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.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Seven Quick Takes (31)

 1. I can't believe we have an eight-month-old. Where has the time gone? I felt like I was pregnant forever, but this year is just flying by. I am absolutely loving staying home with Mary. I didn't think I was going to enjoy it this much!

2. I haven't heard yet if my transfer to the University of Manitoba has been approved. They aren't even going to assess my application until the end of June. I really, really hope I get in because I don't have a back-up plan.

3. I'm also in the process of applying for articling. Cover letters are the most awkward thing to write.

4. Mary tried to pull herself up on the coffee table for the first time on Friday. Unfortunately, she didn't have enough strength in her arms to lift her chubby bottom up off the floor. She got very frustrated. It was so cute.

5. At eight months, I weighed 19 pounds, 10 ounces and Peter weighed exactly 20 pounds. Mary is the family light-weight at 19 pounds, six ounces. She certainly looks like a light-weigh doesn't she?


6. My cousin is getting married next weekend. I am so excited. I'm also a bit overwhelmed with the logistics of the trip. It was much easier to travel with Mary when she didn't eat real food (and insist on feeding herself because she's Ms. Independent) and she wasn't mobile.

7. Here are some splendid photos of Mary for you to enjoy:







Friday, May 24, 2013

Eight Months


Mary is eight months old today! (Also, this means I haven't blogged in an entire month. What a fail!)

Here are the things that Mary loves:

• Eating, especially chunks of pears, cauliflower and broccoli and baby crackers
• Drinking from her sippy cup
• Feeding herself
• Listening to music
• Stealing toys from other babies
• Swimming
• Riding on Daddy's shoulders
• People
• Bath time with Daddy
• Putting everything in her mouth
• Shouting
• Not wearing clothes
• Going for walks
• Mauling the cats
• Taking things in and out of boxes
• Knocking over towers of blocks
• Toys that make noise
• Cellphones
• Jumping
• Newspapers
• 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
• Being thrown off her routine

Milestones this month:

• Army crawling
• Mimicking and repeating words
• Using a pincer grip with her left hand
• Babbling
• Object permanence
• Riding in a grocery cart

Mary weighs 19 pounds, six ounces and is 26 1/2 inches long. We love you Mary!

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

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Seven Months

 
Mary is seven months old today! She is such a loud and enthusiastic baby. This has been a big month for Mary. She started eating real food and is on the verge of crawling.

Here are the things that Mary loves:

• Listening to music
• Eating pears and blueberries
• Swimming
• Riding on Daddy's shoulders
• People
• Bath time with Daddy
• Putting everything in her mouth
• Being outside
• Shouting
• Not wearing clothes
• Going for walks in her Baby Bjorn or stroller
• Patting the cats
• Sitting

Here are the things that Mary hates:

• Being bored

Milestones this month:

• Eating real food
• Going on a road trip
• Starting swimming lessons
• Getting up on her hands and knees
• Pushing herself backwards on the floor

Mary weighs 18 pounds 14 ounces and is 26 inches long. We love you Mary!

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

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Six Months


 Mary is six months old! This year is flying by. She's so happy and lively and fun.

Here are the things that Mary loves:

• Listening to music
• Riding on Daddy's shoulders
• People
• Bath time with Daddy
• Putting everything in her mouth
• Sleeping
• Eating
• Talking loudly
• Not wearing clothes
• Going for walks in her Baby Bjorn
• Patting the cats
• Sitting

Here are the things that Mary hates:

• Getting out of the bath
• Splashing herself in the face
• Being bored

Milestones this month:

• Learning how to sit
• Rolling from her back to her tummy
• Standing while holding onto the coffee table
• Dragging objects toward herself
• Pivoting around in a circle
• Doubling her birth weight
• Riding in her sled

Mary weighs 17 pounds and five ounces, nine pounds more than when she was born. She is 26 inches long, four inches more than when she was born.

We love you Mary!

Watch Mary grow:
One month
Two months
Three months
Four months
Five months

Sunday, March 17, 2013

What I Wore Sunday (2)


Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I was reading at 9 a.m. mass today so I set my alarm in case Mary didn't wake us up in time. But it wasn't necessary as she woke us up at 7 a.m. Peter was up late watching Formula 1 so he'll be going for a nap this afternoon!

Here is a picture of me in my greenest outfit:


I don't have a lot of green in my wardrobe, but I do have this absolutely gorgeous scarf that my mother-in-law gave me.

My dress is from Eddie Bauer (via the thrift store.) It is wool and it's so warm and lovely.
My shirt is from Ricki's.
My glorious scarf is from Indigo.

Here is a picture of Mary the Little Leprechaun:


The spectacular hat is also from my mother-in-law.

Mary's dress is very special. It used to belong to her Auntie Katie, Peter's sister, who died when she was about a month younger than Mary is now. The dress is almost 30 years old now and it is absolutely beautiful.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

What I Wore Sunday (1)


We almost didn't make it to 9 a.m. mass this morning. We decided to let Mary sleep as long as she wanted so she woke up around 8 a.m. because of the time change. (She usually gets up around 7 a.m.)

I didn't think we could get to mass in time, but Peter took one for the team and didn't shower so he could get Mary ready. He even put her in a dress with tights. Peter hates tights! (He's even gone so far as to say he hopes our next baby is a boy so he doesn't have to wrangle with tiny baby tights anymore.)

Here is a picture of me in my Sunday finest:


My dress is from Poet (via the thrift store).
My shoes are from Geox.

Here is a picture of Mary in her Sunday finest:


Her shirt and dress are from Marks & Spencer.

Instead of getting a picture of Peter in all his un-showered glory, here is an unrelated picture of a bunch of cats eating:


Now we're going to watch Peter's alma mater win the Canadian national basketball championships for the ninth time followed by Peter's hometown team winning the national curling championships. (Paws crossed!)

Friday, March 8, 2013

Seven Quick Takes (30)


1. Mary had a big week this week! She gained six ounces and is now more than double her birth weight at a whopping 16 pounds 15 ounces. She also rolled over from her back to her front. And, best of all, she can kind of sit. Here is Mary in her gorilla pose, as Peter calls it:


2. I applied to the University of Manitoba earlier this week. I'm hoping I can finish my last year of law school in Winnipeg so Mary and I can stay with my in-laws and my mother-in-law can take care of the Cute Lute while I'm in class. Peter, sadly, will have to stay here and work. Because I've finished two years already, I would still graduate with a University of Ottawa degree. I really hope I get accepted!

3. Operation fashion overhaul is underway. My sister came over yesterday and helped me sort through my clothes. I realized that every nice item of clothing I own was either bought by my mother, made by my mother or bought by my mother-in-law. This has to change!

4. Mary went to her first hockey game earlier this week. She burst into tears as soon as she walked in because it was so loud, but then she calmed down and enjoyed all three hours of the game. I was very impressed by her stamina!

5. I was doing so well on my Lenten vow not to eat junk food until yesterday when I was out with some friends for coffee and they had carrot cake samples at the till. I completely forgot it was Lent! What a fail!

6. I just finished my first Prince George cat-sitting gig. It made me miss all my kitty friends in Ottawa . . . and human friends in Ottawa too.

7. I am lacking inspiration today, so enjoy these unrelated photos of a bunch of cats and Mary in a tutu:


Sunday, March 3, 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, but I haven't been able to solve any without help yet. Maybe next month!

• Read 40 books.
I read four books in February to bring my total to a whopping seven. Not good, Carolynne. Not good. 

• Make 30 new recipes.

I made seven new recipes this month, which brings me to 16 in total. I'm more than half-way there! This month's hits were: Peanut Butter and Jam Smoothies, Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas, Garlic Green Beans, Sausage Patties and Pita Chips.

• Give our house a thorough spring cleaning.
My mother has agreed to hang out with Mary during Spring Break so I can clean.

• Pay off some of our mortgage.
We're on track!

• Breastfeed Mary exclusively until she is six months old and then part-time until her first birthday.
We're on track!

• Sleep eight hours in a row at least once.
Mary sleeps for eight hours in a row regularly now, but I haven't yet. She gets a head-start by going to bed at 7 p.m.

• Finish my second-to-last semester of law school.
I am still planning to go back to school in September.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Seven Quick Takes (29)


1. Mary is very into music and not so much into books. She gets bored easily when I read to her. On a good day, we can read for 10 minutes at a time. But she can happily listen to music for hours. I've been playing her all sorts of different music on the satellite radio. Classical, opera, jazz, she loves it all!

2. I've decided to revamp my wardrobe. I want to start buying better quality clothes so they last longer and I look better and Mary will not be ashamed of me when she grows up. I know very little about fashion, but I can learn!

3. In slightly related news, I'm getting my hair cut on Monday for the first time since Mary was born. I am excited!

4. My mother, sister, Mary and I are going on a roadtrip to the Okanagan next month. I am going to visit my friends from Ottawa who now live in Kelowna. Our babies can be friends! It is going to be glorious.

5. Mary is going to her first hockey game tomorrow. Peter is doing the broadcasting for the pre-game, post-game and intermission shows so he'll be able to hang out with us during the actual game. 

6. Here is Peter's most hilarious story of the week: Oils spills can benefit economy, panel told. One of the girls in my book club said it sounded like an Onion article.

7. Here are some recent photos of our little daughter, for your enjoyment:


Monday, February 25, 2013

Five Months


 Mary is five months old now. She loves music and people and being the centre of attention. She is a very happy little girl!

Here are the things that Mary loves:

• Listening to music
• People
• Bath time with Daddy
• Putting everything in her mouth
• Sleeping
• Eating
• Talking loudly
• Not wearing clothes
• Having her head rubbed
• Her Baby Bjorn
• Patting the cats

Here are the things that Mary hates:

• Getting out of the bath
• Napping by herself in her crib

Milestones this month:

• Getting her first tooth
• Going 24 hours without crying
• Passing objects from hand to hand
• Recognizing her name
• Making strange
• Sitting for a few seconds without support 
• Visiting Nana's kindergarten class

Mary weighs 16 pounds and seven ounces. She is 25 inches long.

We love you Mary!

Watch Mary grow:
One month
Two months
Three months
Four months

Friday, February 22, 2013

Seven Quick Takes (28)


1. Mary has her first tooth! Most babies get their bottom teeth first and then the front ones at the top, but hers is coming in on the side at the top. I found out the hard way while I was feeding her. Here is a photo:


2. Last week Mary was making the strangest gasping or wheezing noise. The noise was really alarming, but she was smiling and happy and not having trouble breathing. I called the tele-health nurse just to be safe and she diagnosed Mary with being a "little stinker" for worrying her parents unnecessarily. The nurse said Mary had probably just discovered a new noise she could make and thought it was cool and exciting. What a little stinker indeed!

3. Mary looks a lot like her father as a baby. Here is Peter:


And here is Mary:


4. Mary and I spent the day in my mother's kindergarten class while Peter was covering stories in Fort St. James and Vanderhoof. She has the most exhausting job! Oh my goodness! Mary absolutely loved all the kids. She was smiling and laughing the entire day.

5. Mary is absolutely obsessed with music. It is her number one hobby. She loves to lie on her sheepskin rug and and listen to her baby CDs. And she never seems to get bored like she does when I read her stories. While Peter and I were packing to go to Vanderhoof, she listened to 17 songs all by herself. I'm going to buy her some more CDs because listening to the same 35 songs over and over is driving me and Peter bonkers.

6. I gave up junk food and peanut butter for Lent. Peter gave up coffee, pop and treats from Tim Hortons. We both decided to pray every day. We are doing extremely well at everything but praying. Also, I am craving peanut butter like crazy.

7. Last week, Mary went an entire 24-hour period without crying. It was amazing! She usually has a meltdown when she gets out of the bath and has to get dried and dressed for bed before I feed her. It's the longest seven minutes of the day!

Wednesday, February 6, 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. I completed one with help from Peter and four with help from the Internet. Hopefully that will improve as the year goes on.

• Read 40 books.
I'm way behind on this. I've only read three books so far. I also read half of two more. One was on sleep training and I skipped the toddler section because I don't have a toddler yet. The other was Fifty Shades of Grey. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, but it was just too trashy so I gave up reading it.

• Make 30 new recipes.
I'm doing awesome on this goal. I've already made nine new recipes. The best were Chicken Fajitas, Pizza Sauce, Tuna Patties and Golden Dome Cauliflower.

• Give our house a thorough spring cleaning.
I haven't started on this yet. It's still winter!

• Pay off some of our mortgage.
We're doing well on this goal. But, again, I won't share our personal financial details on the Internet because Peter wouldn't be pleased!

• Breastfeed Mary exclusively until she is six months old and then part-time until her first birthday.
We're on track to meet this goal.

• Sleep eight hours in a row at least once.
I slept for seven hours in a row on Monday night! And now that Mary is almost sleeping through the night, I'm optimistic I'll be able to meet this goal soon.

• Finish my second-to-last semester of law school.
I am still planning to go back to school in September.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Random Things

Goodness gracious! I haven't updated in ages! So here are some random things to catch you up on our life.

• Peter's uncle is feeling much better. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers!

• Mary is continuing to be the most glorious of babies. She weighs almost 16 pounds and is so happy and outgoing. She is such a blessing to our family!

• Mary is almost sleeping through the night now! My friend gave me a book on sleep training and we used some of the techniques and she caught on very quickly. She usually wakes up for about five minutes a couple of times during the night but she manages to put herself back to sleep all on her own. And she's in her crib from 7 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. It is so glorious!

• I now have to work on sleep training myself. I wake up randomly during the night to go to check on Mary, which is the worst idea ever. Last night I woke her up twice! What a fail!

• Mary is now interested in our cats, which is the cutest thing ever. She likes to pet them and yell in their ears. They are still very leery of her.

• Keep your fingers crossed for cold weather! Peter is supposed to be skating in the Prince George Iceman next weekend. But if the weather continues to be warm, the rink will melt and he won't be able to skate!

• I joined Strollerfit and it is extremely hard. I am so not an athlete!

• I still haven't decided what to give up for Lent. Peter is giving up pop and coffee. I could also give up pop and coffee, but that would be a cop out because I don't drink either one!

• Here is a picture of my Dad and the chubbiest and happiest of babies: