Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy new year!

Happy new year everyone! Did you have a nice Christmas? Do anything exciting for NYE? We had a super quiet NYE and Amelia came down with a fever in the afternoon. Luckily it didn't stay too long and she was back to normal the next day.

Over the Christmas break, my mom flew in to spend Christmas with us. This was the first year since Brian and I have been together that we haven't traveled to Edmonton or Ontario, and it was nice. Our Christmas morning consisted of Amelia opening presents (and saying "what happened out here?" when we got her out of bed and she saw the presents), and having a delicious breakfast casserole. For dinner, Brian made an amazing prime rib dinner with all of the fixings. We also invited one of my co-workers and his wife over as they had no plans, so it was a nice casual dinner.

While my mom was here, we managed to do a lot of stuff! My mom took Amelia to a movie, out for lunch, shopping to pick out a gift from her for Gabe, Brian and myself. We also went to zoo lights, to the Calgary Reads house, played in the snow, etc.

Christmas morning

 Tell me: how was your Christmas and NY?

Thursday, December 21, 2017

{gabriel}: six months

Blanket from Eenvoudig - Simply Unique
 You can find his previous updates here:

One month
Two months

Three months 
Four months 
Five months

Weight/height: he was 15lbs 7oz last week at his appointment. For height and weight combined, he was in the 10-20th percentile. The nurse wasn't concerned about his weight gain being slower because of how active he is.

Diapers/clothes: we just moved him into size 3 baby dry because he was having so many blow outs. He wears 6 month or 6-12 month clothes.

  • his sister
  • splashing in the bath and rolling onto his belly/getting up on his knees
  • sucking his thumb when tired
  • rolling
  • his exersaucer, jumperoo
  • laughing and smiling
  • crawling or doing his attempt at crawling (he gets up on his hands and knees and then flops himself forward). He can move quite well doing this!
  • he honestly don't have that many besides being tired 

Eating: he is still mainly breastfed, but we did just start introducing some formula to him before bed. Even being on the medication, I feel like I can't fill him up with how active he is. He's not quite sold on the formula and would rather have my boobs, but will take it. 

In terms of food, we have started introducing real food. He's had rice cereal, prunes, carrots, spinach, some fruit. I am feeling lazy about making food, so he's been having those pre-made pouches which are much easier. He wasn't sold on the rice cereal at first, but definitely prefers it mixed with other food.

Sleeping: oh man, it's still not great. He's up at least two times per night to eat but will at least eat and then go right back to bed. I'd love if he could figure out how to sleep longer at night, but hopefully that will come soon.

In terms of naps, he still has between 3-4 per day depending on how long they are. They usually range between 45 minutes to 2 hours. He has no problem putting himself to sleep for naps and at bedtime, which is nice. He goes to bed between 6:45-7pm and is usually up between 6:30-7:30am.

  • he is getting to be a crawling machine! He can move pretty far and quickly if he wants to get something
  • still only has the two teeth
  • still loves pulling any hair he can get his hands on

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Canadian Christmas swap 2017: link up

This year, I was paired with Carly who sent me two awesome ornaments and some home made bath bombs. The Ontario one is perfect to remind me of home. Thank you again Carly!

Lindsey and I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who participated this year! We appreciate it and look forward to hosting every year :)


Monday, December 18, 2017

Scenes from the week + end

One more week until Christmas! I think I'm ready for it- wrapped the kids gifts this weekend and only have to get food for Christmas dinner. 

Let's see what we did last week:

Monday: since it was nice out in the morning, I took the kids and Harley for a walk. I usually wait until after they've gone to bed to walk him as he can be pully on leash with the stroller. In the afternoon, Amelia had a nap so we had a quiet day. 

Tuesday: Amelia had her class in the morning and I can't remember what else we did. I really need to start making notes! Pretty sure she also had a nap this day too, which was awesome!

Wednesday: Amelia was at the day home, so after Gabe's morning nap, we ran some errands and then spent the rest of the day hanging out at home and going for a walk since it was nice out again. Brian went biking that night with Justin, so it was bedtime with the kids for me.

Thursday: in the morning, we took Harley for a walk again and then hung out (Amelia loves play doh right now) while Gabe napped. In the early afternoon, Gabe had his appointment for his vaccinations, which he cried for two seconds. Brian met us there to hang out with Amelia while Gabe got them. After his appointment, we ran to Chapters to pick up a couple things. That evening, I went to Alison's surf set class, which was good! Thanks again Alison :)

Friday: I thought about going to meet Brie and her kids at the Granary Road Christmas market, but Gabe decided to go down for his first nap at 7:30am and slept for well over two hours! That threw the day off (I wanted to see the alpacas but they were only there from 10-11am and it's 45 minutes from us), so I decided to stay home. We ended up spending the day cleaning, making brownies for Brian's birthday, and walking Harley. Brian's mom came in the late afternoon to watch the kids so we could go to Brian's work party that night. It was at a co-workers house who lives a couple houses down from us, which was super convenient!

Saturday: Brian's birthday! He went biking in the morning with Justin, so my MIL and I took the kids to the library in the morning. In the evening, Brian and I went out for dinner to The Keg, which was delicious as always!

Sunday: in the morning, I took Harley for a run and then got ready to go to a friend's open house (she just bought a new house). It was fun catching up with her and having some time out of the house. The rest of the day was spent doing laundry, cleaning, and hanging out with the kids.

Tell me: how was your weekend?


Friday, December 15, 2017

Five on Friday

It's Friday, woo hoo! We have a fun filled weekend ahead- Christmas party tonight, Brian's birthday on Saturday, and Brian's mom visiting. 

{one} sharing our meals from the week:

Monday: roasted cauliflower orzo salad
Tuesday: beef satay with coconut rice
Wednesday: thai peanut chicken and sweet potato noodles (it was good the next day too!)
Thursday: one pan Mexican quinoa (served with sour cream, cheese, and avocado on top)

{two} Amelia has been cracking me up lately. I was making dinner last night, and she kept coming into the kitchen to get me to do something or ask for something. I finally asked her to leave (because hot stove) for a couple minutes, and she comes back into the kitchen with both of my boots on. Best part was that they were on the wrong feet. She was so proud of herself!

{three} I went to Alison's surf set class last night, and pretty sure I won't be able to move my arms today! Thanks for a great class Alison! 

I was really loving the Fitness Blender workouts, but think I got burned out from them. I've been loving running more lately, but still really need some strength training. I need to remember it doesn't have to be complicated- it can be pushups, squats, mountain climbers, etc that can be done while the kids are playing.

{four} I appreciate the delivery people dropping off our packages, but why the heck do they have to ring the doorbell if they don't need a signature?! We have a dog who loves to bark and a baby who naps, so it's not necessary. Drives me nuts. 

{five} have a great weekend!


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