Saturday, May 26, 2012
Remember when she couldn't see more than a foot in front of her face? Remember when she couldn't hold her own head up? Remember when she was mute and had no control of her adorable smiles? Remember when we brought home that lime green sitter chair not that many weeks ago and she couldn't hold herself up in it? I don't ever want to forget these things as time keeps flying by!
What a beautiful, grown up Lady-baby you are becoming, Rowen!
P.S. Remind me to tell you about our Family Date Night adventure to the Drive-in Movies last night!
Friday, May 25, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
Rowen and I had a busy weekend! Lowell was working all day Saturday, so he dropped us off at the mall when he headed out. Rowen and I shopped a bit (new hairclips!) and then walked home together in the hot hot sun. Then we strapped ourselves into the Ergo and headed to the park and met up with Uncle Bert and Aunt Nat and their friends. We got some snacks from Fresh on the way home and then Rowen and I got cleaned up for our evenings. Lowell and Rowen had their first night in together without me and Momma had her first night out in MONTHS!
It was a good good friend's "Bacherlorette of sorts" and I tried my best to not stress about the Baby and trust her Daddy. I only called once and texted maybe.....6 times? And I had my first drink in almost a year!! It was a lovely time but around midnight, my boobs sprung a leak and it was time for Momma to head home!
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Eating her hand at 12 weeks in the belly
Eating her hand at 20 weeks in the belly
Eating her hand at 13 weeks outside the belly
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The baby in the bathroom mirror met us at the Doc's Office. Rowen was pleased to see her friend there!
Oh! And our little baby tank weights 15lbs 1oz now! My stomach may be flopjibbily still but my arms are starting to look good carrying this amazing ever growing bebe around!
Monday, May 14, 2012
Bax is adjusting to life sharing the number one favorite spot with Rowen Baby. He likes to head butt her feet.
I can't believe I forgot to this when I first wrote this post earlier. Today, Rowen is 3 months old!! 3 months already! I know everyone told us how quickly time would fly by, but we had no idea... I marvel at how strong she is! She was always a big long baby, but now I swear she's the strongest baby in the world.
I tried swaddling her in her swaddle blankets they other day and she grinned as if to say "Nice try, Momma", kicked her legs and busted the thing open.
Happy 3 Months Rowen Baby!
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Easy? Anywhere! It was my choice. I chose McDonald's, bahaha. I abused my powers. I figured we can go for dim sum or regular breakfasts anytime and since Lowell dislikes McDonald's and we never go there. The last time I convinced him to eat Dirty McDonald's breakfast with me was when I was pregnant and we were braving the mall on Boxing Day. Bahahaha... I pretty much constantly crave Sausage Egg McMuffins but rarely do I succumb. Only on special occasions apparently.
Next, since Rowen was snoozing happily in her stroller, we headed to Clafouti. The next stop on my food trek. We got there and plain croissants and pain au chocolat AND cinnamon brown sugar croissants were sold out. All my favourites! Actually, they were just sold out of everything.
So we headed to Dlish for Cupcakes. I chose to get a Red Velvet and a Dark Chocolate. They didn't survive the trip home though.... wah.
We also hung out in the park for a bit.
When we got home, I took a long shower will Lowell hung out with Rowen Baby. Lowell and Rowen had gotten me a bunch of my favourite stuff from Lush and I decided to break out a chunk of my most favourite Lush soap that got discontinued. Bathing in I Should CoCo and using Big and American Dream in my hair made the bathroom smell like my early 20's. Serious smell-flashbacks!
It was a lovely Sunday afternoon and first Mother's Day.
Oh! And just before this, I was scrolling around my posts page and realized that I never published our Easter entry! So HERE it is! Cute photos of Rowen as the Esster bun-bun, right this way!
Now I am off to take a shower with my new Lush things and then see what else we get up to today.
Happy Mother's Day to all the Mothers, Pet Mommas and Mother-figures and Mothers to be!!
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Miss Baby Rowen has a hang in her new bumbo seat and watches Daddy as he waits for the streetcar.
She can now handle a few minutes on her own in the seat before floppy baby bobblehead kicks in and she needs rescuing!
Of course...we know she can't actually see that far yet.
But it was still cute to send this photo to Lowell's phone while he was still out there.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
There are so so SO many things to decide upon when you're about to have a baby. Some things are not as important, i.e. "Hmmm what colours of these teeny washclothes should I pick for my registry?" and some are huge. i.e. my first huge decision: Midwife vs. GP vs. Ob/Gyn And some decisions that fall somewhere in between.
Here are a few more random "things I wish I had known" I thought that I'd share.
Cloth Diapers vs disposable
I had this grand idea that I would save a bunch of money and go with a handy cloth diaper system and "occasionally" incorporate disposables for going out and such. I spent WEEKS researching different brands, different services and stores and then committed to putting a kit on our "fancy store" registry. The week before Rowen was born, we ordered the kit. After the baby arrived though, I realized that even though the system was simple enough, I just did not have time to do the upkeep. I WISH I could have committed to it, I really do! But... disposables just turned out to be so much easier. SO MUCH EASIER... and those first few days and weeks at home with a newborn are hard enough, we just needed to do what we could to simplify.
It's like how my Momma friend Jenn recommended that we should NOT keep any formula in the house, so that you would commit to breastfeeding even if any issues came up. If it's in the house, you'll be tempted to use it when you're sore, frazzled and sleepless.
Some good did come of the cloth diapering experience though. We were introduced to a beautiful olive oil based diaper cream that is AMAZING. It's 100% natural, smells great and just felt so much nicer to apply to baby's delicate newborn skin. She had developed a mild diaper rash and this stuff cleared it up and it was so much easier to apply than the classic thick, sticky, zinc oxide creams or oily, non-medicinal synthetic stuffs we stocked up on before she was born. I recommend Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm to everyone!!! It's so awesome!!!
We wound up going with a basic plastic basin baby tub that fits neatly in our kitchen sink and it keeps baby submerged properly and I can manage to bather her alone. Most importantly, she LOOOOVES her baths now and everyone is happy.
The very first thing I spent time doing my nerd research on was our stroller. I absolutely love our Maxi-Cosi infant carrier, it was perfect. But the stroller portion turned out to not be as lightweight and maneuverable as I would have liked. Living on Queen Street, I started noticing all the other Moms (and occasional hipster Dad) with these sleek, modular things. I feel like such a little kid experiencing what I have come to refer to as STROLLER ENVY. It started off innocently enough and then turned into a full-blown obsession. My name is Zoe and I have the Stroller Envy.
But Holy Jebus, these sleek little things are expensive. I've been dabbling with the idea of picking up a second-hand Bugaboo or Uppababy as my Momma friends who have these have endorsed them as being worth the money. I've been watching videos online and okay, yeah, these things with their flippy compact seats, easy to adjust handle and zippy shock-absorbing tired look amazing. There are features that I never even thought about wanting... things like a reversible handle (the thought of not being able to see baby when she first transitions to her stroller pains me!), UV protection in a canopy, a viewing window in the canopy for when she faces forward, shock absorption in the tires (city sidewalks are BUMPY).
So yeah, I'm totally caving to peer pressure. I feel childish that I have the Stroller Envy, I really do. But I justify it with the fact that having a good stroller that's easy to maneuver is important to me. Especially since we do not have a car and walk or take transit everywhere. Stroller = freedom. I am absolutely LUSTING after the Bugaboo Cameleon. I watch the Bugaboo Cameleon video HERE at the bb buggy site daily and drool. The special edition dark purple is just heavenly. When the time comes (i.e. we win the lottery), I have a shopping cart loaded up and ready to click "submit". ;)
Edit: Upon further extensive research, I think I've decided that the Uppababy Cruz Or Bugaboo Bee is the ideal candidate. Has the looks and features that I'm looking for and it's within our price range! I prefer the idea of buying new and having a warranty and original receipt vs buying secondhand if possible. Cameleon, you're gorgeous and I went into Ella + Elliot to push you around again today. And I introduced Lowell to you today and he likes you too, but, Beautiful Cameleon, we simply cannot afford you!
But seriously. I already ranted about this but it's important. I wish I had known to pick up a few maternity pieces that are nursing compatible. It's not completely necessary to have an entire "nursing" wardrobe, no. However, when starting to venture out of the house with baby, or say when you have company, it does make things easier. Now that we've got the hang of nursing, it's less of an issue. But at the beginning, there certainly is a learning curve and anything that can make things easier is welcome.
Jolly Jumper nursing pashmina is great. It's like a pretty scarf and comes in different colours. The Ollie Golightly linen apron is also pretty, lightweight and understated. (It's the one I wound up getting)
One word: Zippers!!! Those little snaps are a pain in the ass. In the middle of the night after getting no sleep or when baby starts to become more active and kicky, having a quick ZIP-UP sleeper makes such a huge difference. Most of them, even cheaper ones have a little flap of fabric to guard baby skin from the zipper so that's really not an issue. I wish we had gotten more zippered sleepers!!
Monday, May 7, 2012
This "Aunt" is one of my Mom's oldest friends. We're not actually related but she's probably been there for more of my life than my Mom's real sisters. I think it's so awesome that Rowen will also have a whole bunch of these "fake" Aunties and Uncles in her life too!
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Did you know that exclusively breastfed babies sometimes go up to a week or more without pooping? And it can be perfectly okay?
I never knew that until I was learning about breast feeding. What they don't tell you is that on the day that THE POOP ARRIVES, it is a POOP STORM. I assumed that it would be a neat little poop since the thinking is that they absorb and use most of the milk... not so! It appears that the poop just sits in there and waits. It's a lot of poop. A LOT. Multiple diaper filling, GOBS and GOBS of crazy orange yellow thick gloppy baby poop. And somehow the baby doesn't even seem bothered by the massive amounts of poop pouring out of her little butt all at once.
I call the yellow poops "cheese" and Lowell gets disgusted and sad and asks me to please not call it that. (But if you think about it....it's actually quite fitting. Just sayin'.)
Well, today I ranted about how I have stroller envy and just blogged about poop. HA!