From Bean to Sprout

a first time mom's forray into parenthood

Let Me Check My Calendar May 31, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — frombeantosprout @ 10:11 am

I haven’t been posting much now have I? You can blame it almost entirely on my recent purchase of an iPhone. It’s pretty much my portable internet however it’s impossible (well not impossible but a real pain in the butt) to write a blog post on an iPhone. So I have to go an turn on our netbook and then write from there which isn’t as convenient.

I feel like I’ve been busy doing nothing lately. I bring Henry to daycare, come home, try and get Freddy to sleep a bit, usually he falls asleep around 10ish, then I nap as well. We’re up around noon, have lunch and then the afternoon is spent tidying up or catching up on more sleep depending on how the previous night was. I’ll do groceries once a week in the morning and I’ll make special outings to the store or the mall occasionally but I haven’t really scheduled anything like last time with Henry. With him I had activities planned daily. Now I know Freddy’s only 6 weeks old and true, I wasn’t doing much with Henry at 6 weeks either but I kind of feel like I won’t take on as much this time around. Probably due to the fact that I’m keeping Henry home on Mondays and Fridays as of next week. It’s cut our daycare bill in half doing this, so I’m happy we’re doing it, but I’m terrified of taking care of Henry all day and Freddy.

One activity that I’m adament about doing, and this one’s for me, is starting my Fitmom classes again at Westboro beach. I’m hoping to start in the next couple of weeks. I loved that class so much last time and I just felt so good about myself each time I did it. Sue is such a great motivator as well, I can’t wait to get back at it.

As for other activities, Henry will be starting music classes again with his girlfriend Nicole at Making Music Meaningful starting July 8th in the mornings. He loves to dance and sing so I thought this would be perfect. Also, Freddy gets to tag along for free until he’s 6 months old. This one is a partially selfish move as well to fill up time on one of the days Henry is at home. I’m also hoping to utilize my mom’s pool in the summer time for Fridays with Henry as well. Henry is also doing swimming lessons on the weekends with Chris. That’s his special “daddy and me” activity that we wanted to keep up.

Other activities I’d love to be able to do more often this time around is go to the movies, especially in the summer time. I’ve gone to see 3 movies since Freddy was born (the last one being the new Star Trek movie yesterday) and I just love going there.  Freddy pretty much sleeps the entire time so it’s great.

If it seems Freddy’s getting less activities, it’s true, but I figure he’s going to be so engaged with his brother being at home, that it’s like an activity in itself.

Now Henry believes he's taking Chris to swim lessons and not the other way around.

Now Henry believes he’s taking Chris to swim lessons and not the other way around.

 

Time at the park counts as an activity right? I plan on bringing him to the park once a day when he's at home.

Time at the park counts as an activity right? I plan on bringing him to the park once a day when he’s at home.

 

and if the park doesn't work, there's always the backyard!

and if the park doesn’t work, there’s always the backyard!

 

See, Freddy doesn't need a ton of activities, this thing kept him occupied for over an hour.

See, Freddy doesn’t need a ton of activities, this thing kept him occupied for over an hour.

 

You mean I have to follow my big brother around to do his stuff? What a ripoff!

You mean I have to follow my big brother around to do his stuff? What a ripoff!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walking Contradiction May 22, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — frombeantosprout @ 8:00 pm

So lately I’ve been flip flopping on a lot things. i juts can’t seem to decide what I want. For example, on Sunday, Chris casually mentioned “so when can I take the boys up to Travis’ hunting camp?” my immediate reaction was “over my dead body will you be taking my two innocent boys to a hunting camp!” and Chris replied “we won’t actually hunt, just explore nature.” My answer was still “no way”

Then Monday happened.

Monday was not Freddy’s best day. He freaked out pretty much all day (I would learn much later on that he was probably having major growing pains since he can no longer comfortably fit in his 3 month sleepers). Around midday, I found myself daydreaming about going on one of my friend Melanie’s spa weekends. If you don’t know Melanie, trust me, she is a spa getaway queen, her Facebook posts are enough to make one see green with envy. Anywho, as I was fantasizing about this hypothetical getaway, Chris walked in the room and I told him “So about that hunting camp trip… I’ve had a change of heart. As soon as Freddy isn’t nursing anymore, you can bring the boys up there…but you have to bring Ginger as well.” Well Chris saw right through my facade and told me “I’m not taking the boys away so that you can spend $1000 on a spa weekend” to which I replied “I’m sure I could get a better deal than that!” Alas, we were at an impass.

Anywho, that’s one example of how I’ve been contradicting myself. Here’s another. On Monday, closer to dinner time and during another one of Freddy’s freak outs, I confessed to Chris “I kind of wish he’d grow up a little already, and I don’t mean like 6 months old where he can start eating solids and sit up and stuff, but like be Henry’s age.” Much to my relief, Chris said he was feeling the same way. It was kind of like “We’ve been through all this before, we just want to enjoy our kids without this newborn stress or sleep deprivation”. Now before you think I’m a horrible parent for thinking this, rest assured, my wish for an older kid didn’t last very long. Yesterday Freddy started rolling around from his stomach to his back. He’s only 5 weeks old! It took Henry 2 months to start doing it. It wasn’t a fluke either, he’s done it several times since then. I got choked up when he started doing it, thinking “but he’s my baby! He can’t be doing this yet! I need more time!” and then I went off on a Jessi Spano, Saved by the Bell rant of “There’s never enough time, I’ll never get into Stanford!” (Sorry, whenever I complain that I don’t have enough time, that quote always comes up in my head and if I don’t vocalize it, it stays stuck in there for days. I’ve actually said it in meetings when we’re running out of time for a deadline, I can’t help it, it’s bigger than me guys, it’s bigger than all of us!)

So now I find myself wanting Freddy to age faster but stay young forever as well, but I guess all parents go through that.

 

Finally captured Freddy's smile on camera. Unfortunately it was for Cookie Monster and not me.

Finally captured Freddy’s smile on camera. Unfortunately it was for Cookie Monster and not me.

 

 

WTF? May 16, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — frombeantosprout @ 8:10 am

Ok, I have to get this off my chest, I really HATE how acronyms are completely replacing the English language. I was never a fan of the usage of lol. I never, ever use it personally. Whenever I wanted to write that I was laughing, I would actually write “hahaha” and if I found something to me slightly humorous, I’d write “heheh.” I was ready to let the lol thing slide but I feel it started a whole landslide of linguistic shortcuts.

How does this tie into my blog you say? Why am I wasting your time ranting about how I hate the way people write “ROFL” or “LMAO”? Well it does relate to parenting, I swear. Often in the middle of the night, while nursing Freddy, I find myself researching stuff on babies or parenting techniques. I’m often lurking on message boards or forums trying to find answers to such questions as “How do I get my baby to sleep through the night” to “is my baby blinking too much?” I just go on these boards to see that other parents are going through the same thing or that they have the same questions. Anyways, I’ve noticed that on these boards, there’s all these invented acronyms that are topic specific to parenting. Someone will write “My LO refuses to latch on properly” and I’m stuck there at 2 am scratching my head trying to figure out what the hell “LO means”, the first time I read it, I thought “Liaison Officer?” It honestly took me a while to figure out it means “Little one”. Why can’t people just write “My kid” or “My baby”?  Others I’ve seen are “DH” which I figured means “Dear Husband” and then there’s “DD” and “DS” which I’m assuming means “Dearest Daughter” and “Dearest Son” but I’m actually guessing here. Why can’t you just write, husband, daughter, son? Why do people feel the need to code everything on these boards? We know you have a kid if you’re asking parenting questions, why must you make your question vague with all these acronyms?

I find these have significantly increased since I was on leave with Henry. Is it necessary? Why can’t you just spell it all out? It drives me crazy! The only one I actually enjoy using is “WTF” and that’s more because I don’t like swearing in front of Henry, although that took me a while to get used to as well, especially in the car if someone cuts me off, I would often yell out “What the fuck man?” and then realize Henry was in the car and say “Oh shit!” “I mean oh Crap?” “is crap swearing as well?” Damn!” “I mean darn!” so now I say “WTF man?!?!”

Freddy's already perfected his WTF? face

Freddy’s already perfected his WTF? face

 

 

One Month Old May 15, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — frombeantosprout @ 9:09 am

Yep, Freddy is one month old today. I can’t believe how quickly it’s going. Chris has been back at work for 3 days now and we miss him terribly. In just 3 days I find Freddy has changed so much. He’s always got a semi-grin on his face like if he’s in on some big joke. He’s pretty laid back most of the time, unless he’s suffering from one of his bouts of bad stomach gas. Man those pains are nasty. I keep trying to alleviate the pain for him since it’s so sad watching a baby contort himself in pain and the more he gets worked up, the more pain he seems to suffer. It’s always in the afternoon/evenings as well. I never thought I’d be someone who encourages someone else to fart.

Anyways, back on topic. Freddy’s a pretty good sleeper as well. He’ll usually go down around 9pm then wake up between midnight and 1am and then again around 5am. Henry was up a lot as a baby, often every 90 minutes so I’m knocking on wood that Freddy will stick to what he’s currently doing. He’s also pretty good at napping during the day. Again with Henry, he would do these 5-15 minute cat naps throughout the day which drove me crazy. Freddy’s been sleeping for 2 hours at a time in the morning and often in the afternoon. It gives me a good chance to catch up on sleep as well given that Henry has decided to completely regress in his sleep and wake us up at 4:30-5:00 every morning and that’s not counting the times he cries out at night.

I know I’m basing all this on one month, but I get the feeling Freddy will be my calm kid. He likes to observe. He just started noticing Henry this morning and loved watching him do his antics. So now Henry has a willing audience which could spell trouble for us.

See what I mean, he's got this gleam in his eyes like he's either up to mischief or that he knows something funny is about to happen.

See what I mean, he’s got this gleam in his eyes like he’s either up to mischief or that he knows something funny is about to happen.

He's quite content just lying there during tummy time, chewing on his hand.

He’s quite content just lying there during tummy time, chewing on his hand.

Happy 1 month little brother

Happy 1 month little brother

 

 

 

A-Puke-alypse Now May 8, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — frombeantosprout @ 4:06 pm

Horror… Horror has a face… and you must make a friend of horror…

It’s been a crazy sick week at home. We got a call from daycare on Monday saying Henry had bad diarrhea. We knew he had been off a little on Sunday but didn’t think it was that bad. They told us there were 7 confirmed cases of the flu. Chris went to pick him up and decided to run a few errands at the same time, which in hindsight he realized was a mistake when Henry puked all over himself in the Walmart parking lot. It just kind of went downhill from there. Henry had another poo bomb at home in the backyard and then went down for a 3 hour nap.

After the nap, Henry was pretty lethargic so we decided to watch a movie. We were all sitting quietly when all of a sudden Henry put his hand over his mouth and then puke just started coming out everwhere. Honestly, I thought there would be some kind of announcement that he was going to be sick. He was pretty stoic about the whole thing. It got all over me and of course landed right in the seat cushion crack. We stripped him down, cleaned the sofa, febreezed the crap out of everything and then sat down to watch some more. That’s when Freddy decided to spit up all over me as I was burping him. Of course,that all went down my cleavage and all over his face. By that time, Chris and I had pretty much had it with kids bodily functions.

Later that evening, right before bed, Henry had another poop bomb and it was probably the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen. I’ll spare you a description. Once we got Henry to bed, we realized something was off with Freddy. He was all congested and kept choking on mucus, so out came the snot sucker and I spent pretty much all night sucking snot of his nose with that little doohickey and managed to get spit up on a few more times. FUN! Needless to say, sleep didn’t come that easily on Monday night when you listen to your 3 week old struggling to breathe.

So we kept Henry home yesterday and he slept pretty much all day but seemed better, with no poop or vomit (can’t say the same for Freddy) so decided to send him to daycare today. Well we got a call again this afternoon that he had wanted to sleep all day and within a period of 30 minutes had 3 incidents of diarrhea which required a complete wardrobe change. So needless to say, he’s earned another 24 hour ban from daycare.

This is just so frustrating. Chris’ last week of parental leave involved being drenched in snot, crap and puke. I wouldn’t be surprised if  going back to work on Monday is a bit of a relief. I’m hoping Henry will be better by next week when I’m on my own.

The Horror….. The Horror….

Ugh, my head is killing me.

Ugh, my head is killing me.

Poor little guy has been like this for the better part of the past 3 days.

Poor little guy has been like this for the better part of the past 3 days.

I believe I captured on film the exact moment Freddy got sick too. It's almost like Henry is saying "tag you're it"

I believe I captured on film the exact moment Freddy got sick too. It’s almost like Henry is saying “tag you’re it”

Now I don't feel so good.

Now I don’t feel so good.

 

 

 

 

A Beautiful Day For a Picnic May 6, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — frombeantosprout @ 2:31 pm

Yesterday, Chris surprised me with our first picnic of the season. He’s been good at keeping me on a “nap” schedule to catch up on my sleeping and yesterday morning while I was taking a nap in the morning, he took the boys to Sobeys and bought a bunch of my favourite picnic foods. We didn’t get a chance to go last summer since we were super busy so this was the first time Henry got to have a picnic since he was 6 months old. He loved it. Freddy, being only 3 weeks old, tolerated it, but I think in a few years time, he’ll be having just as much fun as his big brother was.

Chris had to run back to the car to get the picnic blanket, then it was a race back to the table.

Chris had to run back to the car to get the picnic blanket, then it was a race back to the table.

Setting up our delicious meal. Henry even popped a cherry tomato in his mouth, then spit it out when he realized it was a tomato.

Setting up our delicious meal. Henry even popped a cherry tomato in his mouth, then spit it out when he realized it was a tomato.

Believe it our not, this was the best picture we could get for Henry and I. At least he's looking kind of in the direction of  the camera.

Believe it our not, this was the best picture we could get for Henry and I. At least he’s looking kind of in the direction of the camera.

Napping on the picnic table. That will have to change once he starts rolling over.

Napping on the picnic table. That will have to change once he starts rolling over.

Finally a good shot!

Finally a good shot!

So after lunch, Henry spent the rest of our time running up and down a hill. There was a giant bouncy castle a few hills over, but this was what he wanted to do.

So after lunch, Henry spent the rest of our time running up and down a hill. There was a giant bouncy castle a few hills over, but this was what he wanted to do.

He got so hot, the hoodie had to come off. That is a pj top he's wearing, we're learning to pick our battles.

He got so hot, the hoodie had to come off. That is a pj top he’s wearing, we’re learning to pick our battles.

More napping shots of Freddy. He didn't do much more.

More napping shots of Freddy. He didn’t do much more.

No matter how big Henry gets, he still loves doing this with his daddy.

No matter how big Henry gets, he still loves doing this with his daddy.

Lucky for us, Henry only realized there was water towards the end of our picnic. Had he figured it out earlier, he would have insisted on being dangerously close to the water the entire time.

Lucky for us, Henry only realized there was water towards the end of our picnic. Had he figured it out earlier, he would have insisted on being dangerously close to the water the entire time.