Due Date

It was one year ago today that I was sitting around on my due date, wondering when our baby would make his/her appearance. Little did we know we would have to wait another eight days before our little boy would finally make his debut into this world.

I sometimes forget how big I was, until I look back at pictures (remember he was 11 lbs). Here is a picture Steve took of me on my due date:

August 16, 2011

Luckily I was all baby – I looked like I was carrying a very very large basketball around with me. No woman’s body will ever look the same after pregnancy, but I am happy with my postpartum bod, and it was TOTALLY worth it.

Almost one year to the day later, I’m holding my boy in my lap, unsure of where the past year has gone…

Sigh. I love him.

 

Bumbo Baby Seat Recall

Bumbo has placed a recall on all of their baby seats. Apparently parents are failing to read the existing warning labels on the seat, about placing children on elevated surfaces while in the seat. This I cannot understand, but I am all for making something as safe as possible. To all you Mommy’s and Daddy’s out there, please please please keep your Bumbo on the floor when your child is in it. It is not meant to act as a booster seat or high chair, it is meant for keeping your child upright, while on the floor.

I hate to think about all of the injuries that happened to little ones because of the careless decision of their parents. Maxton loved his Bumbo and I think they are an excellent idea, when used properly. Maxton has obviously outgrown it, but I will definitely order the free safety restraint, to have for the next time around.

You can click here for the link to order the restraint belt and additional warnings to be placed on the seat.

Evolving Space

At the end of the month, we will have been in our house for two years. It’s hard to belive that much time has passed.

There has been one space in the house that has continuously changed to meet our growing needs. The front of our house serves as both a living room and dining room. The back part of the room is where the dining table is and has stayed the same for the past two years. The front part of the room started off as two chairs and a table, when we first moved in.

It was great for sitting and reading a book, or conversing with company eating at the dining table.

Although it was functional, the space had to change when we found out we were pregnant, and the baby preparations began. We had to re-arrange our second floor to prepare for the nursery which meant moving furniture. We had a gorgeous chaise that no longer fit in its space so Steve hauled it downstairs and it took the place of the chairs and table. I added an end table and lamp and the space felt warm once again.

Now that Maxton has more toys and books, and we have yet to finish our basement, storage for toys has become an issue. The family room is cluttered with toys during the day and once he’s in bed it still feels cluttered even when they are “put away”. So we decided to once again, change the space at the front of the house. Although he “plays” in the family room, we figured we could store his bigger toys at the front of the house while he’s not playing with them and the smaller toys that he doesn’t play with too often.

So we headed out to our favourite storage solution store: IKEA. I had browsed around online and we had pretty much decided we would go with the EXPEDIT Shelving unit, in black-brown. I loved the look of it, and it’s perfect for holding books and storage baskets. I also picked up four BRANAS baskets, two black and two rattan.

So out went the chaise and so began the project of building a piece of IKEA furniture. I had to take a “before” picture of Steve, because IKEA furniture can be so fun to build. The last piece of furniture we purchased from IKEA took a ridiculous amount of time to assemble and we were almost ready to take a sledge hammer to it before it was completed.

Lucky for us, this piece was fairly simple to put together. It really looked great once it was finished.

BUT, it looked even better with the baskets…

I started to fill the shelves, and will still play around with what to put on top. The lamp will stay, but I am looking for a new picture frame and some other nick nacks.

You will notice the one constant in this space is the brown shag carpet. I plan to replace it with some grey and blue foam mats from Costco.

Again, this suits our needs for now, but who knows what will come of it once our basement is finished! The to do list never ends.

Makeshift Monday

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. Ours didn’t turn out exactly as planned but it was still great nonetheless. Steve had a few days off so we were hoping to take Maxton to Niagara Falls for the first time, but the weather had other plans. We decided his first trip shouldn’t be in the pouring rain, so the trip is postponed. We took a trip to IKEA which was great, and I will share our purchases in a post tomorrow. Here’s a hint: it’s all about organization. Woohoo! I love that store.

Today will be the last post about the Olympics (sorry if you’re bored) but I figured I would blog about it one more time. The closing ceremonies were held last night, with performances from Brian May of Queen, The Spice Girls (really?), Take That, One Direction, The Who and many more.

Photo credit: REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

Photo credit: Jean Levac/Postmedia Olympic Team

Photo credit: REUTERS/Luke Macgregor

Photo credit: Mark Blinch/Reuters

Canada finished with 18 medals (1 gold, 5 silver, 12 bronze) and I couldn’t be more proud. All of the Canadian athletes did an outstanding job and represented our country in such an honourable way. Way to go!

The United States walked away with the most medals, 104 to be exact.

I love watching the Olympics, and am looking forward to watching all of our skilled athletes in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Russia.

On a side note: Today was my return date for going back to work. I can’t believe it. I couldn’t imagine going back today, and am so thankful I will be home a few extra months with my boy!

A Guessing Game

One of the most challenging things to deal with when you have a baby is trying to figure out what is wrong when they are upset. When they are newborns/a few months old, you know their cries are because they are tired, gassy, hungry, or need a diaper change. As they get older, their wants/needs grow and it’s increasingly difficult to figure out what is wrong – I am obviously referring to before they are able to communicate with you, basically the stage Maxton is at now. It’s easy to tell when he is hungry or needs a change but now you have to deal with teething (molars especially), overstimulation, illness, separation anxiety, night terrors, gas pain, upset stomach, etc.

Last night Maxton really fought us while putting him to bed, and woke within an hour an a half, screaming. He wouldn’t settle and we couldn’t put him down. It took over two hours before he finally fell back to sleep. We did a lot of rocking and bouncing – it brought me back to his colic days. We even brought him into our room to play around in our bed (lights on). We ended up giving him some Tylenol because he was very gassy and bloated and on top of that, his gums are fairly swollen. He was up two more times in the night, but luckily it didn’t take as much effort to settle him.

At this point with him eating so many different types of food, you can point your finger at stomach pain/gas; but, of course there is the possibility of molars or other teeth, given the diaper rash (which he has never had before now), swollen gums, and fingers in his mouth; I also read about night-time separation anxiety, which would explain his screaming the second we put him down and left the room. It breaks my heart to see him upset, especially when I am not entirely sure why: The battles of parenthood.

That being said, Maxton is starting to communicate more with us. For example, he seems to have taught himself a way of expressing the word “no”. If he doesn’t like or want something, he will pull/rub his left ear. It started when we would feed him and he would pull his left ear and shake his head, refusing the food. We thought it was funny and joked about it. Now, it applies to everything, if he doesn’t want something his hand goes right to his left ear. Needless to say, it has helped us out. Where did he come up with that?

He cracks us up…