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Friday, April 24, 2015

Audrina: 3.5 years.

I thought it would be nice to write down a few of Audrina's latest milestones,  since I havent done that in some time.
Recently, she has:

  • Gotten her first bike. She loves it, and has gotten the hang of it really quickly. I have a feeling she will be a mountain biker, just like daddy!
  • Has an obsession with Curious George. We watch it multiple times per day, and she frequently pretends to be George or Betsy.
  • Which leads me to her imagination. Frequently, she is not Audrina. She is George, or Betsy.  I am The Man in the Yellow Hat, or Aunt Margaret. I was so concerned that she was not "normal" that  I had to google what a healthy imagination was.... she's totally normal, yay! Lol
  • She loves nana, papa, and grammy. 
  • She loves birthday parties, and giving gifts!
  • She is the best big sister. So patient and caring!
  • She is goofy and silly.
  • She has really been testing me when I ask her not to do something.  Shenalways follows with, "well what would happen if I did (whatever I just told her not to do).
  • She loves cauliflower, carrots, haddock, salmon, corn, peas and cheese!
  • Has a hard time with being polite, despite how hard I am trying to teach her otherwise. Yelling "no!" When she doesnt want something, rather than saying "no thank you" and asking rather than demanding are things we need to change! She is quite bossy!

Bryden: 7 months

Ahhh. My lil guy is growing and growing. He is 16lbs and  army crawling like a champ! Today he crawled over to the computer chair, grabbed my leg, and attempted to pull himself up to stand. He got up to his knees and was so proud of himself!

When we started solids, he was interested at first, but quickly got tired of it. As per the docs recommendations, we started baby led weaning, and that is going MUCH better. We are also avoiding dairy for an unknown amount of time since it caused him a rash.

We are also FINALLY transitioning to the crib. He has pretty much been in bed with us since day 1, and I do not like it. It has been tough, but all naps are now happening in the crib and I can get a few hours of him in the crib at night. Woohoo!

Audrina still loves him and they play together and laugh at eachother all day. I love this. I know this wont last long, so every moment is enjoyed!

Bryden also:

  •  Sticks out is tongue and blows raspberries
  • Smiles, giggles, laughs at everything, especially his sister.
  • Loves to pull hair!
  • Is super ticklish.
  • Has to taste and chew everything.
  • Enjoys baths a lot more. Likes to lay on his back and kick the water.

Friday, March 27, 2015

He Crawls!

Just sitting here, reading reviews on Boots No7, and looked down to see lil man army crawling! He gets to mad that he cant go very fast. He kept grabbing for a toy car ...it would roll ahead a little, he would get mad, and crawl a bit more.
I loves him. He is such a sweet boy.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Bryden: 5 months.

I have turned into a bad blogger mommy! So much has happened since the last time I updated.
Bry is really interactive now. He smiles and goos and giggles.
He still sleeps in bed with us, but we are working on that. I have recently started to get him to nap in his crib... so that is huge!
Over the past few days, he has been really trying to move. He easily flips to his belly, can almost flip back to his back, and is starting to scoot backwards a little bit!

Today, he tried his first bit of solid food- bananas! They went over well.

Audrina still loves him tobits. He thinks she is hilarious.
Audrina also has developed an interest in being anything except Audrina. She is usually z Curious George character, or a baby dragon, or baby dog, or baby anything. Mlol

I love my crazy kiddos!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Bryden: 2 Months

Just a quick update on lil' man!

  • He is now 11lbs
  • Yesterday he had his 2 month shots, and did quite well-- only a little crying, and some fussiness today and last night.
  • He smiles, coos, and loves it when you talk to him.
  • He really enjoys his play mat.
  • He does not like to sleep anywhere but in my arms or in bed with Dan and I.
  • He had his first time away from Mommy & Daddy just this past weekend-- he stayed with Dan's parents for a few hours so Dan & I could go to the movies!
  • He still hates having a bath.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

7 Weeks with Bryden

My weight: 128lbs (FINALLY losing some pounds!)

It is hard to believe that my lil guy is already 7 weeks old. The time has gone by in a flash.

Just this past week, he has been starting to interact. He coos and says "a-guh" when I talk to him. He smiles when I talk to him. It melts my heart!

He is also a much happier baby. I took dairy out of my diet and within two days, he was no longer uncomfortable, cranky and discontent.

His sleep has gone from waking every 45 minutes to sleeping about 2 hours at a time (and last night I actually got 4 hours out of him!)

He still isn't a fan of shopping though, and it is always a risk to take him out for very long.

He's such a handsome little guy!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Bryden: Month 1

Post partum weight: 132lbs

Bryden's weight: 9lbs 6oz!

It is so hard to wrap my head around the fact that my little man is 5 weeks old already. It has been a blur!

In his first two weeks, he was a little jaundiced, but that resolved on its own. By two weeks, he had regained his birth weight.
He also got a cold (mostly just a stuffy nose) that lasted for two weeks and really challenged my frame of mind. The poor little guy could only sleep if I held him upright. Elevating his mattress wasn't enough-- so that made for many long, exhausting nights. I also had the cold, so that made things even more draining. I had one night where I broke down crying to Dan about how tired I was. He really felt bad and helped me as much as he could.

Just this past week, Bryden's cold has finally cleared. His sleeping however, didn't improve, so on Tuesday I took him to the osteopath for an adjustment. She found that his skull needed adjustment, but also suggested that I may want to go off dairy products as well. Since his visit, he has managed to sleep on his back, in his crib for 1-2 hour stretches during the night...so progress!

Juggling two kids has definitely been quite a challenge. I am incredibly lucky that Audrina loves her little brother so much. She adores him and asks to hold him a dozen times a day. That being said, she also tries to stick to my side constantly and has been much louder. I am trying my best to be very patient with her and give her as much attention as possible (which is hard when you're sleep deprived and have a cluster feeding infant attached to you). I have ventured out a handful of times with both kids to grocery shop and for the most part the trips have gone well. I must look like a train-wreck though, because I can't keep track of how many times people have stopped me to ask about the kids or offered me their place in the check-out line up. 

Personality-wise, Bryden is a little more challenging than I remember Audrina being. He seems pretty agitated and uncomfortable when he is awake (unless he is on the boob). I did notice that since his trip to the osteopath however, he seems more content for longer periods of time now, and his eyes look more alert and clear. I'm hoping that his visit has resolved his discomfort.

He also hates his carseat. And going in the car, especially when the car is not moving. This had made it much more challenging for me to take him shopping, and to get errands done.

He loves nothing more than to be held. He is happiest when I am holding him tummy-to-tummy.

Today, he had his latest check-up. He's up to 9lbs 6oz! The lil stinker has gained nearly 3lbs since his two-week checkup! This kind of makes me sad, and proud. Sad because he's growing WAY too fast, but proud that I am nourishing him so well.

Postpartum-wise for me, I am doing ok. The first two weeks were excruciating. A healing episiotomy and hemorrhoids made it near impossible for me to do much of anything. The sitz bath was my best friend.

Physically now, I feel pretty good. Things are still occasionally tender down there if I do too much, but I feel good. This week, my PP bleeding also seems to have stopped.
Weight-wise, well, I don't even want to get into that. I am stuck at 132lbs. 20lbs from where I was when I got pregnant. Ugh. I have a feeling that I am going to struggle a lot more to lose this baby weight than I did when I had Audrina!