Baby, Babywearing, Daily Life, Depression, family

Mason – 6 Months Old

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Half a year. Half a year since this little beastie joined our family and completed it. How is that possible? How has it already been so long? I’m sorry I haven’t really been doing these posts the last few months. Honestly, I’ve been struggling. Post Partum Anxiety has been kicking my butt, and was recently joined by Depression. Meds are being changed up and I’m looking into therapy, but it’s been a challenge. On top of that, there’s been a fair amount of drama and difficulties to deal with in the mean time. All that aside, we’re doing ok. I have great plans of doing some more reviews for you soon, and have even been thinking about starting to do some youtube videos!

Now, on to Mason.

Month 3: In his third Month, Mason met his fellow December baby friend, Phillip. One of my best friends, Crystal, has us over all the time and her sister is in my online December mom group. Our boys got to hang out. What else? Well, we tried Mason in the Jumperoo and he hated it. He also started popping his seat in the ring sling, which frustrated me to no end. He started to roll on to his side from his back. Mason also had his first Easter.

Month 4: Interacting with the world a lot more, loving toys, his playmat is his favourite thing. Holds his head up and tries to roll on to his belly. Begins teething haphazard, but hates teething toys. Tried the jolly jumper but doesn’t really get it. Totally in love with his brother, who turned 4 this month.

Month 5: plays peekaboo, starts giving aggressive kisses (grabs my face with his nails and open mouth kisses me). Chews on everything. Says mama when upset, and parrots “Hiiiiiiiiiiiii”, said Dada once. Rolled back to front and tries to crawl. Very frustrated he can’t move on his own. Takes a step or two if held up. Digging the circle of neglect and the jolly jumper now. We celebrated Mothers Day and went to the Agricultural Museum. Tried some fruit and veggies right before the 6 month mark. Had a very busy Victoria Day weekend with family and friends.

Where we are now:

  • Diaper Size: Pampers Size 4, cloth diapers in size 2
  • Clothing Size:Depending on the brand, between 6-12months.
  • Favourite Clothes: The cold weather had me loving one piece outfits for him. Now that things are heating up, I am LOVING cute shorts, rompers and onesies.
  • Nicknames: Mace and Macey, bubba, small fry, turd
  • Loves: Rolling, yelling, banging, splashing, chewing, bouncing, standing, his family, water, his bunny.
  • Hates: His carseat and the car, medicine, disposable diapers, getting dressed.
  • Updates: Still teething, no teeth yet. No soothers and no bottles yet. Sigh. Loves to mimic sounds he hears. We swear he can say mama, Dada and Hi. Doesn’t like the outdoors, but is getting better. Lots of wake ups at night again. He’s still in bed with me, which makes the lack of sleep survivable. Still gets worn daily. Loves to stand up (with support)
Baby, Babywearing, Daily Life, family

Mason – One Month

I apologize for any spelling mistakes in this post. I’m writing a baby curled up in my lap. I can’t believe I’m here, writing this post. A whole month has already gone by, and it has flown.

I remember, with Liam, it felt like a lifetime. The PPD had me so firmly in its grasp, and my sleep deprivation was so bad, that every day felt like it wouldn’t end. That first month was a milestone of survival. With Mason, so much is different.

It is amazing to me to have a baby who looks so much like his brother did at the same age, but who is so completely different. He is calmer (or maybe we are?). He sleeps so much better, he fusses in a different way. He enjoys being carried, but not held like Liam did. Such little individuals they are.

We are doing well. My anxiety comes and goes, but is so much more mild now. The boredom of constant nursing is a bit of a downer, but otherwise, life feels so normal. After the rush of the holidays, I look forward to getting out and seeing friends and family again. So, now some stats on my little peanut, just like we did with his brother:

Born at 7lbs, 12oz and 19 inches.
– Diaper Size: Pampers Swaddlers 1
– Clothing Size: NB and 0-3, some small 6mo.
– Favourite Clothes: Fleece sleepers and onepiece outfits
– Nicknames – Mace and Macey (from Liam), Pooper, stinker, squeaker, little man, small fry
– Lots of hugs and kisses from his big brother
– Sleeps in bed with Mommy
– First Christmas
– First trip to Daddy’s Work
– First worn in the Boba stretchie, but prefers Ring Slings.
-Likes music
-Loves watching lit candles
-Will sleep in the swing and hang out in the baby chair.
-Doesn’t like soothers
– Met friends and family, including Nanny Jan, Grammy, Auntie Megan and Katie, Rachael, Beth, Audrey and Brenda. Uncle Brandon, cousin Cassidy. Auntie Jenn, Auntie Krista, Auntie Crystal, Claire, Uncle Rick, Auntie Sarah, Auntie Stacie, Ali, Anna, Corey, Olivia.
– Started Smiling and giggling in his sleep at 2 weeks
– Tries to hold head up on his own

– Can roll on to his side all on his own

 

 

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Saving Daylight

Hurr hurr, see what I did there? This weekend marks the wonderful Daylight Savings Time here. We are springing forward and losing an hour on Sunday. Days are finally feeling a bit longer, fuller and brighter. I think we all need a little bit more day light.

It’s been a busy time here. I’m continuing to stay the course on my journey into a Healthier Me. I’ve toned things down a bit, as the work outs were just a little too intense for my current state. I’m now doing smaller work outs, either some yoga or strength training. It’s only about 20 minutes a day, which is perfect for my crazy little life. I’m keeping a close eye on my caloric intake, and honestly, I’m enjoying it. I don’t feel deprived and I like having more control. I haven’t lost much weight very quickly, but I am still losing. This is less about a dress size or a number on the scale, and more about being here longer.

We’ve been making time to see friends and get out of the house (hard during this last stretch of winter weather), and even took a family road trip last weekend. It was a bit of a hard visit, as I mentioned in my last post. Despite the emotional aspect of the visit, we had an amazing time catching up with family and introducing them to our little man. I love Montreal. I wish I had friends there to visit, as I once did. It’s one of my favourite places to be. I look forward to bringing Liam there more often on these family trips.

The ride was a little rough… we ended up leaving late and rushing a bit (which ended up causing us to stop, because we had forgotten to top up the washer fluid). Liam was a champ. We kept him entertained with a simple water bottle and pom poms. When that failed, out came the tablet with Elmo’s World. I got lots of knitting done and we were home before it was time to put Liam down to bed.

Before our trip to Montreal, we made a quick stop at the mall to pick up some supplies (read: Pom Poms). I had the opportunity to whip out my Oscha ring sling and wear Liam for a bit. Toddlerwearing is rare these days, so I jump at any opportunity I get. A lovely lady stopped us and chatted with me about African babywearing and how she didn’t expect to see a white girl wearing her big white baby like they do back home. Heh. It was great :)

I’m excited about another babywearing opportunity I have coming up…an old friend of mine now works with a midwifery group in a small town about an hour and a bit away. She is a member of her local babywearing group and wanted some help with leaving to wrap her toddler. She invited me to her first group get together! I will be bringing a ton of carriers, Liam and will hopefully be able to do a quick Babywearing and Toddlerwearing 101 Session with them. It will be my first official Babywearing Educator Session! I’m very excited. This is all going down next Friday, so I’ll be sure to update afterwards. Wish me luck, because I’m scared poopless.

Overall, I feel like I’m squeezing more and more into my day. Thankfully, the day will feel a little bit longer real soon :)