From Bean to Sprout

a first time mom's forray into parenthood

If The Shoe Fits February 27, 2013

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Last Thursday I brought Henry shoe shopping because I had been struggling to get his shoes on for a while. Turns out he needed it. He was wearing a size 7.5 shoe and needed size 9s. I also had to get him new winter boots since he kept tripping in his and they were size 8s. Let me tell you the bill was hefty. Had I known what a lucrative gig kids shoes were, I would have focused my career to become a  cobbler. His feet grow so quickly, we’re constantly getting new shoes for him. I was he would make it through the winter with one pair of boots but I was wrong. Luckily I got him some Bog boots that go from -32 degrees to +15 so he can wear them as spring mud boots as well.

We always buy our shoes at Kids Footwear in the Hazeldean mall. They’re so knowledgeable with how kids feet grow and we have a points card that after 12 pairs, they get a pair free. That may sound like a lot of shoes to go through, but I think we’re on pair 6 or 7 already. From what I was told on Thursday, Henry has “graduated” from baby type shoes to more active toddler shoes, so the price has gone up with it. I know it sounds like I’m complaining but at the same time, I’m not willing to compromise on shoes for him. I’d rather buy him something I know is specifically designed to accommodate kids growing and using new bones and muscles. I mean, if you think about it, in the first 2 years of life, a baby goes from crawling to walking to running and jumping. I want to make sure he has the right support for all of that. So far we’ve pretty much stuck to Stride Rite shoes for him since they make them to fit narrow long feet, like Henry’s. The shoe lady (well that’s what I call her) was saying he’s approaching the age where his feet will start to slow down in growth and shoes will last a little longer. Here’s hoping. At least with a second boy on the way, I know those pricey little shoes will get a second use.

And what does Henry have to say about his new shoes and boots? He LOVES them. I don’t know exactly when this started, but Henry can be a bit of a fashion star. There’s certain clothing that he loves and others that he hates.  Like if I try a particular combination of clothing that’s not working for him, he loses it until I pull something out (or he pulls something out) that he’d rather wear. So far, he seems to have pretty good tastes. Anyways, when trying on the shoes he liked, he was walking around the store, pivoting, like he was walking down a catwalk. Then we tried another pair and he just stood there looking at me like “you gotta be kidding right? These clash with EVERYTHING!”. The same with the boots. He tried on a pair that just weren’t cutting it for him, then tried on the Bogs. He liked them but wasn’t sold on them. Then the saleslady said “I have these in other styles” and pulled out a bunch of boxes and Henry dived in, picked out a pair and those were the ones. He loves them so much, he puts on his boots on his own now like a big kid.

I’m worried one day I’ll be getting ready for work and he’ll tell me “you know that looks terrible right?”

Henry demonstrating how awesome his new boots are. "Are you paying attention mom, I'm just going to show you once how this is done"

Henry demonstrating how awesome his new boots are. “Are you paying attention mom, I’m just going to show you once how this is done”

"Bend at the knee, then scoop up the snow, then dump it on the driveway like this" we didn't have the heart to tell him that you don't put the snow back on the driveway after pushing it to the side.

“Bend at the knee, then scoop up the snow, then dump it on the driveway like this” we didn’t have the heart to tell him that you don’t put the snow back on the driveway after pushing it to the side.

 

 

I Like To Move It, Move It February 26, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — frombeantosprout @ 7:43 pm

We did a whirlwind of activity this past weekend. I know I should be slowing down, especially given that I’ve been experiencing contractions in the evenings but there’s this stubborn part of me that just wants to get so much done before the baby arrives. Saturday was the craziest. We woke up, went to Henry’s gymnastic class at Starr Gymnastics. He had a great time. He had been “off” the past couple of weeks but he was in full form this time. Running around, swinging from ropes, having a general blast.

We then decided to hit up Ikea right after since we were in the neighbourhood. We had a $20 coupon expiring on February 28th (from the christmas tree we bought) and also were looking to buy a new mattress for Henry’s bed and they were having a deal of 15% back in gift cards for mattress purchases. We also got some storage solutions for Henry’s bedroom and a new dresser for the baby. In total we saved about $50. It satisfied the new Price Matcher in me. The whole time in Ikea, Henry again was in a great mood. He was running around, giving us hugs, telling us he loves us. It was great.

That afternoon we drove out to Almonte for our niece Josie’s 4th birthday. Again, Henry was going crazy. He kept trying to flip himself over a balloon on the sofa. Everyone  got to see how daring he can be.  He seems to really have come out of his shyness bubble so he was super chatty and laughing the entire time. We then went from Almonte to Carp for dinner at the Swan to celebrate my father in-law Marty’s birthday. Again, Henry was super well behaved. Better than the two adults who kept spilling their beer glasses all over the table (don’t worry, I won’t name names J )

We got home around 8pm and he slept from then to 10am. Amazing! After breakfast we went out shopping for Henry’s friend Luis’ birthday present and then met up with our friends Doopah, Nat and Danick for lunch. Again, the whole time, Henry was pretty great. He was super affectionate and loving. I couldn’t believe my eyes at how grown up he was acting.

We got home, had a nap, then got up and Henry just ran around the house like crazy trying to shove Ginger’s tail in a tupperware container. We have such a good, patient , tolerant dog… I kept trying to take picture of him in a frenzy but the pics were always blurry. I guess it demonstrates how much he was moving.

The weekend caught up to him though and he was in bed by 6:30 by Sunday night.

Monday morning he woke up in a great mood and there was absolutely no freak out at drop off time at daycare (which has been a constant occurrence for the past 2 weeks). I was so relieved. I’m hoping we’ve turned a page on the terrible twos. If not, at least I know this little well behaved angel is in there somewhere.

Ginger's keeping a close eye on Henry and the tupperware he was trying to contain her tail in.

Ginger’s keeping a close eye on Henry and the tupperware he was trying to contain her tail in.

I'm so happy and manic!!!

I’m so happy and manic!!!

 

 

32 Weeks and Counting February 19, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — frombeantosprout @ 7:45 pm

Well I don’t have much time left with this pregnancy. It seems to be creeping up faster and faster. It’s just starting to dawn on me that I’m about to have a second child and I’m panicking a little. I haven’t done half of what I did in preparation for Henry. With Henry I was scouring pregnancy books, first year books, nursing books, sleeping books, everything! I barely cracked open my “week by week pregnancy” book this time around. I get a weekly email from a website telling me how big the baby is and I’ll read it, but then I don’t obsess over it like I used to with Henry. I kind of feel guilty about it a bit. I had hoped to savour this pregnancy, enjoy every moment, but life with a toddler kind of got in the way.  Now with a little less than 8 weeks left (earlier if he’s anything like his big brother), I’m having these anxiety pangs like “how do I support his head?” “how the heck did I nurse again?”

My umbilical chord fear is back in full force. I had no idea how to care for it last time, I kept trying to but I was so terrified of hurting Henry and when it came off 4 days after he was born (when all the books I had read said 7 days) I totally freaked out thinking I had hurt him somehow.  I’m also scared about how I’ll function with no sleep. It took a year for Henry to sleep his full nights and now we’ve been on full nights for a year again and I don’t know how I’ll handle going back to every few hours being awake, especially since I have to wake up with Henry in the morning anyways.

Let’s see here, other fears I have…

1- worrying about Henry feeling pushed aside while I care for the baby

2- worrying about the baby not getting the same level of attention Henry got when he was a baby

3- worrying about dropping off Henry at daycare in the morning. Do I bring the baby in with me? Will he freak out that I’m leaving with the baby and not him after drop off?

4- worrying about the 2 days a week I’ll be keeping Henry home. What am I going to do with him where I can drag a baby along as well? Will he be bored?

5- worrying about when Chris goes back to work after being home for 4 weeks. Will the same level of help be offered for a second child as it was for the first?

And that’s not even counting the actual labour fears I have. Like “will I make it to the hospital in time?” “god I hope I can find care for Henry in time if labour is very quick. Not sure I want him to see me in that kind of pain, I worry I’ll scare him”, “will I have time for an epidural again? I almost didn’t have time last time”. And it’s funny, after Henry was born, I forgot about the pain of labour almost instantly. Now things are starting to come back and I’m a little scared again.

I know I can do this, I’ve done it before. I just kind of wish I had taken the time to prepare a bit more.

to lighten this post, please enjoy a picture of Henry pretending he's a robot. If daycare ever asks "why does Henry's hair smell like dog food?" well now you know.

to lighten this post, please enjoy a picture of Henry pretending he’s a robot. If daycare ever asks “why does Henry’s hair smell like dog food?” well now you know.

 

Winterlude February 17, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — frombeantosprout @ 7:50 pm

Henry attended his first Winterlude this weekend. The last time we went was the weekend before he was born. I think Henry’s little brother wanted to make an appearance based on the random Braxton Hicks contractions I was feeling but I told him “no way, you’re staying in there for at least another 5-6 weeks”.

We went to gymnastics first and Chris’ dad Marty came along for both gymnastics and Winterlude. Henry was a bit cranky at first but then seemed to warm up once he got his hands on coloured ice blocks.

A welcoming tiger lantern.

A welcoming tiger lantern.

Why are we here? Why is it so cold?

Why are we here? Why is it so cold?

Very cool lantern tunnel.

Very cool lantern tunnel.

I just loved staring at these.

I just loved staring at these.

trying to get a smirk out of Henry. It was pretty tough.

trying to get a smirk out of Henry. It was pretty tough.

This statue got a bit of a smile.

This statue got a bit of a smile.

Check out this awesome blue block... (if you look closely enough, you can see the mischief in Henry's eyes while he's holding that block of ice)

Check out this awesome blue block… (if you look closely enough, you can see the mischief in Henry’s eyes while he’s holding that block of ice)

and toss.... At least in this picture, he was tossing it on the ground. Originally he was trying to get it as close as possible to a little girl building a castle.

and toss…. At least in this picture, he was tossing it on the ground. Originally he was trying to get it as close as possible to a little girl building a castle.

Family pic. It was the only one we got.

Family pic.

Watching maple syrup being made.

Watching maple syrup being made.

First time eating Beavertail. It was a huge success.

First time eating Beavertail. It was a huge success.

This was my favourite sculpture of the Crystal garden. And the sculptor is from Ottawa!

This was my favourite sculpture of the Crystal garden. And the sculptor is from Ottawa!

 

We only ended up staying for about an hour before Henry started fading fast so we headed back to Kanata for a quick bite at the Barley Mow and then came home for a long nap. Henry’s been sleeping like crazy lately. Thursday was a 4 hour nap, yesterday he slept for over 3 hours and today he slept 13 hours overnight then took a 3 hour nap again. I think he’s going through a major growth spurt. Hoping he sleeps in tomorrow since I’m off with him for family day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — frombeantosprout @ 7:11 pm

Valentine’s Day was a bit of a bust in our household. Well not for Chris and I, we had a great day, more Henry who’s suffering from his 4th ear infection in a year (although I’m convinced he’s had at least 5). I had to stay home with him on Valentine’s day, thus taking another day of annual year (and I have to take tomorrow off as well due to family day).  My plan was originally to go to the LCBO downtown and get Chris some fancy looking beers however that went south when I didn’t go to work on Thursday. Since I was at home, I decided I’d check out “bieres du monde” in Aylmer. It’s a beer store in the Aylmer mall that sells all Quebec microbrewed beer. Well that plan went out the window when Henry decided to take a 4 hour nap, thus killing any possibility of making it to Aylmer and back before Chris got home. So I ended up going to the local LCBO and Henry helped me pick out neat beers. We then went to the Sippy Cup Cafe and picked up a gift card for Chris from Henry. When Chris got home, he opened his gifts and loved all of them. Chris and Henry got me a gift card to the Brookstreet spa, which I’ve been dying to go to. I can’t wait to book some spa time.

We decided to wait until Friday to have a nice meal and ate way to much raclette. What is it about raclette or fondue that you tend to overeat?

I'm not feeling that great but I look amazing in my spiffy Valentine's day suit.

I’m not feeling that great but I look amazing in my spiffy Valentine’s day suit.

Reading the card that Henry got for daddy.

Reading the card that Henry got for daddy to go with the gift card.

The beer's from me though. Henry got carded at the LCBO.

The beer’s from me though. Henry got carded at the LCBO.

We were treated to a nice imaginary meal from Henry consisting of plastic bowls, a cork trivet, a lens cap and a Newfoundland fridge magnet.

We were treated to a nice imaginary meal from Henry consisting of plastic bowls, a cork trivet, a lens cap and a Newfoundland fridge magnet.

Voila, see my masterpiece. Careful it's hot, just out of the unplugged toaster oven.

Voila, see my masterpiece. Careful it’s hot, just out of the unplugged toaster oven.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, Children Of All Ages February 10, 2013

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Welcome to Henry’s 2nd birthday party. Come join us under the Big Top to see what took place during the festivities. I’d be amiss without saying a great big thank you to my coworker Jen who lent us the “big ticket item” for this party. I mean, a circus wouldn’t be complete without a bouncy castle right?  Turns out only the younger kids were brave enough to go in, but boy did they have a blast playing in there. Anywho, on with the pictures!

Party favours for the kids. Popcorn bowls filled with animal cracker pouches and a zebra/horse pen.

Party favours for the kids. Popcorn bowls filled with animal cracker pouches and a zebra/horse pen.

Henry helping us prepare by testing the goods.

Henry helping us prepare by testing the goods.

Different kinds of popcorn were served for those of discerning tastes.

Different kinds of popcorn were served for those of discerning tastes.

Our own big top decor.

Our own big top decor.

Chris preparing hot dogs for 20 something people. So many hot dogs....

Chris preparing hot dogs for 20 something people. So many hot dogs….

quick self shot before the craziness of the party.

quick self shot before the craziness of the party.

Let's get this party started mom!

Let’s get this party started mom!

Henry and Luis enjoying the bouncy castle. Luis just ran right in the second it was done blowing up.

Henry and Luis enjoying the bouncy castle. Luis just ran right in the second it was done blowing up.

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peekaboo!

peekaboo!

Henry playing shy with his cousin Logan.

Henry playing shy with his cousin Logan.

Not so shy anymore.

Not so shy anymore.

The circus changed to wrestle mania.

The circus changed to wrestle mania with Niko refereeing.

Henry's cousin Josie. She's become such a delightful conversationalist. I was able to have lunch with her and discuss her upcoming trip to France.

Henry’s cousin Josie. She’s become such a delightful conversationalist. I was able to have lunch with her and discuss her upcoming trip to France.

Little Greta was there as well. I can't count how many times Henry almost ran her over with his new toy ATV. She's a tough cookie though and stood her own.

Little Greta was there as well. I can’t count how many times Henry almost ran her over with his new toy ATV. She’s a tough cookie though and stood her own.

Everyone singing Happy Birthday. It took a few kids to try and blow out the candle. Luckily Luis' dad Doug saved the day and blew them out.

Everyone singing Happy Birthday. It took a few kids to try and blow out the candle. Luckily Luis’ dad Doug saved the day and blew them out.

The party aftermath. While Henry slept off his afternoon, we cleaned and cleaned some more.

The party aftermath. While Henry slept off his afternoon, we cleaned and cleaned some more.

The party was a great success and we’re very thankful for everyone who came and participated in our little guy’s second birthday party. Henry was spoiled rotten. We might have to do something smaller for next year, or move into a bigger house!

 

 

 

 

Woo-Hoo, Look Who’s 2!!!! February 9, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — frombeantosprout @ 7:29 pm

Well my little man is now 2 years old. How time has just flown by. It seems like just yesterday I was waking up Chris around midnight saying “either I just peed in the bed or my water broke”.  It’s like every moment of that day is frozen in my mind. The pain, the fear and then the euphoric joy as they lay Henry on my chest. How he wriggled himself up to nestle his head under my chin and settled in. I remember, after holding him for a few seconds, letting him know I would go through that pain all over again for this one moment. I remember the look on Chris’ face when he held his son for the first time. I remember my mom getting teary eyed after having witnessed her grandson’s birth. I also remember the crazy commotion that came after he was born given that no doctors were in the room when he decided to make his entry. Just so much fluttering around while Henry and I remained still.

Now the last thing he wants these days is to remain still. Sure, when he’s sick (like he was last weekend), there are moments of stillness but for the majority of the time, it’s go, go, go.  It’s hard keeping up with our little tornado but we try. I keep trying to picture what he’ll be like. He’s obssessed with sending objects flying by hitting them with a stick, so I think “He’s going to want to play baseball!” but then he’ll hop on the piano and start banging out a tune and I think “my little rock star!” I guess I can only wait and see but it’s fun trying to guess.

First morning as a two year old was rough on the little guy.

First morning as a two year old was rough on the little guy.

We got Henry a toy shovel and toy broom. I know that sounds boring and that we're putting our kid to work, but he loves this kind of stuff!

We got Henry a toy shovel and toy broom. I know that sounds boring and that we’re putting our kid to work, but he loves this kind of stuff!

Practicing my shoveling technique. It's all in the wrist.

Practicing my shoveling technique. It’s all in the wrist.

Busted late night snacking on his birthday.

Busted late night snacking on his birthday.