From the monthly archives: "October 2011"
Today I’m grateful for days to dress up silly. 

Today is Gray’s first Halloween. I was so excited that I had to order two costumes because I couldn’t decide between them. 

Yesterday we went trick or treating at all the grandparents houses so they could see Mr G in his costumes. And tonight we’re off to Auntie Jennifer’s and Uncle Dave’s for trick or treating with their Godsons Ben and Ethan. 

I got some video of Mr Bean yesterday in his costumes.

Happy Halloween everyone!

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Today we were touring around the area showing off our Halloween costumes to the grandparents. We decided that a day early would be okay, and then everyone would get to see how cute he is. 

However in our haste to get out the door – with a bunch of clothes we were going to be storing at my parents till babE #2 – we forgot to bring his costumes with us. Yes two costumes; I’m a sucker and had to get him two costumes. So while Brian ran back to our place to get them, G and I spent some time with my mom and dad. And G showed off his new trick. 

He’s sitting all by himself now. He has been able to sit before but he’s never really liked to do it for more than about 30 seconds at a time. Well he decided that if he was going to show off then he was going to show off good and sat on his own for over 5 minutes straight!! Way to go little man! 

I managed to catch the last minute on tape. My dad talking to him in the background. 

I’m so thankful that Gray has finally learned how to sit on his own. We have spent quite a bit of time teaching him how. With our next development check-up coming up I dreaded the feedback if he wasn’t sitting yet. The last appointment they were not super thrilled at the fact that he wouldn’t sit at all. 

It seems silly to be thankful that my baby is sitting up on his own, but today is a big day in our house. And the best part is that we got to share his new talent with all his grandparents on the same day. That doesn’t happen too often.

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Earlier this fall we started Gray in swimming lessons. Now I feel like we cheat a bit because we go twice a week to two different pools. We weren’t sure which one we would like more so we decided to try both.
I love our family time in the pool. Gray loves being in the water and he’s becoming a real natural. And I love that both Brian and I can be in the pool with him.
I look forawrd to Saturday mornings all week long. I love how much fun Brian and Grayson have during swimming lessons and the big smiles that appear on both their faces.
I’m so happy we were able to do this for us, and Gray(I guess he gets something out of it right?)

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Today I’m so thankful and grateful for some real conversation time. 
Brian and I have been guilty of just letting life happen to us lately. With me going back to work and his busy season starting at work we’ve made less time to connect and just talk. So after G was in bed we ended up on our bed just chatting for almost an hour. We realized that we need to go back to making an effort to have date nights, even if it’s at home after G has gone to bed. 
Back when we were first going out and I was still in university we made a point to have a weekly date night during the week where we would just catch up on each other’s lives. We continued after we were married and even up until bedrest. But in the last 9 months since G was born it’s been put on the back burner. Between PPD, and a preemie and getting used to life, we’ve taken less time for us and have been trying to just survive everyday as it comes. 
But tonight I felt great about just having an hour of us time. I felt like I got my best friend back for a bit tonight. Now to make it a weekly habit again and get back to our marriage based family(as coined by my blogging friend Rachael)

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Notice anything new?

Thanks for your patience while we move everything and get all the kinks worked out.

Big Big Big thanks to Jessi from Naptime Diaries for overhauling my blog for me. I love it!

Today I’m over at Naptime Diaries guest posting. Go check it out, and then come back because what’s written below will make more sense.

So G and I have a song. 

When I stayed awake all night watching him and praying for him, I loaded up my phone with the worship music I could think of that would help us get through the night, and have a great message. After being awake for almost 24 hours my brain wasn’t working 100% and the start of the list had about 4 songs on it, and only one of them was really playing because I just kept hitting repeat. In those moments it was exactly what we needed to hear and focus on.

This became our theme song in the NICU.

A few weeks ago at church we sang this song and it brought all the memories flooding back from that night. And that day I emailed Jessi to ask if she could make a print for me to put up here for you all to download. So click here and be blessed.

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Thanks for your patience while we switch things over.
I’m so excited to have a new design and a new blog.
Let me know what you think, 
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G moves a lot now, he’s becoming really mobile. I love watching him wiggle around the house, and roll over to try and find his toys. The problem comes at night when he’s sleeping and moving around. He doesn’t stay still and under the blankets anymore. It wouldn’t be such a big issue for me, but we live in Canada, and we like to keep the house a little cooler at night, and Gray’s room is the only one that has two exterior walls. So I started my research  to see if I could find a sleep sac for him for the winter.

I went to my fav diaper store earlier this week to look at a sleep sac that I was interested in, and left with one in tow. Gray’s still getting used to it, but I love it so much. It’s quilted and will for sure keep him warm. I also love that it will fit him for the next while too. It’s plenty long for my already tall Ernst boy. 

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Today I am so thankful for 16 lbs. Today Grayson weighs 16bls. We ventured out to the doctors this morning for G’s 9 month check-up. Brian and I have spent about a week going back and forth on how much G would weigh at this check-up; 14lbs, 17lbs, or somewhere in between. I was really hoping that we would be above 15lbs. 

Now of course they always give us his measurements in metric, and I get to a computer and find the conversion to a useful measurement.

I’m so thankful that G is doing so well and getting so big. And I’m thankful that we don’t have to go for weekly weight checks. 

I miss the days of my little 5lb bean but I’m so thankful for 16lbs and that he’s getting big and strong. 

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There are times when meal planning just doesn’t work. This weekend we did not make it a priority to plan our menu, so when dinner came around last night there was no clear choice for what to make for dinner. And to be honest I had no idea what we had in the house, other than chicken. So to the pantry I went. And found nothing – well pistachio pudding, but that doesn’t really go well for dinner. Then after rooting around in the back corner I found a can of coconut milk. And I rooted around in the fridge and found the remnants of a bottle of PadThai. And so dinner was created. Rice with chicken cooked in coconut PadThai. And even more than just that I got dinner on the table, it’s something that we would make on purpose again.
I’m so grateful that I’ve learned my way around the kitchen enough to make dinner from what seems like nothing.

There are some people who come into your life for just a bit and others you can’t even remember the start of your friendship it was that long ago. Kathryn is one of those people. I do remember the day she came into my life, well I’ve been told – I was 366 days old when she was born and we were destined to be friends.
I’m not sure that I’ll ever be able to fully express how grateful I am to have Kathryn in my life or be able to explain everything she has done for me. I will tell you just how grateful I am for her and her wonderful husband this past weekend.
First of all, Kathryn and Joseph have been married just over a year and at their wedding B and I had just told our parents we were expecting that week. And I had the hardest time not telling Kathryn and waiting until they got back from their honeymoon to tell her!! Let me tell you that was one of the hardest secrets EVER!!
Yesterday we celebrated my parent’s 35th wedding anniversary. My sister and I planned a big open house and a private dinner afterwards. Definitely not a place to have a 9 month old. Now back in June when we started planning this event I asked K and J if they would watch Gray for us so we could be baby free. Big step for me since the only people to watch G have been family, other than daycare (not that K isn’t family – she really is, but not blood). So on top of planning and prepping for this party I was also planning and prepping for Gray to be away for a day. It’s different then daycare, mainly because it was all day. Gray went to nursery at church in the morning, and then was off for his day with Auntie K and Uncle J, bath time and bedtime included. I had emailed K Gray’s care guide and a youtube video of how to set up his play pen, and we had gone through everything.
So between first and second service at church, after G had a clean bum and full tummy, we handed him to Kathryn and headed out to do the last minute errands we needed to get done, and even though I many have sent her a few messages on BBM, I was not worried at all about Gray. 
They had a great day, and when we arrived to pick him up he was sound asleep in his play pen in their spare room.
I’m so thankful to have friends who are more than excited to look after a baby for a day, but more than that, I’m thankful that I have such great friends who would do it a million times for us without question asked.
Kathryn has been there for me in so many ways, and I know with some of the situations we’re facing in the future she’ll be there beside me again.
Kathryn, Thanks for being such a great friend. I hope that one day I can repay you all the love and support you’ve shown me.
I love you!

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