The End is Nigh!

The end of my maternity leave that is. I’ve only got one week left and then it’s back to work for me. So many things to do and all the feelings are happening right now. Needless to say, life is going to get turned upside down and shaken around for a bit. Then we’ll start picking up the pieces again and putting them in order.

I’m just writing this because I thought those few who do read this, deserved a post. So . . . here it is. Yes, this is all you get. If you want more, you’ll have to actually ask for it now.

July Goals Report

This update is late. Not feeling the blogging mojo lately. Or rather, I’m getting much more engagement when I micro-blog and don’t seem to have the time resources to put up the content here that I’d like to. Perhaps when I return to my desk job, that’ll improve? Or maybe not, who knows?

  • Walk 23km (probably more . . . since blasting my goal to dust I’ve been less motivated to track every walk)
  • Bike 0
  • Buy a bike – probably won’t at this point as it just hasn’t materialized yet. If certain things fall in to place, then it’ll become a definite priority again. But, there are still giant wild cards in the air.
  • Wheel of Time – very little audio of any kind and I’m mostly listening to podcasts instead. This may change depending on commute situation this fall.
  • Read 7 books! The key is YA and romance which both tend to be shorter, quicker reads.
  • Sew 0 – Machine has yet to be set up. Christmas presents are in danger of falling through cracks now people!
  • Crocheted a diaper cover and a couple of hats. Plus, I started work on my first self-designed amigurumi project, code name: Boxy. If it turns out well, I’d like to type up the pattern here on my blog. If I have time.

Bean Progress Report – Month 11

It really is true that the older you get, the faster the time goes. I’m already late for this blog post and late for his monthly photos too.┬áBean has had a busy month as well full of exploring and learning about his world. He crawls very quickly now. Fast enough that he and Locutus are starting to play some very simple “chase” games. The simplicity of this game is inversely related to the level of noise they make playing it. He does a fair bit of cruising around as well, but can get places (and follow his brother) faster with crawling.

Bean has made his opinions of certain foods made very clear. He’s already picked up on the sign for ‘more’ and ‘berries’ and is working on a few others. Whenever I’m around, he still wants a certain amount of nursing time. But if I’m out of sight, I’m out of mind. Instead of fighting it, I’m just going to see how things work out when I return to work. He’s good with most foods, though I’ve noticed that he isn’t very interested in meats yet. But since he loves tofu, cheese, and beans, I’m not too worried about his protein intake.

Speaking of cheese, that’s one of the words he tried to say. He is very imitative and is starting to make the sounds of initial syllables for lots of things: no, more, cheese, teeth, tree, dog, cat, and car are a few of the ones that come up often.

Both boys LOVE the outdoors. At the sound of the door chime, Bean will furiously make a break for it, attempting to get to the great outdoors. Since our deck isn’t yet safe for him to be adventuring solo, I have to keep on my toes, or keep the back door locked. He gets quite upset when the door closes before he gets there too. If he can’t get outside to explore, his second favourite place to check out is the fridge.

The nice weather has brought us very frequently to the park. Now that he’s more mobile, he’s able to explore more of the structures and toys there as well. So far he enjoys the swings the most, though the teeter-totter and slide are pretty cool too (while being held by mom). Locutus sometimes like it when his brother joins him in these play activities too.

Teeth are still making their slow, painful progression in. He now has for that are through the gums and they just seem to continue steadily on. He is ok for the most part, but then will have a set of bad teething days. Pain seems to always strike around noon, during which time he won’t eat or nurse, but is just fussy and crying (and drooling a small personal river). Getting him a wet washcloth to suck/chew and a dose of Advil has been working ok so far.

Bean also shares his older brother’s excitement over dogs! We’ve met a wide variety at our local park. My favourite are the 2 larger dogs who are extremely well-trained! They live with kids and their owners have trained them to lie down and let the kids approach and pet them gently. Even when there is a group of kids jumping around them, they are incredibly calm and patient and I’ve only ever heard them bark at other dogs. Bean is slightly more reserved with them compared to his big brother (who tried to kiss them on the face) but I think as he gets bigger, he’ll have more confidence with them too.

Bean definitely needs his naps still. He occasionally skips them, but gets very cranky about it. He is also a little more of a morning lark like me. This is both good and bad since it means we have one kid cutting in to the evening time and one in to the morning time. I’m sincerely looking forward to the day when I can consistently carve out a little bit of time at either end of the day for non-parenting stuff.

Speaking of sleep, he is also a mover and shaker in his sleep with limbs flying about and huge re-positioning maneuvers. It is cute and funny when it doesn’t involve him trying to roll onto my face and neck. Or when he isn’t head butting my rib cage. Or nearly launching himself off the bed or into a wall. Actually, even with all the sleeping acrobatics, it’s still kind of cute and funny.

Some of his other favourite things: peek-a-boo, pretending to sneeze, turning lights on and off, splashing in water, music (especially row, row, row your boat), the toy knife from the play food, the toy screwdriver, playing tea with his brother, and cheering along with anything.

Crazy Idea – Sumo Vlogs

Tomorrow! #sumo #japan

I get these crazy ideas sometimes. Today’s idea was to film a series of YouTube videos explaining things about sumo for English speakers who might be interested in learning more about it. Our last trip to Japan, we would start to ‘adopt’ English speaking tourists at the tournament and explain things to them. It was fun! So why not make some videos about it so people who are going there, or who have been there can learn more about it?

File it under #crazyidea #someday

Drink Review – Growers Premium Cider Bing Cherry Flavour

I know I've instagrammed this before, but I needed another picture for blog purposes.

Since I’ve never been much of a beer drinker, my summer drink of choice has always been a nice cold cider (the fruity kind). Usually I don’t go for cherry flavoured beverages because they tend to taste like too sweet cherry-flavour and not necessarily cherries. But since this was a seasonal release I decided to give it a shot.

I must say I’ve been pleasantly surprised. I do enjoy sweet beverages, so those who like them on the drier side should stick with the extra-dry apple cider instead. The cherry flavour isn’t overwhelming or candy-like. And it isn’t overly sweet either. Definitely glad to have picked some up to try!

Bean Progress Report – Month 10

With Bean getting super fast crawling speeds now, the question is no longer ‘is something in his mouth?’ It isn’t even ‘what’s in his mouth?’ Nope, it’s simply, ‘is it something we need to take out of his mouth?’ Thankfully, for the most part, the answer is ‘no.’

Speaking of things in the baby’s mouth, there are now three teeth with a fourth on the way. His worst teething times seem to keep hitting around noon. When it’s really bad he won’t eat, won’t nurse, and it’s a challenge even to get some Advil to go in. A cold wet washcloth has helped a bit, but otherwise it’s just been a lot of tears.

Bean already seems to be getting more particular about what he eats. Doesn’t like getting spoon-fed by mommy at all. For the most part this is ok since he’s eating a lot of cut up table food anyway. The way I make oatmeal it really works as a finger food too, so we’re all good.

We have reached the era of clapping – yay! Locutus is happy to have another person clapping at the end of our jam sessions too.

Things Bean is loving lately:

  • Peekaboo
  • Climbing stairs
  • Trying to climb in the fridge any time it opens
  • Kissing his reflection in the oven door
  • Crawling out the kitchen door any time it opens
  • Cruising with chairs, boxes, anything but the actual cruising toy

Between the heat, teething, and a summer cold, sleep has been extremely sporadic lately. I’m hoping it’ll even out a bit as we adjust to the routine of hot days and work out the best ways of keeping the house cool.

June Goals Report

June felt like a really great month for me. I’ve been feeling especially fit and creative, though not particularly organized.

Walk: 62.4 km
Buy a bike 0 / I did ride Benevolance’s 1.5 km
Wheel of Time: 0
Read: 3 books
Sew: 0
Crochet: 2 hats, finished kitten, 30% done diaper cover

I’m feeling hopeful that once we get the lab set up I’ll be making even more progress on the sewing and crocheting. There is a yoga challenge I’m following on Instagram this month (though I’m not posting photos doing yoga quite yet). I’m also hopeful that I’ll find time to see to a few appointments and get some much needed shopping done (bike and clothing).

My reading might slow down next month as there is a nonfiction book I’d like to read. Plus I wasn’t really feeling it for the current book I’m reading, so it’s been slow going.

How is your summer going so far?