PUMPKIN PATCH


October 31, 2014

Even though we had already picked up a pumpkin when we went apple picking, I couldn't resist taking the kids to the pumpkin patch for a couple photo's. I'm still a bit nervous taking the kids places on my own where it's really busy. Kale's listening skills are basically non-existent these days and I can't run after him very fast with an extra 20 lbs. attached to my hip. So I gave Kale the run down in the car - we get there, find a wagon, get a pumpkin, snap some pictures, and get the heck out. At the same time, I gave myself a little run down too - do not let Kale notice the (very expensive) play area, avoid the bakery, don't expect to get a decent picture. And it was a GO. 

Oddly enough, everything went to plan and even though I didn't manage to get a great picture of the two of them, I did manage to snap a couple ok ones. Kale was in his element, inspecting all the pedunkles and quizzing me on all the different types of pumpkins (apparently he picked up a lot on his class trip to a farm). Beatrix thought that throwing herself on top of the pumpkins was hilarious and rolling around in the leaves was even better. It was so good that I even risked it all and took Kale into the bakery for a pumpkin scone and we still made it out in one piece! 



  

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THE DEAL: 
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THIS WEEKS THEMES:
committing, loving, organizing, watching, shopping



I am currently committing to grocerygateway.com. Guys. I had my groceries delivered this week and it was so many different shades of amazing. I loved being able to order online and see my total add up as I went along and adjust our meal plan accordingly. And then the nicest dude ever drove up to my house at exactly the time he promised and then carried boxes of food into my kitchen. It was way too exciting (and so, so, so much better than going grocery shopping with two kids). Also, they deliver beer. 

Beatrix is currently loving her music class. I have to admit, I have a hard time getting into the whole "mom & baby" class thing - but when I see how much fun she's having, it's hard not to have a good time. She dances the second she hears a tune, complete with head banging and clapping. She is definitely the star of her class and we're both going to miss going once I'm back to work next week. 

I am currently watching my country unfold. We went from #canadastrong, uniting over an attack on parliament, to a nation divided after a popular radio host was fired for sexually and physically assaulting four women. Add in the fact that my very progressive, left-leaning city voted in a conservative mayor, and my only option was to drink copious amounts of wine and eat all the halloween candy. Oh, and the Councillor I was helping with her campaign? Won my 5 votes. 5 VOTES (now we have to wait weeks for a recount). 

Kale is currently shopping for maple syrup. Or whiskey. It's hard to say. The other night we went to the liquor store to pick up some wine. We went to the one by the University, so it was packed with students. As we were waiting in line, Kale picked up a small bottle of fireball whiskey from a basket and yelled, "OH WOW! I LOVE THIS STUFF!" The only store went silent and everyone was looking at him. I did a little nervous laugh and said in my best "you crazy, kid" voice, "I don't think you've ever tried that, Kale." Which he replied, "Yes I have! I love it!".........{crickets, crickets}..........."IT'S MAPLE SYRUP!" And the laughter was thunderous. 

next weeks themes: 
reading, running, sending, liking, valuing


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THIS WEEKS THEMES:
anticipating, contributing, discussing, listening, deciding

I am currently anticipating getting some sleep tonight. I had a few sleepless nights over the weekend as the flu swept through, but then Bea topped it off with a doozy last night. She was up every 1-2 hours and would only sleep ON me, a la newborn style. I know it's a combination of getting over the flu, separation anxiety, and possibly teething, but oh man. It was ROUGH. Of course Kris left on Monday for two weeks...so..... yeah. Definitely anticipating sleep. 

Kale has currently been contributing to the household chores. He was awesome at doing this when he was younger, but I'd say in the last year or so his interest has taken a dive. Getting him to make his bed in the morning is usually an all out war. Lately though, he wants to do everything (but mostly the dishes). Gift and a curse, my friends. 


I am currently listening to the news. The television or radio has been on since this morning when I heard that a solider had been shot and a gunman had stormed Parliament Hill. Information was pouring in fast and furious, but at the same time, there was little substance with so many unknowns. It was a long and heart wrenching day.

Kale is currently deciding whether or not to visit the spooky house down the street. It's all decked out for Halloween, complete with two warewovles chopping up some human-looking legs. He loves to peek at it when we drive by and so we made plans to visit after school today, while it was really sunny out. We got about a block away when he changed his mind, asking if we could "drive by in the car just one more time first." 

next weeks themes: 
committing, loving, organizing, watching, shopping



Beatrix Mae [8 months]

October 21, 2014


I'm about ten days writing this update, which makes remembering what happened before she turned eight months really hard. She's at the point where she's learning something new just about every day. Where she mimics and moves and picks up new things so quickly!

In the past month, she learned my favourite baby trick - clapping her hands! I love watching her blue eyes light up and her chubby little hands come together. Anytime we say "yay!" she claps. Even if she's in the middle of eating or in a fit of tears - we'll say "yay" and she'll start to clap. I can tell she just loves the attention she gets from it! She also started waving, but mid-way through the month traded that trick in for a new (and better) one - HIGH FIVES! Haha...sometimes she'll throw up her hand for a high five and will just wait, silently, until someone notices her and reciprocates.

The biggest news, is that Bea is now on the move! She learned to army crawl and gets just a teeny bit faster every day. I know that by the time I write this update next month she will be flying around this house.

With all Bea's new tricks came some sleep interruptions and separation anxiety. I know that both are common at this age, when babes are learning new skills (especially the crawling one). I was thankful that Kris was home for the bulk of the month and was able to help out at night. We tried a few different tactics to help with sleep, but I think that, in the end, what she needed was some time and some patience from us. At the start of the month, she was waking up every 2-3 hours and by the end she was back to sleeping for 8 hours (and then waking every 1-2 hours until it was time to get up for the day).

The separation anxiety is hard. When I'm within vision, she wants to be in my arms. I wouldn't mind that much if she would let me wear her, but she resists after 10 minutes in a carrier or wrap. So if we went anywhere as a family, I'd have to walk three feet behind Kris with the stroller or carry her in my arms (and she's 20lbs....). Every time I walk to the bathroom and leave her with Kris, she'd cry (until I was out of sight - then she was over it). If we go to Target, she won't stay in the cart for more than 10 minutes. I know it's just a phase and I should appreciate all the snuggles - but MY ARMS ARE SORE. :)

This month is special for a few reasons. Kris was home for the bulk of it, and it'll probably be the only time that we're both off work for, I don't know - ever? It was so nice to have the time together and to be with Bea. She is at such a fun age and I'm so glad we both had the chance to absorb it as much as possible. It's also the last full month of my maternity leave. I'll be returning to work shortly before she turns 9 months and so I'm trying to enjoy this time with her as much as possible (she makes it pretty easy). She's so amazing.

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THIS WEEKS THEMES:
appreciating, feeling, looking, regretting, playing

Kale is currently appreciating when I let him do things on his own that he wouldn't normally be allowed to do. Like cutting apples with a sharp knife. Last night we made apple crisp (using apples we picked on the weekend!) and after showing him how to slice, turn, and chop the apples, I took a deep breath and handed over the knife. He takes such pride in doing things on his own, and this was no exception. I may have came close to losing an eye and a few finger tips (as did he), but it was totally worth it when, last night as we were lying in bed, he whispered, "making apple crisp with you was so much fun today, mama." The whole experience was a reminder of how independent he is, how much he excels when he knows I trust him, and how important it is to do things with him one-on-one. 

I am currently feeling a lot of not great feelings. I only have three more weeks left of my maternity leave and my heart is breaking at the thought of leaving Beatrix for the day and not being there to pick up Kale every day. We're also in the midst of a municipal election that has me worried about the fate of our amazing city. Kris has less than a week before he's away again for another two weeks, which has me freaking out about doing it all my own again (even though the last time he was away for two weeks went so much better than I imagined). I'm feeling stressed about returning to work, as I can already see the work piling up. Ugh. And on top of it all? I have a HORRIBLE cold. Ugh. Who wants to come to my pity party?

Beatrix is currently looking to be attached to me 24/7. I know that separation anxiety peaks at this age and that it's compounded by the fact she's learning to crawl and realizing that we're not, in fact, the same person. However, separation anxiety with a baby that doesn't love to be worn is HARD. She won't even accepting sitting beside me - she has to be ON me. I can't be in the same room as her without her going nuts, which means I haven't had a meaningful conversation with Kris for DAYS. Ah well. At least I know that it's just a stage (and the extra snuggles make it all kind of worth it). 

I am currently regretting the fact that I've spent the past four or five years haphazardly organizing my photo's on flickr pro. I just kept uploading my pictures every month without deleting the bad ones or tagging anyone.  So last month I spent hours online looking for a storage program that had what I wanted, only to decide to do it all manually (sorting, tagging, & filing). My flickr pro account runs out at the end of the month, so I'm on a mission to get all my photo's off there. Lesson learned, friends! 

next weeks themes: 
YOU TELL US! I've run out of steam at the end of this post. I couldn't even finishing typing something for the last theme. I need to go drink a gallon of ginger ale and vitamin D and pass out in a pile of kleenex. So yes - please suggest themes for next week!!