From Bean to Sprout

a first time mom's forray into parenthood

Ahh Canadian Winters January 6, 2013

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Henry’s learning this year what it means to be Canadian. We’ve decided to no longer coddle the boy and make him earn his keep.

Heave Ho! Heave Ho! (ok, part of me wants to start singing that song from les Miz "Look Down")

Heave Ho! Heave Ho! (ok, part of me wants to start singing that song from les Miz “Look Down”)

 

Ok, not really, he just saw his daddy doing it and wanted to copy him. I looked everywhere while off on holidays for a little toy shovel but it seems like every other parent in Kanata had the similar idea of putting their kids to work. Luckily we have this emergency shovel that we got a few Christmases ago from my mom that is perfect Henry height.

Why do we push snow from one place to another? Also, why do our neighbours have a giant tractor to do this job?

Why do we push snow from one place to another? Also, why do our neighbors have a giant tractor to do this job?

 

Wait, are you taking pictures of this for your blog?

Wait, are you taking pictures of this for your blog?

 

That's it, we're done here. My lawyer was quite clear on the whole picture thing mom.

That’s it, we’re done here. My lawyer was quite clear on the whole picture thing mom.

 

It wasn’t all work though, we were clearing the driveway so that we could mosey over to Ikea and return a mirror I had bought. It was way to big for our bathroom, so Chris is going to have to wait a little longer until we find the perfect mirror/vanity combo for our freshly renovated bathroom. While there, we decided to reward Henry for all his hard work this morning.

So you're saying this is dairy? Why the hell do I keep drinking milk like a sucker?

So you’re saying this is dairy? Why the hell do I keep drinking milk like a sucker?

 

every time he'd pull away with a bite in his mouth, he'd get really vocal and say "hmmmmm" like he was in frogurt heaven.

every time he’d pull away with a bite in his mouth, he’d get really vocal and say “hmmmmm” like he was in frogurt heaven.

 

I guess I could update on what we’ve done this weekend as well. Chris made some lasagnas and meatballs to freeze for when the baby arrives. We also reorganized our freezers to make more room since I plan on making a few more dishes (thank you pinterest for all the inspiring freezer meal ideas).

Chris and I had wanted to see Les Miserables since we saw the preview for it a few months ago online. Chris’ parents offered to come over and babysit Henry to give us a night out. We went to Mongolian Village (yummy!) and then went to the movies. I forgot how crazy busy theaters are on Saturday nights and how little parking there is at Kanata Centrum. Such poor urban planning there. We were pleasantly surprised to be sitting one chair away from family friends the Highams and The Lennys who had tried to go see Lincoln but it was sold out. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the movie since I’ve never seen the actual musical. I knew there would be at least one sad song given the preview but I didn’t think I’d be repeatedly punched in the emotions for a solid 20-30 minutes after her “I dreamed a dream” song. There were quite a few times I had to hold myself back from sobbing. I like to blame it more on the pregnancy hormones though rather than I’m an overemotional buffoon. I would highly recommend it to everyone but bring Kleenex.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 weeks of work left, but who’s counting? January 4, 2013

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For the longest time I had planned on taking only 3 weeks off of work (using my annual leave) before starting my maternity leave. My reasoning was that with Henry, for whom I had taken a whole month of leave, I was climbing the walls with cabin fever by the end of week 2. I used to think “Thank god he came 8 days early!” So this time around, I thought that if I take 3 weeks, if the baby comes early, I’ll have two weeks off and might not suffer the same cabin fever.

Well after the Christmas holidays, I thought I’d come back to work all refreshed, ready to work until March 22nd. That feeling lasted all of 3 hours before fatigue caught up and a bad case of numb bum! Sitting in an office chair all day can cause serious numbness! I’m constantly shifting from side to side in my chair and the padded cushion I have to sit on is doing nothing. I get up and walk around as much as I can, but if I sit longer than 10 minutes, that feeling returns. Anyways, after the 3rd or 4th bout of numb bum (I just like saying that), I pulled out my annual leave report and started doing some heavy math. After some deliberation, I’ve decided to take an additional week off, totaling 4. So now my last day of work will be March 15th.

I feel a lot better having made that decision. I kept telling myself to save some vacation time for when I return since I’ll be coming back to work when Little Bean is 11 months old (since Chris is taking a month of parental leave at the beginning with me). My plan was to tack on an additional 2 weeks at the end to return when he’s 11 ½ months. But then I started thinking “will 2 weeks really make a huge difference in his adaptation to daycare?” I don’t think it will. Henry adapted so quickly to daycare that I quickly realized I was the one who had hang ups about him going there.

So now that I have an extra week, here’s what I’d like to do with that time.

1- Prepare Henry’s new big boy room. I’ve been going a tad crazy on Pinterest looking for inspiration. I want to find something he can grow up with, that won’t look ridiculously childish in a year or two. I’m leaning toward a woodland type décor, mainly because I bought a really nice duvet at Ikea for his bed and want to use that as a launching board for the rest of the room.

Isn’t it cute? It’s also reversible

2- make some baby stuff for Little Bean. Right before Henry, I had made all these knit clothing and little sewing projects for him. I’d like to do the same for Little Bean. I want him to have things made specifically for him.  I’ll probably make him his own quilt as well.

3- remove all the carpet in the house and replace it with hardwood or laminate flooring. Right now, the only carpeted areas left in our house are the stairs and the 2nd floor. The carpets are white and worn down. We’re planning on hiring someone to do it (In case you thought my 8 month pregnant self would be doing this) but someone would need to be home while it’s happening. I’d like to actually have this done in the first week off.

4- Cook a bunch of meals to freeze. I had made a few last time and my mom really went above and beyond and brought us so many frozen casseroles that were great on those days where you just wanted to plop something in the oven. I’d like to make a huge batch of casseroles (and hope my mom will make some more… hint hint… 🙂 )

5- SLEEP! I got so busy nesting last time, I didn’t take as many leisurly naps as I could have. Now I know you can’t stock up on sleep, but at least if I take full advantage, I won’t have as many regrets about not having slept before.

6- Sort through baby gear. I’ve already kind of started doing this. On January 1st I went through all the baby clothes and seperated them by age, weather etc. I had so much fun doing it, I’m looking forward to doing it with toys etc.

7- sneak in a movie or two at stars and strollers –pre baby. I figure if I’m pregnant, they can’t kick me out right?

Speaking of bellies, check this baby out!

Speaking of bellies, check this baby out!

 

Things I had vowed never to do, until I did…. January 3, 2013

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I remember when I was pregnant with Henry, I had made this list of things I would never do as a parent. Things that I always secretly judged other parents for doing. Now I’m one of those parents who’s probably being judged by others. Oh well…

My first broken promise: Never bribe your child to get him to do something.

Yeah that one went out the door pretty quickly. I’ve resorted to so many bribes, it’s crazy. Like “hey, if you let me put this giant puff marshmallow snowsuit on you, I’ll give you some chocolate”…. So, pretty much Henry’s entire advent calendar went towards convincing Henry that that snowsuit wasn’t out to swallow him whole. I’m actually slightly panicked about how we’re going to convince him to wear it now.

Second broken promise: Never blackmail your child to get him to do something

If you haven’t noticed yet, there’s definitely a theme to my broken promises. Most, if not all were to get Henry to do (or stop doing) something. I’ve used this one often when we’re heading out in the morning and all of a sudden, we get to the door and he turns and runs back into the house. I’ll say “Ok then, bye bye, have a good day!” and start walking out anyways. He comes running back, freaking out but it gets him to follow me to the car without kicking and screaming.

Third broken promise: Never give in

I try and stick to my guns as often as I can. But sometimes, it’s just sooo much easier to give Henry his milk then listen to him cry for 30 minutes while I calmly try and explain that he’s already had his milk for today. I’m working on this one pretty hard since Chris has been able to stick to this one so I often feel like I’m being a bad parent by giving in. Again though, Henry has a pretty persistent stubborn streak in him (I have no idea where/who he got that from) and if he wants that damn milk, he’s going to let the entire neighbourhood know that he wants it.

Anyways, I’m sure there’s more but these are the three big ones. Please tell me you’ve done the same….

Why would anyone believe you have to resort to these things mom? I'm freaking adorable!

Why would anyone believe you have to resort to these things mom? I’m freaking adorable!

 

A New Year January 2, 2013

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Well it’s now 2013. I got my yearly roundup from WordPress on how much I published in 2012 and there was a significant decline compared to the last year. Yes, I was at home full time for 2011 and had a lot to write about. I still have a lot to write about but I find my days are so full, that by the end of the day, the last thing I want to do is fight with my crappy/dying laptop about photo placement. I think a lot of the blame falls on my getting an iPad at the end of the summer. That thing is so convenient for quickly looking up stuff and facebooking, emailing however it’s not the best for blog updating.  Anyways, one of my resolutions was to take full advantage of my blog in 2013 and that’s what I’m doing.

We had a fairly hectic Christmas holiday. We’re always scrambling around from one house to another wanting to make sure we see everyone. I haven’t seen my extended family on my mom’s side for a few Christmases now and it’s kind of got me bummed. There’s just too much immediate family to visit that it’s harder and harder to squeeze in additional trips. If anyone from my Clairoux clan is reading this though, I want you to know that I’m always with you in spirit at Christmas and that someday I’ll get to visit you (here’s also my plug for you guys to maybe push the Clairoux Christmas party to the 26th in the evening… just a thought! 🙂 )

Henry, as usual, got spoiled rotten. I broke out the camera for Christmas Eve at my mom’s then forgot to bring it with me on Christmas day. It kind of worked out though since I did the opposite last year. It was so fun seeing Henry play with his cousins and grandparents this year. He didn’t quite “get” what was happening, but he enjoyed himself immensely. Actually, the least fun he had was Christmas morning at our place. We couldn’t bribe him to open his gifts. He wanted nothing to do with unwrapping. I think partially it’s because we didn’t use wrapping paper this year. We were trying to go for an eco friendly approach and so he didn’t get to rip stuff to shreds. He loved receiving wrapped gifts at other places, so I suspect that’s what was going on. Maybe next year Chris and I can purchase some brown butcher paper or some recyclable paper.

One thing I’m happy for with the end of the holidays is the return to routine. These late nights and travels have been rough on the little guy. As the holidays progressed, his moods were more and more volatile where he’d be giggling one minute then crying the next, followed by bouts of hitting. I can’t count how many times we had to make him say “sorry” to either us or his cousins. Having Henry back at daycare where his days are scheduled will be very beneficial.

Me trying to explain to Henry about opening presents on Christmas morning.

Me trying to explain to Henry about opening presents on Christmas morning.

What Henry would rather do on Christmas morning, rearrange the fridge magnets.

What Henry would rather do on Christmas morning, rearrange the fridge magnets.

Christmas morning, trying to convince Henry to pull the toy out of the bag.

Christmas morning, trying to convince Henry to pull the toy out of the bag.

I need a break from all this activity

I need a break from all this activity

Niko being one sly dog

Niko being one sly dog

Chris causing trouble with Henry and Logan

Chris causing trouble with Henry and Logan

Goofing around Christmas Eve before heading out to visit family

Goofing around Christmas Eve before heading out to visit family

fascinated with the tree up until it came down on January 1st

fascinated with the tree up until it came down on January 1st

I've been very good this year Santa, I promise

I’ve been very good this year Santa, I promise