Baby H: Month 8 & 9

 

 

9 months old. I missed his last update because I was sick so here is to hoping I can remember everything in this two-month recap.

Sleeping: 12 hours at night, and two 2 hour naps in the day. It is hard-working around his naps, and far top often I have to wake him up, or keep him awake, to get his brothers from school. But school is almost out for the summer and we will be able to plan more accordingly.

 

Feeding: Anything and everything will go into his mouth, not always the best choices, unfortunately. However, it is a huge help when it comes to eating. He will try pretty much anything. He still doesn’t like peaches, and new textures are a big thing for him but once he gets past them he doesn;t usually have an issue.

Development:  He is not technically crawling, but he is mobile. He is also able to pull himself to a stand and to sit himself up. However, he will only do them when nobody is going to see him.

Growth: His weight just over 20 lbs at 9 months old.  He is wearing 9M/6-9M clothing, although not for much longer.

Hunter & Levi: For some reason, he will only ever talk to Levi, real words anyways. He only says Hi to Levi and he will copy other sounds that Levi makes. He will allow Hunter anywhere though.

 

Loves:

  • Food, pretty much anything really.
  • His brothers, for different reasons.
  • Car rides.

Hates:

  • Getting his nose wiped
  • Being contained in any way.

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What the kids say.

I spent the last two weeks smothered with a cold. I’m a total baby when I am sick and I suffer from what most people refer to as a man-cold. I know I am not a man, but I assure you the symptoms are one and the same. With the man-cold came the blogging break and I wasn’t really sure how to get back into it. Until I found this.

I was on Facebook last night I came across a post. The post encouraged us to sit down with our child, ask questions without any prompting, and then to repost the questions and answers along with our child’s name and age. I’ve had a few friends do this and I have always been entertained by the answers so I decided that I would try it with Hunter and Levi. I sat down separately with my older two boys to find out their answers because Hunter tends to just repeat whatever Levi says and I wanted his own opinion.

Here’s how my Q & A went with my 6-year-old and 4-year-old sons

1. What is something I always say to you?
Levi: “Go play in your room.”

Hunter: “Don’t”

2. What makes me happy?
Levi: “When I listen.”

Hunter: “When we do what we’re supposed to do.”

3. What makes me sad?
Levi: “When I have to go somewhere else.”

Hunter: “Giving me trouble.”

4. How do I make you laugh?
Levi: “Tickle me.”

Hunter: “Tickle me.”

5. What was I like as a child?
Levi: “Really good.”

Hunter: “Everything.”

6. How old am I? (I am 27)
Levi: “17” Much better than the 50 he said when I asked him the other day.

Hunter: “7”

7. How tall am I? (I’m 5’ 7”)
Levi: “30 Feet”

Hunter: “50 Feet”

8. What is my favourite thing to do?
Levi: “Go fishing.”

Hunter: “Watch television.”

9. What do I do when you’re not around?
Levi: “Hang out with dad.”

Hunter: “I don’t know.”

10. What am I really good at?
Levi: “The Lego Batman game.”

Hunter: “Exercising.”

11. What is something I’m not good at?
Levi: “Zelda.”

Hunter: “Painting nails.”

12. What do I do for a job?
Levi: “Take care of me.”

Hunter: “Nothing.”

13. What is my favourite food?
Levi: “Ham.”

Hunter: “Everything.”

14. What do you enjoy doing with me?
Levi: “Having picnics.”

Hunter: “Going to get ice cream.”

While that was the end of the “official” list I decided to expand.

15. What do you want to be when you grow up?

Levi: “Like dad.” Awww.

Hunter: “Power Ranger.”

16.  If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

Levi: “Flying.”

Hunter: “Power Rangers don’t have super powers.” Of course, they don’t,

17. What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever seen?

Levi: “The chicken dance.”

Hunter: “All the dinosaurs together.”

18. Can you name one thing that scares you?

Levi: “Nothing.”

Hunter: “Ghosts.”

19. What do you do when you’re scared to make it less scary?

Levi: “Close my eyes.”

Hunter: “Tell people.”

20. Would you rather give up TV, chocolate or friends?

Levi: “Chocolate.”

Hunter: “My friends.”

 

21. What is the most disgusting thing you can think of?

Levi: “Brown beans”

Hunter: “Carrots and broccoli, and brussels sprouts, and salad.” As you can tell he’s not a fan of vegetables.

22. What is the first thing you can remember?

Levi: “When Sakira died.” Sakira is our dog that passed away 18 months ago, this was a huge moment in Levi’s life but it has more to do with other things that happened at the same time and this is what he is subconsciously holding on to. 

Hunter: “Going to the spray park.”

23. If you could change one rule, what would it be?

Levi: “not being able to watch a movie whenever I want.”

Hunter: “Having to clean up.”

24. What’s the most amazing thing you’ve ever heard?

Levi: “There was a real bumblebee.”

Hunter: “Superman.” I feel like this was influenced by the fact the Supergirl was playing in the background.

 

At the end of this, I feel like I have a much better idea of what my kids think; not only of me but of myself. Have you ever done anything like this with your kids?

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MY job as mom.

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There are a lot of titles I carry as a mom.

  1. President: My husband might argue this point a little, but even he phones and clears things with me before planning things. I run the household.
  2. Secretary: Yes, I carry both titles. If I don’t make the schedule things just won’t happen.
  3. Chef: Maybe not gourmet, but any day that I don’t cook boxed macaroni and cheese or serve cereal for dinner I am probably winning. 3 kids; 1 who is going through a stage where everything has to be plain, and 2 adult males under my roof mean it’s hard impossible to please everyone most nights.
  4. Cheerleader: Kids in sports (or even not in sports) means that I am at EVERY game, and EVERY practice cheering them on and cheering them on loud enough to make sure they hear me. I never want them looking into the stand and wondering who is there for them. I will always be there.
  5. Housekeeper: Cleaning the entire house every day. Sweeping, mopping, dishes, laundry it literally never ends.
  6. Laundromat attendant: All the laundry, all the time. With only one washing machine. At least I get all the pocket change out of the dryer.
  7. Maid: Different than a housekeeper, I am expected, it would seem anyway, to wait on my children hand and foot.
  8. Janitor: Also different from the housekeeper, I also get to clean up all the spills and messes.
  9. Taxi Driver: I have to drive everyone everywhere, usually with no time to spare.
  10. Judge: When all the little arguments happen, guess who decides who is right.
  11. Referee: Scraps happen, I’m the one who has to climb in the middle, or hopefully diffuse them before they start.
  12. Secret Keeper: While we don’t keep secrets in this house, they have found a loophole when it comes to “surprises”
  13. Personal Assistant: Forgot something? Need something done? Don;t worry mom will get it done.
  14. Teacher: Colours, ABCs, spelling words, all of the above.
  15. Coach: In all things sports.
  16. Art Critic: Of course that looks like a dinosaur!
  17. Potty Trainer: Two kids down one to go.
  18. Bum Checker: Even though they are potty trained, wiping is still something that needs working on.
  19. Diaper Changer: And counting down!
  20. Search and Rescue: A toy or a blanket always seems to be missing.
  21. Tickler: My boys loved to be tickled
  22. Tickle me Elmo: Who needs the top when I can tickle mom?
  23. Day Care Provider: Someone has to take care of them.
  24. Government: Someone needs to make the rules.
  25. Police Woman: And then they need to be followed.
  26. Stylist: No you can’t wear shorts when it’s -30 degrees
  27. Personal Shopper: Groceries, clothes you name it, I buy it
  28. Dentist: Gotta make sure all the teeth are clean.
  29. Breath Smeller: How else am I going to know if they actually brushed their teeth?
  30. Volunteer: Field trips, councils, hot lunches, as often as possible.
  31. Play Date Organizers: Back to that scheduling we talked about.
  32. Event Planner: Birthdays, and holidays.
  33. Conductor of Sleep Studies: Overnight, in a bed that is far too small
  34. Monster Patrol: Under beds, behinds doors, the works.
  35. Librarian: Complete with story telling.
  36. Singer: Specialising in nursery rhymes and theme songs.
  37. Doctor: Kisses and cuddles are my specialities.
  38. Paramedic: Breaking out the big guns with fun band aids when needed.
  39. Nurse: I administer the medicine when they’re sick.
  40. Cuddle Expert: Because sometimes all you need is a good cuddle session.
  41. Speech Therapist:  There are a lot of words to learn how to say properly.

I wear a lot of hats. More so than is even listed here. Would I give up any one of them? Not a chance, they bring be closer to my kids and that makes me a better mom.

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Fat Mommy gets fit: Water

My first order of business in the journey was to quit drinking Coke! I have lived in this delusional world where I was able to convince myself that if I only drank one can a day that wasn’t so bad. Especially in comparison so other people in my household that drink 3-5. See, what did I tell you? Delusional. Just because I wasn’t drinking as much as others, doesn’t mean I was doing the right thing. You can find thousands of articles and blogs telling you why you shouldn’t drink it. It wrecks your teeth, it puts you ar risk for a number of serious diseases, the stuff literally can eat through metal. But, I was able to happily ignore all of that to live in my happy world.

So, I quit drinking it. Okay, I made that sound so much easier than it actually was. The only way I was able to do it was to stop buying it. Out of sight out of mind. As the same time, I also got a kidney infection and I was able to substitute it with cranberry juice until that passed. But, alas, despite only purchasing “so sugar added” juices, fruit juice is still loaded with a tonne of natural sugar and is just empty calories that nobody really needs.
Bring on the water! There are so many benefits to drinking water.

  • Prevent dehydration
  • Promote healthy organ function
  • Keep your muscles energised
  • To keep your skin looking good.
  • probably a million other reasons…

So really there is no reason to not drink it.

For years and years and years I have heard that a person needs to drink 8-8oz glasses of water or 2 Litres. So that’s what I did, I figured out how much my cup held and then I figured out how many of them I needed to drink to reach that goal. Easy Peasy! Until a few days in a friend told me that is totally out of date, and you actually need to drink much more than that in a day. Half your body weight (in pounds to oz) to be more accurate. So if you weigh 200 lbs you need drink 100 oz od water. Not the commonly heard 64 oz. – Apparently, this is all fields, not just water but when you’re trying to cut out the calories water is clearly (no pun intended) the best option. – I, weighing in much higher than I should need to drink about 115 oz, nearly double what I thought.

So that is my goal. Just over 3.5 Litres. Doable. I can probably manage this.


I can absolutely do this! By keeping a glass or water bottle full of water next to me always, I now drink an average of 4L of water a day. That and making the decision to actually drink the amount of water I need. It is harder when  I drink other things during the day but I still manage to get it done. I do seem to spend an absurd amount of time in the bathroom these days though.

What are some of your tips and tricks to drink more water?

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La Roche-Posay Micellar Water for Dry/Reactive Skin: A review.

If anyone is a regular reader you would know that I am the furthest thing from a beauty blogger. So when I first heard about this product I have to admit I had to google what it was even for! Apparently, it is water with tiny balls of oil suspended in it. The idea being that the dirt is attracted to the oil and will clean your skin without drying it out.  As someone with EXTREMELY dry skin, I often don’t bother to wash my face because of no matter the cleanser it always just seemed to get dryer and dryer. I’m sure this is not the best course of action, and one that I will probably regret later in life, but for now it seems to work.


When I got my free product in the mail I tried it out right away. The first thing I noticed was that it felt and looked like water. I applied it to a cotton pad and wiped my face, for something that felt like water it certainly didn’t clean like water;  it got an absurd amount of dirt off my face, probably because I don’t normally wash it. It did leave a sort of residue on my skin, which I am sure is due to the oil molecules. But it was hardly noticeable and nothing that bothered me. It definitely wasn’t oily like one would expect from an “oil”, and  for once did not need to use a heavy moisturizer on my face after washing it so it didn’t dry me out like a “water.”
I continued to use this every morning and night for the week. Each day I noticed that my skin appeared much less dry than it was before. I no longer had flaky skin on my forehead. This used to be the worst area, it was like dandruff on my forehead. I also tried it as a makeup remover and it removed everything with little to no effort. No racoon eyes, Yay!

Then I made a terrible mistake, I quit using it! I don’t know why but for some reason I dropped it from my routine. Sure enough, my skin started to get dry again. Clearly, I need to rededicate a part of my morning and evening routine to include this.  After reincorporating it I am happy to report that, again, I am seeing the results I loved before and I will not be dropping it again. Plus even after a month of using it nearly every day I have barely made a dent in the bottle. A little bit goes a long way. When I actually run out of this bottle I will without a doubt be purchasing it again.

**Please note that I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are mine.**

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Baby H: Month seven.

Six months old and he is growing before my eyes. I watch him with amazement as he is very much my miracle baby.

Sleeping: This boy of mine sleeps like a champ, bedtime at 7 and not a peep from him until 7 am. Then a nap in the morning where he s more than happy to just lay in bed and babble to himself.He tends to wake up from his afternoon nap crabby, but I believe that has more to do with his loud older brothers waking him up while they play.

Feeding: Three meals a day, and 3 bottles – which hardly seems like enough, but his doctor isn’t worried. – I am doing a combination of Baby Led Weaning and traditional feeding methods. He gets to feed himself his lunch, usually toast, or something similar; while I feed him breakfast and dinner. He is learning, but he still isn’t getting enough into him when he feeds himself so we are actively working towards that.


Development:  He is holding his own bottle, almost always and is getting close to crawling. Not quite there yet but close. He is getting quite good at picking up things and getting them into his mouth.

Growth: Oh he is growing, but to me, he is still so small. I wonder if he will always feel that way to me. He is still in 3-6/6M clothes for not a whole lot longer. He has been wearing them for over 3 months so win for getting my use out of them.

Hunter & Levi: They love to try to teach him how to crawl. HD has no in what they are doing but they certainly try.

Loves:

  • His jumper is still by far his favourite thing.
  • When his brothers crawl around the floor.
  • When daddy comes home from work.
  • Yogurt, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash.

Hates:

  • Tummy time, he is getting over it, but he still isn’t a big fan. 
  • Rice cereal, since he discovered new and better foods he really doesn’t want this.

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Fat mommy gets fit: the beginning.

My whole life I have been overweight. Not morbidly obese or anything, but overweight. When Blayne and I got together I was in the best shape of my life, and at 190 lbs that was still in no way a healthy weight. When I got pregnant with HD weighed as much as I did 9 months pregnant with Hunter. 220 lbs. Of course, when I was pregnant I did put on weight, only 10 lbs but still it capped me at the heaviest I have been in my life. 6 months later I was still carrying all of that weight. I decided that it was time for a change, a life change.

In the past, I have tried to lose weight and by making a bunch of changes all at once and giving up. When I was actually making progress and keeping it off it was I was serving full-time and was eating salads at work do to my, then, wheat allergy. I now am doing neither of those things. After Hunter and Pre-wedding I was going to the gym twice a week and I managed to lose 2 sizes, but the number on the scale never moved. This was largely due tot the fact that I wasn’t making the necessary dietary changes to lose the weight.

This time things are going to be different. The old me would get out of bed, drink coffee and have a nap, before drinking more coffee. I would rarely eat breakfast, and almost never lunch. I would not get off the chair where I was watching TV. No food or drinks until dinner time where it would almost certainly be coke, which is what I would drink until bed. I would then drink about 8 oz of water (certain that made up for all the water I didn’t drink during the day and then I would have a fitful sleep before getting up and doing it all over again. Hello, healthy… not.

It took me 27 years and 2 babies to put on this weight. It is going to take a while to get it off, and a lifetime to keep it off. I am not doing a yo-yo diet. I am making a lifestyle change, slowly as to not overwhelm myself. Past experience tells me that is a sure-fire way to fail. I am tired of failing, but mostly I am tired of not being the mom I want to be. I no longer want to hide from the camera so there are no pictures of me and my kids.

I am writing this so that I have something (someone) to hold myself accountable to. I have a long road ahead of me, but I am going to follow it through. I guess my first step would be putting down the cookies I am eating while writing this.

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A trip to the Bubble Guppies Live.

We were given the opportunity to go see the Bubble Guppies Live: Ready to Rock in February. A family member had the tickets and, unfortunately, were able to use them. So, they were offered to us. Hunter is often watching Bubble guppies, and Blayne was from work, so I jumped at the chance.

For those of you that don’t know; Bubble Guppies is a preschooler show, where the main characters are mermaids who attend a school where they learn about things through song. In this particular show, they lose their pet dog and have to find them before their concert starts. Based on the description, I was confident that even Levi would love this show.

The show itself was in Edmonton at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. This is an incredible building where they hold all sorts of shows, from concerts to ballets, to operas. The building is located near the university, so public transit is readily available and there is a large amount o public parking. However, the parkade height restriction is not posted and we nearly ended up in a predicament because of this. We made it in and out but had to find parking elsewhere due to the minimal outside parking being occupied by small vehicles.

When we made it into the building we quickly and easily found our seats on the second level. Even though the show had already started (whoops) everything was well organised and lit enough that there were no issues. One of the things I like most about the jubilee is that regardless of where you sit – in my experience – you can hear and see everything clearly. Somebody did a good job when designing this building.

From the moment we sat down we had two entranced little boys. Levi, from the get-go, was singing and dancing in his seat, and Hunter, while he took a bit to warm up to it, was soon following suit.  The show was full of dancing and singing, and jokes. It kept the kids involved and far from bored. Even the adults in the audience were singing along. From start to finish the show was about 90 minutes, including the intermission, which gave the younger audience members a chance to get out of their chairs, and probably take a much-needed potty break. In my opinion, it was the perfect length to keep the target audience happy, and not bored. You can only expect young kids to watch something for so long.
The kids had a wonderful time, and I would consider taking them to a similar show in the future. Maybe one geared for kids who are a bit older. Even though Levi was “too old” he still had a great time.

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Baby H: Month six.

The hardest part about babies is that you can literally watch them grow and learn things before your eye. They grow up SOOO quickly and it breaks my heart a little bit. Thankfully I have these updates so I don’t miss anything!


Sleeping:  I am lucky. He is an awesome sleeper. I put him to bed at 7 and I USUALLY don’t hear from him again until 7 am. He wakes up happy as can be babbling in his bed until I go get him. He sleeps awesome and he loves his bed. He has 2-two hour naps in a day, which often seems to land at the time I have to pick up his older brothers from school, but hey; that’s the nature of the beast.


Feeding: All this little boy wants to do is eat. He is loving solid food, he growls at you until you share with him. It’s super cute.


Development:  He’s sitting and rolling, and babbling and everything else. He says Mom and mmmm – which he says when he is hungry. He also has started to hold his own bottle.

Growth: I missed grabbing his height because I wasn’t paying attention, but he weight 16 lbs 7 oz. not a huge jump since his last checkup but the doctor is happy with him. He has rolls in all the right places, and he is happy.Still wearing 6M/3-6M clothes so I have gotten over 3 months out of them so hat that is a win for me!

Hunter & Levi: Hunters favourite thing is “bouncy-bouncy boing-boing time” (I think it’s a TV show reference) which is when HD is in his bouncer and jumping and Hunter jumps as well. They both think it’s a great game!

Loves:

  • FOOD
  • His jumper
  • His bed

Hates:

  • Peaches, peas, and poultry  – turkey or chicken baby food he will not touch.

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A trip to the West Edmonton Mall World Water Park.

We’re always looking for good experiences to do with the kids. Camping, fishing, the zoo. I know the boys will remember these types of things over the material objects. Our most recent trip was to the West Edmonton Mall World Water Park.

Under normal circumstances, this would be a little out of our normal price range but we were able to take advantage of a private rental through my mom’s work. We have done this in the past, but Hunter was only 4-months-old and Levi was only 2 and neither of them remembers going so it was like a whole new adventure. Remembering what it was like in the past we made sure to get there a bit early. Anyone who has ever been to West Edmonton Mall (WEM) can tell you that they have HUGE windows overlooking the water park so that people can get a glimpse of what is inside. Hunter stared at it in awe and asked: “how did they get the ocean inside the building?!”

If you have never been to WEM I highly suggest it. It is the largest mall in North America.  Not only does it have the water park but also an indoor theme park, a sea lion show, an aquarium, a skating rink, an arcade, bowling alley, hotel and oh so much more. There is something there for literally everyone.

The waterpark itself is the second largest indoor park in the world and features the world’s largest wave pool – more on that later. this place has 17 indoor slides, and a tonne more features. Some were new to me and I can’t wait to go back just the grownups to take advantage of them.

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Waiting in Line

Because we had a private rental we had to wait for it to close to the general public, this meant it was past our normal bedtime of 7 pm before we got in, so waiting was tedious for the boys. They were definitely tired and grumpy by the time we were able to get into the change rooms. The change rooms themselves are large and feature a number of private change areas for people to use. The lockers were available to rent for only $12 for an entire day – great if you’re there for more than just a few hours – and they used an awesome wristband instead of a lock and key, so no worry about losing a key in the water.

When we got into the pool we went straight for the Dolphin Kiddie Pool which had three little slides and some water toys. This is where we got HD in the water for the first time. This is the area made for the smallest kids, not really great for babies. I found the water a little cold for my liking, and HD did not like the splashing that was happening. We moved over to the wave pool pretty quickly.

Everyone loved the wave pool, Hunter and Levi took turns heading out into the deeper water with their dad and uncle. HD and I spend time in the shallower warmer water at the edge of the pool. The wave pool has always been my favourite place to be so I am not at all surprised that the kids love it. The water is warm and it is so fun just riding the waves.

After the waves, Hunter and Levi spent the rest of the night at Carribean Cove, a Multi-level play structure to climb and crawl around on. The boys LOVED it there and squealed with delight every time the dump bucket dumped the water. It took a little while for Hunter to work up to actually going down the slide, but as soon as he did he never stopped until it was time to go home. HD and I spent some time in the awesome double hot tub before heading out.

It was a late night but it was a great one, still, the kids are asking when they can go back to the “ocean inside the building.” These are the activities we love doing as a family. Things that keep their bodies and their brains active. Things that they will remember for years to come. We can’t wait to go back.

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