Season of the Witch

31 Oct

Just getting ready to head out trick or treatin’ but thought I’d post a couple pics from this afternoon when we grabbed some photos of our little witch…

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Happy Halloween!

p.s. last year

Six Months Old

27 Oct

IMG_1269Half a year! Noooooo! How is this happening so fast? I mean, I couldn’t linger in the early months forever, they would probably be the end of me with the lack of sleep and all, but common! Six months. I looked back at your earliest of days when you were fresh home from the hospital and I don’t even recognize you – you have changed so much and the things you can do in just six months really blows my mind. Here’s what’s new:

You are eating. Like, REAL food and we are all pretty excited about this. Your big sister loves to help feed you and you are so trusting and enthusiastic. So far you have tried brown rice formula, pears, apples, bananas (not your fave), steamed carrots, oatmeal puree and roasted yams (your fave!) I have a thing for making my own baby food so the freezer is filling up with little homemade cubes. And since you are just so young and fresh, you are the only member in our family who is getting straight up organic fruits & veggies – so enjoy! We might go broke trying to keep up this gig.

Keeping you still has become a bit of a challenge – you are a wiggle worm and the way that you flap your little arms makes me wonder if you might take flight one of these days. I think you will be a natural at snow angels come Christmas!

You recently started making a sound that goes something like this – “Oooooooo yaaaaa” which happens at funny moments, like when you get your hands on a tag that you’ve been eyeing up, or when you take a break from nursing. It’s pretty cute.

IMG_1249IMG_1242Just last week we moved you out of the big bed to your own crib. You don’t loooooove it but since you can move so well now it was not safe to keep you on the bed any longer. Plus, I think your father wants his spot back…


We are sleep training. Boooooooo. It really is the worst. I know we did it with your sister, but we were in a big house and I could escape some of the protest crying. Small apartment + sleep training = bad combo, plus we are not winning any bonus points with the neighbours.  But things are looking up. You seem to welcome sleep easier than before and on a few occasions have gone to sleep without protest. Nap duration continues to be my biggest frustration – they are more like ‘snaps,’ little bursts of sleep that last 25 minutes or 40 if I am lucky! Very occasionally you will nap longer, but it’s always unknown when and if that will happen. Fingers are crossed that we will turn a corner with better naps soon – but I swear it’s as if every garbage truck, weed wacker, small dog and car alarm team up simultaneously at naptime to thwart my efforts. Next local newspaper headline might very well read: angry mom in mismatched pajamas eggs garbage truck (sigh.) Raising a baby in the city certainly has its challenges. The white noise app has been working overtime.

You and your sister continue to entertain me to no end. The other day I was in the kitchen and you started to worm your way over to find me. I was pretty impressed by how quickly you made it around the corner. Then just moments later I heard you in your sister’s room. Like, impossibly quick. When I went to see what was happening, both you girls looked at me with this funny smirk. When I asked your sister how it was that you made it into the bedroom so quickly, she answered honestly, “I dragged her by her arms.” You were not bothered even the littlest bit.

IMG_1268TEETH! YOU HAVE TWO TEETH! I nearly forgot! Your lower central incisors erupted mid-October – one after another  – which explains why I thought you were systematically trying to kill me with sleepless nights. They are so cute and you were most cooperative this afternoon when I asked you to “show me your teeth!” Thanks!

IMG_1274You can nearly sit up from laying flat on your back. It looks kind of like an awkward leisure pose, like “hey, I’m super relaxed right now… but not really.”

IMG_1265I guess the amazing part about you being six months old is that you just get sweeter with each passing day. Your goofy smile makes my heart happy. You laugh at nearly anything, you are easygoing and inquisitive, and, for the most part, only cry when you reeeeeeally don’t want to sleep.

IMG_1255IMG_1246IMG_1253IMG_1260Did I mention you like to chew on things? You don’t discriminate, even your own underpants will do.

IMG_1280You are the perfect number two baby. I know, I know, number two doesn’t sound so great, but it is, it really is! I know more now – I think maybe I am better at this mom thing this time around? Your poor sister had to put up with a lot of rookie stuff. So enjoy!


p.s. Five monthsFour monthsThree monthsTwo Months 

Oh, and let’s take a quick look back at your sweet sister when she was six months old.

Five Months Old

5 Oct


Here you are, baby J, just five months old. You are really taking it all in these days, trying to figure out the world around you, still happy to smile at most faces, and as sweet as the day is long. Here’s a few more things that will be fun to remember down the road:

You are a mama’s girl. I don’t know that your sister was quite as much so. You really (really!) like to keep a close eye on me. Or even better, your hands in my eyes, on my face, pulling at my nose, hair – you get the idea. It’s okay, I know it won’t last forever, so I’m here for you.

That hair continues to grow and I just love it! One of the best parts of my day is when you are cuddling down, almost asleep, and I get to rub my cheek against that soft, sweet-smelling head. I’m sure all mothers like to do that, it’s wonderful.

The biggest news? You are crawling. Or something like crawling. Mostly you move your back legs while your arms drag you where you want to go – which is everywhere! Somehow you missed the memo about the ‘golden age’ – you know, the part of babyhood where you are just supposed to stay where your mother puts you down. Yep, whizzed right past that. Congrats. I guess.

The jolly jumper is the coolest. You love it so much, and now when I ask you if you’d “like to go in your jumper,” you get visibly excited. Air time is totally your thing: the higher the better! I wonder if this will be a theme that will continue as you get older? Maybe we’ll get you a trampoline?

You now say “da da” – and speaking of that guy, you love to touch his scratchy face. And the clicking noises he makes makes you giggle and smile every time.

Okay, you are wonderful and we do love you a lot. But you must work on something for me. Sleeping, it’s not your best skill. We are working on it like crazy, trying to stick with good routines (bath, books, song, snuggles, white noise etc…) but you reeeeally just want me to sleep with you. And I am super tired, but a 7:00 bedtime doesn’t suit me, okay? I am sure by your 6 month post I’ll be giving you an A+ in the sleeping department (right?)

You are sociable. So much so that I can’t nurse you while other people are around, especially your super entertaining big sister, who you can’t help but crane your next to see whenever you hear her little voice. You just smile and babble and all the milk runs out of the corners of your mouth, which, I must admit, is a wee bit endearing.

You finally figured out how to roll from your front to your back a few weeks after my four-month post. Thumbs up!

No teeth yet but you still chew on anything you can get your hands on. Also, we delayed giving you real food (doctor’s orders, sorry!) but a couple more weeks and we’ll give it a go.

As always, here’s a few (too many?) photos.


IMG_1075IMG_1076See that little red mark on the tip of your big toe? That’s how much you love to chew them!

IMG_1063She said WHAT?!

IMG_1074IMG_1092IMG_1046Remember when I mentioned that you like to do sit ups? This is what it looks like. You have better abs than me already, haha.


My goodness, I think you are sweet. And even though I am sleep deprived, it’s your happy smiles and sounds that fuel my days – that, your sister’s hugs, and a couple cups of strong coffee.


p.s. Here you are at two months, three months and four months – you have changed so much!

Goodbye Summer

21 Sep


Is it really fall in just a couple of days?! This summer goes down as the fastest summer. Ever. It really feels like a blur – likely because we welcomed baby J at the end of April and, well, life has been busy. And while it’s always a little bit of a bummer to say goodbye to all that warm sunshine and laid back days (as laid back as you can be as a parent, I mean, who am I kidding), it’s no secret that I love fall and all the things that come along with it. Namely: hearty soups, shorter days, cozy nights, the return to routines, and new beginnings. I am a bit geeky that way.

Here’s a few pics of our last beach day. We packed up the car, picked up Grandma, and set up shop at Spanish Banks for the afternoon. A nice cap to the end of a pretty fantastic (albeit sleep deprived) summer.


Goodbye summer! And goodbye to any more photos of baby J laying peacefully on a sandy beach. Next summer is going to be an entirely different story! Ha.

Four Months Old

7 Sep IMG_0982


Four months, little baby J! You are so alert, so strong and so smart, and you make me laugh about fifty times a day. Until you won’t sleep, then I’m not laughing so much, but you are just so sweet that I forgive you. Here’s a bit about you at four months:

You roll over from your back to your front. Then you get stuck and frustrated and complain until someone comes and rolls your onto your back.

You have been practicing baby crunches this week. Are you working on a six pack? Let’s do it together!

You love to chew on your little sausage toes. I think it’s pretty sweet, and if they were my toes, I would chew them too.

You continue to drool like crazy – we thought teeth were coming. Maybe you are just really hungry – don’t worry, your sister and I have big plans to make you some delicious food in a few weeks time. Hang in there.

I know it’s probably just a coincidence, but when you like something, like, say nursing, you say “uh huh” and when you don’t like something, like, say naptime, you say “uh uh.” It totally cracks me up.

You are starting to blow a lot of bubbles and are saying things like “ah boo” and squeal with delight – you really want to talk. But you need to speak up if you’re to be heard over your big sister.

You are determined. In order to go places, you’ve been moving yourself backwards by bending your legs and pushing with your feet. At bedtime, I always start you out on the other side of the bed (yes, we do some co-sleeping), and by morning you have somehow inched your way over to me.

You were a really great sleeper as a newborn. You were doing big long night time stretches for me. Lately you have decided that we need to hang out more often in the wee hours of the morning. I really love your company too, but if we could see less of each other between the hours of 2:00 and 5:00 I would be totally okay with that. We can catch up over breakfast.

You love your sister. She and you have this special connection and some inside jokes going on. I mean, she really tickles your funny bone and can make you belly laugh. You are also the tiniest bit scared of her sometimes. I know, she can be a bit loud and crazy, but she really means well.

Bath time is the best time. You are a slippery, wiggly, smiling little baby when in the tub. It’s pretty much my favourite time of the day with you because you are just pure joy.

You smile at everyone. I mean, everyone. People are always saying “what a happy baby” – and you should be, you are so loved. Happy four months, little one. xo

p.s. Three months and Two months.

Road Trip – part three

2 Sep 20150731_122229

Here’s the last of our road trip pics. And it only took me a month to post them. Ha! I swear, one of these days I’ll start sleeping through the night again and I’ll be a new woman :-)

20150730_174553Heading back to Kelowna, the city where we lived for over a decade, meant catching up with old friends, hanging out on familiar beaches, and watching our kids play with our friend’s kids. So funny, because when we moved away all our little ones were babies. Now they are playing house, telling secrets, and just generally being mischievous and adorable all at the same time.

20150730_20393420150730_214750Strolling the  downtown streets way past bedtime. J was having so much fun – I tried to get a video of it and then dropped and smashed my phone…white wine had nothing to do with it…but my husband might tell you otherwise.


IMG_0748We dipped J’s toes in the lake at this very beach when she was just six months old.

20150730_151948Lately it’s been tough to get a picture without some serious posing going on. It’s that five going on fifteen thing.

IMG_20150729_134954I think that after the Vancouver heat wave, baby J was happy to chill in some AC for a few days :-) I was right there with her!

20150729_144214And she took a dip in the pool too!

20150731_122229 Kal lake is the prettiest, I can never get over how turquoise the water is.

IMG_0799IMG_0801IMG_0804 Yep, they are all mine!


IMG_0784IMG_0788IMG_0830Three little ladies fishing in the (almost) dark.

IMG_0831IMG_0836 Okay, so that about covers it. We were on our way home the following morning, and by some miracle, we made it through the entire trip with less than ten minutes of crying. Of course, now that we are back in the city I have yet to have one single successful car trip. Go figure. I guess baby J just knows that road trips are awesome.

Road Trip – part two

27 Aug


Part two of our road trip took us to the Christian Valley where we stayed in a neat log house on the Kettle River (we sure hope that this beautiful place survived the recent fires!) When we pulled up, we were immediately welcomed by two friendly horses (Puff and Moose) and three babies birds, nested in a wreath near the front door.

IMG_0514 See their little heads popping out?

IMG_0526I don’t know what it is about clothes lines, but I love them. So I had to hang a few little burp cloths up there :-)

IMG_0671 I spy… a Daddy with his two girls, heading down to the river.


IMG_0537 Woo hoo! Someone was pretty excited

IMG_0521IMG_0518IMG_0525IMG_0674J told me that she wanted a Quesadilla – without the cheese. That’s like asking for a Margarita without the lime – It simply can’t be done.


This little chicken was good as gold during our trip. She travelled well and slept well. Don’t ask me about sleep this week, though…we are going through a rough patch – which is why it took me a million years to post these photos.


Oink. We took a couple of trips down the road to the Old Cowboy Ranch and hung out with some farm animals.

IMG_0558IMG_0698IMG_0546 Okay, awwww! Look at that little face.

IMG_0561IMG_0566IMG_0562IMG_0545IMG_0572 And on this farm there was a…sassy five year old!




There’s J down by the river. We had some lunch, baby J napped, Daddy tried to convince J to go in the freezing cold river (yah, no) and I got some time to read this book. 

20150728_144206 20150728_153341IMG_059520150728_123539 20150728_151018IMG_0608 The lollipop eater and the tree gazer.


So, that was fun. Pack up the car – next stop – Kelowna!


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