Friday, September 22, 2017

{gabriel}: three months

Blanket from Eevoudig Simple Unique
You can find his previous posts here:
One month
Two months

Brian and I keep saying that we can't believe three months has already gone by and that it feels like Gabe has been in our family longer than that!


Weight/length: he was weighed at the end of August at his vaccination appointment, but I didn't write down all of the information. I know he was 12lbs 4oz, but I can't remember how long he was. I know with his length and height, he was in the 15th percentile. He's so long! 

Hair/eyes: still super blonde hair and super blue eyes



Diaper/clothes: he's still in size 1 diapers and is wearing a mix of 3 months, 3-6 months and 6 month clothes. The 3 month stuff is slowly being put away.

Loves:
  • splashing in the bathtub. I put just a bit of water in it, and lay him on his back. He loves it!
  • eating
  • his sister- oh man, he watches her and will always give her the biggest smiles!
  • standing with assistance 
  • pooping- I swear he is always pooping!

Hates:
  • if you wait 2 minutes too long to rock him to sleep
  • being put in the car seat and not immediately leaving the house

Eating: he eats after each nap and then whenever else he wants it depending on the day. We are still trying to give him bottles, but have been slacking lately. We need to get better about it because he can be so slow to drink it when we do give him one.


Sleeping: let's just say we don't have a baby that likes to sleep for double digit hours at night. There were a few rough nights as he got a cold from his sister, so he was super stuffed up.

We did move him from the bassinet into the crib in his own room now that Amelia is in her big girl room. I haven't really been working on him having naps in his crib yet, as I find it hard when we are on the go in the morning. Must get better at that! He normally naps in the car seat, swing or my arms during the day. He is swaddled at night still, but he was getting too strong for the velcro ones, so I bought one of these. Well, I got it used just in case he didn't like it, but he seems too so far. I like that the arms can zip open too once we think he will stop waking himself up with his hands.



Thursday, September 21, 2017

Catching up

I'm not even going to apologize for sucking at blogging- I was going to sit down on the weekend and then ran out of time. Then my cousin came for visit from BC and hanging out with her was more fun :)


 Bundling up for a chilly walk

 Splashing in puddles
  
A smile cookie to support the NICU's
 
 So serious for her first haircut- she did so well!

 When we walked into the hair place, another kid had a sucker so she was focused on getting one of her own after her hair cut!

After her hair cut, we decided to go to the library and they were having a colossal play date with all of this shredded paper and rice. It was my idea of a nightmare if it was in my house, but good thing it wasn't! I met another mom there that had a baby the exact same day and the same hospital as when I had Gabe. What are the odds?!


My boss made the quilt the kids are laying on (she made one for Amelia too), so I took some pictures to send to her to say thank you

Harley and I went for a chilly (it was only 1C) morning run on the weekend

Going down the blow up slide at the harvest festival in our neighbourhood



 Sunday morning adventures while Brian was biking

Throwing rocks at Bowness Park with my cousin. I was chopped liver to Amelia while she was here

 She may not look excited, but she had fun at her second early explorers class
  
My cousin bought Amelia the lunch box and she was so excited about it! She insisted on taking it to the day home with her yesterday

Gabe and I had the day to ourselves, so we hung out in the morning and then went to see my co-workers

Views on our morning walk

 Tell me: what's new with you?

Monday, September 11, 2017

Scenes from the week + end

Happy Monday everyone! We had a fun weekend even if it was a little short in the sleep department thanks to two certain children. 

Tuesday:  I had to take Gabe to an appointment at the Children's Hospital in the morning, and couldn't get Amelia into the dayhome, so she came with us. Silly me thought the appointment was at 9:45am, but it was actually at 10:45am, so we ended up having some time to kill. They were luckily good and were able to get us in early, and Gabe didn't end up needing the small procedure, which was even better! After the appointment, we headed home and spent the rest of the morning playing before nap time. 



Wednesday: Amelia goes to the dayhome on Wednesday's, and wanted me to take her, so I walked her there (it's just under 10 minutes walk from our house) with Gabe. 


The rest of the day was spent running errands (so much easier with one child!), working out, and making Gabe smile. It's nice to have the one on one time with him.
 



Thursday:  we had a slow morning as I wasn't feeling 100%, but decided we needed to get out of the house. We headed to check out the helicopter park (just off 5th avenue NW), and randomly ran into Alison & the kids there! So random, but nice to catch up with them!





Friday: it was pretty smokey out this day from the wildfires, but had plans to head to the zoo with some of the moms from our baby class. I decided to still go as we could spend time inside the exhibits or head home if it was too bad. Luckily, it wasn't too bad and the zoo wasn't too busy which was awesome. It was nice seeing the ladies and their kids as it had been awhile.






Saturday: Brian had bike plans with Justin and some friends, so it was just the kids and I in the morning. I loaded them up along with Harley and went for a run which was just a wee bit of work ;)



In the late afternoon, we headed to Alison and Justin's house for a BBQ. Minus Amelia being super grumpy for a bit because she had to poop, it was a nice night. They made us a delicious dinner and the kids had fun playing together. 
 

Sunday: after a rough night of sleep, we had a pretty slow morning. Alison picked me up around 10:30am, and we headed out for brunch with the girls as Jen was back in town for a quick visit. Always nice to get out of the house, see the girls, and have time to chat without being interrupted by kids. Once I was home, we traded off so Brian could get some lunch and change the oil in the car. 


Tell me: how was your weekend?

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Scenes from the week + end

Happy Tuesday everyone! So nice to have a long weekend with extra day of having Brian home. I'll always take those! Let's rewind to last week:

Tuesday: Brian's mom stayed at our house watching Harley while we were in Ontario, so she left in the morning. Gabe also had his first set of vaccinations, so I took him to those (I also had to get a shot at my MMR immunity was SUPER low throughout my pregnancy. So low that my doctor called to tell me the next day after I had blood work done). He cried while getting them, but settled down fairly quickly, and slept pretty much the rest of the day. While we were at the appointment, Brian took Amelia with him to pick up a part at the bike shop. Lucky girl came home with a new helmet that she got to pick out herself. She was so excited!


Wednesday: Amelia was at the dayhome, Harley was at doggie daycare, and Brian had his first day at school, so it was just Gabe and I. We went to get some groceries, but otherwise had a quiet day. 

Thursday: a couple weeks ago, I had made an appointment for us to go to the Children's Reading Place and today was the day. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but it was awesome! Someone donated their house to be used for it, and they turned it into a big library/learning area. For example, one of the bedrooms upstairs was turned into a craft area. A closet in the hallway also has these little dollhouses that Amelia loved playing with. At the end of our visit, Amelia got to pick out a book to take home which is pretty cool. You have to make an appointment to go and it's only open Thursday-Saturday, but it's worth it.












Friday: in the morning, Amelia helped me make chocolate chip cookies. Once I got all of us dressed, we headed out to check out a new park - not sure what it's actually called, but I looked up airplane park on Google and found it. We have to take advantage of the nice weather before we are stuck in the house all the time!





It was a beautiful night out, so we went on a s-l-o-w family walk thanks to Amelia who has to walk all the time now. 


 
Saturday: we packed up our bags and make the drive up to Edmonton, and arrived around noon. After some lunch and making sure Amelia was napping, I left to take Harley for a short run. Oh man, it was 27C out (pretty sure I didn't realize it was that hot!) and I am so out of shape. In the evening, we had a BBQ with some of Brian's family that were in town. Amelia and I also made a quick trip to a fun park near my in-laws house.



Sunday: we didn't do much in the morning- hung out around the house while the boys went for a motorcycle ride. In the afternoon, we headed out to Brian's uncles surprise party (though we missed the surprise to let Amelia have a nap). It was nice to see everyone, and they had rented a bouncy house for the kids which Amelia loved!


Monday: we packed up and were on the road home by 9:15am as we weren't sure what the highway traffic was going to be like as it was a holiday. Luckily, it wasn't too bad and we made it home around noon. The rest of the day was spent doing laundry, taking Harley for a run, putting the bed rail on Amelia's big girl bed, and hanging out. 

Smiles for his sister!
Tell me: how was your weekend?

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