From Bean to Sprout

a first time mom's forray into parenthood

Quick, Call the Whaaaambulance March 28, 2012

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Henry’s been kind of driving me nuts lately. He’s in this phase where if things don’t work out for him IMMEDIATELY he loses it. Like when I pull his hands away from the electrical outlet (after he so quickly removes the “child safety” plug) and say “no, I’d rather you not electrocute yourself” he drops to the ground and freaks out screaming and wailing as if I told him Elmo had been murdered or something (yeah, he really loves Elmo). Or another example, we’ve been playing with shapes a lot lately and he’ll be trying to jam the square shape into the circle hole and after a few seconds will freak out that it’s not working out. If I step out of the room for too long, he starts whining and it’s a pretty annoying sound. I know he’s teething and all but I thought I had given him better coping skills than what he’s demonstrating right now. I kind of feel like he’s crying every single day about something.  My friend Erin was telling me that with her first child Eleanor, it was very difficult to get through the 13 to 16 month age range since Eleanor was frustrated all the time and crying and whining and clingy. It kind of made me feel a bit better about the situation, that it’s not necessarily my kid but more of a phase they seem to go through.

And now, pics of Henry crying!





I don't know which way I want to go right now...


These moments make up for the crying though…

I'm going to get you Ginger!!!


you're funny!


attempt at peekaboo with spoons.


This table is delicious...


Family Resemblance March 22, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — frombeantosprout @ 8:03 pm

When I was in high school, I practically lived in the same pair of pants every day. I LOVED these pants. I bought them at Phase 2, a consignment store in Ottawa. They were these polyester pants from the 70s and they had a checkered pattern of blue and white. I ended up having to retire the pants after a paint party at our friends Amy and Kevin when I bent over in them and they tore right down the seam. Super Embarrassing!!! So now those pants are resting in a landfill somewhere and I miss them terribly until…………..


TAHDAH!!!! The torch has been passed on!


I saw these on sale at Joe Fresh and got all excited. More excited than a grown up should be about finding a pair of baby pants.

Yeah I look good!



Angry Drunk March 18, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — frombeantosprout @ 9:13 pm

We stayed home this weekend while Tom gutted our upstairs bathroom. It’s taking a bit longer than I thought. We decided to get a new bathtub for our upstairs main bathroom since we’re doing everything else new. Well the bath we got was really hard to get into the actual room.  It involved a lot of drywall coming out as well as the door frame. Anyways, the bath is in now and next weekend we can start with the tiling.

Meanwhile, Henry got loaded for St-Patty’s day (ok, so the beer was empty but that didn’t stop him from acting like a drunk).

What is this wonderful nectar?


I'll just have one more sip...


I'll tell you what's wrong with society.


What? Empty already?


This is what happens when you let your baby play with an empty beer bottle.


Double Whammy! March 14, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — frombeantosprout @ 12:11 pm

What a week it’s been for Henry. I got called home from work on Monday by Henry’s daycare since he had a fever. I brought him home and he pretty much slept the entire afternoon. He then slept for 15 hours overnight from Monday to Tuesday. I was going to stay at home with him but Chris was feeling sick as well so I went to work. When I got home from work, he seemed a bit out of it and threw up a fair bit so I figured the odds were I would be staying home with him today. Last night was hell. Henry cried screamed from midnight on. He kept trying to ball himself up on us and wanted to sleep on my throat basically. It was terrible. He eventually slept from 6am to 9:30am and had another fever when we woke up. He kept grabbing at his head and moaning so I decided to bring him to his doctor to see if there was more to this than a stomach bug. Turns out the little guy has a double ear infection. I felt terrible. The doctor though was really nice and said that it might not have manifested itself if I had brought him in yesterday. Anywho, now he’s on this pretty high dose of antibiotics that he has to take for 10 days, morning and night. I also called the daycare and they said with an ear infection, they can come back if there aren’t any other symptoms of illness (vomiting, diarrhea).

Now he’s kind of napping/moaning in his crib. The pharmacist said I should notice a difference pretty quickly. Here’s hoping!

My ear hurts!


Make me feel better


Uh-Oh Bobo! March 8, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — frombeantosprout @ 8:45 pm

Chris picked up Henry today and had to sign an accident report. Henry got a bit of a bobo today. He was walking around and fell on his face. He’s got a little bruise on his cheek. He looks ok, just a little scrappy.

Check out my battle scar!


I feel better when I eat raspberries out of daddy's hand!


Or I could lounge in Ginger's dog bed to ease my pain.


13 Months! March 7, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — frombeantosprout @ 7:25 pm

Henry is 13 months old today! He got an early present with Chris arriving before bedtime last night to greet him. Chris arrived at around 5:30 while Henry was eating. He ran into the house, gave me a quick hug then basically pushed me aside and ran to Henry and picked him up. Henry was pretty happy to see him. Even happier when he got his little toy Porsche. I’m really happy Chris is back myself! I got to sleep in until 5:30 this morning while Chris had breakfast with Henry who insisted on waking up at 4:45…

Savoring his goldfish cracker


Hug me mama!


Hanging with the pets.


Happy with daddy (yep, that's a Porsche shirt Chris is wearing)


Hunger Strike! March 6, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — frombeantosprout @ 8:13 am

Henry has been a terrible eater lately. I keep getting feedback that he’s not eating much at daycare and at home he eats even less. He’s drinking a ton of whole milk. I think we’ve been through two cartons since last Thursday but he’s not interested in food. I half wonder if it’s some form of protest about Chris being gone. He’s been a little “off” lately. Like at night he’ll have these crying fits that are just heartbreaking to hear. I’ll be holding him trying to comfort him and he’s just giving these giant sobs like he’s super sad. I’m hoping this will pass soon. Last night I just rocked with him until he fell asleep and let him stay on me. It’s like he needed to feel close to someone. I can’t wait to see his face when Chris gets home. He gets home this evening. Depending on traffic, he’ll either get to see Henry tonight or tomorrow morning, but regardless, he’ll be super happy. Every time I’m on the phone lately, he’ll point to the phone and say “dada??”.

I'm not eating until YOU come home!

In other news, now that Chris is probably somewhere over western Europe, I can safely come clean and talk about all the renovations I’ve been doing while he as away. This “guerrilla renovating” plan goes all the way back to May 2010. When I got back from Haiti, Chris had done a ton of renovating. He rebuilt our front porch, finished our basement floors, completely landscaped our front and back yard. I had promised myself I would do something similar for him one day. Cut to almost two years later and I finally had my opportunity. So on the list of things done:

1- I painted a wall in our living room to match the other three walls. It used to be this:

Hello, just call me dated


and now it’s this:

much better!


There’s just so much more light now in the living room and I feel like I can hang more art on that wall. Before the wall itself was the accent of the room, now I can play around with what I want to accent.

2-  I had a ceiling fan installed in our bedroom. My brother in-law Tom came over to help out do it for me. It was a super long day since there was nothing there originally. So he had to go up in the attic, cut a hole in our ceiling, play around with wiring. I saw the inside of Home Depot this weekend more often than I care to remember. Meanwhile, my sister Melissa was looking after Henry and my sister Steph and her kids came over Saturday to hang out with Henry. It was a zoo. Kids running around everyone, making a mess; construction going on upstairs; animals everywhere. At the end of the day, pretty much everyone was exhausted although at the same time, I had a lot of fun with my family. It reminded me of times when my entire family was at the cottage doing some big reno project. Sorry no pics yet of this one but it looks awesome!

3- Tom came back again on Sunday to work on our downstairs powder room. I basically wanted the toilet and countertop/faucets replaced. What started out as a simple job ended up being complicated by the fact that the previous owners of my house cut a lot of corners when doing their own renovations. I guess they fancied themselves to be DIYers and almost ruined our basement in the process. They had tiled the bathroom but failed to lengthen the main toilet pipe to compensate for the extra space the tiles would create. Instead, they put these little foam spacers between the pipe and the toilet. So when Tom removed the old toilet, a bunch of water leaked everywhere in the bathroom and he told me it was about to start leaking into our basement ceiling. Basically we caught it in time but he had to then take extra time to make sure that didn’t happen again and fix what they messed up. We then took out the sink only to find it starting to rust through so I had to rush back out to, you guessed it, Home Depot, to buy a sink. Then while installing the sink we noticed the home builders took some short cuts with the piping and that the holes of the sink did not line up with the hole of the pipes. Short story long, we couldn’t finish the bathroom on Sunday so it’s kind of a blocked zone until Tom comes back next Sunday to redo the pipe work.

We’ll see how much Chris notices tonight when he gets home!

Helping mom choose a possible countertop


Hmm.. this one has some pros...


I'm really feeling this one.


I haven’t talked much about Henry’s walking over here at this blog. I kind of dropped the ball severely with capturing that specific moment. I just wasn’t sure if a few steps consisted of walking or not? Or is it when they chose to no longer crawl? Henry’s now at the point where he can walk a fair bit although he’ll eventually go back to crawling on the floor. I can say that in the past weekend though he’s grown leaps and bounds when it comes to the walking thing. He’ll be in the hallway and I’ll be in my bedroom putting stuff away and he’ll come walking in. Slowly but surely. It’s really cute when he’s almost to where he wants to be. It’s like his excitement gets the best of him. He starts getting all giddy and laughing hysterically and he puts his arms up in a kind of “VICTORY” pose. You know, the holding your hands together and lifting your arms and shaking them side to side like saying “Success!!!”

I'm coming to get you!


Side note: I bought the Kiss Me I’m Irish onesie for St-Patty’s day thinking it would look super cute at the daycare, then realized that St-Patty’s is on a Saturday… bummer. So I’m making the entire month of March and Irish love fest (I also want to get my money’s worth of this item of clothing).




So Far So Good March 2, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — frombeantosprout @ 7:22 pm

We’ve been getting along fairly well at home while Chris is away in Germany. There have been a few glitches, like teething fevers, a few stumbles and some sleep disturbances but all in all it’s been good. It really helped that my mom and Dawn and Alice picked up Henry from daycare this week. Also, my mom made me a bunch of food for which I was eternally grateful.

Henry has discovered that he can go pretty fast if he uses his little walker toy. He’s just zipping around on that thing like crazy. When he gets stuck, he’ll pick it up, turn it then keep going. He’s completely terrorizing the animals with it.


Snack time!


Messing with Daddy's dishwasher settings

I didn't do anything dad. I promise!


Playing Peekaboo and yep, that's Shawarma he's having for dinner. He's crazy about the stuff.


Zipping around


Ginger looking on warily. That walker has the most annoying dance music ever.