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

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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

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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!

Road Trip – part one

11 Aug

A couple of weeks ago, we piled our family of four into the car and hit the road. Our first stop was Veranda beach in Oroville to visit with friends. Here’s a few photos.

IMG_0404These two played famously together – adults were not allowed anywhere near this duo…

IMG_0389IMG_0351but sometimes, little brother was included in the fun…

IMG_0454 ha! isn’t he cute?!

IMG_0347Baby J took her first dip in the lake and loved it! Also, only babies can make ankle rolls look fabulous.

IMG_0360 Baby J telling jokes.

IMG_0338Little sandy toes and a sweet sunsuit.

IMG_0359IMG_0339IMG_0364Beach snacks.

IMG_0334My babies and me. J always asks me why I still call her a baby when she’s a “big girl” – she’ll get it one day :-)


IMG_0350Stressed out.

IMG_0372Bathed, in jammies, and running barefoot.


IMG_0367I sense an inside joke here.

IMG_0444Matching hair cuts.

IMG_0409IMG_0417Can we eat like this every night, please? Even though we had screaming kids in the background it felt pretty civilized.


IMG_0446Proud daddy moments.

IMG_0437Bouncy castle time before the storm rolled in.

IMG_0440IMG_0431IMG_0397The girls picked some fresh tomatoes then promptly took them to the bathroom and washed them with hand soap. So they were super clean!

IMG_0394The sweetest two-year-old tomato face I ever did see!

IMG_0428IMG_0425Poolside rootbeer floats and caesars make for a pretty good start to the day.

IMG_0423As do poolside naps.

IMG_0418IMG_0463This lady took a family picture for us – I love it, thank you, Madame Cartier!


IMG_0429See those little toes poking out? I am in love!


That’s a wrap. Next stop, a log house in the Christian Valley!

Oh, and here’s the link to last year’s Veranda Beach trip. 

Three Months Old

6 Aug


Our baby is officially not a newborn anymore, and every single cliché about how time flies keeps running through my head. I think with a second baby that the time disappears even quicker since there is so much more on your to do list and your focus is so divided. And while I welcome this next amazing stage wholeheartedly and can’t wait for the extra sleep (yes, yes, yes!) that will come with it, there’s a little bit of me that is not quite ready to fold up those adorable, tiny clothes for the last time. It’s not that I’m not loving this new smiley, giggly, oh-so-delicious chunky baby stage (it’s the best!), but I might just let those little onesies live in the dresser for just a few more days, because I’m a bit sappy like that. Why do babies have to grow so fast?

So enough with the mushy mama stuff. Here’s a few things that’s happening with this little three-month old girl

  1. She can roll from her tummy to her back – she’s not a huge fan of tummy time, so she figured that one out a couple of weeks ago.
  2. Those gummy grins have turned into belly laughs and delightful squeals. Peek-a-boo finally landed the other day, and I am officially the funniest person on the planet. Here’s hoping she will always get a kick out of me.
  3. Daddy exists. I am still number one (woop!) but Daddy is getting some loving these days, too. Finally.
  4. Car rides? Not so much – Unless I am sandwiched between two car seats – which, let me tell you, is not super comfortable. But that’s how we rolled for many, many hours on a recent road trip (which went surprising well) Turns out, baby J doesn’t hate car rides, as long as I am her sidekick. So that’s cool.
  5. I think someone is teething. Drool city and all those other little signs that go along with it. J had two teeth in by three months so it’s not entirely out of the question. Stay tuned.
  6. Bath time is THE BEST! This baby loves water and it’s making her mama very happy. We may or may not have struggles at bath-time with another cute family member.
  7. Larry hairs are all but gone. Let me explain: Baby J was born with some long hairs near the top of her head. A few surly expressions and a do that was very much like a comb over and, boom, her father nicknamed her Larry – poor kid. Allow me to get sappy again for a moment and just say that I will miss those little hairs.

I am hoping to keep these monthly photos going until baby J’s first birthday, it’s pretty wild how quickly little people grow. Here’s a look back at baby J’s two month photos. 


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