Monday, June 30, 2008

Baby Food

Lately, my biggest challenge is trying not to eat this kid up...

We went in for his 2-month appointment and he's doing really well! He now weighs in at 12 pounds and is 23 inches long - the kid has grown and we are just so happy. He's getting chubby cheeks and chubby legs that make him so cute and tasty.

He's also changing in so many ways. He started smiling right around the 6-week mark, but his smiles were elusive. Now, they are coming in droves and it is so special. When he first wakes up in the morning, he is all smiles and it just warms your soul. He's also been cooing a lot so we are having tons of pretend conversations where I make up what he is saying like, "Oh, you want daddy to change your next 25 poopie diapers? Okay, I'll let him know."

There is nothing like being a parent. Babies are such a wonderful way to start people, 'tis true!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Thanks for the Memories - Game & Watch

I am currently enthralled (well, ok obsessed) with the very first handlheld gaming system I ever owned/played - the Game & Watch Chef game. I remember our parents buying us these games as kids and the Chef one was mine - I definitely wore it out. Each of the kids had one of their own and, as far as I can remember, we all had different ones (smart move on the parents' part - so there was no mistaking who belonged to which game)... ah, memories. I want to buy one, but they are very pricey to acquire (insane!). One of these days, though, I may just break down and buy the Chef game just to relive that time of my life. Mmmmm... (insert sigh of contentment here)





Thursday, June 12, 2008

Long Time No Write...

Today, a friend of mine said to me that when you have kids, the minutes last forever and the years go by in the blink of an eye. I love these little tidbits of knowledge that make me say, "Yes of course, why didn't I think of that myself!"

Xavier is going to hit the 7-week mark this Wednesday and it already feels like time is just speeding by. He's still so little but he's already changed so much, eating more, sleeping more, starting to "talk" (okay, he's just cooing, but whatever - he's baby-talking - wink!), making eye contact, recognizing voices, etc. This past week, I've even been getting real smiles from him. He's most smiley in the morning, when it's just me and him, but today I managed to capture it on video so Rodney can see it too.

That said, it is then strange to look at Graeme who's just growing like a weed, talking and reasoning like a big boy, and is turning 4 this September. These first years have just sped by! Then I look at Ethan who is turning 10 in about a week and I freak out at how fast the past 10 years have gone past. I can still remember Ethan and Graeme as newborns so I am reminded to savour every single moment (even the crazy ones) as none of it lasts long enough.

Rodney, if you're reading this (and you better be!), you need to capture all the video I'm taking so that I can post some. And by the way, I love you. :)

New photo of the week:

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Time Flies

I can't even believe it's already June 1st. We've officially survived our first month with Xavier at home. But then, I've had my lifesaver, Rodney, home all month to help me out. He has been so absolutely wonderful and I have been so spoiled. He goes back to work tomorrow and I'm scared... who's going to bring me my meals so I can sleep all day?!! ;)

June is going to be a month for me and Xavier to readjust to being on our own (at least until Ethan is home for the summer break). Once Ethan is home, too, we'll have to make sure Graeme stays home some days so we can all play hooky together. It will really be fun being able to take Xavier out more this month, though, and maybe even going for long walks and so I can start to get back in shape. Will let you know if I can sneak that into my days in between napping. Am also trying to get the love of my life (yes, Rodney - hahahaha!) to buy me that new Wii Fit so I can stay at home, play video games, and still lose weight.

This weekend was the art & wine festival in our little town. We spent most of Saturday enjoying food and rides and friends. Okay, I spent most of MY time sitting on the lawn nursing Xavier, but it was still really great to be out and around people. Graeme rode on several rides - he was hesitant to try anything at first, but was sold after the first ride on the "race" cars that went round and round. Here's a photo of our cute lil' guy at the fair - he's getting so big and growed up!

Another interesting thing about this weekend - we were adopted by a new cat. Kinda, sorta. We found a new cat hanging outside our front door yesterday afternoon and she is apparently a homeless cat that someone's dumped out here. She's been going from home to home in our little neighbourhood, I guess making the rounds to see who's going to let her in. We can't take her in, but we, thankfully, have a friend, Sylvia, who rescues cats so she's going to help us figure out what to do and how to get her to a new family. She's living by our front door and, for now, has a bed, food, water, and some attention. We hope to find her a good home. I wish I had a photo of her to post because she is so pretty, with really beautiful patterns on her. Graeme is absolutely fascinated with her.

Since I don't have pictures of the cat, I'll post a couple of recent pictures of the Grussing men, just because...