Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Hiking with Baby

This post is a bit late, but I wanted to take some time to share our hiking adventure with you! I will preface this by emphasizing that I am by no means an experienced hiker. It is J's thing. However, I wanted to try it out with Weston as part of our try anything new and expose him to the world parenting view.

Our original plan was to hike 11km to an Alpine Club of Canada back country hut. Mother nature had other plans for us and the forecasted snow fall gave us just enough time to make alternate plans.  Plan B: day hikes with Canmore as a base.

By far, the most challenging part was figuring out how to dress a baby appropriately for any and all kinds of weather.  As a runner, I know all about layers so I set out to find Weston sweat wicking clothes.

Here is my packing list for a baby (9-12 months)

  1. Rain suit - I really tried to find a used one but ended up having to buy one new (this one in yellow!). I am hoping we get some wear out of it next spring!
  2. Snow suit - yes I had to pack a snow suit ;(
  3. Fleece bunting - This one from MEC 
  4. sweat wicking t-shirts - this was the hardest thing to find but I lucked out when I was in Carters one afternoon. These are like mini running shirts!
  5. fleece pants
  6. wool socks - smart wool kids socks (these actually work really well as mittens in a pinch on tiny hands)
  7. winter hat
  8. mittens and fleece booties
  9. bug repellant 
  10. first aid kit - after bite, medicine, polysporin etc.
  11. baby carrier
  12. compostable diapers - I chose the G-diapers which are pretty easy to find and super easy to use!
  13. Baby food pouches and screw on spoons.

Doesn't that look like a beautiful summer vacation : )

If you are interested in the trail we took or any other details please let me know.

Friday, 12 September 2014

9 Months

You turned nine months old on Monday. Can you believe we have made it this far? Admittedly I feel like we are a much better team now than in those first awkward months when we were just getting to know one another.  When I think about going back to work tears come as I am not quite sure what our days will look like without one another.

You are my silly boy. You like to do things for attention and to test mommy and daddy like crawling quickly towards the stairs and looking back to see who will come stop your escape. You play peek a boo with us and love to be chased.  I especially love your little squeals when you think you will be 'caught'.

You love to eat. Your favourites are definitely banana, smoked tofu, pitas and almond butter. You still hate peas. So much so that you decided to throw them at mommy instead.

You sure are cruising around the furniture. Grandma and Grandpa think you are so close to walking when they see you on FaceTime. Today in the grass you stood up twice on your own!! I can't believe it but I quess the day is coming when you will take your first little steps.

You read books every night with Dada after bedtime routine is done. I don't think you have a favourite but you do like to crawl over and flip through your little basket of books.

10 months!

As usual, this post is a bit behind schedule but my oh my have we been busy!

It has been a trying month in terms of sleep, but I don’t blame you little man. You cut four teeth in two weeks, I’m quite certain you grew two inches, and every time you wake up from sleepy time I swear you have a new skill to show us.

So what did ten months bring?

You pretty much hate being fed purees now. You would much rather feed yourself, even though that means berry explosions and chunks of cheese stuffed in the sides of your highchair.

Your favourite foods are blueberries, peanut butter, smoothies and bananas. Tomatoes and cucumbers are off the list, as is broccoli.

Watching you walk with the little walker is so adorable yet scary at the same time. You have a need for speed and unfortunately that results in some tumbles. Any day now I think you will just take off!

Your favourite books right now are the touch and feel ones. Like touch and feel farm, that’s not my lamb and trucks.

You have become a real chatterbox whether it is babbling to yourself or screaming for more food. We are working on our inside voices but you don’t entirely grasp that concept just yet.

Your favourite toys are the music table, lumi sticks and your drum. You are quite musical I think and love to dance anywhere and everywhere.

I am soaking up as much of you as I can before I head back to work and you start your new homecare adventure. I am sure you will be the braver one though.

Love you much!