Friday, September 28, 2007

The last thing Jeff said

Before he left was "Now Carson don't do anything new while I'm gone..."

So why is this new? Crawling isn't new to him, he's been moving (starting with the inch worm) since he was about 7 1/2 months and he's gotten up to a pretty good pace and can move freely around the house. But he still does it on his stomach. I can't remember the exact statistic but the majority of babies who crawl do not crawl in the typical fashion. They drag legs, slide on their bum, wiggle etc... and Carson's method of crawling makes him like he's going on a recon mission - he drags himself forward with his arms and uses his leg to shimmy himself. But yesterday he started crawling in the "normal" way. He doesn't do it all the time, only if the distance is short enough. If you put something about 2 feet away he'll crawl this way. Otherwise, he'll drop back onto his stomach. I think it may have something to do with the fact he feels more comfortable grabbing something if he's on his stomach. At the end of the video you can see him drop onto his tummy right as he reaches out to grab the ball. It's cute as hell though, I must admit.


Carson has been in bed for his afternoon nap for 2.5 hours and hasn't slept yet. He's talking, playing and making bubbles. Hilarious.

A few things

1/ I withdrew from our Friday morning swimming classes. They were fun, but a really bad time for us. Carson normally wakes up at quarter to 7 (which is PERFECT for me!) and goes down for his nap around 8:30-9. This class is at 8:30 and he's just really really tired. This morning he woke up a bit earlier (6am) and by the time the class came he was exhausted. His eyes were red and he was pretty lazy the whole time. He crashed SO hard in the car that I brought him inside, changed him and put him to bed without him waking up. So now there is a credit on my account which we are bound to use up soon enough! I'll just take him during leisure time. Sure the songs were great (I always sing to him) but I think he'll have just as much fun during the leisure time.

2/ I got an e-mail from a lady who had posted an ad on kijiji about daycare. She has a spot available for December and I loved her ad, so I'm calling her to make an appt for interview. AND this lady lives on the street that our street crosses - how is THAT for convenience? I'm not saying that she's the one, but it reassures me that something will come up. Most ads are looking for kids for the next month, so it looks like it's rather last minute. So we are still a full 2 months away. I'm not nearly as worried anymore.

3/ I'm a "single mom" this weekend. Jeff and the boys are gone to Montreal for the President's Cup so Carson and I are flying solo. We have a busy weekend planned though - trips to the park, a birthday party, Mom and I are taking Carson and walking the 5K Run for the Cure and I may squeeze a little bit of shopping in there somewhere. It's good and bad that my mom lives right next to Boomerang, I'm in love with that store.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

It's mine!

I was in a slight bidding war for a 2006 Chariot Cabriolet (2 seater) with the jogging and bike attachments and I won it! So excited. I've been wanting to get one all summer and was considering getting the MEC one which is much cheaper but I've stopped a few people on the street with one to ask them about it (I'm SO my mother's daughter) and they have all had little complaints about it (it's heavy, pretty basic, harder to close up etc...) and honestly all those little things add up to me rather spending a bit more money on the Chariot. I'm excited!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Welcome Petra Skye!

So Carson has a new cousin and Jeff and I a new niece! Erin and Jan had a beautiful little girl named Petra Skye! I wish we were in PEI so I could hold a newborn again. And she is just gorgeus, I can't wait to meet her. Gets me excited for baby number two too! I found out I only have to go back to work for 6 months before I can go on maternity leave and get my sweet ass top-up again.
Carson's sleeping 16 hours these days (12 hours through the night and 2 solid 2 hour naps) so he's been a dream to be with. Not because (as someone once asked me) because I don't want to be around him for those extra hours a day, but because I know when he doesn't get enough sleep and it makes him cranky and it can't be fun for him. Not to mention not as fun for me either!

I'm still trying to figure out daycare, I've gotten a few phone calls but from people not exactly in our area. If I worked at my old job, it would be perfect because it would be right on the way - but now that I work in the completely other direction it doesn't exactly make sense. But I think I may go meet with them anyways and just get a feel for what I'm looking for in a caregiver. Only two more months to go and lots to do in the meantime. But with Carson taking these wonderful long naps, I can cross a few things off my to do list more quickly. Not only does in sleep for 2 hours, but he plays in his crib before and after so he's in his crib for max 1.5 hours more a day then he's even sleeping.

We are going on a playdate tomorrow with Nadia and Sofia and are looking forward to it! Here are a few pictures from the other afternoon when Jeff and I went walking in Manotick. Carson looks so old in them!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Saturday, September 22, 2007


He's definitely saying "mamamamma" but I don't think he's saying mamma. As in me. But it's cute. And I'm going to pretend that he's calling me. And, if I say it first? He copies me. Also, he has this rather demonic type voice he does now. He's been doing it a couple of months but now if I do it first? That's right, he copies me. So that's two new party tricks for Carson.

A great Saturday, went and saw Kate and LJ's house (all the way in Casselman!) and after his nap we went for a trip to the park with Carrie, Ethan and Isabelle. Oh, and Bailey-boxer. Carson loves animals. He loved all the cats he met during our trip and kicks his legs whenever he sees Bailey cause he's so excited. He's been ready for bed super early this past week, going to bed at 6:30.

We had our first Parents and Tots swimming lesson and we had lots of fun. He was just the cutest thing. I'm always thrown by how much of a little person he is now. We went in the water and he started kicking his legs - squealing with glee and laughing. He kept opening up his arms towards me and as soon as I got him close enough, he turned around and wanted to go back in the water. I was so totally enthralled by him, he just blew me away. I wish the class was a little earlier because he's exhausted before we even get there. But, such is life I guess.

He's not loving going down to sleep lately. He's all nice and calm, we go to put him down in the crib and he then he looks at us, and gives us "the looks". He pulls himself to a standing position and then if you stay peeking through the door he slowly puts his hand down and then lies down and after about 20 seconds, he's asleep. We haven't changed anything, so maybe is it anxiety? Thank god it doesn't last longer then a minute or else I'd be having a hard time with it.

What he is loving lately? Me. He would be the hapiest in the world if he could constantly have one hand on me. Jeff is a very close second mind you (especially if he's playing the game going from one of us to the other and back again seconds later) but he certainly does love his mom. Jeff's back to working regular hours (it's always a tad more relaxed in the summer) so Carson and I spend lots of hours a day together. Anyways I know it won't last forever so I'll relish in it as long as I can.

Erin's water broke this morning so if nothing happens today (she was told to go home and see if labour may begin on it's own) they will be inducing her first thing in the morning. Very exciting, we turned the ringer back on the phone in case we get a late night phone call! I say it's a girl, so we'll see if I'm right (well, me and the chinese gender predictor).

Friday, September 21, 2007

Thursday, September 20, 2007

When did we end up with this?

When did he turn from a little baby into a boy? He's so incredible these days. Whenever I take him somewhere he is so excited to get out of his car seat and see where he is. He looks at his new surroundings and just reaches out for the first thing he can touch. He always looks at me every couple of seconds to make sure I'm still there. He always crawls over to the front door and kicks his legs and screeches (a happy screech!) when I finally open the door to go outside. He goes all the way up the stairs (esp. if there's someone he wants to see up there), I'm trying to teach him to go down (by crawling backwards on his stomach if that makes sense?) and he's kind of getting it, but he thinks it's more fun time then something he should be learning to do. Today we went shopping and I was looking through the aisles so mom put him down on the ground. He went around a few corners and found a sitting toy and climbed up on it himself! So of course it came home with us (pictures are below). He sits on it and starts to jump up and down. It's hilarious.

On a completely different note - I'm starting to think Carson has too many clothes. So I think I will try and avoid shopping for him for as long as I can. I just can't help myself! I just put most of his summer stuff away, I left out a few pairs of shorts for this gorgeus weather we are having.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Busy with a Capital B

Holy. He's everywhere. Into everything. He easily goes down the step into the front entrance and back up again. He's at the point where he beelines for something he wants. You open the fridge door, he stops whatever he's doing and crawls super fast towards it. Close the door? He cries. This morning when Jeff opened the front door to leave Carson zipped away from the book he was "reading" and went down that first stair right towards the door. He sees what he wants and he does everything he can to try and get it! I used to think being a mom before was tired? Now there is absolutely no rest for the wicked!

He now kisses. Well, doesn't quite kiss me (well he does, just not when prompted) but he has the Animal Kisses book and I always bring the book into touch his lips on each animal. Now he leans forwards and kisses each animal. It's pretty sweet.

I'm thinking there may be more teeth coming in. The past couple days he's been a tad whiny and last night he just wasn't happy being anywhere but in mommy or daddy's arms from about 4pm on. He felt a bit hot, although I only took his temperature after a bath and it said he was OK but I don't know if being in the bath would skew the results? So we gave him a hit of Advil. He slept perfectly fine during the night and this morning was a tad whiny again. His cheeks are red and it's not quite a diaper rash but his bum is a little red. My girlfriends all swear that the diaper rash accompanies teeth coming in. So I keep looking, but don't see anything yet. Of course he may just be grumpy but so far whenever this has happened - teeth have come in.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Last couple days...

Carson has been mastering getting down after he stands up.

He used to get a bit frusterated and start to whine/cry to let us know he wanted down, and needed our help. Now he slowly bends his knees, gets onto his knees and them his bum. He's quite proud of himself as he does it. Then he looks at us afterwards as if to say "Did you see me do that?".

Today was a sleepy day. Carson has two super long naps and was in bed half an hour early. He hardly ate, wanted to touch everything in sight that he wasn't supposed to, and would let out a cry when he didn't get his way.

Each day, I tell you, he does something new that he didn't do the day before.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Dwindling days of summer

We're trying to spend as much time outdoors as we can while the weather is still nice, or like yesterday, even when the weather is not so nice. We drove up to Cobden, more specifically, Wilderness Tours as it was the launch of the eco-friendly luxury cottages that Rob's working on. It was raining on and off, but we bundled up, packed a lunch and drove up. We got there right at Carson's nap time, and he hadn't slept in the car at all, but he stayed awake for another 3 hours. We had a great day, Carson LOVES being outside. He just looks around, taking it all in, laughing and playing with the kids and stretching his arms out for everyone to take him. He went on his first boat ride and it was a bit chilly but we wrapped him up in a blanket and he sat there, watching the water go by. He was fast asleep in his car seat before we hit the highway.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

A few notables

1. I came into his room after his nap yesterday afternoon and he was standing up in his crib. He was shaking his arms so as to rattle the crib. That was the first time he's been standing up in his crib without our help. It's funny because when Carson was just born and we'd watch him sleeping in his crib we'd say "I can't believe one day we are going to be walking into his room and he's going to be standing up". That day is here and it came so quickly.

2. He gives high-fives. You ask him for one, his eyes light up and his hand goes right up in the air. He doesn't quite know to move it and hit your hand, but he puts his hand up ready to receive a high five.

3. As I mentioned earlier, I'm trying to get rid of his third nap in the late afternoon and it's coming along quite well. He's still pretty sleepy in the afternoon but he's OK for the most part. Yesterday we went over to Carrie and Rob's for pizza to celebrate Ethan and Isabelle's first day at JK (I can't BELIEVE how old they are!) and on the way over Carson fell asleep in the car. When we got there, we left him in the car and he slept for about half an hour. Jeff and I kept going out to the car every 3-5 minutes cause the thought of him waking up in a car without anyone there was killing us, but he needed to sleep. It's the first time we've done that - but I'm sure not the last :)

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The countdown is on!

So I was only going to go back to work Jan 1, but I've decided to go back after my 1 year, and start on Dec 1st. Now that it's been decided I'm looking forward to it. The last week or so I've had a horrible case of the stir-crazies and I think it's time for me to join the working world once again.

Now there is SO much to do. I had to call a few waiting lists I was on for daycare and change the date until the 1st of December when care would be required. I'm heading to the Child Care Connection tomorrow night, offered at our community center and it's for parents and caregivers to meet up and talk and try to find someone we would like Carson to be with. So I'm going to ask Lisa if she wants to come over and hang out while Carson sleeps and we head to the community center. If she can't make it I'm sure my mom will. But if she comes, it won't be enough to come over while Carson sleeps so we'll have her over for dinner or we may skip out for a bit by ourselves (that hasn't happened in a while).

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Our weekend in pictures.

Saturday went to Grandma's for Ottawa South garage sale. Here he is on the front porch and really the shot is to show off his two front teeth (he has 4 on top, but at least you can see two here):

His cousins showed up!

Sitting on Daddy's lap on Julie and Tim's new deck (too bad you can't see the deck, it's beautiful!)

In my new chair that Mommy bought for a dollar at the garage sale:

With my two favourite people in the world - Mommy and Daddy.

Busy and fun-filled weekend. Carson was exhausted tonight, so he's happy, clean and in bed. I'm headed there sooner then I'm willing to admit in public :)

Friday, September 07, 2007

I knew he had grown but....

Wow. We just got back from the doctor's and here are his stats:

Weight: 22 lbs (75th percentile!)
Height: 29.5 inches (between 75 and 90th percentile!)

He had been following the 50th percentile in the growth chart until now.

Who knows where he gets his height from, because Jeff nor I are that tall. There are a few tall people in either of our families, so the genes are coming from somewhere I guess :) I can't remember the size of his head, I always forget that one.

I talked to the doctor about Carson's not-love of eating. I'm not worried that he's not getting what he needs, it's not like he's small and tiny. But I want to do my best at helping him develop the best eating habits I can and it's somewhat frusterating that he doesn't love to eat. Aren't babies supposed to love it? Anyways, now at his age he is becoming more and more independant. Dr. said to give him some finger food on his tray and let him play with that for 5-10 minutes and then try spoon feeding him. He asked if we feed him at our dinner table and the answer is yes. Carson eats breakfast and lunch with me (I eat at the same time) and he eats dinner with both Jeff and I. So we are doing what we're supposed to, he's getting 90% home made food now, so I have to have faith that it will some day turn around.

He did not have a fun time at the doctors. I think it's because now he knows exactly what's going on at all times. And here was this strange man laying him down on a table and pulling at all his arms and legs and poking things in his ears and mouth. He seemed pretty angry after it, but as soon as we got in the car and he realized we were leaving, he was super happy and has been ever since. No needles this time (whoops, bad mom I thought he was getting needles so I gave him Tempra before we left, the nurses laughed and said at least I would have a quiet afternoon).

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Little update

The first few times I gave Carson a lemon, he didn't react at all to the taste and he quite liked them. After lunch today, I was using lemon for making my lunch so I gave him a piece assuming it would be like all the previous times. Was I ever wrong:

I pushed his naptime till 12:30 today (normally it's at noon on the dot) but I'm really trying to consolidate his two afternoon naps. Right now a typical day (sleep-wise) is this:

Wakes up at 6am

Nap at 8:30 (sometimes anywhere between 7:30 and 8:30) until 10-10:30

Nap at noon (until 1:30-2)

Nap at 4:00 (till 5 or 5:30)

Bedtime at 7pm

I'd love the two naps to be closer together and eventually just be one nap. But anyways this afternoon I was watching him go to sleep and it was quite funny. I put him on his stomach and he brings up his knees so his bum is high in the air and then he pushes himself back so he's sitting up. And is he ever proud of himself. Then he plays with the toys in his crib, then he rolls back down onto his back and cuddles with his blankets (he LOVES receiving blankets!). He did this for a while, and I stopped peeking and eventually he fell asleep.

My little boogs.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

All smiles

He loved his dinner tonight. It was chicken pot pie (organic, frozen in the store) (Mother's Best I think), cauliflour with cheese sauce (I made it) and mango for dessert.

He's a smart little bugger. He laughs to get our attention now. He turns his head and tries to scramble around a corner if one of us leaves the room. He looks on the ground when you ask where the dog or kitty is (at least, I think he is). He LOVES being in the room with his mommy and daddy, then he'll just roll around looking at us both and then smiling. It's the best feeling in the world.

He went down the slide a few times today, I only let him go halfway when I am there by myself. He almost took a nosedive too (his pants stuck to the slide so he went forward to come to me), so good thing I was only halfway down. He laughs hysterically when he's on the swing and kicks his legs like he is running in the air. He's always flirting with the women there, and they always comment on what a ham he is.

My little skater boy

Monday, September 03, 2007

Final days of summer...

It happened so quickly, the 1st of September came and went without even a small Happy 9 month birthday Carson :) Now we are slowly getting close to the fall, and just a few more months that I'm off work to spend with Carson, and I happily have mixed feelings about going back.

I can't even keep up with the changes, they are happening too quickly. He's growing every single day. He's at the end of his cold, I've heard they can last for weeks, but Saturday by far was the worst (it was his first cold, forgive me, so the requirements for the worst may change drastically as time goes on, but be default the first IS the worst as there's only one to compare it to) and he's been getting better each day.

We went to Carrie and Rob's on Sunday with the gang for a BBQ and the kids were in their glory. Grant was going down the stairs (outside) in a bigwheel, Maya was telling us about her zip ride trip in DisneyWorld (she's only 3!), and Ethan and Isabelle were entertaining all their guests with showing them how to slip and slide. Carson was happy being with his family, surrounded by tons of kids who adore him.

Here is with on the trampoline with Ethan and I:

I love my Auntie Carrie!

Grant and Ethan:

Isabelle and Maya:

Enjoying mommy's garden:

Hehe I like how the tree in the background looks like Carson has a funny hat on top of his head.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Poor little booger

It was bound to happen. I passed my cold along to Carson. He was up a couple times in the middle of night and needed a snuggle. He's been up since about 5am with 2 20 minute naps. His eyes are red, his nose is running and he's sneezing. But he's happy.

We just got back from a quick walk to the park and now he's trying to go back to bed. He's fussing a bit, but it is his "I'm tired and can't get comfy" fussing noises, I have no doubt he'll be fast asleep in a few minutes.

Any weekend plans are now abolished and we will play by his rules.