Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Ten monthiversary

Caitlin is now ten months old.  She has five little teeth with a sixth in the process of coming in.  Her favourite things to do are: clap, jump, and put things on her head.

She's so close to walking - she can stand quite well on her own and will take one step before falling forwards onto her hands and knees.  But I've learned my lesson - I'm going to enjoy these last relaxing days before she can walk and run!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Time for new pjs!

Caitlin went through a growth spurt recently and grew over an inch in the last 2 weeks.  Thankfully it seems to be over now and her top three teeth are poking through - along with her big toe!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Eight + Nine monthiversary

It's crazy how fast things are happening now.  Caitlin went from sitting up to standing to crawling to cruising all within a couple weeks.  This baby is now on the move!  We've started baby-proofing but it's basically impossible to baby-proof everything.  Just the other day she decided a 2-L coke bottle sitting on the ground would make a good thing to pull herself up on (it turns out it's actually a very bad idea).

She's been going through a growth spurt so none of us have been getting much sleep.  Her top three teeth are also in the process of coming in.

Today Caitlin had her nine-month appointment.  Her head size is in the 73rd percentile, length is 91st percentile, and weight is down to a measly 42nd percentile.  We have got ourselves a tall skinny baby.  I'm sure her genes will catch up to her soon though - she can't be tall forever!

I look back at old videos and pictures and cannot believe how much my baby has grown.  Just a few months ago, she was lying immobile on her back staring at toys, and that's all it took to keep her entertained.  Now it's go-go-go all the time!  Going back to work will be relaxing after this...

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Eight monthiversary

Eight months old!  And just 2 months and a bit until I go back to work.  I never would have thought this in the beginning, but I'm going to miss my little baby.

Caitlin has recently figured out how to get from her tummy to sitting.  She is also very good at crawling now - backwards!
We started potty training her this month.  It's been surprisingly successful so far.  More on that later.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Jolly Jumper

Jump jump jump!  Caitlin gets a bit tired of jumping near the end.  Also, sorry it's really dark.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Recipe: Rich Chicken Stew

This stew was delicious and perfect for Fall rainy weather!  I added about 1/4 cup of white cooking wine along with the broth, and cooked this in the dutch oven.  Served with fresh homemade buns.  Yum.

  • 1 pound mushrooms, stems trimmed, caps wiped clean
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped shallots, (2 large)
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water, divided
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrots, (1 large)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut in 2-inch chunks
  • 2 1/4-inch-thick lemon slices, (including peel), seeded
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen green peas, rinsed under cold water to thaw
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

  1. Combine mushrooms, shallots, oil and 1/4 cup water in a 5- to 6-quart dutch oven. Cover and cook over high heat, stirring often, until mushrooms are juicy, 3 to 4 minutes. Uncover and cook, stirring often, until the mushrooms are lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Add wine, broth, carrots, thyme and bay leaves; bring to a boil.
  2. Place chicken in the dutch oven and lay lemon slices on top.  Cover and simmer over low heat until the chicken is very tender, about 45 mins (we cooked for ~ 2 hours due to poor timing with the buns, and it turned out fine).  
  3. Mix cornstarch with remaining 1/4 cup water in a small bowl. Add to the dutch oven and cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until slightly thickened. Add cream and lemon juice; stir until boiling. Return the chicken and vegetables to the sauce and heat through. Season with salt and pepper. Just before serving, stir in peas and parsley. 
Recipe adapted from Eating Well (they have a crockpot version as well).  Their picture looks way better than mine!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Day in the Life of a 7-month old

Have you always wondered what a baby does all day (ie, what I as a SAHM do all day)? This is your lucky day!
  • Wake up in the morning between 6:30 - 7 AM
  • Watch daddy have breakfast
  • Bottle
  • Play for a bit
  • Morning nap (1-2 hrs)
  • Bottle
  • Go to activity for the day (Gymboree, Kindermusik, Babytime at the library, playdate, playgroup... we try to get out everyday even if it's just do run errands, or visit the office as it happened today)
  • Come home and have a bottle
  • Play in playroom (1-2 hrs)
  • Bottle
  • Afternoon nap (2-3 hrs)
  • Bottle
  • Play or afternoon walk
  • Daddy comes home
  • Dinner time - dinner is whatever mommy and daddy are having within reason (no honey, nuts, processed, overly salted foods)
  • Bath or bedtime routine (diaper change, PJs, story)
  • Bottle
  • Evening nap (around 8 PM for 2-3 hrs)
  • Bottle
  • Sleep for the night - usually down until morning, or wake for a bottle ~ 4:30 AM

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Seven monthiversary

This was a big month for eating! Caitlin got her bottom two teeth and has really started to explore the World of Food:

Food:(lovin' it
banana (puree)
banana (chunk)
sweet potato puree
carrot puree
turnip puree
butternut squash puree
red pepper
mum mums
big mac

She now has the coordination to go from sitting to tummy without face planting too badly (or at least, she got used to it so she doesn't cry about it anymore).  She hates lying on her back and insists on staying up as long as possible in a mini crunch when I try to put her there.  And a milestone for both of us: we went to our first-ever baptism for her friend Eden.  oh church.

(just kidding about the big mac).

Monday, September 5, 2011

The melon aftermath

We've given up on giving Caitlin purees since she seems to hate them (who can blame her?) and she has been showing huge interest in self feeding.  So we started giving her food in big chunks that she can hold on to and use those two little teeth to gum on.  She's tried banana, broccoli, and red pepper so far.

Tonight we gave Caitlin what appeared to be very ripe melon.  She definitely ended up wearing more than she ate!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Advil is hilarious!

Everything is awesome to a baby.  That's why babies are awesome.

Friday, August 26, 2011

The baby's future hangs on this decision

1:12 PM me: do you think Caitlin should be a ladybug or a bumblebee for halloween?
  it's a very important question

1:48 PM David: <3
  I don't like ladybugs
  I don't trust them
  with bumblebees you know where you stand

She's got teeth!

You can see the bottom two teeth coming up if you look reeeeally closely :)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

How Much is Too Much?

Just for fun, here's a list of web services I'm currently using:
  1. Gmail - e-mail
  2. Google Calendar - calendar
  3. Google Reader - rss feeds
  4. Facebook - social networking
  5. Google+ - social networking
  6. Twitter - social networking
  7. LibraryThing - books
  8. iDoneThis - productivity
  9. OhLife - journal
  10. Fitocracy - exercise
  11. Blogger - blog
  12. Flickr - photos
  13. Evernote - productivity
  14. CrashPlan - backup
LibrayThing, iDoneThis, OhLife, and Fitocracy are recent additions and I'm not sure if they'll stick.  Three social networking sites seems highly unnecessary.  Whatever happened to KISS?

Have you ever made a list and are you as shocked and appalled as I am at the length of it?

Friday, August 19, 2011

Photo shoot!

A couple weeks ago, we had a photo shoot with the talented John Major, who also shot our wedding.  We got some great shots - check them out!

Caitlin is two days shy of six months in these photos.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Six Monthiversary

Caitlin is half a year old!  Ye olde list of milestones:

  • She has made the foray into the world of Real Food.  Her favourite food right now is sweet potato (no luck with carrots and bananas).  
  • Teeth!  Her two bottom teeth are starting to come in and they're razor-sharp.
  • She has figured out how to travel-roll - instead of just rolling back and forth she will roll continuously in one direction to get to where she wants to go.  She can also spin around on her back to change directions.  Time to start baby-proofing!
  • She has officially doubled her birthweight - she weighed 16 lb and 5 oz at her 6-month doctor's appointment.  She was around the 70th percentile in weight and head size, and 90th percentile in length.
  • She's like a Real Little Person now.  A few months ago she just lied (laid?) around like a bump on a log - now she's a bright, alert, and sociable little baby who loves to smile and laugh and babble.  What a difference a few months makes!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

The Great Carrot Fiasco

 I love sweet potato!

 Wait a minute... this isn't sweet potato.

 What IS this stuff??

I feel so betrayed.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The War Against Stuff, Part I: The Closet

I have recently decided to get serious about my War Against Stuff.   It amazes me how much stuff has followed us from our university days, to our one-bedroom apartment, and now to our house.  Just two years ago when we moved in, our house had room for a grand piano.  Now it feels as small as our apartment.

To that end I have decided to start with our closet.  It seemed so simple in theory: clear everything out, then sort the clothes into Give Away, Throw Away, and Keep.  Easy.

Once I had the clothes in one pile and started to sort however, it got a lot more complicated.  Besides the three piles, there was also:

The "In Case Of ______" Clothes
The oh-so-comfy maternity clothes, the thermal underwear for that hike we never went on but we might again someday, the five pairs of gym pants that I "need" because I go to the gym so often.

mmm, muffin.
Clothes That Fit Pre-Pregnancy
The pants that I can button up but can't eat in or give me a huge muffin top - or both.  Hooray post-pregnancy belly flab!

I-Will-Never-Be-That-Size-Again-But-I-Refuse-To-Admit-It Clothes
The pants I can't get past my butt.

Clothes I Swear I Will Wear Someday
Clothes that still have tags on them and clothes that were gifts but I've never worn.  The guilt makes it hard to let go.

Sentimental Wear
The wedding dress, that too-small high school grad sweatshirt with my name on the sleeve, the Golden Party Armour, the Golden Words jersey...

After the closet I'll be tackling shoes and purses where I'm sure I will run into the I Really Need Five Pairs of Black Heels conundrum.  Stay tuned!

(image from here.)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Potty Training

We started potty training Caitlin a couple weeks ago.  I've gotten some pretty mixed reactions when I tell people my seven-month old baby is being potty trained; I've gotten everything from "Already??" to "It's about time."  My neighbour had both her daughters trained by the time they were 12 months (Italian), but the most common age for kids to start here in North America seems to be after they're a year old.

So how's it going?  Surprisingly well!  The good thing about starting so young is we have absolutely no expectations on how well it's going to go.  The past few days however, I've been getting a 100% pee rate:  every time I put her on the potty, she pees.

Monday, July 11, 2011

A Mini Guide to the Internet for New Moms

When I was expecting, I visited as many online forums as I could to get an idea of what I was getting into.  Now that the baby's arrived and it's nothing like what I could have possibly anticipated, I surf the web to justify my parenting decisions. You can always find someone who agrees with you on the internetz!

Here's a list of acronyms explained that would have been really useful at the beginning:
  • AF - Aunt Flo
  • AP - Attachment Parenting
  • BF - Breastfeeding
  • BW - Baby wearing
  • CIO - Cry It Out
  • DD/F/H/S - Dear Daughter/Fiance(e)/Husband/Son
  • DTD - Do The Deed
  • EBF - Exclusively Breastfeeding
  • FF - Formula Feeding
  • FTM - First Time Mom
  • LO - Little One
  • IL/FIL/MIL - In-Laws/Father-in-law/Mother-in-law
  • ODD/DS - Older Dear Daughter/Dear Son
  • PP - Post-Partum
  • PPAF - Post-Partum Aunt Flo
  • PPD - Post-Partum Depression
  • SAHM/WAHM - Stay At Home Mom/Work At Home Mom
  • STTN - Sleep Through The Night
  • YDD/DS - Younger Dear Daughter/Dear Son

And as a warning, topics to stay away from at all costs:
  • breastfeeding vs. formula feeding
  • stay at home moms vs working moms
  • pacifiers vs no pacifiers
  • sleep methods of choice (CIO etc)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Five Monthiversary

The theme for the fifth month is exploring.  Caitlin has discovered the fascinating world outside a 1-foot radius and her findings include:

1) Her feet.

2) Other babies.

3) What's food and what's not.

Other developmental milestones: she can now sit up unassisted for short periods of time, and roll over both ways with ease - a skill she employs mainly to try and throw herself off the change table.  Babies have no sense of self-preservation.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Four Monthiversary

The baby is becoming more and more like an actual tiny person everyday! The big milestones of the month were:
  • rolling over from tummy to back
  • laughing
  • starting to recognize mommy and daddy

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Three Monthiversary

Caitlin's third month was full of exciting milestones! Well, exciting if you're a baby.

  • She holds her head up very well now and really enjoys tummy time on her playmat.
  • She smiles every morning when she wakes up. Probably because she knows she can go back to sleep whenever she wants to.
  • She's chatty! Baby noises are adorable.
  • Her movements are more deliberate - instead of flailing her arms wildly, she will try to reach and grab for toys.
  • She'll stare and stare and stare at her hands.
  • My favourite: she sleeps for more than 3 hours at a time at night. Sometimes even 9!
For myself, I've recently discovered how much fun it is to dress up a baby in ridiculous outfits, so I'll be doing a lot more of it from now on. It somehow seems better to do it on a baby than a dog or a cat.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Two monthiversary

Two months already!

Caitlin went for her 8-week checkup on Wednesday and got her first vaccines. She was not happy about it. I can't say I blame her - she was totally sneak-attacked by those needles. One minute you're like, lalala, I'm a baby, and the next minute someone comes along and jabs you thrice! (yay, i used the word thrice. Twice now.) Her face turned bright red after the first needle, and she was yelling by the second. Five seconds after the third though, she was done and back to being happy. I think they have the attention span of a goldfish at this age.

The baby now weighs 11 lbs and 9 ozs - officially more than the cat. Her head size domination over other babies continues at the 91st percentile.

The big achievement this month is her first smile! I haven't successfully captured it on camera yet, except in pirate form.

Next milestone on the list: finding her hands.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Baby photoshop fun

What's better than dressing the baby up in ridiculous outfits? Photoshopping them on!

Pirate baby.


Unimpressed baby.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

One monthiversary

Caitlin is one month old today! It seems like only yesterday we were counting her life in mere hours and days.

At one month...

  • She can focus on faces.
  • She has started to follow movement with her eyes and react to loud noises.
  • She's a champion eater!
  • She has successfully peed on every scale she has been weighed on.
  • She hates baths.
  • She loves being held.
  • She always sneezes four times in a row.
  • She goes through an average of three outfits a day due to spit up and unfortunate pee timing (as in, while we are changing her diaper).
  • She makes noises like an evil velociraptor (as opposed to the good ones I guess).