Monthly Archives: August 2008

New Toy!

So Brad’s brother and his girlfriend visited us for a few days from last Saturday until Wednesday afternoon. It was wonderful to have people in the house during the day!!! They have been in Vancouver for the last 8 months and are off to Rome for four and then to Dublin for another four – so this was the first and last time they’ll see Gwen for a while! Continue reading

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Jeremiah

So in my new Bible reading plan (which I’m going to post about every so often, helps keep me accountable!!), I just finished Jeremiah. It’s a book that’s made me go “Hmmm …”. Continue reading

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Roll baby, roll!

It’s official – my baby is a genius! She rolled over today front to back. We were just playing – I rather enjoy letting her have some back/tummy time without a diaper because she loves it so much – and she leaned her head to one side and flopped over! Continue reading

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Oh blog post, where art thou? Plus nursery pics.

I just wrote a huge blog post. And hit ‘publish’. And lost it. Woe is me. Continue reading

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Website!!

Brad is currently working on a photo sharing piece for our website so we can put up a tonne of pictures of Gwen and it can be easily accessed. It’ll be password protected, so as long as you’re a friend, you can have the password and see our pictures! This here blog will be eventually migrating over there too – it’ll still be a WordPress blog, but it’ll be a .org one instead of a .com – hosted on our website. I’m excited that it’s actually getting on it’s way. Brad’s also programming me a recipe/grocery program too, so I can have all my recipes online and click them and it’ll print out the groceries needed for the specific recipes. Cool, huh?

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New resolve.

I’ve been really bad lately at reading my Bible. At talking to God.

Really bad.

I can’t seem to remember to do it, although when I do I feel ten times better and have a hundred times more patience for everything in my life.

So I have resolved to keep up with this reading schedule. I don’t even have to remember where I am or remember to go sit down with my Bible. I just have to click on the link, change the translation to NIV, and read. Because right now, I just need to read and not feel guilty about forgetting.

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Two month appointment

Well, the appointment went well. And, thank goodness, Gwen is NOT teething, as we thought she might be! There was a funky white nodule on her gum and we couldn’t figure out what it would be other than a tooth – which we thought was the reason she’s been so unhappy lately. Apparently, though, it’s a cyst. The doctor didn’t seem too surprised, so I guess they’re fairly common. Weird. Continue reading

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Gwen is 8 weeks old!

Is anyone else as shocked by this as I am?

Gwen and Gran

Gwen and Gran

First tummy nap

First tummy nap

Oh my goodness she's too cute for words.

Oh my goodness she's too cute for words.

My favourite when she naps is when she sucks in her sleep. On nothing. It’s ridiculously cute!

First time sleeping in a crib

First time sleeping in a crib

This was at Gran and Grandad’s when I was there for 5 days a few weeks ago. She used to be such a good napper. Now? Not so much.

Playing with daddy on the floor

Playing with daddy on the floor

A bit blurry, but Gwen smiling!

A bit blurry, but Gwen smiling!

My baby goes for her 2 month appointment on Monday and is supposed to have her first vaccines. I’m currently reading The Vaccine Book by Dr. Robert Sears and trying to decide which vaccines Gwen will have and when. Really though, the thought of her having ANY vaccines makes me want to cry! Since she’s exclusively breastfed and not in daycare (and at this point, not in the church nursery!) there are some we plan to delay and some we plan to skip altogether. Oh, and for information’s sake, we decided not to do the eye ointment (erythromycin) at birth.

How about you? How did you decide to vaccinate/not vaccinate your baby(ies)?

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Quote of the Week: Babywearing

I’m not sure if it’s because I’m busier now than I used to be or if it’s because Gwen is sucking my brain cells out in my milk, but I’m having a hard time forming real posts. I think I’m going to start a ‘Quote of the Week’ thing for myself – at least force me to blog about something once a week! Here’s this week’s quote:

“It seems that in Western industrial societies like ours, we have somehow managed to remove most of the closeness between mother and baby that comes naturally in simpler places. We’ve invented plastic infant seat so that wen babies are moved about, they don’t have to be carried in the parent’s arms. What a contrast between this and the frequent movements and warm contact when babies are held by slings against their mother’s warm bodies. If it’s true, as the accumulated evidence seems to suggest, that movement and bodily closeness are good for babies, especially in the early weeks, we’re been ingenious and consistent in depriving them of these sensations”

– Dr. Benjamin Spock, MD

This quote is on the front of the brochure I received when I got my Heart 2 Heart Baby Sling and it made me stop for a second and think. In most cultures, babies are carried or worn most of the time and put down infrequently during the day – count me in with that culture! I love having Gwen with me – I feel wrong when she’s asleep in another room or out of my sight line. I feel right when she’s nestled on my chest or in my arms. When I’m wearing or holding her, she can signal her need to nurse before she starts crying and I can meet that need quickly. She¬† wakes up from napping and gazes into my eyes – content that I’m right there. I love wearing my baby – and as a bonus, psychology research thinks I’m doing the right thing, too.

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Did I tell you …

… that I’m now a card-carrying La Leche League member? I love my group – lots of different ages and types of women, and leaders that aren’t scary. Yay!

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