We have finally wrapped up our daycare interviews (after having met with 7 different providers) and have chosen someone whom we love and wholeheartedly trust our little boy with.
It is such a relief to have found someone we feel so comfortable with - it will make the transition back into the working world much easier.
Thankfully, Liam only has to be in daycare for 3 days a week (Mondays 11-6, Wednesdays 10-6 and Friday mornings 7-12). I’m teaching a few courses at the nearby college (Fanshawe) and am also teaching my very first (eek!) university course at the University I am currently doing my PhD at. The hours and salary from 3 college courses and 1 university course equate to a very comfortable full-time salary which still allows me to spend the majority of my time with Liam.
Care starts for him the Wednesday following labour day, but until then I’ve scheduled a couple half days for Liam to get to know Natalie (the provider). His first half day is tomorrow (i.e. 10am-1pm). I’m sure the drop-off will be one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, but I also know he is in wonderful hands.
I have been looking in to daycare the last couple of weeks, since I will be teaching in the Fall and need someone to look after the little guy.
If I’m being completely honest, I am surprised at how hard of a time I am having with thinking of him being in the care of anyone else. It really is heartbreaking. My husband feels the same way, saying that as hard as it is to leave for work each morning, he knows that Liam is with me and he knows that I’m a great mommy (ego boost) and he’s safe and protected. How will we ever find someone that we are comfortable leaving our favourite little person with?
I’ve lined up 3 interviews so far, and look forward to meeting with the providers. I am hoping that once I meet a few, my nerves will be settled a little bit by seeing what type of environment he would be in and by getting to know what it is we are looking for in a provider.
The good news is that in September he will only need to be in daycare for 1 full(ish) day and a couple half days, meaning it will (hopefully) be a bit of an easier transition.
How did you find daycare searching to affect you? What did you look for when choosing a provider? Will it get easier - the thought of leaving him in someone else’s care?
Adam, Liam and I had a wonderful weekend spent with friends and family. On Friday night we relaxed at home. Saturday morning we headed to Fergus to spend the day celebrating Kim's birthday with a BBQ.
Liam and Adam must have forgotten to communicate, because they showed up wearing the same thing (how embarrassing!).
We were able to Skype in Rachel from Las Vegas and it was wondering having all of us ladies together.
There was a ton of great food, and of course, great company. It is always so nice to be able to get the whole group of us together. As adults with careers and such, living in different cities, it is not often that we have the chance to all spend time together. When we do, however, we make the most of it. It was a great day, with a lot of laughs.
Adam and I stayed at the Walker’s Saturday night (with Liam of course), and the five of us headed to Kitchener this morning. Adam and I dropped Liam off with Nana and Papa (my parents) and then we met Kim and Jason at the cinema and watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. I am sad to see it come to an end, but what an adventure it was. I definitely want Liam to grow up, read the books, see the movies, and appreciate the wonder and imagination that is the world of Harry Potter.
We headed home and were all tuckered out from the weekend, and Adam and I gave Liam a bath and put him to bed. I’m going to head there now, but just wanted to say happy weekend to everyone - I hope it was spent doing something you enjoy with people you love.
I wrote a post recently about trying to wean Liam from the breast and on to formula. I had originally planned to breastfeed until 6 months, when we could start introducing solids and such, but did not start trying to wean him until about a month ago. I’ve been trying a few times a week - with every bottle, nipple, sippy cup, cup, cup-with-straw - possible and have had no success. I have tried a few different types of formula, but again, to no avail. I’ve even tried mixing in a tiny bit of chocolate and/or strawberry mix to take away the overwhelming-formula-taste, but again, nothing. It’s driving me crazy.
Yes, my husband has tried on numerous occasions, but it still wont work. Someone has suggested I just take an entire day, or weekend, away and leave Liam with my husband to try and sort it out. That eventually he’ll give in. This, of course, would be an absolute last resort, but I am at a loss and have no idea what else to try.
He does eat solids fairly well, and he still breastfeeds relatively well (though has been feeding less and less as his solid intake increases more and more). Still no cereal by itself (*note: I do mix in about 2 tablespoons of cereal to his fruits and veggies throughout the day) but eats pretty much any veggies (minus peas) and fruits we give him. He’s also good at eating pretty much anything he can feed himself.
Does anyone with similar experiences have any advice?
Liam officially has 2 teeth! Both on the bottom, and both annoying the heck out of him. The first one made it’s grand appearance about a week and a half ago, and the second a few days later. I can tell more are going to sprout through any day now.
This has resulted in one sad, chewy, drooling baby boy. Seriously, everything goes in his mouth and gets chewed on. E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G.
As a result of said teeth coming in, he hasn’t been the greatest sleeper. Last night was better than most, with him sleeping from 9pm-4am pretty much straight through (with 1 wake-up around 11pm when I was wondering around making a ton of noise). He wakes up, fusses, usually gets changed and fed, and will fall back asleep until around 8. It’s not too bad but I do yearn for the days when he might consider sleeping through the night. Just. One. Time.
It’s exhausting, but honestly, this thing is the best ever for helping me get up in the morning and get through the day:
I’m sure all you mamas and papas out there agree that coffee is a saviour. If you don’t drink coffee now, parenthood will probably drive you to drink it. That, or alcohol (I joke… kind of).
As a mother, the majority my time is spent with my son, playing with him, feeding him, changing him, putting him down for naps, and so on and so forth. When he is napping, I tend to try to get other things accomplished - such as cleaning the house, making lunch or dinner, working on school work - and rarely have any time for myself. The little time I do have is spent playing soccer, running, working out, or watching some television and having some down time. It is not often I get the chance to get out and pamper and treat myself to something nice.
This past weekend, after I wrote my comprehensive exam, I went to the salon and treated myself to a new color and cut. I gossiped with the stylist, got a fantastic scalp massage, and was able to enjoy some me time while someone else (attempted to at least) made my hair pretty.
It’s amazing how much of a difference having that couple of hours to myself was. As mothers (and parents in general) we need to be pampered every once and a while and need to have a couple hours to breathe.
I came home feeling like a brand new woman, and spent the rest of the day with my wonderful husband, son and in-laws.
I have been MIA lately because I have been studying my butt of for my second (of two) comprehensive exams that I am required to write in pursuit of attaining my PhD. These things are insanely stressful.
On my reading list for this exam:
27 textbooks 58 journal articles 8 book chapters
Anything, and everything, is fair game.
It is a take-home exam, meaning I have 3 days (from 12pm Tuesday - 12pm Friday of next week) to write 3 10-12 page papers on the (crazy hard) questions that the panel comes up with. The panel consists of 3 professors, each specializing in Criminology (that is the area of specialization for this comprehensive exam). Since I am interested in criminology and mental health and illness, I will likely be given 1-2 questions on General Criminology and 1-2 with specific regard to Criminology and Mental Health.
To say I am dreading it is the understatement of all time. When I wrote my last comprehensive exam in Medical Sociology/ Health and Inequality, I was 4 months pregnant with Liam and only slept 4 hours in 72 hours. Now that Liam is here, and requires all of my attention, that 4 hours will likely be cut down to zero. Thankfully, my husband is taking some time off during my exam to watch and entertain Liam - otherwise completing this exam just would not be feasible.
Apologies for the rant. I’m overwhelmed and stressed to the max.
Liam is definitely teething, and this has resulted in a lot less sleep for Adam and I. For a while, he had been sleeping fairly consistently from 9pm-4am, would feed, and would sleep again until 8 or 9am. For the past month, he has been waking several times a night and it is harder to get him back to sleep.
I’m not really sure why babies aren’t born with the teeth they need for the first years of life, and why they have to go through the pain and agony of having all of these little swords fighting their way through their tiny gums. You’d think with evolution we could have figured out a better way of managing this?
We’ve tried tylenol and baby orajel (which - by the way - has intense freezing powers especially for babies. I put a bit on my tongue to test it before giving it to Liam and my tongue was frozen for an hour - as in, I was drooling, dentist freezes your mouth, frozen). We have only put it on his gums once, but I think the sensation freaks him out, so it didn’t go over well. The tylenol works a bit better.
Wednesday night was particularly bad, with him waking up at least once an hour. Thursday, he was crying, and I did my usual check for teeth, and saw a canker hiding out in the back of his mouth, near his throat. That would explain the crying-fit the night before. Poor thing. I talked to the pharmacist, but there’s nothing we can give him that we haven’t already tried with teething (orajel, tylenol). She also said that this was likely caused by the stress of teething, and mentioned that cankers can be genetic (my husband gets them all the time).
Thankfully, I think the worst of it is over, since I checked it out today and it seems smaller and seems to be bothering him less. He slept pretty well Thursday night and last night, only waking once between 10pm and 5am, and went right back to sleep when given his smoosh (pacifier), and then waking up again around 7:30-8am.
Here’s hoping for similar nights in the coming weeks/months, while his teeth come through. Teething truly is the devil.
Shortly after I had Liam I made a commitment to run a 10k, which I completed at Ottawa Race Weekend this past Saturday. I went in to training for it with the hopes of shedding a few pounds, but did not want to take it too seriously.
After working out regularly, and running 3-4 times a week, I went in to the race hoping for a time under 55 minutes. My official chip time: 50 minutes 13 seconds. I beat my goal by almost 5 minutes. My time was in the top 5 percent for females, and I was very proud of myself for reaching this milestone.
[At the finish line. Me on left, this gal on right].
What started out as a casual venture to shed a few pounds resulted in some great things in my life:
1. I lost 50 pounds (30 from pregnancy, and 20 additional pounds that I had gained over the past few years) 2. I feel better about myself - I am more confident. 3. I have a TON more energy (which is required when you have a 6 month old son!) 4. I’ve learned to love working out and running and have made a lifestyle change as opposed to a short-term change 5. Running gives me time to concentrate on myself, and is a great stress reliever after a long day 6. I have made new goals, including a plan to run a sub 50 minute 10k by September
I could go on and on…
We had a fantastic weekend in Ottawa (where my husband is from), spent with family and friends. I look forward to next year when (hopefully) I’ll run another 10k or the half-marathon.
If you’ve ever thought about running to get back in shape, do it! It is such a great full-body workout. It is also great personal stress-relief time, where you can just concentrate on yourself.
In fact, he likes pretty much anything he can hold himself and put into his mouth.
So far we know that he does not like (i.e. no longer will even consider tolerating):
1. Rice cereal
We aren’t too concerned about the rice cereal, so we’ve moved on and left it behind.
I’ve been trying to get him to take some formula, but he cries and refuses it from a bottle and from a sippy cup. He also refuses to take breast milk from a bottle or sippy cup and only wants it directly from the source.
I guess all I can do is keep trying and being persistent and patient while weaning him off the breast and on to formula.
Did anyone encounter similar problems and find any solutions?
As a mother, you learn fairly quickly how important establishing and maintaining a routine is.
Liam and I have developed a fairly good routine over the last few months, and it (generally) goes off without a hitch. Our day usually looks something like this:
4am: Change, feed, back to sleep 730am: Wake up, change, feed 8 - 930am: Play 930/10am - 1130am: Nap time #1 1130am: Wake up, change, feed 12pm: Play 130/2pm - 330pm: Nap time #2 330pm: Wake up, change, feed 430-530pm: Walk, play at park, groceries, etc. 6pm: Daddy gets home 630-730pm: Play time with daddy (we also try to eat somewhere in here) 730pm: Change, feed 8-9pm: Play time with daddy while mommy runs/plays soccer/ etc. 9pm: Bath time, change into PJs 915pm: Feed, bed.
Pretty straight forward for the most part. It works like a charm, and he is a very very happy baby pretty much all day long (until it gets to around 8 when he starts to get a little fussy before bath time). He goes down for his naps without a problem, and goes to sleep at night with no fuss.
We learned the other night that this entire plan/routine is ruined and useless at the end of the day should Liam not have his smoosh (pacifier) of choice (there is only one particular size/brand/type that he likes).
The other night, we noticed that his smoosh had a little hole in it, so we threw it out and tried to give him 4 different smooshes. He was not having ANY of it. He screamed and screamed and screamed for over an hour. Finally, we got a new one at Shoppers, and he was literally asleep within 5 seconds.
Lesson learned. Keep a stash of smooshes on hand at all times if we want to sleep. We will not make this mistake again.
As you know, next Saturday I am running my first ever 10k. I am raising money for the Canadian Cancer Society and would absolutely love if you would consider sponsoring my run. Every single dollar counts, not donation is too small.
Last year I participated in Relay for Life, which consisted of a 12 hour overnight walk at our local high school. It was a wonderful event, full of fun, friends, and emotions. This year, unfortunately, I am unable to participate in Relay for Life, and thus am hoping to contribute to my team by asking for sponsorship for my 10k race.
I’m so beyond excited that this gorgeous lady and her hubs are expecting a little miracle (I’m guessing it’s a boyyyyy!) in November. To say I can’t wait is the understatement of all time. She’s been so wonderful to my son, and I cannot wait to reciprocate when her little one makes his/her appearance in a few short months.
Another good friend of mine is expecting at the beginning of October, and one of my husband’s best friends is also expecting in late August. I’m so excited for my little mister to have playmates around! Weeeeee! <3
So, please make your way over here, and check out this amazing woman’s story and journey through pregnancy and into motherhood! <3 I love you, girl, and couldn’t be happier for you!
To say I am exhausted today would be the understatement of life. I got ZERO sleep last night, and now look and feel like a complete zombie.
Thankfully, Liam is due a nap in about half an hour and I am going to lay down and catch some Zzz’s with him. Otherwise, I’ll be a very cranky grumpy mama all day. No one wants that.
On a positive note today is Friday :) The hubs and I have ZERO plans this weekend, which is rare, so I am hoping the weather will cooperate for us so that we can spend some time outside. Might take the little guy to Storybook Gardens. I’m supossed to have an exhibition game with my soccer team on Saturday afternoon, but that has yet to be confirmed, so we’ll see.
My 10k is in 15 days (yikes!), so I’ve really got to make sure I get in some running this weekend as well. The thought of running is exhausting.
Since becoming a mother myself, I have truly realized how difficult - but of course how rewarding - it is. It has given me a whole new appreciation for my own mom, and everything she has done for me and my brother our entire lives. Of course, I’d always been thankful but I’d never really understood all the responsibilities and sacrafices she made, being a mother. So, this weekend I made sure to let her know how thankful and grateful I am for having had her as my mom and how appreciative I am for everything she’s done.
On Saturday, Adam, Liam and I headed off to Kitchener to spend the day with my mom, dad, brother and his girlfriend. Most of my day was spent in the kitchen preparing a tex-mex feast for dinner. Adam and I made con queso dip with tortillas, antijitos, and a big spread for make-your-own-fajitas. Everything was delicious. We finished it off with coconut cream pie (thanks to Karla for picking it up!) and we were all full. We played some Cranium, and headed up around 9. It was a great, great day spent with family.
Sunday I woke up to a delicious breakfast cooked by my husband - my favourite - salmon eggs benedict. It was delish. I got some chocolate and a pair of cycling shoes for my new bike (I can’t wait to take it out - I just need to get the seat shortened since I’m too small for it). Sadly, I had exams to mark and the marks were due on Sunday, so I spent a good 5 or 6 hours finishing those off and inputting marks. Later on, when I was finished, we went for a nice long walk in the beautiful sun and then went out for supper. All in all, it was a great day.
Becoming a mother is the best thing that has ever happened to me. It has made me a better person and a better wife. It has brought my husband and I closer together, and has given me a whole new appreciation and outlook on life. I’m so amazed everyday with the amount of love I have for my son. It overwhelms me. I find myself starring at him, in awe of the little miracle he is. He brightens our lives and our hearts and makes us happier than we’ve ever been. I look forward to a lifetime of experiences and memories with my kids, and am so grateful I have been given the gift of motherhood.
Happy (belated) mother’s day to all you wonderful mama’s out there <3
A month or so ago, I tried giving Liam some rice cereal and he loved it. Would pretty much eat as much as I wanted to give him. A couple weeks back I gave him a different brand - some organic crap - and it made him sick (as in throwing up, saddest thing of my life, sick). All he wanted was to be cuddled so I cuddled him and held him and rocked him to sleep for 5 or 6 hours until his tummy finally settled and he went to bed.
Since this experience, he REFUSES to eat anything (other than breastmilk of course). I’ve tried rice cereal (the original kind that didn’t make him sick), I’ve tried carrots, I’ve tried sweet potato. Nothing. He gets a bit in his mouth, gives me a disgusted face, and turns away and starts crying if I try again.
I’m thinking maybe the rice cereal reminds him of his sore tummy, and the purees he just doesn’t like the texture of. I don’t know. I’ve been trying every 2-3 days, and will only try once or twice. I know it’s best not to try force it or get frustrated.
My baby boy has decided, for the last few mornings, that a 6:30am wake-up time is a good idea. This wouldn’t be so bad if he went to bed at say, 6-7pm but he goes to bed with us, at around 10. I can usually coax him back to sleep if he does wake up at around 6-7am and he’ll sleep until 9-930 but not so much lately. There’s too many exciting things to do, so he wants to get up and play. This makes for a very tired mommy (especially since he also woke up at 11:28pm and at 2:30pm for a feeding).
I am on coffee number 2, and the little mister just went down for his first nap which hopefully will last a couple hours. That is the benefit of an early wake-up - his first nap tends to be around 2 hours as opposed to 1 hour.
In his defence, he is a very very happy sweet playful boy in the mornings so it is a joy to be up with him (once I can finally admit defeat and get out of bed).
I really should go have a nap as well, so I don’t crash mid-afternoon. Sadly, I have 60 final exams to mark for a 2nd year Juvenile Delinquency course, that are due on Sunday, that I haven’t finished more than a handful of (ooopppss!).
Screw it, I’m going to go nap with the monkey. I don’t think I’d be very fair marking exams when I am cranky and exhausted. Hopefully I can get a bunch marked this afternoon.
I am going to admit that I half-assed my morning workout this morning since I was up a lot with the babe last night and was exhausted. He’s napping right now so I’m going to go join him for an hour and hopefully will wake up re-energized.
Step 1: Buy a snugli/moby wrap/baby bjorn/ etc. (you get the idea). Step 2: Place baby in carry device. Step 3: Head outside. Step 4: Interval walk (start with 1 minute at a medium/moderate pace, followed by 1 minute at a fast pace (pump those arms!). Repeat x 15 for a 30 minute workout)….
This, and many other workout ideas, can be found on my fitness blog (foundHERE).
Step 1: Buy a snugli/moby wrap/baby bjorn/ etc. (you get the idea). Step 2: Place baby in carry device. Step 3: Head outside. Step 4: Walk a ”meditative walk” (short, easy strides at a comfortable pace) for 1 hour.
You just burned 240 calories, and I am sure the babe loved the change of scenery =)
This workout burns approx. 4 calories per minute.
This, and many other workout ideas, can be found on my fitness blog (found HERE).
A lot of people ask me if I enjoy being a mom, and of course, I always answer “yes, I love it” without even a second thought. I do love it. I love my son more than anything in this world, granted, my husband and I have talked about things that we miss about life before our baby boy was born - the freedom to go on dates, go to movies, stay up late (without knowing we’ll pay for it in the morning), etc. No matter what luxuries we may have forfeited for parenthood, we’d do it a million zillion times over.
Liam has brought so much happiness into our lives. The last few days I’ve found myself just starring at him, hugging him, kissing him, and telling him how much I love him - moreso than ever before. At night, when I feed him, he always nods off to sleep knowing it’s bed time and usually I’d swaddle him up and put him in his little bed and say goodnight to him. The last 4-5 nights I’ve just let him sleep for 15-20 minutes, and have enjoyed just holding onto his little fingers and watching him sleep. I’ll rub his head and sing lullabyes to him. Part of it is I know that before I know it, I wont be able to enjoy these moments. There’s going to be a day when he doesn’t want to be cuddled by mommy and wont sit there and let me hug him and kiss him anymore. I know it’s likely a little ways away, but still, I’ve been trying to get in as much cuddles and snuggles as possible.
I cannot believe how crazy I am about that little person. Both the husband and I often say “wow, we have a baby” and reflect on how amazing he is. He’s the best thing in the world, and I feel so so blessed to have him.
There aren’t many weekends that we aren’t busy running around some place, or expecting guests. This weekend if the first weekend, in many months, that we have ZERO planned. Today we woke up, hung out with the babe, did a workout together while he napped, went on a nice long walk, came home and cooked dinner together and just finished eating (Thai Tom Yum soup with brown rice vermicelli, shrimp and veggies. YUM!).
Tomorrow we don’t have much on the agenda except for going out for supper and having all-you-can-eat sushi. Yum. I’m also hoping to pick up some work-out tops since I simply don’t have enough of them.
Yay for sunshine today and for snuggles and movies tonight <3
I will be dedicating a bunch of posts to tips and advice for mommas who are looking to shed a few pounds and tone up! (With minimal time commitments, of course, since I know how hard it is with little ones).