Makeshift Monday

Happy Monday, my fellow blog readers.

Today’s blog post is dedicated to peace and happiness; and what better place to find the inspiration in achieving this, than my favourite yoga studio: Balanced Life Yoga.

I came across these photo’s on their Facebook page this morning.

The message is pure and simple.

Enjoy your day!

Ten Months

Ten months. Wow. I honestly cannot believe it – each month seems to fly by…

Here is my sweet little boy at ten months:

Our sweet little baby is looking more and more like a little boy every day. However, his adorable little laugh and his chubby thighs remind he’s still just a baby.

Here’s a look at what he’s been up to:

– He is pulling himself up to everything now (anything and everything)

– He likes to side-step along tables, our ottoman and around the crib

– He babbles all day long and we love hearing the new vowel/consonant combinations he comes up with

– He has a little basketball net and when he we tell him to “throw the ball in the basket” he will do just that; and then turns to us and waits for us to cheer and clap for him

– He’s an expert crawler and I find myself running to catch him

– He graduated from the “starfish” level of swimming, and will be starting level “duck” once he is 12 months

– He loves going for walks in the stroller or sitting on the porch to watch the kids playing, or the cars driving by

– His two favourite books are: “Brown Bear” and “B is for Bear”

– He likes when you blow in his face (ha-ha) and has a toy that blows air, so he loves to aim it at his face. He’s recently discovered that air blows up the vents and likes to sit over it and feel the breeze…brrr!

I know it will only be a matter of time before he is walking, and less dependent on us for mobility; for now I will enjoy this stage and live in the moment!

To Scrapbook or Not To Scrapbook

Happy Friday!

Today is going to be a cooler day, so you won’t have to sit with your face over an air conditioning vent, or in front of a fan.

I’ve been debating for a while if I should involve myself in the challenge of scrapbooking. I don’t have a whole lot of spare time on my hands, but I think it would be a fun way to document milestones and memories of our little family. I am ashamed to say I have not printed any photo’s of Maxton (other than the professional photo’s) and all of his albums are empty. Sigh. That is one thing I hate about technology; you just load the pictures up to your computer and email them or upload them to a social network. With that said, I am creating a mid-year resolution: create albums and/or scrapbooks of the three of us.

The prospect of scrapbooking excites me, even though I have never done it before. Perhaps I should pick up one of these:

I also have a family member who is an amazing scrapbooker, so I am sure she would be willing to help me out if I needed it. Of course, there is also Pinterest…

Writing this post has actually convinced me to go for it! I will be making a trip to Michaels this weekend to browse around for some ideas; although, I already have something in mind…

Stay tuned, and have a great weekend!

The Convertible

We just bought a convertible! A convertible car seat, that is. Ha-ha.

Maxton hasn’t outgrown his infant seat yet, because we chose one that would go up to 35lbs or 32 inches – and no, I do not carry him around in it anymore. I stopped when the muscle spasms started. The car seat weighs 12lbs on its own, add another 20lbs or so of Maxton and I have my own workout regime.

When shopping for the next car seat we wanted something that was gender neutral, safe (obviously), and comfortable. He is going to spend the next several years worth of car rides in it, so that was important. We decided to go with the Stage 2 Convertible and not a Stage 2 & 3 (which also serves as a booster) because of the expiry dates. I couldn’t justify spending the extra money for something that holds up to 100lbs when he most likely will not reach that weight before the expiry (right?). Check with the manufacturer for the expiration date; most average six years, but some boosters are good for up to nine years.

After watching for sales, I came across this car seat at Babies R Us.

The Evenflo Triumph 65 Covertible Car Seat

It retails for $169.99 at Babies R Us ($179.99 at Sears, although the pattern is slightly different), but I was able to get it on sale for $129.99. The reviews were good on the website and some other forums I checked out, so I figured I would go and pick it up. After seeing it on display at the store, I was disappointed. There wasn’t much padding to it all and I wasn’t fond of the lack of head support. I bought it anyways so Steve could have a look at it and weigh in. The more I thought about it the more I didn’t like it.

I then came across this one:

The Safety 1st Cruise Air LX 65 Car Seat

This one retails for $179.99 at Sears and Babies R Us (it was on for $159.99at Sears when I was looking). I liked the amount of padding in this one and the head support. I found it a little more difficult to find reviews on this one and decided it wasn’t that great of a deal anyways.

Finally, I came across this one:

The Graco MyRide 65 Convertible Car Seat

Have you noticed all of the car seats have “65” in the names? These car seats are all Stage 2, and all go up to 65lbs. The Graco MyRide retails at Sears and Babies R Us for $199.99, but I was able to get it on sale at Sears a couple of weeks ago for $149.99, and I had a 10% off coupon for any car seat from there! Bonus! Our infant seat is a Graco and we love it, so I felt good about sticking with that manufacturer. This car seat had great padding, excellent head support (I like how the sides come up to protect the child’s head and neck), and something I would never think to look for: cup holders – an added bonus. It’s a larger car seat but it has everything we were looking for, and more. Not to mention, Maxton seems to like it.

It won’t be long before Steve will be installing this one in our car, and packing the infant seat away. *sniff sniff*

Remember to check the expiration date of your car seat and replace them accordingly. It’s for your child’s safety, so spending a few hundred dollars every few years is worth it. The car seat may seem okay, but the foam and plastic erodes and deteriorates with time. Especially when left in the car with exposure to the hot temperatures of the sun, and the cold.

Makeshift Monday: Father’s Day

Happy Belated Father’s Day to all the Daddy’s, Dad’s and Da-Da’s!

We were spending the day as a family and I didn’t have a chance to throw a post together. Sunday is the only day Steve has off, so we took advantage of the “family time”; not to mention it was Father’s Day.

We celebrated with our Dad’s on Saturday so we could have time for our own little family yesterday.  I always love seeing my Dad interact with Maxton. My Dad is a father to three girls, so needless to say he is over the moon to have a little boy to play with and show him things that my sisters and I may not have been interested in. Not to mention, Maxton is his first grandchild.

My Dad has always been proud of all of us, and has supported our choices and decisions. I couldn’t ask for a better Dad, and Grandpa for Maxton.

Then, there is my wonderful husband, and the most amazing father to our little boy. Maxton lights up when Steve walks in the door, and crawls his way over to him while saying “Da-Da” until Steve scoops him up. It brings tears to my eyes when I see them together and I cannot wait to watch their relationship grow in the years to come.

I couldn’t have asked for a better father for my son.