busy growing

22 Oct

being a cheeky critter

this kid was born ready. i cannot believe how fast he is growing.

at 21 weeks he’s weighting in at a whopping 18 pounds! he’s rolling over, but seems far more interested in learning to walk. (i don’t think he’ll be much of a crawler). he’s holding cups and seems interested in everything papa and i put in our mouths. he’s teething like mad and i hope he cuts some teeth soon for his sake. he’s yacking and laughing the most beautiful laugh i have ever heard.

i find myself staring into these big beautiful eyes and wondering how on earth i will be able to keep up with his spirit.

i had to wrestle this out of his hands

practising with an empty cup

standing up against momma's legs

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16 weeks old

14 Sep

baby cedar 3 months

baby mommy 3 months

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

can you see the resemblence? cedar is far cuter.

this kid is in such a hurry to grow up. he’s working so hard to sit up, and yackin’ up a storm (especially to his sister when we skype with her, which is pretty much the sweetest thing imaginable.) he has the most infectious laugh and the biggest brightest smile. he is our sunshine.

with fall creeping in, i’ve been busy sewing warmer clothes, drool bigs, and knitting sweaters, leg warmers, and hats for the little one. up next, salal berry jam, blackberry jam, some other preserves, and a cowl for momma, and some hand warmers for papa for mushroom picking. hopefully i will make some time in the evenings to blog more once i get some preparations for cooler weather done.

 

 

 


 

teething sucks

6 Sep

after the little ones 2 month immunizations he started to teeth, but it wasn’t too bad. he was just a bit cranky and wanted to chew on your knuckle. waiting to board our flight home from camping in alberta it got worse and we started using anbesol occasionally to ease the pain. now is pure drool. he’s being very brave but sometimes those little gums hurt him bad.we’ve got a freezer full of frozen washcloths, organic teethers, gnawed on hands, teething tabs, and lots of love.

thank goodness kids don’t remember teething.

3 months old (3 weeks late)

5 Sep

this kid is the love of my life. people often ask if i ever just sit and stare at him, and i reply “always.” if i could live two lives- one where i accomplish things and one where i just it and stare in amazement and love him, i would. i do my best to be present all the time, and appreciate every moment with him. i think thats all you really can do. but if he gets any cuter or sweeter, i don’t know what i’m going to do.

he’s growing like the best little weed! i swear he’s bigger every time i wake up beside him. which i love. i wasn’t too sure if i wanted to co-sleep. i wanted him near, and to be comfortable sleeping with us, but maybe not all the time. but from his first day it was clear he wanted to be snuggled in with his momma (and daddy too.) and thats where he’s been, and i love it. the bigger he gets, the nicer it is too. i worry less about rolling over him, or losing him in the bed (i had nightmares about that when we first brought him home.) the best part is waking up beside him. he looks over at me and waits quietly until i whisper good morning, then his face lights up with the biggest smile and looks over to wait for daddy to open his eyes. i think its his favourite part of the day.

HE CAN:

-take naps all by himself in his room

-go to bed at 8:30 pm and sleep until 11 am (you don’t need to tell me how lucky i am.)

-pull himself up to standing while holding your hands

-stand holding your hands for longer than 5 minutes at a time

-only poop 1-2 times a day

-hold his head up nearly all the time unassisted

-take baths with momma and float like a starfish with only a little help

– copy sticking out his tongue when you do it

-find peek-a-boo funny

-laugh ❤

reflux

29 Jul

when cedar was a few days old it became obvious he was a puker. perfectly normal, some babies just are. i didn’t worry. it just meant more laundry, but when you’re cloth diapering, whats a little extra. but when it started becoming clear the spitting up was painful and accompanied with lots of gas, i started losing (even more) sleep. he definitely shows signs of common reflux:

-constant or sudden crying or colic like symptoms

-irritability and pain

-poor sleep habits typically with frequent waking

-arching their necks and back during or after eating

-spitting-up or vomiting

-wet burp or frequent hiccups

-frequent ear infections or sinus congestion

we have our good days and our bad days. bad days are full of a sad colicky baby, changing my clothes as well as baby’s a minimum of 5 times, and soaking through multiple towels and recieving cloths, little to no sleep for baby, and feeling incredibly guilty that i can’t make it ease up for him. its obvious he’s in pain, and it breaks my heart.

we give him gripe water and kids relief colic solution (which is pricey considering the dose), but the instant it hits his tongue, relief floods over him. (although that may be the raspberry flavoring which i’m sure i extremely exciting to a 2 month old’s taste buds).  the main things that make a difference are burping him before feeding, and for at least 15 minutes following. keeping him upright for as long as possible too, which makes early mornings very long and tiring. because having all that acid creeping back up his throat is painful, i find nursing him just a little more a short period after a main feeding helps as well. we rock, and we cuddle, and we bathe, and we sing, and we do what we can to ease his discomfort, but it can be pretty disheartening.

and as much as i try to be a zen momma, sometimes i just can’t take being thrown up on while my darling little one screams in my ear and i need to thrust him into his daddy’s arms and hide in the shower for 15 minutes. and i’m starting to realize, that’s okay.

little bear

20 Jul

i can hardly believe this little man is 7 weeks old.

he’s so alert, it blows my mind to imagine how much of this world he’s taking in every second. i wish i knew what he was thinking. sometime he looks up at me with those big bright eyes and his whole face lights up with that little gummy smile- and i swear my heart swells bigger than the room.

this is our favourite song right now. i play it over and over to him and it seems to put his little soul at ease as he drifts off to sleep on the gentle rolling waves of melody.