is in to it, and other times not so much but it's what we do around these parts to set bedtime in motion. i hope one day she'll reach out and turn the switches off herself.
other then that i finally got called in to take my citizenship test, woot! i'll be taking the test next week on halloween which seems sort of perfect seeing as it is my favourite holiday and the day before jay and my anniversary. this might just mean that for the next week mila's afternoon book will be the 'discover canada study guide' instead of miss twiggley's tree. i'm sure i can make it sound fun when i read about the rights, responsibilities, historical and economical growth of canada. sounds fun already right?
then i just need to work on getting little miss m her dual citizenship. maybe i can knock both out in one week! likelihood of that happening is slim though. we'll see!
October 12, 2013
it's thanksgiving weekend here in canada and we are heading on a two hour car drive to celebrate with family...wish us luck!
i'm hoping miss m will just pass out but she has been pretty hit or miss when it comes to car rides. she hasn't quite decided what to make of them yet. it must be hard to be so little with all of these new experiences being thrown at you. but i have made sure to pack our bags with some good distracting toys, soothers (in case we drop one in the road, because that happened and wasn't too fun), and a bottle just in case we can't pull over right away.
somehow we managed to make something to bring with us too! more jay managed to make something while i sang little richard songs to mila this morning. or the parts of what little richard songs i knew. okay, it was pretty much tutti frutti on repeat. sometimes this girl gets burdened by whatever song pops in my head first, but at least we have a good time dancing around to them.
hope you have a great weekend!
October 07, 2013
remember when i said 2am was my favourite time with mila? well after a few weeks of being able to sleep until 4 or 5 before she stirred, last night's 2am and 5am wake up calls have me feeling pretty done in for today. i have declared it a lazy day. like refuse normal clothes, feels like a 24 hour pajama day over here.
hope you had a great weekend and fairing monday as best as you can!
September 25, 2013
September 23, 2013
its hard to believe we have had this little girl with us for a whole month already! the time has gone by so fast and so slow at the same time given that all days seem longer when you run on three hours of sleep. as exhausted as i am this month has been the best getting to know miss mila and adapting to life as her mom.
we already can't get enough.
above is a little video of our first month with her. it sure has been wonderful, tiring, challenging, worrisome, beautiful and a bunch of other emotions all wrapped up in one. one thing is for sure, 2 a.m. is sort of my favourite time with her...weird right? i know!