Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Oboe's last day

The impossible occurred. Owen found a new family to love him. Steve, his new dad, a retired postal worker, came and picked him up on Monday morning. Mom snapped some last shots.

Owen and Kippers bonding for the last time.

All packed up...
but maybe not too ready to go.

One last shot of us together.

Bye Owen. Hope to see you again.
Just not too soon...

Friday, January 27, 2012

Brotherly love

Hi again, Uncle Pete. After we celebrated your birthday yesterday, Mom was telling me about the joys of having a little brother. Especially one as fun as you. Luckily, Gram and Gramps were able to provide photographic evidence...

Hugs and sloppy kisses. Maybe someday I'll get a little brother too.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

31 candles

So, Uncle Pete, Mom tells me that you're 31 years young today. 

Woo hoo and yippee. (I'm trying to model the enthusiasm I'm sure you're exhibiting.)

We tried to orchestrate a photo shoot, but had some issues...

Mom made you a sign.

 And I tried to eat it.

Then Owen tried to eat me.

But finally, we got it!
 I love you.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Swimming, swimming, swimming

Mom enrolled me at the WASPy, bougie Goldfish Swim School. She'd prefer the Y, but they don't accept swim babies until 1 year. (Or the Escanaba Beach and Paul Lundin, but that's another story.) So - to the Range Rover Sport-filled parking lot we go...

I could care less what people drive. It's FUN FUN FUN!

I got to go down a slide!

Check out the giant ducks! Owen'd be in heaven!
And Dad can come watch!
It's right by his office - as evidenced by the photography...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Dining with Dad

I am developing quite the palate.

Rice cereal, bananas and sweet potato - all cooked up by Mom.

 But my favorite is when Dad feeds me.

He's one silly guy!

Monday, January 23, 2012

The other guy

Don't worry, though. I'll still have a four-legged around.

And he's much easier for all of us to wrangle.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Buh-Bye Psycho Blonde?

Mom doesn't want to get her hopes up, but there's a possibility that Owen is going
to upend another family's life - permanently - in a few weeks.
So, I thought I'd take the time to share a few shots of our time together.

He watches me bounce.  

Entertains me while I eat.

And loves me in the tub.
  I am going to miss this crazy blonde fool.

(Though I don't think Mom is. When she turned around to set the camera on the sink, he joined me in the tub. Eeeee!)

Monday, January 16, 2012

Infant musts as determined by M&M

Now that one of my high school besties is readying herself for Baby Numero Uno, I wanted to take some time to document the Spurgeon list of infant musts - the products we have found most useful in the first six months (or products we never associated with baby, yet use heaps).

1.)The Happiest Baby on the Block bookWhen attempting to settle a newborn Maziey, we found the tips invaluable. It's written in a semi-cheesey tone, but you don't really give a rip when the result is a formerly-screaming sleeper. 2.) The Miracle BlanketGoes hand-in-hand with the aforementioned book. Basically, a baby straight-jacket. Sadly, Maizey just outgrew hers - at five months - and hasn't slept soundly since. Though a little complicated to put on, truly a miracle once you figure out how to use it. 3.Boon Grass Drying RackThis didn't come in handy until I went back to work and Maizey was taking 4-6 bottles/day. I was using our regular drying rack but everything fell over and stayed damp. We tried a couple of different drying racks but liked this best. It's attractive and compact, but can hold an incredible amount of stuff if you use it correctly. 4.Coconut oil: Our go-to diaper "cream." We learned early on that Maizey has a very sensitive bottom. And we also learned that most popular diaper rash solutions are incompatible with cloth diapers (cds). Bummer! We tried 2 creams suggested by our cloth diaper store but neither worked very well. I was just about to give up on cd-ing, but in a last-ditch effort, spent a couple hours reading cloth diapering blogs. Lo and behold, coconut oil is cd-safe, cheap, nice-smelling and a great solution for a variety if skin issues. Yippee! (And now Maizey's bottom smells like a pina colada!)  5.Vinyl tablecloth: This goes hand-in-hand with the coconut oil and Maizey's bum. One of the best things for diaper rash is air. And one of the best ways to protect your carpet while airing a sore bottom - a vinyl tablecloth covered by a towel. We use this nearly every-day to give Miss M some naked time. 6.Summer Infant Touch-Screen Video MonitorWhen I considered registering for this I was worried about overkill. It's expensive and really, I wondered, how necessary. But, now that we have it - I can't imagine not. It saves me countless (most-likely sleep-disrupting) trips up to Maizey's room every day. And a friend pointed out that it's great for toddlers too. (Sidenote - right now I can see that Maizey is lying with her face smashed against the crib slats. Lovely.)  7.Simple Wishes Hands-Free Pumping BraMakes one of the most unpleasant things about breast-feeding bearable. In my opinion, a must-have for pumping mamas. The photos are worth a thousand of my words. 8.Baby Comfy Nose - the Snoover (snot-hoover) + Simply Saline Nasal Mist: A parent-powered snot sucker. Similar to the Nose Frida (also a good choice). Paired with Simply Saline Baby Nasal Mist, a truly disgusting, wonderfully effective tool. Get over the gross factor and you'll never go back to the bulb. 9.Baby carrier: We have 'em all... 9a.The Baby Bjorn (good for little babies - a Dad favorite for mowing) 9b.Moby wrap (fab for newborns - but too complicated for Dad unless Mom does the wrapping) 9c.Maya wrap (hippy-dippy fabulous but what I use the most around the house now), an Ergo baby carrier (just starting to get really into this but difficult for Dad's broad shoulders - so only I use it) and a Kelty Kids frame carrier (haven't used it yet). My advice is to borrow as many as you can, try them out and maybe invest in one. And shop used! 10.Trumpette socksThey look like shoes. Are super adorable. And, don't fall off. ALL other baby socks fall off. Those ones from Gerber? Don't bother. Just go for the good stuff. 11.Monte Grano GliderI love my nursery chair. Why? Because I could unabashedly put it in any room in my house. It's crazy comfortable, compact and attractive. 12.Target Gilligan & OMalley nursing tanksFirst, let me say that nursing tanks of any type are amazing. Or, at least they were for me. I was self-conscious enough nursing in public, let alone having my flabby belly exposed. My first nursing tank was purchased before I had Maizey. An uber-expensive "Glamour Mom" model. But on my first post-baby Target outing, I discovered a much less pocket-book-busting version. They are long enough to be fashionable, come in multiple prints and colors and are a staple of my wardrobe. 13.MacLaren Vida BouncerThough pricey, we're really happy with this bouncer. It's an attractive alternative to the other bouncers out there and the large base and seat ensures she'll be able to use it for a lengthier period of time. I admit, it might have been nice to have two, since this was too big for the first 2 months and doesn't have the handy "vibrate" option. So maybe not a must, but definitely gets two thumbs up. 14.Baby Jogger City Select StrollerEasy to fold. Attractive. Smooth ride. Converts to a double. Love it. 15.Ikea drawer organizersPerfect for all those diapering items and itty-bitty items of clothing. Like Trumpette socks.  16.Zippered SleepersAs Will would say, "Snaps suck." A favorite brand is Children's Place. They're cheap, offer cute prints and are very trim. No sumo babies when donning these puppies. A pricier but softer option? Hatley sleepers.

Phew! That's all folks... Stay tuned for 9 month musts!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Suck it, back to sleep

Being swaddle-free means I can now sleep in my preferred position.
The faceplant.

Sometimes I can even get my feet out of my slumber prison.
Mom was distressed but then thought how nicely my skullet (the bald patch on the back of my head) will fill in. Her distress is now less.

The only time I assume the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended position?
In Mom and Dad's bed, of course. Ahhhh...

Friday, January 13, 2012

Twofer Teefers

 Just call me Maizey milestone.
 Mom's painful discovery today? I have two teeth. On the bottom, in the middle. Finally.

What did I do? 
Took five to contemplate the change.

Than back to Sophie.
 Like sand through an hourglass...

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Rice cereal anyone?

Guess what? I had my first non-Mom meal last weekend, on New Years Eve.

The timeline...

Not to sure about that bowl. (Similar reaction Owen had to my cradle, pre-me.)

But its contents might be alright.

Yep. Not half bad.

The footage:

The "sticky floors" part of Mom's new picture will surely ring true in 2012.
As for the oven part? Well, you have to use it for it to get dirty. Not a problem in this house, thanks to B&B catering... Wonder if they do rice cereal?

Monday, January 2, 2012

Wrapping up 2011

What did I do the rest of my time in the Great White (while, really, Brown) North?

Computed with Gramps...

Lots of naked fire time.

Cuddles with Grams.

Chills with Kip and Dad.

And lots of laughing.
What a great way to close out my first calendar year.