Thursday, March 29, 2012

You know when....

You know you're a mother when you schedule your day around nursings/meals/snacktimes.

You know you're a mother twice over when they're both crying and you have to decide who to attend to first.

You know you're a mother when getting up once in the night is a treat when you're used to getting up twice.

You know you're a mother when you have approximately 1-2 hours of "free" time when your kids are sleeping.

You know you're mother when your heart swells with pride when your child learns something new.

You know you're a mother when you're more excited for naptime than you've ever been in your whole life.

You know you're a mother when you have to fight laughter when your child is naughty.

You know you're a mother when you sometimes wish you could do something else, but you know there's not much else you want to do.

You know you're a mother when.............You fill in the rest!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

What do you think?

I thought it was time for an upgrade. Not all is how I want it to look, but we're getting there.

Whadda ya think?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Back a few years

These pictures were taken of my brother, John about the same age as Katie in this post :-)

Don't you love the car in the background?

Monday, March 26, 2012


I'm embarking on a mission.

It'll be tough.

I'll probably cry.

I'll want to give up.

Hopefully I won't.

If you like you can join me, but I don't blame you if you don't want to.

And now that you're all dying of curiousity, I'll give you a big let down....

My mission is(insert mission-theme music here):

Operation Tight Body

Yes, you read that right.

Operation Tight Body

This will include: grunting, groaning, crying,  sweating, pleas for help, crys of desparation,  strange looks from my husband, but I hope.... I hope beyond all hope, that I will be successful!

I will put myself through grueling activities that include pushups, crunches, plies, and dare I say it? lunges? even now, my knees are quivering! My heart will race, partly because I'm scared and partly because I'm doing areobics.  My legs will tingle, partly because I have bad circulation and partly because I will be working them so incredibly hard.

Now that you're disgusted by my descriptions of myself breaking a sweat, I will tell you one more thing.

I. Will. Succeed.

That is all.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Update on Colic

Well I've been diary free for two full weeks now and it's been working great! I haven't cut out tomatoey things(so that's made cooking a bit easier) and Emma seems to be tolerating that fine. She's still a fairly fussy baby, but at least she doesn't seem to be in pain and her puking is less too. I'm also off chocolate and citrus which also seems to make a difference. I had a bit of chocolate a week ago and Emma was quite upset, so I think that was the culprit. Yogurt seems to be ok though; my dad, the scientist, says it's a different culture/bacterial/something complicated, so it's ok.

I'll probably try to reintroduce dairy again in a month or so; right now it's not worth the hassle. She's not sleeping any better at night. Even a dream feed at 10 doesn't do anything as she'll still wake up at 1am and 4/5am. We've tried a soother, but she wants nothing to do with it. She seems to be ravenously hungry when she wakes up too, and it's easier to get up and feed her than to try to sleep when she's throwing a fit. Yes, she has quite the temper. She actually did one night last night that she slept from 8pm to 4:30am(of course that was the night I went to bed late, so I didn't get a nice 8hr stretch), but only once and then she was back to 1am and 4/5am. I'm tempted to get some formula and see if that will make her last longer, but I kind of feel like I'll be cheating. Plus, if she has a sensitive stomach, I'm not sure what that will do. She's 11 weeks now and probably around 12/13lbs. She should be able to do a few longer stretches in a row.

Thanks for all your comments and concern; it's so wonderful to be thought of and cared for :-)

Monday, March 12, 2012

Birthday pictures

Just a few pictures of Katie's birthday celebrations.

Doll bed and diaper bag made by Ben's mom. Katie plays with it ALL the time!

An apron from Grandma! It goes on everytime mine goes on!

Bedtime snuggles with Opa.

And snuggles with Oma too!

Thursday, March 08, 2012


This little girl LOVES puddles! She spots them from the livingroom window, from the car, from her stroller. Her request is always the same:  "walk in da puttow?"

She got her wish today! She's wearing a raincoat that was around when I was a kid; not sure if I wore it, but my brother did.


Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

I bought this skirt in grade 10 and LOVED it! It was warm, fashionable, and I loved the fabric. Well, it still fit (Ok, it was a little tighter) and it was too short, and I hadn't worn it in a long time.  Since I loved and still love the material and decided to make a dress for Katie. I had just enough to squeeze  a dress out of it for Emma too.

I feel like my mom remaking our clothes and using our dad's shirts for our shirts etc...

Well without further ado, here is the finished product. It's not my best work as I was in a rush and Emma's dress is a bit short, but that's ok, she's a baby :-)

Thankfully I remembered to take a before picture.

The  best I could get of a wiggle two-year old!

I like this one because Emma has a half smile.

I love that the material matches their eyes so well!

Monday, March 05, 2012

My chatterbox

This girly chatterbox is just that: a chatterbox.

chat·ter·box  (chtr-bks)
n. An extremely talkative person.

n.Informal a person who talks constantly, esp about trivial matters.


Both of these are Katie to a 'T'! Not that what she talks about is  so trivial, but really a two-year old doesn't have super important things to say.

So Katie, she talks. And that is an understatement. Seriously. Now, you may think she gets her chattiness from me, (not that I'm THAT chatty), but in reality, it most likely is inherited from her dad. What, you say? Ben is a fairly subdued kind of guy. Sure, he can talk, but really? that chatty? Nah......

The story goes something like this:

Ben talked all the time when he was little. Like, ALL the time. So much so that his mother would basically just tune him out(I totally get this now that I have Katie) until she heard an inflection in his voice indicating that he was asking a question. Even other mom's that used to babysit him have clear memories of him talking all the time. Anyways, one day, when he was about four years old, Ben posed this thought to his unsuspecting mother:

"You know what, Mom? I like to talk!"

Her first thought was, "Ya! What was your first clue?!?!?!?"

Ok, so when you're done laughing, which I know you are most certainly doing.  You can appreciate that however much I love Katie's chattiness, it can wear on one after awhile. This was evident after leaving my parents house following supper one evening and my brother asked my mom, "Does she ever stop talking?"  The answer is, No. The exception being when she was sick a few weeks ago. She just sat on the couch with hardly a word. Boy, did I ever miss her non-stop talking then!

A lot of her talking is asking for affirmation/permission. This I can't complain about. She usually wants me (or someone) to OK what she wants to do. Cayouw? (colour) Ya? Get da cayouws? Papew? Dis one?  Thankfully many of her questions she's beginning to answer herself. Should I be concerned?  :P

She also usually gives a running commentary on what she's doing as well. I can hear myself talking when she talks to her doll/puppy. She's such a mimicker (more on that in a later post).

She's really talking in full sentences now and starting to learn personal pronouns. Sentences like, "I can't reach it." "I fall down." etc. She still says half sentences like, "Go for walk." "Change diaper" and talks in the third person: "Katie's books." Although that wonderful "Mine!" is increasingly becoming part of her vocabulary.

Now, I have no idea what a "normal" kid talks like at age 2, but I've been told Katie talks a lot and very clearly for her age. Again, how would I know?

Well, Ben outgrew his chattiness, although he can still talk plenty when he wants to. I hope that Katie doesn't outgrow her chatterbox stage too quickly. It's very fun to listen to her and I'm sure I'll miss it if/when she grows up.  For now, I'll just enjoy my lovely chatterbox!

Just incase you think I'm exaggerating; watch this!

Thursday, March 01, 2012


Yes, they are very different, but apparently also alike. See below :-)

Katie at about two months

Emma at two months