Saturday, September 14, 2013

11 Months*


 Mary is 11 months old now! She is on the verge of walking and can understand simple instructions. She is such a happy, outgoing and energetic baby. We are so blessed!

Here are the things that Mary loves:

• Eating, she still has a huge appetite
• Playing with older kids
• Playing in the paddling pool
• Going for walks
• Listening to music

Here are the things that Mary hates:

• Being bored

Milestones this month:

• Saying her first word "banana"
• Moving to Winnipeg
• Meeting two of her great-grandmothers 
• Understanding simple instructions, like "give me five," "hands on head" and "wave bye bye"

Mary weighs 20 pounds, 15 ounces and is 28.5 inches long. We love you Mary!

Watch Mary grow:
One month
Two months
Three months
Four months
Five months
Six months 
Seven months
Eight months
Nine months 
10 months

* I am really late posting this. We just moved to Winnipeg and I just started my last year of law school. I'll post more soon.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

10 Months


 Mary is 10 months old now. She is still so happy and so outgoing. She crawls, pulls herself up and is starting to show she understands what we say. The best development this month is that Mary can sleep for 12 hours in a row. What a miracle! 

Here are the things that Mary loves:

• Eating bananas, sausages, grilled cheese sandwiches, steamed vegetables, tacos, spaghetti, fish, stuffed peppers, potatoes, chicken, spinach or anything with cheese
• Eating dinner and lunch, but not much breakfast
• When Daddy swings her around
• "Redecorating" her room by taking everything off the shelves
• Shopping and running errands
• Going for walks
• Electric cords
• Animals, especially Lola and Mango
• Playing in water

Here are the things that Mary hates:

• Being bored in the car (not good, considering we are driving to Ontario in three weeks)

Milestones this month:

• Sleeping for 12 hours in a row
• Pulling herself to standing
• Cruising on the furniture
• Crawling properly
• First trip to the emergency room
• First time on antibiotics (for a bladder infection, poor little one)
• Giving high-five
• Clapping when she hears the word "clap"
• Making two distinctive babbles for "I would like some more food, Mommy" and "I see a cat or dog I would like to play with"
• Going from crawling to sitting and laying on her back to sitting
• Playing in a paddling pool
• Occasionally having one-nap days

Mary weighs 21 pounds, two ounces and is 28 inches long. We love you Mary!

Watch Mary grow:
One month
Two months
Three months
Four months
Five months
Six months 
Seven months
Eight months 
Nine months

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Seven Quick Takes (33)


 1. Remember that articling job interview I had? I got the job! I am very excited. I wish I could start right away. Now I just have to finish law school!

2. On that note, I still don't know if I can transfer to the University of Manitoba. They aren't going to start assessing my application until July and I may not know until August. Boo hiss. Peter and I were talking yesterday about our back-up plan and came to the conclusion that we don't really have one.

3. In happier news, Mary pulled herself up on the coffee table for the first time yesterday. Then when Peter got home from work, she pulled herself up on his sock drawer. I was so pleased that he got to see her show off her new skill. She was very proud of herself.

4. In sadder news, Mary used her new-found skill to pull down her CD player today and got her first bruise. I was extremely upset! Peter rightly pointed out that this will be the first of many bumps and bruises. He's right, but I'm still sad for my poor Cute Lute.

5. Last weekend our friends from Kamloops came to visit and we had a splendid time. They have a five-year-old daughter and a three-year-old son and they were both lovely to Mary. And Mary loves big kids!

6. Peter's favourite team just lost the home opener. I started writing this post with less than three minutes left in the game and it just ended. The last few minutes of football games take forever! The one good thing is that Peter is now 1-0 in his CFL picks column.

7. Here are some glorious photos for you to enjoy:



Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Nine Months


 Mary is already nine months old! She's extremely talkative and loves to mimic our words. She's also crawling all over the place. (Her crawling style is a bit rough around the edges though. It's hard to get a bottom that big off the ground!) She's just started trying to pull herself up on the furniture. The biggest news of the month is that Mary now routinely soothes herself to sleep and doesn't need to be nursed or held until she falls asleep. This is a huge development!

Here are the things that Mary loves:

• Eating grown up food, especially tacos, spaghetti, grilled cheese and spinach
• Eating dinner and lunch, but not much breakfast
• Mimicking sounds, especially da-da, ah-ah, hisses and raspberries
• Drinking from her sippy cup
• Riding on Daddy's shoulders
• People watching
• Shopping and running errands
• Going for walks
• Mauling the cats
• Bags and boxes
• Knocking over towers of blocks
• Electric cords
• Taking books off her bookshelf
• Sleeping on her tummy
• Playing peek-a-boo

Here are the things that Mary hates:

• Being bored
• Being fed with a spoon
• Feeling grass against the back of her head

Milestones this month:

• Routinely soothing herself to sleep without parental intervention
• Flipping over to sleep on her tummy
• Using a pincer grip with both hands
• Pulling herself up on my legs

Mary weighs 20 pounds, eight ounces and is 28 inches long. We love you Mary!

Watch Mary grow:
One month
Two months
Three months
Four months
Five months
Six months 
Seven months
Eight months 

Friday, June 7, 2013

Seven Quick Takes (32)


 1. I have an articling interview on Wednesday with the biggest law firm in the city. Because it's a full-service firm, I would get to work in family law, criminal law, civil law and corporate law. I'm so incredibly excited!

2. The past three days, Mary has been flipping over onto her tummy in her sleep and waking herself up and crying. We've had some rough nights. The toughest part is that there is nothing I can do. I can't force her to sleep on her back or convince her that tummy sleeping is glorious. Poor Cute Lute!

3. In more positive Mary news, she was such a trooper at my cousin's wedding last weekend. At the Chinese tea ceremony she was loud and happy and glorious. (That part of the wedding was very loud so her babbling didn't disturb anyone.) And then at the ceremony, she was quiet and happy and glorious. Way to go, Cute Lute! Mary didn't come to the reception because it didn't start until after her bedtime. We had a babysitter and I only had to go back to the hotel once to put her back to sleep.

4. We're going to Terrace next weekend for Peter to cover the Northern Gateway pipeline final arguments. I'm really looking forward to it. Peter has never been to that part of B.C. before and, of course, neither has Mary.

5. Yesterday, Mary weighed 20 pounds six ounces. I just love how big and sturdy she is.

6. My brother ran a half marathon a few weeks ago in one hour, 38 minutes. Way to go, Paul! And, as my mother so kindly pointed out, this now makes me the only member of my family of origin who hasn't run a half-marathon. Laura has run four, Mom has run two and Paul and Dad have run one each.

7. Peter and I were cat-chatting the other day about what we would do if we won $590 million. We decided we would use the money as an endowment to start a charity like Kiva, but fund projects within Canada. Winning the lottery would be amazing, but it would only eliminate one of my top three problems. Peter would be able to take a year off work (or quit entirely) and come with me to finish my law degree next year. But all the money in the world wouldn't make Mary sleep through the night and wouldn't get rid of my anxiety over her health and well-being.


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Glorious Wedding Photos

My cousin Don got married last weekend. Here are some glorious photos:










Tuesday, May 28, 2013

2013 Goals Update

I set myself eight goals at the beginning of the year. Here's how I'm progressing so far:

• Do the Friday New York Times crossword puzzle every week.
I've finished the crossword every week so far. The bad news is that I still haven't solved any without help. But I have noticed improvement. And I came within a few letters of finishing the last two Sunday puzzles. (The crossword gets harder each day from Monday to Saturday and Sunday is a bigg Thursday puzzle.)
 
• Read 40 books.
I've read at least another nine, so I'm now at 16. I need to pick up my pace!

• Make 30 new recipes.
I've made at least 21 new recipes. The best since my last update was Maple Glazed Ham Steak, the worst was crab cakes. (I didn't bookmark that recipe because it was a definitely-not-make-again.)

• Give our house a thorough spring cleaning.
The spring cleaning has become more of a summer cleaning. I'm almost finished the main floor and then I'll move on to the basement.

• Pay off some of our mortgage.
Goal met! Credit goes to our unexpected tax return!

• Breastfeed Mary exclusively until she is six months old and then part-time until her first birthday.
I've done the first part, still working on the second.

• Sleep eight hours in a row at least once.
Sadly, I haven't met this goal yet. The last time I slept eight hours in a row was last June. Isn't that crazy?

• Finish my second-to-last semester of law school.
I've applied to transfer to the University of Manitoba. Hopefully I'll hear back sometime in June.